The holiday season is prime vacation time and if you’re like me, you’ll be spending at least some of your time off in and around Somerville. With no work in sight, you’ll probably be looking for ideas on how you can have some local fun. I’ve got 10 that are sure to make this holiday season more memorable.
Go Out to Eat and Drink
Somerville is home to dozens of incredible restaurants, many of which I’ve written about over the years. Check out our reviews and interviews to select where to have your next meal.
Go to the Farmers Market and Cook a Meal
Maybe you eat out a lot so having some extra time on your hands means you want to spend some of it in the kitchen. I recommend a trip to the Somerville Winter Farmers Market (which is open this coming Saturday between Christmas and the new year) and using one of Cuisine en Locale’s local, seasonal recipes to make a delicious feast.
Make a Seasonal Cocktail
You’re going to need something delicious to wash down the meal you just cooked and we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Booze Epoque has written several unique drink recipes just for Beat readers, so pick the perfect one to pair with whatever you’re dining on.
Take in the Lights
The Illuminations Tour has come and gone, but you can take your own with a map detailing both the East and West Somerville routes. Pick one up for only $3 at Blue Cloud Gallery in Ball Square or at Magpie in Davis Square.
See The Slutcracker
With a few more performances to go this season, you still have a chance to see The Slutcracker. This burlesque take on the classic Nutcracker ballet is sure to leave you feeling festive.
Keep the Kids Busy
‘Tis the season to get stir-crazy. With short days and cold temperatures, it’s easy for everyone–especially kids–to get a little antsy this time of year. Use our guide to local indoor retreats for kids to save your furniture … and your sanity.
Go Ice Skating
I love taking walks, but sometimes schlepping around outside in the winter isn’t fun or feasible, so I take my need for activity indoors. Veterans Memorial Rink has free public skating several times a week and cheap skate rentals to boot.
Eat Ice Cream
When you’re done skating, refuel at one of Somerville’s scoop shops. I’ve never known a New Englander to shy away from frozen treats (or iced coffee) no matter the weather. Plus colder temperatures means less melting.
Tour the Taza Chocolate Factory
If ice cream isn’t your thing, try some chocolate when you tour the Taza Factory. The 45-minute tour costs $6 and is offered several times each week. Don’t forget to stop in the store on the way out to pick up some goodies to bring home.
Take a Yoga Class
Somerville is home to several unique yoga studios, each with their own style, class type and vibe. Wind down 2014 or start the new year off right with a relaxing session on your mat.
P.S. Looking for even more ideas for having fun in Somerville? Check out our calendar of events for the scoop on what’s going on during the holidays and beyond.