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London and Maddie Go Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts, More Holiday Fun On Mendham’s Holly Trail Celebration – Saturday, December 6th

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On Saturday, December 6th, the Holly Trail through Mendham, New Jersey, celebrates the season with fun for the whole family.

I first learned about Mendham’s Holly Trail through an invitation for London and Maddie to go Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts at one of three locations: Hilltop School from 10 to 10:30am, Holly Manor from 11 to 11:30am, or in front of Kings supermarket from 10 to 10:30am, all in Mendham on Saturday, December 6th.

Beyond the caroling, the Mendham Business Association and the Mendham Borough Recreation Department has put together a full day of Holly Trail events on Saturday, December 6th:

  • Holly Manor Center, 84 Cold Hill Road: Breakfast from 9am to 11am, Photos with Santa 10am, Liberty Corner Bell Choir 11am, Dorothy DelGuercio Dance Team 2pm, Resident Craft Sale from 10am to 3pm;
  • The Mendham Borough Library is sponsoring a House Tour. Tickets must be purchased before the tour at the Mendham Borough Library, Mendham Jewelers, Mendham Books, Windswept Dress Shop, or Village Florist.
  • Mendham Books will be raffling off an American Girl Samantha Doll. Stop by Mendham Books in the Mendham Village (Kings) Shopping Center to fill out an entry form, no purchase necessary. The lucky winner will be announced during the Holly Trail celebration on Saturday, December 6th at Mendham Books.
  • Sweets and Treats, free samples of candy, from 10am to 3pm at the Mendham Apothecary in the Mendham Village (Kings) Shopping Center;
  • Coldwell Banker, 21 East Main Street, and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy children from 9am to 5pm;
  • Reindeer rides for the kids from Noon to 2pm at Moormann’s Galleries, 15 East Main Street;
  • Pick up a free $25 gift certificate (one per family) at Windswept, 4 East Main Street;
  • Christmas and holiday shopping at St. Marks Church, 9 East Main Street – fresh wreaths, home interior items, American Girl doll fashions, a wide range of crafts and gifts;
  • Alternative Gift Market from 10am to 4pm to support local charities at the United Methodist Church, 10 East Main Street;
  • Holiday card design for kids during bank hours, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes to be awarded at the Somerset Hills Bank, 98 East Main Street;
  • Holiday crafts for children from 8:30am to 1pm at The Provident Bank, 95 East Main Street;
  • Mulled cider and homemade cookies at Jeweler’s Gallery, 9 West Main Street;
  • Robinson’s Drug Shop, 2 East Main Street, will be collecting new or clean used blankets from December 1st through 6th for distribution in Appalachia;
  • A raffle and snacks from 10am to 4pm at Simply Country, 6 Hilltop Road;
  • Free antique appraisals from 10am to 4pm at Grand Bazaar, 5 Hilltop Road;
  • Story time with the Snow Princess, a visit from Santa and an ornament workshop for children from 12 noon to 3pm at Weichert Realtors, 21 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945. Phone: (973) 543-6511. Experience the holiday spirit by contributing to the happiness of underprivileged children in our area. Please bring new unwrapped toys to Weichert Realtors by December 19th to participate in their 30th Annual Toy Drive.
  • Drop in to La Famiglia and sample homemade Italian cookies from 10am to 4pm. Rex and I haven’t tried the new La Famiglia Italian Gourmet, but their advertising promises that the taste of Milano, Italy is now only a few minutes away. La Famiglia Italian Gourmet, 7 West Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945. Phone: (973) 543-7133.

The annual Tree Lighting will take place at the Gazebo, Borough Field. Crowds will gather at 3:45pm, with a 4:00pm concert by Mountain View School. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and the Recreation Department will serve donuts and hot chocolate. Be sure to visit all of the stores on the event list to enter the Holly Trail raffle before the drawing at the Tree Lighting finale.

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