5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: November 17 - 23

The holiday events are starting up so check out the lights, the train and the music to get you and yours into the holiday spirit!


Holiday Lights @ The Turtleback Zoo

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through December 11th, 5-9 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.

Free with admission


Tot Tours @ The Morris Museum

Friday, November 17, 10 am

Join a surprise chemistry exploration in our BASF Kids’ Lab. Each child will receive a BASF backpack with lab goodies inside. (If you already have a backpack, please bring your goggles and apron with you). Programs run 45 minutes in length and begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. to check in.

Free for members, $10 non-members


The Polar Express Train Ride

Whippany Rail Museum

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through January 1 - times vary so check schedule

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 and up



Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs


Saturday, November 18 @ 2pm

The familiar tale of Snow White is given a new twist with actors and puppets portraying the characters. Snow White’s stepmother becomes jealous of the young girl and schemes to rid herself of the beautiful maiden. The princess bites a poisoned apple and falls under a deep spell of slumber. The dwarves who have taken care of her are overcome with grief. Soon, a handsome prince comes riding by, sees the beautiful princess and kisses her, breaking the spell. Happiness ensues as the kingdom welcomes back its beloved princess, and the royal prince.

Tickets $18



The Laurie Berkner Band Holiday Concert

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Sunday, November 19 @ 11 am & 3 pm

The Laurie Berkner Band celebrates the season with traditional holiday songs, originals from her well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas, Hanukkah music and an array of Laurie’s greatest hits.

In her holiday shows, Laurie and her longtime collaborators Susie Lampert, Bob Golden, and Brady Rymer — the “band” — will celebrate the season with such traditional, secular songs as “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie’s well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight.” Laurie and the band will pay tribute to Hanukkah with “Candle Chase” and “The Dreidel Song.”  They’ll also perform an array of Laurie’s greatest hits, such as “We Are the Dinosaurs,” “Victor Vito,” and “Pig on Her Head,” along with several soon-to-be-classics from Laurie’s new album Superhero. Kids should plan to bring their dancing shoes and a stuffed album (for their heads), and Laurie hopes everyone will join in the holiday spirit and sing along!

Tickets $19 - $39