Try walking in some of these winter wonderlands


Mountain Creek

Dominique Basil, Bucky's Backyard Editor

How will you be spending your holiday break? Hopefully you won’t be spending the winter months alone in your basement with absolutely nothing to do with your life. I know none of us would want to waste our entire week off by doing nothing. Here are a few ways to spend the holidays and your winter break!
Great Wolf Lodge:
You must live under a rock if you have never heard of the Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge is very well known for its water park, but there are plenty of other events to see and activities to participate in at the Lodge. There is an arcade, a spa, bowling, mini-golf, and so many other fun ways to spend your time! One of my favorite activities at Great Wolf Lodge are the quests. Magi Quest is probably the most well known of the quests. Magi Quest is an adventure to become a Master Magi. The quest has you solve riddles and go on a scavenger hunt around the lodge. Each of these quests has its own main objective, but you should find experience this and find that out by yourself.
Although expensive to stay at (depending upon the quality of the room and the number of nights you are staying), it will be worth every penny and you will be sure to enjoy the trip! The tons of different activities allow every visitor to find something to enjoy. There are even a variety of foods to satisfy every guest. The closest Great Wolf Lodge is in the Pocono Mountains in PA. You and your family and/or friends will have the time of your lives at Great Wolf Lodge!
The Polar Express:
Have you ever read the book or seen the movie “The Polar Express”? As a child, I remember my younger sibling and I watching the movie and drinking hot chocolate like the characters did on the train. It was basically every child’s dream to go on The Polar Express to visit Santa Claus. And you actually can ride The Polar Express! In Phillipsburg NJ, you can go in your pajamas onto The Polar Express to have hot chocolate and cookies and see Santa Claus! You’ll even get your own bell if you believe! Although we’re all older now and we don’t exactly have the same beliefs or Christmas spirit like we used to, it would be fun to relive a part of that spirit. Besides, hot chocolate and cookies are still be fun for everyone. The prices for tickets are $37 for adults, $28 for children (ages 3-12), and $5 for children two years or younger. The Polar Express train ride would be fun for all ages!
“A Christmas Carol”:
We have all heard of the story “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens describing the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Whether it was the play, book, or movie version, almost everyone has read or seen “A Christmas Carol”. If you haven’t or if you would like to hear the story again, you can travel to Morristown NJ on any Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (until December 28th) to view the play of “A Christmas Carol”! The story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his interactions with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and the Future is appealing to any adult, teenager, or child. The ticket prices range from $23 to $28 per person. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than watching a play of one of the most famous Christmas tales in history?
Mountain Creek:
If you want to build a hobby to keep you active all winter, I would highly recommend Mountain Creek. Mountain Creek runs winter sports such as skiing, snow tubing, and snowboarding. Mountain Creek also can supply you with any equipment or repairs you may need. If you’re just a beginner, you could even take lessons from one of the employees. There will also be different restaurants to keep you from feeling hungry. At night the restaurants and a few areas open for older audiences to be social. However, the couple of downsides are that the passes are very expensive and could be hundreds of dollars for season passes. Mountain Creek also becomes VERY crowded on weekends. So if you plan on having a hobby for the entire winter season, I would recommend saving up your money and getting a season pass at Mountain Creek in Vernon Township.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular:
If you are interested in performing arts including music and dancing, I would suggest taking a trip out to Radio City Music Hall in New York to see the fabulous Radio City Christmas Spectacular! The Radio New York City. The Christmas Spectacular combines famous Christmas music and musicals as the Rockettes and Santa Claus try to reach the North Pole. The fantastic music, choreography and scenery allow the Christmas spirit to run wild and free.The show is appealing to audiences of all ages, but the tickets can range from $40 to over $100 per person depending on the date and seats. I still recommend saving your money to book a date to see this bright and cheerful experience.
No matter what your interests are, you will definitely find a fun activity to participate in or an event you want to go to. Hopefully these suggestions either give you something to do over the holiday break or at least gave you ideas for how you want to spend the holidays. The best way to spend your time, however, is to spend it with your friends and family, no matter what you do! Have a wonderful break and Happy Holidays!