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Staying in Champaign: How to Have an Epic Holiday at Home


While staying home in Champaign, Illinois, this holiday season may not feel as special as travelling to see friends and family, HERE Champaign is here to lift your spirits. Keep reading to see how you can ramp up your 2020 holiday at home and make it one for the books.

What Can I Do in Champaign, Illinois, to Celebrate the Holidays?

From browsing through a winter wonderland of gifts and goodies to driving through brightly-lit neighborhoods, Chambana really comes through! Taste test all the seasonal flavors at Jarling’s Custard Cup. Window shop through the never-ending Christmas magic at Prairie Gardens. Make a homemade peppermint hot chocolate and head up to our rooftop lounge to view the city’s pretty holiday lights – the possibilities are endless when you live at HERE Champaign.

How Do I Make My Home Feel Special?

Refresh your decor and spice up the nostalgia all with a little in-home holiday revamp! Start with your entry by putting up a wreath on your front door and switching out your doormat for something more festive. Inside, spruce up your space with some quintessential holiday scented candles. Have you checked out Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Champaign yet? It’s just a few blocks northwest of HERE Champaign and has all the seasonal items you could possibly imagine!

What if I’m On a Tight Budget for Gifts?

Are you sticking to a strict budget this winter? We’ve got you covered! The local Dollar General off of Lincoln Avenue is your best friend for all things holiday decor. Or maybe you’re looking to repurpose some of your current belongings for the ultimate budget-friendly decor – then check out this rad gallery of upcycled ideas you can create at home today.

How Do I Establish My Own Holiday Traditions?

Traditions connect the past and present to the people and memories you love. So why not stick with the 2020 theme of unusuals and start a few traditions of your own! Whether it’s a spin-off of your family’s long-standing practices or quirky new ideas, you’re free to create something special here just for yourself.

Instead of apple-picking plans with siblings, try a sibling baking event over video while you demolish some dessert, sans the dreaded sharing. Or set a new tradition of writing gratitude letters and sending them out to your favorite people with some trendy cards from art coop, inc. Create a new tasty tradition by picking up a gingerbread spiced cake from Hopscotch Bakery + Market.

Happy Holidays From Us to You!

Whether you’re cozied up in your luxury apartment celebrating new traditions or out in our buzzing neighborhood shopping, life at HERE Champaign is nothing shy of special.


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