The Home Stretch of the Semester: 5 Smart Things To Do Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break is practically here, and while it can be tempting to sleep and watch movies all break, your future self will thank you if you’re even a little bit productive during break. Here are 5 (productive) things to do over Thanksgiving Break as a college student:

  1. Get caught up: Were there reading assignments you put off during the semester because you were too busy? Thanksgiving Break is the perfect time to return to those readings, take notes, and be better prepared for the next test! This break is also the ideal time to revisit any topics you didn’t completely understand the first time around.
  2. Get ahead: With final projects right around the corner, this is a great time to make major progress on them without other class assignments getting in the way. (Imagine how thankful you’ll be when you sit down to complete your project in December and it’s already halfway done!)
  3. Create an academic plan: Spring registration is open, and registering over break gives you time to review your academic plan and make any necessary changes (make sure you run these past your advisor) before registering. Having an academic plan helps keep you on track to graduate by making sure you’re taking the right classes in the right sequence.
  4. Catch up on self-enrichment activities: During the semester, you probably cut out some personal time, but Thanksgiving Break gives you the opportunity to relax and spend time doing fun activities you don’t have time for when the semester is in full-swing. From reading or cooking, to napping or family time, Thanksgiving Break is a time to unwind and focus on yourself.
  5. Make to-do lists: By now, you probably have a good sense of what’s coming for the remainder of the semester. Take advantage of this during break by writing out to-do lists. Regardless of whether you add them straight to your planner or write yourself sticky notes, having due dates written out can help reduce some of the stress you’ll most likely experience during the final stretch of the semester.

We’re in the home stretch of the fall semester, and Thanksgiving Break gives us some extra time that we can utilize to get ahead. If you work on these things over break, we guarantee you’ll be glad you got them out of the way when you had the spare time!

We hope your break is as productive as it is relaxing!

10 Fun Things To Do in Philly Over Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving is a time for great food, friends and family, catching up on your sleep and starting to prepare yourself for the end of the semester. Thanksgiving break is also the perfect time to head to the City of Brotherly Love to have some fun! We’ve outlined 10 (of the many) awesome things to do in Philadelphia during Thanksgiving break!

1.) Christmas Village


Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outdoor Holiday market located in Center City.   The village is a replica of a traditional Christmas market in Germany.  With more than 80 vendors with food, drinks, ornaments, holiday gifts and more, visiting Christmas Village is a “must-do” over your break!


2.) Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest


If you love to ice skate, this is the PERFECT activity for you and your friends! The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open from November 24, 2017 to March 4, 2018. This fest includes a beautifully lit landscape, outdoor seating area with fire pits, warming cabins, games, foods and drinks! Text your friends NOW – and make a plan to head down to the RiverRink.


3.)  America’s Garden Capital Maze


America’s Garden Capital Maze will be returning to Dilworth Park for a second season! It’s a pop-up maze mixed with a garden! The maze features beautiful lights and plants that will highlight more than 30 public gardens and historic landscapes around Philadelphia.


4.) Hit the Cinema!


Head to a theater near you and see Disney/Pixar’s latest film, Coco! The movie is about a musician Miguel, who has to face his family’s ban of music. There are many theaters in the area including United Artists Grant Plaza 9, AMC Woodhaven 10, AMC Philadelphia Mills, and Regal Cinemas Warrington Crossing 22!


5.) Christmas at Peddler’s Village


If a huge gingerbread display is something you would be interested in, you have to check out Peddler’s Village! Located at 2400 Street Road in New Hope, this outdoor shopping mall is perfect for a chilly day!


6.)  Longwood Gardens


Located in Kennett Square, PA, Longwood Gardens is home to a four-acre conservatory filled with holiday lights, topiaries, music, and more! This is definitely a Christmas outing you do not want to miss.


7.) Christmas Light Show at Macy’s


Shopping followed by a Christmas light show? Yes please! The Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia, home to the department store Macy’s, comes to life with thousands of Christmas lights from November 25 – December 3, 2017.  This 100,000-light show is narrated by Julie Andrews and features music from the famous Wanamaker Organ.  Performances are free and take place every two hours during store hours.  


8.) Reading Terminal Market Holiday Railroad


Stop in for a bite to eat and check out the Reading Terminal Holiday Railroad! It features an interactive model train set that celebrates the history of the best food market in the area!


9.) Comcast Holiday Spectacular


This 15 minute Comcast Holiday Spectacular needs to be added to your to-do list! Open from November 23 – January 1, 2018, this 15 minute show features a musical journey with some of the greatest holiday music such as Carol of the Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, and The Twelve Days of Christmas. You can see this show at the top of each hour from 10am – 8pm through December 31.


10.) Small Business Saturday

An American holiday that falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday is a great way to support small and local businesses! Philadelphia is home to SO MANY great small businesses, so support one (or a few) and get started on your holiday shopping!


Happy Thanksgiving!