Each year thousands of visitors come to celebrate Patriots Week in Trenton. If you didn’t know, Trenton had a unique and pivotal role in the Revolutionary War, specifically during the Battle of Trenton, which was a turning point for Washington and is still worth celebrating today. If you’re already thinking that history is a bit boring, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the events taking place around Capital City during this celebration. We’re talking pub crawls (in buildings and streets that are the same as they were in 1776), cannon firings, colonial balls, kid activities and more. This is also a SIX day event with over 50 events, so you’ll be sure to find plenty of fun. See our highlighted events to attend below:

Planetarium Shows

New Jersey State Museum

205 West State Street, Trenton

December 26th, 9am - 4:45pm

Planetarium shows include a live demonstration of the sky set to December 25, 1776. Learn about the constellations and planets that occupied the sky on the stormy evening George Washington crossed the Delaware


Revolutionary Pub Crawl


14 South Warren Street, Trenton

December 26th, 6pm - 10pm

Join in on this period pub crawl of downtown Trenton’s watering holes and restaurants. Attendees must mention the passcode: MERCER to receive your wrist band and ticket at the door for a special giveaway. Pub crawl starts at Checkers!


People enjoying a pub crawl at a Trenton Bar


Tours of the Old Barracks

Old Barracks Museum

101 Barrack Street, Trenton

 December 26th, 10am - 5pm

The Old Barracks Museum offers tours that detail Trenton’s role in the 18th century, as well as the details of the Battle of Trenton.


Reenactors standing at attention at the Old Barracks Museum


Hogmanay! Scottish Celebration of the New Year

1719 William Trent House Museum

15 Market Street, Trenton

December 28th, 1pm - 2pm

Closing out the 300th year since the construction of the 1719 William Trenton House will be the celebration of Hogmanay in honor of Trent’s Scottish heritage. Come hear bagpipes, eat Scottish meat pastries and other seasonal treats and send your wishes for 2019 up in smoke.



Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour

Starting at Starbucks

102 South Warran Street, Trenton

December 30th, 10am - 12pm

A 10 block interpretive walk brings to life the events of the two battles of Trenton. The tour includes the historic Trenton Battle Monument and ends up along the Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park.


Re-enactors firing muskets during demonstrations


Capital Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey New Year’s Eve Concert

The War Memorial, Patriots Theatre

1 Memorial Drive, Trenton

December 31st, 8pm - 9pm

Grab some friends and gather together for some fun and uplifting music. There will be a pre-concert performance 7:10 - 7:40 featuring Brett Miller Great War Memorial Moller Theater Organ.



Re-enactors dancing at the Patriot's Week Ball

For a full list of events and prices per event click here.


For even more to do this winter, check out our ultimate guide to winter activities in Mercer HERE.