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

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

Festival of Trees Save the Date flyer

Morven Museum & Gardens

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

Palmer square Christmas tree light display

Palmer Square

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!


Holiday Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards

Award-winning wines on mantel at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540

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!

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker dancers in a row a at McCarter Theatre Center

McCarter Theatre Center

91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
Dates: November 29, 2019 - December 1, 2019

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

Ice Skating digital illustration of a man and a woman

Palmer Square

11 Hulfish Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

Dates: November 30, 2019 - February 29, 2019,

Thursday-Friday 4-7pm
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

Holiday Wreath on the door at the Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Dates: December 2, 2019

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

Girl in front of a Christmas tree holding a Gingerbread House she made

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

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! 

Deck the Walls: Chalk, Talk & Wine banner

Crossing Vineyards & Winery

1853 Wrightstown Road Newtown, PA 18940

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 

Governors' Girls standing in front of a fireplace with stockings

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540

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

Princeton Symphony Orchestra tap dancing toy soldiers live performance

Princeton Symphony Orchestra

68 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08544

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

The Night before Christmas with Gennady Spirin Artwork for PJ Storytime

Morven Museum & Garden

55 Stockton Street Princeton, Princeton, NJ 08540

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.

A Christmas Carol performers on set at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ

Yankee Doodle Tap Room  & McCarter Theatre 

Dates: December 18, 2019

Package includes:

  • 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

Decorated Gingerbread people with frosting scarves, buttons, and smiley faces on a table with sprinkles

Palmer Square 

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!

Photos with Santa

 Nassau Inn

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!