As the holidays approach and as the weather gets chillier, older adults in Ocean County have quite a few options for staying active. At Harrogate, staying physical is staying happy, and a key goal of our 8 dimensions of wellness.
Harrogate is within minutes of Toms River, where you’ll be delighted by fun and family-friendly area attractions
Here are 10 fun and festive ideas on how to spend your holiday season around Ocean County, with Toms River our focus.
In Toms River
- Christmas Tree Lighting
A classic holiday event for family and friends, the Toms River Christmas Tree Lighting takes place in the Town Hall courtyard. Take photos with Santa or pick up some delicious cookies and hot chocolate, benefitting Toms River Fire Company #2.
- Victorian Holiday Tea at the Mathis House
What better way to enjoy the season than to cozy up with a nice cup of tea? Attend Victorian Holiday Tea at the Mathis House for a little taste of Christmastime sophistication.
- Winter Wonderland Weekend and the Winter Village
Visit the gorgeous holiday light displays and revel in the good company of those around you. Take in all that the Winter Village has to offer, with local businesses and companies present.
- Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Catch performances of holiday classics like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol. The Grunin Center is dedicated to providing all kinds of art and entertainment to residents of Ocean County and the Jersey Shore.
- Ocean County Historical Society
Keeping the heritage and history of Ocean County exciting for all generations! Every year in late November, there’s also a Victorian Holiday Celebration that is sure to get you in the spirit.
- Academy for Lifelong Learning
Ever considered picking up a new skill? The holidays are the perfect time, as you can use your new talent to build gifts for friends and family members. And retired seniors receive a free membership!
- Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Just like the Academy for Lifelong Learning, the Robert J. Novins Planetarium is located on the Ocean County College campus. This holiday season, RSVP to the “Wonders of the Seasonal Sky” and “Let it Snow” events.
- Christmas with the Claws
Organized by BlueClaws Charities, the Christmas with the Claws is a toy drive event usually scheduled toward the beginning of December.
- The Strand Theater
A historic building and location, the Strand Theater often holds holiday-themed performances, showcases and plays. Consult the calendar for fun ways you can be spending your time.
- Harrogate Gingerbread Tour
Held in early December every year at Harrogate, this combined community event and tour is fun for the whole family. Later, you can cap the night with a holiday movie. Come see how every day at Harrogate feels like a holiday.
Live Where You Already Love to Be at Harrogate
Conveniently located between Toms River and Lakewood in Ocean County, Harrogate is New Jersey’s premier Life Care Community. We offer independent living with numerous amenities and services, so come see how Harrogate can be your home for life!