The holidays are always a time of year full of fun and a flurry of activities. Some people may be afraid that living in a senior community means missing out on some of the good times, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Assisted living communities have a lot of great ways to celebrate the holidays, from religious and spiritual services to festive activities and holiday outings.
We have put together a list of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays, many of which are already happening in our Vista Springs communities. We're wishing all of our community members joy this holiday season!
Trips to local churches or chapels
Many churches and other places of worship have special holiday services that you may want to attend. Assisted living communities will often organize trips to visit places, or if there is a service you want to attend that doesn’t have a specially planned trip, speaking to your event organizer can help you plan a visit.
Visits from local dance and music groups
Local dance companies, choirs, and bands have winter or Christmas programs that they love to share. Many senior living communities like Vista Springs will invite these groups to come and perform, so make sure have get an event schedule so you don’t miss out on anything.
Pop-up vendors and shops
Pop-up shops and holiday vendors will often come visit communities and bring the best of holiday shopping right to you! Not only does this provide a great way to socialize with the rest of your community, but you can get great deals on gifts for your family and friends all from the comfort of your own front door. Usually these are one day events, so if you plan on attending make sure to keep room on your schedule.
Ever wanted to make a pinecone wreath? A special ornament? A tiny Christmas tree? Assisted living communities like Vista Springs have these and any number of other fun craft projects that you can take part in. Have a good time and feel like a kid again while getting a little messy with glue and ribbons. Crafts are a great way to get into the holiday spirit.
Most senior living communities will ask residents to help them put up decorations around the common spaces. Decorate trees with ornaments, hang garland, and put out table centerpieces to give the entire space that homey holiday feel. Some communities also have decorating contests to see who can make their doorway the most festive, so you can go all out and show your decorating skills to everyone.
Everyone likes cookies, and during the holidays that’s especially true. Assisted living communities can have cookie decorating activities so you can have fun and eat your work. If there aren’t cookies, see if there are any gingerbread house constructing or decorating activities planned in your community.
Trips to music performances
When local groups can’t come and perform at your community, you can get a chance to go and see them someplace else. Many assisted living communities, Vista Springs included, will plan trips to go see concerts and other live music performances wherever their normal venue is. Enjoy a nice trip out and listen to good music to help you keep in the holiday spirit.
Outings to local events
Similar to trips to listen to music, assisted living communities can have planned outings to event spaces that are holding holiday displays or special gatherings to celebrate the holidays. Parades, light displays, or house and garden tours are all examples of events that your community can have plans to see. One of our favorites is the Christmas light show at Fifth-Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids.
Visits to tree farms
Another fun place to visit over for the holidays are Christmas tree farms. While you might not be planning on taking a tree home with you, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself and get some fresh air. Look at local crafts and handmade decorations, and relax with the smell of pine trees with other community members.
Community group performances
Many assisted living communities have their own choirs and other groups that put on holiday performances. Maybe you are even part of one! These ensembles have put a lot of work into their programs, so make sure to show up and support your community members as they entertain.
Movie viewings and game nights
Watch your favorite holiday movies or play fun board games with other community members. While you might have movie or game nights other times of the year, during the holidays there are often special treats like cocoa and snacks to help you get in the holiday mood and get the most out of community gatherings.
Almost all communities will have a dinner party planned where you can invite family and friends to come and visit you at your home and celebrate together. Most of these parties happen early on in December, so if you have family members that you won’t be able to see later on in the year this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some special time together.
The festivities of the holidays can be found anywhere, especially in your assisted living community. With all these activities, you can have holiday fun every day of the month!