The twinkling lights decorating Sugar Hill Retirement Community reflect off the fallen snow. Inside, all is warm, bright and joyous. Christmas trees decorate almost every room, lights glimmer in the Sugarhouse dining room, and a miniature train surrounds the tree in the library.
“The artistic side of things is very big here,” Life Enrichment Coordinator Robert Smith said. “And it’s really festive when it comes to the holidays.”
If you’ve ever wondered what Christmas is like at Sugar Hill, check out these festive events and activities that help residents ring in the season.
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Holiday Activities at Sugar Hill Retirement Community
As an active retirement community with private cottages and apartments, Sugar Hill has a full slate of Christmas activities for community members to choose from. Here are some highlights of the holiday season:
Every month, a different actor or actress is chosen to be featured for community movie showings. Robert said that this year for Christmas, an actor will be chosen who has been in a lot of holiday movies to tie into that theme. Residents will also be asked for their input so all the holiday favorites are sure to be offered.
Each year, residents’ doors announce the season with festive decorations as part of the annual Door Decoration Contest. Residents can get in on the fun by decorating their doors or can enjoy the work of their neighbors, Robert explained.
“It really shows how festive they are,” he said. “The residents themselves vote on which they like best, and we usually do some sort of prize for whoever wins.”
On December 17, residents and their families can enjoy a traditional holiday meal prepared by Executive Chef Elena Rossler and her talented staff.
“It’s a holiday buffet with turkey and ham and all types of traditional Christmas courses with an open bar,” Robert said.
Guests are always welcome, he said, but during the holidays they’re especially likely to turn up as residents like to invite their friends and family to join in the holiday buffet and fun.
“Any time of the year that we have anything going on and residents want to bring family, they’re more than welcome,” Robert said.
The holiday meals are something Robert himself looks forward to. He shared that he likes to volunteer to work on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas because of the warm, festive atmosphere.
“I always look forward to working that morning, helping to prepare the food and whatever else I can do to pitch in,” he said.
Carols by the Fireplace
High school students will join Sugar Hill community members on December 13 for a day of carols and games. It’s a cozy, festive event that’s a favorite of both the students and the residents.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Cocktail Hour
New this year is an ugly Christmas sweater cocktail hour on December 21. Community members will gather for some festive drinks with their best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) ugly Christmas sweaters.
“It’ll be a great chance for residents to mingle and enjoy each other’s company,” Robert said, adding that the best and ugliest sweaters will be picked before the cocktail hour draws to a close.
The common areas of Sugar Hill, including the dining room, are decorated by staff for the holiday season.
“We have so many corridors and holidays and rooms that it’s almost a Christmas tree in every room,” Robert enthused. “I have a storage room of decorations for the holidays year round, like Valentine’s Day and so on, but one whole wall is full of Christmas decorations alone.”
Some residents choose to brighten up their cottages and apartments with their own decorations. Many will have a tree in their homes, and some will put up outdoor lights as well.
“The maintenance staff is more than happy to help residents put decorations up,” Robert added.
Come Visit Sugar Hill
Guests are always welcome to visit Sugar Hill, an active retirement community in New Hampshire. If you’d like to schedule a tour or learn more about life at Sugar Hill, call 603-569-8485 or contact us online.
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