Ask a homeowner what they enjoy most about living in a master-planned community, and a“sense of community” is sure to be on the list. Numerous studies and urban planning associations have noted, in fact, that while residents of older, more established cities bemoan the loss of a community connection, master-planned communities have succeeded in creating an atmosphere where residents can meet, congregate and socialize with their neighbors.
That sense of community is particularly strong around the holidays, when many master-planned communities organize a variety of holiday festivities that bring residents together to celebrate the season. From tree-lighting ceremonies to caroling parties, such activities foster a connection to the community that many families desire.
Holidays in Nocatee
“Residents look forward to Nocatee’s holiday celebrations all year long,” Nocatee's Community Events Specialist Brittany White says.
This year, for example, Nocatee’s holiday celebrations kicked off with a giant menorah lighting at Nocatee Town Center. That was followed by “Nocatee A-Glow,” a seasonal celebration that featured a tree-lighting ceremony and the start of Nocatee’s month-long lightshow display at the Splash Water Park. In addition to live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the event featured family craft-making activities and refreshments. Adding to the community feel of the evening, Nocatee A-Glow also featured performances by local elementary and middle school music groups as well as caroling and storytelling by members of a local church.
“Nocatee residents also conducted a toy drive as part of Helping Hands of Nocatee, a group formed by Nocatee residents to organize charity fundraisers for the wider community,” White says.
Other holiday activities planned for the coming month include Breakfast with Santa, a holiday lights decorating contest, and the annual Nocatee Christmas Festival to be held December 19th in conjunction with the popular monthly Farmer’s Market. The community will also ring in the new year with a fun and festive Nocatee New Year’s Eve Gala.
“Nocatee residents love having a place that's close by to come together with their family and neighbors and have fun,” White says. “It really creates a sense of belonging and pride within their communities, and that's important to us.”
For more information on Nocatee’s holiday events and other community activities, explore Nocatee.com, visit the Nocatee Welcome Center or call 1-800-NOCATEE.