This time of year is simply magical, but it can often be drowned out by the stress this season can often bring as well. In order to keep the holiday spirit alive, we suggest you and your family step away from the shopping websites and enjoy these holiday experiences together instead. They’ll create beautiful, lasting memories that are worth much more than anything that comes in a box. And yes, that includes your new flatscreen. See our top holiday events below.


Holiday Events Around Mercer County:

Gingerbread Decorating & Skating with Santa

Nassau Inn

10 Palmer Square, Princeton

When: December 14th, 10:00am

Take the family and get creative with some gingerbread cookies. Afterwards you can skate off the extra sugar with Santa on the new eco-friendly iceskating rink (located on Hulfish Street behind Nassau Inn).

Gingerbread with a P in frosting


Holiday Pops Concert

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

68 Nassau Street, Princeton

When: December 14th, 3pm & 6pm

Love Christmas music? This concert features tap-dancing toy soldiers and beautiful seasonal music capped by a festive sing-along with the Princeton High School Choir.

Holiday Pops concert


A Christmas Carol

McCarter Theatre, Yankee Doodle Tap Room

When: December 18th, 5pm

A Christmas Carol is playing all month long at McCarter, but we're listing this date because you get to enjoy a special 3-course meal at the historic Yankee Doodle Tap Room along with it. See link for details on tickets and locations.

A Christmas Carol McCarter Theatre


Pajama Storytime: The Night Before Christmas

Morven Museum

55 Stockton Street, Princeton

When: December 20th, 5:30pm

Stroll across the lawn to Morven’s Stockton Education Center for a new family tradition: snack and holiday stories, music, and sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus. Award-winning illustrator Gennady Spirin will be on hand for a book signing following the reading and sing-a-long. Bring your favorite blanket for this special holiday event.

Morven night porch


The Nutcracker

Performed by the American Repertory Ballet

Various Dates & Locations (see link above for details)

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and cast of more than 100. A perfect holiday treat this season!

Nutcracker ballet dancers



To see more holiday events happening in Mercer, check them out here. Also be sure to see all the tree lightings that are making our hearts happy and bright.