5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

I love this time of year in our little town. The sense of community and the spirit of the holiday season is in full swing come this Friday!  


Holiday Arts Festival

Friday, November 24, 12- 6 pm

Saturday, November 25, 1-5 pm

Downtown Madison: Shanghai Jazz, Short Stories, Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and more..

What a wonderful time to be a Madisonian. Join local artists throughout the day as they sing, dance and play to get you and yours into the holiday spirit!

Full schedule of events can be found here.

Holiday Parade

Friday, November 24 @ 5 pm

Downtown Madison

It may be freezing, but it is totally worth it to see all of town come out and join in the spirit of the season. Get there early to gran a hot cocoa at Drip and a good spot to see Santa!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 25 - ALL DAY

Show our local merchants some love this Saturday and SHOP LOCAL!! All stores will be open and, let's face it, it's way nicer than being at the mall!


60th Annual Model Railroad Show

Friday,  Nov 24th - Sunday, January 7th

North Haledon


every week — Sundays, and Saturdays


January 7, 2018


December 16, 2017; December 17, 2017; December 23, 2017; December 24, 2017; December 30, 2017; December 31, 2017.

1:00pm to 5:00pm

This may not be in our back yard, but if you have a train enthusiast, this is definitely worth the trip! Model trains always seem a sure sign of the holiday season. Give your kids a break from the shopping routine and let them enjoy this annual event, hosted by the Garden State Model Railway Club. The show features a 1,200 square foot HO layout, steam and diesel locomotives, Thomas and Friends, numerous freight and passenger trains, rural and urban scenes, and working signals.

Adults $6, Children Under 12 FREE



NJ Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16. 17, 22, 23, and 24. Check website for performance times and tickets.

Children will surely be captivated as Clara takes to the stage and dances with life-size toys and sugarplum fairies. This enchanting performance features splendid dancing, colorful costumes and scenery, eye-popping special effects, and a touch of holiday magic.

Nothing says "Christmastime" like a live performance of The Nutcracker.

Tickets range from $29 - $59


Holiday Lights @ The Turtleback Zoo

Fridays - Sundays through January 2nd, 5 - 7 pm

Take a nighttime stroll through the Turtle Back Zoo to see more than 50 illuminated winter scenes and animal characters.

Donations of non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, and new or gently used winter coats are appreciated and collected at the entrance.

Some of the zoo's vendors remain open for late-night snacks, including cocoa and cookies, and you can even grab a ride on the carousel (for a fee).

The Holiday Lights Spectacular will take place every night from December 11 to January 2, 2018, except on December 24 and 25.



Papermill Playhouse

Wednesday, November 22 - Sunday, December 31


Everyone's favorite redhead takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved musicals just in time for the holidays! The score features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, from the unforgettable "It's the Hard-Knock Life" to the anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."

Little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts in her escape from the orphanage to the wondrous world of 1930s New York City. Along the way, she even befriends President Roosevelt and finds a home and family in the billionaire Oliver Warbucks for herself and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie is a worldwide phenomenon and winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Tickets available online.




The Polar Express Train Ride

Whippany Rail Museum

Through December 31, times vary

Join a magical trip on the Polar Express, powered by the Morristown & Erie Railway. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home.

Families are encourage to wear their pajamas for the ride. To choose the date and time of your experience, and to purchase tickets, click here.

The trains run daily between December 17 and 31, except on Christmas Day.


Tickets - $45

Christmas Festival at Morristown Green

Sunday, November 26, 5 pm (through December)

The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green, presented by Morristown Partnership, officially opens and will light up the downtown well into the New Year. Santa will be present for the tree lighting.


After School @ The Museum

Tuesday, November 28, 4:15 - 5:15 pm

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) invites students in 1st through 5th grades to a new program on Tuesdays in Fall 2017, After School @ the Museum. This hands-on experience will engage students to learn, create, and explore the worlds of historic tinsmiths, carpenters, printers, and candle makers.

Guided by METC's professional museum educators, students will learn tool safety, get hands-on experience with historic tools, and then design and create projects that will be presented to friends and family at the final session.

Pre-registration for After School @ the Museum is required, and parents can register online at metc.org or by contacting educators at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or education@metc.org.


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