5 Favorite Things: November 16 - November 23

It’s feeling like winter is upon us and here are some fun & festive activities in our area to enjoy with the whole family!



Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights

Friday, November 16 - 5 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 Polar Express

Whippany Rail Museum

November 16th - December 30th

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 November 16 and December 30, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.



The Grinch Storytime @ Indigo

Saturday, November 17th - 11 am

If you have yet to experience the awesomeness that is Indigo, make sure to stop by for this special event to ring in the holiday season. Enjoy books, treats, gifts, music and more at this fantastic new addition to the Short Hills Mall.



Pinocchio @ SOPAC

Saturday, November 17th - 2 pm

Pinocchio, the wooden boy carved from the loving hands of his mother, come to life on stage at SOPAC. Join Pinocchio on an adventure full of magic and wonder as he sings and dances his way to becoming a real boy.

He’ll experience Stromboli’s travelling show, Pleasure Island, the inside of a whale’s mouth with his companions, the Blue Fairy and Jimmini Cricket among many others.




Elf the Musical

Sunday, November 18th - 7 pm

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.

With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.