Published: Dec. 11, 2017 By

Happy last week of classes, Buffaloes! With finals closing in, be sure to take the time to recharge at fun events, get into the holiday spirit and finish strong!

This week brings a writing and editing workshop for your final essays, free guided meditation, a delicious Hanukkah dinner, the annual Fun Before Finals event, Menorah Lighting at Pearl Street Mall, a Fiske show exploring the origin of holiday lights, free night of ice skating, Finals Free Week at The Rec, Dianne Reeves holiday concert and, last but certainly not least, Late Night Breakfast. Also check out the Finals 2017 page for a complete list of pre-finals events and other resources to help you finish the school year strong.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

Final Essays: Write and edit workshop

Make writing those last few essays way easier with the Student Academic Success Center's free writing and editing workshop from 11 a.m. to noon in Fleming 170. Bring your drafts and get tips from the helpful SASC staff on how to get your best final essay grades.

Finals Meditation at Norlin

From noon to 1 p.m., find your blissful Zen with a free guided meditation in Norlin M210. Take advantage of this opportunity to de-stress and focus before finals begin to optimize your results.

Wednesday, Dec. 13

Chanukah at CU Chabad      

For you Jewish Buffs out there, celebrate Chanukah (Hanukkah) at CU Chabad, 909 14th St., with a delicious Chanukah dinner and latke bar starting at 7 p.m. There will be menorahs to light, as well as a special dessert. Plus, check out CU Chabad's other events taking place through Dec. 19.

Fun Before Finals

The Dennis Small Cultural Center hosts a super popular annual Fun Before Finals event, which will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. in UMC 204, with a different fun activity occurring every hour. There will be a wide array of holiday-themed arts and crafts, as well as pizza and pastry, all of which is totally free! Everyone is invited.

Menorah Lighting on Pearl Street Mall

Hanukkah runs from Dec. 12 through Dec. 20, so celebrate the second night with a Boulder community menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. on the 1300 block of Pearl Street Mall. There will be plenty of free food and live music, as well, for your enjoyment.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Season of Light screening

Come get in the holiday spirit with a festive and colorful film on the Fiske Planetarium dome starting at 7 p.m. Learn about the history of holiday lights in many traditions, including Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. Tickets are $10.

Friday, Dec. 15

Buffs on Ice

As part of the Buffalo Nites series, the Center for Student Involvement is hosting a free night of ice skating from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rec Center Ice Rink. Not only is skating free, but there will also be free snacks and hot cocoa, as well. Enjoy!

Saturday, Dec. 16

Finals Free Week at The Rec

Finals week is arguably the best week for working out at the Rec Center, because everything from climbing to ice skating to fitness classes is free, and there will also be relaxation stations featuring massage, aromatherapy and hot tea later in the week. From Dec. 16–23, the Rec Center will be your haven of sweating out the stress. Check out the website for a schedule of all the free activities.

Dianne Reeves holiday concert

Join the stunning Grammy-winning jazz/R&B singer Dianne Reeves for a merry concert at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. She will be singing holiday classics and favorites to ring in the festive season, so don’t miss out! Tickets start at $15.

Monday, Dec. 18

Late Night Breakfast

Is there anything so satisfying as free late-night breakfast food during an exam week? There will be tons of fun activities to partake in during your study breaks from 8 to 10 p.m. in the UMC, followed by plenty of free food—including a breakfast burrito bar and eggs, bacon and potatoes—from 10 to 11 p.m. in the Alferd Packer Grill. All this is free; just bring your Buff OneCard.