“I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter,” writes T.S. Eliot in “The Waste Land.”
Many students can relate to Eliot both in his late-night literary pursuits and in leaving the North for winter. As the semester begins, those from northern states might get nostalgic for snow days and hot cocoa by the fire. Fortunately, Dallas does not let geography prevent it from enjoying a variety of hibernal activities. Even though Christmas and New Year’s have flown past us, there are still many ways to celebrate cold weather.
As locals know, the Galleria Ice Skating Center boasts a yearlong indoor iceskating rink in the center of one of America’s largest malls. Skating costs $10 per person with $3 skate rentals; however, if you bring a group of 10 or more, admission drops to $8.50 per person. The center even offers ice skating lessons, with a six-week beginner iceskating course beginning on Feb. 20.
A brief DART ride to Victory Station takes you straight to a Dallas Stars ice hockey game at the American Airlines Center. Many games have special deals with $15 tickets. The experience is worth every penny, according to Mary Bond, a freshman who went to a game with seminarian friends.
“I don’t want to say magical, just because that comes off kind of weird, but I felt like I was in a movie,” Bond said. “It was so great. I don’t see anyone not having a good time.”
Though most winter holidays have past, the Chinese New Year is yet to come. The year of the monkey begins Feb. 8, and you can celebrate it for free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art on Feb. 13. The museum will showcase Chinese culture with calligraphy demonstrations, a firework show, a lion dance and, of course, Chinese food. Though we specialize in studying Western civilization at the University of Dallas, this eventful experience of the East can add a new dimension to your perspective while satisfying any need for more winter holidays.
These opportunities allow students to experience Dallas landmarks and a bit of winter in their adopted home. Though ice and snow may not be so common in the South, Texans love them all the same – just perhaps not on the roads.