HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE BENEFIT FUNDRAISER. Explore the Turner Mansion & Manager's Dwelling, festively decorated and filled with vendors, farmers, a bake sale, and a gift shop. Proceeds for ongoing restoration efforts at this historic farm. 10am - 4pm (3pm on Sunday). $5, under 17 Free. Lusscroft Farm, 50 Neilson Road.
HOLLY WALK 2016. Holly Walk is a long-standing Morris County tradition that offers visitors and residents the opportunity to visit local historic sites decorated for the holidays, with one admission ticket. Participating sites will include The Ford Mansion at Morristown National Historical Park, (Sat & Sun) The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall (Sat & Sun), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens (Sat & Sun) the Schuyler-Hamilton House (Sat only) and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (Sat only). Each site will offer something special for visitors. In addition to the sites being open, their gift shops will be brimming with unique merchandise, so bring your holiday gift lists, and support local historic sites and preservation efforts 12 - 5pm. $30 online, $35 at event. 6 Court Street.
JINGLE ON MAIN. Featuring over thirty crafters, vendors, businesses and organizations. Free activities for children, a visit from Santa, the official tree-lighting ceremony and carols. 12 - 5pm. Main Street.
WINTER ECOLOGY HIKE. Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. 1 - 3pm. 538 Emery Road.
PROJECT GRAND SLAM. Jazz-Fusion band. 2240 Lakeside Drive West.
HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $37. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
CRAFTS IN THE WARREN TECH. Quality crafters will line the halls and corridors, and fill the cafeteria and gymnasium of the school, offering a wide assortment of products—from the everyday to the more unique and unexpected. This is a juried craft fair, and all crafters and artisans are carefully reviewed and selected for the affordable and distinct products they sell. Shoppers will find familiar pieces such as handmade soy candles, body fragrances and natural soaps, holiday décor, unusual ornaments, jewelry, handmade sweaters, purses, handbags and other wearables. More unique offerings include framed art and photographs, vintage posters, handmade dolls and outfits, lighting fixtures, pet supplies, metal sculptures and wood carvings, homemade sauces and salad dressings, culinary treats and stylish kitchen accessories. All proceeds benefit Warren Tech students and will fund scholarships, academic, sports and cultural programs. 9am - 4pm. $1 donation is suggested. 1500 Route 57.
COLONIAL CHRISTMAS. Tours of the circa 1772 Dutch Colonial home, which is decorated for the holidays by celebrated New Jersey floral designers; holiday decorating workshops for the whole family; holiday shopping with boutique vendors and artisans. $10. Vanderveer House, 955 US Highway 202/206.
HOLIDAY GIFT BOUTIQUE. Art by local artists, unique gifts, fine crafts, jewelry and more. Light refreshments will be available for purchase 1 - 7pm. 123 Main Street.
HOPE CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET. Juried craft show & sale. 10 - 5. $4. Hope School.
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS. The buildings will be decorated with old time decorations and volunteers and park staff in period clothing will demonstrate how the season was celebrated in years past. The kids can make a decoration or play with some of the wonderful old time toys and games that will be in the parlor. An old fashion Christmas service and carol singing will be held in the Millbrook Church at 5 PM Sunday evening followed by a fellowship get together in the VanCampen Farmhouse. Old Mine Road & Cty Route 602.
LAKE MOHAWK GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET. Shop a fabulous selection of quality merchants or stroll the boardwalk enjoying mulled Gluhwein, German beer & brats. Proceeds benefit local charities. Free. White Deer Plaza, 21 Boardwalk.
SHADOWS OF THE 60S . A Holiday Tribute to Motown 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
WINTER IN THE WOODS OPEN HOUSE. Crafts, decorating trees for winter birds, free photos, storytelling, snacks and nature walks. 12 - 3pm. Free, donations appreciated. 150 Snake Den Rd.
FATHER CHRISTMAS AT THE FARMSTEAD. Visit Father Christmas in the summer kitchen at the Historic Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead. For Children of all ages! Free event. Plenty of parking. 5 - 7pm. Van Nest-Hoff-Vannatta Farmstead, 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).
THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. Moscow Ballet’s spectacular scenic design, gorgeous costumes and the exquisite artistry of 40 top Russian dances have made The Great Russian Nutcracker an American holiday tradition not to be missed. 4 & 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
HOLIDAYS IN THE LOG HOUSE: THE CANDLELIGHT TOUR. On two nights only, explore early 20th century holiday traditions and Gustav Stickley's own ideas about the season with after-hours guided Candlelight Tours of the decorated Log House. 5:30pm - 6:30pm. $5 Members; $12 Non-Members. Morris Tap and Grill, 500 Route 10 West.
NEW JERSEY BALLET’S NUTCRACKER. 100 South Street.
EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS TREE. Create a long-lasting festive tree for your holiday table using fresh boxwood, holly and assorted winter greens. You will then decorate with pine cones, stars, ribbon and other novelties. Reservations required. $42. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.
CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Music, refreshments and tree lighting at Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site. 1 - 3pm. Route 46 and Ramseyburg Road.
HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR. Tour our five festively adorned homes that will surely delight all of your senses. Ice sculpting competition, wassail tasting, gift shopping and much more! All proceeds benefit children in need. 2 - 9pm.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Nebraska Theatre Caravan 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
THIS WONDERFUL LIFE. One-man play, based on the iconic 1946 film. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
CANDLELIGHT NIGHT. Luminaries line the streets, horse-drawn carriages, and late-night shopping. 5 - 9pm. Main Street.
DAVID LEONHARDT JAZZ TRIO. A swinging take on seasonal favorites. 12 & 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
CHRISTMAS STORY TIME. Children young and old are invited to be our guests for a delightful night of stories, activities, and even some warm cocoa and cookies. 6 - 7:30pm. 2112 Rt 57 West.
FIRST NIGHT MORRIS. New Jersey’s biggest and brightest alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts features over eighty performances - representing dance, drama, music and visual arts at venues in and around Morristown. Enjoy live performances, exhibits, activities and demonstrations ranging from popular to classical, homegrown to international. Plus there will be two rounds of fireworks, one at 9:15pm and the other at midnight! 4:45pm - midnight. $20 before December 27.
November 25-December 11 • MARY POPPINS. Unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers, a live orchestra, and astonishing stagecraft.
December 3-December 18 • HOLIDAY PLANETARIUM SHOWS. The Alien Who Stole Christmas, Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 3 p.m.
Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system after he is kidnapped by a friendly alien. Children on the other planets also want presents. (Recommended for ages 6-10)
Winter Wonder Lights, Saturdays and Sundays, December 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18, 4 p.m.; Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 8 p.m. Enjoy a laser concert while listening to such holiday tunes as “Wizards in Winter,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Dominic the Donkey.” (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)
Astronomy Tonight, Saturday, December 3, 7 p.m. Using the Planetarium’s DigitalSky digital theater, experience a guided tour of the night sky. Learn about some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. Hear about how and where in the sky to find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
Black Holes, Saturdays, December 10 & 17, 7 p.m. Learn about one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe: a black hole. Explore the science and mystery of black holes, pondering such questions as: Where do they come from? Where do they go? How do we find them? Is there one on Earth's horizon? (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)
The Alien Who Stole Christmas (Sensory-friendly version), Saturday, December 3, 5 p.m. During this presentation for special needs families, follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when he’s kidnapped by a friendly alien. The kids on the other planets also want presents. Afterwards, audience members will listen to holiday hits while lasers “dance” across the dome during an abbreviated presentation of the Winter Wonder Lights show.
Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.$7/ $13 for 2 shows.
November 30-January 1 • A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES. Based on Dylan Thomas’ classic story.
November 12-December 18 • TWELVE DAYS OF GIVEAWAYS. Every weekend from November 12th to December 18th, special "holiday helpers" will be strolling throughout Chester randomly giving away HCBA member-affiliated gift certificates and other prizes to unsuspecting shoppers. No purchase necessary
GIFT WRAP FOR A CAUSE. Get your gifts wrapped at The Streets of Chester Shopping Center and support a Great Cause.
Saturday, November 26th - Donations to benefit Family Promise of Morris County
Sunday, November 27th - Donations to benefit the Eric Koby Grace Memorial Fund
Saturday, December 3rd - Donations to benefit Friends & Neighbors of Allamuchy
Sunday, December 4th - Donations to benefit Cancer Hope Network 11am - 7pm.
December 2-December 11 • GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND. Over 200 edible structures with crafters offering beautiful hand-made and affordable gifts. 9:30am - 5pm. $2 per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland..
Weekends, December 3 - 18 • VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS AT RINGWOOD MANOR. Visitors are invited to relive Victorian times and tour this historic home decorated for the holidays. $8.
Weekends • A series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.
December 1-December 31 • FEATURED ART OF THE MONTH. Holiday Show by all artists.
Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, tours of the furnished house will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Adults (Age 16 and up): $7, Children: Free