If there ever was a year that needed the holidays, it’s definitely 2020! While this year has not been an easy feat to anyone at any age, there have been moments in which families have found comfort in special moments, where people have found heroes among their lives and some sort of glimmer of hope lives on.
Even though COVID cases are still widespread, it is important to stay aware of the best way to celebrate this holiday season. Much like the Thanksgiving holiday, it is advised by officials to take preventive measures by remaining home this season. If planning on having visitors at home, some of the best suggestions provided for Thanksgiving still apply, such as only celebrating with household members, taking COVID tests prior to having guests over, remaining six-feet apart or celebrating in an outdoor location with masks on. For more suggestions on how to enjoy this season, take a look at this CDC site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html
Although many children and parents look forward to Santa’s visit in The Boro, this year’s Santa Run has been cancelled (1). However, there are a few local events to look forward to in the next upcoming days:
- Norz Hill Farm is extending its hayrides, farm animals, and fun activities through December 20th with its special Christmas-theme (2). Children can see Santa and Mrs. Claus at Norz Hill Farm and end the day produce shopping with parents at the Norz Hill Farm Store. Pets can be seen from a distance in hayride wagons and families are kept at a distance when visiting.
- Home for the Holidays Decorating Contest is a great way to get out on a walk or drive-by to observe creative holiday decoration and also vote for the best decorated house (3). Winning house will be announced on December 21st!
Jolly Fun in December
Claremont residents looking to explore some holiday fun this season can indulge in many COVID-safe activities with the family. Although nothing beats staying indoors in the comfort of one’s home, if residents are looking to take a day to join in some holiday activities, it might be worthwhile to check out any of these locations:
American Dream in East Rutherford: Currently, American Dream Mall is sharing holiday fun with their The Heart of the Holidays events (4). Each day you can find a new special holiday tribute such as Music Mondays, Winter Wishes on Wednesdays, or Togetherness Thursdays (4). The mall also has a skating rink and Big Snow attraction in addition to the Nickmas Universe Elf Workshop (4)! To buy tickets, visit the following link and be sure to check out all their COVID protocols ahead of time: https://www.americandream.com/venue/dreamworks-water-park/tickets
Six Flags Holiday in the Park: Six Flags is hosting two new holiday-themed areas, Jolly Jamboree and Wild Lights National Park (5). There is plenty to do at these holiday themed areas including roasting smores, enjoy holiday foods, holiday games, meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and 30 thrilling rides for all ages (5)! Tickets are as low as $29.99 and attendance is limited so be sure to reserve your visit ahead of time.
Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience at Six Flags: A superb option for families who would like to stay inside the comfort (and warmth) of their own vehicles! Tickets are sold for $14.99 per person and they must be bought in advance (6). This drive-thru event is only from Monday through Thursday starting at 6:00 in the evening (6). Don’t miss out on one of the best holidays drive-thru in the Northeast region (6)!
AMC Private Theater Rental: Rent out an entire theater auditorium for up to 20 friends or family members! Pick from any movie genre available at your local AMC from family holiday movies to action and much more. All theaters are sanitized completely prior to use and masks are required during the entire visit unless eating or drinking refreshments (7). Theater rentals start from $99.00 to $299.00 plus tax depending on movie showing (7). For more information, please take a look at https://www.amctheatres.com/rentals.
December At-Home Activities
For families looking to do things indoors, here are a few ideas you can try for each day of the week:
- Bake cookies before Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day!
- Have a cozy movie night with family and a small popcorn or candy bar
- Make rice crispy ornament treats (these can be gifted as well)
- Create peanut chocolate clusters (very easy to make!)
- Set up a hot cocoa bar and have a hot cocoa night
- Create an at-home holiday scavenger hunt
- Make your own holiday mask out of unused clothing
- Create a family holiday picture album or a holiday scrapbook
- Create your own ornaments
A Word to Our Residents at Claremont Towers
In the spirit of the holidays, there is no time like now to give to those who have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Many people throughout the country are facing difficulties simply feeding their family members. For those looking to make a contribution, there is an overwhelming number of organizations to choose from to donate food, clothing, or money to.
The Hillsborough Community Network Assistance (Food Pantry) is always taking food donations as well as monetary donations. Please visit and help those in need at: https://www.hillsborough-nj.org/social-services-page-list/291-community-assistance-network
In light of growing COVID numbers, we untiredly ask our residents to continue enduring through and remain safe by complying to property rules; wearing a mask in the hallways, using stairs when the elevator is occupied, remaining six-feet apart and using sanitation stations in main entryways. Likewise, we untiredly thank our residents for supporting COVID regulations and pushing through a difficult year!
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to All!
-The Team at Claremont Towers