Winter Break allows time for exploration

By Gabriel Obaya
Pulse Staff Reporter

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Downtown San Antonio during the holidays.

San Antonio is filled with activities and events for everyone to enjoy during the holidays.

“I don’t understand how some people say they can’t find nothing to do in SA during the season. They must not get out much ’cause we have so many things happening during the winter season,” said Ronnie Cerna, a freshman History major. Cerna said he’d be enjoying his winter by going with his family to see the lights downtown and at the zoo, for an event called “Zoo Lights Holiday Nights.” This event takes place through Jan. 3.

Cerna said, “You will be able to enjoy thousands of lights along with memorable visuals.” Tickets for non-members are $12.25, and children under three get in for free.

Augustine Rendon, a sophomore Criminal Justice major, is also planning on going downtown to see the lights.

“There’s something about seeing that big Christmas tree and all the lights spread around it that says, ‘Christmas is here,’” Rendon said.

It’s been a tradition for Rendon and his family to see the lights downtown. “Being there and seeing so many families, friends and couples visiting downtown for the lights just shows me how beautiful my city can be,” said Rendon.

Now he has started a new tradition by going downtown with his friends, Michael Hernandez, a freshman Accounting major, and David Valdez, a freshman Business major.

Valdez said, “The best time to enjoy the lights is at the end of the month because not only do you get lights but there’s this big celebration for going into the New Year.”

Celebrate San Antonio is a free event downtown on Dec. 31 in Hemisfair Park, lasting from 6 p.m. to midnight. This celebration is filled with music, games and a big fireworks show to welcome the new year.

Don’t let the lights grab all the attention; food critics should mark their calendars for Dec. 5 because the Pearl Brewery is having their annual “Tamales at Pearl,” and movie lovers will finally see one of the most anticipated movies of this year on Dec. 18: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Tamales at Pearl” will be at the Pearl Brewery; beginning at noon and ending at 6 p.m. Entry is free and open to public. Food and beverage prices range from $1 to $5.

“Star Wars” will return to the big screen after seven years, and the new movie is set 30 years after “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”

Thomas Fonseca, a sophomore Nursing major, said, “Ever since I heard the rumors of the movie were true about two years ago, I have been so excited and have had many Star Wars movie marathons because of it.”

While most students are making enjoyable plans for the winter break, others are putting fun on hold.

Rebekah Rodriquez, a sophomore Accounting major, said, “I’ll be getting ready for spring semester.”

She has prepared herself a busy schedule for the break from working on scholarship applications to being at her part-time job.

“My plans for the winter break is to work almost 40 hours a week in order to spend a little on Christmas gifts, to save for my study abroad trip, and to save for next semester,” Rodriquez said.

Winter may seem like the season to relax and enjoy the festivities, but do not let it blind you from your responsibilities. Spring registration has already begun, so make sure with all the fun plans you make that you also put in your planner to register for your spring semester classes that begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19.