Greater Morristown Weekend Preview: Thanksgiving, and Santa (almost!)

Santa hitches a ride with the Morristown Fire Department, Nov. 26, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa hitches a ride with the Morristown Fire Department, Nov. 26, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

I am thankful for your readership and support. May you enjoy family and friends, and a table full of food and free of politics, on this great American holiday.

Greater Morristown has some treats for you over this holiday weekend.

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


THURSDAY, NOV. 28, 2019: THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Chef Melody and MorristownGreen.com. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the late, great Chef Melody, 2011.  Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Interfaith Food Pantry and the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County present the 13th Annual Morris Township Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot at 8:30 am at Ginty Field. Registration starts at 7 am, rain or shine. Call 973-538-8049 for more.

Runners along the course of the annual Morris Township Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. The race benefits the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.
Runners along the course of the annual Morris Township Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. The race benefits the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.

FRIDAY, NOV. 29:

Madison’s annual Holiday Arts Festival, featuring 39 events at 10 venues, runs from 11 am to 5 pm, followed by a  Christmas Parade at 5:30 pm, proceeding from the Madison Ambulance Corps building down Prospect Street onto Main Street, ending at Condurso Way with the Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 pm.  Presented by the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, the festival continues on Saturday from noon to 5 pm.

Santa arrives at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Santa arrives at the 2018 Madison Holiday Arts Festival. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series in Morris Township presents a special concert by Livingston Taylor, with opener Juliana Parker Edelston, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Livingston Taylor

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Manhattan Comedy Night at 8 pm. Mature themes, language. Adults only. Tickets: $25-$30. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Manhattan Comedy Night


SATURDAY, NOV. 30:

Madison’s Holiday Arts Festival continues, from noon to 5 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents A Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis, at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


SUNDAY, DEC. 1:

Grow It Green Morristown kicks off the Seventh Annual Winter Farmers Market, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Alexander Hamilton School in Morristown. More than a dozen regional vendors will sell everything from pasture-fed meat to winter produce. Every Sunday (except Dec. 29) through March 29, 2020.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Holiday for Toys, a musical for all ages, at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Tickets: $12-$15. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

‘Holiday for Toys’

Actors will portray John Hancock and his wife at 2 pm at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the local Jewish community’s donation of an 18th century chest that once belonged to Hancock. The gift was a thank you to the nation for its support during World War II. The piece will be displayed in the Ford Mansion. Light refreshments. Free, but registration is required with the Jewish Federation Greater MetroWest NJ, 973-929-2994. At 30 Washington Place.

Summer intern Rose Spady with Hancock dresser donated to the National Park Service in Morristown by the local Jewish community.

 

UPDATE!  SANTA HAS BEEN SNOWED OUT!!  LOOK FOR HIM ON THE GREEN ON FRIDAY, DEC. 6! Santa descends from the roof of Century 21 shortly after 5 pm, and he’s staying through Dec. 22 at the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green. The holiday lights go on this evening, along with festive music and a chance to deliver your wishes to the jolly old elf himself. Presented by the Morristown Partnership, the Festival will feature activities for all ages over the next few weekends. Read our preview.

Kids await Santa's arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kids await Santa’s arrival on the Morristown Green, Nov. 25, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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