WRITTEN BY AMBER FERGUSON

As the semester comes to a close, many students are eager to spend their vacation time engaging in various activities, and lucky for us, New York City has a never-ending list of things to do.

If you find yourself having the time to stroll around and try new things, make sure to stop by the Union Square Holiday Market.

The market features various venders from handcrafted bags, art and jewelry, and beer making kits, as well as homemade gingerbread cookies from German natives sold by “German Delights”.

“I come to the market every year and always find some great food to eat as well as last minute Christmas gifts…who doesn’t love homemade waffles and hats?” said Susane Walker a Brooklyn Native.

The Union Square holiday market runs until December 24th from 11am to 8pm on weekdays, Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 7pm.

If entertainment is more of your interest you can catch the latest award show buzz movies right down the block from SFC, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).

The prediction for Best Picture winner is 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen and will be running all winter break long, as well as the critically acclaimed French film, Blue is The Warmest Color.

Students should take advantage of the 9 dollar ticket prices that BAM offers students, since the average adult movie price in New York City is around 15 dollars.

You can check the website for days students can even go for free.

Other than films, BAM also has various theater and musical productions at student rates that everyone should check out.

Everyone who lives in and visits New York City must go ice skating at Rockefeller center at least once in their life.

The world famous skating rink is open daily from 8:30am to midnight, with prices ranging from 15-27 dollars.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will be shown courtesy of the New York City Ballet at BAM, and tickets are surely going fast for the popular performance.

Student Rush offers tickets for various ballet performances that are 20 dollars with a valid student ID.

If ballet is not your type of thing to watch, Barclays Center will be hosting concerts such as MGMT, Pink, John Mayer and Beyonce.

If tickets are sold out, there is always a chance on Stub Hub, aside from Ticketmaster, to find available seating.

The Brooklyn Brewery every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm, hosts free tours along with tastings to anyone who is interested in the brewing industry, or just wants to take advantage of free drinks.

For a full list of free museum and events to cater to all your leisurely needs, be sure to check out nycgo.com.

Those who love art galleries will love to art crawl along the Chelsea galleries featuring exhibitions from Brooklyn’s KAWS at the Mary Boone Gallery and see artist Marc Dennis over at the Hasted Kraeutler.

Chelsea Piers is the ultimate destination for anyone who is indecisive of what to do.

This venue hosts a wide range of activities including soccer, bowling, rock climbing, health club and spa, golf, swimming, and many more.

If you want to see the full list of activities and events be sure to check out the official Chelsea Piers website.

Dave and Busters is always a good time for the big kid in all of us.

Located in the heart of Time Square, this venue is the perfect mix of arcade games and food, ensuring a perfect entertainment night for a group of friends.

This venue is also offering great prices all year round, so make sure you take them up on the offer.

Some movies premiering in theaters over break, that are sure to be worth the price, is the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2 staring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

New York City’s own Martin Scorsese partners along with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, based on the true story of stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, tells the story of Author P.L. Travers meeting Walt Disney during the adaptation process of her novel Mary Poppins.

For some affordable food around the city, NY Magazine: The Grub Street combined a 2013’s best cheap eats list that includes everything from Italian, burgers to ramen.

As always this list of suggestions are not the only things you can do over break to occupy your time, but it is always great to go out and find awesome activities to do during winter vacation other than sleeping your break away.

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