Video: Santa’s happy landing spans generations in Morristown

Santa's arrival unites the generations in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santa's arrival unites the generations in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Video: Happy December from Santa and his Elves at MorristownGreen.com

By Berit Ollestad

Boys and girls lined Park Place on Sunday to cheer Saint Nick’s triumphal return to Morristown. But as always, the night was as much for grownups as for kids.

Nicole Hydock & Mabry, at Santa's arrival on the Green, 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Nicole Hydock & Mabry, at Santa’s arrival on the Green, 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad

“I grew up in Morris Plains and this event has always started the holiday season off for me,” said Nicole Hydock of Morris Plains.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how my daughter Mabry [8 months] is going to react to Santa and all of the lights for the first time.”

Families come from near and far every year to soak up the nostalgia. Moms and dads want to re-live their childhood memories while making new ones.

Jackie Hern grew up in Morristown and made the pilgrimage from Mt. Olive with her husband Keith and their two children, Eric, 8, and Emily, 6.

Morristown's first public Christmas tree, on the Green, 1913. Photo from the Curtiss collection, courtesy of the Morristown & Township Library's North Jersey History & Genealogy Center.
Morristown’s first public Christmas tree, on the Green, 1913. Photo from the Curtiss collection, courtesy of the Morristown & Township Library’s North Jersey History & Genealogy Center.

“This was a tradition that I did with my family when I was younger and I want to continue it with my own children,” Hern said.

Thankful for the balmy 50-degree evening, the Herns spent an hour waiting in line so the kids could visit with Santa.

“It reminds us of when we were young, and when times were sweet and innocent. This represents what family is,” said Cheryl McNamara of Morristown.

 

 

Jackie & Keith Hern with Emily, 6, and Eric, 8, at Santa's arrival on the Green, 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Jackie & Keith Hern with Emily, 6, and Eric, 8, at Santa’s arrival on the Green, 2015. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Morristown First Lady Mary Dougherty, who accompanied Mayor Tim Dougherty to the tree-lighting, added:

“This is a wonderful community event and I always enjoy seeing the children get so excited when Santa arrives.”

The Morristown Partnership, which has organized the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green for 14 years, has received thank you calls for keeping it going, said Jenn Wehring of the Partnership.

“This tradition stands the test of time. Morristown is a generational town and the Partnership feels fortunate to be able to continue this tradition for the community,” Wehring said.

 

 

Photos by Berit Ollestad. Please click icon below for slideshow captions:

Santa's arrival brought kids from one to 92 to the Green. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santa’s arrival brought kids young and old to the Green. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Festive activities are scheduled each weekend until Christmas, with Santa sticking around on the Monday and Tuesday before the holiday to hear last-minute gift requests.

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Photos by Kevin Coughlin. Please click icon below for slideshow captions.

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