Friday

December 2

School Sports

High School South Boys Basketball, 609-716-5000, ext.5134. at Hunterdon Central. Scrimmage. 4 p.m.

Drama

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. Musical comedy about life in parochial school. $20. 8 p.m.

A Christmas Carol-The Musical, Kelsey Theater, MCCC, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseyatmccc.org. Playful Theater presents Alan Menken’s musical. Through December 4. $16. 8 p.m.

The Bacchae 2.1, Princeton University Theater & Dance Program, Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu. Charles Mee drama. $10. 8 p.m.

Wonderland Salvage, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Drama set after 9/11 about an apparition of the Virgin Mary in the window of a pet store owned by an Arab-American. Through December 10. $12. 8 p.m.

Is There Life After High School?, Westminster Choir College, The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663. Comedy. $15. 8 p.m.

Dinner Theater

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Omicron Theater Productions, Tiffany’s Restaurant, 812 Route 33, Hamilton, 609-443-5598. Dinner and interactive show. Reservations, $49. 7:30 p.m.

Film

The Orphans of Nkandla, Princeton University Global AIDS Campaign, McCosh 10, 609-258-3000. www.princeton.edu/~sgac. Screening of documentary by award-winner Brian Woods follows three families in rural Zululand to see how HIV/AIDS has affected the children. 7:30 p.m.

Literati

Andrew Gibson, The Fund for Irish Studies, Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu/Irishcal.htm. Author of “Joyce En Route to Ulysses: The Tristine Writings 1907-12.” Free. 4:30 p.m.

Classical Music

Recent Pasts 20/21 Conversation, Institute for Advanced Study, West Building Lecture Hall, 609-734-8228. www.ias.edu. Past, Present, and Future: John Corigliano speaks with Michael Boriskin and Jon Magnussen. Associated with “Snapshots and Legacies” concert in Wolfensohn Hall at 8 p.m. Register. Free. 4 p.m.

Snapshots and Legacies: The Music of John Corigliano, Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall, 609-734-8228. www.ias.edu. Concert by the ensemble Music from Copland House features Corigliano, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland. Also December 3. Register. Free. 8 p.m.

Art

Princeton Day School, The Great Road, Princeton, 609-924-6700. www.pds.org. Reception for “Fay Sciarra: Original Paintings on Canvas, Glass, and Found Objects,” Booksigning of “Sacred Spaces, Princeton Parties, Gatherings, and Celebrations” by Debbie Tunnell, Dale Engelbert, and Susan Szymanski. On view through December 16. 5 to 8 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Kenny Garrett Quartet, CAPPS, Mount-Burke Theater, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. www.peddie.org/capps. Grammy Award winning alto soprano saxophone player and his band. Pre-concert chat at 7 p.m. $15. 8 p.m.

Cool Yule Jazz III, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. Philip Orr, piano; Jerry Rife, clarinet; and guests performing jazz arrangements of holiday favorites. $20. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Benefit Boutique, Coldwell Bank Princeton Junction Office, Windrows Hall, 2000 Windrow Drive, Plainsboro, 609-750-4142. Benefit for Coldwell Banker Cares to raise funds to provide shelter to children and family in the community. Hors d’oeuvres, libations, vendors, and door prizes. $10 admission. 4 to 9 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Outside main entrance, 609-584-6581. Music, entertainment, and refreshments. A visitor in a red suit is expected to drive up on a motorcycle. Lights on the tree may be purchased in memory or as a tribute to friends, relatives, or co-workers. $5 to $20. 6 p.m.

Gala, Drumthwacket Foundation, 354 Stockton Street, 609-683-0591. www.drumthwacket.org. Festivities hosted by Governor and Mrs. Richard J. Codey include light supper and music. A major fundraiser, the evening benefits the preservation of the house and grounds and opening the house for public tours. $250. 7 to 10 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Sherry Davey with Patrick O’Donnell, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. Also Saturday, December 3. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Help Keep Your Child Healthy During Flu Season, Princeton Alliance Church, Scudders Mill & Schalks Crossing roads, 609-799-9000. www.paccma.org. Pediatrician Dawn Thompson gives the inside scoop on what every parent needs to know to keep a child healthy during the winter months. She is an assistance clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

History

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Tour through 18 rooms decorated for a Victorian Christmas holiday featuring more than 40 decorated trees, an 1890s dollhouse, antique toys, holiday tunes from the past, and 150 poinsettia plants. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Jersey Valley Model Railroad Club, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Annual December open house features an HO scale model railroad with six trains running simultaneously by six people under the control of a dispatcher at a large control board. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Career Expo, Princeton Girl Scouts, Princeton Township Hall, 400 Witherspoon Street, 609-933-9884. Career exploration event for area girls in high school and middle schools. Panel members include Michele Tuck-Ponder, community leader; Corporal JoAnne Malta, emergency preparedness; Barbara Thompson, chemist; Andrea Didisheim, pediatric physical therapist; Antoinette Buckley, writer; Karin Ringwald, chef; and Kef Kasdin, business and marketing. 5:30 to 7 p.m.

For Families

Swim with Santa, Princeton Family YMCA, Princeton Theological Seminary Pool, Emmons Drive, West Windsor, 609-497-9622. Annual event for the whole family to swim with Santa and snap photos. Cameras invited. Free. 6 to 8 p.m.

Lectures

The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present, and Future, Princeton University, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, 609-258-3000. www.wws.princeton.edu. Continues December 3.

Live Music

Ryan Forrester, The 449 Room, 449 South Broad, Trenton, 609-989-7777. www.449room.com. Singer-songwriter showcase features Ryan Forrester on guitar. The venue was formerly known as the Urban Word Cafe. 8 p.m.

Christine Havrilla, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 9 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Assortment of sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. Sale continues through December 17. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. Nicholas Bazaar, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Holly, gingerbread houses, St. Nicholas, antiques, china, hand knit children’s sweaters, Cookie Walk, books, gently used holiday attire, poinsettias, and fresh decorated wreaths. Junior Shoppers room. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sports

Princeton Women’s Hockey, Princeton, 609-258-3538. www.princeton.edu. Cornell. Free. 7 p.m.

Trenton Titans Hockey, Sovereign Bank Arena, Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-599-9500. www.trentontitans.com. Charlotte. $11 to $26. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday

December 3

School Sports

For WW-P school sports information, call the hotline: 609-716-5000, ext. 5134.

High School South Boys Basketball. at Holy Cross. Scrimmage. 5 p.m.

High School South Girls Basketball. Holy Cross. Scrimmage. 5 p.m.

Dance

The Nutcracker, American Repertory Ballet, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-984-8400. www.arballet.org. “Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker.” $22 to $34. 1 and 4:30 p.m.

The New Age Nutcracker, West Windsor Recreation and Parks, Grover Middle School, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. The West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Company performs a narrated version encompassing ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz. Register. Also Sunday, December 4, 1 p.m. $8. 2 and 7 p.m.

Alicia Wezel, a student at High School South, and Marissa Wiener, a student at Community Middle School, share the role of Clara. Soloists include Jennifer Rogers, High School South; Caitlin Maliszewski and Alison Durkee, both of High School North; and Jamuna Chiarhi, an instructor at the Dance Corner Studio.

Drama

A Christmas Carol-The Musical, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseyatmccc.org. Family musical. $16. 2 and 8 p.m.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. Musical. $20. 8 p.m.

The Bacchae 2.1, Princeton University Theater & Dance Program, Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu. Drama. $10. 8 p.m.

Wonderland Salvage, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Drama. $12. 8 p.m.

Is There Life After High School?, Westminster Choir College, The Playhouse, Princeton, 609-921-2663. Comedy. $15. 8 p.m.

Film

Jewish Film Series, Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, West Windsor, 609-799-9401. www.bethchaim.org. Screening of “A Price Above Rubies,” the first of the three-part film series featuring film, discussion, and dessert. Directed by Boaz Yakin, Renee Zellweger stars as a young woman from an ultra orthodox community. Ted Ross of West Windsor chairs the event. Register. Donations invited. 7:30 p.m.

Art

Experimental Film Symposium, 101 McCormick Hall and Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3788. www.imagesbetweenimagesnet. A one-day symposium devoted to the film and installations of Chantal Akerman, presented in conjunction with the exhibition ‘25eme ecran,’ based on her 1993 film ‘D’Est at the museum. Reception in the museum follows. Register via E-mail to between@princeton.edu. 9 a.m.

Cotsen Children’s Library, Firestone Library, 609-258-2697. www.princeton.edu. “The Ancient Art of Paper-Cutting: A Demonstration Talk by Master Paper Artist, Hou-Tien Cheng” in conjunction with the exhibition “Wonderful Stories for Pictures: Hans Christian Andersen and His Illustrators” in honor of the bicentenary of Andersen’s birth. Register. 10 a.m.

Art for Kids, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “Let’s Make Music,” Maxine Lampert. Arts-related project follows. 10 a.m. to noon.

Studio Show and Sale, Studio for Fine Ceramic Objects, 159 Van Dyke Road, Hopewell, 609-466-0887. Colored clay dishes by Jurg Lanzrein, collages by Lucy James, and pottery by Beatrice Landolt. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A.R.T. Space Gallery, 53 Hulfish Street, Princeton, 609-924-7644. www.artrealization.org. “Small Works,” an exhibit of art work by more than 20 artists with severe physical challenges. Using specially-developed technologies, Artistic Realization Technologies has give them a means of self-expression through painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. On view through December 31. Noon to 8 p.m.

Dancing

Central Jersey Dance Society, Unitarian Church, 50 Cherry Hill Road, 609-945-1883. www.centraljerseydance.org. Workshop, lessons, and open dance. $11. Each workshop, $10. 6 p.m.

Literati

Princeton University Store, 36 University Place, 609-921-8500. Alan P. Lightman reads and signs “Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th Century Science.” Free. 2 p.m.

Classical Music

Snapshots and Legacies: The Music of John Corigliano, Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall, 609-734-8228. www.ias.edu. See December 2 listing. Register. Pre-concert talk with Jon Magnussen at 6:30 p.m. Free. 8 p.m.

One World of Carols, New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus, Unitarian Universalist Church, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-396-7774. www.njgmc.org. Holiday music from Europe and North and South America including Conrad Susa’s “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” and the Hebrew hymn “Maoz Tsur.” $20. 8 p.m.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. Concert of traditional holiday works and original compositions on the world’s largest set of handbells. $20. 8 p.m.

Folk Music

The Trio, Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ Congregation Church, 55 Walnut Lane, 609-799-0944. www.princetonol.com. The group’s 40th anniversary concert features folk group Anne Hills, Priscilla Herdman, and Cindy Mangsen. $15. 8:15 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Darla Rich Quintet, Hopewell Bistro, 15 East Broad Street, Hopewell, 609-466-9889. www.acmemusicco.com. Jazz vocals and dancing. $15 minimum. 7 p.m.

Pop Music

The Lascivious Biddies, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-689-1089. www.groundsforsculpture.org. All-female quartet in concert. $18. 7:30 p.m.

Faith

Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East Windsor, 609-443-4454. “Song of Salvation at Weihsien Prison Camp” presented by Assemblywoman Mary Previte. During World War II, she was taken from school and placed in a Japanese internment camp where she was held captive for several years. 11:30 p.m.

Good Causes

The Littlest Light On the Christmas Tree, American Cancer Society, Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton, 800-227-2345. www.cancer.org. Premiere of a family Christmas movie produced by Peter Lewis of Princeton and his late wife Lynne Lewis. She was a dancer who died in 2004 of ovarian cancer. Salvation Army brass band and offers of a movie-themed book. The movie will air on television and is available on DVD. Benefit for American Cancer Society. $5. 11:15 a.m.

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale to benefit the organization that supports people with developmental disabilities through residential and employment services. Vaseful is the first known non-profit florist to employ 11 individuals with developmental disabilities. All proceeds support the program. Special orders and deliveries are welcome. Through December 11. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Naughty or Nice, Arts Council of Princeton, Herban Garden, Witherspoon Street and Robeson Place, 609-924-8777. Photos with Santa benefit the Arts Council; Christmas tree and wreath sale by Boy Scout Troop #43; and sales of “Heaven and Earth” CD by Westminster Choir College. 10 a.m.

Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, 609-924-8777. www.artcouncilofprinceton.org. Princeton area artists open their studios to the public as a benefit for the arts council. Several painters, a sculptor, and a basketweaver show their respective work and their workplace. Artists include Jeanne Pasley, Victoria Tsu Moy, Lucy Graves McVicker, Helen Schwartz, Betty Curtiss, Stan Kephart, and Donna Hunsberger. Art will be for sale and the artists will answer questions about what they do and how they do it. Call for map and information. Also Sunday, December 4. 1 to 4 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Sherry Davey with Patrick O’Donnell, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Fairs

Old-Fashioned Holiday Festivities, Borough Merchants of Princeton, Palmer Square Green, 609-921-0434. The 65-foot Norwegian spruce with thousands of multi-colored lights and festivities continue every weekend through Sunday, December 17. Noon to 4 p.m.

Horse and carriage rides, noon to 4 p.m.; Dixieland music, 2 to 4 p.m. Holiday gift wrapping at 53 Palmer Square West supports Princeton for New Orleans. Observe the contenders for the merchant’s window decorating contest as well as the wreaths adorning the light poles. Visit with Santa as he strolls around.

Traditions

Plainsboro Township, Municipal Building, Public Library, and Wicoff House, 609-799-0909. www.Plainsboro.com. Activities are scheduled throughout the afternoon featuring dance, theater, musical performances, exhibits, folk crafts, demonstrations, stories, costumes, and cooking demonstrations. Sample New Year traditions of Asia and the Far East, Winter Solstice, Twelfth Night, and Kwanzaa. “Passports” become entry forms for door prizes. Free. 12:30 p.m.

Winter Craft Show

High School South, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-716-5000, ext. 5050. Annual holiday craft show to benefit the PTSA. $1 donation requested. 9:30 a.m.

Faith

Princeton Presbyterian Church, 545 Meadow Road, West Windsor, 609-987-1166. Children’s Christmas craft party includes cookie decorating, Christmas songs, and the Christmas Story. 1 to 4 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Women’s Health Conference, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, Hyatt Regency, Carnegie Center, 888-742-7496. www.princetonhscs.org. Third annual conference features keynote speaker Carolyn Kepcher, Trump executive and star of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” Breakout sessions in women’s health. Speakers include Vivian Greenberg, social worker; and Sam Dyson and Tom Moody, patrolmen, West Windsor Police Department. Breakfast, lunch, and childcare included. Register. $45. 7:30 a.m.

Tai Chi, West Windsor Senior Center, 609-799-9068. Free. 8:30 a.m.

History

Brearley House Tour, Lawrence Historical Society, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-895-1728. www.thelhs.org. Tour of the restored 1761 eight-room Georgian style brick farmhouse. Free. 10 a.m. to noon.

Jersey Valley Model Railroad Club and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

House Tours

Holiday House Tour, Old Mill Hill Society, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 Front Street, Trenton, 609-656-9277. www.oldmillhillsociety.org. Annual tour of renovated and restored historic homes in the neighborhood that traces its founding back to 1679 when a small band of Quakers built Trenton’s first grist mill on the banks of the Assunpink Creek. A benefit for the historic preservation organization. $20. Noon to 5 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Saturday Stories, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. 10:30 a.m.

Tutoring, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. Students for Students offer free tutoring for grades 1 to 8. 10:30 a.m.

Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Breakfast with Santa. Juice, muffins, and holiday stories. Register. 11 a.m.

For Families

Christmas on the Farm, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. St. Nick and his elves arrive at 12:30 p.m. Gift baskets, sleigh bells, wreaths, other gift items for sale. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop, Lawrence Historical Society, Brearley House, Meadow Lane, Lawrenceville, 609-895-1728. www.thelhs.org. Holiday gift workshop for children ages 6 to 12 at 11 a.m. Tours of the Georgian home from 10 a.m. to noon. Refreshments. Free admission 10 a.m. to noon.

Santa and Snowy Arrive, Princeton Shopping Center, North Harrison Street, 609-921-6234. www.shoppingcenter.com. The fire engine brings the duo to the courtyard after looping around the center. Santa will tell stories, sing, and play the harp. Children may visit with Santa and Snowy and receive a free gift. Parents are welcome to take a photo or have a professional photo. Craft project for children available. 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Lectures

The Conservative Movement: Its Past, Present, and Future, Princeton University, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, 609-258-3000. www.wws.princeton.edu. 9 a.m.

Live Music

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 9 a.m.

Ranjit, Small World Coffee, 14 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-4377. Multilingual acoustic soul. 8:30 p.m.

Paul Gargiulo Band, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. 9 p.m.

What’s in Store

St. Nicholas Bazaar, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Holly, gingerbread houses, St. Nicholas, antiques, china, hand knit children’s sweaters, Cookie Walk, books, gently used holiday attire, poinsettias, and fresh decorated wreaths. Junior Shoppers room. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Boutique, Belle Mere Farm Alpacas & Llamas, Historic Schoolhouse, Griggstown Reformed Church, Canal Road, Griggstown, 908-359-9387. www.bellemerealpacas.com. Browse through sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens, socks, shawls, teddy bears, yarn, and raw alpaca fleece. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Bazaar, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 300 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-737-0985. www.stmatthews-nj.org. “Helly Dolly!” focuses on a collection of Broadway musical memorabilia, dolls, and doll clothing. Silent auction items include a Stradivarius violin and a grandfather clock with Westminster chimes. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Sports

Princeton Women’s Basketball, Princeton, 609-258-3538. www.princeton.edu. Colgate. $3. 7 p.m.

Princeton Women’s Hockey, Princeton, 609-258-3538. www.princeton.edu. Colgate. Free. 7 p.m.

Trenton Titans Hockey, Sovereign Bank Arena, Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-599-9500. www.trentontitans.com. Dayton. $11 to $26. 7 p.m.

Sunday

December 4

Dance

The New Age Nutcracker, West Windsor Recreation and Parks, Grover Middle School, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. The West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Company performs a narrated version encompassing ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz. Register. $8. 1 p.m.

Drama

A Christmas Carol-The Musical, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-584-9444. www.kelseyatmccc.org. Musical. $16. 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. First night of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale. Through December 24. Food drive for non-perishable canned food to be distributed to area food banks. $31 to $49. 5:30 p.m.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. Musical. $20. 6 p.m.

Art

Studio Show and Sale, Studio for Fine Ceramic Objects, 159 Van Dyke Road, Hopewell, 609-466-0887. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “What is an Altarpiece?” Susannah Rutherglen. 3 p.m.

Classical Music

Holiday Chamber Concert, Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, Church of Christ, 33 River Road, Princeton, 609-924-2550. www.gpyo.org. 3 p.m.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. Concert of traditional holiday works and original compositions on the world’s largest set of handbells. $20. 3 p.m.

Songs of the Season, College of New Jersey, Music Building Concert Hall, Ewing, 609-771-2775. www.easternwindsymphony.org. Eastern Wind Symphony and the College of New Jersey Chorale in concert. “Symphonic Season,” their new holiday CD, will be available at the concert. $12; seniors, $7. 8 p.m.

Opera Workshop, Westminster Choir College, Williamson Hall, 609-921-2663. Festive scenes from “La Cenerentola,” “Hansel and Gretel,” and “La Traviata.” Free. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, 609-924-8777. www.artcouncilofprinceton.org. Princeton area artists open their studios to the public as a benefit for the arts council. See December 3. 1 to 4 p.m.

Holiday Shopping Benefit, Ten Thousand Villages, Princeton Shopping Center, Harrison Street, 609-683-4464. www.tenthousandvillages.com. Handcrafted gifts and decorations made by artisans in disadvantaged areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sales benefit Women’s Refugee Program. 1 to 5 p.m.

An Evening with Maestro Nelson Shanks, American Red Cross, Chauncey Conference Center, Rosedale and Carter roads, 609-951-2114. www.njredcross.org. Live auction of fine art featuring works of the rising artists of Studio Incamminati. Artist Nelson Shanks founded the Philadelphia studio in 2002. Register. $100. 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Dinner Party, Boheme Opera, Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way, Trenton, 609-737-2346. Benefit dinner and entertainment by Paul Sulyok, who presents spoofs of “Aida” and “Susannah.” $60. 5 p.m.

Holiday Events

Holidays in the Village, Lawrenceville Main Street, Weeden Park, 609-219-9300. www.LawrencevilleMainStreet.com. Holiday music by Lawrenceville Brass Quintet, Santa arrives by fire truck, photos with Santa, lighting of the tree, Santa Claus returns to North Pole via fire truck. If inclement weather, activities will be at the Lawrenceville School, Clark Music Center. 3 to 3 p.m.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, West Windsor Division of the Mercer County Chamber, Ron Rogers Arboretum, corner of Route 571 and Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. Ninth annual tree lighting ceremony includes music, fireworks, and refreshments. Music for the non-denominational event is presented by West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South’s First Edition. Park at High School South. Raindate is Sunday, December 11, 7 p.m. Free. 7 p.m.

Faith

Princeton United Methodist Church, Nassau & Vandeventer Streets, 609-924-2613. Family Advent night with crafts, music, and covered dish supper. Register. 5 p.m.

Krishna Kendra, 13 Briardale Court, Plainsboro, 609-203-6730. Group chanting, mantra recitation, and discussion. 8:30 p.m.

Gardens

Preview Party for Christmas at Morven, Historic Morven, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. www.morven.org. Preview cocktail party for “Festival of Trees,” the former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion decorated for the holidays. Music by New Jersey Youth Symphony Quartet, refreshments, valet parking. Co-chairs are Vicki Trainer and Palmer Uhl. Register. $125 to $300. 5 to 7 p.m.

Children’s Concert

High School South Symphony Orchestra, High School South, West Windsor, 609-716-5050. Tenth annual Children’s Concert,”A Tour Through Disney,” features music from “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Sleeping Beauty.” The Symphony Orchestras perform and the String Ensemble acts as ushers and involves the younger children in the audience. $7 includes coloring book and refreshments. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

The Cameratea Symphony Orchestra presents favorites “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Belle Notte,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Once Upon a Dream,” “When I See an Elephant Fly,” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.”

The Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra presents “The Mickey Mouse Club March,” “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

“Go the Distance” from “Hercules” was arranged by former orchestra member Eric Kang, who now attends Williams College. “Just Around the Riverbend” from “Pocahontas” was arranged by junior Lauren Silvey, a member of the viola section. “Colors of the Wind,” also from “Pocahontas,” was arranged by junior Michael Weintraub, a member of the cello section.

“A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins” was arranged by senior Eric Spiegel, choir member. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King” was arranged by senior Michael Zhao, viola section leader.

All other songs in the program were arranged by Jean Mauro, director of orchestras. All proceeds from the event supports the orchestra program at the school.

Live Music

Larry Tritel, Orpha’s Coffee Shop, 1330 Route 206, Skillman, 609-430-2828. www.orphas.com. 9 a.m.

Chestnut Tree Books, Princeton Shopping Center, 609-279-2121. www.chestnuttreebooks.com. The Deaftones, an a cappella group from Westminster Choir College. Hot cider and baked fancies served. Free. 2 p.m.

History

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Jersey Valley Model Railroad Club, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Free. Noon to 3 p.m.

Plainsboro Museum, Wicoff House, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-799-9040. Plainsboro’s history featured in 18 exhibits from 6,"000 years ago to the present day including Walker-Gordon Farm and Elsie the cow memorabilia, a fire department and rescue squad exhibit, and railroad artifacts. Free. 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa

West Windsor Lions Club, Community Middle School 55 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro, 609-918-1953. 14th annual breakfast with Santa features pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, cake, juice, fruit, and drinks. Benefit for sight, hearing, and health organizations, community programs, and scholarship awards. $7 adults, $3 children (3 to 11), free for under age 3. 8 a.m.

Outdoor Action

Birdhouses, Washington Crossing State Park, Visitor Center, Titusville, 609-737-0609. Build pine board birdhouses for ages 6 to 11. Bring a hammer. Register. $3. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Politics

My Land Zion, Global Cinema Cafe, Carl A. Fields Center, Olden & Prospect Avenue, 609-924-0455. www.globalcinema.org. Screening of personal essay from Yulie Cohen Gerstel, a sixth generation Israeli and director of the controversial 2002 release, “My Terrorist.” She questions her decisions about raising her family in war-torn Israel and challenges the myths of Zionism. David Eden, a former member of an Israeli kibbutz, is the speaker. Free. 4 p.m.

Italian Politics, Dorothea’s House, 120 John Street, Princeton, 609-924-9713. www.dorotheashouse.org. “A View of Italian Politics and Italy: U.S. Relations As Seen Through a Journalist’s Prism,” presented by Paolo Mastrolilli, the New York correspondent for the Italian paper, La Stampa, and Vatican Radio. He has co-authored a book, “L’Italia vista dalla Cia 1948-2004.” Bring a refreshment to share at reception following the program. 5 p.m.

What’s in Store

Holiday Boutique, Belle Mere Farm Alpacas & Llamas, Historic Schoolhouse, Griggstown Reformed Church, Canal Road, Griggstown, 908-359-9387. www.bellemerealpacas.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sports

Trenton Titans Hockey, Sovereign Bank Arena, Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-599-9500. www.trentontitans.com. Dayton. $11 to $26. 3 p.m.

Monday

December 5

School Sports

High School South Ice Hockey, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. Ewing. 8 p.m.

Fezziwig Party

McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Inaugural party with hors d’oeuvres by Alchemist & Barrister, wine-tasting by Varsity Liquors, beer by Triumph Brewing Company, and a cappella music by Princeton University Tigertones. Performance of “A Christmas Carol” follows. Register. $37. 5:30 p.m.

Art

Helen Stummer, Gallery at Mercer County College, Communications Center, 609-586-4800, ext. 3589. Featured photographer for “The Human Face,” will present a talk about her life and the process of her work. 12:30 p.m.

Literati

Princeton University Store, 36 University Place, 609-921-8500. Bruce Ackerman reads and signs “Failure of the Founding Fathers.” Free. 7 p.m.

Harry G. Frankfurt, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. www.princetonlibrary.org. Emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton University, Harry G. Frankfurt discusses his treatise, “On Bullshit.” 7:30 p.m.

Classical Music

Princeton High School Chamber Choir, Women’s College Club of Princeton, All Saints’ Church, 16 All Saints’ Road, Princeton, 609-924-4740. Traditional holiday music presented the 80-member choir that has performed in recent years in Prague and Dresden. Free. 1 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Faith

Wayne Weible, St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, 609-924-1743. Former newspaper publisher and columnist, Wayne Weible, talks about his investigations into the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. 7:30 p.m.

Gardens

The Holly and the Ivy: Plants for the Winter Landscape, Historic Morven, Present Day Club, 72 Stockton Street, 609-683-4495. www.morven.org. Garden lecture. Register. $35. 11 a.m.

Health & Wellness

Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery, 932 State Road, Princeton, 609-921-7161. “Body Contouring: Achieve the Shape You Have Always Dreamed Of!” presented by Dr. Thomas A. Leach. Refreshments. Register. 10:30 a.m.

Kids Stuff

Moving Stories, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. 9:30 a.m.

Toddlertime, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. 10:30 a.m.

Lectures

Imperial Globalization and the Globalization of Solidarity, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mackay Campus Center, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. “The Historical Development of Imperial Globalization” presented by C. Rene Padilla, director of Ediciones Kairos. Reception follows. Free. 7 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For Seniors

West Windsor Senior Center, 609-799-9068. Movie: “March of the Penguins.” 1 p.m.

Tuesday

December 6

Municipal Meetings

Friends of West Windsor Open Space, Municipal Building, 609-799-4868. www.fowwos.org. Meeting. Website: www.fowwos.org. 7:30 p.m.

School Sports

For WW-P school sports information, call the hotline: 609-716-5000, ext. 5134.

High School South Girls Basketball. At Monroe. Scrimmage. 4 p.m.

High School South Boys Basketball. Monroe. Scrimmage. 5 p.m.

Film

Lawrenceville School, Heely Room in Memorial Hall, Lawrenceville, 609-620-6026. Screening of “Dying to Tell the Story,” in conjunction with the exhibit “Dan Eldon: Images of War Celebrations of Peace,” on view through December 14 at the Gruss Center for the Arts. The documentary was made by Dan Eldon’s sister, Amy Eldon, and will be introduced by his mother, Kathy Eldon. Dan Eldon died as a photojournalist in Somalia in 1993 at the age of 22. The exhibit featuring Eldon’s photographs, drawings, paintings, and mixed media images will be open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m.

Art

Reading from Homer, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University, 609-258-3043. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. In conjunction with the exhibit “The Legacy of Homer: Four Centuries of Art from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris,” Princeton University professor emeritus Robert Fagles gives a talk. Register. Free. 5:30 p.m.

Theater Photo Exhibit, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, 609-924-7855. www.triumphbrew.com. Opening reception for “On Stage: Theatrical Photographs by George Vogel,” featuring more than 40 images with a focus on dramatic scenes and moments from productions at McCarter Theater. 7 to 9 p.m.

Dancing

International Folk Dancing, Riverside School, Riverside Road, Princeton, 609-655-0758. Request dancing. Partners not needed. $3. 6:30 p.m.

Literati

What’s a Wiki?, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. www.princetonlibrary.org. Ira Fuchs of Mellon University discusses the making of wiki communities and explores the workings of Wikipedia and other wiki sites. 7 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Red Bow Boutique, Friends of the NJ State Museum, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-394-5310. Preview party for boutique featuring 20 shops for the holidays benefits the museum’s collections and educational programs. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment. Pianist William Carr performs classics ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington on a nine-foot Steinway concert grand piano. $5. Free parking. 4 to 7 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Ruth A. Golush, 666 Plainsboro Road, Suite 348, Plainsboro, 609-426-9693. Chi Kung. Register. $20. 7 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Baby Bookworms, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. 10:30 a.m.

Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Meet Gennady Spirin, illustrator of “Yakov and the Seven Thieves” by Madonna, “Simeon’s Gift” by Julie Andrews, and his newest title, “A Apple Pie.” Spirin is a Princeton resident. 7 p.m.

For Teens

People and Stories, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. Short story discussion group for students in grades 7 to 10. Register. 4 to 5 p.m.

Lectures

Imperial Globalization and the Globalization of Solidarity, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mackay Campus Center, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. “Imperial Globalization and the Poor” presented by C. Rene Padilla, director of Ediciones Kairos. “Imperial Globalization and Integral Mission” presented by Padilla at 7 p.m. Free. 1:15 p.m.

Live Music

John Henry Goldman, Sunny Garden Restaurant, 15 Farber Road, West Windsor, 609-520-1881. www.sunnygardennet. Jazz. 6 p.m.

Schools

Open House, The Bridge Academy, 1958-B Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, 609-844-0770. www.banj.org. For students with language-based disabilities. 9:30 a.m.

West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, Grover Middle School, 10 Southfield Road, West Windsor, 609-716-5000. Work meeting. 7:30 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sports

Princeton Basketball, Jadwin Gym, 609-258-3538. Temple. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday December 7

Pearl Harbor Day.

School Sports

High School South Ice Hockey, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. WWP-North. 8 p.m.

Literati

Student Reading, Princeton University Program in Creative Writing, Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-4712. www.princeton.edu/~visarts/ceve.html. Paul Muldoon introduces readers. Free. 4:30 p.m.

Princeton Writers’ Block, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. www.princetonlibrary.org. Play readings presented by Mary Greenberg, Alan Kitty, and Julia Poulos include one-act plays from 20th century masters. 7:30 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Darla Rich Quartet, Fedora Cafe, 2633 Main Street, Lawrenceville, 609-895-0844. www.acmemusicco.com. Jazz vocals. 6 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Red Bow Boutique, Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-394-5310. Boutique featuring 20 specialty shops for the holidays benefits the museum’s collections and educational programs. Entertainment by ConcertOpera, photos with Trenton Thunder’s mascot Boomer, children’s arts and crafts workshops, performance by Old Barracks Fife and Drum Corp, children’s shop, and raffles. Red Bow luncheon, $55 with reservation. Red Bow Cafe also serves lunch. Free admission and parking. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Faith

Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, 609-924-2277. www.trinityprinceton.org. Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” is keynote speaker at community meeting of the Mercer County Coalition for Restorative Justice. 7:30 p.m.

Gardens

A New Jersey Christmas at Morven, Historic Morven, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. www.morven.org. Former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion decorated for the holidays. Music and refreshments. Through January 8. Register. $5. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Ruth A. Golush, East Windsor, 609-426-9693. Pi Gu for weight control. Register. $20. 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Breast Cancer Resource Center, Bramwell House, YWCA Princeton, 609-252-2003. “The Power of Empowerment,” a half-day workshop presented by Susanne G. Lee of Instant Productivity. Open to breast cancer patients and survivors. Light lunch included. Register. Free. Noon.

History

Open House, Drumthwacket Foundation, 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-683-0591. www.drumthwacket.org. A stroll through New Jersey’s official governor’s residence decorated with seasonal decorations keeping with the theme “New Jersey Heritage.” Register. $5 donation. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jersey Valley Model Railroad Club and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Open house. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Stories Alive, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. 10:30 a.m.

Storytime and Craft, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. 10:30 a.m.

Kids Music Round, Harmony School, Forrestal Village, Plainsboro, 609-333-0100. Parent-child demonstration classes. For babies seven months and younger, 12:30; for infants through age four years, 1:30. Register. Free. 12:30 p.m.

Tutoring, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. Students for Students offer free tutoring for grades 1 to 8. 5 p.m.

For Parents

Parent Education Classes, HiTops, 21 Wiggins Street, Princeton, 609-683-5155. www.hitops.org. “Cool to Be Kind: Dealing with Bullying, Meanness, and Harassment” presented by Elizabeth Casparian and Corrine O’Hara. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

Lectures

Art Conservation, Mercer County College, Communications Building, Room 109, 609-586-4800. www.mccc.edu. “Helping Artwork Survive” presented by fine art conservator Fred Koszewnik. He will talk about why artwork deteriorates and what can be done to save or salvage damaged artwork. Free. 7 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Outer Circle Ski Club, Good Time Charley’s, Kingston, 609-799-4674. Meeting. 7 p.m.

Politics

Mercer County Democracy for America, Carl A. Fields Center, Olden & Prospect Avenue, 609-258-5494. Meeting of the grassroots organization of volunteers, activists, and concerned citizens devoted to empowering New Jerseyans to become involved in the democratic process. New members are welcome. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sports

Trenton Titans Hockey, Sovereign Bank Arena, Hamilton Avenue at Route 129, 609-599-9500. www.trentontitans.com. Long Beach. $11 to $26. 7 p.m.

Thursday

December 8

School Sports

High School South Girls Basketball, 609-716-5000, ext. 5134. Franklin. Scrimmage. 4 p.m.

Kwanzaa

West Windsor-Plainsboro African American Parent Support Group, High School South, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-799-6031. Singing of the Black National Anthem, music, poetry, candlelighting, dance, and guest speakers. Co-sponsored by High Schools North and South, Human Relations Clubs, and African-American Awareness Clubs. Open to the public. Free. 7 p.m.

Drama

If I Could, In My Hood, I Would…, Passage Theater, Mill Hill Playhouse, Front and Montgomery streets, Trenton, 609-392-0766. www.passagetheatre.org. New play about what life is really like for kids in urban America. Developed as part of the State Street Project, author and director David L. White incorporates interviews, anecdotes, and original poetry into a fictional story about two high school kids who join rival gangs. Through December 11. $5. 7 p.m.

A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. $31 to $49. 7:30 p.m.

The Laramie Project, Princeton Theological Seminary, Mackey Campus Center, 609-497-7990. www.ptsem.edu. Drama examining the events surrounding the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student, in Laramie, Wyoming. The play is presented in a series of monologues, moments, and interview with citizens of Laramie, written by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project. Also Saturday, December 10. $5. 8 p.m.

The Bacchae 2.1, Princeton University Theater & Dance Program, Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu. Drama. $10. 8 p.m.

Wonderland Salvage, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Drama. $12. 8 p.m.

Film

Independent Film Series, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-882-9246. Screening of “Campfire,” a story of one woman’s personal journey in the Middle East. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

Literati

Poetry Workshop, Delaware Valley Poets, Lawrence Public Library, Darrah Lane, 609-882-9246. Visitors welcome. Bring 15 copies of your poem. Free. 7:30 p.m.

A Christmas Memory, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-9529. www.princetonlibrary.org. Reading of Truman Capote’s holiday classic centering on his early years living with distant relatives in rural Alabama presented by area actors Georgine Hall and Bo Smith. 8:30 p.m.

Jazz & Blues

Leon Redbone, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400. www.onpatriotssatge.com. Early 20th century jazz and blues music. $35. 7 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Poinsettia Sale, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Main Entrance Lobby, 609-584-6581. Six-inch pot with multiple blooms, $5.50. Benefit for hospital programs. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sauce for the Goose, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton Shopping Center, 609-924-8777. Holiday sale. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Holiday Shopping Benefit, Ten Thousand Villages, Princeton Shopping Center, Harrison Street, 609-683-4464. www.tenthousandvillages.com. Handcrafted gifts and decorations made by artisans in disadvantaged areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sales benefit the Refugee Resettlement Program at Nassau Presbyterian Church. 5 to 9 p.m.

Annual Hunger Banquet, Amnesty International of High School North, 90 Grovers Mill Road, Plainsboro, 609-716-5100. Dinner with a message features speakers, performances, and activism, to demonstrate the disparities of world hunger and promote human rights. Benefit for United Nations’ World Food Programme. $7. 7 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Blood Drive, University Medical Center at Princeton, 253 Witherspoon Street, 609-497-4366. Walk-ins welcome. Also open Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.; and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Wellness Health Fair, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, 609-497-4480. www.princetonhscs.org. Blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and body fat analysis screening. Free. 10 a.m.

History

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. www.hamiltonnj.com. Tour through 18 rooms decorated for a Victorian Christmas. Free. 6 to 9 p.m.

Kids Stuff

Picture Book Time, West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Road, 609-799-0462. 10:30 a.m.

Storytime, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. For ages 2 to 4. 11:30 a.m.

Stories Alive, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897. 7 p.m.

Lectures

PEPA Seminars, Princeton University Center for Human Values, 301 Marx Hall, 609-258-5496. www.princeton.edu/values. Ken Greenwalt, Columbia Law School. 4:30 p.m.

World Languages Prepare NJ’s Children for a Changing World, Suenos de Colores, West Windsor Library, North Post Road, West Windsor, 609-897-0273. www.suenosdecolores.com. Ana Lombo, director of the West Windsor-based company and the author of six books, presents informal discussions on teaching children (Pre-K to eighth grade) world languages for parents and educators. Register. Free. 7 p.m.

Princeton University, McCosh 50, 609-258-3000. Three former terrorists discuss the terrorist mindset. Question and answer session follows. 7:30 p.m.

Connect-Ed

Princeton University, Room 10, Guyot Hall, 609-258-3867. www.princeton.edu. “Connect-Ed: Learning Through the Big Ideas in Math and Science.” The project has scientists working with area K-12 teachers to design teaching modules focuses on the Big Ideas in math and science. 5:30 p.m.

Live Music

Arturo Romay, Mediterra, 14 Hulfish Street, 609-252-9680. Latin jazz guitar. 7 to 10 p.m.

Outdoor Action

Appalachian Mountain Club, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-882-9246. “Threatened and Endangered Species Within the Mid-Jersey Area” presented by a wildlife biologist of New Jersey Department of Land Use Regulation Program. Free. 7:30 p.m.

What’s in Store

Sample Sale, A Touch of Ivy, 51 Everett Drive, Building A-50, West Windsor. www.touchofivy.com. Sachets, fabric, trim, ribbon, and gifts. 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Singles

Fifties Plus, Princeton YMCA, Paul Robeson Place, 732-329-9470. Pot luck dinner. $5; $1 if you bring a dish. 7 p.m.

For Seniors

55-Plus, Jewish Center of Princeton, 435 Nassau Street, 609-737-2001. www.princetonol.com. “How to Look at Holiday Shopping on the Internet,” Vivian Schwartz, a retired computer systems analyst who has done all of her holiday shopping online for the past 10 years. 10 a.m.

Around the World in Forty Years, Friends of West Windsor Senior Citizens, West Windsor Library, 609-799-0051. Travel slide show, “Behind the Rusted Iron Curtain,” presented by Lew and Mildred Weisblatt, residents of Village Grande. They have traveled the world and will share their enthusiasm for history and cultural regions of the regions they visited. Open to the public. Free. 1 p.m.

West Windsor Senior Center, 609-799-9068. Keenagers holiday dinner with entertainment by the High School South Choral group. Call Bill Schroeder at 609-799-0932 for reservation. $15. 5:30 p.m.

Friday

December 9

Drama

If I Could, In My Hood, I Would…, Passage Theater, Mill Hill Playhouse, Front and Montgomery streets, Trenton, 609-392-0766. www.passagetheatre.org. Drama. $5. 7 p.m.

A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. $31 to $49. 7:30 p.m.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, Actors’ NET, 635 North Delmorr Avenue, Morrisville, 215-295-3694. www.actorsnetbucks.org. Musical. $20. 8 p.m.

Squabbles, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. www.off-broadstreet.com. Opening night for comedy about a writer of advertising jingles married to a lawyer, her father, and his mother — all under the same roof. Through Saturday, January 15. $23.75 to $25.25. 8 p.m.

The Bacchae 2.1, Princeton University Theater & Dance Program, Matthews Acting Studio, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu. Drama. $10. 8 p.m.

Wonderland Salvage, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. www.theatreintime.org. Drama. $12. 8 p.m.

Art

Gallery Talk, Princeton University Art Museum, 609-258-3788. www.PrincetonArtMuseum.org. “Chantal Akerman: Her Own Style of Documentary,” Kaira Cabanas. 12:30 p.m.

If Today Were a Picture, A.R.T. Space Gallery, 53 Hulfish Street, Princeton, 609-452-2088. www.aamh.org. The Association for Advancement of Mental Health presents paintings produced by “Visual Journaling” therapy group for mental illness and substance abuse recovery. 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Trenton Artists Workshop Association, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 609-394-9436. Artist reception for “Domestic Spaces,” a juried exhibition including art by Charles Alden, Eleanor Burnette, Don Jordan, William Knight, Arlene Gail Milgram, Joyce Mule, Kyle Stevenson, Marle Sturken, and Nancy Zamboni. Juried by Denis McGarvey. On view through January 14. 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Literati

Susan Cannon Harris, The Fund for Irish Studies, Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-1742. www.princeton.edu/Irishcal.htm. Author of “O’Blunder in Love: Irishness, Masculinity, and Marriage on the Eighteenth Century Stage.” Free. 4:30 p.m.

Chang-rae Lee, Rider University, Bart Luedeke Center, Rider University, 609-895-5577. American novelist of South Korean descent, Chang-rae Lee will read from his works. Free. 7 p.m.

Classical Music

Holiday Mysteries, Hopewell Valley Chorus, Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street, Pennington, 609-397-1619. www.princetonol.com/groups. Concert features Francis Poulenc’s Gloria, Moses Hogan’s Glory to the Newborn King, Jim Ailor’s Gloria for Christmas, Stephen Paulus’ Wishes and Candles, Dr. Seuss’ You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and a traditional carol sing by audience members. $11. 8 p.m.

Christmas with the Bach Family, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, 609-921-2663. Westminster Conservatory faculty members perform sacred and secular music. $15. 8 p.m.

An Evening of Readings and Carols, Westminster Conservatory, Princeton University Chapel, 609-258-5000. Holiday music for choir, organ, and brass by Westminster Chapel Choir, Schola Cantorum, and Bell Choir. Also Saturday, December 10. $15 to $35. 8 p.m.

Good Causes

Vaseful, Community Options Inc., MarketFair, West Windsor, 877-VASEFUL. Poinsettia sale. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Chip Mergott, Holy Trinity Church, 2730 Princeton Pike, Lawrenceville, 609-882-7891. Benefit concert featuring acoustic guitar playing of Chip Mergott. Admission is donations of winter clothing or free-will offering. 7:30 p.m.

Comedy Clubs

Barry Friedman, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. www.catcharisingstar.com. Comedy. Reservation. $15. 8 and 10:30 p.m.

Tree of Light

The Lewis School, 53 Bayard Lane, 609-924-8120. Open house and concert featuring the annual ceremony featuring more than 150,"000 lights on the stately outdoor tree in recognition of “The Gifts and Great Promise of Learning Different Persons Everywhere.” Dr. David Mason Potter is the keynote speaker. Free and open to the public. 7 to 9:30 p.m.

The lights focus on the school’s commitment to raise public awareness and understanding of dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, auditory processing issues, and other related language-based learning differences. They also represent the millions of learning-different students who are still in need of help from an educational institution that recognizes their gifts.

Food & Dining

Holiday Open House, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465. www.hopewellvalleyvineyards.com. Wine, food, and live music by Jersey Transit. Free. 6 to 8 p.m.

Health & Wellness

Winter Movie Night, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, Healthy Cooking Kitchen, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, 609-584-5900.