First Night Morris County Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Dec. 31 marks the 25th Anniversary of New Jersey’s biggest and brightest First Night, a New Year’s Eve family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration of the arts – with nearly 200 artists, more than 85 events in 26 plus venues – representing dance, theatre, music, world cultures, visual arts and children’s events.

For the last quarter century, Morris Arts has served as First Night Morris’ artistic programmer, securing topflight talents who attract thousands of people from throughout the state and beyond.  More than half of the program features new artists, or artists returning after several years, many of whom have performed at top venues such as the White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Ringling Brothers, Madison Square Garden, won international recognition, performed on national radio/TV, in major films and/or collaborated with superstars of performing arts.

On that night, for $17.50-$25, one can experience everything from Broadway stars to a comedy dog circus.

Three visual arts exhibits, displaying more than 300 artworks, and two sets of fireworks top off that magical evening known as First Night Morris County. To check out the full lineup of artists,


Admission before Dec. 21 is $20; $17.50 for 4 or more, covers all events at First Night. Every venue is indoors and a free shuttle will take participants to all locations. For more information, the latest program updates, to volunteer or to purchase tickets, visit the First Night Morris County website at or call (973) 455-0708.

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