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Snow is falling, Christmas decorations have popped up around campus and finals week begins in five days.

Instead of stressing about finals just yet, how about taking some time this weekend to celebrate Christmas on campus and in the Twin Cities community? If you’re a fan of Christmas parties or prizes or food, these six events have you covered.

#1 Join your ARDs for a Christmas party in the Stud lobby on Thursday, December 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With food, games, prizes, a photo booth, Christmas trivia and therapy dogs, you won’t want to miss this exciting holiday celebration. 

#2 Commuter Life is celebrating the season with a Christmas open house on December 10, between 11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Stop by the Commuter Lounge anytime between 11:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m this Friday for a chance to connect with other commuters, eat some fun Christmas treats and maybe even win a prize. 

#3 UNW FORCE is hosting their annual semi-formal Winter Dance this Saturday, December 11, from 7 – 10 p.m.

Dress up and come with your friends to the Naz Great Room before jumping into finals prep. Take the night off and enjoy an evening of community. 

#4 CORE hosts their Take a Break event on Monday, December 13, between 6 – 9 p.m. in the Stud.

Take a break from finals studying to hang out with friends, decorate cookies, drink hot chocolate, make some Christmas crafts and play some games.

#5 Acclaimed Christian band, For King and Country, performs at the Target Center in Minneapolis this Saturday, December 11, at 7 p.m.

Want to get off campus this weekend? .Join KTIS and For King and Country in celebrating the birth of Christ on their “A Drummer Boy Christmas” tour.

#6 Explore a European Christmas market right here in St. Paul at the Union Depot.

The market is open for only two more weekends, so take the opportunity to experience an authentic Christmas market like those in Austria or Germany. With crafts, gifts and holiday treats, you won’t leave empty-handed. 

Whatever you do this weekend, whether that’s going to a Christmas party on campus, exploring the Twin Cities or just trying to stay on top of finals work, take some time to relax before finals and reflect on what Christmas is really all about.