1. The return of your favorite TV shows
Whether it’s a much-anticipated season premiere (Community, Downton Abbey, Suburgatory) or the end of the impossibly cruel winter recess, the result is the same. Our friends are baaaaack!
Date(s): Now through early March. Check out the full list here.
2. New movies on Netflix
Feeling like you’ve exhausted your Netflix options? Good news! The company just added 26 titles into their collection for the new year.
Date(s): January 1
3. National Bubble Bath Day
BRB, INDULGING IN THE SIMPLE PLEASURES OF LIFE.
Date(s): January 8
4. Spring semester
Congratulations, college students: a new semester means fresh classes, new professors, and a clean slate.
Date: Mid-late January
5. Awards season
Print out your ballots, put some money on it, and make it interesting.
Date(s): January 12 (Golden Globes), January 26 (Grammy Awards), March 2 (Academy Awards)
6. More specifically, awards show hosts
With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler back for the Golden Globes, and Ellen DeGeneres returning to host the Oscars, the shows are pretty much guaranteed to be killers.
7. Opposite Day
This holiday is definitely NOT cool and definitely NOT a perfect excuse for pranking people.
;) ;) ;)
Date(s): January 25
8. Billy Joel’s open-ended residency at Madison Square Garden
Yes, much of Billy Joel’s career has been relegated to no-repeat-workday radio, but he’s the piano man. “And So It Goes”? Poetry.
Date(s): Once a month, indefinitely, starting January 27 (tickets here)
9. Super Bowl XLVIII
You don’t have to be a sports fan to be psyched about Super Bowl parties and their equally appalling and delicious spreads. Also, Bruno Mars at half-time!
Date(s): February 2
10. Fashion week
Or, reminder that you’re going to need an entirely new wardrobe in about a year.
Date(s): February 6 — 13 (New York)
11. Sochi Olympics
The Winter Games have been surrounded by controversy, with concerns over public saftety, behind-the-scenes corruption, and not least of all Russia’s anti-gay laws dominating much of the conversation. Still, everyone knows winter sports are the best, and those watching will have two weeks of skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, and curling to enjoy.
Date(s): February 6 — 23
12. Late Night with Seth Meyers
Date(s): February 24
13. Tax refunds
To be spent on only the most impractical things.
Date(s): Any time before April 14
14. Shamrock shakes
One for breakfast, one for lunch, one for dinner…
Date(s): Early March, varies with location
15. Pi Day
A celebration of math and baked goods!
Date(s): March 14
16. Cheap(er) winter airfare
Most people don’t want to travel in the cold, and you can make that work for you by booking flights at sometimes half the price of peak travel tickets. Just, you know, layer up.
Date(s): Now through April