Over the summer, we brought you several day trip ideas from Verona electrician George Anderson and his wife Cathy. Their latest newsletter has some fun ways for you to get in the holiday spirit, if you’re not there already.
The Andersons like the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo, which we told you about two weeks ago. The zoo only had the lights on for weekend nights in the beginning, which has made it very crowded. But as of this weekend, the exhibit will be open every night through January 2, except for Christmas eve and Christmas day. Admission is free, but Turtle Back is encouraging visitors to bring non-perishable food and unwrapped toys for the needy.
Then there’s the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green. Unlike Verona, which holds a one-day Fair In The Square, Morristown runs its festival from the day after Thanksgiving through December 21. There are plenty of activities going on this weekend, including crafts, electric train rides and Santa visits. The schedule is here.
And finally, the Andersons like the Christmas House Tour at Acorn Hall. Also located in Morristown, Acorn Hall is a 19th-century mansion that, like the Ballantine House at the Newark Museum, gets decked out for a Victorian Christmas celebration. Acorn Hall is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Children under 12 are free, older children are $3, seniors are $5 and other adults are $6.