Festival of Trees Hosted by Morven Museum and Garden (Dec 29)
Hosted annually by the Morven Museum and Garden, the Festival of Trees is exactly what its name suggests—a series of festivities centered around holiday tree exhibits. In each room of the museum, the Christmas decorations will blend into the historic Victorian displays.
When? Every Wednesday from November 23 to January 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where? 55 Stockton St. in Princeton, 08540
Other info: Admission is $10.00 for adults, and $8.00 for senior citizens, students, and active military personnel (children under 6 are admitted for free)
Annual Menorah Lighting at Palmer Square (Dec 27)
This event has been an annual Chanukah tradition at Princeton for several years now, and is one that truly accentuates the variety of cultures that Princeton has. Come visit Palmer Square to witness the lighting of the menorah during this ceremony, and also to listen to special guest speakers (unknown so far) and the Odessa Klezmer Band. This could definitely be an easy-to-plan event for any family. Come join the fun!
When? December 27 at 5 p.m., regardless of weather
Where? North Plaza on Hulfish St. in Princeton
Old Barracks Museum Colonial Ball (Dec 30)
The Colonial Ball is a part of Patriots Week in downtown Trenton, hosted by the Old Barracks Museum. During this event, families will be given the opportunity to learn ballroom dance steps from professionals, while also experiencing the unique atmosphere of a Colonial Ball. Dancing lessons will be led by Dance Master Sue Dupre, and while period garb is encouraged, it is not required.
When? December 30, 7–10 p.m.
Where? Historic Trenton Masonic Temple
Other info: Door tickets are $20, tickets bought before December 29 are $17.76
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Dec 28–30)
The State Theatre of New Jersey is continuing its 22-year tradition of performing Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical, originally written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, tells the biblical story of Joseph through song and dance, sans dialogue. The show is appropriate for all ages and is a great opportunity to see a musical for a cheap cost.
When? December 28–30 at 7 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. on December 30.
Where? State Theatre of New Jersey, New Brunswick
Other info: Tickets are $7Holiday in the Park (Nov 19–Jan 2)
For the second year in a row, the Six Flags Great Adventure Park is reopening for the holiday season. Although this option is a little more expensive, with tickets starting at $43 for a day pass bought online, park goers are able to enjoy almost all of the rides open during the summer as well as a number of additional holiday attractions. These range from meeting reindeer and writing letters to Mrs. Claus, to listening to Christmas carolers. The park is also decorated with more than a million Christmas lights and includes a number of decorated walking paths.
When? November 19–January 2
Where? Six Flags
Other info: $43 for a day pass
Cranbury Christmas Lights (Dec 23, 25, 28–31)
Want a fun and free activity to get into the holiday spirit? Visit 128 North Main Street, a local Cranbury house that decorates its yard with over 100,000 Christmas lights each year! In fact, they currently hold the record for the most lights on a Christmas tree in all of New York and New Jersey—which includes the Rockefeller Center tree. This year they are even being featured on the holiday TV show The Great Christmas Light Fight. All the family asks for in return is for audiences to consider donating to the local food pantry when coming to the show.
When? December 23, 25, 28–31
Where? 128 North Main St. in Cranbury