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Events are subject to change. Please contact our Therapeutic Recreation Department for more information on our monthly events!
December is the most wonderful time of the year and is set to be magical. For our residents, families, and staff at the Riverside, we have prepared a month full of festivities and celebrations to fill the halls of the Riverside with an abundance of Holiday Cheer. Whether you want to sing your heart out caroling, create holiday keepsakes, explore the significance of Kwanzaa, or rock into the New Year with an end-of- the-year party, the Riverside’s Recreation Department has something for everyone.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
First, we would like to highlight Riverside’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5th. Just as many come from far and wide to see Rockefeller’s Tree come to life, our residents and families can prepare to see the 9-foot tree light the Riverside up with the spirit of the holidays. Residents will be able to listen to popular Christmas tunes performed by Richard Frank and the Riverside Choir, enjoy holiday treats, and see the unveiling of this year’s Christmas tree. This event will take place on the penthouse floor in the Solarium. There will be eggnog, spiced punch, gingerbread, and shortbread cookies served during the event. The resident’s family members are encouraged to attend with their loved ones. If you want to participate in this program, contact your unit’s recreation therapist to arrange an escort to and from this off-unit program.
John Lennon, 43 Years later
The second program we are highlighting is John Lennon: 43 Years Later. This program is a tribute to the late Beatles band member John Lennon. Residents will be able to attend this musical discussion group, where they will learn about the legacy and impact that he left on the world. This program will occur on Friday, December 8th, 2023, at 2:30 pm on the 15th floor in the multipurpose room. This program is for residents. Light refreshments of tea, coffee, and pastries are available to attendees during the program. If you are interested in attending this event, don’t hesitate to contact your unit’s recreational professional to arrange transport to and from the program.
A Pot Pourris to Choose from: Hanukkah Celebration, Christmas Parties, Santa and the Elves
The final highlight will overview three of the many Holiday events taking place at The Riverside throughout the month of December. On December 7th at sundown, Hanukkah begins. For Hanukkah, a celebration will be held in the Solarium on the PH floor at 2:30 pm. The celebration will include discussing the history of Hanukkah and the menorah, latkes and jelly donuts, and preparation for the festivals of lights. On December 21st, the units decked with holiday cheer will have their Christmas Parties on the unit. The units as a whole will get together and celebrate. Music, hot cocoa, and Christmas cards will fill the air to share with their peers. The parties on the unit will take place at 2:30 pm on all units in the dining room. On Christmas Day, look out for Santa and his elves. Christmas gift deliveries will occur from 10:00 am -1:00 pm on Christmas Day. You will get an opportunity to take a photo with Santa.
Our goal is to allow the spirit of the holidays to bring cheer and delight to every person at the Riverside. We hope you focus on the season of spreading more love during this time. We wish everyone a happy Hanukah, a Merry Christmas, a Happy Kwanzaa, and a blessed start to the 2024 New Year. We look forward to celebrating with you.
Programs are subject to change due to Covid 19 outbreaks.
Don’t forget to call the Recreation Department to set up Facetime or Whatsapp appointments to reach out to your loved ones.
As we practice proper social distancing protocols in our community, we are proud to feature modified programming to continue providing vibrancy for our residents and employees. All events are subject to change. Please feel free to follow us on our Facebook page for continued updates as well as reaching out to us via Messenger.