Roughly seven weeks separates you from the start of winter quarter and while that may seem like eons away, winter break tends to fly by faster than a reindeer-drawn sleigh on Dec. 24. For those of you who will be in Denver before classes resume on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, make the most of your break by experiencing some of the city’s top activities:

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(1) Go ice skating: Skate for free at the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park. Bring your own skates or rent them for $9. Hours vary so check the website before you go.

(2) Marvel at the lights: It doesn’t really feel like the holidays without twinkling lights, so if you’re in the mood for some festive illumination, join the DU community at “Zoo Lights” Nov. 23, from 5:30–8:30 p.m. or check out “Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The “Grand Illumination” at Union Station is also a must-see. For a full list of holiday-inspired events, take a look at the Visit Denver website.

Be sure to check the trail conditions before heading out on your hike!

(3) Take a hike: Colorado’s hikes are for everyone. With options that vary in difficulty, length and proximity, the possibilities for a getaway in nature are endless. To find the hike that’s right for you, take a look at this list of the best hikes near campus.

(4) Cheer for the home team: With eight professional sports teams, Denver has a lot to offer fans. Get tickets to a Broncos, Nuggets, Avalanche, or Mammoth game, or head to the Ritchie Center to see the DU men’s hockey team take on Colorado College (get tickets).

(5) Eat a meal at an alumni-owned restaurant: DU alumni are cooking up platefuls of delicious food across the Denver metro area. Stop by a few of the many restaurants owned by DU and Daniels grads and remember, this list is just a starter course.

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(6) See a show: The University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts has a full lineup of festive shows, including “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol,” which will be performed, designed and produced by 40 incarcerated women from the Colorado Department of Corrections. The Newman Center offers discounted seats for students and employees of DU, so be sure to register before purchasing tickets.

(7) Grab a drink (21+) at an alumni-owned brewery or distillery: Located in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, Zuni Street Brewery was founded by former Denver MBA student TJ Slattery and Mythology Distillery was started by Lauren McNitt Yeates (MBA 2017).

(8) Walk around a museum (for free!): The Denver Art Museum is offering free admission Dec. 7 and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science will be free to the public Dec. 8. You can also take free tours of the Colorado State Capitol, the U.S. Mint and more. Check out the Visit Denver website for more information.