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Old 04-03-2012, 07:55 AM
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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When you say vibrant in the winter, I presume that means major festivals and events go on unimpeded by the winter. So I'd have to say New Orleans, with Mardi Gras in the dead of winter (February to early March), Houston (livestock rodeo February), Daytona (Daytona 500 in Feb), and Austin (SxSW at the end of winter/beginning of spring) would be your best bets. You'll find some cities up north with winter carnivals, but outside the winter carnival festival the cities tend to be dead.

If you just want very active cities in the winter, then Miami, Phoenix, Tucson, and New Orleans are your best bets.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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I do expect cities in the mild winter and sunbelt to have activity in their downtowns in the winter months. But places with cold/snowy winters are almost dead especially after new year probably with the exception of NYC.

So basically if you are not into any winter sports, such cities could get boring....
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Actually, Syracuse has the Clinton Square Rink, Winterfest, the Christmas Tree lighting at Clinton Square, Crunch Hockey, Syracuse University Basketball and the usual activity in the entertainment districts. There are other events as well. So, that's not necessarily true.
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I do expect cities in the mild winter and sunbelt to have activity in their downtowns in the winter months. But places with cold/snowy winters are almost dead especially after new year probably with the exception of NYC.

So basically if you are not into any winter sports, such cities could get boring....
And clearly, you don't get out much, because this isn't true. I'm not sure why anyone would want to know which cities have activity during winter that don't actually experience "winter", but I guess you do.

But again, are you asking a question or telling us the answer?
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:48 PM
 
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Actually, Syracuse has the Clinton Square Rink, Winterfest, the Christmas Tree lighting at Clinton Square, Crunch Hockey, Syracuse University Basketball and the usual activity in the entertainment districts. There are other events as well. So, that's not necessarily true.

I enjoy the winterfest a lot and also the downtown atmosphere on st patricks day....would be nice to see a lotta people on a daily basis in the evening weekdays and on weekends.
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Old 04-03-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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And clearly, you don't get out much, because this isn't true. I'm not sure why anyone would want to know which cities have activity during winter that don't actually experience "winter", but I guess you do.

But again, are you asking a question or telling us the answer?
You know why, because they might want to find cities that don't shutdown during the winter, that the life is just as active as during the summer. I think only sunbelt or mountain towns offer that.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:02 PM
 
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I enjoy the winterfest a lot and also the downtown atmosphere on st patricks day....would be nice to see a lotta people on a daily basis in the evening weekdays and on weekends.
It would be nice. Right now, it is a matter of where and when. Meaning, certain districts and at certain times tend to be better than others. Not just Downtown, but Westcott, Tipperary Hill, Little Italy, Hawley-Green, University Hill and Eastwood.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:06 PM
 
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You know why, because they might want to find cities that don't shutdown during the winter, that the life is just as active as during the summer. I think only sunbelt or mountain towns offer that.
Not necessarily true, as life goes on even in places that get quite a bit of snow.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:23 PM
 
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Duluth Duluth Duluth! It's a wonderful, fun, small city year round but we really embrace winter! The John Beargrease Dog Sled race is one of the biggest events in the City, and is followed closely by news crews and the regional population alike. And of course there's hockey, curling and skiing, skiing, and more skiing. And ice fishing!

If you like bigger places, the metropolitan St.Paul/Minneapolis area, of course. You've got to see an ice palace!
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