8 Ways to Celebrate Christmas with “historical twists”
Sometimes it is nice to slow down and celebrate holidays the way they were 100 years ago. These Morris County sites offer experiences to help you remember the art, music and history that contributed to Christmases past. Visit these historic sites to re-capture a simpler time. Shop the gift shops for unique gifts that will impress while illuminating local history and this season of holiday joy.
Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall
Bathe in the warm glow of Christmas Past as the Morris County Historical Society offers a special limited engagement of a “Candlelight Christmas at Acorn Hall” on Friday, December 4, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Holiday favorites will ring out from their 1872 Chickering grand piano while décor lights up the first-floor rooms. Festive winter scenes featured on the porches and in the front yard are perfect for group photos. The Gallery Gift Shop will be stocked with unique gifts for everyone on your list, especially the history lover. Reserve your time slot. Admission fee.
Historic Downtown Chester
Spend a day in one of Morris County’s most charming downtown destinations. Chester’s shops and restaurants are open for business. Chester has always maintained its historical identity and its Main Street is the center of community life. Visitors stroll its brick-lined sidewalks, patronize shops set in preserved historic storefronts, and enjoy the old-fashioned atmosphere. Download the Chester Shopping and Dining Guide which includes valuable coupons. Chester Guide
Jefferson Historical Society at the George Chamberlain House
Visit their annual museum Victorian Christmas weekend on Saturday, December 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Home for the Holidays” with each room decorated for a traditional family celebration. The original kitchen will be transformed into a Christmas boutique (no credit cards please) and a bake sale, with tours of the decorated house and gardens. Refreshments and outdoor entertainment on Saturday. Free.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
Enjoy a visit to Macculloch Hall and be steeped in a Victorian Christmas. The galleries will feature Thomas Nast Christmas drawings with a charming display of Victorian children’s toys in the Schoolroom Gallery. The first floor will be decorated with Christmas trees and the Gift Shop filled with prints, cards, and more holiday items. Call or email ahead to schedule a gallery tour for groups up to five. [email protected] or 973-538-2404 ext. 11. Admission fee.
And don’t forget to register for “A Thomas Nast Christmas” virtual Zoom lecture with curator Ryan Hyman scheduled for Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m. Donations appreciated.
“The Coming of Santa” by Thomas Nast
A quartet of Christmas programs to delight the whole family and multiple generations of each family. Taking you back to popular entertainers and across musical genres, enjoy these holiday offerings from MPAC, in the theatre or in your own home.
Darlene Love “Love for the Holidays”
Live stream Saturday, December 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets
The Sicilian Tenors “Christmas Amore”
Sunday, December 6 Live at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with Live stream available at 7 p.m. Tickets
Engelbert Humperdinck “Virtual Christmas Special”
Live stream Saturday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets
“A Very Broadway Christmas”
Live and Live stream Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets
Red Mill Museum Village
Decorated Christmas trees are sure to stir holiday spirits at the 11th annual Festival of Trees. Featured Christmas trees, designed and decorated by community members, local businesses, and organizations, will be displayed outdoors among the historical buildings. Trees will be on view Saturdays and Sundays, December 5th to 20th from Noon to 6 p.m.
$10 museum admission. This is a great backdrop for holiday photos and walking the historic town of Clinton at this time of year will be delightful.
Roxbury Township Self-Guided Historic Walking Tour
Celebrate Roxbury Township’s 280th anniversary with a self-guided, outdoors walking tour. Use a tour booklet as your guide, and stroll along Main Street’s sidewalks with friends and family while learning about the interesting history of Roxbury Township. Explore where Lenni Lenape Native Americans, Revolutionary Civil War soldiers and a New Jersey Governor are buried. See where George Washington visited his troops, and where a tavern/stagecoach stop still stands. Pick up your tour booklet at the Roxbury Public Library on Saturday, December 5th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Facebook event link
Whippany Railway Museum
The Whippany Railway Museum has reimagined its annual Santa Express train rides. In conjunction with the Morristown and Erie Railway, they are offering the “The Kringle Railway Adventure.” Book your seat in the Candy Cane Car for holiday games and music. Grab some of that Christmas cheer to our area, get your train tickets and climb aboard. Each Saturday and Sunday now through December 20th. Tickets