Not Home for the Holidays? Boston Has Plenty to Offer!

By Lainey Younkin, RD

Your New Year’s Eve fun is over, but you’ve still got about 20 days until classes start again.  If you’re sticking around Boston for winter break, heading back early after your holiday fun, or looking for new weekend ideas this winter, check out the list below.

1.    Ice-skating at Frog Pond

New to the city or not, don’t miss the opportunity to go ice-skating outside at The Boston Common Frog Pond.  Be sure to check the forecast first and bundle up if it’s looking frigid – think two pairs of socks.  Even if you’ve been before, there are new reasons to head out again this year.  There is now a College Night, Tuesdays starting at 5pm, that offers admission to the rink for only $2.00 per person with a college ID.  In addition to admission, adult skate rentals cost $9.00.  If you’ve never skated, the rink also offers group and private lessons.  You can check out more information here.

2.    Frozen Fenway 2012

Sticking with the theme of ice rinks, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones who get to play at Fenway.  Starting January 1st, 2012, Fenway will be transformed from a baseball field into an ice rink as local schools and regional colleges show off their hockey skills at Frozen Fenway 2012.  Tickets are available online and start as low as $5.00.  If you like watching hockey but can’t afford the Bruins this might be the place for you.

3.    Boston Sports

However, there are opportunities to see the professionals as well.  The Bruins and Celtics play at the TD Garden over the winter, and you would be amiss to leave this city without experiencing some true Boston sports fanatics.  Check out the websites for ticket and schedule information: Bruins and Celtics.

4.    Candlepin Bowling

Other cities may offer traditional bowling, but have you been candlepin bowling?  Put a spin on your game with this style of bowling that is unique to Canada and New England.  The bowling balls are smaller and do not have holes.  The pins are taller and thinner, thus harder to knock down.  Get a group together and try it yourself.  You can check it out at Boston Bowl, Lanes and Games, Sacco’s, or at South Boston Bowlarama, which is just a quick bus ride from the Broadway T stop on the red line.

5.    Chinese New Year Celebration – Lion Dance Parade 2012

If you’ve spent most of your money on gifts, eggnog, and traveling, you may want to do something that’s fun but free this winter.  Fun, free, and also convenient for Friedman students is the Chinese New Year Celebration.  Head to Chinatown on January 29th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for the Lion Dance Parade.  You can follow the parade from business to business as they dance in front of the doors wishing prosperity in the New Year.  Afterwards, don’t forget to eat at one of the delicious Chinese restaurants in the area!

This list is just a start to your winter fun in Boston.  You don’t want to miss all that this city has to offer, even if it is chilly and the snow is piled high.  This list is obviously not exhaustive, since Boston is full of museums, concerts, and other festivals.  Check out more events here.

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Lainey is a first year Nutrition Communication student and registered dietitian.  She enjoys running, rock climbing, and traveling to the South.  She hopes to help people have a positive relationship with food.  When not doing school work, she enjoys selling jewelry through her business at Stella and Dot – .  

The Friedman Sprout is a monthly student run newspaper that aims to serve the student population at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, prospective students, and alumni. Our mission is to report on newsworthy information that affects the Friedman community including nutrition research, food policy, internship and volunteer opportunities, as well as school events. Our editorial slant is that of sustainability in food and nutrition.

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