It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you’re making plans to tan on the tropical beaches in the Bahamas, looking forward to feeling the cold breeze while skiing in the snowy mountains of Austria, or even just sitting next to a fireplace in your cozy pajamas in a cabin in Canada, winter break is a time for relaxation. But what if you’re simply staying in Bucharest? Fear not, we’ve created a list of things to do over the winter break if you’re staying put.
When you’re at home:
Start a New Hobby
Have you ever wanted to play the ukulele, learn a new language, or simply wanted to learn how to cook? Then the winter break is the perfect time for you start a new passion. There are millions of videos on YouTube and books in the library and online that can help you learn something new. And when you are done, you will feel very accomplished.
The holiday season is the perfect time for having a movie marathon. Sipping hot chocolate, eating crunchy popcorn while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the ideal activity to kill time, especially when you are stuck at home, and it is freezing outside.
Start a Journal
This time of year can be stressful when figuring out what presents to buy, or what to cook for Christmas dinner. Writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper can not only relax you, but according to the team at the University of Rochester, it can also “boost your confidence, and hels you confess your struggles and fears without judgment.” To start your own, find an empty book and write anything that comes up to your head. Make sure to write every day, and don’t forget to make it simple.
Read a Book
Finding a good book can be challenging sometimes, but once you find the perfect match, it seems like everything is in the right place. Check out the books from our Top 5 Books to Read This Semester, find a cozy place to sit, and imagine yourself as one of the characters.
Make a DIY present
Need a present for your family members, but don’t have money or time to buy them something? No problem. There are millions of ideas online on DIY presents for the holidays. The good thing about this is that most of the items needed for this type of project can be found at home already or is very cheap. Here are The Bite’s favorites:
- This DIY is a perfect craft for a Dr. Seuss lover. Create a sparkly and festive pillow to show your love of the cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The craft requires easy items and is easy if you follow instructions.
- A sweater is a must-have for the winter season, but what if they become small? This DIY is a simple craft for people to recycle their sweaters into useful winter accessories: mittens. Now you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite sweater, but just reuse it to something you will always have on hand, literally.
- If you have empty walls that you want to spice up, then this is the ideal DIY. This involves a canvas, glue, and glitter and creates a beautiful and Sparkly Wall Decoration. A perfect present for family and friends.
When you want to go out:
Indoor Water Park: Therme
Want to go to a water park in the winter? No problem! Therme is the perfect place to go with your family to relax and have fun. It is 10 minutes away from the city and includes 10 pools, 6 saunas, 4 wet saunas and 16 slides. The temperature of the water is 33 degrees Celsius, so you won’t have to worry about being cold during the break there. For info click: https://therme.ro/
Check out the Malls
The mall is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, eat lunch or dinner, and shop till you drop, so why not use your winter break wisely and go to the Top 5 Malls in Bucharest? There you can hear holiday music while you walk down the aisles of shops, buy presents for loved ones, and play bowling in the same place.
Every year, Bucharest has the best Christmas Bazaars in Romania. One of the most popular ones, the Bucharest Christmas Market, is set up in Constitutiei Square. It opened up on the first of December and there are over 100 booths of products such as Romanian traditional products, toys, clothes, and candy. According to Romania Insider, the Christmas market also showcases a Christmas tree that is 30 meters tall, concerts, and many activities for children and teenagers.
Walk around Herastrau Park
Herastrau Park is the biggest park in Bucharest and offers a lot of things to do. You can walk around the lake and enjoy the views of the trees and nature, or go to several restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe, Osteria Gorgia, Maison des Crepes, and OSHO. Dorin_B55 from TripAdvisor says that Herastrau Park is “one of the biggest parks of Bucharest. We like walking through it, discovering the beautiful aspects of each season. Enjoy each minute and relax!”
Go to the Ice Rink.
Alongside with the Christmas bazaars, Bucharest offers ice rinks for the children, teenagers, and adults to enjoy during the holiday season. One of the ice rinks is located inside the AFI Palace Mall.
Open from 10:00- 24:00.
Fridays from 10:00- 1:00.
Saturdays from 11:30- 1:00.
Sundays from 11:30- 24:00.
14-20 lei for adults.
12-17 lei for children.
Skate hire costs 15 lei.
For more information, visit https://www.inyourpocket.com/bucharest/Cotroceni-on-Ice_112282v