11 Things to Do During the Holiday Break

Who else is excited to finally be on winter break? *raises hand* This semester might not have been as hard as my summer one, but I’m still eager to be on winter break. I only have a couple more days to go through before I get there, though, but trust me I’m counting them down! (If you’re already on winter break, you are SO lucky and I envy you so much right now)

Don't know what do during the winter break? Click through to read about my favorite things to do during the holiday break!

But while I love being on break from college, one of the things I struggle with most is staying busy. It’s so tempting to just lay around and do nothing all day for three weeks straight, but trust me, you’re not doing yourself any favor! It’s important to unwind and take some time to relax, but you also have to remain at least a little bit busy so it’s not too hard to go back to your regular routine when the new semester starts! That’s why I gathered some ideas of things to do during the holiday break to remain just busy enough!

  1. Rewatch your favorite TV show… or start a new one. Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Really, Amelie? You just told me to get productive and now you’re suggesting I watch Netflix all day?” But hear me out. You deserve a break. You worked hard all semester long, and now it’s time to TREAT YO’ SELF! I’m not saying you need to start binge watching 24/7… but it’s also totally okay if you do, too. I don’t know about you, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a season of a TV show (extra point if it was done in a record amount of time). So yes, I’m giving you an excuse to rewatch Gilmore Girls or Friends for the hundredth time. Now, what are you waiting for? If you need a little inspiration, I’ve written countless posts about my favorite TV shows, including some of my Netflix faves.
  2. Get some books off your TBR. It’s no secret that I’m a huge bookworm. That being so, I always have tons of books on my TBR… but not as much time to read for fun as I wish I had. The holidays is always one of my most productive time when it comes to reading. I finally have some time to sit down and indulge in one of my favorite activities. So, now hit your local library or bookstore and plunge headfirst into a whole new world! Don’t know what you want to read? Browse our “book club” category! You can also find all of my latest reads on Goodreads.
  3. Catch up with your friends back home. If you are going to college away from home, chances are you haven’t heard much from your HS or childhood friends in a while. Now that you are finally back in your hometown, take some time to catch up with your old friends! You can meet up and do something together or maybe you can just exchange emails and text messages. Let them know you still care about them and catch up on lost time!
  4. Go ice skating. I’m not much of an outdoor person (and that’s an understatement haha), but if there’s one winter sport that I like to do, it’s ice skating. I’ve been ice skating ever since I was a young girl, and I’ve loved it ever since. Sadly, I don’t get to do it that often when I’m in college, so I make it a priority to do it at least once during the holiday break! There’s just something so lovely about ice skating in an outdoor ring while listening to Christmas music…
  5. Get some well-deserved “me” time. You’ve worked hard all semester, so now it’s time to take care of yourself for a change! Get out your face masks, turn your cell phone off for a while, and have a spa day! Or maybe you just need to unplug and do something for you for a change. Whatever it is, do something you’ll enjoy and recharge your battery. You deserve it!
  6. Go to the movies. Am I the only one who loves watching movies at the theater but never gets to go during the semester? (I still haven’t seen Dr. Strange and Fantastic Beasts… [I know, shame on me]) My family and I always try to go at least once during the holidays because we never do it during the rest of the year. Plus, it’s often pretty empty because everyone is out celebrating, which means we get to choose our seats and we’re basically on our own.
  7. Set goals for the new year. One of the things I like to do at the end of every year is sit down and reflect on the previous year. Sometimes I’ll write my reflexion down, sometimes not. Doing this allows me to set goals for the upcoming year. Not resolutions. Goals. Because when I think resolutions, I think about ways I need to change myself. But when I think about goals, I think about things I want to achieve. And that’s a pretty good mindset to have, don’t you think? Setting goals allows you to put your energy in the right place from the get-go. You know what you want, so you can start working on it as soon as possible! And you won’t feel like quitting after only a month. #justsaying
  8. Exercise. With all the delicious food you’ll be eating during the holidays, you have to find a way to burn some calories. Whether it is going for a run or a walk, skiing with your family, or ice skating with that special someone, working out is always a good idea.
  9. Declutter. Over the semester, we accumulate so much stuff that we just won’t be using ever again! So take some time to get rid of all the unnecessary things before the new semester starts! Old homework, class notes, handouts… go through everything and make sure you keep only what you might be using in the future. Sell your textbooks if it’s not already done. Clean up your things and get them ready for a new semester!
  10. Spend some quality time with your family. Since we never get to spend time with our family during the school year, make sure you spend as much time as you can before you head back to college! Holiday parties are a great excuse to catch up with siblings and extended family.
  11. Prep for the new semester. I know you don’t want to think about it right now… but you will have to go back to college eventually. Take a few days to go through your school supplies, check to see if you need to repurchase anything… and don’t forget to check your school email a few days prior to the beginning of the winter/spring semester! Your professor may send you your syllabus or ask you to do something before the first class. Make sure you’re prepared! I wrote a whole post about how to kick off the semester right.

What do you have planned during winter break? Anything you like to during the holiday break?


  • Kathleen Brown

    Love the idea of me time. Feel like I get so busy around the holidays that I just forget about me. Great blog post.

    • I so agree! We often spend a lot of time thinking about others, parties, work, and other things, which can lead us to forget about ourselves. Happy holidays!

  • Molly O’Connor

    Ugh so sad I don’t have a break this year! Enjoy the break 🙂


    • Oh, how come?

      • Molly O’Connor

        Haha I graduated in May and work does not allow you to take much time off hahah

  • I usually love winter (and also summer) breaks because I can finally have some much needed me-time. I usually spend the days catching up on all the books I have on my to-read list and the shows I have on my to-watch list. I also try and spend some time with friends, but I see most of them often even during the semester, so my priority is usually spending some quality time alone and relax. This year, I guess I will mostly prepare for the new semester.

    Good luck with the few things you still have to do before your break and then enjoy your winter break!

    • I love me so me time too! School break for me means reading books and watching tv shows and movies. I always try to see friends at least once (especially during the summer break) because even if we are in a few classes together, we actually don’t get to spend that much time together outside of university!

      I hope you enjoy your winter break too!

  • I want to go ice skating so bad!! I’ve only ever been to an indoor rink, so I’m trying to get someone to go with me to the one we have downtown!! I heard it’s like the worst place to skate because it’s not kept up with, but it’s so pretty!! Love these ideas!!

    Caitlyn | http://www.collegewithcaitlyn.com

    • I really want to go ice staking too! It’s been forever since I’ve been (I don’t even remember when was the last time I went…), so I’m hoping I can go at least once during the break! I prefer outdoor rinks, and that’s great because we have an AMAZING one in my neighborhood!

  • Ashly J

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  • Nellaino X

    Yes, great ideas! I will do at least couple of them. 🙂

  • Alisha Taneja

    These are awesome ideas! I would love to do these:)


  • I defiantly plan on watching a new show, exercising, and spending time with friends and family! Have a wonderful Holiday!

    xoxo, Candice – http://www.candicenikeia.com

    • That’s awesome! I hope you have a wonderful holiday, too!

  • Great list! My daughter & I plan to binge watch the Gilmore Girls during break:) I might even squeeze in some me time too!

    • I absolutely love Gilmore Girls! One of my favorite tv shows!

  • I haven’t had a winter break in many years, but I loved reading and exercising when I did :). Enjoy your break!

    • Those are great way to pass the time! And thank you! Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Love love loveee these! #1 is SO up my alley! haha but I am also working on decluttering this time of year and exercising and trying to just unwind and recenter. Happy Holidays!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Haha, #1 is up mine too! 😉 I love the idea of decluttering. We all need a little breather sometimes and that’s the perfect excuse to start fresh once the new year gets here! Happy holidays to you too!

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Decluttering is HUGE for me during the break. I spend every day cleaning out a new area (kitchen, closets, drawers, etc). It is such a relief to minimize and get rid of things I don’t use. Great list! Happy break!!

    • This is SUCH a great idea! Happy holidays!

  • Brittany

    Decluttering is such a great idea, and it’s something I’ve been working on a lot lately! My hubby and I are trying to buy a house, and the last thing I want to do is move a ton of junk in to it! Glad it made your Winter To-Do list 🙂

    • That is important! I hope you find your perfect house!

  • Hannah Adkins

    I love decluttering and doing a heavy cleaning whenever I have a few free days off work.

    • I normally don’t like cleaning up, but I love to do some heavy cleaning and decluttering during the holidays, I don’t know why

  • These are really great ideas Amelie! I really want to start reading again this winter break, it’s so hard to find time during school!


    • I totally agree! If you need any recommendations, don’t be afraid to ask! 🙂

  • So many great ideas! I don’t get a holiday break any more, but I’ve spent the past few weekends setting personal, blog, and professionals goals, and I’ve been working to declutter my office and home room by room. No point in bringing extra baggage over into 2017!

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

    • That’s such a great idea! I need to start setting goals for myself too!

  • ‘when I think resolutions, I think about ways I need to change myself. But when I think about goals, I think about things I want to achieve’ I love this so much – it’s so true, and I wish more people adopted this kind of mindset! I’m working to catch up properly on my blog and set myself up for the new year, as well as catching up with friends and family and doing all the things I don’t get to do when I’m away at university, like horse-riding and playing my harp. The trouble is, I have a 3000 word essay to write and I just can’t motivate myself to do it yet!
    Have a wonderful Christmas, Amelie!
    Lx | Lightly We Go

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Good luck with your essay, and don’t give up! It’ll be over soon. 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas too, Lucy!

  • Hannah Haefele

    I love the me time idea! In college, we get so busy that self care can fall to the wayside. Winter (or any school) break is a great time to get caught up on me time!

  • I’m definitely going to be watching some TV shows and getting my house cleaned up!

  • I’m going to go SO HARD on me time…I sure as heck need it!

    Coming Up Roses

    • You deserve it so much, Erica!

  • Great ideas! I always love going on break, but I get bored and unmotivated pretty quickly. I like using breaks to catch up on reading and other projects (like finishing my photo album) that I don’t have time for during the rest of the year.

    – Courtney

    • I’m the same! I get bored pretty easily, so this year I’m going to try to stay a little bit busy. I’m going to be working a little bit too, so that should help. 😉

  • Kari Jonard

    I’m ready for #10. Break is so much shorter now that I’m done with school….