Ava Vendittelli ‘22: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on, the holiday season approaches. Although it seems like the new restrictions and ongoing pandemic puts a dent in the holiday season, there remains plenty of activities to enjoy while keeping yourself and others safe.
The Rink at Campus Martius
A tradition for many, the ice skating rink in Downtown Detroit remains a great way to take advantage of the winter weather while staying safe. The rink opened Wednesday, December 9th and requires skaters to wear a face covering and remain a six feet distance from others.
Bake Holiday Cookies
Holiday cookies remain a staple in the season, and this year provides the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. The plenty of delicious recipes to choose from include sugar cookies, madeleines, gingerbread cookies, etc. Get creative by decorating the cookies with winter designs such as snowflakes or snowmen.
Rochester’s ‘Big Bright Light Show’
Walk through Downtown Rochester with family or friends to enjoy the iconic lights that Rochester businesses put up. As you enjoy the mesmerizing lights, grab a hot chocolate from a hot chocolate stand or Dessert Oasis to warm up. The Rochester lights will illuminate each evening until January 3, 2021. Viewers must remember to wear a mask and remain a six foot distance.
Holiday Movie Marathon
With movie theatres shut down, hosting an in-home movie marathon allows for a safe way to celebrate the season. If safe, invite a few friends or family members to enjoy Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Elf, The Grinch, Polar Express, and many more.
Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
Although making a gingerbread house from scratch remains no easy task, it comes with a rewarding feeling. Sites such as Food Network provide step-by-step recipes and instructions on how to make a gingerbread house. Recruit family members for help in this process and enjoy personalizing your gingerbread house.
DTE’s ‘Magic of Lights’
Located in Clarkston at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, this drive through light show ranges 1.5 miles. Tickets range from $15-$35 depending on the day and type of vehicle. Enjoy the holiday-themed light displays with your family or friends, completely distanced from others. The spectacular light show remains available until January 2, 2021.
Detroit Zoo’s ‘Wild Lights’
Yet another magical light show, the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo features over 280 light sculptures as well as more than five million LED lights enhancing the beauty of trees and buildings. Tickets range from $15-$20 and an $8 parking fee is required. There is a limited capacity and limited outdoor seating at restaurants in order for people to enjoy the breathtaking light show safely.
Snowboarding or skiing provides a more active way to safely enjoy the season. These activities allow you to be distanced from others while taking advantage of the snow. Local ski & snowboard resort, Pine Knob, requires masks to be worn and prohibits gear from being stored in the lodge in order to keep everyone safe.
Make Hot Chocolate Bombs
A trending DIY dessert, hot chocolate bombs are easy-to-make balls filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows that explode in warm milk, making instant hot chocolate. Requiring just a sphere mold, quality chocolate, hot chocolate mix, and marshmallows, making these bombs provide a fun and easy activity. The website ‘Sugar Geek Show’ provides an easy-to-follow recipe.
An iconic holiday activity tends to be overlooked, creating your own ornaments allows you to be creative and festive. Get clear ornaments, paint, and glitter. Most come with a removable top which allows you to pour paint or glitter in. Personalize the ornaments however you desire with colors, pictures, or glitter.
Although the pandemic causes life to be different during the holiday season, there remains a number ways to keep joy and holiday spirit in the air. While doing these activities, remember to socially distance yourself from others and wear a mask when necessary.