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Wednesday, November 19

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop at Morven Museum & Garden. Decorated wreaths will be sold through the museum shop during Morven’s Festival of Trees celebration. The workshop is free (ages 13 and older). Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 609.924.8144 ext. 106 or emailing msheridan@mor The workshop will run through Friday, November 21.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Reading, reception, and book signing with Rebecca Upjohn, author of the children’s book, The Secrets of the Village Fool. This event is presented by The Holocaust and Genocide Center at Mercer County Community College, located at Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

7 to 8:30 p.m.: Free, Citizenship Prep Class at the Princeton Public Library presented by The Latin American Task Force. The class is designed to assist those who are preparing for the U.S. Citizenship Test with overviews of American history and civics. Citizenship interviews are also covered.

Thursday, November 20

10 a.m.: Start of the Friends Holiday Shopping Event at the Princeton University Art Museum Gift Shop (also on November 21).

10 a.m.: Meeting of the 55-Plus Club with guest speaker John Burkhalter at the
Jewish Center of Princeton. The subject of the presentation will be “Music from the Land of the Jaguar,” exploring the instruments depicted in Mayan and Aztec artwork. A $3 donation is suggested.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Last day of the outdoor Princeton Farmers Market in Hinds Plaza. Buy local vegetables, cider, baked goods, milk, cheeses, and more. The winter market season will begin on December 18 inside of the Princeton Public Library.

1:15 p.m.: Johnson Park School’s One-Mile Turkey Trot. The entrance fee is a minimum of 25 cans/boxes per class. The class that collects the most items will receive extra recess and a surprise treat; 285 Rosedale Road, Princeton.

7:30 p.m.: Screening of The Lady Vanishes, an early Hitchcock film in which an English tourist discovers that her elderly travel companion has disappeared; Princeton Garden Theatre.

Friday, November 21

9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Free, Job Seeker Session at the Princeton Public Library.

5 to 9 p.m.: Handweavers of Bucks County annual show and sale at the Jericho Valley Community Center, located at 200 Lurgan Road in New Hope (also on November 22 and November 23).

8:15 p.m.: Princeton Folk Music Society welcomes singer-songwriter Joel Mabus whose repertoire include ancient ballads and original works about modern life. The cost to attend is $20 at the door ($15 for members, $10 for students, and $5 for children); Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton.

Saturday, November 22

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Last day of the 2014 West Windsor Community Farmers Market, located in the Vaughn Drive lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Features vendors from Central N.J. and Bucks County.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Last day of the 2014 Pennington Farmer’s Market on the lawn at Rosedale Mills (101 Route 31 North in Hopewell
Township) features vegetables, artisan breads, sauces, and grassfed meats.

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20 Blackwell Road in Hopewell. Includes craft items, baked goods, holiday decorations, and unique gift items.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The YWCA Princeton Crafters Marketplace featuring over 130 vendors (also on November 23); John Witherspoon Middle School, 17 Walnut Lane, Princeton.

8 p.m.: The College of New Jersey Chorale performs alongside the Princeton Girlchoir and the TCNJ High School Honors Wind Ensemble; 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing.

Sunday, November 23

1 to 3 p.m.: Free screening of Freedom Summer at The Garden Theatre. The film captures the volatile months of the summer of 1964 when enthusiastic young supporters travelled to Mississippi to encourage African-American voter registration. Limited seating is available. Free tickets can be found at the Princeton Garden Theatre Box Office (required for admission).

2 p.m.: Author and historian John Nagy presents a free lecture on “Spies in the Continental Capital” at Washington Crossing Park’s Visitor Center.

4 to 6:30 p.m.: Free, Gun Violence Prevention presentation with keynote speaker Hon. Reed Gusciora, Deputy Majority Leader of the N.J. State Assembly. Gusciora will be accompanied by a panel of speakers from a variety of fields. All are welcome; The Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street.

7:30 p.m.: Westminster Choir College’s Jubilee Singers Fall Concert at Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton.

Monday, November 24

1:30 p.m.: Origami Workshop with Laura Kruskal. The workshop will have a Thanksgiving theme. The cost is $5 to attend. Pre-registration is required by calling 609.924.7108; Suzanne Patterson Building, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton.

Tuesday, November 25

5 to 7 p.m.: “The Write Space: A Workshop for Writers” at the Princeton Public Library. This free workshop is led by author and middle school teacher K. Edwin Fritz (repeats on the fourth Tuesday of every month).

Wednesday, November 26

7 p.m.: American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre (also on November 28 and 29).

Thursday, November 27

Thanksgiving Day

8 a.m.: Second Annual Mercer County Turkey Trot at Mercer County Park, 334 South Post Road in West Windsor. The 5K starts at 8 a.m. and the 1 mile walk begins at 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m.: 7th Annual Trinity Turkey Trot 5K at Trinity Church of Princeton. Register online at

11 a.m.: Princeton Community Thanksgiving Day Service at Princeton University Chapel. Mayor Liz Lempert will read the Presidential Thanksgiving
Proclamation. Participants are asked to bring donations of nonperishable food items for The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County (no glass containers).

Noon: Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture (also at 2:30 p.m.). For information, pricing, and reservations, call 609.584.7800.

Friday, November 28

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Start of the Holiday Trolley Tours led by Princeton Tour Company (on select weekends throughout November and December).

Noon to 5 p.m.: Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Enjoy the Tasting Room where you can sample Terhune’s award-winning wines and warm cider (through November 30).

5 p.m.: Christmas tree lighting at Princeton’s Palmer Square. Includes musical entertainment and a surprise visit from Santa.

Saturday, November 29

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: The Annual Covered Bridge Artisans Holiday Studio Tour, a self-guided tour to some of the most intriguing art studios in Hunterdon County (through December 1).

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Horse drawn sleigh rides at
Howell Living History Farm in Lambertville. Handmade items and sleighbells will be for sale to benefit Howell Living History Farm. Donations of canned goods will also be accepted for area food banks.

Noon to 3 p.m.: Start of Princeton Palmer Square’s weekly holiday entertainment. Every Saturday and Sunday (through December 21), enjoy strolling carolers and appearances by Santa in downtown Princeton.

2 to 6 p.m.: Free screening of Sleeping Beauty (1959) followed by the 2014 version Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie; Princeton Public Library.

Sunday, November 30

Noon to 4 p.m.: Morven Museum & Garden’s Festival of Trees, a must-see Princeton holiday tradition (on view through early January). For more information, visit

Monday, December 1


7 p.m.: In honor of World Aids Day, Princeton University Art Museum will screen How to Survive a Plague (2012), directed by David France. This event is free to attend.

Tuesday, December 2

7:30 p.m.: Westminster Choir College’s Holiday Concert featuring the Rider University Band and the Blawenburg Band. Conducted by Jeffrey Rife. Free to attend; Rider University, Lawrenceville.

Wednesday, December 3

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Drumthwacket Foundation’s Holiday Open House in partnership with New Jersey Ballet Company, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Theater Alliance, and New Jersey Garden Club. This year’s holiday decorations are a ‘Fantasy Through the Arts’ theme. Free, self-guided tours will be available. Pre-register by calling 609.683.0057.

Thursday, December 4

6 p.m.: Labyrinth Books of Princeton hosts David Ball, author of False Starts: The Rhetoric of Failure and the Making of American Modernism. This event is free to attend.

7:30 p.m.: Princeton University Orchestra performs at Richardson Auditorium (also on December 5).

Friday, December 5

4:30 p.m.: Irish historian and broadcaster Tristam Hunt presents “The Socialism of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: Robert Noona and the Modern Labour Party.” This event is presented by Princeton University’s Fund for Irish Studies. Free to attend; James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Opening reception for Arts Council of Princeton’s Annual Sauce for the Goose Art Sale, featuring a mix of fine art and functional crafts (through December 20).

7:30 p.m.: A Christmas Carol returns to McCarter Theatre (runs through December 28).

Saturday, December 6

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Holiday Family Fun Weekend at Terhune Orchards. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath, start your holiday shopping, and try some of Terhune’s award winning wines and hot mulled wine (also on Sunday, December 7).

10:30 a.m.: Screening of Despicable Me 2 at Princeton Garden Theatre. Part of the Princeton Garden Family Movie Day Series.

12:30 to 5 p.m.: Open House and Greens Sale at The William Trent House Museum. Purchase Christmas trees, wreaths, holly, juniper, winterberry, and more; 15 Market Street, Trenton.

4 p.m.: Labyrinth Books of Princeton hosts Marcia DeSanctis, author 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go. This event is free to attend.

Sunday, December 7

2 to 4 p.m.: Holidays in the Village at Lawrenceville’s Weeden Park (off of Main Street). Hot chocolate, treats by Fedora Café, lighting of the Weeden Park holiday tree, and a special visit from Santa. This event is free to attend.

3 p.m.: The high school chorale of the Trenton’s Children Chorus performs at Drumthwacket in honor of the mansion’s annual holiday tour; 354 Stockton Street.

8 p.m.: Princeton University Glee Club and PU Concert Jazz Ensemble perform at Richardson Auditorium.