Christmas at Warwick
There’s a lot to get excited about during Christmas at Warwick. Whilst Christmas also tends to equate to assignment season, there are still plenty of Christmas activities for when you take a break.
Living in Warwickshire at Christmas is super cool. I live in a small town, which has some quite old Shakespearean-looking parts, and when it snowed a few weeks ago, it looked like a set from a Christmas movie. I was freezing, because my student house is generally not that warm, but it was worth it because it was so scenic.
Birmingham Christmas Markets
This is the perfect Christmas outing at the weekend. We went at the end of November, and I’d definitely go again. It was absolutely packed, but the Christmas lights, stalls, and live music made us all feel very Christmassy.
There are quite a few ice-rinks near Warwick campus – and I believe that this January, there may even be an ice rink coming to campus. I haven’t been to the Coventry or the Birmingham ice rinks yet, but I’ve pretty much only heard good reviews. So I’d put that one on the list of Christmas activities, too.
Society Christmas Meals
Most societies tend to do some form of Christmas celebration, whether that’s a Christmas meal at the Dirty Duck, Christmas quiz or some form of themed Circle. Remember to bring your Christmas jumper, because you can be certain that at least one society you’re a part of will require fancy dress.
Christmas lights display
This year, our beloved campus cat, Rolf, turned on the Christmas lights on campus. Whilst the lights are of course worth seeing, the real star of the show will always be Rolf.
Sledging in Kenilworth
If you live near Kenilworth, which is in between Leamington and campus, then Abbey Fields is the perfect place to go sledging. It’s a big park with quite a few perfect hills, so if it snows next term, I know where we’ll be going.
If you are staying on campus for Christmas, there are various social activities that you can get involved in. This year, I’ve seen posts about Christmas meals, Christmas decoration-making, and films in the Arts Centre.
There’s so much going on at Christmas, both socially and academically, that it can be challenging to find the right balance. Last year, I was completely submerged under the Christmas academia, but this year, I’ve found some ways to get a better balance.
Something that’s helped me a lot this year is getting started on assignments early. This helps, because it means that you don’t have to work 24/7 in the holidays. The other main thing I’ve kept in mind is that we’re lucky to have so many Christmas socials – because last year was a different story – so we should make the most of that, too. Finding time to do assignments well AND enjoy Christmas can take some figuring out, but as always, it’s worth it.