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Where to Go for Outdoor Winter Fun
MORRISTOWN, NJ – Stop wishing it was summer and get up, get out, and discover the many winter activities waiting for you right here in Morris County. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy winter fun like snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, and sledding.

Discover a new, healthy hobby with friends and family by welcoming the snow with a day out on the sled at Tourne County Park’s various hills in Denville. Cross country ski through the beautiful trails at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township. Lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the flooded, in-line skating rink at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany. Director of Recreation, Reynold Fauci stated, ‘There’s nothing more invigorating then sledding down the Doe Meadow hill at Lewis Morris County Park. The snow flies past your face, and your heart races while you toboggan down one of our largest sledding hills. You have to be a real daredevil to attempt it from the top!’

If indoors is more your style, head over to Mennen Sports Arena and check out one of their three ice surfaces. Don’t have ice skates? No problem, rent a pair of ours, both hockey and figure skates are available. So quit hibernating and embrace one of New Jersey’s most cherished seasons. There’s so much excitement and adventure waiting for you, don’t miss out! For more information, including a full list of outdoor recreational sites and activities, please visit

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!
Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show

MORRISTOWN, NJ – A kingdom made of candy canes, chocolate, and gumdrops really does exist! See it with your own eyes at the 22nd annual Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays until 8 p.m. with last admittance, 30 minutes prior to closing. A plethora of brilliant edible creations are on display, which have included scenes from Harry Potter, Santa’s Worksh
op, a grand piano, and even the White House.

More than 15,000 visitors attend annually to see this charming event as guests of all ages marvel at the creative works of art. The smell of ginger and sugar is mesmerizing, while the 200 edible creations create a scene of imagination.

Look no further for the special, homemade holiday gifts, the Holiday Craft Show, which is in its fourth year, offers a charming selection of unique products made by local crafters. The Holiday Craft Show is open on the weekend during Gingerbread Wonderland, December 7 and 8, 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Groups of ten or more must make reservations by calling 973-326-7601. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit hall. Photographs may be taken by adults only. A $2 suggested donation, $1 for students and seniors, for the Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show supports the Horticultural Educational Department. To submit an entry to the exhibit, look for registration materials at For more information, please call, 973-326-7603 or visit

Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.
Calling All Volunteers: All Access Playground is Ready To Be Built.
MORRIS TWP., NJ – After two years of intense fundraising, the Alliance for Morris County Parks is ready to build the new All-Access Playground, designed for children of all abilities, at Central Park of Morris County. This state of the art playground is as special as the children who will make memories having outdoor fun as it is designed to be usable by children with disabilities. Now these children no longer are left out of playtime and forced to watch on the sidelines. All children can play side by side with their siblings and friends on this new All-Access Playground, providing more than 10,000 square feet of fun activity. The playground received a lead grant from the NY Jets and the United Way of Northern New Jersey as part of the NRL Play 60 Hometown Huddle Program.

According to Denise Lanza, Executive Director of the Park Alliance, “The day has finally come when the equipment has been purchased and delivered, and we are ready to build. We invite everyone to be part of this very special moment when we can provide a playground for all children to have outdoor fun.”

On Thursday through Saturday, November 21through November 23, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., volunteers are needed to help assemble and build the playground at Central Park of Morris County, Central Avenue, Parsippany. Lanza stated, “We invite groups and individuals 12 and over to please come and help build this playground.” Lunch will be provided for those volunteers who stay all day, and snacks will be provided throughout the day. For those interested, please contact Denise Lanza at if you have any questions. Any amount of time or assistance is greatly appreciated.

Lanza added, “This magical moment of finally getting ready to assemble and build this playground was made possible through donations by so many who value all children. Along with the Jets Hometown Huddle event and tree planting, major donors include The Dearhaven Fund, The Kirby Foundation, Tiffany & Company, Finish Line Stores, Wyndham Worldwide, and the Community Foundation of New Jersey.” Lanza further explained that when completed, this playground will be one of only a dozen playgrounds throughout New Jersey that is fully accessible to children with disabilities.

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Morris County Park Commission, is one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey, currently protects and maintains 18,600 acres at 38 distinct sites and a year-round calendar of events and activities.