Conquer Cabin Fever in Oxford, Ohio

Graphic of a snow-covered cabin with text that reads "January 17 - 20, Conquer Cabin Fever 2020. Winter ninja obstacle course, sled dogs, snow shoes, ice skating, and more!"

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. (Stay tuned for details.)

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.


DAY ONE
Friday, January 17th

NINJA OBSTACLE COURSE
Uptown Parks (2 E. High St.)
5 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

DAY TWO
Saturday, January 18th

SLED DOGS AND SNOWSHOESA team of sled dogs run on pavement with a woman being pulled behind them
TRI Community Center (6025 Fairfield Rd.)
10 AM - 1 PM

Traveling all the way from Fort Wayne, Indiana is Belva Dreer and her team of beautiful Alaskan Malamute sled dogs! They are strong, impressive, and adorable. What more could you ask for? Come meet the team and see a live demonstration as they run around.

In keeping with our winter theme, we'll also have snowshoes for you to try on and walk in. It may be harder than it looks, but at the very least it will be a fun photo op.

This event is free.

Sponsored by Enjoy Oxford

A close up photo of delicately decorated chocolates arranged on a while stand and white tableclothCHOCOLATE MELTDOWN
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).

  • For the Chocolate Meltdown vendor items, one ticket gets you five tasting coupons at the event. If you'd like additional tasting coupons (because of course, you will!) you can purchase them at the event for $1/per coupon, or $5 for 6 coupons.
  • Event tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the OCAC or the Art Museum (801 S. Patterson Ave.) for $7, online, or at the event for $10.
  • Children 12 and under are admitted for free but still need tasting coupons in order to sample.
  • Pour tickets for the Chocolate Bar will be sold separately at the Bar.

Sponsored by the Oxford Community Arts Center and the Miami University Art Museum

DAY THREE
Sunday, January 19th

FOOTBALL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Uptown Parks (
2 E. High St.)
11 AM - 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 beer sold by Books and Brews while watching one of the Football Conference Championship games. The game will be played on a large screen TV on the side of the mobile game theater.

This event is free to attend. Beer will be available for purchase by adults 21+ only.

Sponsored by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce

DAY FOUR
Monday, January 20th

A child in a harness climbs a colorful rock wall while their guardian watches from below.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.

ICE SKATING
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.

WHERE TO STAY

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
(513) 523-2722
5190 College Corner Pike

BEST WESTERN
$50/night all weekend
(513) 523-0000
6 E. Sycamore St.

COMFORT INN
$119 for Friday and Saturday | $72 for Sunday (Ask for Brianne)
(513) 524-0114
5056 College Corner Pike

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