The Observer’s guide to Winter Break

The Observer's guide to Winter Break

Courtesy of the city of Gaithersburg.

By Katie Clem, Production Editor

Christmas break is approaching which means visiting family or traveling abroad. However staying home this break does not mean it has to be boring. Here are some suggestions of what to do here in the DMV area.

Washington Chorus: A Candlelight Christmas: Music fanatics have a chance to listen to traditional carols and sing-a-longs at the Washington Chorus on Dec. 15, 21, and 22 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Candle-lit processions and a 200 voice chorus are some of the few events that will take place at the Kennedy Center those nights.

Winter Lights Festival: From Nov. 29 to Dec. 31, families can take a three-and-a-half mile drive through Seneca Creek State Park to see dozens of lights in animated and still displays.

According to junior Wendy Letim, it is a very bright and festive experience.

National Christmas tree: Students can visit the National Christmas Tree until Jan. 1, 2014. The lighting of the tree has been a tradition since 1923. Each year it is lit by the President and the first wife. Musical performances are held up until Dec. 22, and open to the public.

Skating: Skating is a great activity that can take place at any local ice rink no matter where students live. It is a fun, group activity where everyone is included.

“Skating is nice because you get exercise, but can still hang out with your friends,” junior Sam Myers. “You can also be at any level of experience and still go skating.”

Let go of the stress of school and make sure to have a fantastic winter break full of fun activities.