Many of us are still feeling tired after a week of holiday festivities and would like to do nothing more than curl up with a warm blanket and stay indoors.

Yet, downtown Kokomo beckons as January’s First Friday is celebrating all things cozy with its “Hygge Happiness” event today.

Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.

Experience the coziness — the Hygge-ness? — of downtown shops, eateries and more during First Friday January’s Hygge Happiness event.

Several downtown businesses will be open during the 5:30 to 9 p.m. event today.

Here’s a few of the happenings planned for the evening so far:

• Artworks Gallery is hosting a s’mores buffet in addition to a live painting demonstration beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visitors will also be able to sign up for upcoming art classes like oil painting and pottery.

• If you are ready to break some New Year’s resolutions, the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library main branch is hosting “Donut Judge Me” from 5:30 to 9 p.m., where visitors can decorate and eat donuts. Kids can also play Nintendo Switch and Minecraft.

• PF Hendricks & Company will be open with a sale on fleece, flannel and select active wear. Be sure to warm up at their fire pit as well.

• The Frozen Sandlot will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, with $5 off coupons available at various downtown locations.

• Studio Black will debut a new look during First Friday, beginning at 5 p.m.

• Bona Vista has been working on new items to put in the gift store, including Valentine's Day items that can be given as gifts. Anyone who visits the gift store will receive candy and they will also have fresh treats available for purchase made by their BV Bistro group.
• IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery will have two exhibit openings. Minda Douglas' "Flux" and Nicole Ingalls' "Disconnnect . Reconnect"
• Blue Circle will be serving Restorative Botanicals hemp coffee from Mo Joe Coffee, as well as hot cocoa with hemp CBD extract and hemp muffins. 

Haley Cawthon can be reached at or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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