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Block Break Programming

Campus Activities, in conjunction with many partners, offers programming over all block breaks and many extended breaks*, such as Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks - *for students with extended break stay approval.

While many departments offer extended trips away from campus over breaks, the activities offered by Campus Activities are typically low-key day trips around the local area or events on campus that allow you to use your break to rest, relax, and rejuvenate between busy blocks. If you are interested in trips further afield for block break, keep your eyes on student digest as well as the Collaborative for Community Engagement and the Outdoor Education Summit Portals. 

Campus Activities' Block Break offerings typically consist of at least:

  • 1 on campus event (DIY Spa Day, Community Meals, Art Classes at Bemis, etc.)
  • 1 day-trip to an area attraction (the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Cave of the Winds, Denver Musuems, etc.)
  • 1 in town activity (Roller Skating, Bowling, Movie Theater, Shopping, etc.)

These activities are advertised via Block Break Digest which is released on the 3rd Wednesday of each block around noon; they are also posted here.

Have an idea for a new Block Break Offering? Want to advertise an opportunity in the Block Break Digest? Email us at 

Campus Partners who make up the Campus Activities Block Break Committee include:

Winter Break Digest

for Wednesday, Dec. 18 - Sunday, Jan. 5

If you will be on-campus for some or all of Winter Break, don’t forget to let your RLC know you are requesting “Break Stay” ASAP so you request can be reviewed.  

For those with break stay approval, Campus Activities, along with our fabulous campus partners, have put together some fun, FREE, and educational activities for you to take advantage. For events requiring RSVP, please do not register until you have requested and been approved for Break Stay.

Here is what you can look forward to over WINTER Break, with some (UPDATED) information provided:

*****Campus Events & Activities *****

  • Build your Own Break Snack Pack, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1 – until supplies last, Worner 216; swing by to build your own snack pack from the snack buffet. We ask that you limit yourself to one of each item to make the snacks go further; limited vegan and gluten free options available.
  • Night on the Town Pack Pick-up, Thursday, Dec. 19, 10 am – 12 pm (while supplies last), Worner 230; Campus Activities has a limited number of FREE Night on the Town Packs for those with approved break stay, which include vouchers for Kimball’s Peak Three, Jimmy Johns, & Josh & John’s. Come by Campus Activities on Thursday, beginning at 10 am to pick up a packet. Quantities are limited and will be passed out on a first come, first served basis; limit one packet per person.Packets will not be available before 10 am and only until supplies run out. Sponsored by Campus Activities.
  • FYI (UPDATED) On Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10 am Shove Chapel will be hosting a memorial service for Colonel (Ret.) James Randall, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. The service will end around noon with a traditional 21-gun salute and a fly over, which is why we wanted to draw your attention as you may hear unusual noises on campus and we do not want you to be alarmed.
  • Cave of the Winds Mountain Illumination Festival (UPDATED), Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 – 8 pm, Depart from Worner; Light up your holiday season when you walk through the winter wonderland of twinkling lights! Check out the giant animated holiday tree, enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores, explore the gift shop, and get into the spirit of the season! Transportation will be provided; bus will leave from South side of Worner on Cache La Poudre promptly at 6 pm. RSVP here.
  • Grocery Store Shuttles (UPDATED), Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm; Give Campus Safety a call at (719) 389-6707 for a ride to the grocery store.
  • The Sound of Music, various performance times and dates, FAC Mainstage; FREE tickets available to CC students with their Gold Card ONE hour before the show (based on availability). Beloved by generations of audiences worldwide, The Sound of Musictells the inspiring true story of the von Trapp family and their escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism. When aspiring nun Maria proves too high-spirited for convent life, she’s dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of widowed naval captain Georg von Trapp.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 at 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 at 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019 at 12 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. – Followed by a backstage tour at 10:30 pm
    • Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday Matinee, Dec. 28, 2019 at 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. – Followed by a Sunday Salon to discuss themes from the show at 5 pm
    • Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at 7 p.m.
    • Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday Matinee, Jan. 4, 2020 at 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 at 2 p.m.
  • Honnen Ice Arena Public Skate, 12/18 – 1/5, times vary; The Honnen Ice Arena will be open with public skating hours almost daily over Winter Break; view the schedule here. Admission is free and skate rental is just $1 with valid CC Gold Card.
  • (UPDATED) Break Stay RAs will be in touch about other events they will be planning in the halls.
  • Support your fellow Tigers by attending one of these on-campus sporting events held over break!


***** Meals (UPDATED)*****

  • Rastall will be OPEN for limited hours on Thursday, Dec 19  & Friday, Dec 20 only:

o   Lunch: 12 – 1 pm

o   Dinner: 5 – 6 pm

Rastall reopens for dinner service at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 5. Colorado Coffee will be open on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 8 am – 1 pm.

  • Grocery Store Shuttles (UPDATED), Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays over break, 1 – 3 pm; Give Campus Safety a call at (719) 389-6707 for a ride to the grocery store.
  • Taste Restaurant at the FAC is open Thursday through Saturday (Dec 19 – 21; Dec 26 – 28; & Jan 2 – 4) for lunch service, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pre-theatre dining for select productions of the Sound of Music; Taste accepts both Gold Card Plus and Tiger Bucks, excluding alcohol. Reservations can be made by calling the FAC front desk at (719) 634-5581. View the menu.
  • Local Restaurant Discounts, Dec 19 – Jan 5, various locations; 30% off with a CC Student ID at the following restaurants; please note hours and holiday closures may be in effect so it is a good idea to call ahead:
    • Bingo Burger, 132 N Tejon; (719) 418-6223
    • Paninos (Downtown), 604 N Tejon; (719) 635-7452
    • La’au’s, 830 N Tejon; (719) 578-5228
  • Community Meal, Dec 23, 12 pm, Mathias Lobby; enjoy a catered meal in community with other students who will be on campus over Winter Break.
  • Community Meal, Dec 31, 4 pm, Loomis Lounge; enjoy a catered meal in community with other students who will be on campus over Winter Break.

*****Campus Resources & Local Transportation*****

  • RLCs (Residential Life Coordinators) and RAs (Resident Assistants) will remain in some halls and are accessible for all students. The Winter Break RAs can be contacted via the Mathias Duty Phone, (719) 351-4627.
  • Campus Safety is here 24/7.If you are ever in need of assistance, you can give them a call at the following numbers:

o   Campus Safety non-emergency number: (719) 389-6707

o   Campus Safety Emergency number: (719) 389-6911

  • International Students should contact Campus Safety if they have an emergency involving an immigration matter; Campus Safety will then have on-call staff get in touch with you.
  • The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator on-call advocates will remain available 24/7 through Winter Break and can be reached at (719) 602-0960.
  • The Counseling Center will have a counselor on call throughout Winter Break for urgent situations. To reach an on-call counselor, call the Counseling Center at (719) 389-6093 and press two (2) to be immediately connected with a licensed counselor or press zero (0) to be connected to Campus Safety. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 6.
  • The Health Center will close at 1 pm on Thursday, Dec. 19 and reopen with regular hours on Monday, Jan 6. Students can receive Urgent Care services at these local providers and Campus Safety will be able to provide transportation services.
  • Needing to get around town over break? CC Students are able to use their Gold Cards for free Metro Transit access; check out the bus route maps and schedule here. Please note Metro transit will not run on Wednesday, Dec. 25 or Wednesday, Jan. 1. Also, sign-up for a Pike Ride account to take advantage of the bikes on campus.
  • Wanting to get up to Denver over break? Check out the Bustang.
  • FYI: Cars left on the street for more than 72 hours will be towed by the City of Colorado Springs. Please contact the Campus Safety Parking Office (Worner 116) to discuss on-campus parking options before you leave.

*****Community Events (UPDATED)*****

See what else is happening around town by checking out the Peak Radar & COS Indy  event/community calendars in addition to these selected highlights:

  • Holiday Show
    • Wednesday, December 18, Thursday, December 19, Friday, December 20, Saturday, December 21, 201912:00 pm: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm each day
    • G44 Gallery: 1785 S. 8th Street, Suite A, Colorado Springs, CO
    • The most anticipated show of the year is upon us! G44 Gallery's Holiday Show featuring over 50 local and regional artists and makers. The best spot to find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone! Paintings, photographs, jewelry, purses, pottery, sculptures, candles, soaps and so much more!
  • Skate in the Park
    • Hours vary by day; check schedule linked above
    • Acacia Park, 115 E Platte Ave
    • Skate under the stars; $10 admission and skate rentals.
  • Holiday ProcraftinationCelebration: A Handmade Holiday Market for Last- Minute Shoppers 
    • Saturday December 21 from 10am-3pm
    • Westside Community Center, 1628 W Bijou St
    • This arts and craft show will feature one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, local food trucks, and a kid's zone (so they can stay busy while you shop!) The event marks the perfect opportunity to shop the work of talented area artists and support the local economy with an array of arts and crafts. After all, just because you didn’t make the gifts yourself doesn’t make them any less handmade, or thoughtful.
    • In addition to the shopping extravaganza, holiday festivities are sure to add to the experience. Stop by the Kid's Holiday Make and Take Crafts Booth, our gift wrappingstation, enjoy the sights of seasonal decorations and the sounds of holiday music. 
    • Vendor information can be found at
  • Gallop in the Garden – Free 5k Fun Run
    • Thursday, December 19thand Thursday, December 26th from 4:00-6:00pm 
    • Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, 1805 N 30th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
    • It doesn’t get any better than this… Run/ Jog/ Walk in Garden of the Gods Park! Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center. We’ve mapped out 5 phenomenal routes through Garden of the Gods Park and Rock Ledge Ranch that start and end at the Visitor & Nature Center. (3 routes are available every Thurs.)
  • Guided Chocolate Tasting
    • Friday, December 20th; Saturday, December 21st; Friday, December 27th; and Saturday, December 28thfrom 7:00-10:30pm 
    • Cacao Chemistry Tasting Room, 109 N Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    • Enjoy a free guided flight of chocolate samples and the history and science behind them. Try four to five different chocolates. No reservation is needed.
  • Selfies with Santa
    • Sunday, December 22, 12 – 3 pm
    • Santa will be strolling through Downtown – with a Polaroid camera – as he gathers up last-minute gifts and makes a few edits to his “naughty and nice” lists. Be sure to grab a selfie and your keep-sake instant photo while he’s out and about! Plus, enjoy carols by Sunrise Players, who will be strolling as well!
  • AdAmAnFireworks Display 
    • Tuesday, December 31stat 11:55 pm 
    • The Pikes Peak AdAmAnClub has been a tradition since 1922. The unique group of mountaineers each year on December 30th and 31st climb the icy slopes of the world famous Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve ignite a glorious fireworks display from the summit to usher in the New Year. 
    • Fireworks can be seen from campus
  • First Fridays Downtown
    • Friday, January 3, 5 – 8 pm
    • Free and open to the public, First Friday Downtown features new art, live music, and special events on the first Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. at dozens of galleries, retailers and nonprofits throughout Downtown Colorado Springs.
  • Colorado Springs Fitness Expo
    • Saturday, January 4thfrom 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    • Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
    • Join us for our 5th annual Colorado Springs Fitness Expo all under one roof in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs! We will have:free live fitness classes; on-site health and fitness vendors; on-site studios and clubs available to get you ready for 2020; and much more! 

Wishing you a restful Winter Break & Happy New Year