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Holiday Activities for Cheap

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Clark chapter.

The holiday season is upon us. But not everyone has a lot of money to spend–us at Her Campus Clark included! So here are some ways to still get in the festivities and not splurge too much.

Late Night Drive

Gather a group of your best friends or family and go around town looking at 

the holiday lights on people’s houses. An alternative since this may not be the 

cheapest option (driving around takes gas) is to walk. As you are walking around 

you will see things you may have missed when driving, while still enjoying the 

beautiful lights. ​

Ice Skating

Often colleges will have discounts for students to go to a local skating rink.This could also count for a cute date idea. Even if you do not know how to skate,  falling on your face will make for some pretty great memories.


Gingerbread houses are a lot of fun especially when you put your creativity and 

all into making them the best. Try baking cookies shaped like bells or snowmen 

and then passing them out around your hall. You will eat and also make friends 

along the way. 

Room Decor

Decorating your room for the holidays can change your entire mood. You can 

find cheap decorations at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Tjmaxx, etc. Adding a small 

Christmas tree can help you stay motivated through finals to finish strong. 

Community Service

Around this time, the days are shorter and temperatures drop. Going out into 

your community and helping out at the soup kitchen or food pantry or helping 

your neighbor rake leaves, etc. There is an endless list of organizations looking 

for people to help them out. 


If you are good at singing or just like to sing, going around your neighborhood 

singing holiday carols may be the activity for you. I do not suggest caroling in 

your dorm halls, your dorm neighbors might not thank you. Be mindful of other 

people’s spaces and be respectful.  

Monica Sager is a freelance writer from Clark University, where she is pursuing a double major in psychology and self-designed journalism with a minor in English. She wants to become an investigative journalist to combat and highlight humanitarian issues. Monica has previously been published in The Pottstown Mercury, The Week UK, Worcester Telegram and Gazette and even The Boston Globe. Read more of Monica’s previous work on her Twitter @MonicaSager3.