Greater Morristown weekend preview: Holly Walks, radio plays, and electric choo-choos

Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles
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Brace yourselves: Greater Morristown is about to hurl holiday cheer at you from all directions this weekend.

Look for Holly Walks and tree lightings, Yule concerts spanning country to classical, and a kiddie choo-choo chugging around the historic Morristown Green.

Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!


THURSDAY, NOV. 30, 2017:

glass castle flyer

The Morristown & Township Library’s Just Out of the Box… Office movie series presents The Glass Castle (2017, PG-13, 127 minutes), at 2 pm and 7 pm. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Catch the holiday spirit at the Christmas tree lighting inside the Hyatt Regency Morristown at 6 pm.  At 3 Speedwell Ave.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, at 8 pm. Tickets start at $29 for this preview performance. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave. Call 973-408-5600.

wonderful life radio play flyer

The Sal Valentinetti Christmas Concert comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $29-$69. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Sal Valentinetti
Sal Valentinetti

FRIDAY, DEC. 1:

Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes returns to the Morristown & Township Library at 9:30 am. Free. Bring a yoga mat. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green starts its first weekend of the 2017 season with Santa taking requests, from 2 pm to 8 pm. Photos with Santa are $10.

Video: Santa is Back!

New Jersey AIDS Services will mark World AIDS Day with a 5:30 pm panel discussion at Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer (36 South St.), followed at 6:45 pm by a remembrance ceremony and procession to the historic Morristown Green.

photos and candles for aids victims
Candles and photos memorialize 42 clients of New Jersey AIDS Services/ Eric Johnson House who have died from AIDS since 1994. Photo in 2011 by Kevin Coughlin

holiday bellThe Morristown & Township Library presents the Notables Singers — a dynamic combination of 20 women of all ages, occupations, and backgrounds — at 7 pm to perform Broadway, Jazz, Pop & Holiday favorites. Free. One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Minstrel in Morris Township presents Chorus Song Night at 7:30 pm.  Sing along with the legendary Bill Staines, and Folk Project member performers Christine DeLeon, Scotty Rovner and Mike Agranoff. Tickets: $10; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Morristown’s Bishop of Jazz, Rio Clemente, appears with jazz violinst Vitali Imereli at the Randolph Performing Arts Center for a 7:30 pm show. Wine and cheese at 7 pm. Admission: $35. At the Music Den, 1030 Route 10 West.

rio show flyer

Christmas with Jennifer Nettles comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Jennifer Nettles
Jennifer Nettles

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, at 8 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, DEC. 2:

A vigil to remember the children killed at the Sandy Hook School five years ago is scheduled for 10 am at Morristown’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. It’s organized by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. At 36 South St.

gun violence vigil

The Morris County Tourism Bureau presents the annual Holly Walk: One $30 pass gets you into six Greater Morristown historic sites dressed in holiday style. (The sites; you can dress up too.) From 11 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Participating venues:

  • The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall in Morristown
  • The Ford Mansion at the Morristown National Historical Park in Morristown
  • Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown
  • The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison
  • The Schuyler-Hamilton House in Morristown
  • The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany-Troy Hills
  • See antique toys at Macculloch Hall, one of six historical sites in the 2017 Holly Walk. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Tourism Bureau
    See antique toys at Macculloch Hall, one of six historical sites in the 2017 Holly Walk. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Tourism Bureau

Today’s lineup for the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green:

  • Noon to 7 p.m. – Santa visits and photos*
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Gingerbread house making
  • 2 to 5 p.m. – Ice sculpting demonstration
  • 2 to 6 p.m. – Miniature train rides
  • 5 to 7 p.m. – Holiday Performances with the Original Music School

Experience a Civil War Christmas, from noon to 5 pm, and again on Sunday (noon to 4 pm) at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. Admission: $5-$7, children 3 and under, free. At 333 Speedwell Ave. Call 973.285.6550 for more.

at 'A Civil War Christmas' 2016 at Historic Speedwell. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dancing the 9 Pin and the Cooked Stovepipe
at ‘A Civil War Christmas’ 2016 at Historic Speedwell. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, at  2 pm and 8 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas rolls into Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Mannheim Steamroller


SUNDAY, DEC. 3:

The weekly indoors Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market is back, from 10 am to 2 pm at Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills St., Morristown. It’s here each Sunday through April 15, 2018.

winter farmers market 2017-18 flyer

The annual Holly Walk concludes from 11 am to 4 pm: Visit Six Greater Morristown holiday-decorated historic sites with one $30 pass. Please see Saturday entry for details.

Experience a Civil War Christmas, from noon to 4 pm at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown Partnership’s Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green continues:

  • Noon to 7 p.m. – Santa visits and photos*
  • 1 to 4 p.m. – Pinot’s palette popsicle stick ornament making
  • 2 to 6 p.m. – Miniature train rides
  • 5 to 7 p.m. – Holiday Performances with the Original Music School

Opera at Florham presents its Holiday Program, Mingle and Jingle, at 2 pm.  Opera singers Theron Cromer, tenor; Daniela Di Pasquale, soprano; and Mary Pinto, vocal coach, will be joined by the Chorus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Tickets: $5-$30. At Lenfell Hall, The Mansion,  Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison. Call (973)-443-8620.

A Broadway Holiday comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Broadway performers sing holiday favorites with young local talent. Tickets: $20-$35. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

broadway favorites

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.

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