Santa arrives in style for Morristown’s 2018 Christmas season

Santa greets his fans at the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa greets his fans at the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove and Kevin Coughlin

After receiving clearance from the FAA, Santa touched down on the roof of the Century 21 department store shortly after 5 pm on Sunday, with a helping hand from Morristown’s Bravest and huge cheers from children of all ages. 

RIDE 'EM, COWBOY! Peter Shalaby, 8, gets help climbing aboard a bucking bronco, on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
RIDE ‘EM, COWBOY! Peter Shalaby, 8, gets help climbing aboard a bucking bronco, on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown High School’s theater program had warmed up the crowd–estimated at 1,500 by Morristown police– with a rendition of Deck the Halls

Following a thunderous countdown to the lighting of the historic Green, Santa cruised the barricades for a round of high fives.

Then, escorted by Morristown’s Finest, he led a gleeful procession to his Santa House, where he began taking Christmas orders from a long line of eager kids.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

Morristown's Bravest help Santa down from the Century 21 roof, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa arrives at the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa greets his fans at the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa addresses the crowd on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Morristown Council President Toshiba Foster gets a warm welcome from Santa, as Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty wait their turn, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty greet kids awaiting Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Crowd awaits Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Reindeer graze, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dash, a 2-year-old lab/hound mix in his holiday best, for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Panorama of crowd for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Christmas tree welcomes Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Giant wreath at Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lights for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa lit the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lights at Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Decorated trees for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa settles into his house on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Santa addresses the crowd on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa addresses the crowd on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Green was dressed in its holiday finery for the occasion.  Kids romped on giant rocking horses–perennial favorites–under the watchful eye of toy soldiers. Hot chocolate and cookies from the Hyatt Regency Morristown helped fuel the good cheer.

Organized by the Morristown Partnership, the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green will continue each weekend until Christmas.

Scheduled activities include electric train rides, arts and crafts, ice sculptures and musical performances–including the popular Morristown Merry Tuba Christmas, back on Dec. 22 for its fifth year.

Luz Ramirez and her son, Sebastian Franco, 5, enjoy some horseplay after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Luz Ramirez and her son, Sebastian Franco, 5, enjoy some horseplay after Santa’s arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“We came here 20 years ago as kids,” said Morristown resident Bill O’Connor, with his wife Kerry.  This time, they brought their kids–Gracyn, 2, and Saoirse, age 9 months.

In her childhood, Kerry enjoyed a front-row seat for Santa’s arrival, in her father’s law office overlooking the Green. 

“We used to have parties,” she said, adding there also was a Christmas parade, and she participated with the Morristown High School marching band.

 

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin; click / hover over images for captions:

Kids await Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santa exchanges Season's Greetings with young fan on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Fans await Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON! Santa arrives on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Spectators of all ages awaited Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santa greets crowd on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
RIDE 'EM, COWBOY! Peter Shalaby, 8, gets help climbing aboard a bucking bronco, on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Director Jason Tramm leads Morris Choral Society for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Morris Choral Society sings at Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gracyn, 2, hitches ride on shoulders of her dad, Bill O'Connor of Morristown, while mom, Kerry, holds Saoirse, 9 months, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Christian Leon and Adrienne Dunn with their Morristown brood: Juliette, 7. Ella-Marie, 9, and Paul, 1, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sylefane Cacheus and her son, Matthew, 2, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Verdugo girls of Morristown,from left: Ruth, 9, Shalom, 3, and Daniella, 6, outside Santa's House on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Luz Ramirez and her son, Sebastian Franco, 5, enjoy some horseplay after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Posing with a toy soldier, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
HONORARY SECURITY DETAIL at the Christmas Festival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
ALL ROADS LEAD TO SANTA: Line for Santa House on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: Spectator hitches ride for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Lighting the way for Santa's stay on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown Fire Chief Robert Flanagan and friends await Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Colleen Carey of Morristown with children Teagan, 9; Ryann, 7; and Addison, 9, for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Morristown singer Eric Hayes awaits Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayor Tim Dougherty and First Lady Mary Dougherty await Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Karen Carvelli of the Morristown Partnership and Morristown Green sharpshooter Jeff Sovelove, at Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Santa prepares for a stream of Christmas lists, on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Adrienne Dunn and Christian Leon of Morristown brought their kids too on Sunday. Ella-Marie, 9; Juliette, 7; and Paul, 1, were happy to deposit their wish lists in Santa’s mailbox. How good have they been this year?

“I didn’t keep track,” answered Ella-Marie.

Mayor Tim Dougherty sounded confident.

Sylefane Cacheus and her son, Matthew, 2, after Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sylefane Cacheus and her son, Matthew, 2, after Santa’s arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“No coal for me this year!” he said.

The pretty lights and Santa-mania were nice enough. But Sylefane Cacheus of Irvington was drawn to the center of the Green, near the giant Christmas tree.

“I like the singing,” she said, as the Morris Choral Society sang carols. 

Her son Matthew, 2, appeared overwhelmed by it all. “He likes to color,” his mom said.

The Verdugo girls–Ruth, 9; Daniella, 6; and Shalom, 3–posed while their parents, Leo and Piedad, snapped photos in front of the Santa House. 

Ruth said she planned to ask Santa for the latest Pusheen the Cat books. Daniella reflected for a moment.

“I don’t know what I really want,” she said. “But I’m thinking about it.”

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Director Jason Tramm leads Morris Choral Society for Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Director Jason Tramm leads Morris Choral Society for Santa’s arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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