Greater Morristown Weekend Preview: Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Chanukah!

Turkey at Fosterfields, Nov. 17, 2019. Photo by Jeff Sovelove


To all our friends in Greater Morristown and beyond, we wish you a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving. And to all who celebrate the season, Happy Chanukah!

Safe travels.  If you are staying local, the weekend entertainment calendar is lighter than usual– the calm before the holiday mania. But some gems are sprinkled below, including… Santa’s return to the Green!

Let the manic merriment begin!

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


On this Thanksgiving Day, I am counting my blessings.

I am grateful for family and friends who have made it through another year, and grateful for happy times spent with those no longer with us.

I am grateful for vaccines that make us safer this Thanksgiving, enabling more of us to share this day.

I am grateful for good people who strive to help others, reduce want and suffering, and make our world better.

I am grateful for advertisers, contributors and dedicated volunteers who believe local journalism is vital. Without them, would not be possible.

And I am grateful for you, our readers. You care about this special community that we share. Every day, you remind me that together, we are greater than our differences. It’s the Great in Greater Morristown.

Thank you.



The 15th annual edition of the Read Feed Run Turkey Trot in Morris Township starts with registration at 7 am. The 5K kicks off at 8:30 am. There also is a one mile fun run/walk, and a Kids’ trot (12 and under). Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Food Pantry and Literacy Volunteers of Morris County. Gather at Ginty Field, 50 Woodland Ave. See website for details.




Madison’s Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting is live once more, starting at 5:30 pm. There also is a livestream for those who prefer to watch from home.

The Folk Project’s weekly Troubadour series presents Toby Walker, with opener Tom Picard, at 7:30 pm in the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship in Morris Township. Admission: $10 at the door, $10.50 online; livestream, $2.99. Proof of vaccination required for live show; no children under 12 (until they are eligible for vaccination). At 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Toby Walker


Need to shake off your holiday tryptophan? The Mayo Performing Arts Center provides a comic antidote with Manhattan Comedy Night, at 8 pm. Featuring Calise Hawkins, Mike Vecchione, Keith Albestadt, Harrison Greenbaum and Gary Vider. Mature content; adults only. Masks, proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required. Tickets: $25-30.  At 100 South St., Morristown, 973-539-8008.


Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage, at 2 pm and 5 pm. Tickets: $29-$69. Masks, proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for ages 12 and up. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.

Santa Claus returns to the Morristown Green at 5 pm. Help him light up the historic square, and then pay him a visit at his Santa House. If you need more time to finish your wish list, don’t worry — the Jolly Old Elf will be back each weekend through Dec. 19, along with arts and crafts, musical performances and miniature train rides. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

Video: Are you ready for Santa?

Sundown also marks the start of Chanukah, which runs through Dec. 6.




A 70-vehicle Car Menorah Parade will come through Morristown en route to Livingston, starting at 4:45 pm. Presented by the Rabbincal College of America in Morris Township.


The Morristown Jewish Center and Temple B’nai Or will welcome the public to Morristown Green for Chanukah festivities from 5 pm to 6 pm.


Chabad of Morristown and the Rabbincal College of America present music, donuts, “3D dreidel glasses,” and entertainment by the Hoopwizard after lighting the giant menorah on the Morristown Green. For more information, call 973-307-0195 or email here.

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