If you have free time this break, consider hosting a friendsgiving. PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR USER TAKASPHOTO.COM

Being a international student in the United States is an interesting experience. You get to live in a totally different culture from yours and enjoy some of the best education around while at it. While there are many ups to it, studying abroad can become very difficult when Thanksgiving comes around.

As an international student who can’t go home for such a small break, your American friends will invite you over their homes for the break, where you’ll get to enjoy some delicious food and hospitality. For other people who stay in college for the break instead of visiting friends and family, there’s still hope of celebrating this tradition Americans love so much. If you’re staying in Boston for Thanksgiving break, here’s a list of six fun things you can do.


1. Take some cool fall photos in the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University

The Arboretum will be closed on Thursday, but it’s definitely worth a visit during the break to see the leaves turning red and orange for fall.


2. Catch a Celtics or Bruins game

The Boston teams will be playing through the break, and what’s better than finally getting the time to watch them live? Both teams are playing at TD Garden on Friday; the Celtics game is at 7:30 p.m. and the Bruins play at 1 p.m.


3. Plan a “Friendsgiving”

Spend some quality time with other friends staying in the city. You can either cook a homemade meal together, or order food from Flour Bakery, Whole Foods, Boston Market or other restaurants that offer to deliver Thanksgiving deals.


4. Catch ballet performance of “The Nutcracker”

Let the Boston Ballet transport you to a winter wonderland in “The Nutcracker.” This classic ballet performance premieres on Thursday at the Boston Opera House, and you can also get tickets for their subsequent performances here: https://www.bostonballet.org/nutcracker/.


5. Go to the cinema

Movie theaters are usually open on Thanksgiving day, so definitely enjoy this time to catch up on cool movies on screen right now, like “Murder on the Orient Express” or “Thor: Ragnarok.”


6. Visit museums

Most of the museums in Boston are closed on Thanksgiving day, but you can still enjoy some art at the MFA (closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday) or the Museum of Science (closes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday)