It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like an Extremely Happy (and Busy) Holiday Season

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like an Extremely Happy (and Busy) Holiday Season


You’d better watch out. No sooner did you finish that last bite of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie and whipped cream, the entire world suddenly became a wonderland of silver bells, stockings and snowmen, candy canes and colored lights, papered-packages and poinsettias. Yes, it’s only December 1, but the holidays are upon us in full force. And “full” is exactly how you’d describe the calendars at most Sunshine Retirement Communities, leading up to Hanukah and Christmas Eve.

From coast to coast, every community will offer a number of holiday-related activities to get residents in the spirit of the season. Many take place within the communities themselves and have become time-honored traditions. Others invite residents to venture out to join their neighbors in festive displays, performances and celebrations. Of course, if we mentioned every single holiday happening in this article, it might take you a full 12 days of Christmas to read them and you’d miss out on some wonderful experiences. So let’s take a look at some of the highlights at each community that are sure to leave everyone overflowing with joy and good cheer.

The Clairmont, Austin, Texas
12/21 – Resident & Family Christmas Dinner, Toy Drive and Lights Tour

The Continental, Austin, Texas
12/14 – Austin Hand Bell Ensemble
12/16 – Resident/Family Christmas Celebration followed by Music w/ Judy
12/20 – Nut Cracker Long Center

Country Club Village, Hot Springs, Arkansas
12/6 – Hot Springs Brass Quintet
12/12 – Dessert Extravaganza
12/14 – Handbell Choir Performance at Brookfield
12/19 – Handbell Choir Performing at the Caring Place
12/20 – Lakeside Carolers

Creekside Pines, Dallas, Georgia
12/8 – “A Christmas Story” Musical at OnStage Atlanta
12/11 – Christmas Lights Sight Seeing
12/17 – Trip to Mt. Nebo Christmas for Christmas Cantata “Night of the Father’s Love”
12/21 – Resident Christmas Party, Employee Christmas Party, carols & egg nog
12/31 – Resident New Year’s Eve Party

Deer Park, Novato, California
12/13 – Hanukkah Party! – Gifts, songs and family
12/20 – Holiday Lights Drive through the neighborhood
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Party

Dunwoody Pines, Dunwoody, Georgia
12/7 – Holiday (Black Tie) Dinner Party – live music, giveaways and a visit from Santa
12/13 – Jewelry Sale and Menorah Lighting for first day of Hanukah.
12/22 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour & Christmas light viewing at Atlanta Botanical Gardens
12/28 – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – live music, food and giveaways

Fountain Crest, Lehigh Acres, Florida
12/6 – Christmas Program with Elvis impersonator Frank Torino
12/8 – Christmas Concert with the Lehigh Concert Band
12/13 – Holiday Shopping Extravaganza – local vendors bring gift ideas right to residents’ doors
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Dinner Party with live music and champagne toast

Garden Way, Eugene, Oregon
12/5 – Cub Scouts Christmas Caroling
12/8 – Dubliners Choir Christmas performance
12/8 – Annual Creche Exhibit – trip to see over 1,000 Nativity Scenes
12/16 – Family Holiday Meal

The Gardens at Brook Ridge, Pharr, Texas
12/8 – Chef Demo Gingerbread Cookies
12/21 – Door Decorating Contest
12/22 – Christmas Luncheon
12/25 – White Elephant Gift Exchange
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Party

Hammond Glen, Atlanta, Georgia
12/7 – Pianist (Colin Brown) plays Christmas music
12/12 – Special Hanukah Dinner Service
12/14 – Resident Black Tie Dinner with live music
12/15 – Lights of LIFE – Drive-through light show at LIFE College

Heritage Point, Mishawaka, Indiana
12/6 & 12/14 – Holiday Décor Making
12/8 – Christmas Puppet Show
12/21 – Christmas Holiday Party
12/28 – Scenic Winter Cruise

The Landing, New Orleans, Louisiana
12/10 – Enchanted Forest Christmas Party
12/25 – Christmas Lunch
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Party

Summerfield, Tigard, Oregon
12/22 – Red & Green Christmas Spirit
12/31 – New Year’s Eve Dessert Social

Verandah, Lake Charles, Louisiana
12/10 – Dessert Extravaganza

Villa Serena, Santa Clara, California
12/14 – Holiday Party with entertainment
12/20 – Holiday Sweater Birthday Party with entertainment
12/31 – New Year’s Eve with entertainment

Waterford Terrace, La Mesa, California
12/8 – Sunshine Holiday Happenings – special performances, events and decorations
12/15 – Here We Come a Caroling – singing within your community and in your local area
12/31 – New Year’s Eve with 1950s theme

Windsor Heights, Beachwood, Ohio
12/8 – Gesu’ Moondawgs Choir
12/10 – Church of the Resurrection Strolling Carolers
12/22 – Holiday Party with food and entertainment
12/28 – Holiday Lights Trip to Nela Park

Again, this is just a smattering of the merry-making you’ll find at Sunshine Retirement communities throughout the holiday season. Check with your local community for a full calendar of events and activities. Then get out there and enjoy them. With bells on.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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