Cheap & Free Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break

The holidays are so close we can almost taste the turkey and mashed potatoes. Not only is the food the main highlight of the holidays, but also the break that we get from the having to wake up early at least 3 times a week to that 8am class. So after being in a classroom for so long and hitting the books everyday, it’s time to get some fresh air and have some fun!

Want to enjoy the city on a budget? No problem! Here are some cheap and free options that NYC has to offer.


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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

If you enjoy iceskating then this is the place for you. Not only is it free, but you also have a nice view of the city. This is a great way to spend time with friends or a date. If you are not a big fan of iceskating but still want to join your friends, there is an indoor section that offers food and hot drinks. Lockers are free if you bring your own lock, and there is also bag check at a low price. Don’t forget to check out Bryant park’s official website for a full list of activities that take place during the holidays.

New York Transit Museum

So maybe the outdoors aren’t for you during this cold weather. Museums are a great alternative. The New York Transit Museum is like traveling back in time; the exhibition has many of the old subways trolleys and buses. It’s a great way to learn the history of the transportation system and also great for taking photos, since no passengers will be blocking you from getting the perfect shot. Keep your eyes open because the entrance is not like any ordinary museum.

Thanksgiving Day Parade

One of the oldest traditions is to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade. You have two options: watching it on TV, or watching it live if you live in NYC. Make sure you witness the parade at least once, because it is so much fun to see all those giant balloons parade across the city. If you plan on attending the parade then make sure to bundle up because it gets cold and you will be standing for a few hours. Arrive early so you get a good spot; trust me, if you are short you want to be in the front so no one blocks your view.

Binge on Your Favorite TV Shows

The winter is the perfect time to spend catching up on your favorite shows. Between work, classes and exams it’s hard to keep up, so this is the time to cuddle up your favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and get some good laughs. Time will fly and you won’t even realize that you breezed through several seasons. Which are your favorite TV shows of the moment? Let us know in the comments.

Get Ahead

You probably already spend a lot of time studying and you don’t want to spend more time on it during your break. But, if you have a subject where you are having difficulties in then this is the perfect time to look over your notes and get ready for finals.

If you plan on doing an internship for the spring semester then it’s time to start looking at your options. Start with the FindSpark job board so that you have an idea of what places you want to apply for. Planning ahead is always great especially for internships; you want make sure you revise your resume and that your cover letters are on point. Here are some good blog post that can help you with that.

The holidays are the perfect time to spend with the family or that special someone, so if you don’t want to be stuck at home catching up on late assignments then plan your time accordingly so that you can truly enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!

Have any exciting holiday plans? Share with us below!

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