The holidays are rapidly approaching, the semester is coming to an end, and you’ll soon be heading home to see your family and old friends. Some people are heading home to join their families for a trip to Disney World or a cruise to the Bahamas, while others might have absolutely no plans. Whether your itinerary is depressingly empty because of limited funds or transportation means, fear not: there’s lots of fun ways to spend your winter break locally on a budget.
If you’re currently strapped for cash, the best way to spend your time off may be to get a holiday job rather than staying home watching Netflix and being unproductive. Getting a job can add both meaning to your day and money to your wallet. Retailers such as: Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, and Guess are looking for seasonal employees to fit their holiday sale needs. For more holiday listings in your area, check snagajob.com, glassdoor.com, or simply do a Google search.
If, to you, the word “break” indicates that you shouldn’t lift a finger, there are still plenty of winter activities to participate in at little to no cost.
One of the benefits of living in the Sunshine State is being able to take a swim in the dead of winter. Rather than just heading to the pool, add some holiday flair by attending the Boynton Beach Parks Department’s Holiday Pool Party at the John H. Denson Pool. The event, taking place on Saturday, Dec 22 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, is a family-oriented party and will include holiday music and games. There is no event admission cost, but general pool admission fees apply: free for children under 12, $1 for youths ages 13-17, and $2 for adults.
Another fun way to liven up your winter break is to go out and feel like you’re in a Hallmark movie, instead of just watching one. Cauley Square is a historical village with the cutest throwback vibes. On Sunday, Dec 16 from 11 AM to 6 PM, Santa Claus is coming to the little town to pose for selfies and family photos. Fun activities include: face painting, balloon art, crafts, train rides, live performances, free giveaways, and food specials at the village’s onsite restaurants. Admission is free for children 0-3 years old, and $5 each for adults and children.
Finally, if you’re looking for after-hours fun, look no further than Wynwood, Miami’s favorite art district. Wynwood NYE 2019 will be taking place at 8:00 PM on Monday, Dec 3, and will continue through 3:00 AM on Tuesday, Jan 1, at the Wynwood Marketplace. The event will feature fire eaters, artists, dancers, hula hoops, and live music to get everyone in the party mood. Admission is free and it is free to RSVP—which gets you a free drink if you’re one of the first 500 to arrive—but there is also a $16 party pack which includes a free drink and party favors while supplies last.
For more information on these events, head to eventbrite.com. If these events don’t pique your interest or aren’t in your area, the website can help you find other activities to make the most of your staycation. There are many free or low-cost ways to have fun and finding them just takes a quick Google search and a few clicks, so there’s no excuse for you not to have a holly jolly holiday!
by Sabine Joseph