8 Winter Wonderland Activities To Do In Baltimore

8 Winter Wonderland Activities To Do In Baltimore

The weather is starting to cool and if you're anything like me, you're excited for Winter time activities and festivities! Here are some fun ideas to knock out this Winter in Baltimore, Maryland!

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1. Miracle on 34th street

If you love the holidays, you'll love Miracle on 34th Street. The lights are like no other. Some of the lights are Maryland themed, others are makeshift decorations made out of things like hubcaps. It is so much fun to take pictures with your family and friends. It is a great experience to enjoy the holiday spirit that a street in Baltimore offers each year.

700 W 34th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

2. Pandora's Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor

The ice rink is opening on November 9th this year. $10 if you have your own skates and $14 if you need rentals, and then you are free to skate on the outdoor rink. It is so cool to skate around in the city. And if you are like me and cannot skate, its okay it is fun to watch others skate and enjoy the festivities around the area.

Top of the Amphitheater, Inner Harbor
Located between the Harborplace Pavilions
201 E Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202


3. The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2017/03/inside-baltimores-iconic-bromo-seltzer-tower/

The art tower is open on Saturday 11am-4pm. If you are looking for an indoor activity to stay warm, what better activity than to visit an art exhibit. The art tower switches out exhibits quite frequently, so you can go more than once during the winter months!

21 South Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 874-3596

4. Harbor Point Ice Festival 

The next ice festival's date is still to be determined (last year it was held in mid-January). The ice festival has music, stilt walkers, hot chocolate, crafts and an ice carving competition.

5. The Mayor's Christmas Parade

This years Christmas Parade is the 46th annual parade. It is being held on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The parade route is 2.5 miles long and Santa Clause will be there!

6. The Festival of Trees

A three-day event (November 23-25, 2018) full of decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses. There is also live entertainment, gift boutiques and Santa Clause!

Located at the Maryland State Fairgrounds

7. Get Hot Chocolate at the Charmery

The Charmery is a cafe located in Baltimore. They are known for their handcrafted ice cream and rich hot chocolate. They are the place to go in the hot and the cold!

801 W. 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

8. Attempt an Escape Room

If you are a competitor by heart you will probably love the Baltimore escape room! They have 4 different 6 player escape rooms. One of their escape rooms doesn't even have a winner yet!

31 Light Street, Suite 201

Baltimore, MD 21202

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The Struggle Of Going Back To College After The Holidays

Analysis of the conflicted feelings of wanting to stay home versus going back to school.
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I've always said that winter break from school is the best break of all, even better than summer. All my friends and I have decided this because, on winter break, you have a new semester or new quarter waiting for you, meaning there will be no work to be done over break. No homework equals all the time in the world to relax and enjoy the time you have off for the holidays.

This year, I had an entire month to be home for the holidays - December 15th to January 15th. As I return to school tomorrow, I reflect on my conflicted feelings about going back to school.

Because it has been an entire month, I obviously miss my friends, roommates, and life at college for sure. But at the same time, I can't help but be upset to leave the comfort and familiarity of my own home, where I have no major responsibilities or deadlines like the ones waiting for me when I return to school.

Usually, it is easy for me to decide which feeling I feel the most - am I more excited to return to school, or am I more upset to leave home? I've concluded that due to the holidays, it has been impossible for me to make this choice.

On holiday break, the pros of being at home are:

1. Home Cooked Meals

Much better than cafeteria food, by a mile.

2. Your Own Bed

No offense to dorm mattresses, but my bed at home takes the cake.

3. No Homework

This one is a no-brainer.

4. Getting to be in your hometown

Perfect for those who may be a little homesick.

5. Seeing old friends

And those who miss their middle school and high school friends.

6. Spending time with family

The best part about winter break.


All of these reasons are things that tug at my heartstrings when I think about returning to college, but then once my mind is on that topic, I can't help but think about all the reasons I am excited to go back.

The pros of going back to school are:

1. Reuniting with roommates and friends

The people you spend every day with, you finally get to see again.

2. Excitement of a new semester

Getting used to a new schedule can be a thriller.

3. Living on your own

Being with family is wonderful, but living independently can be extremely fun to return to after the holidays.

4. Going out on the weekends

College nightlife is definitely more happening than hometown nightlife.

5. Exploring new places

If you go to college far away, going on adventures can be a great way to spend free time.


After evaluating these lists of pros in my mind, I still believe nothing will force me to choose between my conflicted feelings. Although this is a frustrating feeling, I have to remember how lucky I am to have two different places in my life that being away from both makes me sad. When I am home, I use every minute that I have to spend here to fully appreciate the wonderful place that I come from. When I am at school, I try to take in the time I have there, because 4 years does go by very quickly. Something reassuring to me is that I know I am not the only one in the world who feels this way, for everyone struggles with leaving home, leaving school, or returning to either depending on their feelings about them.

So, I hope this little narrative of mine can serve as a message to anyone reading this, that wherever you are in life, appreciate the time you have there because you'll never know how much you may miss it someday. And, always be hopeful to return.


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10 Ways To Spend Your College Snow Day

Let's be real, everyone could use a catch up day of 5.

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Most days it seems like there is not enough hours in the day to get everything done. "Back in the day" aka in high school, snow days were under appreciated and not properly taken advantage of. Every once in a blue moon winter graces us with weather so bad the college gives a whole day off, here's 10 great ways to spend yours!

1. SLEEPING IN!

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Unarguably, the best way to start your day is to not start it in the morning!

2. Catching up on homework and studying!

Lets be real, everyone could use a catch up day or 5.

3. Cleaning your room!

We all know this one isn't going to happen, but its a good thought!

4. Catching up on laundry!

There is never enough time to do this in a normal day, but MAYBE if classes are cancelled...

5. Grocery Shopping!

Impulse buys. That is all I am gonna say about that.

6. Taking a nap!

Sleep in AND take a nap? Best day ever!

7. Calling your parents/grandparents/friends!

Let someone know that you're thinking about them!

8. Sledding or ice skating!

Make the most out of the cold weather!

9. Picking up a shift at work!

I've never heard anyone complain about extra money/hours on pay day!

10. Laying in bed and watching Netflix all day long ( a series or 2)!

Netflix (or Hulu) and snacks? Can't top that!

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