Hello fellow eagles! Finals are finally done and it’s time to get a fresh start and relax our brains with a well-deserved break! While most of us will be going home for the holidays, some of us will still be in our beloved Ypsilanti community. No matter where you are in the world in the next couple weeks, I want to encourage you to take this time to relax and regenerate your mind.
There are so many fun things to do in Ypsilanti over break like visits with Santa, New Year’s celebrations, and Winterfest events! No matter how old we get, it’s important to allow ourselves to appreciate the little things so that we can stay motivated for what’s next in store for our futures. Some of the events are as follows:
- The Santaland Diaries – A 21 and over event with David Sedaris acting out the retail world for a failing actor who can only land a job as Santa’s elf at Macy’s.
- The Santaland Diaries
- Santa Clay at the Co-op – Come get a photo with a clay Santa and spread the holiday joy!
- Santa Visits Yankee Air Museum – Free event all day to see Santa and do fun Christmas activities.
- Spotlight New Year’s Celebration – A night of West Coast Swing dance and fun at the Ypsilanti Marriott.
- Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest – A three-day celebration of North American talent serving communities across the country to build the continental kizomba/ urban kizomba community. This event teaches you how to dance and grow with the community.
- Spotlight New Year’s Celebration
- A Stellar New Year’s Eve – Arbor Brewing Company bringing in their own celebration to the New Year with different music and food options.
- Dawn Farm’s Umbrella Ball – New Year’s Eve Dance and Celebration with raffles, music, and dance.
- Dragin for a Cure for HIV NYE Party – 18 and up benefit event for Unified with entertainment, performances, and dancing! An Iconic New Year’s Eve – Queer burlesque performers of Kitty Delicious Queer Burlesque. An event with dancing, and New Year’s celebration.
- Michigan Kizomba Fusion Winterfest
- Roaring 2020 Party – Cultivate presents a roaring 20’s party for the new year with live music, dancing, and toasts to the new year.
- Bike Ypsi – Riding into the New Year at 12:30 am in an annual ride starting at Arbor Brewing Company. Spotlight New Year’s Celebration location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti Charter Township, MI
There is plenty to do in Ypsilanti during break if you find yourself not being able to go home for the holidays, or if Ypsilanti is your home. Have a wonderful break Eagles, and happy New Year!
(For more information on events, please see YpsiReal)
About the Writer
Shayla Parham is a first-year student at Eastern majoring in Public Relations. She works as a desk assistant at the Leadership and Counseling Office as well as being a team member of the Go Social Media Team. Shayla is a member of Optimize Eastern and University Christian Fellowship. Shayla enjoys music of all genres and quality time with her friends.