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It’s bound to happen as sure as there’s a Santa Claus and eight little reindeer.

We’re going to relish all that Christmas has to offer with great food and fellowship — and then, it’ll all be over and cabin fever will set in.

You know it. We know it. That’s why we’re here with some tips to beat cabin fever, both indoors and out.

Fortunately, other than some more snow forecast for today, the weather will be reasonably nice for this time of year.

Lime Creek Nature Center in Mason City is holding Christmas Break at Lime Creek on Dec. 28. There will be a snowshoe hike, tracks activity and refreshments.

If you’re in the mood to travel a bit, 17 Iowa state parks are holding First Day Hikes on Jan. 1, part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program. Individuals and families will have the opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at a state park, according to the Iowa DNR.

Participants can paint like Van Gogh in an Arty Party set for Dec. 27. John Christina Newton will teach simple techniques and guide participants in creating their own version of “Starry Nights” by famed artist Vincent Van Gogh.

Also Dec. 27, the popular Kids & Canvas program returns to the Clear Lake Arts Center. Sally Rasmussen will lead the step-by-step class, taking participants through the process of painting on canvas. It’s for any adult and any child, and everyone will have a finished painting to take home.

Iowa’s bigger cities — within a couple hours drive — have some noteworthy activities planned.

The State Historical Museum in Des Moines is celebrating Iowa’s 170th birthday this month with a variety of events. Living History Farms in Urbandale has cabin fever-beating events planned through April. And the Grout Museum District in Waterloo is opening its doors for free admission on Dec. 31 in an event appropriately titled Winter Free Day.

Plus your favorite bars, breweries, wineries and dining establishments promise to have special events.

Enjoy your holidays — and we’ll definitely see you out and about!

For more on these and other activities see the Local Entertainment segment at or check out Thursday's Preview section in the Globe Gazette. 


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