12 Days of Holiday Fun and Celebration for Seniors at Park Place of Elmhurst

Dec 3, 2021 | Life at Park Place

Are you interested in stretching the 12 Days of Christmas out into something a little more lasting? One of the best places to do this is at Park Place.

According to Niche, Elmhurst earns an A+ ranking for qualities such as outdoor activities, along with health and fitness. Of course, this comes as no surprise to those of us who call it home. With the city’s growing downtown district and vibrant parks, Park Place of Elmhurst is perfectly situated for a comfortable and stress-free lifestyle.

One of the best ways to manage stress is to have a little holiday fun. You may be wondering what sort of Christmas activities in senior living you can get up to. Read on to discover 12 fun ways to get in the Christmas spirit, establish new holiday traditions and enjoy the best of senior living.

Fun Ways To Celebrate Christmas at Park Place of Elmhurst

When it comes to holiday activities for seniors, there are many choices that will keep the smiles coming well into the new year. From holiday crafts to baking to community events, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Here are 12 merry ideas on how to spend your holiday season.

1. Build a Gingerbread House

Building a gingerbread house for the holidays is one of the most fun things you can do to get in the spirit. Play out yuletide fairy tales with candy dioramas or indulge your inner architect, all while snacking on candy canes, gumdrops, and frosting. Be sure to include sugar-free options!

2. Find the Elf

Find the Elf is a new game that’s become popular in communities across the country. Hide a festive figurine, Santa doll or Christmas tree angel, and let the search begin! Don’t forget to leave a friendly hint for anyone on the lookout. Once found, the finder gets to hide it wherever they like.

3. Secret Santa Note Exchange

Based on the classic Secret Santa game, where community members are assigned a neighbor for whom they buy a gift, this new take is all about kind and supportive thoughts. All through December, neighbors slip notes under each other’s doors. Then, on Christmas, you find out who you’ve been exchanging notes with.

4. Holiday-Themed Movie Nights

A classic cozy Christmas activity, what’s more enjoyable than watching heartwarming holiday movies with friends, family and neighbors? You can appoint a community resident to choose the movies or vote on them and set up public viewing for whichever nights you prefer.

5. Christmas Caroling

Next to gift-giving, singing Christmas carols is one of the oldest holiday traditions. The festive music invites a pleasant atmosphere and brings everyone together. Whether holding a listening party for Christmas classics or singing as a group, you can be sure this will be meaningful time well spent.

6. Giving Tree

Do you want to do something nice for others during the holidays? A good suggestion is to set up a Christmas tree in the community’s public areas. This will be the community’s giving tree! Residents can attach cold weather clothing, vouchers or gift cards to the tree to help the less fortunate. You can also turn tree decoration into an event where fellow residents gather to add lights and ornaments.

7. Decorate Your Door

Another terrific way to have fun is to decorate your apartment door. This is an amusing way to show your holiday spirit and creativity!

Local Holiday Attractions

Looking for something that will connect you with your loved ones? Elmhurst’s surroundings and local attractions set the stage for some beautiful opportunities to make memories. Check out the following options.

8. Family Workshop: Victorian Holiday Crafts

The Elmhurst Victorian Holiday Crafts Family Workshop is a fun and enjoyable event for the whole family. It’s being held in the Education Center at the Elmhurst History Museum.

9. Enjoy a Holiday Walk Through the Park District

Are you feeling like a casual afternoon or evening walk? Another local option is to experience Elmhurst’s lovely park district. It has nice even paths, seasonal plants and calming light displays during the holidays. Make sure to bundle up well before going out.

10. Park Place Holiday Tour of Homes

Every year at Park Place, groups of residents open their homes and offer a peek at their holiday decorations. Residents enjoy camaraderie and holiday-themed treats along the tour route.

11. Enjoy the Gorgeous Holiday Lights at Park Place

Park Place goes all out with holiday lights that accentuate the beauty of the grounds. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind atmosphere and settle into a cozy group of friends and family.

12. Holiday Market at Park Place

Each year residents are invited to stroll the holiday market and select gifts for family and friends. This is a beautiful way to make memories with all your loved ones.

We hope you have discovered a few interesting ideas for having a little Christmas fun this holiday season. Remember to cherish the time with family and friends!

Live Every Day Your Way at Park Place of Elmhurst

Park Place of Elmhurst offers a full continuum of health care services and amenities. Showcasing beautiful environs and Elmhurst’s rich cultural center just a short distance away, visit us at Park Place and see how you can live every day your way.

Discover the Difference at Park Place of Elmhurst

Park Place of Elmhurst is a different kind of retirement community – you’ll enjoy a lifestyle unlike any you’ve experienced. A lifestyle that is maintenance-free with lots of helpful services, remarkable amenities with engaging neighbors just outside your door – all backed by Providence Life Services, a Christian-based organization that’s been a trusted name in Chicago-area senior living for more than a century.

Offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and Memory Support, Park Place of Elmhurst provides peace of mind. Residents of Park Place have made the decision and moved into a Life Plan Community that will ensure whatever life change happens, Park Place is the right place for all their care needs. One of the fabulous benefits of choosing a Life Plan Community is the peace of mind knowing that you have made the decision and partnered with a community committed to providing all the levels of living from the day you move in.

We encourage you or your loved one to contact us to learn more about our exclusive community or schedule a personal tour by calling 630-239-5127.