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The Top Things to Do in January in Champaign-Urbana

Family-friendly fun in Champaign-Urbana doesn’t stop in January

Get ready for the long, cold winter. The days are getting longer, but January could be the dreary month of the year.

Don’t worry, we have ideas to keep you going. Here are our tips for family fun around Champaign-Urbana.

Many thanks to Busey Bank for presenting our top January activities.

Christie Clinic presents Hot Cocoa Cheers for the New Year, January 3rd

Join as we toast the New Year with a hot cocoa. Thank you to our friends at Christie Clinic for sponsoring this family-friendly, fun opportunity so we can see twinkling lights and enjoy the great outdoors. We will be at the Lake of the Woods in Mahomet at the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden from 4pm to 5.30pm serving free hot cocoa and FUN.

Join other snow lovers on these fun winter walks through Crystal Lake Park. Pack up and enjoy a crisp stroll with friends at your own pace. After your stroll on the Lake House patio, meet for S’mores over a fire and hot chocolate. Beat the indoor winter blues with fresh air and lake views.

MLK Advocacy for Justice Celebration – His dream, ideals worth fighting for, January 16

The annual nationwide celebration commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr by bringing together parishioners from Champaign County to share the mission, teachings, and legacy of Dr. Celebrate King. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Derek Barber King, Sr., son of Reverend Dr. Alfred Daniel Williams King, Sr., the only brother of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Open school swimming, January 17th

The school is closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so head to the Urbana Indoor Aquatic Center for water fun.

CCFPD snowflake search begins, January 20th

Hop off and explore our local winter wonderland in search of snowflakes! CCFPD has hidden creative snowflakes and fun winter facts in Champaign County’s Forest Reserves. Bundle them up and find them! The search runs from January 20th to February 20th. 28. Find out more here.

Illinois women basketball against Nebraska, January 23

The Alici compete against an emerging team from Nebraska in a matinee at the State Farm Center. Experience family-friendly tire action up close!

For teenagers only! Super Smash Brothers tournament, January 28th

The Urbana Park District sponsors this action-packed teen video game at Brookens Gym. Registration is required. More information is available here.

Champaign County Dining Week begins, January 28th

The 6th Annual Champaign County Area Restaurant Week is back in person in 2022 so you can meet friends and family for some extraordinary meal in the greater Champaign County area. Get ready to experience a showcase of local restaurants and food trucks serving Filipino, Indian, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, Zambian, vegetarian, vegan dishes, soul food, farm-to-table and American standards -Fair serve.

Tobogganing, all month long (depending on the weather)

We won’t give specific dates and times, but if history suggests, January – historically the snowiest month of the year in central Illinois – offers some ideal sledding conditions. Here is our list of the best places to take the kids to the best sledding opportunities. Or go ice skating. Or snowshoeing.

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