Greater Morristown weekend preview: Holly Day, Beatles and Beach Boys, and a ‘Jewish Christmas,’ too

'Sound Pictures' George Martin book
Ken Womack will discuss his bio of legendary Beatles producer George Martin at the Morristown & Township Library.
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There are many ways to keep yourself amused this weekend in Greater Morristown.

Enjoy a Holly Day. Have a ball with some Civil War officers. Enjoy a little Fab talk at the library. Grab Santa’s ear. Get Spammed, A Lot.

And that’s just for starters.

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

And a very Happy Chanukah to all our friends who celebrate the holiday, which begins on Sunday!


THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2018:

'Rope' posterThe Morristown & Township Library presents a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller, Rope, at 6:45 pm. Doors open at 6:15; light refreshments. At One Miller Road, Morristown. (This is rescheduled from a weather cancellation.)

Harvard psychologist and author Robert Brooks will give a free talk, Raising Resilient Children and Teens, at 7 pm at Morristown High School. Presented by the Morris Educational Foundation and Morris School District Superintendent Mackey Pendergrast. At 50 Early St.

Resilient poster


FRIDAY, NOV. 30:

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 Ninth Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show kicks off from 10 am to 7:30 pm at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, and continues through Dec. 9, 2018. Admission: $2, gains entry to Gingerbread Wonderland and the Holiday Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. Children under age 2 are free. At 353 East Hanover Ave., 973-326-7601.

The Minstrel in Morris Township present  Reeds, Rhythm, And All That Brass,  with openers Frank & Hank, at 7:30 pm. Admission: $10; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass.
Reeds, Rhythm and All That Brass.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1:

The annual Holly Walk  has been re-christened Holly Day, and it offers a chance to see six Greater Morristown historic sites in their holiday finest, for one $30 ticket. It runs from 10 am to 4 pm at Acorn Hall, the Ford Mansion, Macculloch Hall, the Schuyler-Hamilton House, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and the Stickley Museum. Tickets may be purchased from the Morris County Tourism Bureau at 6 Court St., Morristown; online; or at Macculloch Hall, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, starting at 9:30 am. Call 973-631-5151 for more.

Upside-down Christmas tree at Acorn Hall.
Upside-down Christmas tree at Acorn Hall.

The Ninth Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show continues from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. See Friday entry for details.

The Civil War was not fought in New Jersey. But if it were, a wartime Christmas might look like what you will see this weekend at Historic Speedwell. Re-enactors will re-create camp life, complete with an Officers Ball. From noon to 5 pm Saturday, and noon to 4 pm Sunday. Admission: $5 to $7, free ages 3 and under. At 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown. Call 973-285-6550 for more.

Hunter from Rutherford dances up a storm, at 'A Civil War Christmas' 2016 at Historic Speedwell. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hunter from Rutherford dances up a storm, at ‘A Civil War Christmas’ 2016 at Historic Speedwell. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green kicks into gear from noon to 7 pm with Santa visits, ornament-making, ice sculpting, music by the Original Music School and free train rides.

The Beach Boys Reason for the Season Christmas Tour, featuring Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $64-$104. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


SUNDAY, DEC. 2: CHANUKAH BEGINS

To all our friends who celebrate the holiday, we wish you a very Happy and Healthy Chanukah!  (Stop by the Morristown Green on Monday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 pm for the lighting of a 14-foot Menorah.)

The Morris County Winter Farmers Market is back for its sixth season, every Sunday morning from 10 am to 1 pm through March 31, 2019, at Morristown’s Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills St. Presented by the Foodshed Alliance and Grow It Green Morristown.

winter farmers market 2018-19 flyer

The Ninth Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show continues from 10 am to 4:30 pm at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. See Friday entry for details.

A Civil War Christmas concludes at Morristown’s Historic Speedwell from noon to 4 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green continues from noon to 7 pm with Santa visits, holiday card-making, ice sculpting, music by the Original Music School and free train rides.

Fans of the Fab Four take note: Ken Womack will discuss his new book, Sound Pictures: Producing the Beatles with Sir George Martin, at 2 pm in the Morristown & Township Library.  Free. At One Miller Road.

Opera at Florham adds the drama of opera to the music of the holidays at 2 pm, at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. Admission: $10-$30. At 285 Madison Ave. Read our preview.

Celebrate the start of Chanukah with a festive film, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, about the Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack of Christmas. At 3 pm at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. Holiday treats will be served afterward, along with seasonal hits on musical machines from the Guinness Collection. Admission: $10-$15. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, (973) 971-3700.

Video preview: ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’:

The Washington Association of New Jersey  hosts a Martha (and George) Washington Tea, at 3 pm in the Washington’s Headquarters Museum. Bruce Chadwick of New Jersey City University will give a talk: George & Martha: America’s first Power Couple. Admission: $30-$35. RSVP to 973-292-1874. At 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

Monty Python’s Spamalot comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

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