How to Stay Busy over Winter Break


Savanna Loverde, Staff

Winter break is approaching fast; some people already have plenty of plans with family and friends locally or are traveling out of town during the break. But the people who don’t are stuck wondering, what is there to do? There are many different activities that you could do locally during winter break. 

A fun activity to do at home could be to do a Christmas themed night with friends. For this Christmas themed night, you can invite a couple friends over and go out and buy Christmas themed items such as pajamas, Pillsbury Ready to Bake Christmas Cookies, blankets, etc. Then, just go home, change into your new pajamas, make the Christmas cookies, bring out your new Christmas blankets, and have a Christmas movie marathon. This is a simple, yet fun activity that everybody involved will be sure to love.  

Another fun activity to do could be to plan a Secret Santa with your friends and family. All you need to do is plan a day to gather and pick the names of who you will be buying a gift for, then once everybody has bought their gifts, plan another day to meet and exchange the gifts. This activity both makes buying gifts easier because you only need to buy a gift for one person rather than everybody in the group, and it’s also a heartwarming activity that everybody will appreciate. 

If you’d prefer to go out and have some fun with family and friends, there are multiple events that are being held locally that many people will be interested in.  

For example, the Tail Lights: A Symphony of Lights is being held on December 17 at Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods at 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10. This would be a fun event to go to with your family, and you can even bring your dogs’ too. The light attractions are beautiful, and all proceeds go to the Howard County General Hospital. Even if you can’t go on December 17, they also have another Symphony of Lights event at Merriweather on December 31. The event starts at 5:00 and the ticket prices start at $15.  

If you’re interested in ice skating, you can go to the Glen Burnie Outdoor Ice Skating rink. You can go with family and friends, and no matter how experienced you are at skating, you and all your friends and family will be glad you decided to go. Ice skating is a great choice for all ages and will be an entertaining night for everybody attending. Pricing is also decently cheap. Admission for children (under 12) and seniors (55 and up) is $7, admission for adults (12 and up) is $8, and skate rentals are $3. They are open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (on Tuesdays, they close at 5 p.m. for private skating lessons, but re-open at 6 p.m. until closing at 9 p.m.), Fridays they’re open from 12 noon-10 p.m., Saturdays they’re open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sundays they’re open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

The Miracle on 34th Street Light Display started on Saturday, November 24 and is going on until Tuesday, January 1. This event is when people can walk through 34th street, where every house on the block is lit up and decorated for Christmas. The lights are usually on from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when they stay on all night. The block not only has your typical Christmas decorations, but it also has decorations of Baltimore trademarks such as a blinking Natty Boh and Utz girl, a crab cut-out outlined with red lights, and even some Ravens and Orioles decorations. 

There is also a walk-in tour being held at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, called The Walk-in Tour: Christmas Art Story. The event is being held on Sunday, December 22 from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. During this tour, you can see religious art that contribute to the celebration of the story of Christmas.