Each year visitors from all over 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 by 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 many virtual and in-person events, so you’ll be sure to find plenty of fun. See our highlighted events to attend below:

Tours of the Old Barracks

Old Barracks Museum

101 Barrack Street, Trenton

 December 27th, 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. This event is happening on other dates as well. Check the website for details:


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 26th, 3pm - 4pm

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 2021 up in smoke.


Trenton Battlefield Walking Tour

Starting at Starbucks

102 South Warran Street, Trenton

December 27th, 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


Civil War Flag Unveiling

New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton

December 28th, 10am - 11am

Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling with flag historian David Martin and State Museum Curator Nicholas Ciotola. This is the latest rotation of historic flags from the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation. 

Civil War Flag


“George Washington, New Jersey and the Revolutionary War”

Online event

December 28th, 12pm - 1pm

The New Jersey State Library presents an online author talk with author, lecturer, and historian Joel Farkas. In this lecture, you’ll be introduced to a 21-year-old Virginia Militia Major named George Washington and follow him through a timeline of events including his time in New Jersey. You’ll follow a cause-and-effect timeline that includes famous events like the Revolutionary War; people like Martha Washington; battles including the Battle of Trenton; and a song.Infographic for an event about George Washington, NJ and the Revolutionary War

Register HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/680639897483546894

Annual New Year’s Eve Peace Vigil

Quaker Meeting House, 142 East Hanover, Trenton

December 31th, 5pm - 6pm

Join friends at the Meeting House for the Annual Vigil for Peace.

A candle in a person's hands


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 the holiday events in our area HERE.