Discover Morris County Holiday Countdown!
Morris County has so many things to do – some free and some for just a nominal fee. Here is a sample selection of them. Take the challenge and see if you can attend these 10 holiday activities from Halloween to New Year’s Eve! Come out and have fun with family and friends! And see our full calendar for even more ideas.
#1: Week of 10/28
Pumpkin Illumination: October 28 at the Vail Mansion reflecting pool, Morristown
Bring your carved pumpkin to light at dusk for an evening of family fun for all ages including live jazz, an art workshop, luminary parade, pumpkin illumination and much more!
#2: Week of 11/4
Apple Cidering: November 10 (and other dates) at the Great Swamp OEC, Chatham
The perfect fall family tradition! Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Best of all, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and sample the fresh cider.
#3: Week of 11/11
Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance: November 11 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
Experience a historic farm-style Thanksgiving holiday! Help prep dinner at the farmer’s house, enjoy a leisurely wagon ride, and visit the friendly farm animals. Speak with a historical reenactor, and honor U.S military personnel and veterans during a special program recognizing the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI.
#4: Week of 11/18
Morris County Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot: November 22 at Ginty Field, Morris Township
Join us on Thanksgiving Morning for the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County’s annual Morris Township Turkey Trot. The USATF certified 5k, 1 Mile Fun Walk/Run and Kid’s Trot is a fun, family event that benefits both charities.
#5: Week of 11/25
Holly Day: December 1 in Morristown
An annual and beloved Morris County tradition, Holly Day returns for this upcoming holiday season. Visit six local historical sites decorated for the holidays, each site with special Holly Day programming: exhibits, music, refreshments and more. One $30.00 ticket gains you access to all six sites. Proceeds support local historic preservation.
#6: Week of 12/2
Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show: December 2 (and other dates) at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Township
A candy lover’s dream, now in its 27th year! Marvel at the creativity and skill displayed at this festive and charming exhibit featuring 150+ edible masterpieces crafted by local schools, scout troops, and families. With past creations from Hogwarts, to enchanted gardens, pirate ships, and Santa’s Workshop, this is a must see for all ages.
#7: Week of 12/9
NJ Ballet’s Nutcracker with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: December 14 (and other dates) at Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown
This annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, live orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic. Ages 4 and up
#8: Week of 12/16
Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green: December 16 (and other dates)
The place to celebrate the holidays from Thanksgiving up until Christmas; this month-long family event kicks off on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with Santa’s rooftop arrival and welcome ceremony. Family activities and entertainment on the historic Morristown Green, add to the dazzling “Lighting of the Green” ceremony with brilliant lights and wreaths adorning streetlights town-wide – a 100+ year tradition! Each weekend throughout December thousands of attendees from all over Northern New Jersey visit and enjoy Santa visits and photos, holiday crafts, miniature train rides around the Green, gingerbread house & ornament making, music by local choirs and entertainers, storytelling, ice sculpting demonstrations and free treats!
#9: Week of 12/23
The Winter’s Tale: December 26 (and other dates) at the Shakespeare Theatre, Madison
Nothing could be more perfect for the holiday season than this wintry and passionate romance. High drama launches this tale, and it quickly leads us into a world of bohemian gaiety and then into a denouement of magical rebirth and a moving reunion that embodies the spirit of the holidays and what they represent at their core.
#10: Week of 12/30
First Night Morris County: December 31 in Morristown
First Night® Morris County features more than 200 artists in over 70 performances at 22 venues throughout Morristown ranging from dance and comedy to music and children’s performers. The event has showcased rock and roll, classical, blues, jazz, opera, choral music, and so much more. Attendees return year after year to see their favorite performers and new artists for the first time.