Winter Break 2020 in St. Louis


Written by: Ezinne Arizor, International Student and Scholar Advisor

While some international students have decided to travel home during the Winter Break, we know that many of you have also decided to remain in St. Louis. This begs the question: What can you do over Winter Break during a pandemic?

Well, staying indoors is a great option, both due to the pandemic and the chillier weather. You may consider curling up with some hot chocolate and getting into the holiday spirit by watching classic American holiday films such as Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, or The Nightmare Before Christmas. With lesser opportunities to engage in American holiday traditions this year, watching any of these films is a great way to stay warm, stay safe, and learn a bit more about popular culture in the US.

If you are not too keen on staying indoors, you may consider taking advantage of one of the best landmarks in St. Louis: Forest Park. Forest Park offers beautiful scenery and great activities in the relatively safe outdoors:

Sledding on Art Hill – If we get heap of snow this year, grab a sled and head out to Art Hill at the front of the St. Louis Art Museum to take part in the time honored tradition. Be sure to bundle up and mask up!

Steinberg Skating Rink – In February of this year, OISS had the opportunity to take a group of international students and scholars to the Steinberg Skating Rink and we had a blast. If you have never been ice skating before, winter break is a great time to try it out! There is an admissions charge and masks are required.

St. Louis Zoo: U.S. Bank wild Lights – Visit the St. Louis Zoo at night an experience the glow of over 1 million lights! Bent in different animalistic displays, the lights are a beauty to behold. Although the zoo normally has free admission, this even does have a fee and masks are required.

No matter what activities you decide to partake in during this winter break, remember that health and safety should be prioritized first. In the middle of a pandemic, any activity you choose to do inside or outside of your home should take your health and safety into consideration. If there is any risk to you or your household, reconsider your plans. You can read more about how to protect yourself when going out or during the holiday season in general on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.