Wednesday, December 11
12:30 p.m.: Kosher Café East Program presents “The December Dilemma: Interfaith Grandparenting During the Holidays.” RSVP by calling (609) 987-8100. There is a suggested donation of $5 and lunch is included; Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor.
6:30 p.m.: Free screening of the documentary Brooklyn Castle at the Princeton Public Library.
7 p.m.: “An Evening of Christmas” at the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. This free event will include a performance of scared and secular Christmas carols, along with refreshments.
7:30 p.m.: “Explosive Child? Collaborative Problem Solving to the Rescue” presented by CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) of Mercer County; Riverside School gym, 58 Riverside Drive, Princeton.
Thursday, December 12
10 a.m.: Free, Dance for Parkinson’s dance class; Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Princeton Farmers & Crafters Market inside of the Princeton Public Library. Cheeses, crafts, fresh produce, and more.
1:30 p.m.: “Healthy Habits to Ring-In the New Year” with chef Eric Blackshire and registered dietician Jill Kwansy. RSVP by calling (215) 750-7713; West Windsor McCaffrey’s Supermarket at the Southfield Retail Center.
6 to 9 p.m.: Free, Multimedia Holiday Light Show at 128 North Main Street in Cranbury. Parking is along North Main Street and side streets. Over 100,000 Christmas lights will be on display.
Friday, December 13
6 p.m.: “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” concert presented by The Princeton Singers at Trinity Church, Princeton. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students. Actor Christopher Coucill will narrate Dylan Thomas’s classic story. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 1 (866) 846-7464.
7 p.m.: An evening of Christmas carols, coffee, and cookies at The Lutheran Church of the Messiah, 407 Nassau Street, Princeton.
7:30 p.m.: “Broadway Holidays” concert with Boheme Opera N.J. at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. This concert is free to attend.
8 p.m.: “An Evening of Readings and Carols” at the Princeton University Chapel. Singers and musicians from Westminster Choir College will perform holiday music for choir, organ, and brass. The concert will repeat on Sunday, December 15.
8 p.m.: Sound Bites concert with Sarah Donner and special musical guests Jeanette Lynne, John Anealio, and Sheltered Turtle; Arts Council of Princeton.
Saturday, December 14
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: “A Day at the Farm” at Terhune Orchards in Lawrenceville. Hot mulled wine, pony rides, wagon rides, and baked goods available.
10 to 11:30 a.m.: Santa meet-and-greet at Morven Museum. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras. There is a suggested donation of $10 per family. Children will also enjoy holiday cookies, milk, and crafts. Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling Michelle at (609) 924-8144 ext. 106.
3 p.m.: Voices Chorale Holiday Concert at Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street in Princeton.
4 to 6 p.m.: Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s “Holiday POPS!” concert at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University.
Sunday, December 15
2:30 p.m.: Free, Strings for Newtown Tribute Concert at the First Reformed Church of Rocky Hill. Musicians will honor the victims of the Newtown, Ct. shooting. This performance is part of a series of nationwide tributes. The goal of the concerts is to promote peace everywhere. To learn more, visit www.rockhillchurch.com.
3 p.m.: Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra performs their Winter Concert at Montgomery High School in Skillman.
3 p.m.: Anthony Branker & Word Play present a pre-recorded concert from their latest album, Forward; Arts Council of Princeton.
4 p.m.: “Home for the Holidays” with the American Boychoir at Richardson Auditorium on the campus of Princeton University. Choir, brass, and organ performances, as well as carol sing-a-longs. Ticket prices range from $20 to $45. Call (609) 258-5000.
Monday, December 16
7:30 p.m.: Meeting of Families Anonymous at Lawrenceville’s Presbyterian Church, 2688 Main Street. Families Anonymous is a support group for family members and friends who are concerned about drug use/behavioral problems with a loved one.
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.: “Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti” holiday concert with members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.
Tuesday, December 17
11:30 a.m.: Michael Strevens, Professor of Philosophy at NYU, discusses “Is Science Irrational?” at the Princeton Public Library.
Wednesday, December 18
11 a.m.: Baby Storytime at the Princeton Public Library. Learn songs, rhymes, and storytelling games.
7 p.m.: James Christy play reading of “Egyptian Song.” The play is written by ACP Artist-in-Residence James Christy and will star Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock, Weeds) and Tala Ashe (Smash). It will be directed by Julliard fellow Michael Barakiva. Orginal music will be performed by Pew Fellow Hanna Khoury. This event is free to attend; Arts Council of Princeton.
Thursday, December 19
12:30 p.m.: “Jewish Life in Other Lands” presented by the Kosher Café West Program at Congregation Beth Chaim in Princeton Junction.
Friday, December 20
5:30 p.m.: A Joyous Evening celebration at Morven Museum & McCarter Theatre. The festivities begin with a pre-theater cocktail reception at Morven followed by a staging of The Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre.
8 p.m.: “Christmas Pops” concert with Philip Orr on piano. Devin Mariman conducts; Bristol Chapel on the campus of Westminster Choir College, Princeton.
8:15 p.m.: The Princeton Folk Music Society celebrates Christmas with “Noel Sing We Clear” at Christ Congregation Church, 40 Walnut Lane in Princeton.
Saturday, December 21
1 p.m.: The American Repertory Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the State Theatre of N.J. in New Brunswick (also, at 4:30 p.m.).
1 to 3 p.m.: Celebrate the winter solstice with candle making at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed. Learn how to form and shape candles. Registration is required by calling (609) 737-7592.
7 p.m.: Café Improv at the Arts Council of Princeton where local artists can perform their music, poetry, and comedy on stage.
Sunday, December 22
2 p.m.: Princeton Pro Musica concert at the Trenton War Memorial in Trenton.
2 p.m.: Princeton Brass Band Holiday Concert at Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University.
Monday, December 23
10:30 to 11 a.m.: Stories and songs in German for children and parents ages 2 and older; Princeton Public Library.
Tuesday, December 24
11 a.m.: Santa’s annual arrival at the Princeton airport. Bring a wrapped gift with your child’s name in large print and Santa will distribute the gift when he arrives. Participants are also asked to bring one unwrapped gift for donation through the Mercer County Board of Social Services; Princeton Airport, Route 206.
4 p.m.: Christmas Eve services at the Princeton Alliance Church (services will repeat again at 5:30 and 7 p.m.); 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro.
Wednesday, December 25
1 p.m.: Washington’s historic crossing re-enactment at Washington Crossing State Park. The event is free to attend; Washington Crossing, Pa.
Thursday, December 26
11:30 to 1 p.m.: Snowflake cutting for the entire family; Princeton Public Library.
Friday, December 27
1 p.m.: The Fifes & Drums of the Old Barracks Concert at 100 Barrack Street in Trenton. The concert will consist of colonial music and marches. Call (609) 396-1776 to reserve seats in advance.
3 p.m.: Free screening of the children’s film Epic at Princeton Public Library.
Saturday, December 28
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Meet British, Hessian, and American troop re-enactors at this Patriots Week celebration at the Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street in Trenton.
3 p.m.: Free screening of the children’s film The Croods at Princeton Public Library.
Sunday, December 29