Christmas lights in the window

When the Old Town lights go up and Christmas music starts playing in every store in town — you know that the holiday season is finally upon us. So, if you celebrate Christmas, here are some ideas to keep you busy until then and help you get into the holiday spirit. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, these ideas will at least keep you entertained through break!

Dec. 16

Play in the snow! Channel your inner-kid with snowball fights and snow angels. Honestly, who doesn’t want to build a snowman?

Dec. 17

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Old Town!  Even better than a walk through the twinkling lights is a magical ride through them as the December snow falls.

Dec. 18

Go ice skating! Bundle up with some friends and head over to Edora Pool Ice Center and skate the night away.

Dec. 19

Watch all the holiday movie classics! From “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to “Home Alone,” holiday movie favorites will keep you feeling festive on those cold winter nights.

Dec. 20

Make a gingerbread house and bake cookies! Buy one of those gingerbread kits at the grocery store and decorate away.  The best part about the holidays is gobbling up all the goodies!

Dec. 21

Go to an ugly Christmas sweater party! Being surrounded by all those goofy sweaters is a great way to take part in the holiday festivities.

Dec. 22

Send out holiday cards!  Write letters to all those family members who want to know “where are you going to college?” and “what’s your plan for next year?” It will save you a few redundant conversations.

Dec. 23

Spend time with your family! Whether it’s in person or via Skype, the holidays are meant to be spent with family, even the crazy ones.

Dec. 24

Drink hot cocoa! Make this winter treat especially festive with some snowflake marshmallows and a peppermint stick.

Christmas Day

Hang your stocking by the chimney with care! After an entire month of anticipation, make sure to enjoy Christmas Day and all the festivities that come along with it.

This article was created for the Holiday Gift Guide produced by College Avenue Magazine staff.