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Wednesday, December 17

6 p.m.: Screening of the new film Whiplash at Princeton Garden Theatre with a reception to follow (as part of a fundraising event) to benefit Princeton High School’s Music Program. The reception will include a live video Q&A with the film’s director and a performance by the PHS Studio Band; Princeton High School Performing Arts Center.

6 to 8 p.m.: Jarrett Payton, son of the NFL Hall of Famer Walter Payton, will speak at the Johnson Education Center of D&R Greenway. Payton will share his life stories and inspirations. Children are welcome. The cost is $25 to attend. For tickets, call 609.695.6274 ext. 161.

8 p.m. Westminster Community Orchestra presents a free Holiday Sing-A-Long concert featuring both Hanukah and Christmas classics. Free will donations for area food pantries will be accepted at the door. The concert will be conducted by Ruth Ochs; Westminster’s Bristol Chapel, Princeton.

8 p.m.: The Mercer County Symphonic Band presents their 2014 Winter Concert at the Kelsey Theater on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. Admission is free.

8 to 10:30 p.m.: Join the Princeton Country Dancers for an evening of dance; Suzanne Patterson Center, Princeton.

Thursday, December 18

10 a.m.: Free, “Movin’ and Groovin’ with Miss Amy” at the Marketfair Mall in Princeton. Miss Amy performs original songs that encourage children’s fitness.

10 a.m.: 55 Plus Club meeting at the Jewish Center of Princeton. The event will include a presentation by Jeremy Adelman on Albert Hirschman. Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Princeton University. A $3 donation is suggested.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Princeton Winter Farmers Market inside of the Princeton Public Library. Seasonal vegetables, baked goods, and crafts (repeats on January 15).

5 p.m.: Menorah Lighting in Princeton’s Palmer Square. Rain or shine. A reception will follow at the Nassau Inn.

Friday, December 19

7:30 p.m.: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs Handel’s Messiah at Richardson Auditorium. Also, featuring singers Nathalie Paulin, Mireille Lebel, Isaiah Bell, and Gordon Bintner.

7:30 p.m.: American Repertory Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the State Theatre of NJ accompanied by a live orchestra performance of Tchaikovsky’s score and the Princeton Girlchoir.

Saturday, December 20

10:30 a.m.: Screening of Polar Express at Princeton Garden Theatre.

7:30 p.m.: St. Paul Church presents a free Christmas concert featuring singer Chris Pinnella of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Free will offerings will be accepted. Performance of sacred and popular songs for the holiday season; 214 Nassau Street.

8 p.m.: Princeton Pro Musica chorus and orchestra perform “A Bach Christmas” at Richardson Auditorium. A pre-concert talk with Artistic Director Ryan Brandau will begin at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 21

3 to 5 p.m.: The Klez Dispensers perform a Chanukah-themed concert at the Arts Council of Princeton.

4 p.m.: Princeton Youth Ballet performs The Snow Queen at the Princeton High School Performing Arts Center. The cost to attend is $20.

5 p.m.: Candlelight Winter Solstice Yoga at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health, 88 Orchard Road, Skillman. This is a donation class with proceeds going to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

Monday, December 22

7:30 p.m.: A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theater (through December 28).

7:30 p.m.: Longest Night Service at Princeton United Methodist Church.

Tuesday, December 23

11 a.m.: Holiday Laser Lights Show at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Laser lights set to seasonal music favorites (also at 1 p.m.); 205 West State Street, Trenton.

6:30 to 10 p.m.: The Keith Franklin Jazz Quartet performs at the Witherspoon Grill in Princeton.

Wednesday, December 24

11 a.m.: Santa arrives at the Princeton Airport, located in Montgomery Township on Route 206. Prior to Santa’s arrival, the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will serve cocoa and cookies. Local folk singer Pat McKinley will also perform holiday classics. There is no charge to attend.

3 p.m.: Family Eucharist with Organ & Carols at Trinity Church of Princeton (also at 5 p.m.). The Festival Eucharist with Combined Choirs begins at 8 p.m.

4 p.m.: Christmas Eve Mass Celebration at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, located at 1200 Stuart Road in Princeton.

6 p.m.: Christmas Eve
service for families at Princeton United Methodist Church. The traditional candlelight service begins at 8 p.m.

Thursday, December 25

Christmas Day

7 a.m.: Christmas Day Mass at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Princeton (also at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.).

1 p.m.: Reenactment of General George Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River. Related activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Crossing Park in Washington Crossing, Pa. These events are free to attend.

Friday, December 26

3 to 5 p.m.: Free screening of the 2013 Disney film Frozen at the Princeton Public Library.

Saturday, December 27

10:30 a.m.: Screening of the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Princeton Garden Theatre.

2 p.m.: Start of the 25-Hour Radio Marathon on WPRB Princeton, 103.3 FM and Host Marvin Rosen will curate a selection of 21st century music written by composers from around the world (concludes at 3 p.m. on December 28).

3 to 5 p.m.: Free screening of the Disney/Pixar sequel Cars 2 at the
Princeton Public Library.

7 to 9:30 p.m.: Café Improv at the Arts Council of Princeton. For a list of performers or to register, visit

Sunday, December 28

1 p.m.: Final day for A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theater (last showing at 5:30 p.m.).

3:30 p.m.: Sunday Stories at the Princeton Public Library. Stories and songs for children ages 2 through 8. Parents must attend.

Monday, December 29


6:30 p.m.: Free screening of The Hundred Foot Journey at the Princeton Public Library.

Wednesday, December 31

9 p.m. to 12 a.m.: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in Skillman. Instructor Lois will immerse participants in sacred sound with Himalayan singing bowls, percussion, gongs, and other world instruments. A potluck will follow the session. Guests are asked to bring a vegetarian appetizer or dish to share. RSVP by calling 609.924.7294.

10 p.m. to 1 a.m.: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Five-course tasting menu, champagne, and dancing. Make reservations by calling 609.584.7800.

Thursday, January 1

11 a.m.: Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands New Year’s Day Hike through Mapleton Preserve and the D&R Canal. The route is 1.5 miles. Guests should dress for the weather. This event is free to attend. Call 609.683.0483 for more information.

Friday, January 2

8 to 10 p.m.: Dance Improv at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in Skillman. This class combines music, meditation, and movement. Call 609.924.7294.

Saturday, January 3

7:30 a.m.: Real-time Tour of the Battle of Princeton. Begins at the Clarke House at Princeton Battlefield State Park. British Army Historian William P. Tatum III will trace the steps of American and British units at the same time of day as the original battle. Wear warm clothes and walking shoes or boots. This event is free to attend.

10:30 a.m.: Screening of The Karate Kid (1984) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

Sunday, January 4

2 to 4 p.m.: Historic Princeton Walking Tour led by the Historical Society of Princeton. The two-hour walk covers downtown Princeton, the University campus, and historic sites like Palmer Square (throughout January); Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street.