Winters in New England bring shorter days and colder temperatures, but don’t let those things get you down. There’s still plenty to do in Boston and the surrounding areas this winter so get if you need some time away from campus, check out these upcoming events:

chinese new year 2014Bruins, Celtics and more at the Garden
There’s always something for everyone happening at the TD Banknorth Garden and this January the US Figure Skating Championships are in town January 5-12. If an amazing night out with Jay-Z is more your style, he’s in town on January 18th. Tickets to see the Celtics or Bruins are available for almost anyone’s budget this winter so take the train to North Station for a great time downtown. Discount student Bruins tickets available.

Celebrate MLK at the MFA 
On Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Museum of Fine Arts will open its doors free of charge to all visitors. Celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more! Best of all, the green line E train will drop you right at the museum’s front door.

Skiing/Snowboarding w/ Boston Ski and Sports Club
Whether you like to hit the slopes or enjoy a good book by a roaring fireplace, The BSSC can offer you the chance to get out of town this winter. For $83 you can enjoy stress free transportation and lift ticket to a nearby mountain in Maine (Sunday River) or Vermont (Killington). Busses leave from various locations so visit the BSSC website to learn more and play your day in the snow.

Chinese New Year Celebration
The year of the horse officially begins on January 31, but the Chinese New Year parade is scheduled for February 9th this year. It’s one of Boston’s most popular activities to celebrate the new year and you can take public transportation to the orange line Chinatown stop to check out all the festivities. Watch the Facebook page: here.

Skating on the Frog Pond
Some folks say it’s not officially winter in Boston until you lace up your skates and take a lap around the rink at the Frog Pond in the beautiful Boston Commons. Grab some friends and head downtown on Tuesday evenings to get discount admission with your college ID. The Frog Pond is open daily and skate rentals are just $9.