People are decking the halls and rocking around the tree. For college students though, this season brings mixed feelings. Christmas break means making it through finals week. Finals can be stressful and put a damper on the Christmas mood. Don’t forget to take a break from your studies and participate in the Christmas season.
1. Garvan Gardens Holiday Lights
Garvan Woodland Gardens transforms its botanical garden into a winter wonderland every year with thousands of Christmas lights. The light display has become a popular attraction during the holiday season for Hot Springs. The display is open nightly through Dec. 31 from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door or online here. Complimentary hot chocolate is also offered.
2. Christmas Caroling
What better way to spread Christmas cheer than singing loud for all to hear? Get a group of friends together, wear ugly Christmas sweaters and festive hats and go sing to people in the community. People will love hearing the classics like Rudolph or Silent Night.
3. Christmas Movie Marathon
Cuddle up in your dorm room with your closest friends and watch the top Christmas movies. A few of my favorites are “Home Alone,” “Scrooge,” “The Santa Clause,” “Elf,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
4. Ice Skating
Ice skating is a classic winter activity. Arkansas is a little too warm for an outdoor skating rink, but the Arkansas Skatium in Little Rock provides a year-round indoor option. Basic admission is $10 or $13 if you are renting skates. Special deals are also offered including Thursday night Cheap Skate where admission and skate rental are $7. Roller skating is also offered. For more information, visit the Arkansas Skatium website here.
5. Christmas Party
Get your friends together for a party. Crank up the music and give a prize for the ugliest sweater. Exchange gifts, have fun games and decorate cookies. This is a chance to have one last party before the semester ends.
6. Send Christmas Cards
Everyone likes receiving snail mail. Send out Christmas cards to your friends or encouragement cards that will get them through finals week. Buy them or make them, your friends will really appreciate them.
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