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