Greater Morristown weekend preview: Christmas is in the ear

If you enjoy Christmas music, Greater Morristown has you covered as we head into the holiday home stretch this weekend.

There are Christmas concerts at the Methodist and Presbyterian churches, and seemingly round-the-clock performances of The Nutcracker at the Mayo Center.  A brigade of tubists will toot Yuletime favorites on the Green, where Santa winds down his guest residency as Morristown’s centennial festival draws to a close.

And if that’s not enough, you’ll really be seeing red after a Santa 5K and a Santa Pub Crawl!

For those who prefer an even more secular holiday, you can celebrate the Winter Solstice or take in a wrestling match.

As always, don’t forget to explore our handy calendar for more stocking stuffers.

 


THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013:

The Christmas Singers. Back row from left: Wayne Walters, June Van Thoen, Darren O'Neill. Front: Patricia Ruggles.

The Christmas Singers. Back row from left: Wayne Walters, June Van Thoen, Darren O’Neill. Front: Patricia Ruggles.

The Christmas Singers return to Music at Noon for their 26th annual holiday concert. This free half-hour show at the Morristown United Methodist Church features June Van Thoen, Patricia Ruggles, Wayne Walters and Darren O’Neill.  It’s a very popular concert, so come early for a good seat.  The church is at 50 Park Place, facing the Morristown Green. A light lunch can be purchased before or after the concert (from 11 am to 1:30 pm), $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.  For further details, call 973-538-2132.

 

nutcracker logo

nutcracker logo

The New Jersey Ballet brings The Nutcracker back to the Mayo Performing Arts Center  at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are $25-$59.  This colorful production, complete with a live orchestra, runs through Christmas Eve, with two shows on Saturday and again on Sunday. The Mayo Center is at 100 South St. in Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more details.

 

 

 

 

 


FRIDAY, DEC. 20:

 

mhs colonials wrestling logoIt’s Wrestling Alumni Night at Morristown High School, sponsored by the MHS Wrestling Boosters & Alumni Club. The event is scheduled for the auxiliary gym and will feature matches of the junior varsity and varsity teams against Wallkill Valley. A pre-reception for alumni only is set for 5 pm. The jayvees wrestle at 6 pm, with the varsity to follow at 7 o’clock. For more details, contact Colleen or Melanie.

A word of caution to holiday revelers: It’s never wise to drink and drive. And it’s especially so during the holidays. Authorities are planning drunk driving checkpoints around Morristown this evening, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.  The Prosecutor’s Office received a grant for county-wide DWI enforcement from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


SATURDAY, DEC. 21:

The Super Santa 5K will have you seeing red.

The Super Santa 5K will have you seeing red.

Aerodynamics are over-rated. Climb into your puffiest Santa suit, lace up your sneakers, and dash like Dasher and Prancer in the Super Santa 5K Run at Ginty Field in Morris Township. Race time is 10 am. Entry fee is $35 in advance, $40 on race day. A portion of proceeds benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

 

The Morristown Partnership’s Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green enters the final weekend of its centennial year. Events run from noon to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Here is Saturday’s schedule:

  • Noon to 3 pm, 4 pm to 7 pm: Santa Visits & Photos
  • 1 pm to 3 pm, 4 pm to 7 pm: Electric Train Rides
  • 1 pm to 3 pm: Snowflake Making Craft
  • 1 pm to 3 pm: Holiday Gift Shop
  • 2 pm to 5 pm: Ice Sculpting Demonstration
  • 3 pm to 4 pm: Tuba Christmas
  • 4 pm to 6 pm: The Original Music School Acoustic Christmas Sing Along
BETTER THAN ANTI-FREEZE: Whiskers prevent tuba from freezing to this player's lips at Morristown's first Merry Tuba Christmas. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

BETTER THAN ANTI-FREEZE: Whiskers prevent euphonium from freezing to this player’s lips at Morristown’s first Merry Tuba Christmas. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Last year’s Merry Tuba Christmas was so much fun, it’s returning to the Morristown Green. Dozens of tubists and euphonists will try to top last year’s 60-musician turnout for an hour of holiday tunes, starting at 3 pm. Admission is free.  Anyone wishing to join the band should contact Doug Rutan.

The Winter Solstice comes but once a year… make the most of it!  Grow It Green Morristown is throwing its fourth celebration of the shortest day on the calendar, at 5 pm at the Early Street Community Garden. Sip cider, howl at the moon, and toss your scribbled regrets into the bonfire. (Wear ratty clothes… the bonfire can smell pretty smoky!)

2013 solstice celebration , grow it green

STOCKING STUFFERS: (L-R) Stephanie Brosko of Morristown, Daniella Bachar of Morristown, and Briana Tantaros at the 2011 Santa Pub Crawl in Morristown.. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

STOCKING STUFFERS: (L-R) Stephanie Brosko of Morristown, Daniella Bachar of Morristown, and Briana Tantaros at the 2011 Santa Pub Crawl in Morristown.. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Prepare to be Kringled! The eighth annual Santa Pub Crawl takes to the streets of Morristown at 8 pm. As of earlier this week, nearly 800 people had indicated on the event’s Facebook page that they plan to be here with bells on… or at least, Santa caps. Let’s just hope every sleigh has a designated driver.  And that the participants launder their costumes after the morning’s Super Santa 5K!

 

 

 

 


SUNDAY, DEC. 22:

The Morristown Partnership’s Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green concludes the final weekend of its centennial year. Events run from noon to 7 pm.  Here is Sunday’s schedule:

  • Noon to 3pm, 4 pm to 7 pm: Santa Visits & Photos
  • 1 pm to 3 pm, 4 pm to 7 pm: Electric Train Rides
  • 1 pm to 3 pm: Gingerbread House Making & Singer-Songwriter Kat Zangari
  • 2 pm to 5 pm: Ice Sculpting Demonstration
  • 4 pm to 6 pm: First Night Morris Craft Activity

The Thirteen choir sings holiday choral works at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, at 6 pm. At 57 Park Place, facing the Morristown Green.  Admission is free; donations requested. A highlight of last year’s concert was an impromptu carol-sing with the audience.

Gwyneth Mooney, Allison Faulkner and Marissa Mae Chalker of The Thirteen, singing at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown on Nov. 3. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Gwyneth Mooney, Allison Faulkner and Marissa Mae Chalker of The Thirteen, singing at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown in 2012. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

 



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