Princeton Events

There are so many things to see and do in the Princeton area.  Check out our calendar of events below.  If you're looking for a place to stay while in Princeton, check out our great hotels.  We also have a variety of wonderful restaurants and things to do.  There are also a few great annual events in the Princeton area.  Enjoy your visit with us!


12/14/2014 - 12/20/2014

Ongoing Events

"Botanicals Illuminated" NJ Native Species Art at D&R Greenway Exhibition

  • Date(s): 11/14/2014 - 01/09/2015
  • Recurring every week day
  • Times: business hours, business days but call to be sure Galleries Not Rented 609 924 4646
  • Location: D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place off Rosedale Road, Princeton NJ 08540
  • Contact: Carolyn Edelmann
  • Phone: (609) 924-4646
  • Admission: free but call to be sure galleries not rented
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D&R Greenway presents Botanicals Illuminated art, beginning Friday, November 14. Art+10, an elite group of Princeton regional artists, created new works on NJ native plants, on D&R Greenway Preserves. Award-winning botanical illustrators are featured in the Upmeyer Room. “Curator’s Choice”, in the Evelyne V. Johnson Room celebrates regional botanical artists, Karen McLean, Carol Sanzalone and Madelaine Shellaby. Botanicals Illuminated is open to view November 14 through January 9, business hours of business days. Meet the artists at their reception Friday, November 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register for this free festivity at All art is for sale, a percentage supporting D&R Greenway’s preservation and stewardship of New Jersey land.

A Christmas Carol

  • Date(s): 12/05/2014 - 12/28/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Tues-Thurs- 7:30pm; Fri- 8pm; Sat- 3pm & 8pm; Sun- 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Location: McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 258-2787
  • Admission: $25-$75
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Bring your family to meet ours and celebrate the season with McCarter’s critically-acclaimed production of Dickens’ classic masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. This timeless story follows Ebenezer Scrooge on magical and transformative journey through past, present, and future as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas and generosity of spirit that embodies the holiday season. Join us for the perennial favorite the New York Times calls “A must-see,” and make this cherished McCarter tradition part of yours!

Find The Holiday Elf 1st Annual Scavenger Hunt

  • Date(s): 12/06/2014 - 12/31/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12pm-9pm
  • Location: Businesses in Bordentown City, Bordentown City, NJ
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Bordentown City has Holiday Elves hiding in various businesses throughout Town. These Elves carry the clues to help you solve the “Secret” message. HOW TO PLAY: Each Elf will have a word that will help you solve the “Secrete Message.” Your game card will give you clues about the businesses in town that these Elves are hiding in! Figure out who the business is and you will find your Elf! 5 STEPS 1.Match the clue to the business 2.Find the Elf and write the word on game card 3.Solve the “Secret Message” 4.Drop off your game card to Jesters Café and make sure to fill out your contact information so we can notify you if you won Bordentown Bucks! 5.Good Luck & Have Fun FREE TO PLAY! **Game Cards Available for Download and Print as of Dec 6th or can be picked up at Jesters Cafe. December 6th QUESTIONS: EMAIL:

Santa's Helpers Walking Tour

  • Date(s): 12/06/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:00am & 12:30pm
  • Location: Tours start in front of the Mediterra Fountain on Palmer Square at 40 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Princeton Tour Company
  • Phone: 18557431415
  • Admission: $5 per family - all proceeds benefit the YMCA Summer Camp program to assist children of Princeton to attend summer camp
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This family friendly, slow paced and picturesque strolling tour is designed for grandparents and parents with 4yr, 5yr & 6yr old children who are fascinated by All Things Santa! Along this 1hr route, guests will be guided by Santa's favorite ambassadors. The clever pair will share details of life on the North Pole, how Santa met Mrs. Claus, why holiday trees exist, preferred snacks of reindeer, where Santa vacations after the holiday season and MORE! Along the route, ambassadors will show proof of Santa's sleigh coming through Palmer Square, they'll share the average height of an elf and insider tidbits to be sure letters arrive to Santa safely! Guests on the tour will receive an email from Santa on Christmas Eve encouraging them to get some rest and be excited for the big day! The tours will begin and end inside Palmer Square. Once registered, guests will receive a confirmation e-ticket detailing the beginning and ending of this darling tour guaranteed to make anyone a believer in the magic of the holiday season. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to bring cameras for this event! Santa adores Palmer Square so it's not unusual to see him on the Square during these tours and the holiday season!

The Nutcracker

  • Date(s): 12/19/2014 - 12/21/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 11/19 2:30pm; 11/20 1pm & 4:30pm; 11/21 1pm & 4:30
  • Location: 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Admission: $32-67
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"The story is familiar, but its magic never grows tiresome—and American Repertory Ballet tells it with a wealth of details," says Robert Johnson of The Star-Ledger American Repertory Ballet presents the annual return of The Nutcracker this holiday season! The lush Victorian-era production features Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score performed with a live orchestra, a cast of over 100 performers, plus beautiful costumes and sets. Director Douglas Martin’s Nutcracker choreography is “a marvel of deliberate grace…filled with bounding energy,” (Robert Johnson, Star-Ledger). American Repertory Ballet’s critically acclaimed dancers will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the classic tale of a girl’s magical holiday journey. Photos by George Jones and Leighton Chen.

Candle Making

  • Date(s): 12/20/2014 - 12/20/2014
  • Times: 1:00-3:00PM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: Per person: $10 members/$15 non-members
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice and the return of the light by making candles with the Teacher-Naturalists! We will create hand-dipped candles, sand candles, and molded candles. Learn how to shape candles and add embellishments, then go home with your unique handmade gifts! 8 years old - adult, registration required.

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Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
182 Nassau Street, Suite 301
Princeton, NJ 08542
Phone: 609-924-1776