Camilla Bianchi, ‘19
It’s that time of the year. The weather gets colder, night comes earlier, and the city brightens up with lights. Christmas is coming, winter break will start soon, and we won’t have anything to do all day, but eat and play board games with our families. What else can one do during winter break? New York is one of the most active cities in the world. There’s a lot of things to do during the winter, to help BHSEC students get through Christmas break without getting bored.
The first thing to do in New York is shopping for last-minute gifts, because we do procrastinate. Times Square is an awesome place to shop, it is also a great place to get in the holiday mood, and walk around with friends and family surrounded by tall Christmas trees and flying snowflakes. If you can’t find the perfect present in Times Square, Bryant Park is a good place to shop if you don’t have a specific present in mind yet. The park is surrounded with small Christmas shops that sell anything from gloves and scarfs to wallets and purses. If you already found the perfect present, Bryant Park is also a beautiful place to ice skate, the rink is next to a very tall Christmas Tree that is decorated not only with lights, but many other sorts of ornaments. Jadzia Lyons, ninth grader, who has already ice skated in the park says,”It is awesome, the rink is spacious and the employees are really nice.”
The most popular ice skating rink in New York, on the other hand, is the one at Rockefeller Center. Rockefeller is mostly known for its giant Christmas tree decorated with thousands of bright and colorful lights, there are also coffee shops to stop to for a post-skating hot chocolate. If the line is too long to actually ice skate, there is a huge Lego store right outside of the rink, it is fun to simply visit the store, but it could also be an excellent resource for last-minute Christmas presents.
Raisa, ninth grader, said, “I’d rather be stay home on my phone than going out in the cold.” If you’re not a fan of the cold weather either, musicals can be a lot of fun and still put you in the Christmas mood. There are many Christmas themed musicals. If you like funny Christmas comedies then Elf the Musical is worth watching, the musical is playing at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden Dec 9-27. It is about Buddy the adopted elf who visits New York City to find his real dad. Another Christmas themed show is A Christmas Carol. If you have watched the movie or read the story, the musical is definitely something you should consider going to. It is about a grumpy old man who is taken on a trip to past present and future by three spirits on Christmas Eve. For those people that do not like the holidays and would do anything to get away from Christmas and their screaming families at home, the best solution is to go to the movies. There are many movies coming out in the Christmas season. On December 18 the movie that has been talked about for months, “Star Wars the Force Awakens”, was finally released, along with the children’s movie “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Sisters.” Then on Christmas day, the movie “Joy” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Deniro, and Bradley Cooper starring, will be released. Anwen Burns, ninth grader, is looking forward to watching the movie she says, “I’m super excited to see Jennifer Lawrence”. On Christmas day the movies “Concussion,” “Daddy’s Home,” and “Point Break” will also be.
Hopefully Bard students will not find this guide completely useless because they are spending the whole break catching up on homework, stressing out about finals, and watching netflix to recover from the semester. Teachers will not have a lot of free time either, Ms. Riviere said, “I will probably be grading most of the time.” Happy Holidays!