Are you looking for fun things to do during the holidays? We have a list of ten activities that are absolutely free! Whether you have family in from out of town or are looking for something to do with your children or your friends, we hope you will find our suggestions helpful!
(please note: due to a lapse in federal appropriations, the site is closed. We will update this information once a budget is passed). The site includes The Ford Mansion at Washington’s Headquarters. Originally built in 1772, the mansion served as General Washington’s military headquarters for six months during the winter of 1779-80. Today, visitors can tour the mansion and grounds to view the home’s intricate furnishings and astounding 18th century décor much as it was in Washington’s days.
Running through December 23rd, the Morristown Green will become a wonderland of nostalgia during the month-long festival. Free activities include holiday crafts, ice sculpture demonstrations, a vintage-style rocking horse and rides on a miniature train.
3. Enjoy some fresh air with a walk or hike
The Morris County Park Commission’s sites include Pyramid Mountain in Montville, Mt. Hope Historical Park in Rockaway, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation in Jefferson, Schooley’s Mountain in Washington Twp., and Lewis Morris County Park in Morristown. If conditions are right, there is also some wonderful cross-county skiing at Loantaka Brook Reservation, in Morris Township, and ice skating at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany.
4. Take a self-guided Historic Morristown Walking Tour
Go at your own pace and see 23 historic sites in downtown Morristown – some built as early as the 1700’s. Come pick up a map at our office at 6 Court Street (before December 21st) or download one here.
The museum is located right on Main Street. Did you know the original village of Boonton now lies under the Jersey City Reservoir? Modern-day Boonton grew from the 1829 construction of the Morris Canal and the development of the New Jersey Iron Company. The Boonton Historical Society and Museum examines the area’s intriguing history all the way back to the mid-1700s through an extensive collection housed in the landmark John Taylor Building. The society also does themed walking tours to bring this unique history to life.
6. See an exhibit at the Morristown & Morristownship Library
The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688 – 2018: Bethel Church Exhibition – New Jersey’s history includes enslavement of African Americans and existence of free black communities. Black and white residents either helped each other or stood in the way of equality and equity for all. At times, the fate of the black and white community was “tied” to each other. The “ties that bind” us together as a community can be tight enough to encourage cooperation, or too tight, leading to conflict. Explore how these ties existed and changed over time in Morris County and New Jersey and consider how those ties manifest now. Exhibit will be in the Library’s F.M. Kirby Gallery.
7. There is always great art on display at 70 South Gallery in Morristown
Currently for viewing: Bond Cliff New Hampshire in the White Mountains, a Colorado creek running off the page, and hiking above the tree line up Clingmans Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains are showcased in 70 South Gallery’s 21st exhibition, Sights Unseen.
8. Take in an art exhibit at Speakeasy Art Gallery in Boonton
The gallery is pleased to present “ezerd – robots! robots! robots!”. The exhibit will feature hundreds of original robot paintings each with their own unique personality. These small paintings will make a great, one of a kind gift for the art or robot lover on your list! The exhibit will be on display through January 19, 2019.
9. Relax with free movies at the Morris County Library
Friday, December 21st, they will be showing The Man who Invented Christmas. And Friday, December 28th, they will be showing Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
10. Take a break from the holiday activities with meditation at St. Peters Church in Morristown
Meditation classes are offered Wednesdays (12:30 – 2, and 7:30 – 9). Designed for those new to the practice of meditation as well as those with experience, participants report they are refreshed and able to apply the benefits of meditation to many aspects of their lives.