The annual reenactment of Washington’s Delaware crossing occurs on Dec. 25 at Washington Crossing State Park.
The annual reenactment of Washington’s Delaware crossing occurs on Dec. 25 at Washington Crossing State Park.

From musical performances to historical reenactments, there are plenty of holiday events happening in our area to keep you entertained all month long.

Below is a brief overview of the many holiday events happening throughout the greater Mercer County region this month. For the full list go to our events page.

Music

Dec. 4: Winter Songs 10, Capital Singers of Trenton, Sacred Heart Church, 343 South Broad Street, Trenton, 609-434-2781. capitalsingers.org. Feature the chorale, chorus, strings, and continuo performing pieces in the classical, folk, and gospel styles. $22. 4 p.m.

Dec. 5: A Ceremony of Carols, American Boychoir, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. americanboychoir.org. Presenting a conversaton and performance of Benjamin Britten’s work with Rob Kapilow. $15. 7 p.m.

Dec. 9: Boheme Opera’s Annual Holiday Presentation, Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton. bohemeopera.com. Concert highlighting the photographic exhibition of Elyn Zimmerman. Boheme artists perform selections from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, and others that enhance the emotions and senses while viewing the artwork. 7 p.m.

Dec. 11: Christmastide: A Joyous Celebration, VOICES Chorale, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street, Hopewell. voiceschorale.org. Performing music by Mozart and Mendelssohn, songs with drums and percussion, and classic Christmas carols. 3 p.m.

Dec. 11: Holiday Classics, Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton, 609-683-5122. princetonpromusica.org. Performing a suite of carols, holiday songs, and movements from Handel and Bach’s Christmas music with the Trenton Children’s Chorus. $25-60. 4 p.m.

Dec. 17: Christmastide: A Joyous Celebration, VOICES Chorale, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 801 West State Street, Trenton. voiceschorale.org. Performing music by Mozart and Mendelssohn, songs with drums and percussion, and classic Christmas carols. Free. 3 p.m.

Dec. 31: The Capital Philharmonic, Patriots Theater at Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, 215-893-1999. capitalphilharmonic.org. New Year’s Eve concert featuring pianist Leon Bates. $30-$75. 8 p.m.

Roxey Ballet will present a sensory-friendly performance of its annual extravaganza, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.
Roxey Ballet will present a sensory-friendly performance of its annual extravaganza, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.

On Stage

Dec. 3: Nutcracker, American Repertory Ballet, Patriots Theater, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton. americanrepertoryballet.org. $20 to $45. 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 3: Sensory-Friendly Performance of The Nutcracker, Roxey Ballet, College of New Jersey, Kendall Hall, Ewing, 609-397-7616. roxeyballet.com. For children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other sensitivity issues. $20 to $52. 2 p.m.

Dec. 3: The Nutcracker, Roxey Ballet, College of New Jersey, Kendall Hall, Ewing, 609-397-7616. roxeyballet.com. Holiday tradition directed by Mark Roxey. $15 to $52. Also Dec. 4 and 5. 7 p.m.

Dec. 9: A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater at Matthews, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. mccarter.org. Reimagined production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Through Dec. 31. 7:30 p.m.

The American Repertory Ballet's rendition of The Nutcracker will be on stage at the Trenton War Memorial Dec. 3. (Photo by Leighton Chen.)
The American Repertory Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker will be on stage at the Trenton War Memorial Dec. 3. (Photo by Leighton Chen.)

Crafts, boutiques, tours, lectures, and open houses

Dec. 2: Holiday Train Show, Old City Hall, 13 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown City. downtownbordentown.com. Featuring fully running layouts with model villages and scenes as well as displays of memorabilia, Christmas toy trains, and more. Through Dec. 30. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dec. 2: Open House & Greens Sale, 1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street, Trenton. williamtrenthouse.org. Sale of wreaths, trees and other decorations in partnership with the Garden Club of Trenton to benefit the Trent House. 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Dec. 3: Mill Hill Holiday House Tour, Mill Hill Historic District, Trenton. trentonmillhill.org. Tour Trenton’s historic homes. Central Jersey Antique Car Club cars on display, horse and carriage rides, Mill Hill photo exhibit and reception, live music, food trucks, and more. $16. Noon to 5 p.m.

Dec. 3: Annual Holiday Boutique, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Cadwalader Park, Trenton. ellarslie.org. Arts, crafts, and other vendors. Also Dec. 4. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 10: Christmas in Roebling, Roebling Museum, 100 Second Ave., Roebling, 609-499-7200. roeblingmuseum.org. Tour of village homes, historic churches, and a specialty shop. $20. Santa arrives at the museum at 2 p.m. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 10: Christmas in Hamilton Craft Show, Ladies Auxiliary Colonial Vol. Fire Co., Colonial Ballroom, 801 Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-587-0541. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 11: Holiday Open House, Historical Society of Hamilton Township, 2200 Kuser Road, Hamilton. hamiltontownshiphistory.org. Wassail party at the historic John Abbott House Museum. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Dec. 11: From Saint to Santa, Ewing Library, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-882-3130. mcl.org. Michael Norris, former museum educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, explore how a Turkish bishop evolved into one of Christianity’s most beloved saints and then Santa Claus. 2 p.m.

Dec. 15: The Healing Light of Christmas, First Church of Christ, 16 Bayard Lane, Princeton. csprinceton.org. Lecture by Chet Manchester. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 18: Home for Christmas House Tour & Quilt Show, Hopewell Borough, 609-466-0758. hopewellboro-nj.us/hopewells-125th. Six homes and three churches — Hopewell Presbyterian, Hopewell United Methodist, and Calvary Baptist — decorated for the holidays on view. $20. Register. Pickup tickets at the churches or online. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Hugs For Brady’s holiday light show will be held at DeVry’s Campus throughout December.

Seasonal events

Dec. 1: Holiday Light Show, Hugs For Brady, DeVry’s Campus, 630 Route 1, North Brunswick. hugsforbrady.org. Interactive light buildings and tunnels, s’mores and food trucks, glow in the dark face painting, Frosty’s Snow Zone music, holiday shopping, and more. $9 to $14. Benefits children with cancer. Held daily through Friday, December 30. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dec. 2: Winter Wonderland, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Ave., Hamilton, 609-890-3630. hamiltonnj.com. 20-minute walk through of the mansion. Also Dec. 3. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 3: Visit with Santa, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence. terhuneorchards.com. Wagons rides throughout the vineyard, wine tasting, holiday shopping, and more. Also Dec. 4. Noon to 5 p.m.

Dec. 3: Christmas on the Farm, Howell Living History Farm, 70 Wooden’s Lane, Hopewell, 609-737-3299. howellfarm.org. Apperance by St. Nick, a children’s craft program, and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 10: Carriage Rides & Holiday Festivities, Downtown Bordentown Association, 224 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City, 609-298-9422. downtownbordentown.com. Ride in a horse drawn carriage through the city. Listen to holiday music, have hot chocolate, roast chestnuts, and participate in other holiday activities. $20. Also Dec. 11. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dec. 10: Visit Santa, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Ave., Hamilton, 609-890-3630. hamiltonnj.com. Also Dec. 11. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Dec. 17: Holiday Party, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465. hopewellvalleyvineyards.com. Wine tasting, live music, seasonal dishes, and more. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: Lantern Walking Tour, Johnson Ferry House, Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-737-2515. Travel by lantern light from the spot on the river where Washington’s army landed to the 18th century home of the farmers and ferry operators who welcomed them. $5 to $10. 7 and 7 p.m.

Dec. 24: Santa’s Arrival, Princeton Airport, 41 Airpark Road, Princeton, 609-921-3100. princetonairport.com. Bring a wrapped gift with child’s name in large text and Santa will distribute it when he arrives. Participants are also asked to bring an unwrapped gift of clothing, books, or toys to be distributed through Mercer County Board of Social Services. 11 a.m.

Dec. 25: Christmas Day Crossing Re-enactment, Washington Crossing State Park, Route 29, Titusville. 215-493-4076. march with the troops, tour buildings, watch the troops gather, and join fellow countrymen and visitors waiting for the cannon shot that signals the boats to depart from Pennsylvania. 1 p.m.

Dec. 30: Colonial Ball, Old Barracks Museum, Trenton Masonic Temple, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776. patriotsweek.com. Dance like our founding fathers along with reenactors in Revolutionary War dress, to live music of the time. $20. 7 p.m.

Dec. 31: Battles of Trenton Reenactment, Old Barracks Museum, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, 609-396-1776. patriotsweek.com. Follow the troops through the streets and watch as they relive the events of Trenton’s Revolutionary War battles. First battle begins at the Trenton Battle Monument on Warren Street. Second battle begins at 3 p.m. in Mill Hill Park on the Assunpink Creek. Return to the museum to interact with the soldiers and tour the oldest free-standing military barracks in America. Battles are free, $5 museum admission. 11 a.m.

Dec. 31: The Trouble with Trenton, Old Barracks Museum, Hanover Street Plaza, West Hanover and North Warren streets, Trenton, 609-396-1776. patriotsweek.com. Children’s Puppet Show about George Washington’s victory in Trenton. $5. Noon. and 2 p.m.

Dec. 31: Hogmanay, 1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street, Trenton. williamtrenthouse.org. Celebrate the Scottish new year. Music, mulled cider, and cookies. Free. 1 p.m.