No year has needed the spirit of the holidays as much as 2020! A year that has brought many families through hard times and yet, through it all, the pandemic has created stronger familial bonds, heroes in the entire country, and a genuine sense of appreciation for the small things that make such a large contribution to the well-being of one’s life.
Although the risk of COVID continues to prevail, and COVID cases continue to rise, it is essential for everyone to remain cautious and safe this holiday season. Alike the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the same suggestions are in place to ensure family members do not contract COVID. For instance, get tested prior to having family members over, limit your number of guests at home and stay in compliance with local and state laws, remain six-feet apart, and wear masks especially if having visitors from out-of-state.
Rahway is hosting for its residents the Rahway Winter Wonderland Pop-Up Series! Residents can expect holiday cheer and live jazz bands, fire pits, giveaways, an outdoor winter market, cider stations (serving hot cocoa, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages), and a Santa parade starting Dec. 19th at 12 PM (1)!
Holiday Shopping in Rahway
Whilst enjoying winter wonderland pop-up days residents may wish to support local businesses and find unique holiday gifts throughout the town. Some excellent stores to explore in the center of Rahway are:
- Glided Lillie- at this location, you can find antique pieces as well as estate pieces (2)
- Atelier Rosal- find exclusive NJ-made candles, handmade pottery, artwork, jewelry, silverware, and beautiful pieces for loved one’s homes (2)
- Litehouse Shop- check out urban apparel, sneakers, accessories, and any brand from Yeezy’s to Jordans (2)
- Wine and Design- gift the joy of an experience with Wine and Design where loved ones can learn new painting techniques or join in for the experience for the first time (2)
- Sheavon Beauty- find those stocking stuffers that people love like bath bombs, scrubs, oils and so much more at Sheavon Beauty (2)
- Herbal Habits- for those loved ones who are looking for natural and healthy products, look no further! Herbal habits have everything from sea moss and elderberry syrup to honey, oils, and herbs and leaves (3)
For a list of all stores in Rahway, please visit: https://rahwayishappening.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Rahway-Gift-Guide-V2.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0iFJs3WRtzt4CrixHvD3oS4bDHReLoeiZiDq9UWEntpFMOO_jvOsIGBqU
Holiday Fun in December
Grand Meridia residents looking to explore the local area this holiday season can indulge in many COVID-safe activities with the family. Although nothing beats staying indoors in the comfort of one’s home, if residents are looking to take a day to join in some holiday activities, it might be worthwhile to check any of these locations out:
American Dream in East Rutherford: Currently, American Dream Mall is sharing holiday fun with their The Heart of the Holidays events (4). Each day you can find a new special holiday tribute such as Music Mondays, Winter Wishes on Wednesdays, or Togetherness Thursdays (4). The mall also has a skating rink and Big Snow attraction in addition to the Nickmas Universe Elf Workshop (4)! To buy tickets, visit the following link and be sure to check out all their COVID protocols ahead of time: https://www.americandream.com/venue/dreamworks-water-park/tickets
Six Flags Holiday in the Park: Six Flags is hosting two new holiday-themed areas, Jolly Jamboree and Wild Lights National Park (5). There is plenty to do at these holiday-themed areas including roasting smores, enjoy holiday foods, holiday games, meeting Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, and 30 thrilling rides for all ages (5)! Tickets are as low as $29.99 and attendance is limited so be sure to reserve your visit ahead of time.
Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience at Six Flags: A superb option for families who would like to stay inside the comfort (and warmth) of their own vehicles! Tickets are sold for $14.99 per person and they must be bought in advance (6). This drive-thru event is only from Monday through Thursday starting at 6:00 in the evening (6). Don’t miss out on one of the best holiday drive-thrus in the Northeast region (6)!
The Westfield Rink: Bring friends and family to the Westfield Rink only, 15 minutes away from Grand Meridia! Pre-registration is required, and admission is $10.00 per person. For ice skating rink dates and times, please click: https://www.thewestfieldrink.com/public-session
AMC Private Theater Rental: Rent out an entire theater auditorium for up to 20 friends or family members! Pick from any movie genre available at your local AMC from family holiday movies to action and much more. All theaters are sanitized completely prior to use and masks are required during the entire visit unless eating or drinking refreshments (7). Theater rentals start from $99.00 to $299.00 plus tax depending on movie showing (7). For more information, please take a look at https://www.amctheatres.com/rentals.
A Word to Our Residents at Grand Meridia
In the spirit of the holidays, there is no time like now to give to those who have been severely impacted by the pandemic. Many people throughout the country are facing difficulties simply feeding their family members. For those looking to make a contribution, there is an overwhelming number of organizations to choose from to donate food, clothing, or money to.
Food for Friends in Rahway is a nonprofit organization that is providing food to seniors and disabled individuals daily. To donate, visit and make a contribution for those in need at: https://www.rahwayfoodforfriendsnj.org/donate
Be sure to check out Rahway’s Facebook page to learn more on dates and times for blood drives in the town hall. Registrations are usually required, and blood drive dates are announced a few days prior to the time it takes place.
In light of growing COVID numbers, we untiredly ask our residents to continue enduring through and remain safe by complying to property rules; wearing a mask in the hallways, using stairs when the elevator is occupied, remaining six-feet apart and using sanitation stations in main entryways. Likewise, we untiredly thank our residents for supporting COVID regulations and pushing through a difficult year!
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to All!
-The Team at Grand Meridia