By: Gisselle Venable
At the end of the fall semester, everything seems to be moving a mile a minute. There are papers to be written, presentations to be done, and most eminent of all, finals to be taken. It’s only fitting that the holiday season falls in line with this, so why not treat yourself to some well-deserved fun and relaxation after all the hard work?
There are endless festive activities in the South Bend area, but for those who prefer to take in the natural beauty of winter and spend time outside, look no further than a classic: ice skating. Howard Park offers public ice skating by reservation seven days a week. The area covers 16,000 square feet, and is open to anyone, regardless of experience. Admission is $7 for youth ages three to 14 and $10 for ages 15 and up. Reservation prices not only cover entry, but rental skates as well. Tickets can be purchased at the park or online.
If you prefer an activity less rooted in sport, but still seek outdoor fun, the Potawatomi Zoo is holding its annual Gift of Lights. The walk-through light show is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 18. Admission is $6 for children ages three to 14, $11 for adults ages 15-61 and $6 for those over age 61. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance online.
The end of the year often brings out the artistry in people, and there are plenty of events waiting for you to hone your artistic abilities. The LGBTQ center in South Bend is hosting a community crafting day in which participants will be able to create and craft their own ornament. The event will take place Dec. 10 from 2-4 p.m. and is open to anyone.
Wine and Canvas is another artistic activity, this time rooted in painting. Although it is available year-round, there are numerous winter and holiday-themed paintings through the rest of the month. Participants are able to choose a day and painting to emulate while being offered food and beverages. If you don’t consider yourself skilled in this form of art, don’t worry! Wine and Canvas offers a step-by-step tutorial of each painting, so not only do you get to enjoy the art, you get to learn and develop your skills along the way. For more information, visit https://wineandcanvas.com/south-bend/events.
For those that would rather view the arts than create, the Morris Performing Arts Center is hosting Home for the Holidays, performed by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The event will take place on two separate days, the first on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and the second on Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online and prices vary by age and seating. A student discount is available.