The Holiday Season has arrived!
Spice up your holiday season with these exciting events in Mercer County. From holiday shopping, amazing Christmas tree displays and photos with Santa, this year just might be the best one yet! Check out our Travel Blog for more holiday ideas such as must-see Tree Lightings, and our Winter Activities in Mercer County for fun ideas for the upcoming months.
- Patriots Week 2019
- Festival of Trees at Morven
- Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
- Holiday Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards
- The Nutcracker
- Ice Skating In Palmer Square
- Make Your Own Holiday Wreath at Morven
- Gingerbread House Workshops
- Deck the Walls!
- Holiday Tea Party with the Governors' Girls
- Holiday Pops Concert
- Pajama Story time: The Night Before Christmas with Gennady Spirin
- A Christmas Carol Dinner
- Gingerbread Decorating & Skating with Santa
- Breakfast with Santa
Patriots Week 2019!
December 26, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Celebrate America's history with the largest Revolutionary festival in the country right in the heart of Trenton from December 26th-31st! 2019 is the 243rd anniversary of the Battles of Trenton, the most important battles of the Revolutionary War. Remember the picture of Washington crossing the Delaware? He was headed to Trenton to change the course of history.
Festival of Trees at Morven
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dates: November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020, weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: Festival of Trees included with Regular Admission $10.00; Free for Friends of Morven
Festival of Trees is an annual highlight of the holiday season showcasing a juried collection of trees and mantles displayed throughout the museum’s galleries, upstairs and down. This year’s theme invites visitors to enjoy the newly reimagined first and second-floor galleries, featuring trees inspired by 18th through 20th-century decor. Docents will be available to answer questions, no formal tours are given during the Festival.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
Date: November 29, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stop by the Green at Palmer Square to watch them light 32,000 lights atop the 65-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce! Enjoy it with the School of Rock entertaining, and don’t forget to stop by Lindt right next door for some hot chocolate.
For a complete list, Check our Tree lighting Blog! https://www.visitprinceton.org/blog/post/tree-lightings-in-mercer-county-2019/
Holiday Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards
Dates: November 29, 2019 - December 1, 2019, daily
Time: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Celebrate the holidays with families and friends at Terhune Orchards. Relax after Thanksgiving with a wine tasting and glass of wine on the farm. Sample our delicious Gift Basket "ingredients" - homemade baked goods, apple butter and more.
Holiday Wine Trail Weekend - Make a day of visiting New Jersey wineries on the Wine Trail. If you are participating in the Garden State Wine Growers Association Wine Trail weekend, receive a wreath and ornament at the first winery you visit, and then collect an ornament at each winery you visit after. Terhune Orchards has special apple seed ornaments for your collection.
Enjoy fun for the whole family, take a stroll around the farm, visit our barnyard of animals and choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath. Start your holiday shopping. Unique selection of gift baskets, with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine - perfect for anyone on your list!
American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.
Ice Skating in Palmer Square
Dates: November 30, 2019 - February 29, 2019,
Saturday-Sunday 12-3pm & 4-7pm
We are offering something a little different this year- Ice skating in the Square! Enjoy one of the most celebrated holiday traditions. Bundle up and ice skate, on our synthetic skating rink (so it’s not as cold when your bum lands on the ice, err, surface!), under twinkling lights in the perfect setting to get into the Christmas spirit.
Make Your Own Holiday Wreath at Morven
Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Enjoy a new holiday tradition while creating your own wreath with Morven’s gardeners! Morven will provide everything you need to create your lasting treasure including a variety of decorations- many from Morven’s own gardens, as well as cones, nuts, pods, holiday bling, and ribbon for bow making. No experience is required – they will get you started and offer advice throughout the two-hour session!
Gingerbread House Workshops
Dates: December 7, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Enjoy a new tradition by creating a gingerbread holiday house to take home. Constructed gingerbread house and candy decorations provided, as well as holiday background films and music; hot cocoa and cookies donated by Starbucks, Princeton. Bring your imagination and enjoy some holiday cheer!
Deck the Walls!
Dates: December 12, 2019
Chalk, Talk and Holiday Cheer.
Create a custom holiday piece for your home using the hottest trend in crafting - glass etching - brought to you by Chalk Couture. This guided experience includes all materials, choice of design, and your own work of art to keep! Reservations suggested.
Holiday Tea Party With The Governors' Girls
Date: December 12, 2019
Join us for an entertaining afternoon with some of the “Governors’ Girls”, daughters of New Jersey Governors Hughes and Cahill. Put on your white cotton gloves, or holiday attire, and enjoy a lively discussion and four-course tea catered by Perfect Blend followed by a tour of Morven’s Festival of Trees - a splendid holiday afternoon.
Holiday Pops Concert
Dates: December 14, 2019
Embrace the spirit of the holidays with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra! This cheerful concert features tap-dancing toy soldiers and beautiful seasonal music capped by a festive carol sing-along led by the Princeton High School Choir. Program includes music by Victor Herbert, Irving Berlin, Tchaikovsky, and Strauss.
Pajama Storytime: The Night Before Christmas with Gennady Spirin
Dates: December 20, 2019
At 5:30 p.m. 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.
Enjoy a 3-course meal at the historic Yankee Doodle Tap Room followed by a performance of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre.
Dates: December 18, 2019
- 3-course meal at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room
- Parking voucher at Chambers or Hulfish Garage
- Performance ticket to 7:30pm of A Christmas Carol at McCarter Theatre
Gingerbread Decorating & Skating with Santa
Dates: December 14, 2019
Join us for a day of festive fun decorating gingerbread!
First, we’ll get creative with the Yankee Doodle Tap Room
After we will head outside for Skating with Santa at Palmer Square’s eco-friendly outdoor skating rink!
10am – Gingerbread Decorating inside the Nassau Inn
11am – Skating with Santa on the back patio (located on Hulfish Street Behind the Nassau Inn Hotel)
Breakfast with Santa - SOLD OUT!
10 Palmer Square East
December 15, 2019, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Join us in welcoming the most magical man around to the most magical place in town. Santa Clause will be visiting the Nassau Inn on December 15th for two special events. Breakfast seating is at 9am and Brunch at 12pm. Enjoy a delicious meal, one on one time with the big man himself, and a keepsake family photo with Santa. Reservations are required. This event WILL sell out!