Special Events

Maintenance work is scheduled along the utility easements at Loantaka Brook Reservation beginning the week of November 18 and may result in localized trail closures. Click the Park & Trail Closures tab on the homepage.

Maintenance work is scheduled along the utility easements at Loantaka Brook Reservation beginning the week of November 18 and may result in localized trail closures. Click the Park & Trail Closures tab on the homepage.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden

Autumn is in the air, and festive scarecrows take over The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Explore the gardens, and discover dozens of comical, historic, and colorful scarecrows designed by individuals, families, businesses, organizations, scout groups, and school classes.

Interested in having your own scarecrow displayed? Email gmontgomery@morrisparks.net or call 973.326.7601 for more information and to register your scarecrow. All scarecrows should make their appearance at the Arboretum by the weekend of October 12.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 19—Sunday, December 1
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - Sunset.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Apple Cidering

Apple Cidering

The perfect fall family tradition! Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Best of all, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and sample the fresh cider. This event is rain or shine!

Saturdays & Sundays: October 27, November 9, 10, 23, 24, 30 & December 1.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 27—Sunday, December 1
  • Time:
    12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $4 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Garden Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

October 30: Pumpkin Patch.
Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Learn how pumpkins grow, create a pumpkin craft, and visit the gardens to see if pumpkins or winter squash are growing.

November 6: Growing Vegetable Soup.
Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Create a delicious soup to share, and try a new vegetable or two.

December 4: Gingerbread Village.
Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Create a simple gingerbread village, learning techniques to decorate a festive house that can be entered in the Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit.

All Garden Sprout programs, Wednesdays, October 2 through December 11.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 30—Wednesday, December 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Experience a historic farm-style Thanksgiving holiday! Help prep dinner at the farmer’s house, enjoy a leisurely wagon ride, and visit the friendly farm animals. See an authentic World War I ambulance, and honor U.S military personnel and veterans during a special program recognizing the anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI.

  • Date:
    Sunday, November 17
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 3 - 16, and FREE per child age 2 and under.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Make & Take a Gourdgeous Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Make & Take a Gourdgeous Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Design and create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using gourds and pumpkins. These one-of-a-kind centerpieces can be featured on your holiday table, or presented as a hostess gift!

  • Date:
    Thursday, November 21
  • Time:
    7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Yoga for Nature Kids

Yoga for Nature Kids

Ages 2 - 6 with an Adult.
Learn yoga-like poses and movements to represent the animals and plants that live in the Swamp. A walk on the trails and children’s literature will complement the poses!

  • Date:
    Monday, November 25
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Discover the best spots to sled, ice skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more, all right here in Morris County! Make the most of this season, and experience the great outdoors with exciting winter activities.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 2—Friday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

  • Cost:
    Various based on activity and/or program.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

A candy lover’s dream, now in its 28th year! Marvel at the creativity and skill displayed at this festive and charming exhibit featuring 150+ edible masterpieces crafted by local schools, scout troops, and families. With past creations from Hogwarts, to enchanted gardens, pirate ships, and Santa’s Workshop, this is a must see for all ages. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! This event is sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Monday - Thursday & Weekends: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Complete your holiday shopping with ease at the 9th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show. Check out local artists and crafters’ beautiful and affordable handmade creations, perfect for that special person on your list.

Craft Show is Weekends Only: December 7, 8, 14 & 15 - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 6—Sunday, December 15
  • Time:
    Monday - Thursday & Weekends: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fridays: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $2 per person gains entry to both the Holiday Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. Children under age 2 are FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation.

Currier and Ives Christmas at Speedwell

Currier and Ives Christmas at Speedwell

Celebrate the holidays Victorian era style. Visit the Vail House prepared for a country holiday, and join in the dancing inside the festively decorated Carriage House filled with live period music and dancing. Join Wassailing (caroling) and create a fun holiday craft to take home. Shop early in the Speedwell Gift Shop, filled with fun stocking stuffers and unique holiday ornaments.

Please help us to remember those in need this time of year and donate a non-perishable food item. As a thank you, you will receive a discount coupon to be used in the Holiday Marketplace at Historic Speedwell towards a purchase. For more information email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 7—Sunday, December 8
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE age 3 and under.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537

Home School Day: Dickensian Christmas

Home School Day: Dickensian Christmas

Learn the interesting and various aspects of Charles Dickens famous novel, A Christmas Carol, in the decorated Vail House. Create period crafts, and bring Fezziwig’s Ball to life while learning 19th century dances.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 12
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $8 per student.
  • Contact:
    To register, 973.285.6537.