Activities to Try this Winter Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

Naeelah Desanges, Reporter

The turbulent year of 2020 is coming to an end, and the holiday season is among us. For many, being surrounded by family and friends is one of the many highlights winter brings. Much like other holidays and festivities, thinking of innovative ways to make memories with the people we love has become necessary to keep each other safe. With this in mind, here are some safe and fun ideas to try with your families this holiday season. 


1. Roger Williams Drive-Through Holiday Lights Spectacular 

In Providence, Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village are holding their first-ever drive-through experience that will allow you to see many impressive Christmas light displays from the comfort of your car. In their own words, “Featuring festive larger-than-life displays and over 1.5 million illuminated lights.” This spectacle will be open until January 10, 2021. Be sure to buy your tickets online!


2. Playing in Snow. 

Thanks to a recent snowstorm, there is plenty of snow to play in! Have a snowball fight with family or even try sledding. Suppose you do not have a good hill in the comfort of your backyard. Try sledding at Captain Stephen Olney Memorial Park here in North Providence. Remember to Social Distance in public places!


3. New Recipes 

With more time indoors, try baking some iconic holiday treats. The options are endless! Homemade gingerbread for gingerbread houses will surely make an engaging activity everyone will enjoy, and it is a great way to get into the holiday season. 


4. Send Handmade Cards to Loved Ones for the Holidays. 

The inability to see many extended family and friends makes it hard to enjoy the month of December truly, but sending handmade cards to loved ones is a great way to feel connected. Leaving a personalized message inside will surely make their day. 


5. Start Planning your New Year’s Resolutions. 

The New Year is only a few weeks away, and time is running out to make the perfect New Years’ resolutions. Maybe yours is more specific, giving one compliment a day or listening to one new song every week. Regardless of what it is, you can never go wrong with living in the moment and cherishing your time with others.


With the year 2020 came many hardships, but learning to adapt and continue to make memories safely is a testament to our strength as a community. This winter season will be filled with fun moments and memories if we know where to look!

Christiana Smith