Christmas in Morristown, Keeping a Longtime Tradition Bright

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green, presented by Morristown Partnership, officially opened the day after Thanksgiving and will light up the downtown for more than a month.

For the past 97 years, generations of residents and visitors have come to the heart of downtown Morristown to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season. While it all began when a small group of volunteers lit a single star atop one tree on the Morristown Green, the tradition grew to include a Santa House and various seasonal decor. With growing frustration from the constituency to upgrade the aesthetics of the Green and the Town during the holiday season, Morristown Partnership agreed to inherit the responsibility this growing tradition entailed. Nine years ago, upon securing a grant to underwrite the cost of a major electrical overhaul of the Green itself, the Christmas Festival on the Morristown Green as we know it today was born.

Decorating various parts of the downtown including our street lights ensued as well.

Families and individuals that grew up in this community and have since lived in various places in the U.S. and abroad make it a point to contact the Morristown Partnership each year to get the schedule of activities that are to take place on The Morristown Green during the holiday season. For them and many others, Morristown is their destination of choice to celebrate the holiday traditions. The beauty of our downtown, we hope, will entice people from near and far to shop, dine, be pampered, enjoy a wide variety of entertainment, and visit at a pace reminiscent of years gone by.

Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green Who: event proudly presented by Morristown Partnership, 2010 Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green Sponsors, including Century 21 Department Store, Morristown Memorial Hospital, Hyatt Morristown, The Star Ledger, and Annual Appeal supporters, and the countless of individuals and organizations that provide activities & entertainment for all to enjoy free of charge. Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green is also made possible thanks to: Union Center National Bank, MetLife, TD Bank, FirstEnergy Foundation/JCP&L, Braunschweiger Jewelers, Scotto Properties, 40 Park, Unique Belgique Waffles, Daily Record, T.E.A.M., and Morristown Columbian Club. What: – Santa’s Arrival & the Lighting of the Green Ceremony on Friday, November 26 at 6:30pm, in front of Century 21 Department Store on N. Park Place. Enjoy complimentary refreshments offered by Hyatt Morristown and caroling by the Morris Choral Society Chamber Singers in our Activity Tent on the Green. – All lighting decor on the Morristown Green and town street lights through the New Year. – Four (4) weekends of activities & entertainment on the Green including: visits with Santa in the Santa House, Goody Bags, miniature Electric Train Rides around the Green, Ice Sculpting Demonstrations, hands-on activities including Gingerbread House Making, LEGO Take-Home Crafts, Cookie Decorating Demonstration, Fused Glass and Recycled Bicycle Ornament-making, Puppet Story Telling, and special Entertainment. Where: The Morristown Green, Park Place, Morristown. When: Friday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 21, 2010.

Think Local, Shop Morristown The Morristown Partnership Gift Certificate Program is offering a free $10 Gift Certificate for every $50 purchased during its Gift Greenback promotion, for complete details please visit our website at: Morristown-nj.org. Over 175 downtown Morristown businesses accept our Gift Certificates, year-round!

Enjoy free two-hour on-street parking from 12/13 through 12/24, courtesy of Morristown Partnership. Discover the 2,900 parking spaces Morristown Parking Authority maintains; many in covered decks protecting your vehicle from inclement weather. And don’t forget to ask our downtown businesses to validate your parking ticket with purchase! Take pleasure in a new Walking Tour of Window Decorating Contest including over 20 downtown businesses.

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