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midnight madness

In the midst of exam season, you may feel unmotivated to decorate and embrace the holiday mood. However, there are many things to do around Ann Arbor to fit your holiday needs. Take a little study break and check out one of the many activities in Ann Arbor to celebrate the holidays. 

A popular event is public skating at Yost Arena. Entry is discounted at $4 for University of Michigan students, and skates are rentable for only $3. Yost Arena is open for skating Monday through Friday from 12pm to 12:50pm, Thursday nights from 8:30pm to 10pm, and on the weekend from 1pm to 2:30pm. Grab a friend, take a break from studying, and go skate! 

Although football season has come to an end, there are still plenty of sporting events to attend to show your school spirit. Tickets for basketball, hockey, and other sports are available for sale online and can be purchased up to 5 hours before game time. More information on ticket purchasing can be found on the MGoBlue tickets website.  

Another fun holiday events to attend is the Kerrytown KindleFest, which is held on December 6th from 4pm to 10pm at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. KindleFest offers holiday wares sold by local business owners, and delicious foods like pretzels, bratwursts, and roasted nuts to feast on. 

If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone, be sure to attend Midnight Madness, which is held on December 6th from 7pm to 9pm. The businesses on Main Street stay open late for a community shopping event. Enjoy holiday specials in local shops and restaurants and listen to performances from various outdoor entertainers. 

If watching holiday movies is one of your favorite winter pastimes, you’re in luck! Michigan Theater shows a variety of holiday classics. This year’s films include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas story,” “Elf,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” And the best part?  It only costs $13 to attend the theatre if you are a UM student. If none of these events stick out to you, there are a wider variety of seasonal events that can be found around Ann Arbor on the Reinhart Blog

Contributed by Kaila Gagne, –Neighborhood Ambassador