Wednesday, December 7 

6 p.m.: Siobhan Roberts and John Conway discuss Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

6:30 p.m.: Delaware River Greenway Partnership of Stockton, NJ and Rutgers Landscape and Nursery of Ringoes, NJ present their second annual free garden seminar, “Right Tree, Right Place” at Rutgers Landscape and Nursery, 1051 US 202, Ringoes.

7:30 p.m.: Mercer County Symphonic Band Winter Concert at MCCC’s Kelsey Theater in West Windsor. Admission is free.

7:30 p.m.: Princeton University Jazz Small Groups concert at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall. Rudresh Mahanthappa will perform his own work and original student compositions. Free.

8 p.m.: Celtic Woman’s “Home For Christmas: The Symphony Tour” at NJ State Theatre in New Brunswick. For tickets, call (732) 246-7469.

Thursday, December 8 

6 p.m.: Simon Morrison and Marina Harss discuss Bolshoi Confidential: The Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

7 p.m.: The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) welcomes Robin Lovin for a lecture entitled, “Political Virtues.” Free; CTI’s Luce Hall, 50 Stockton Street, Princeton.

7 p.m.: BodyHype Dance Company performs at McCarter Theatre (also at 10 p.m. and December 9 at 7 and 10 p.m.).

7:30 p.m.: Screening of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

Friday, December 9 

9:45 a.m.: Free, Job Seekers Session on “Beating the Applicant Tracking System” with Lynne M. Williams at Princeton Public Library.

4:30 p.m.: The Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton University welcomes philosopher Richard Kearney and artist Sheila Gallagher on “Twinsome Minds – Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories” at James M. Stewart ’32 Theater. Free and open to the public.

5 to 9 p.m.: Opening Reception for the Arts Council of Princeton’s Sauce for the Goose Market. Shop fine art and crafts by local and area artists (through Sunday, December 11); 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton.

6 p.m.: Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop at McCaffrey’s Princeton’s 2nd Floor Bistro at the Princeton Shopping Center. The cost to attend is $16.99 (includes a gingerbread house, candy, apron, and decorations). The event will reoccur on Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m.

7 p.m.: Boheme Opera performs selections from Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini at the East Gallery at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Free with park admission.

7 p.m.: The Nutcracker presented by the Central NJ Ballet Theatre at Villa Victoria Theatre. For more information, visit

8 p.m.: MCCC Theatre students preset “The Secretaries,” a satire of female stereotypes at Mercer’s Studio Theatre (through December 11); 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor.

Saturday, December 10

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Trinity Church of Rocky Hill’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale. The Church is located at the corner of River Road and Crescent Avenue in Rocky Hill. Shop lovingly handmade holiday gifts and baked goods. Ample free parking is available.

10:30 a.m.: Screening of A Town Called Panic: Double Fun (2016) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sample McCaffrey’s holiday offerings in every department throughout the store (located at the Princeton Shopping Center).

Noon to 3 p.m.: Seasonal sounds and strolling holiday entertainment in Palmer Square (every Saturday and Sunday through December 18).

1 p.m.: Opening celebration for the new winery production barn at Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. Guided tours of the facility will be held during the afternoon. Also, free wine tastings and light refreshments will be served.

2 p.m.: Seminary Holiday Handbell Concert entitled, “On This Day Earth Shall Sing” at Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary. Free.

4 p.m.: Advent Candlelight Restorative Yoga at Trinity Church of Princeton. For more information and to register email Holly at

Sunday, December 11

9 a.m.: Meeting, Adult Conversational Hebrew with Edna Noiman at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Learn more at

11 a.m. to noon: Free, Stories in French for children ages 2 and older at the Princeton Public Library.

12:30 p.m.: Screening of the Royal Ballet’s Anastasia at Princeton Garden Theatre.

3 p.m.: An Interfaith Concert: Christmas and Chanukah performed by Sharim v’Sharot and an ecumenical Christian choir at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 140 North Warren Street, Trenton.

3 p.m.: GPYO Symphonic and Concert Orchestras Winter Concert at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ. Free admission.

4 p.m.: Princeton Pro Musica and Orchestra presents “Holiday Classics” at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton with special guests from the Trenton Children’s Chorus. Ticket prices start at $25 ($10 for students ages 21 and under) and may be ordered by calling (609) 683-5122 or online at

5 p.m.: “Twas the Light Before Christmas” advent musical with children’s choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church. Free will offering; corner of Nassau at Vandeventer, Princeton.

Monday, December 12


7 to 9 p.m.: Joint Princeton PFLAG Transgender-Net meeting at Trinity Church, 33 S. Mercer Street, Princeton. Meeting includes a presentation and discussion with a panel of Princeton University LGBT Center Peer Educators, who will share their stories, answer questions, and discuss LGBTQ life at Princeton. Visit for more information.

7:30 p.m.: “Messiah Sing” organ, strings, and trumpet performance at Princeton University Chapel. Admission is $5 (free for students).

Tuesday, December 13

6 p.m.: Amanda Weiss and Jhumpa Lahiri discuss The Clothing of Books at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

8 to 9 p.m.: Healthcare Policy Expert Linda Schwimmer delivers a presentation on “Where health care is headed and how will it impact you?” Dessert will be served. Non-member entrance free of $5; The Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street.

Wednesday, December 14

3:30 p.m.: Princeton Theological Seminary presents Carols of Many Nations, a service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols led by the Princeton Seminary Chapel Choir and international students and staff at the Seminary (also at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.). All are welcome. Free; Miller Chapel, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton.

4 to 5 p.m.: Meeting, Reading Treehouse at Princeton Public Library, an early readers chapter book club for children in grades kindergarten to second grade. Free.

6 p.m.: “Racial Literacy: A Panel Discussion” at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

Thursday, December 15 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Princeton Winter Farmers Market in the Community Room of the Princeton Public Library (returns on January 12).

6 p.m.: Michael Tisserand and Patrick McDonnell discuss Krazy: George Herriman – A Life in Black and White at Labyrinth Books of Princeton.

Friday, December 16

7:30 p.m.: Handel’s Messiah presented by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and McCarter Theatre at Richardson Auditorium.

7:30 p.m.: Christmas Concert featuring Chris Pinnella at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

8 p.m.: The Princeton Symphonic Brass Holiday Brass Concert at The Playhouse on the campus of Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Musical selections include holiday favorites, carols, Hanukkah music, and more.

8 p.m.: Playwright Charles Evered’s “An Actor’s Carol” at Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street. Evered tells the tale of Hugh Pendleton, an actor drained of life after having played the character of Scrooge to an incessant degree. Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

8:15 p.m.: The Princeton Folk Music Society welcomes singer-songwriters Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen at Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Admission at the door is $20 ($15 members, $10 students, and $5 children).

Saturday, December 17

10:30 a.m.: Screening of Home Alone (1990) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

Noon to 3 p.m.: Seasonal sounds and strolling holiday entertainment in Palmer Square (every Saturday and Sunday through December 18).

4 p.m.: The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) Holiday POPS! Seasonal Delights concert featuring the Princeton High School Choir and the New Jersey Tap Ensemble at Richardson Auditorium (also at 7 p.m.).

7 to 9 p.m.: Café Improv at the Arts Council of Princeton. The cost to attend is $2 ($1 ACP members, students, and seniors).

Sunday, December 18

9 a.m.: Christmas Pageant at Trinity Church of Princeton. Learn about the story of Jesus’ birth as acted by a cast of 40 + children and adults.

12:30 p.m.: Screening of National Theatre Live’s War Horse at Princeton Garden Theatre.

1 p.m.: Holiday Carillon Concert at the Graduate School at Princeton University, 88 College Road West, Princeton. Free.

2 p.m.: The Princeton-Rider Brass Band presents their famous concert, “Holiday in Brass” at Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ. The cost to attend is $15 adults; $7 students and children.

3 p.m.: Advent Lessons and Carols Concert at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

4 p.m.: American Boychoir’s “Home for the Holidays” concert at Richardson Auditorium. To purchase tickets, call (609) 258-9220.

5 p.m.: “A Shining Star” concert featuring the Chancel, Youth, Women’s and Men’s choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Nassau at Vandeventer in Princeton. Free will offering.

Monday, December 19 

4:30 p.m.: Free, Middle School Math Circle at the Princeton Public Library. Register online at

Tuesday, December 20

7:30 p.m.: Meeting, Book Club at The Jewish Center of Princeton to discuss Ruth Behar’s “An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba.” For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 21

Winter Solstice

7 to 9 p.m.: Celebrate the shortest day of the year with screenings of short films accompanied by warm beverages at the Princeton Public Library. Free.

Thursday, December 22

5 to 7 p.m.: Chorus Rehearsal for the Christmas Eve Service at Princeton University Chapel (also on Friday, December 23 at 5 p.m.).

Friday, December 23

7:30 p.m.: Performance of “A Christmas Carol” at McCarter Theatre (through December 31). For tickets, call (609) 258-2787.

Saturday, December 24 

10:30 a.m.: Screening of Elf (2003) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

4 p.m.: Christmas Eve Family Service at Princeton United Methodist Church (Christmas Eve Candlelight Service begins at 8 p.m.).

8 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service at Princeton University Chapel.

8 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass in Spanish at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton.

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day 

10 a.m.: Christmas Day Mass at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton (also at 11:30 a.m.).

11 a.m.: Christmas Day Worship Service at Princeton University Chapel.

1 p.m.: Christmas Day Carillon Concert at the Graduate School at Princeton University, 88 College Road West, Princeton.

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