Monday, December 20, 2021

Getting Outdoors over the Holidays


We have all spent so much time indoors over the last nearly two years and yes indeed, when it gets cold it is so tempting to stay huddled up inside.  But it’s important to venture out for many reasons and what better time to do it than over Christmas when we are usually over-indulging in festive foods.  So, herewith a few local and close-by events to get you moving through the holiday season.

First up, on Christmas Day itself, there is the Winter Wonderland Hike. From 1pm to 2 30 this is the perfect time to get moving!  Shake it up a bit this year with a light Christmas lunch, a hike in Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park, and then back home to sit by the fire with family and friends.  On this tour the park’s natural beauty will be revealed to you as you hike with the Urban Park Rangers. You’ll get to see tracks animals have  made, nests created by birds and beautiful age-old trees that remain in the area. It’s really a case of getting back to basics and enjoying the outdoors as nature intended. And it makes Christmas day a whole lot healthier!

For something a bit closer to home, there is the Canarsie Park Holiday Hike which takes place right here.  Located on East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue, the park spans 132 acres and is on the Jamaican Bay’s western shore, known for its migratory birds. Learn more about it on the hike which is also led by the Urban Park Rangers and also takes place on Christmas Day between 1 and 2.30pm.  another great choice for avoiding all that ham and mashed potatoes!

For those not interested in a  hike, there is the incredible December Lights Tour, featuring more than 20 Brooklyn Park homes that have incredible holiday light displays.

But whatever you end up doing this Christmas, make it light, make it festive and shine your aura bright!