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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 12:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 11:58 a.m. CDT
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Community members compete in the snowman building contest at the Addison Park District's WinterFest in 2012. The contest will be back at this year's WinterFest on Jan. 18.
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Residents ride through the snow on a horse-drawn wagon at the Addison Park District's 2012 WinterFest. Wagon rides will be offered at this year's event as well.
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A family attends the Addison Park District's 2012 WinterFest. The event returns Jan. 18 to Community Park.

ADDISON – Although the winter holidays may be over, winter fun doesn’t have to be.

Here are five activities for residents to enjoy in town during the chilly weather:

1. ‘Snow’ much fun

Addison residents are invited to enjoy some free outdoor family fun from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Addison Park District’s WinterFest at Community Park, 120 E. Oak St.

Outdoor activities include sledding, snow volleyball, snow golf, a family snowman-building contest, s’mores roasting station and horse-drawn wagon rides.

New this year will be cardboard sled racing at 1:30 p.m. on the sledding hill in Community Park.

For those looking to warm up, guests can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa while decorating cookies, doing children’s crafts, playing bingo or watching a performance by the award-winning Westernettes Baton Corps, Addison Park Dancers and Iron Fist Martial Arts group.

Other entertainment includes music from 104.3 K-Hits FM Chicago, a bounce house, family games and obstacle course.

2. Princess for a day

Addison families can have some Disney princess fun when the Addison Public Library hosts “Frozen” Family Fun on Jan. 24.

The event will center around the popular movie “Frozen” with games, crafts and treats.

“Frozen” Family Fun will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in the large meeting room at the library, 4 Friendship Plaza.

Registration begins Saturday. Space is limited, and an Addison library card is required to register. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

3. Date night

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, dads can bring their favorite dates to the Addison Park District’s Daddy Daughter Date Night.

The dance will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 6 at Community Rec Center, 120 E. Oak St.

Dads and daughters are invited to get dressed up and dance the night away to their favorite tunes. Each family will receive a complimentary portrait to commemorate the special occasion. Food and drinks are included in the participation fee.

Early registration is required for the event by stopping by the Park District administrative office at Community Rec Center, calling 630-233-7275 or visiting addisonparks.org by Feb. 4.

The participation fees are $11 for Addison dads and $8 for their daughters and $16 for non-resident dads and $13 for their daughters.

Daughters should be between the ages of 4 and 12.

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