Unconventional Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break

by Tori Fourman

Staying in the city over Thanksgiving weekend? Can’t think of what to do while your friends are in the comfort of their homes, enjoying ample turkey and pie? Here are some unconventional ways to celebrate this weekend:

You’ll never again have this much time to contemplate
the crushing capitalist exploitation of the holiday season.

1. Decorate your dorm room for the holidays: string up some lights, make some paper snowflakes to hang from your ceiling, construct a wreath for your door, etc. Anything to make the upcoming winter season a little less dreary, right?

2. Organize your room: you’ve got a few days of free time, so now might be a good time to organize your closet/desk/entire dorm if you’ve been too busy to do it earlier.

3. Try out a new recipe in the lounge: be it Thanksgiving-related food or not, you’ll most likely have the lounge to yourself —now would be a perfect time to try out something you’ve been wanting to make.
4. Go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: it might be cold and hideously crowded, but it also might be a pretty neat spectacle to witness.

5. Better yet, the Parade’s Balloon Inflation ritual might be better than the main event itself. Head over to the streets around the American Museum of Natural History the night before the parade to see the balloons at your own pace.

6. Black Friday: take advantage of the crazy deals and buy yourself something awesome.

7. Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour: the day after Thanksgiving, go on a food tour of the Lower East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Price for students is $20 (includes the price of food), and requires booking ahead of time.

This is also perfectly acceptable. 

8.Head over to the Union Square Holiday Market, where you’ll find over 150 vendors selling unique trinkets and handcrafted jewelry.

9. Study off-campus: pick someplace, such as the New York Public Library or Bobst Library at NYU, where you might not normally have time to visit, to study. Or, rather than spend your break studying, read a book for fun!

10. Visit a museum: choose one and spend as much time there as you want. The New York Botanical Garden is especially festive right now.

Or, just spend a ridiculous amount of time curled up watching Netflix. You do you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tori Fourman is a first-year at Barnard and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of CBS Local and Geneseo.


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