Fordham Five: Holiday Events Worth the Study Break

We know, we know: you can’t possibly surrender that coveted Walsh library cubicle stationed by the window that has the hard-to-come-by wall outlet you need to keep your laptop charged.

‘Tis the season for the stress of finals. As inviting as library parties may seem during this trying time of the semester, we suggest you take a break from studying and attend one of the many holiday happenings offered at both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center. We promise it’ll be more fun than club lib.

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Christmas Horse and Buggy Rides @ Rose Hill Campus

1. USG Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (12/5)

Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like a tree lighting. Bright lights will seem even prettier with the addition of free hot chocolate and cookies to warm you up as you brave the winter weather. The F# notes will also be in attendance to perform your favorite Christmas tunes. It’s all going down tomorrow night at 5:30pm at the Lincoln Center campus.

2. Trip to Bryant Park (12/6)

If you’ve never made the (really quick) trek to Bryant Park during the holiday season, you must go. It’s a wonderful winter wonderland nestled in between hectic Grand Central and touristy Times Square. And, now that CAB has organized a trip on Friday from 6:30pm-10pm, there’s no excuse not to check it out! Metro cards will be provided for attendees and ice skating is encouraged. Be sure to check out the holiday shops while you’re there as well. You may find some pretty great gifts for everyone on your list. To sign up, register on Orgsync or email:

3. Peer Educators Holiday Scavenger Hunt (12/6)

Are you willing to shamelessly sing holiday songs to a complete stranger? If you answered ‘yes’, then grab some friends, ride the ram van and get yourself to Lincoln Center for the annual scavenger hunt! Each team will be given a list of ridiculous tasks to complete within a two-hour time frame. Afterwards, all will be awarded with a holiday party, and three winning teams will receive prizes. To sign up, email:

4. The Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols (12/7 and 12/8)

More singing! This event is also free, and is offered on both Saturday at 8pm (at Church of St. Paul the Apostle) and Sunday at 3pm (at Fordham University Church). There will be performances by Fordham University Choir, Women’s Choir and Schola Cantorum. Saturday’s performance will also include an appearance by students in the Ailey/ Fordham B.F.A. dance program. Spaces fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early.

5. Blessing Bag Project (12/23)

Fordham students know that Christmas is about much more than gifts. It’s also about giving back and helping others, and B.B.P is a student-run opportunity organized to do just that. If you’re still around NYC on the 23rd, stop by and help out for any amount of time that you can offer. The bags, which will be stocked with necessities including soap, warm socks and easily portable snacks, will be offered to those in need throughout the city.

Happy holidays!

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