9 Totally Awesome Day-cations You Should Take This Season
Keep cabin fever at bay with these fun winter activities for the family.
For much of the country, winter is a time of cold temperatures and wet snow. Staying inside all season is certainly one way to wait out the bad weather, but that kind of isolation can bring on the winter blues. So in addition to cooking up cozy meals and desserts to pass the time, venture outside to make any day a special one with these fun activities.
Too snowy or cold to venture out? Here’s what you guys can do super close to home.
Visit a Christmas Market
Open-air Christmas markets are one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit. Inspired by German holiday festivals, these markets are filled with ornate decorations, handmade jewelry, nutcrackers and more from local, national and international vendors. Not to mention tons of delicious foods like sausages, strudel, boxes of candies and steins of hearty German beer. So grab your family, a few mugs of hot cocoa or cider, and take a stroll around the stand under sparkling lights.
Whether it’s done outdoors on a frozen lake, a community rink or an indoor ice center, ice-skating is quintessential winter. Just be sure to dress warm (and bring these Thermos-worthy cocoa recipes). And be careful—especially if you’re skating on a local lake or pond. In these natural settings, be sure to double check the ice thickness before you get started. Clear-looking ice should be at least 4 inches thick to safely skate on, and white, or “snow-ice,” should be at least 8 inches thick.
Visit a Local Zoo
This favorite summertime activity makes a great winter one, too. Most zoos fill their campus with Christmas decorations and trees. Some even throw special events like Santa visits, light shows and live music. Plus, most animals are kept in their indoor habitats, so you and your family can get a reprieve from the extra-chilly weather by joining them inside.
Browse a Christmas Tree Market
Make choosing a Christmas tree a family affair. Bring the kids to your local tree market, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, visit a choose-and-cut farm where you can pick the freshest tree possible.
Catch a Show
Attend a holiday theater production, like A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker. Not only will the show put your family in the holiday spirit, but most theaters also fully decorate their lobbies, adding an extra-special layer of festivity.
If you’d rather stay home to watch Netflix instead, make these recipes to go with your favorite Christmas movies.
Take in the Local Lights
Take a drive around your town (or neighboring ones) and check out local Christmas-lit homes. To make it extra special, bring travel mugs of hot cocoa and a Tupperware of fresh-baked cookies.
Volunteer for a Good Cause
Give back this holiday season by volunteering at a local soup kitchen, or by participating in a food or gift drive. Not only will it help others in your community, but it proves that giving is always more rewarding than receiving.
Visit a Museum
Whether it’s a local children’s museum, planetarium or science museum, this educational adventure is a great way to keep kids’ minds sharp during winter break—and it’ll keep you out of the cold on especially chilly winter days. Be sure to run a quick Google search before you go to check if there are any upcoming free-admission days.
Stay at a Cozy Cabin
If you want to get away for more than a day, spend a night or two at a comfy country house. Getting away from home is an opportunity to spend quality time with family exploring a new town, or staying in to play board games or just hang out in a fresh setting. And, since full house rentals can be as low as $70 a night, your little getaway doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out HomeAway or VRBO to explore towns and homes.
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