Boston holiday entertainment

By Hannah Green
Contributing Writer

With winter weather and finals on the way, the temptation to hide away in the dorms until break is very appealing. However, Boston is brimming with activities to keep your mood and energy high as we slide into the drearier weeks of the semester.

For many, a holiday is not complete without a trip to the Boston Ballet for their annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” However, even a student-priced ticket purchased through the Boston Ballet can end up costing $35.

Yet, have no fear—the Class of 2016 is selling $10 tickets for performance on the night of Dec. 8. This cost also includes transportation to and from the ballet and a $5 Boloco coupon. You can visit tinyurl.com/Nutcracker2016 to order your ticket. Only one ticket is purchasable per ID, and sales go until tickets run out.

If you are interested in attending other holiday shows, such as “Holiday Pops,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” and “Urban Nutcracker,” you should visit the online ticket hub Goldstar.

After signing up for an account with your email and zip code, you’ll have access to tickets that often sell at 50 percent off their original value.

There are also free events taking place at local universities during the winter season. Boston University will be hosting Aurora Borealis 2015: A Festival of Light and Dance.

The performance will feature trapeze, aerial, and dance routines and will be held in the Boston University Dance Theater. There are shows at both 7 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7.

For those still looking to finish their holiday shopping, the Chrismukkah holiday festival is a necessary stop. A 6,500-square-foot heated tent will be set up to display over 50 local artisans and their handcrafted goods and homemade treats in SoWa this weekend.

In addition, the SoWa Vintage Market, 90 artist studios, and 60 boutiques and galleries will be open. The big tent has free admission and will be open 5-9 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

If you’d rather burn calories running than shopping, look no further than the annual Ugly Sweater Run. Wear your ugliest winter sweater and join fellow Bostonians in a 5k run on Dec. 12 through the city streets.

The run features pre-race festivities (including a photo booth and live music), a hot chocolate stop along the course, and snow blowers. The $40 entrance fee includes admission to the run, unlimited hot chocolate, and a knit hat keepsake.

The city of Boston does not hibernate during the winter months, and neither should you. Here in Boston, we celebrate winter like nowhere else—it’d be a shame to miss that.

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