7 Ways to Stay Chill This Winter


It's the Greatest Time of Year... Or Is It?

By Sydney Reibman

You walk out of class at 5 p.m. and it’s already pitch black outside. The temperature has dropped to below 40 degrees. Both are clear signs that winter has begun in Syracuse.

The first snowfall of the season (that was less than an inch) has all of us Syracuse students wanting to curl up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and binge watch our favorite show. It’s fun pretending like we have no obligations (AKA all the assignments due before we can leave for Thanksgiving break.) For those who plan to procrastinate those final assignments, here are ways to stay warm and some fun activities to help you survive the season!

1. Wardrobe Change

This isn’t something to do in the cold, but it’s certainly one of the best parts of the weather changing. Winter clothes are 10 times cuter AND more comfortable in comparison to Summer clothes. When you ask students here at SU, most say they are happy to trade in their jean shorts for a pair of leggings or cute sweats. Rolling out of bed get to your 9 a.m. class wearing what you wore to sleep finally becomes socially acceptable this time of year.

2. Lights on the Lake

If you’re looking for something fun to do outdoors with friends, but don’t want to be left feeling like a human popsicle, check out Lights on the Lake. This 2 mile drive through Christmas light show through Onondaga Lake Park has dozens of festive decorations. You can enjoy all the lights from the comfort, and warmth, of your car!

3. Movie Night In

Night temperatures dropping into the 30s provide a great excuse to skip going out to whatever frat party or bar you were planning on Ubering to and simply decide to stay in. You don’t really want to be out and about in the freezing cold in your little cropped shirt and black jeans do you? Trade in your cute going out clothes for some comfy pajamas, make some popcorn (or cookies if that’s more your style) and enjoy a movie night with your roommates!

4. Go out for a Movie Night!

If you still want to go out, but are also wishing you could spend the night watching a movie, there is a perfect compromise. Check out Movie Tavern. They have a great menu for dinner and dessert, big comfy reclining chairs (that you could literally fall asleep in) and a large selection of movies currently in theaters. Show up in your comfiest clothes, put your feet up, relax and enjoy. What more could you ask for on a cold winter night?

5. Hot Drinks > Iced Drinks

We’re all so used to stopping by Starbucks, Kubal, even Dunkin’ to grab our daily iced coffee/tea and running to class. This time of year you can’t even risk ordering an iced drink, unless you want your hand to be numb and feel like it’s going to fall off by the time you make it to class. Try a hot tea or latte from Kubal, a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks, or a warm vanilla chai from Dunkin’. It’ll keep you warm on your walk and you won’t regret it.

6. Ice Skating

If you want to get out of your apartment but don’t want to go far for a fun winter activity, check out Tennity Ice Pavilion located on South campus. It’s a quick five minute drive and SU students can use the facility free of charge! Ice skating is a fun activity to do with friends, no matter what age. Plus, while it may be cold on the rink, it’s definitely warmer than actually being outside.

7. Go to a Basketball Game

Photo By Staci Soslowitz

Photo By Staci Soslowitz

Basketball season is finally upon us! Wouldn’t you rather be in the warmth of the Dome instead of under a tent, outside in the freezing cold? Grab a student ticket from the box office and head over to the game! Basketball is our sport, so why not cheer on your favorite team while munching on Dome nachos?!?

Even though Summer feels like it lasted only a week and the next season of sunshine & warmth feels like a million miles away, don’t let it get you down. There are a so many things you can do in Syracuse in the Winter while staying warm! Remember, the cold never bothered Syracuse people anyway.

Staci Soslowitz