Most people use their time off around the holidays to hit the slopes or enjoy nearby sledding hills. However, it doesn’t seem like either will be an option this year. While the temperatures are unreasonably high for this time of year, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy your holiday break in the area! Take a look at our top things to do:
1. Drive Through the Lights
Have guests in town for the holidays? Bring them through Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park! The park opens up each night at 6:00 PM. There are more than 125 illuminated displays throughout the historic park and refreshments, crafts and more at the Lakehouse.
2. Learn to Snowshoe
Just because there isn’t snow on the ground doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to snowshoe! Five Rivers will host a workshop on Saturday afternoon where you can learn the basics of snowshoeing without worrying about wiping out on ice. The class will include how to put snowshoes on, how to walk and turn in them and a practice walk. Take the week to practice
3. Empire “Skate” Plaza
Enjoy ice skating at Empire State Plaza without bundling up! The rink is open daily from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (closed for maintenance from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM) and skating is free. Amenities include a full-service snack bar and a skate lounge with lockers and music. Imagine how much easier skating is without wearing several layers! Be sure to call 518-474-2418 ahead of time — the rink may be closed if there is inclement weather.
4. Explore a Museum
The Capital Region is home to a variety of history, art and science museums. Pick a few to visit throughout the week. From miSci’s incredible planetarium to the Albany Institute of History & Art’s mummy display, you will be far from bored during a day at any of the museums in the area!
5. Go To a Hockey Game
Don’t miss the Albany Devils take on the Providence Bruins at the Times Union Center on Saturday evening. The game starts at 5:00 PM, but you may want to get there a little earlier due to the new security measures at the arena.