Five Winter Activities in New England

Winter in the New England area can be dreary and seem to drag on forever. A couple weeks after February break or on day two of being stuck inside due to a snowstorm many people may find themselves wondering “If they will EVER see the sun again?” To help avoid three months of cabin fever, here are some events and activities that can make that cold, wet, frozen, white stuff a bit more bearable.


Ball It Up in Boston(PC:

Conditions may be terrible outside but inside TD garden, they are perfect for catching up on Winter sports. The Celtics and The Bruins seasons are in full swing. Grab some friends, snag a couple tickets, and channel your inner new englander to cheer on these teams for a night.


Hit the Slopes(PC:

While Massachusetts is not known for its ski destinations, sometimes getting to Vermont or New Hampshire is too much of hassle that ~really~ does not fit in with the 1001 other things going on this semester. However hitting the slopes doesn’t have to be as stressful with these nearby, low-key ski locations. For small hills with skiing and snowboarding, try Blue Hills Ski Area or if you’re looking for more of a nature walk or cross-country skiing try Weston Ski Track.  If winter sports are really not your thing, sledding is always an option and these are the best places in the area!


Rock N’ Skate(PC:

Through the month of February a skate path will wind its way through government center and on Friday nights it doubles as a dance floor. For two hours skate around and enjoy a lit mix from DJ Vince while on the ice. Afterward grab a bite to eat or warm up with hot chocolate from Quincy Market just across the street. Already have Friday night plans? Hit it up on Thursday and score 50% off admission price when you show a college ID.


Taste of Chocolate Festival(PC:

The weather outside might be frightful but free chocolate will have me lacing up my snow boots in no time. On January 27 from 1-2 pm there will be a free chocolate tasting as part of the annual Taste of Chocolate festival in Harvard Square. Hop on the Brandeis shuttle and come ready to dive into delicious delicacies from local shops including JP Licks, Zinneken’s, and Tatte Bakery and Cafe.


Wander Into a Fairytale(PC:

So hear me out, this attraction is not the closest and at surface level sounds crazy. In Lincoln, NH (about a 2 hour drive from Brandeis) there is a ~huge~ ice castle that is carefully crafted and lit up during the night to provide castle-goers with a magical “Did I just step into Arendelle?” experience. Take advantage of not having Friday classes this semester or visit during February break to create your own fairytale.