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Wednesday, November 26

11 a.m.: Opening of Morven Museum’s Festival of Trees exhibit (on view through January 4, 2015).

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).

Friday, November 28

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

11 a.m. to 2 p.m: “Hello Holidays” at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Includes traditional brunch favorites along with peppermint hot chocolates and spiked hot apple cider. Call (609) 586-0616 ext. 111.

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.

7:30 p.m.: ADHD Support Group meeting for adults with ADHD and parents of children with ADHD. The cost is $5 to attend. All are welcome; Princeton Speech-Language and Learning Center, 19 Wall Street, Princeton.

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.

7 p.m.: Nick Hilton Holiday Shopping Fundraiser. Ten percent of every purchase benefits Daytop N.J. at Crawford House; 221 Witherspoon Street.

7 p.m.: Brooke Shields reads from her new memoir There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me. The cost is $40 to attend. Visit www.prince for more information; Hyatt, Carnegie Center, West Windsor.

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 Noonan 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).

6 p.m.: Tree of Light Celebration at The Lewis School, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton.

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

Saturday, December 6

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Spend the morning with Santa at Morven Museum. Families will enjoy cookies, holiday crafts, and posing for pictures with Santa.

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 (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.: Westminster Concert Bell Choir presents An English Christmas at Bristol Chapel in Princeton.

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

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.

5 to 7:30 p.m.: Festival of Trees Holiday Party at Morven Museum and Garden.

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

Monday, December 8

7:30 p.m.: Featured poets Rick Black and Jill Stein read from their works followed by an open-microphone session. This event is free; Princeton Public Library.

Tuesday, December 9

7 p.m.: “Medication for ADHD” presentation with best selling author and psychologist Dr. Ari Tuckerman; John Witherspoon Middle School, Princeton.

Wednesday, December 10

3:30 p.m.: Carols of Many Nations at the Princeton Theological Seminary. Readings and carols by candlelight in celebration of Christmas. Free to attend; Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary.

5:45 p.m.: Hanukkah celebration for children and families at Beth El Synagogue (best suited for children ages 3 to 8). Free; 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor.

Thursday, December 11

1:30 p.m.: “Simple Steps to a Quick Pantry Makeover” at McCaffrey’s Princeton at the Princeton Shopping Center. Free.

Friday, December 12

8 p.m.: An Evening of Readings and Carols at the Princeton University Chapel. Includes performances by the Westminster Chapel Choir, Westminster Concert Bell Choir, the New Jersey Youth Orchestra, and more.

Saturday, December 13

4 p.m.: Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday POPS! concert at Richardson Auditorium.

6 p.m.: A Child’s Christmas in Wales performance by The Princeton Singers at Trinity Church of Princeton. Enjoy a narration of Dylan Thomas’s classic story. Best suited for children ages 10 and older.

Sunday, December 14

3 p.m.: The Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra presents their Winter 2014 concert at the Montgomery High School Performing Arts Center in Skillman. The concert will feature performances by the GPYO symphonic orchestra, concert orchestra, and choir.