Greater Morristown (semi-virtual) Weekend Preview: Happy Chanukah!

The Menorah on the Green, Dec. 9, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

To all our friends who celebrate the holiday, a very Happy Chanukah!

Things are not as bustling as in pre-pandemic times, but you still can find some real- and virtual holiday events to enjoy this weekend in Greater Morristown.

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


At 5 pm, a Menorah will be lit at Morristown town hall to mark the start of Chanukah. Masks and social distancing will be observed; gathering limited to 25 people.

Join the Morristown and Morris Township Library for two virtual book club discussions. The first, at 10 am, centers on Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing. The second, starting at 7 pm, explores Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Both events are free, over GoToMeeting.

Local jazz favorite Grover Kemble performs weekly on the patio of Rockaway’s Caffe Navona, 147 Route 46, from 6 – 9:30 pm.


Firefighters at Morris Township’s Hillside Hose Co. are selling Christmas trees, garland and wreaths, from 4 pm to 8 pm, and again on Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm,  at 132 Western Ave.

The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway  presents Tekla Waterfield and Jeff Fielder at 7 pm on its virtual stage. This wife-husband duo explores Americana Roots music, drawing on folk, country, and soul influences. Free, with all donations going directly to the artists.

Tekla Waterfield


The Hillside Hose Co. in Morris Township continues its Christmas tree sale, 10 am to 8 pm. See Friday entry for details.

Santa is back, and you can visit him at the North Pole at North Park Place, courtesy of the Morristown Partnership. You will be able to safely communicate with Jolly Old Elf through a window at 17 North Park Place from noon to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 20, 2020. Reservations are highly recommended. Check out our wild ride with Santa, and special message at the end of the video.

Santa is comfy-cozy–and safe–at the North Pole at North Park Place, Dec. 5, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown presents a virtual sing-along to Christmas carols, which will be streamed at 2 pm via Facebook from the church’s spectacular 49-bell carillon.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center serves Steve Perry’s favorite Journey tribute band, Frontiers, at 6 pm and 8:30 pm. In addition to such ’80s classics as Open Arms and Don’t Stop Believin,’  the group will play some holiday tunes. Tickets: $39-$59, limited capacity; $20 for livestream of the 8:30 pm show. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


Join singer Brynn Stanley for live music from her living room, every week at 8 pm


The Winter Farmers Market is back, every Sunday (except Dec. 27) through March 28, 2021, from 10 am to 1 pm, outdoors on the parking deck of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Sponsored by Grow It Green Morristown, an authorized SNAP retailer, the market features local farmers and artisans. All COVID safety protocols will be observed. At-risk customers may browse from 9:30 am to 10 am.

The Hillside Hose Co. in Morris Township continues its Christmas tree sale, 10 am to 5 pm. See Friday entry for details.

Santa will be busy today:  Look for him between noon and 4 pm in Wards 1 and 3, riding a Morristown Fire Bureau truck. Pinpoint his whereabouts by following the Morristown FMBA 43 on Facebook or Instagram. (If bad weather is forecast, Santa will saddle up on Saturday.)

Santa’s also scheduled visit Morris Township, courtesy of the Fairchild Firehouse.  See  Morris Township Firefighters for more details.

Mr. Claus truly is a magic man!  You can see him again, from noon to 4 pm at the North Pole at North Park Place. See Saturday entry for details

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center pumps up the holiday spirit at 3 pm with A Very Broadway Christmas, featuring Broadway performers Kelli Rabke and Jessica Hendy, Emmy-nominated vocalist Scott Coulter, and pianist John Fischer. Limited in-person seating. Tickets: $29-$59; $20 for livestream. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

The Folk Project presents Joe Guzzo’s Stayaway Sundays Show at 3 pm. Guzzo shares performances and interviews with Folk Project favorites.

Morristown’s Harmonium Choral Society presents Harmonium for the Holidays via Zoom at 7:30 pm.  Live performances, games, and a contest for the best-decorated holiday Zoom square! RSVP here  for the meeting link.

Anne Matlack, center, and her Harmonium Choral Society, at First Night Morris 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Anne Matlack, center, and her Harmonium Choral Society, at First Night Morris 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin



THURSDAY, DEC. 17: The Education Association of Morris (T.E.A.M.) and the NJEA present the Morristown High School Winter Showcase, an evening of Dinner and a Show. Tune in to Colonial Corner, the MHS YouTube channel, for music from the school’s vocal and instrumental programs, and student art. Order dinner beforehand from these  participating Morristown restaurants: Verilli’s, Chef Fredy’s Table and Pomodoro, and mention the MHS Winter Showcase.

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