LOTS OF HOLIDAY EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS OF THE AVENUE
It’s the most magical time of the year as the holiday season has arrived. The vast majority of individuals in the United States plan on taking part in the festivities as a recent survey showed that only a mere five percent said that they would not be celebrating at all this holiday. (1) Of course, the Christmas season is the biggest shopping season of the year for retailers. In fact, holiday sales accounted for a full 19.2 of the yearly total sales in 2014. (2) People love to buy gifts for friends and family during this season, and a Gallup poll showed that the average individual spent $830 on gifts in 2015. (3) One of the hallmarks of the holiday season are the many activities that can be found in every community, such as South Orange, New Jersey. Residents of the luxurious The Avenue apartment complex can find quite a few holiday events to attend that lie within a short distance.
The township of South Orange, New Jersey, may only contain 16,198 people, but it does have quite a few holiday-themed events for residents of The Avenue to enjoy. (4) The first major event of the holiday season is Hometown Holiday that will be held on December 10th. This particular event lasts the entire day and provides lots of fun for the entire family. People can take free photos with Santa beginning at 1:30pm at the South Orange Firehouse, and all children visiting the jolly elf will get a free candy cane and elf hat to wear. Students from the Maria Priadka School of Dance will also be giving performances during this time. At 5pm, the Elf Parade begins where young and old alike can don holiday apparel and follow Santa and the fire truck from the firehouse to the town’s Christmas tree. Once Santa arrives at the tree, the official tree lighting ceremony will happen at 5:15pm, during which the Clarity Brass band will be playing holiday tunes. As part of the ongoing holiday fun for residents of The Avenue at South Orange and other locals, the Pop ‘N Ship temporary retail outlet will once again be open, selling art, jewelry, gift items, and more that are made by local artists. The store will be open through December 11th and will then be open the following week from the 15th through the 18th. (5)
One thing that many residents of The Avenue at South Orange look forward to each holiday season are the events held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and this year does not disappoint. The iconic Nutcracker will be performed on December 10th by the American Repertory Ballet that will feature stunning new sets, thrilling choreography, and over one hundred performers. For a Celtic take on the holiday, one could see Cherish the Ladies perform A Celtic Christmas at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on December 17th. (6) This lively band of lovely ladies will be performing classical Christmas carols using Celtic instruments, hypnotizing harmonies, and amazing Irish step-dancing. A fun time is ensured for all.
For some quieter enjoyment of the holiday season, residents at The Avenue at South Orange can look to create some holiday-themed crafts at the South Orange Public Library on December 17th when the Drop-in Crafts event is held. Locals can show their generosity of spirit by donating items at the South Orange Public Library from December 15th through the 17th. (7) Donations of new books, toys, winter accessories, bedding, and food will be cheerfully accepted and given to those in need.
Dario Henao of The Avenue at South Orange offers, “The holiday season is definitely my favorite season of the year, and this sentiment is shared by most of those living at The Avenue at South Orange. One of the benefits of living in this community is that it feels like living in a small town, and it’s tremendous fun to go out and see all the beautiful decorations that businesses and people put up to celebrate the season. There’s always something to do during the holidays, from catching a performance at SOPAC to getting some last minute holiday shopping in. Personally, I love watching the tree lighting ceremony and walking around in the evening as the township’s gaslights just give off a Dickens vibe like you’re about to step into A Christmas Carol. The holidays are always special in South Orange, and our residents at The Avenue look forward to them every year.” (8)
As one can see, there are plenty of holiday-themed activities for residents of The Avenue at South Orange to enjoy. Activities range from world class productions, such as the Nutcracker, to local fun, such as the Elf Parade and photos with Santa. The very atmosphere of the town just feels like Christmas with its many historical buildings and picturesque gaslights.
8) Quote from Dario Henao of The Avenue at South Orange