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Tue Oct 15, 2019

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Any time between 9am + 3:30pm

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt.

Dates: October 15 – November 24, and December 21 through December 31

Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Check for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $10 per family at front desk

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Oct 19, 2019

to Sun Dec 1
All Day

Scarecrows in the Garden

Autumn is in the air, and festive scarecrows take over The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Explore the gardens, and discover dozens of comical, historic, and colorful scarecrows designed by individuals, families, businesses, organizations, scout groups, and school classes.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Fri Nov 1, 2019

All Day

In Our Gallery - November

“Arboretum Inspirations” showcases works by young artists who participated in the Park Commission’s Arboretum Artists program.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Nov 6, 2019

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Garden Sprouts Program

Ages: 2 – 5 with an adult


  • Hello Autumn – Wednesday, October 2
  • App-solutely Delicious! – Wednesday, October 9
  • Leaf Man – Wednesday, October 16
  • Furry Friends – Wednesday, October 23
  • Pumpkin Patch – Wednesday, October 30
  • Growing Vegetable Soup – Wednesday, November 6
  • Thanks for Trees – Wednesday, November 13
  • Gingerbread Village – Wednesday, December 4
  • Gingerbread Party – Wednesday, December 11 ($10 per child and adult pair.)

Times: 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Check for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $5 per child unless otherwise noted.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Nov 17, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Cranberries – From Sweet to Savory

When it comes to the holidays, cranberries are king. Learn some new recipes, both sweet and savory, with which to adorn your holiday table and impress your guests with Chef Cynthia Triolo.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Nov 21, 2019

7:00p - 8:00p

Make & Take a “Gourdgeous” Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Design and create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using gourds and pumpkins as the container. These one of a kind centerpieces will look spectacular on your holiday table or as a great hostess gift!

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $30 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Nov 24, 2019

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Children’s Holiday Centerpiece Workshops


  • Boo-tiful Flowers – Ages 6 & Up, Thursday, October 24, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving – Ages 6 & Up Sunday, November 24, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Edible Holiday Terrarium – Ages 8 – 12 Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Always Evergreen – Ages 6 & Up, Saturday, December 21, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Check for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $20 per person, all materials are supplied.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Dec 5, 2019

3:30p - 7:00p

Members Night at Gingerbread Wonderland

Members are invited to attend Gingerbread Wonder- land, free of charge on Thursday, December 5 from 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

After viewing the exhibit, come to the lower level for complimentary refreshments!

Please register for this evening event using the button below.

Cost: Free for Members -- Registration Required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Fri Dec 6, 2019

through Sun Dec 15
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The 28th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland

Celebrating 28 Years of Wonder!

This December marks the 28th Anniversary of Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of hundreds of edible structures.

Vote for your personal favorite in The People’s Choice Award. An award will be given to the first place winners in each of the categories that include Adult, Family, Children, School, Scout and Special Needs.

And now, we have added a new category, Robotics! Click the image at right for more informaion.

Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation to visit by calling 973-326-7601.


As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

We have implemented a new volunteer signup system for 2019 which we hope you will find quicker and easier to use. Learn more about how to sign up by going to our Gingerbread Volunteers - 2019 page.


Enter your edible structure in one of six categories: Adult, Family, Child, School Group, Scout Group and Special Needs.

Be a part of this Morris County holiday tradition this year by entering and then visiting the show. Here are all the materials you need to enter your own creation in this year's Gingerbread Wonderland (click on each to open in a separate window):

Dates: Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily, Fridays until 7:30 pm

Cost: Cost: $2 per person, children under 2 FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Dec 7, 2019

& Sun Dec 8 and Sat/Sun Dec 14 & 15
10a - 4:30p

Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show

Holiday shopping is easy at our Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its tenth year.

Our “handmade only” show features local crafters offering beautiful, affordable and completely handmade gifts perfect for yourself or that special person on your list.


  • Saturday, December 7
  • Sunday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $2 per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland.


The 2019 Gingerbread Festival Craft Show tables have all been committed to...and there is a significant Wait List.

We appreciate your interest and suggest you contact us after January 15, 2020 with regard to 2020 table availability.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Dec 21, 2019


Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Auction Party – More than 100 orchids will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit Northeast Judging Center. Many of the plants are donations from the judges’ personal collections. A list of available plants will be posted on Facebook at AOSNortheastJudging

A complimentary light buffet lunch is provided to all attendees. Following the Auction and lunch, observe the regular Northeast Center Orchid judging for an educational and entertaining afternoon. Opening: 9:30 am | Preview bidding: 10:30 am

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA