No matter where you are, there’s a lot to both love and lament about the coldest months of the year, be it holiday festivities and hot cocoa or frozen fingers and toes. Here are some of Lexington’s finest– and not-so-finest– contributions to the winter experience.

Best: The Winter Festivities

Even long after the holidays have passed, there’s a lot to do throughout January and February in the heart of the Bluegrass. Ice skating at Triangle Park is open through January, and fifteen dollars nets you a full hour to enjoy the sights of downtown Lexington while brushing up on your skating skills. If things are a little too chilly outside, you can also take your skates down to the Lexington Ice Center, an indoor rink open year-round. There’s no winter event as cherished as Kentucky basketball games, however, and the weeks leading up to March Madness are filled with excitement and no shortage of speculative brackets. And of course, one can’t forget all the preparations for Lexington Comic Con in March. For concerts, conventions, and other winter events, be sure to check out any number of Lexington’s community calendars to stay up to date on the latest happenings.

Worst: The Traffic

Any large city is prone to its fair share of traffic, but everyone feels as if theirs has the worst. Lexington is no exception, and while it’s much easier to get around than in larger metropolitan areas where bumper-to-bumper traffic is a frequent occurrence all day every day, there’s nothing more frustrating than being stuck on New Circle Road thanks to a winter fender bender or post-holiday travel. Getting familiar with alternate routes is something that will pay dividends in the long run, as every central Kentucky resident has discovered at some point or another.

Best: The Weather

While Kentucky is considered part of the southern portion of the United States, it’s far enough north to where its summers aren’t oppressively hot– and still far enough south to have mild winters, too. Some might argue that Lexington has the best of both worlds going for it; temperatures almost never drop below the double digits even in the coldest time of year, but you’re still likely to get enough snow to build at least one good snowman.

Worst: The Weather

At the same time, Lexington’s weather can also be a nuisance thanks to its unpredictability and tendency to change rapidly. Because Kentucky is farther north than the majority of the South, the possibility of moderately heavy snowfall still exists, and it’s not uncommon for salt trucks to have to make the rounds in January and February to keep the roads drivable.

Best: The Movies

In early winter, the year’s Oscar-worthy films are typically released, making November and December great for film enthusiasts anywhere. Because Lexington has no shortage of solid theater options, including the newly reopened and historic Kentucky Theater, it’s not a bad place to find yourself come movie season. And while January may historically be the “dump month” for bad movies, there’s plenty of greats that have been released during late winter, and you might just find a so-bad-it’s-good movie that’s great for laughs, making January prime time for bad movie connoisseurs.

Worst: Plant Life

Lexington is home to a wide variety of beautiful trees, flowers, and other greenery, and watching this foliage disappear in the winter can be something of a bummer. Luckily, it’s not too long before the start of spring, when the natural beauty of the region makes its grand reappearance.