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Where to Go for the Holidays

Daniel Caccavale

We have all been there at least once, holiday time rushing in and you can’t think of a single place to take your significant other. You’re on a budget, you don’t know where to go, and you have a week to figure it out. Ready, go!

For some, this is easier said than done, but for most of us every year we struggle with this dilemma. Well as difficult as the question seems to be, it is actually quite simple. There are tons of places that you can bring your boyfriends or girlfriends that are simple, close, and in many cases, inexpensive.

The first place you can go is into New York City. Now most people are probably thinking “but that is so expensive!” True, it can be at times, but it doesn’t have to be. Hop on a train to the city, $8.25 for a one-way, off-peak ticket, leaving from Hicksville train station, and end up in Penn Station and just a few blocks away from the holiday epicenter of New York: Times Square. Walk around Times Square and window shop for a while, no need to buy if you can’t, but it can be fun just to look in stores and admire a few things. If you see something you really like, pick it up for you or your significant other. Then head on up just a few blocks to Rockefeller Center, on 50th Street between 6th and 7thAvenues, and go see the tree. This is perfect for that little bit of romance you may be looking for. There are also a ton of inexpensive restaurants all over the city for you to stop into and have a nice dinner together. If you want to spend a little more while in the city, check out the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It is a fun show for everyone and tickets start as low as $45. You can also look into Broadway shows. Check the paper for what shows are playing and read a few reviews on what’s good and what may interest you.

What about those who don’t want to deal with the cold or do too much traveling? Luckily, we attend a school that is close to a ton of places that are fun, inexpensive, and will really impress your special person. For those just trying to keep it simple, for those who have not been dating to long, or for anyone who just wants to have a good time, try ice skating. Conveniently, there are several places to go ice skating right in Nassau County. Roslyn, Massapequa, and East Meadow are all very close and all have ice skating available to the public. A small dinner out can say a lot; even just a movie date can say a lot, if done the right way.

Now for those of you who have been able to save up a little bit of money and want to do something extra special for the holidays, there are places for you as well. A nice dinner is always a good idea. Places like the Cheesecake Factory or the Grand Lux Café are great places to consider. They have good food, nice atmosphere, and even though they are a little more expensive than McDonalds or Applebees, the meal won’t cost you several hundred dollars. A whole meal at the Cheesecake Factory, including deserts and appetizers, may be approximately $75-$125, depending on the price of what you order.

For those of you who have your own kitchen area, a simple, candle-lit, homemade dinner says a thousand and one words. No matter what you decide on, as long as you enjoy it, you have made the right choice.

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