The holidays are over, and a new year has begun. Let’s get into 2021 by continuing to love our local businesses, but not neglecting to love ourselves in the process. Let's keep getting fresh air, trying something new or even just taking time to enjoy life.  But what is there to do this winter for self-love? Well, we have some ideas for you.


Grounds for Sculpture

80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

Beautiful in every season. This is a place where art comes to life. Walk along gazing at over 200 sculptures among a beautifully landscaped park with exotic trees and winter flowers. It’s like walking through a real-life painting and an experience that will keep you coming back to explore more.

Tickets are required before arriving. You can purchase timed tickets online through their website. Groups are limited to your household only.

Two young ladies posing in winter gear at Grounds for Sculpture in Princeton, NJ.

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Pinot’s Palette

127 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ

Paint, wine, and a night where you can leave feeling like Van Gogh. Create something spectacular with friends and family! Book a VIP party to have a private room, or choose the take-home paint kit to have a paint & sip party in your own space. Ready, set, paint!

A woman holding a completed scene painted at Pinot's Palette in Princeton, NJ.

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Palmer Square’s Outdoor Glice Skating Rink

Hulfish Street behind the Nassau Inn Hotel, Princeton

OPEN SKATE – Friday, November 20th – February 28th 2021

  • Thursday – Friday, 4pm – 7pm
  • Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm & 4pm – 7pm
  • Tickets sold at the door only. $10 cash per person, bring your skates or borrow them for free! No reservations required.

One of our favorite winter activities is ice skating, which is why we’re very excited about the return of Palmer Square’s ice skating! The outdoor rink allows us to embrace the beauty of the season while overlooking beautiful Palmer Square. Afterward we have an excuse to visit The Bent Spoon for Hot Chocolate. Perfect winter day complete.

Palmer Square’s Outdoor Glice Skating Rink in Princeton, NJ.

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Princeton Pop-Up Paper Crane Project

69 Palmer Square West, Princeton, NJ

The Princeton Paper Crane Project was developed as a symbol of hope in the middle of a global pandemic, amid protests against racial inequality, economic hardship, and uncertainty around every corner. Our community submitted 18,000 cranes for this project, and they all include personalized images, messages, names of loved ones and more.

Come see the pop-up paper crane project to experience the peace they bring to those around them!

Princeton Pop-Up Paper Crane Project

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Winter Hike at Mercer Meadows

111-167 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence Township, NJ

Some of the best hiking can be done in the winter. Why? The trails are less crowded and the wilderness often displays its most pristine beauty. If you dress properly, it can be a great way to fit in exercise and grab some fresh air. Mercer Meadows is an easy, scenic trail for the whole family to enjoy. The routes are well-marked and mostly on flat gravel. Great spot for photographing birds and butterflies as well!

A deer crossing a path at Mercer Meadows in winter near Princeton, NJ.

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Looking for more winter adventures in Mercer? See below!