25 fun things to do this winter

Updated 3:25 AM ET, Thu November 19, 2020

(CNN)Winter brings holiday cheer, fresh snow and lacy designs on frosty windows, plus a suite of seasonal celebrations that span the globe. Whether you're lighting a menorah or baking cookies for Santa, this is a time to look forward to. Outside, there are animals to track, bonfires to light and blizzards that turn the world into a sparkling playground.

For many, though, winter can mean seasonal depression, and it's arriving at a time when people are already feeling the strain of the pandemic. But research shows that finding things to look forward to may help offset the blues—consider this list of cold-weather fun a starter kit designed to spark your winter joy.

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