January can sometimes be a bit of a bummer. All of the excitement of the holidays are behind us, not to mention it's really, seriously, cold. We understand the temptation to pull the covers over your head and stay warm and cozy in bed like a cinnamon bun.
But this January we're changing all of that with a brand new, four-day event that will definitely get you out from under the covers. Say hello to Conquer Cabin Fever. Organizations from all throughout Oxford that you know and love have partnered together to sponsor different days and activities to make up this nearly week-long event. And thanks to the Chamber of Commerce there will also be several restaurants offering deals throughout this long weekend.
Read the entire event schedule below, then make sure to mark your calendars and come out in January to beat the winter blues!
Some of our hotels are offering special rates for this event. Scroll to the very bottom for details.
NINJA OBSTACLE COURSE
Uptown Parks (2 E. High St.)
4 PM - 9 PM
What better way to stay warm on a chilly January evening than by trying your ninja warrior skills on a giant obstacle course? Bring the kids uptown and let them run around to get all of that pent up winter energy out.
There will be competitions with prizes for different age brackets, so everyone will have the chance to jump, climb, swing, balance, and more!
This event is free.
Sponsored by the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department
SNOWSHOES, HOT CHOCOLATE & WINTER BIRDS
TRI Community Center (6025 Fairfield Rd.)
10 AM - 1 PM
Due to weather, Saturday morning activities will be moved INDOORS at the TRI. This means the sled dogs will have to stay home but we'll still have interactive snowshoe demonstrations, hot chocolate, and winter birds from Hueston Woods!
This event is free.
Sponsored by Enjoy Oxford
Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave.)
1 PM - 5 PM
Want to stay warm and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time? Look no further than the Chocolate Meltdown fundraiser. The ballroom at the Oxford Community Art Center will be lined with vendors handing out samples of their chocolate treats, from candy to baked goods. There will also be a raffle, a bake-off, children's activities, and an art exhibit. Plus, new this year is the Chocolate Bar featuring specialty chocolate liquors, wines, ports and beers (sample pour tickets available for purchase at the bar).
FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Uptown Parks (2 E. High St.)
2 PM - 7 PM
Mobile Game Party is coming to Oxford! This mobile game theater will keep you warm as you sit inside and play games on one of four 55-inch hi-def LCD monitors!
While the kids are playing in the game theater, the adults (ages 21+) can enjoy craft beer sold by Books and Brews while watching one of the Football Conference Championship games (kick-off is 3:05 PM). The game will be played on a large screen TV on the side of the mobile game theater. You can also play in a FREE cornhole tournament beginning at 4 PM. There will be prizes!
This event is free to attend. Beer will be available for purchase by adults 21+ only.
Sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce
FAMILY FUN DAY
Miami Rec Center (750 S. Oak St.)
11 AM - 4 PM
Ah, the joy of indoor pools. Who cares how cold it is outside when the water's nice and warm inside? Throw on your swimsuit and enjoy a giant slide, kayaks, inner tubes, and so much more in the Rec Center's gorgeous Olympics-size pool.
Not really feeling a swim? Climb the Rec's rock wall or play a game of basketball instead! The Family Fun Day will have something for every member of your family to enjoy.
Cost is $4 for Rec Center members and $9 for non-members. Pre-registration packages can be viewed and purchased here.
Goggin Ice Center (610 S. Oak. St.)
3 PM - 5 PM
After splashing around at the rec's Family Fun Day, hop right next door to the Goggin Ice Center and enjoy a special Public Skating session with the whole family. If you've got little ones who need a little help balancing, there are skate aids available for ages 9 and under.
Cost is $7.50 for admissions with a free skate rental.
In order to make the most of this four-day event, you may want to stay a night (or two or three) right here in Oxford. A few of our hotels will be offering special rates to make your stay pleasant and affordable. Make sure when you call for your reservation that you tell the hotel you are staying for Conquer Cabin Fever in order to obtain the special rate.
THE BAYMONT INN
$59/night all weekend
5190 College Corner Pike
$50/night all weekend
6 E. Sycamore St.
$119 for Friday and Saturday | $72 for Sunday (Ask for Brianne)
5056 College Corner Pike
Stop into the following businesses and ask them about their food and drink specials for Conquer Cabin Fever!
Books & Brews - 107 E. Church St.
Buffalo Wild Wings - 10 E. Walnut St.
Fridge & Pantry Uptown Market - 35 E. Church St.
Graeters Ice Cream - 29 W. High St.
Kofenya Coffee - 38 W. High St.
Left Field Tavern - 12 W. Park Pl.
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