Fun, Socially Distant, Ways to Spend Your Winter Break


Delaney Coppola

Walking my dogs in this weeks’ snow!

Delaney Coppola, Contributing Writer

After catching up on sleep and celebrating the holidays, you may find yourself looking for some fun, covid-safe activities to fill the next 11days off. Although big gatherings and tropical vacations may not be in the cards this year, there are still plenty of creative ways to enjoy this holiday season!

A Family Walk

Bring your dogs, siblings, and parents and take a tour of your neighborhoods’ holiday decorations! Enjoy the pretty New England snow and (expected) mild weather this week! I promise it will make your mom’s holiday if you ask her to go on a walk!

Snowshoeing/Cross Country Skiing

Another way to stay active and enjoy the snow, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are perfect opportunities to spend time outdoors with friends and family. Junior Mila Ranocha comments, “My family got snowshoes for Christmas last year, so I’m hoping there is enough snow over the break to use them!” Find paths near your house or drive to Wompatuck State Park, Bare Cove, or World’s End!

Make a Blanket

A recent trend, chunky blankets are a perfect way to bundle up this winter and double as a thoughtful gift! Head to a local craft store to pick up some yarn, listen to music or watch your favorite show while making this blanket for a relaxing afternoon! Click here for a tutorial!


Try making hot chocolate bombs or bake some cookies to send to your relatives. With plenty of festive holiday recipes on Youtube or Google, now is the perfect time to experiment with something new! Junior Deirdre O’Donnell reflects, “I baked chocolate chip m and m cookies cause my friend dropped off dough in a mason jar as a gift. I made them in the shape of hearts and it made things feel a bit more festive after dealing with the chaos of school the past couple of weeks. My dad, my brother, and the rest of my family really loved them!”

Virtual Game Night

A favorite of my family, virtual game nights are a great way to connect with relatives or friends from afar! With slight adaptations and a little creativity, many games including, Pictionary, charades, and trivia, are just as fun over zoom or facetime! While it isn’t the same in person fun that we miss, it is still a great way to stay connected and cheerful through the holidays!

Whether from this list or your ideas, I hope you find many ways to enjoy your winter vacation and celebrate the season. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year! From our Harborlight Newspaper family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a bright new year!