There are 30+ events in the next 3 days. Put the books down and practice “self-care” by checking out the arts, socials, or music events on this list! ‘Tis the season to be jolly.

#examszn. If you’re like us, you’re probably hunkered down in your bedroom, in the library, or in the new Mitchell Hall #starbys cramming for finals.

Everyone needs a study break every once in a while. What do you like to do to relax? Here are some self-care options in the arts this weekend:

Maybe self-care for you is letting off some steam on a night out with friends. Here’s a look at the live music & social options available this weekend:

Finally, if you’re looking for ways to make the season bright or celebrate with your housemates before you head home for winter break, we recommend these festive events:

  • Snow Much Fun @ Springer Market Square (all ages) – Friday, Dec. 7 at 5pm-9pm – free festive fun in the heart of the city! Caroling, storytelling, live music, crafts, Santa, skating in the square, and toasty warm fires.
  • Lumina Borealis @ Fort Henry (all ages)– Friday, Dec. 7 at 5pm-9pm, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5pm-9pm, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:30pm-8:30pm –
    Inspired by childhood dreams and memories, an exceptional, night walk experience awaits your arrival! Prime date idea! $18
  • A Celtic Tenors Christmas @ Grand Theatre (all ages+) – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm, $45 – They will perform songs such as “Danny Boy”, “You Raise Me Up”, “Nessum Dorma”, and other such favourites.
  • Drag the Halls – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6pm (all ages) & 8pm (19+), $10 – A Christmas themed drag show with a purpose. Proceeds to Rainbow Railroad, a charity that helps LGBTQI people as they seek safe haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution.
  • Outdoor Holiday Party for the Animals – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1pm, $5.50 – Spend some time enjoying the timeless solemnity and quiet of the wilderness at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Division & 401).
  • Singing Carols – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:45pm – The Next Church band and musical guests will be playing some of your favourite Christmas Carols/Hymns. FREE
  • Holiday Farmers’ Market @ Memorial Centre – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10am-2pm – Kingston’s only year-round farmers’ market — where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat! Featuring locally-made gifts!
  • Pop-up Holiday Market @ Wellington & Brock St – Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm – featuring local, independent artists and artisans.

At Queen’s, we work hard and play hard – and exams are no exception. We hope you get the chance to go to at least 1 of the events above – you won’t regret it!

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