This December marks the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland. More than 15,000 visitors attend annually, and marvel at the creativity, skill, and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming exhibit. A plethora of over 200 brilliant edible creations are on display, which have included scenes from Harry Potter, Santa’s Workshop, a grand piano, and even the White House. Enter the contest!
Held on weekends in conjunction with the Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit is the Holiday Craft Show. Look no further for those special, homemade, holiday gifts, the Craft Show offers a variety of unique products made by local crafters. Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation by calling 973.326.7601.
Gingerbread Wonderland: Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 15
Craft Show: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8 and December 14 & 15
Time: Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Last admittance is 30 minutes prior to closing.
Craft Show: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: A suggested $2/person donation, seniors and students $1/person
Join the horses, ponies, miniature horses, goats, donkey, and zebra for a joyful Holiday Party at Seaton Hackney Stables. Enjoy a tractor-pulled hay ride, and horse and pony rides. Have extra holiday decorations? Bring them to the stables and decorate the stall of your favorite horse. Participate in the gift exchange, 50/50, and try your luck at wining a delightful door prize. Click here for registration and more information!
Date: Saturday, December 21
Time: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Seaton Hackney Stables, 440 South Street, Morris Township
Cost: FREE! Bring food and drink to share.
Contact: 973-644-3355 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm partners with the Foodshed Alliance Famers’ Access Network, Sustainable Morristown, and local farmers to bring a monthly winter farmers’ market to Morris County. The Market offers a variety of fresh, locally-produced goods, including meats, cheeses, artisan breads, prepared foods, honey, preserves, and winter produce.
Date: Second Sunday of every month January - May
January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: The Visitors Center at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960
Cost: FREE entrance
Contact: For more information on the participating farms and products please visit, www.njlocalfood.com.
Maple syrup is winter’s sugary treasure, and it’s not just found in Vermont. The sap is flowing and the sugaring season is underway at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. Come experience all the sweet sights and smells at one of the Maple Sugaring Demos. Discover the process from start to finish by identifying and tapping maple trees, collecting sap, and seeing syrup made over a wood-fired evaporator. Think you can identify the differences between maple syrups? Take a taste test of three distinct maple syrups, a store bought syrup made from corn syrup, a farm produced syrup made from sugar maple trees, and the syrup made from the red maple trees at the Great Swamp OEC. Let us know which one you enjoy the most!
Date: Saturdays: January 11, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Sundays: January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 16, 23
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township
Cost: $3 per person
Looking for something fresh and exciting to do this Friday Night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena and skate the night away! DJ Earl will be playing the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs under the psychedelic lights. Want to hear something special? Requests are always welcome. Gather your friends and meet on the ice every Friday night for skating, arcade games, and yummy treats from the snack bar.
Date: Every Friday starting October 11
Time: 8 p.m. - 10 pm.
Location: Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $7 admission, $3.50 skate rental
Quit hibernating and embrace one of New Jersey’s most special seasons. Discover where to snowshoe, ice skate, sled, and more in Morris County Parks.
Teachers: Take advantage of our many excellent field trips that are close at hand and offer a wealth of educational experiences at affordable prices. Our lesson topics and objectives are closely correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Standards as well as the most commonly taught science and social studies topics in local schools. Our programs include hands-on activities, pre- and post- trip lessons, and take home follow-up activities. Professional development courses are also available.
The Morris County Park Commission is conducting a controlled deer hunt. Please refer to the hunt schedule for park and trail closures. Hunting is by Park Commission-issued special permit only.Contact 973-326-7600 with any questions.
Sign up for Mennen Arena's Learn to Skate classes. Programs available for three year olds to adults!
Natural ‘tree cookies,’ more special than any store bought cookies, are round slices of tree trunks, not edible, of course. They are now available for purchase at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Learn more and order your tree cookie!