Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Go a Christmas Decoration Drive

Many people taking decorating for Christmas to the extreme, so why not hop in a car and admire their hard work? This is a fun (and COVID-19 friendly) way to enjoy all of the outdoor decorations people put out without having to do all the work themselves.

  • Watch Cast Away

After being cast away alone on an island, Chuck Noland is forced to survive. This recognizable film came out on December 7, 2000. Celebrates its twentieth anniversary this Monday (December 7) and watch it on your own or with friends. You can watch Cast Away on HBO Max, with a premium subscription on Hulu or Amazon Prime, or rent/purchase it on YouTube, Google Play, or Vudu. For some Cast Away trivia, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2.

  • Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas

If your house is anything like mine, it isn’t the Christmas season without A Charlie Brown Christmas. Celebrate this beloved Christmas special turning fifty-five years old on Wednesday (December 9).

  • Ice skating at Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s outdoor ice-skating rinks are opening up once again for the Holiday season. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a traditional oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $16-20 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge. Due to COVID-19, there will be limited capacity. Go to maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon/ to make your reservations now or to learn more about skating downtown.

  • Have Christmas movie night

Whether Hallmark Christmas romcoms, Christmas horror, Christmas comedies, heart-warming classics, or any other type of Christmas movies are your favorite way to bring in the season, why not grab some family and/or friends and watch a festive film together? Remember you can always use group watch features on many streaming platforms to stay socially distanced and safe.