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 central New Jersey region this month.
Dec. 1: Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, 973-376-4343. papermill.org. Musical based on the Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire film. $47-$112. 1:30 p.m and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30.
Dec. 1: A Christmas Story: The Musical, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. $20. 2 p.m and 8 p.m. Also Dec. 2.
Dec. 4: A Christmas Carol, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. mccarter.org. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future. Through Dec. 29. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Life is Strange 3: The Holiday Edition, Open Arts PAC, 146 Route 130, Bordentown. openartspac.org. Six holiday-themed one-act plays. Not for children. $15. Register. 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 9.
Dec. 7: Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show, Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-2121. bcptheater.org. Through Dec. 30. 8 p.m.
Dec. 8: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 East Front Street, Trenton, 609-392-0766. passagetheatre.org. The holiday classic performed as a radio play, plus cookies, cider, and caroling. $50. Register. 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: The Snow Queen, Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 16 Walnut Lane, Princeton. princetonyouthballet.org. The ballet based on the story that inspired “Frozen.” $18 and up. Register. 4 p.m. Also Dec. 9.
Dec. 21: The Nutcracker, State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. arballet.org. $35-$65. 7:30 p.m. Also Dec. 22, 23.
Dec. 1: See Amid the Winter’s Snow, Westminster Choir College, Bristol Chapel, Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-921-2663. rider.edu/arts. Westminster Concert Bell Choir conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. $25. 4 p.m. Also Dec. 2.
Dec. 1: The Princeton Singers: A Rose in Winter, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 1-800-838-3006. princetonsingers.org. Christmas music and readings by candlelight. $25. 6 p.m.
Dec. 2: Theoria Chamber Choir Christmas Concert, Assumption of the Virgin Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Grand Street and Malone Street, Trenton. avmbcc.org. A capella Slavic and Eastern European Christmas music and Western carols. Free. 2 p.m.
Dec. 2: Winter Songs XII, Capital Singers of Trenton, Church of the Sacred Heart, 343 South Broad Street, Trenton. capitalsingers.org. Songs of the season. 4 p.m.
Dec. 4: Dave Koz and Friends: Christmas Tour, State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. stnj.org. $35-$75. 8 p.m.
Dec. 7: An Evening of Readings and Carols, Westminster Choir College, Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663. rider.edu/arts. Holiday music for choir, organ, and brass. $40 to $70. 8 p.m.
Dec. 7: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. $12. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 8, 9.
Dec. 8: Voices Chorale, Trinity Episcopal Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. voiceschoralenj.org. Performing a program called “The Winter’s Night.” 4 p.m.
Dec. 12: Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, Princeton University Chapel, Princeton University. music.princeton.edu. Seasonal readings and music featurign the Chapel Choir, Glee Club, and a capella groups. Free. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12: Holiday Sing-Along, Westminster Choir College, Robert L. Annis Playhouse, Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-921-2663. rider.edu/arts. Westminster Community Orchestra conducted by Ruth Ochs. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: The Nutcracker, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. $12. 7 p.m. Also Dec. 15, 16.
Dec. 14: Erin Hill’s Holiday Concert, Randy Now’s Man Cave, 134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-424-3766. mancavenj.com. $15. 7:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 14: Winter Concert, Grounds for Sculpture East Gallery, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton. bohemeopera.com. Members of Boheme Opera NJ perform holiday favorites. 7 p.m.
Dec. 15: A Very Merry PGS Holiday Show, Nottingham Ballroom, 200 Mercer Street, Hamilton. gardenstatesmen.org. The Princeton Garden Statesmen a capella chorus performs a holiday program. $20. 2 p.m.
Dec. 21: Richie Cole’s Holiday Madness, Randy Now’s Man Cave, 134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-424-3766. mancavenj.com. $15. 7:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 21: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams: A Very Slambovian Christmas, Hopewell Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-1964. hopewelltheater.com. Melodic avant-folk Christmas tunes and non-traditional fare. $28.79-$34.12. 8 p.m.
Dec. 22: Christmas Oi! Party with Doc Rotten, Randy Now’s Man Cave, 134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-424-3766. mancavenj.com. $10. 8 p.m.
Dec. 22: Snow Day, Kelsey Theatre, 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, 609-570-3333. kelseytheatre.net. $12. 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
Dec. 23: Hamell of Trial’s Holidaze Christmas Spectacular, Randy Now’s Man Cave, 134 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-424-3766. mancavenj.com. $10. 6 p.m.
Crafts, boutiques, tours, lectures, and open houses
Dec. 1: Sauce for the Goose Holiday Market, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. artscouncilofprinceton.org. Ceramis, glassware, ornaments, jewelry, textiles, and other forms of fine arts and crafts. 10 a.m. Also Dec. 2.
Dec. 1: 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. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Weekends through Jan. 6.
Dec. 1: Santa’s Arrival, Keris Tree Farm and Christmas Shop, 848 Route 524, Allentown, 609-259-0720. kerischristmastreefarm.com. Visit with Santa every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 16. 9 a.m.
Dec. 1: Holiday Wreath Decorating Workshop, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Wagon rides, visit with Santa, wine tasting, food samples, and more. Wine, gift baskets, Christmas trees, and wreaths available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 1: Christmas Tea, Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge, 121 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 856-206-3122. $10. Door prizes, luncheon, and more. Register. Noon.
Dec. 1: Mill Hill Holiday House Tour, Trenton Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton. trentonmillhill.org. Tour more than a dozen historic homes and churches dating back to the 1800s. $20. Noon.
Dec. 1: Holiday Bazaar, Bordentown Regional Middle School, 50 Dunns Mill Road, Bordentown. Featuring over 60 vendors selling handmade items including jewelry, home decor, personalized gifts, holiday items and food. 9 a.m.
Dec. 1: Holiday Trolley Tours, Princeton Tour Company, Palmer Square, 29 Hulfish Street, Princeton. princetontourcompany.com. Ride through the neighborhoods of Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Angrew Carnegie, Albert Einstein, Toni Morrison, and more. Every hour until 4 p.m. $18. Register. 11 a.m. Also Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Dec. 1: Holiday Season Kick-off Weekend, Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrence, 609-924-2310. terhuneorchards.com. Wagon rides, visit with Santa, wine tasting, food samples, and more. Wine, gift baskets, Christmas trees, and wreaths available for purchase. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also Dec. 2, 8, 9.
Dec. 2: Holiday Boutique, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, 299 Parkside Avenue, Trenton, 609-989-3632. ellarslie.org. Jewelry, art, gifts, decor, clothing, accessories, and more by local vendors for sale. Noon.
Dec. 2: Tot Sunday Funday, Adath Israel, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence, 609-896-4977. adathisraelnj.org. Crafts, stories, snacks, and more highlighting Chanukah fun. Free. Register. 9 a.m.
Dec. 2: Chanukah Wonderland, Chabad of Robbinsville and South Hamilton. jewishrobbinsville.com/wonderland. Chanukah-themed crafts and activities, snacks, games, menorah lighting, and more. Participants can help build an authentic, 9-foot-tall Lego menorah. Go online or send an email to email@example.com for location information. 4 p.m.
Dec. 2: St. Nikolausfeier, Trenton Donauschwaben, 127 Route 156, Yardville. trentondonauschwaben.com. Christmas and Advent celebration for families. 1 p.m.
Dec. 4: Adath Israel Community Menorah Lighting, Adath Israel, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence, 609-896-4977. adathisraelnj.org. Songs, treats, and menorah lighting. Free. 6 p.m.
Dec. 5: Festival of Trees, Morven Museum, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. morven.org. A juried collection of trees and mantles displayed throughout the museum’s galleries featuring trees inspired by 18th through 20th century decor. Docents available to answer questions. Continues Wednesdays through Sundays through January 6, 2019. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 7: New Jersey Valley Model Railroad, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. hamiltonnj.com. Free. 5 p.m. Also Dec. 8, 9, 12, 15, 16.
Dec. 7: Bordentown Township Tree Lighting, Bordentown Township Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Bordentown. bordentowntownship.org. Free. 6 p.m.
Dec. 8: Family Fun Chanukah Party, Adath Israel, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrence, 609-896-4977. adathisraelnj.org. All are welcome. Free. 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 8: Morning with Santa, Morven Museum and Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. morven.org. Stories, songs, dance, and a craft, plus a visit with Santa. $30 per family. Register. 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m.
Dec. 8: Christmas in Hamilton Craft Show, Colonial Ballroom, 801 Kuser Road, Hamilton, 609-587-0541. Crafters and vendors sell their wares. Food and beverages available for purchase. 9 a.m.
Dec. 12: It’s a Wonderful Life, Princeton Garden Theatre, 160 Nassau Street, Princeton. princetongardentheatre.org. Screening plus live holiday classics performed by Princeton Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Andre Tarantiles. 7 p.m.
Dec. 15: Santa Visits the Mansion, Kuser Farm Mansion, 390 Newkirk Avenue, Hamilton, 609-890-3630. hamiltonnj.com. Free. 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 15: The Christmas Night Crossing, Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-737-2515. Clay Craighead discusses the significance of the Christmas Night Crossing and the Battle of Trenton using diaries and letters of the participants. Free. 2 p.m.
Dec. 15: Holiday Market, Weeden Park, Main Street, Lawrence. lawrencevillemainstreet.com. Craft tables, a holiday gift shop, seasonal music, and more. Noon.
Dec. 18: Holidays and Lights, Ewing Library, 61 Scotch Road, Ewing, 609-882-3130. mcl.org. Stories and crafts about Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Register. 4:45 p.m.
Dec. 19: Santa at the Library, Plainsboro Public Library, 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, 609-275-2897. plainsborolibrary.org. Visit with Santa and more. 7 p.m.
Dec. 20: Whatever Happened to Chanukah Party, Beth El Synagogue, 50 Maple Stream Road, East WIndsor, 609-443-4454. bethel.net. Gift trade, refreshments, and more. Bring a gift worth between $5 and $10. Register. 1 p.m.
Dec. 21: Pajama Storytime: The Night Before Christmas, Morven Museum, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, 609-924-8144. morven.org. An illustrated reading of the classic holiday story with Gennady Spirin, plus a snack and book signing. Bring your favorite blanket. $30. Register. 5 p.m.
Dec. 21: Lantern Walking Tours, Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-737-2515. Tour the Nelson House, the Stone Barn shop, and the Johnson Ferry House. Refreshments included. Register. 7 p.m and 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 22: Ugly Sweater Competition and General Cheer Party, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465. hopewellvalleyvineyards.com. Ugly sweater competition, festive drinks, live music, and more. 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 24: Santa Fly-In, Princeton Airport, 41 Airpark Road, Princeton, 609-921-3100. princetonairport.com. Santa flies into the airport with gifts for area children. Drop off a wrapped gift for your child plus an unwrapped gift for a child in need starting Nov. 23. Call or go online for specifics. 11 a.m.
Dec. 25: The Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment, Washington Crossing State Park Visitor Center Museum, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-737-2515. Annual reenactment. Free. 1 p.m.
Dec. 29: Hogmanay!, 1719 William Trent House Museum, 15 Market Street, Trenton, 609-989-3027. williamtrenthouse.org. Traditional Scottish New Year’s celebration featuring bagpipes, traditional treats, and a bonfire. Free. Unveiling of a new interpretive sign by Crossroads of the American Revolution precedes celebration at 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
New Year’s celebrations
Dec. 31: Countdown to 2019, Robbinsville Library, 42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road, Robbinsville, 609-259-2150. mcl.org. Early New Year’s Eve celebration with crafts, juice and a snack for children of all ages accompanied by an adult. Register. 11:45 a.m.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington, 609-737-4465. hopewellvalleyvineyards.com. Dinner and Secco toast, plus wine available for purchase. $70. Register. 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: Capital Philharmonic Orchestra, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, 215-893-1999. capitalphilharmonic.org. Annual New Year’s Eve concert of light and lively classics with guest performer soprano Grace Gilda. $30-$75. 8 p.m.