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100 things to do this holiday season

There's still plenty of time to get into the holiday spirit
Pamela Iaccovacci wanders through the YWCA Festival of Trees.
Pamela Iaccovacci wanders through the YWCA Festival of Trees.

Whether you feel a case of cabin fever coming on or you’re just looking for a few ways to get into the holiday spirit, here are some ideas to get you through:

1. Have a holiday movie marathon. 

2. Make hot chocolate with a twist. Try adding a raspberry flavor shot or a candy cane.

3. Grab the Christmas tree and speckle it with lights and ornaments. 

4. Make a few ornaments to add to some of the ones you’ve had for years.

5. Grab your skates and head to the rink. 

6. Try curling at the Schenectady Curling Club on Balltown Road.

7. Deck the halls. Or maybe just the front porch. 

8. Organize a Secret Santa gift swap. 

9. Watch the glow of a tree lighting ceremony. 

10. Grab the icing and the gumdrops, and build a gingerbread house.

11. Make your own stocking (or repair the one you’ve had for years). 

12. Head to the Schenectady Festival of Trees through Dec. 22. 

13. Host or attend an ugly sweater party. 

14. Make homemade Christmas cards. 

15. Hide or find Elf on the Shelf.

16. Read “ ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.

17. Stroll around Pricer Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in Albany’s Washington Park. 

18. Head north and visit The North Pole in the town of Wilmington.

19. Take a few trips down Willard Mountain or Maple Ski Ridge. 

20. Make a snowman, complete with a carrot nose and rock buttons. 

21. Take a drive to the Norman Rockwell Museum and see some heartwarming Christmas-themed Rockwell illustrations.

22. Grab a few friends and go caroling. 

23. Take inspiration from “The Great British Baking Show” or Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” and decorate sugar cookies. 

24. Head to the Times Union Center tonight to watch the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

25. Have a snowball fight.

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26. Wrap presents.

27. Make popcorn garland to string on the tree. 

28. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank. 

29. Make a snow angel.

30. Read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.

31. Send a letter to Santa. 

32. Go owling.

33. Take in a holiday concert.

34. Drink eggnog.

35. Watch your favorite version of “The Grinch.”

36. Eat a candy cane.

37. Take holiday family photos. 

38. See “A Nashville Christmas” at The Egg on Dec. 21.

39. Catch “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre” at Capital Repertory, which runs through Dec. 22. 

40. Run the First Night Saratoga 5K.

41. Go sledding.

42. Check out some of the region’s ice bars. 

43. Snowshoe through Saratoga Spa State Park. If you don’t own a pair, rent them from the park office for $5 for half a day and $10 for a full day.

44. Stop by a craft market or festival.

45. Head to Proctors for the annual CBS 6 Melodies of Chrismas today through Sunday.

46. Head down to New York City to shop or ice skate.

47. Make New Year’s resolutions, along with a plan to keep them.

48. Watch the “Gracias Christmas Cantata” at the Palace Theatre on Jan. 5. 

49. Make a Christmas music playlist.

50. Shake up the New Year’s champagne tradition and add Chambord or elderflower liqueur.   

51. Window shop along Broadway in Saratoga Springs (and maybe grab that gift that you forgot to get).

52. Visit Christmas Land in Altamont. 

53. Celebrate the New Year at Rivers Casino & Resort with a show from Funk Evolution.

54. Cross-country ski through Saratoga National Historical Park. 

55. Start a puzzle, and work on it with friends and family throughout the winter.

56. Celebrate the winter solstice on Dec. 21.

57. Hide the pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. 

58. Burn a bayberry candle on New Year’s Eve. 

59. Tune into the Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. 

60. Smash the Peppermint Pig.

61. Fill the stockings.

62. Make paper snowflakes.

63. Head to the movie theater on New Year’s Day.  

64. Take the kids to visit Santa Claus.

65. Light the yule log.

66. Ring in the new year at First Night Saratoga. 

67. Celebrate New Year’s at The Egg in Albany with comedian Artie Lange.

68. Take part in the Icelandic tradition of Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood,” and give a loved one a book.

69. Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” 

70. Spend time with family. 

71. Take part in a holiday cookie swap. 

72. Send out New Year’s cards to friends and family. 

73. Donate a toy to one of the many toy drives in the Capital Region.

74. Roast chestnuts. 

75. Finish your advent calendar. 

76. Gather together and look at old family photo albums and videos. 

77. Enjoy a hot toddy. 

78. Whip up your favorite fudge or truffle recipe.  

79. Watch a classic holiday movie you’ve never seen before. 

80. Take a walk through the Stockade and enjoy the decorations.

81. Watch the ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of home — or from the crowd. 

82. Make a snow fort.

83. Make maple snow cones.

84. Go tubing at West Mountain. 

85. Try making slushy snow mimosas. 

86. Visit the giant Yankee Candle store/village in Deerfield, Mass., meet Santa and his reindeer and make your own candle.

87. Listen to Christmas music by Nat King Cole or Bing Crosby.

88. Take the Polar Plunge in Lake George on New Year’s Day.

89. Wear a colorful Christmas-themed tie or socks.

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90. Read “The Polar Express.”

91. Have an outdoor fire and make s’mores.

92. Make a birdseed ornament to hang outside for your feathered friends.

93. Take a ride on the Polar Express in Utica or Kingston.

94. Knit scarves or socks for loved ones.

95. Make a holiday wreath.

96. Watch the 1983 classic film “A Christmas Story.” 

97. Too cold outside? Play board games.

98. Send holiday cards to deployed troops.

99. Take a sleigh ride.

100. Make reindeer dust.

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