Fantastic Flourtown Events for July 2018

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the popular Ambler Restaurant Week to the wonderful Pastorius Park Concert in Chestnut Hill, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July near Flourtown!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in July
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the every Saturday in July. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Ambler Restaurant Week
July 9th – July 16th
Back and better than ever, Ambler area restaurants will offer amazing specials you don’t want to miss out on. All participating restaurants will have their prix-fix menus listed and available for families and friends to enjoy. From high-end restaurants to casual BYOB restaurants, there is bound to be something to please everyone. To stay up to date on this event, click here!

First Wednesday in July
July 11th
Enjoy the First Wednesday in July at Chestnut Hill with plenty of shopping and dining. With extended store hours, browse through the many boutique shops open for this lovely event. Also, enjoy food and drink specials, art gallery exhibitions, and live music on Germantown Avenue. For more information, click here.

Pastorius Park Concert
July 11th, 18th, and 25th
Head on over to Pastorius Park, located on Millman Street, and enjoy the longest running outdoor concert series. Starting at 7:30 PM, this free event will showcase amazing talent all night long. If rained out, the concert will take place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus.

Weavers Way Farm Volunteer Day: Get Dirty, Be Happy, Get Hours!
July 14th
Located on 7095 Henry Avenue, head on over to Weavers Way Farm to help farmers with various morning projects. From weeding the carrots to harvesting crops, you’ll be able to help the farmers with their farming from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Not only will you be able to enjoy the wonderful weather, but there will also be snacks to enjoy too! For more information, click here!

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
July 14th – 15th
Stop by Morris Arboretum and see Thomas & Friends take over the track. Have your family look for their favorite train characters on the quarter mile track. This event will take place over the whole weekend and is included with garden admission. The best part is that once you are done viewing the trains, you can explore the rest of the arboretum as well!

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy!

Don’t miss out on the fun this July and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Summer Fun in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the popular Wawa Welcome America Festival to historic Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party
July 3rd
Get ready for live music, street performers, food trucks and more entertainment at Independence Mall as everyone celebrates Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. For the forth year in a row, this festive celebration is back and better than ever. It also marks the reopening of the historic and newly-renovated Bourse building as well. So make your way to 5th and Market Streets to have some fun and great eats!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

University City Dining Days
July 12th – 22nd
For ten days, Dining Days returns to University City with amazing prix-fixe meal deals at eateries all around the neighborhood. Make your way to the delicious and diverse dining scene and score three-course meals for $15, $25, or $35 dollars! For more information, click here.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
July 14th
Get ready and don’t miss Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day! Consisting of re-enactors recreating the storming of the Bastille, Philly’s version consists of cabaret performances, dancing baguettes, and Marie Antoinette tossing 3,000 Tastykakes into the crowd! For more information, click here.

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy! 

Shakespeare in Clark Park
July 25th – 29th
If you love classic literature, especially Shakespearean literature, get ready for Shakespeare in Clark Park. With five free performances of Twelfth Night, you don’t want to miss this entertaining alfresco production. So grab a blanket and head to West Philly’s nine-acre public park for a wonderful show! For more information, click here. 

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
July 29th
The annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival is back and better than ever. Make your way to South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue to view the showing of classic vintage cars and hot rods. Also, don’t forget to stop by and browse through a bunch of the food trucks and craft vendors that will also be at the festival!

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this July and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Marvelous May Events around the Flourtown Area

April showers bring May flowers as well as plenty of fun events! Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Farmers Market to the exciting Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May near Flourtown!

First Friday at Downtown Ambler
May 4th
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday starting May 5th
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in May. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018
May 6th
The Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival is back for 2018 and with over 150 home & garden vendors lining Germantown Avenue, there is a lot to explore and enjoy. This free event takes place from 11AM to 5PM and offers live music, delicious food and drinks, and entertainment for your kids. Don’t forget to stop at every vendor’s tent to see what they have on display! You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018. For more information, click here. 

Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz
May 11th
Make your way to the Woodmere Art Museum located on 9201 Germantown Avenue for an amazing night full of Jazz music. Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz will feature current vocalists, paying tribute to jazz artists like Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McCrae, and Peggy Lee. This night of music is sure to remind attendees of the spirit of the nurturing jazz songs and artists of the past.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13th
Celebrate Mother’s Day by attending a delicious brunch at Morris Arboretum. Afterwards, walk around the Arboretum and enjoy the spring flowers and displays. Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 1st, so if you want to attend this lovely event, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. For more information on the Mother’s Day Bruch and the Brunch Menu, click here! 

22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show at Butler Avenue
May 19th
Known as “The Best Little Car Show Around,” is back and better than ever for the 22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show on Butler Avenue. From 1:00PM to 6:00PM, Butler Avenue will be closed for this awesome event. More than 200 classic cars and their owner’s will be on display. The Auto Show welcomes families to stroll the street and view the cars on display while enjoying local food trucks, restaurants, and shops!

Restoration Volunteer Workday
May 19th
Do you want a fun outdoor activity that you and your kids can enjoy? The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is holding a Restoration Volunteer Workday, located on 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, where you and your family can improve the health of the forest and help you connect with nature. If you plan on going to this event, it is recommended that you wear long pants, sturdy boots, and bring a fun and positive attitude! All tools and gloves will be provided.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
May 20th
Take your family to Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration at Morris Arboretum and explore the revolutionary technology and beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. The Opening Day Celebration will begin at 1:00PM and go to 4:00PM so don’t miss your chance to learn and explore the local history. Also, feel free to pack a little picnic and relax on the lawn while live music plays! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Exciting April Events in the Philadelphia Area

Celebrate April and welcome spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s best events. With a great lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the spectacular Philadelphia Science Festival to the performing arts, check out these must-do events this April!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 7th – April 15th
2018 marks the 20th anniversary for the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, which re-opens Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park. You can enjoy citywide cultural celebrations, film screenings, kimono dressing, a 10k race, and demonstrations of traditional Japanese dance and martial arts!

Ur Mom Is Funny
April 14th
If you’re looking for a good laugh, look no further! Make sure to get your tickets to the monthly competition where local comedians team up with their moms to see who can get the most laughs. This event takes place at the Good Good Comedy Theatre on 215 N 11th St Philadelphia. If you want a fun, quirky, comedy event to keep you entertained, check out Ur Mom Is Funny.

Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950
April 18th – September 3rd
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is opening a major exhibition of works of the leading artists in the Jazz Age. Witness the way art was altered during an era where there was great technological and social change. Make sure to look for the stunning works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence and more! For more information, click here. 

Philadelphia Science Festival
April 21st – April 28th
Returning this spring to educate, inspire, and engage the Philadelphia region is the Philadelphia Science Festival! This event is organized and led by The Franklin Institute, which has collaborated with 200 of the region’s premier science establishments. This festival offers hands-on events for kids and activities for adults to demonstrate the role science plays in everyday life! For more information, click here.

Penn Relays Carnival
April 26th – April 28th
Get pumped for the Penn Relays Carnival. Your weekend will be action-packed while you watch high school, college, and professional track stars compete at Franklin Field. This is the oldest and largest collegiate meet in the nation, with an average of one race every five minutes!

Philly Tech Week
April 27th – May 5th
Bringing together the best and brightest minds in the city, Philly Tech Week brings more than 25,000 business leaders and tech geeks together to participate in over 100 events. There are a variety of programs and workshops to choose from, which highlight and celebrate emerging trends and innovations. With a vast array of activities, there is bound to be something for everyone! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this April. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders’ luxury new home communities!

Fantastic Flourtown Events to Enjoy this April

Spring into April and prepare to make plenty of plans! Amazing events that you don’t want to miss are planned all month long! From celebrating Earth Day to the extremely beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, there’s bound to be something that your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this April near Flourtown!

Noises Off
March 13th – April 29th
Get ready for the comedic chaos within the smash hit play, Noises Off! This play follows a cast of performers getting ready for their Opening Night performance, which is just hours away. Stumbling through the dress rehearsal, it seems like things couldn’t get worse! With love triangles unraveling and lines being forgotten, can this cast pull their act together? This smash hit comedy is a must see! It’s full of surprises and fantastic humor that the New York Post says, “[it’s] the funniest farce ever written!” Make sure to buy your tickets to this hit play, which is performed at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. For more information, click here.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival
April 1st
Get ready for the 22nd annual Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival. Lining Germantown Avenue, more than 150 home and garden vendors, artists and craftsmen with gather and the streets will come alive with festivities! From 11AM to 5PM expect to enjoy live music, delicious food, and family-friendly arts and crafts! 

The Wild Duck
April 4th – April 29th
Get ready to watch the play The Wild Duck, an adaption of Henrik Ibsen’s classic, at the Sedgwick Theater located on 7137 Germantown Avenue. Don’t wait to buy your tickets to this thought-provoking show! The Wild Duck makes you question if the truth or money sets us free rather than the simple joys of life.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
April 7th and April 14th
Enjoy the beauty of Morris Arboretum’s cherry tree collection in bloom on both Saturday, April 7th and Saturday, April 14th. Not only will you get to experience the beauty, but you can also participate in traditional Japanese cultural activities as well! For more information, click here!

Clover Market Chestnut Hill
April 8th
The Clover Market is coming to Chestnut Hill this April! You’ll be able to browse all day long from 10AM to 4PM, in rain or shine. A bunch of hand-picked and unique vendors will gather to sell their amazing products. From handmade pottery to one-of-a-kind jewelry, you are sure to fall in love what every vendor has to offer! For more information and to check out the vendors, click here.

Kids Explore: Forest
April 14th
Let your kids climb over fallen trees, balance on rocks, and run through fields at Kids Explore: Forest. From 10AM to 12PM, the Wissahickon Environmental Center, located on 300 West Northwester Avenue, will let your kids be kids and explore the forest. This is for kids age 6-12 and registration is required. So if you think you child would absolutely love to explore the forest with Wissahickon Environmental Center staff, register now!

Ambler Earth Fest 2018
April 21st
Celebrate Earth Day with the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council at the Ambler Borough Hall, located on 131 Rosemary Avenue, from 10AM to 2PM. Many organizations that focus on environmental issues will have exhibits, tables, and interactive educational displays for everyone to learn and enjoy! There will even be fun activities for children at the event! For more information, click here!

Get in on the fun this April and clear your calendars! These events are a must-see, so call your friends and make your plans! You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re looking to move to the Flourtown area check out our amazing clubhouse community, The Reserve at Creekside.

Spectacular Philly Events Happening this March

Celebrate March and welcome Spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s amazing events. With a robust lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the always popular Philadelphia Flower Show to home openers and performing arts, check out these must-do events this March!

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created!

Philly Wine Week
March 22nd – 29th
Get ready for vino-filled opportunities this March by attending the ever-expanding Philly Wine Week. Enjoy tastings, dinner parties, and educational sessions. Philly’s Wine Week features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city over eight days!

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
March 9th – 11th
This March, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host three unforgettable nights of performances you don’t want to miss! Showcasing popular tunes from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now. Performances from Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber, who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively, will light up the stage this month.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th
Grab your green clothes and spend the day celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches down Broad Street all the way to Penn’s Landing. There will be marching bands, decorated floats, music, and dance groups to get the festivities going!

Philadelphia Union Home Opener
March 3rd
If you’re a big soccer fan, get ready to cheer on our home team, The Philadelphia Union, at their home opener game this March! Facing off against the New England Revolutions at Talen Energy Stadium, this opener will be an exciting and challenging game! For more information, click here.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens
March 2nd – 29th (select dates)
The always beautiful Longwood Gardens is hosting a Winter Blues Festival this March. Enjoy a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas and poppies, while talented blues artists play soulful music. Click here for more information!

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music
March 8th – 18th
Get your tickets and watch the legendary ballet, Swan Lake, at the Academy of Music. This timeless ballet features the traditional Tchaikovsky score and is a must-see for anyone who is a performing arts lover! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this March. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders luxury new home communities!

Fun February Events around Philly

February in Philly has a lot more to offer than just Valentine’s Day celebrations. Make room in your schedule and plan on going to some of these fun February events in the Philadelphia area! From theatre and history to the always popular Philadelphia Auto show, there’s plenty to do during the month of February!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Black History Month in Philly
February 2018
Taking place throughout the whole month of February, many major attractions around the city will be celebrating Black History Month with special programming. Stay up to date with all the Black History Month events taking place with this guide!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Waitress at Forrest Theatre
Feb 13-18, 2018
Quick! Get your tickets to this uplifting musical and don’t miss out on Waitress! This women and pie powered musical is a must see at The Forrest Theatre. Combining music by Sara Bareilles and screenwriting by Jessie Nelson, you don’t want to miss your chance to see this musical!

Valentine’s Day
February 14
From romantic dinners to swoon-worthy events, enjoy Valentine’s Day with your special someone in the city! If you’re struggling to find an idea for great activities check out Visit Philly’s guide to The 35 Most Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia!

President’s Day Weekend
Feb 17-19, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of special programming and events for President’s Day this year. There will be plenty to do to celebrate our nation’s past presidents, which will make for a very fun weekend!

East Passyunk Restaurant Week
Feb 26 – March 9, 2018
Foodies get ready! Easy Passyunk Restaurant Week is back February 26th to March 9th for its 5th year. Make your reservations now and get ready to chow down on some delicious food at more than 24 different restaurants in the East Passyunk area!

Reading Terminal Market’s 125th Birthday
Feb 22 & 24, 2018
The Reading Terminal Market turns 125 years old this year and they are gearing up to host a 19th century gala to celebrate. Enjoy Victorian period costumes, Victorian décor, and more on February 22nd, the Market’s official birthday. Also, make sure to keep your eyes and ears open about any further celebration. The market plans to have a year-long celebration, which will easily extend the fun throughout 2018!

Broadway Philadelphia’s Something Rotten! at the Academy of Music
Feb 27 – March 4, 2018
This comedy musical has 10 Tony® nominations and is a huge hit among audiences and critics alike. Set in the 1590s, this musical tells the story of two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play in competition against the widely famous play-writer Shakespeare. After hearing that the future of plays involve singing, dancing, and acting, Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to make the world’s first ever musical. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderfully fun musical and get your tickets now!

Fabulous February Events around Flourtown

February doesn’t have to be all about Valentine’s Day anymore! Mix up your daily routine and try something new this month! From catching a show at the theatre to watching and learning new international dance styles, you won’t want to miss out on any of these exciting activities in or around the Flourtown area.

The Revolutionists at Theatre Horizon
Feb 1-25, 2018
Set during the French Revolution, this play follows four women renegades with very different backgrounds as they try to navigate the Reign of Terror. This comedy is armed with sharp and rebellious wit while exploring how we go about changing the world. Make sure you don’t miss out on this play and get your tickets and more information here!

Philadelphia Auto Show
Jan. 27 – Feb. 4
Get up close and personal with the newest vehicle models that dealerships will have around the region at the Philadelphia Auto Show! Check out the automotive industry’s latest creations, innovations and designs. You may even have a chance to test drive select models! For more information, click here.

Winter Wellness Walks Saturdays
Every Saturday from Jan. 13 – March 31,2018
From 10:30am – 11:30am, enjoy a winter wellness walk every Saturday from January 13th to March 31st. Meet at Morris Arboretum at the Widener Visitor Center and be prepared to get your heart rate up with these brisk winter walks!

Wednesday Night Trivia
Feb. 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
If you’re looking for a relaxed night of fun, try out Wednesday Night Trivia! Plan to go out with a group of friends or family and grab some food and drinks while answering trivia questions! The event takes place at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, located at 8221 Germantown Avenue. You’ll definitely enjoy a night of good eats and trivia! Click here for more information!

International Folk Dancing
Feb. 9th, 16th, 23rd
Learn folk dances from all around the world with International Folk Dancing Fridays! From the Balkans to the British Isles, you can pick up these unique dances even if you don’t have a partner to dance with. The best part is that your first visit is free! Located at 8855 Germantown Avenue, you’ll be sure to have fun learning new dances from around the world!

Mardi Gras Dance Party
Feb 23, 2018
Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Commodore Barry Club located at 6815 Emlen Street Philadelphia, PA. Enjoy dinner, dance lessons, and live music at this event while listening to Cajun music that will be sure to keep you dancing all night long! For more information, click here.

Intro to Nature Play with NaturePHL
Feb. 24, 2018
If you’re looking to get your family outside, this is the perfect way to do it! Nature Play takes place at the Schuylkill Center where you and your family can enjoy unstructured nature play and a hike!

I Ought to Be in Pictures
Feb 27 – March 25, 2018
Make sure to get your tickets to I Ought to Be in Pictures playing at the Act II Playhouse in Ambler, PA. This play follows Herb, a Hollywood screenwriter, who has to deal with the surprise of his teenage daughter reappearing. The New York Times review even noted how wonderful this play is saying, “When you don’t laugh until you cry, you cry until you laugh.” This show is one not to miss!

Fun New Holiday Traditions to Try Out This Year

Traditions that bring family and friends together each year are wonderful. Everyone likes to feel a part of something that helps them keep the spirit of the season alive. However, sometimes those old traditions can get, well, old. Maybe it’s time to stir things up a bit and mix in some new traditions. Here are some different activities to try out as a family or as a couple to celebrate the holidays and get festive.

Secret Santa
The challenge, should you choose to accept it: each person in the family or group chooses a name to buy for out of a hat – with the added challenge of sticking to a $20 budget! This will encourage people to get creative with their gifts since there is a limited price range on the gifts you can buy.

25 Days of Books
The perfect idea for families with kids (or even grandkids nearby). Purchase 25 different children’s books and wrap them up separately. Starting December 1 – let your little one open up one book to read before bed. This will not only help them count down to Christmas, but gives you and your child the perfect opportunity to sit down and spend some time together reading the book during the busy holiday season.  Select some holiday classics like The Polar Express or gift your childhood favorites such as The Giving Tree. You’ll build up their library while still being in the holiday spirit. The best part about this tradition is you can wrap the same books again each year. Even though the books aren’t new the act of opening up a book and reading it is a surefire way to get in the holiday spirit.

Holiday Bucket
Like advent calendar, grab a bucket and fill it with small little gifts the whole family will enjoy. Wrap up each small gift and number each gift for each day of the month. Open them up one by one as a family and enjoy what each gift has to offer. The gifts can range from drinking hot cocoa with mom and dad before bed or a popular Christmas movie. Get creative and find holiday activities that the whole family will enjoy. Other ideas for gifts include: coloring books, making holiday ornaments, holiday coupons, taking old toys to a homeless shelter etc.

Holiday Giving
The holidays are a perfect opportunity to give back to those in your community. If you love pets – then you can volunteer at a local shelter during the holidays to help out. Or collect old or used blankets to donate to the animal shelter to help keep the animals warm throughout the chilly season. Another fun activity to do as a family or neighborhood is to go caroling at your local nursing home! You can coordinate with their events manager and surprise them during or after dinner one night by going caroling from room to room or in their main meeting area. Some people in the nursing home may be alone during the holidays and getting a nice surprise visit from carolers will bring them so much joy!

You’ve Been Elfed!
This is a great way to celebrate within your community! Start the tradition by putting together a festive basket filled with cookies, candy, and a few different trinkets and leave it on the doorstep of one of your neighbors. Be sure to include an elf, a sign that says “You’ve been elf-ed” and a funny poem.  It will then be your neighbors turn to pass it on and “elf” someone else in the neighborhood. See how long you can keep the tradition going before Christmas hits.  Need some clever inspiration for “elfy” poems, click here.

Santa Sack
This tradition is not only fun and creative, but it also teaches the valuable lesson that Christmas is also about giving back. For this tradition ask you kids to go through their own toys that they don’t really use anymore. Then get a cute little “christmas sack” and put the toys to be donated in the bag. On Christmas Eve leave the Santa Sack under the tree for Santa to pick up and give to other kids in need. When the Santa Sack is gone the next morning it will solidify the magic of Santa!

Are you looking to create memories in a new home this holiday season? Call Judd Builders today to see which community would be best for you and your family.

Featured Community: Brookshire

If you’re looking for a new home in an amazing community that offers the best amenities you should consider looking at one of Judd Builders wonderful communities. Built in up and coming areas, all of our communities offer an array of conveniences including amazing school districts, the best shopping, and a friendly atmosphere, especially Brookshire.

Located in Zionsville, PA, Brookshire is one of Judd Builders many wonderful communities with new luxury single-family homes that are perfect for families! Starting in the Upper 300s, each home will suit the modern family’s varying needs. With seven different models to choose from you’ll be sure to find your family’s dream home. Each model home design is complete with 4-5 bedrooms, 2-3 baths, a 2-3 car garage, a lavish owner’s retreat, and a gourmet kitchen. Don’t forget to enjoy and admire the spectacular mountain views that Brookshire has to offer! You won’t have to worry about home renovations anytime soon when you work with Judd Builders. We take pride in our building process and ensure that your home is built to the quality you expect so you get the home you deserve.

This spectacular community is on the border of Lehigh and Berks County, allowing the residents of Brookshire to experience the amazing attractions that both counties have to offer. The best thing is there are attractions for every season and every family as well! Enjoy the Brookside Country Club or Saucon Valley Country Club and play a game of golf or tennis with your friends and neighbors in Spring and Summer. Or stop at nearby shopping and browse the stores in the Lehigh Valley Mall and South Mall all year long. Gear up for the winter season and visit Bear Creek Mountain Resort where you can enjoy snow tubing or skiing with you family. You can even have a fun family day out and visit Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in the summer or Arnold’s Go-Kart and Family Fun Center for family fun all year long!

There is so much to enjoy in the tight-knit community, however, because of Brookshire’s amazing location there is much more to enjoy outside of the community as well. Just minutes from the community are the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 78, and Route 22 giving you the option to explore activities outside of Brookshire. Travel 15 miles to Allentown and Bethlehem or you could travel 40 miles to King of Prussia or 50 miles to Philadelphia for a change of scenery and adventure! Once you’re done exploring you can easily return to your luxurious new home in Brookshire.

So if you’re looking for a brand new home in a convenient location with a wonderful tight-knit community and the best amenities you should consider moving to Brookshire or one of our other communities. For more information feel free to contact us! We’re happy to answer all your questions!