Winter break activities & connections

Ways to relax, have fun, and feel connected over the break

December 22, 2023

Note: If you need support while the Institute is closed, please don’t hesitate to use these resources.

Free or discounted tickets to museums and arts events

Take some time to feed your soul! MITAC (MIT Activities Committee) and Arts Access offer discounted tickets to concerts, museums, theater performances, ski lift tickets, and more. 

Your local librarians are often happy to chat about resources and events near you, too, and you can look for discounted tickets from your local library (such as the Cambridge Public Library or the Boston Public Library).

New Year’s Eve happenings

Check out the (free!) First Night Boston events for music and other performances, ice sculptures, a parade, and fireworks! Looking for something closer to you? Check your local events calendar for fun events, like these ones in Harvard Square.

Getting outside with the T

If you want some fresh air (and the New England weather allows), explore these locations accessible by public transit. You can also check out one of the area’s many ice skating rinks, and when snow falls, don’t miss Boston’s best sledding slopes. 

Take a tour of Boston’s lights

Let “Jack Frost” nip your nose while you explore the twinkle lights on Commonwealth Avenue or take a look at other festive lights around Boston.

Stroll through poetry and literature in Cambridge

Harvard Square’s annual self-guided Poetry Stroll will be available through January 6, and Inman Square has debuted a Literature Stroll this year.

15+ more ideas from DoingWell

Whether you’re looking for restorative afternoon plans, fresh ways to stay active, fun events for your children, Boston recommendations, or more, take a look at DoingWell’s winter break resources page.

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