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!

Exciting March Events in the Flourtown Area

Call your friends and family and prepare to make plans this March! There are amazing events planned all month long. Don’t miss out on any of the fun this month in Flourtown and the surrounding area. From celebrating the Academy Awards to the extremely popular Philadelphia Flower Show, there’s bound to be an event that everyone will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this March!

Ambler Awards Weekend
March 2nd – March 4th
Do you love award shows? Celebrate the upcoming Academy Awards in Ambler from March 2nd to March 4th and enjoy fantastic shopping and dinner specials throughout the town! Also, don’t forget to go to the Ambler Theater on Sunday, March 4th for a party and viewing of the Academy Awards to finish off your fun-filled weekend!

Community Autism Network: “I CAN Paint Too!” – Painting with a Twist Fundraiser
March 3rd
Located on 6134 Germantown Avenue, this fundraising event will be sure to entertain creative types! Stop by the Soup Factory Studio, where the event will be held, and join the fun. Tickets are $35 dollars, which includes admission into the event and appetizers. Don’t forget to BYOB! And while you’re at it, invite your friends to join in on the festivities.

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! 

Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Presents Live Music
March 3rd and March 10th
On both Saturday’s in March, enjoy live musical guests that will keep you entertained all night! The event takes place from 7pm-10pm and features an array of different artists. The musical guest for the March 10th show hasn’t been announced yet, but on March 3rd enjoy the Americana/Bluegrass band River Bones! Located on 8221 Germantown Avenue, make sure you don’t miss out on this event!

Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine: Philly’s Jazz Organ Meets Pittsburgh Sax Titan
March 9th
Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz with a bunch of friends and family at the Woodmere Art Museum, located on 9201 Germantown Avenue. Make sure to get there before 4:30pm to get your tickets! There are no advance reservations, so it’s important that all parties are present to purchase tickets! Click here for more information!

Wednesday Night Trivia
March 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, trivia, and friendly competition! Click here for more information!

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience
March 17th
This event is back by popular demand! Enjoy The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience on March 17th at the Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm! Located on 6026 Germantown Avenue, this event highlights and brings awareness to the Underground Railroad, Civil War, and the life of Harriet Tubman, one of 19th century’s most celebrated and important figures.

Corks & Cupcakes – Spring Edition
March 23rd
Nothing sounds better than a night filled with dessert, fun, and wine! Located on 7709 Germantown Avenue, enjoy the Spring Edition of Corks & Cupcakes, which takes place at the Event Studio from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Enjoy gourmet cupcakes paired with featured wines and get introduced to the “wine slushy.” Don’t miss out on this tasty event! For more information, click here.

Get in on the fun this March 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.

Fun Friday Nights: How to Have Fun While Staying In

You don’t always have to go out to have a good time! That’s right, you can just as easily stay in on Friday night and have all the fun in the world. Plan to invite your friends and neighbors over and try out some of these fun at-home activities that will keep you entertained all night long.

Game Night
This classic is still one of the best ways to have fun while staying in. Invite your friends or your neighbors over for a rowdy night of card and board games that are sure to create lasting memories. Also, if you want to go big for game night add a theme and decorate accordingly.

Movie Night
Having a movie night is always a surefire way to have an awesome Friday night. A movie night is always easy to pull off and it can be very relaxing after a long week of working. However, you can also take movie night to a grander scale by having a big screen in your backyard. Pick a nice night to sit outside and project a movie onto a sheet. Not only is this different and fun from an original movie night, but you can also enjoy the outdoors.

Neflix Night
Similar to movie night, you can easily have a wonderful night in by hosting a get together and watching the latest Netflix series or a show that you and your friends have missed out on. Are you trying to catch up on a series? Gather with your friends and binge as much of the season as you can. At the end, not only have you spent quality time with your company, but you’ll have endless theories to chat about after the binging is over. If you don’t have Netflix don’t worry, just stick with the classic movie night and you’ll be sure to have a good time!

Girls Night: Spa Night/Bake Off
Forget girls night out. Instead have a girls night in and have a spa night or bake off. You don’t have to stick with the classic game night to have a fun time with your ladies. Relax and unwind from a stressful week of work and treat each other to a spa treatment. Paint your nails or give yourself a facial, whatever you decide to do make sure it’s relaxing and fun. However, if spa night is not for you, you have other options to choose from. Have a bake off and try out all the recipes that you’ve been dying to try. The options are endless, so plan the perfect girls night in for you and your favorite ladies.

Guys Night: Sporting Events/Competition
If girls can have a girls night in, why can’t guys do the same? Don’t limit yourselves to game night or movie night, get creative and think about what you and your guys would enjoy. Does a flag football game sound fun or would you rather grill and chill with your buddies? Whatever you decide to do just remember to have fun with it!

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!

DIY Pebble Bathroom Mat or Teak Board

Are you looking to spruce up your bathroom but don’t know what to do? Well why not add a new bathroom mat or teak board to liven up the space? These two DIY projects are becoming extremely popular and add that spa like atmosphere to your bathroom. So here is what you’ll need for each project and how to build them.

Pebble Bathroom Mat
This bathroom mat is more of a craftier DIY than the teak board. All you need are a few materials and an hour or two to make your pebble bathroom mat. The best thing about this project is that you don’t have to use it in your bathroom! It could easily be a used as a front entrance mat too!

Materials;

  • Rubber Floor Mat
  • Garden Pebbles (also known as River Pebbles)
  • 5-minute Epoxy

Step 1: Pick the color of rocks you want to use. Do you want a modern feel? Go with black, white, and grays. Do you want a rustic feel? Go for browns and reds.
Step 2: Clean and dry the surface of each rock to ensure that they are clean and easy to work with.
Step 3: Spread 5-minute Epoxy on the rock and mix the hardener and resin together for about a minute.
Step 4: Place the rock on the rubber floor mat in the position you want it and hold it down for about 3-5 minutes.
Step 5: Repeat the first three steps until the whole mat is finished. Make sure to watch your placement of the rocks to make your mat more dynamic.
Step 6: Place your mat in the bathroom or at your front entrance once it has finished drying and enjoy!

Teak Board
Materials:

  • Wood
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw or hand saw
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Sander (if you don’t want to sand by hand)
  • Drill
  • Nails
  • Watco Teak Oil Finish
  • Paint brush or rag

Step 1: Cut the board into 30” pieces and pick a width you want them to be.
Step 2: From the remaining wood, cut three pieces of wood that are 1.75” wide and the length you want your teak board to be.
Step 3: Sand all the pieces of wood. This process will smooth the wood and ease the edges with your progressive sanding. Start 120-grit sandpaper and rough sand all the pieces. Then continue with 180-grit sandpaper and finish off with 220-grit sandpaper for a fine sand.
Step 4: Arrange all wooden slats to your liking. Make sure the bottom sides of the slats are facing up. Feel free add spacing between each slat. The spacing depends on what you want your teak board to look like. If you want spacing, the usual space is 3/8” apart, but feel free to experiment to get the look you desire.
Step 5: Once you’ve decided the spacing of your slats, grab your wood glue and dab glue on each slat one inch from the edge.
Step 6: Place the bottom support piece (the three pieces you cut 1.75” wide) over the glue and nail them down. Make sure to keep all the slats even during this process.
Step 7: Repeat for the other side and center support piece.
Step 8: Let the glue dry and then apply the finish you desire on the board and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
Step 9: Enjoy!

If you need any further instruction or help click here.

Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in South Philly

Siena Place residents: where should you go and what should you do to kick off 2018 in and around South Philly? We have a few suggestions for you. So, say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year in style!

SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront: Head to 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia in the Historic District and enjoy FREE fireworks shows that start at 6 p.m. with another show at midnight. Just a short walk to Old City, Society Hill, and South Street, this event attracts thousands every year, making it the perfect event to bring the whole family along or celebrate with your friends!

NYE at Xfinity Live!
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the biggest parties in Philly at Xfinity Live. With an all-inclusive pass, you’ll have access to great live music, five bars, food, dancing, and of course a ball drop! Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 at Xfinity Live – general admission tickets currently cost $95, but price may vary as the date approaches.  Learn more here.

Tattooed Mom
Looking for a more low-key way to ring in the New Year but still have a great time? Check out the New Year’s Celebration at the Tattooed Mom. With no cover, half-priced draft beers from 10 p.m.-11p.m., festive cocktails, and plenty of New Year’s swag – you’ll have a great time.

Aquarium “After Dark” New Year’s Eve: If you’re willing to take the quick trip over to Camden, head to the Adventure Aquarium on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Countdown to midnight with friends while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live DJ while witnessing the breathtaking skyline of Philadelphia, your top spot for seeing the midnight fireworks show. There’s a five-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, cocktail hour, cheese and crudité station, tapas station, dinner buffet and dessert all for one bundled price. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: This winterized riverfront park has an Olympic-size skating rink with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with lodge, winter garden, and Christmas tree. Relax with friends in the outdoor seating area in front of a cozy fire or warm up in one of the warming cabins. There’s also a kids’ lodge with arcade games to keep the little ones and teens busy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show: Located at 6th and Race Streets, this is the place to be for festive lights, winter delights, and holiday cheer all throughout the historic Franklin Square. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show with 50,000 twinkling lights and holiday music to accompany your holiday shopping, dining, and more. Best part is, it’s free! Enjoy the LED lights that dance to the music, a treat everyone will enjoy young or old.

Siena Place is not far from any of these events. Make your plans now so you don’t miss out! And if you want to be part of Siena Place, contact Judd Builders to learn more.

Best Indoor Attractions for the Grandkids

As the weather gets colder, you’ll want to find some fun indoor attractions in the area to do with the grandkids over the holiday break. If you live in Renaissance at Morgan Creek, you’ll find there are plenty of places in Bucks County to take the kids for some fun when the weather is less than stellar.

Giggleberry Fair
Located on Route 263 in Lahaska, Giggleberry Fair sits in Peddler’s Village, featuring many play areas for different ages. Giggles Discovers is for kids six and under, featuring a water table, a fire station section, puppet theatre, kiddie rides, and the Grand Carousel. There’s also Giggleberry Mountain, a three-story, six-level obstacle course and maze, with berry blasters and foam balls for un-ending fun.  Open Monday – Thursday from 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sundays from 10am – 6pm, the prices will vary based on the activities but range from $5.50 up to $22.99 for different experiences!

Bucks County Children’s Museum
While it’s a bit of a drive from Renaissance at Morgan Creek, you can make this a super special trip with the grandkids. Located at 500 Union Square Drive in New Hope, this open play space features interactive areas for the little ones. Build a fort, design your very own race car, dig for dino fossils, or play in the recreated version of the town square. It’s only $8 to get in, and kids under one get in for free. Closed Mondays, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Da Vinci Science Center
This is fun for both you and the kids! With a variety of exhibits for kids of all ages – you can see the science of waves, check out the marine tank, build something cool such as a Mack truck, learn about earthquakes, or experience a hurricane (indoors)! With so many different exhibits and experiences, you won’t know where to start! Open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sundays from noon until 5pm, head on over to 3145 Hamilton Blvd. Bypass in Allentown. Tickets will cost you $12.95 for general admission (children ages 3 and up). Learn more about it here.

Crayola Experience
With over 28 hands-on activities, you’ll get your fill of colorful fun at the Crayola Experience center in Easton, PA. There are four floors of fun where you can name and wrap your own Crayola crayon, or be the star in a coloring page – your little ones will be occupied for hours as you make your way through the Crayola Experience. Both educational and fun, this is a great way to spend the day as a family when it’s a bit too chilly outside. Hours vary during the holiday season, so be sure to check their website or their events calendar before your plan your trip. Since it’s a 45-minute drive from Renaissance Creek, you’ll want to plan your day accordingly!

Lehigh Valley Mall
If all else fails to entertain your teen grandchildren, take them to the Lehigh Valley Mall. Stocked with the latest in boutiques, music shops, and of course the food court, your grandkids are sure to find something they love here. Spend an hour or the whole day and grab something to eat while there.

Judd Builders offers many communities for living in the PA area, many with close access to fun places to bring the grandkids. If you’d like to become a part of Judd Builders’ communities, call us today to learn more.

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.

Local Shops to Find Holiday Décor

Get in the holiday spirit by checking out some of our favorite local shops and craft fairs – these are some of the best in the PA area:

Peddler’s Village
Enjoy browsing more than 60 unique shops in this Victorian-style, quaint shopping village, which is all lit up for the holidays! Located in Bucks County in Lahaska, this festive event is free for you and the family and even has free parking. You can shop for a variety of seasonal items –  from fruit wreaths to greenery to plenty of twinkling lights, this place is sure to put you in the festive mood. Surrounded by Antiques Row on Route 202 and New Hope shops peppering the countryside, you can also view candidates for the Gingerbread House Competition in the Gazebo, the highlight of this historic village.

This would be a great trip for residents that live in Renaissance at Morgan Creek!

LOVE Park
Philadelphia’s LOVE Park is your winter wonderland for the season, with a Christmas Village hosting 80 vendors that sell unique seasonal items you just can’t find at any mall. This joyous outside market event features live performances from orchestras and choral groups. Don’t forget to enjoy the kids’ activities, food, wine tastings, photos with Santa, and much more. Located in downtown Philadelphia in JFK plaza, there’s free admission to the Christmas village! Open until Christmas Eve – you can get in the holiday spirit and get in some last minute shopping every day (open Sun-Thur from 11am-7pm and Fri-Sat from 11am – 8pm)!

This would be a great event for you if you live at Siena Place or The Reserve at Creekside. Don’t miss out on the holiday fun!

JCC of Allentown Artisans Craft Fair
Come browse hand-crafted works by local and international artists, all at free admission. Items range from ceramics and jewelry to clothing and textile art. You’ll also find woodworking, mosaics and prints. It takes place Sunday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley at 702 N. 22nd Street in Allentown.

This should be a quick trip for you if you live at Brookshire in Lehigh and Berks County or Whispering Pines in Coopersburg.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem
Better known as “Christmas City,” this charming open-air market was named one of the best holiday markets in the world by Travel and Leisure. With more than 100 artisans selling crafts, pottery, jewelry and other items, you can immerse yourself in this unique holiday shopping experience right up until Christmas Eve.

This is a great place to visit if you live at Whispering Pines, Brookshire, and Renaissance at Morgan Creek!

If you’re eager to spend more holidays in the PA area, we have the community for you! Call Judd Builders to see what we can offer.