Special Events

Please be informed that firearm hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on December 9 in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. These parks will be closed during firearm hunting. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. 

Please be informed that firearm hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on December 9 in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. These parks will be closed during firearm hunting. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. 

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.

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.

Holiday Hustle Hike

Holiday Hustle Hike

Ages 18 & Up.
Take a break from the obligations and celebrations on this naturalist-led winter hike.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 17
  • Time:
    7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township.

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Snowy Snowflakes

Snowy Snowflakes

Ages 3 - 5 with an Adult.
Learn the reasons there are many different shapes of snowflakes through a walk on the trails. Create a snowflake-themed craft.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & Up.
Join a woodland gathering around a campfire to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the solstice. Listen to storytellers, enjoy hot cider, and roasted marshmallows!

  • Date:
    Friday, December 20
  • Time:
    7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Winter Break Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Winter Break Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring your camera or phone for this special hunt ‘Frosty!’ Discover the beauty of the winter garden. Take a photo of every item, and receive a prize.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 21—Tuesday, December 31
  • Time:
    Participate any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Origami Snowflakes

Origami Snowflakes

Ages 7 & Up.
Learn about the amazing properties of snowflake crystals, and take home your own sparkling snowflake.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 23
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Ages 5 - 8.
Discover the crazy things that wildlife does to survive the winter cold, and explore the quiet forest looking for animal signs. Enjoy fun games and activities, create themed-crafts, and more!

December 27 - December 31 (Friday, Monday, Tuesday)

  • Date:
    Friday, December 27—Tuesday, December 31
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $16 per child, per day.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

End of Year Hike: Moderate

End of Year Hike: Moderate

Ages 7 & Up.
Trek up to Lucy’s Overlook to bid 2019 farewell, and prepare for the beginning of 2020!

  • Date:
    Sunday, December 29
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township.

  • Cost:
    $1 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Ages 10 & Up.
Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a guided trek exploring the beautiful winter scenery and looking for signs of wildlife - all while getting a great workout. No experience is necessary. Please call in advance regarding conditions.

If you already know how to snowshoe or want to venture out on your own, various sizes, including children’s, are available for one-day rental and use at Pyramid Mountain NHA. You must be 18 years or older to rent shoes, and a photo ID or rental deposit of $10/pair per day by cash is required. Shoes can be rented between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and must be returned by 4 pm the same day.

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 5—Sunday, March 8
  • Time:
    1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    $5 per person for trek, $15 for trek and snowshoe rental.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register and for conditions, 973.334.3130.

Family Snowshoe Fun-Day

Family Snowshoe Fun-Day

Ages 5 & Up.
Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing and trekking with your family,  exploring the beautiful winter scenery and looking for signs of wildlife - all while getting a great workout. No experience is necessary. Please call in advance regarding conditions. Snowshoe rental included in program fee.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, January 8—Wednesday, February 19
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. if renting shoes, 4:00 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register and for conditions, 973.334.3130.