Greater Morristown weekend preview: What the Dickens? Santa, Grinches, Holly and Jane!

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This may be the most jam-packed Greater Morristown Weekend Preview in our 12-year history.

You would need the super-powers of…Santa himself to attend everything on this list.

Good luck, and Godspeed!

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


THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2019:

Music at Noon kicks off its 40th season at the Morristown United Methodist Church with a 12:15 pm concert by the Bishop of Jazz, pianist Rio Clemente. Admission: Free. Coffee and tea served at 11:30 am. At 50 S. Park Place.  Read all about it here.

Rio Clemente
Rio Clemente, the Bishop of Jazz, launches the 40th season of Music at Noon on Dec. 5, 2019.

The Morristown & Township Library continues its Film Noir series with free screenings of The Killing (Sterling Hayden, 1956), at 2 pm and 6:45 pm. Light refreshments. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

IMPORTANT UPDATE! The show must–and will–go on! The Shakespeare Theatre promises a great show, as it works to overcome a dastardly cyber attack. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, directed by Brian Crowe, in previews at 8 pm. Runs through Dec. 29, 2019. Tickets start at $39; $30 for patrons age 30 and under. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., 973-408-5600.

Humorist David Sedaris comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $39-$69. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

David Sedaris

FRIDAY, DEC. 6:

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 28th annual Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show begins its run, from 10 am to 7:30 pm, at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. The show continues through Dec. 15, 2019. Admission: $2; children under age 2, free. Craft show on weekends only. At  353 East Hanover Ave., 973-326-7601.

The 2018 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Morris County Tourism Bureau presents a three-day Holly Walk–tour seven historic sites in Greater Morristown with one ticket. Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at event. Venue hours vary, from 4 pm to 8 pm today. Tickets available at the Tourism Bureau, 6 Court St., Morristown; call 973-631-5151. Read all about it here.

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green kicks off from 3 pm to 8 pm. Santa will be taking requests, miniature trains will circle the Green, and an activities tent will open its flaps. Presented by the Morristown Partnership. Free, except for $10 photos with Santa. The Festival runs through Dec. 22, 2019.  Read all about it here.

Santa will be taking requests on the Morristown Green each weekend through Dec. 22, 2019.

This weekend’s 8th annual Community Nativity Exhibit starts at 6 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 283 James St. in Morris Township. More than 300 creches. Free.  At 283 James St. From 6 pm-9 pm Friday, and noon to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township hosts its Gifts of Conscience Fairfeaturing holiday gifts that benefit charitable groups and organizations from around the world, as well as free trade items, from 6:30 pm until 9 pm, and again on Saturday (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). At 21 Normandy Heights Road.

The Morristown & Township Library presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, performed by The Classic Radio Road Show, at 7 pm. Free. For all ages; refreshments. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

It’s Chorus Song Night at The Troubadour in Morris Township at 7:30 pm. Sing along with favorite performers from the Folk Project.  Admission: $10; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Chorus Night at The Troubadour.

The County College of Morris in Randolph presents its Winter Music Concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring the CCM Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble. Free. At the Dragonetti Auditorium in the Student Community Center.  At 214 Center Grove Road.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in previews, at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

The Irish Tenors Holiday Concert comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm.  Tickets: $49-$89.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

The Irish Tenors

SATURDAY, DEC. 7:

 

The Tenth Annual Christmas Craft Market  will be held at Assumption Church in Morristown, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: Free.  A portion of proceeds benefits two local charities operating in Africa: Africa Surgery Inc. and The Village Angels of Tanzania Inc. At 91 Maple Ave.

The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township continues its Gifts of Conscience Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Friday entry for details.

The 28th annual Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show continues in Morris Township, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Morris Tourism Bureau’s Holly Walk continues, at seven Greater Morristown historic sites, from 10 am to 4 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green continues from noon to 7 pm, featuring audiences with Santa, mini-train rides, arts and crafts activities, and a 4 pm performance by singers from the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Free. See Friday entry for more.

Experience a Currier & Ives Christmas at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, from noon to 5 pm. At 333 Speedwell Ave., 973-285-6550.

The Morris County Park Commission presents Park Palooza, featuring 20 food trucks, two bands, a biergarten, family-themed games and activities, and photos with Santa, from noon to 5 pm at Central Park of Morris County in Morris Plains. Admission: $2 to $10. Proceeds benefit the park commission. At Gov. Chris Christie Drive, (973) 326-7616.

The Morristown National Historical Park and the Washington Association of New Jersey present a free concert at 1 pm featuring the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey (BONJ), led by maestro Robert Butts, and pianist Peter Toth. Selections from Handel’s Messiah, and works by Gabrieli, Bach, Fasch and Corelli. At the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown.

Pianist Peter Toth is performing a series of free concerts in Morristown to celebrate the National Park Service centennia
Pianist Peter Toth

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, in previews at 2 pm (tickets start at $39) and opening night at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $59). See Thursday entry for more.

Enjoy a free screening of The Grinch at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 4 pm. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.  Read all about it here.

‘The Grinch’ (2018)

The Morristown Cultural District presents a Theatre of Light at the Mayo Performing Arts Center and the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen at 5:30 pm. Storytelling, musical performances, festive lights, and holiday refreshments. Free. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.  Read all about it here.

The Harmonium Choral Society presents a concert, Words Matter,  8 pm at the Morristown United Methodist Church; encore performance at 3 pm Sunday. Tickets: $20-$30.  At 50 South Park Place in Morristown. More information is here, or at information, or call 973-538-6969.

Harmonium

SUNDAY, DEC. 8:

The Tenth Annual Christmas Craft Market continues at Morristown’s Assumption Church from 8 am to 2 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township concludes its Gifts of Conscience Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. See Friday entry for details.

Grow It Green Morristown hosts 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 28th annual Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show continues in Morris Township, from 10 am to 4:30 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Morris Tourism Bureau’s Holly Walk concludes today, at seven Greater Morristown historic sites, between noon and 5 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green continues from noon to 7 pm, featuring audiences with Santa, mini-train rides, arts and crafts activities, and a 4 pm performance by students from the Original Music School. See Friday entry for more.

A Currier & Ives Christmas concludes at Historic Speedwell in Morristown from noon to 5 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown & Township Library presents a  free talk by Ken Womack, author of  Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of The Beatles, at 2 pm. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $59. See Thursday entry for more.

The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township presents a 2 pm rebroadcast of the National Theatre’s production of Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo. Admission: $20-$25. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, 973-971-3706.

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra presents Three Holiday Tenors, at 3 pm in the Concert Hall at Drew University in Madison. Tickets: $15-$76. At 36 Madison Ave., 908-232-9400.

The Washington Association of New Jersey hosts its annual George and Martha Washington Tea, from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown. Admission: $30-$35. For details, email here or call 973-292-1874.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey will premiere Maestro Robert Butts’ Impresiones Inspiradas. inspired by the paintings of Luis Martinez Piar, at 3 pm at the Madison Community Arts Center.  Admission: $20. At 50 Kings Road, 973-366-8922.

The Baroque Orchestra of NJ premieres ‘Impresiones,’ in Madison.

The Hanover Wind Symphony presents A Christmas Presence at 3 pm, a concert of holiday music, at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Whippany. Admission: $10-$15. At 90 Whippany Road, 973-887-0050.

The Harmonium Choral Society presents a concert, Words Matter,  at 3 pm at the Morristown United Methodist Church. See Saturday entry for details.

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled because of a family emergency. It will be rescheduled. Best-selling author Julie Orringer will discuss her new historical novel, The Flight Portfolio, at 4 pm at Morristown’s Temple B’nai Or. Books for sale; refreshments. Admission: $15. RSVP here. At 60 Overlook Drive, 973-539-4539.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown hosts Advent Lessons & Carols, featuring the church choir, at 6 pm. At 121 South St., 973-538-0555.

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents An Evening With Jane Fonda: A Celebration of a Storied Career, at 7 pm. Tickets: $49-$250. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Jane Fonda

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