Local Weekend Events

Your Local SCOOP: December 2nd – 5th

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Holy Cow…is it really December?  We can’t quite get used to dressing in layers much less in the down coat/hat/gloves/boots/scarf/etc.  As usual, the holiday season has crept up and right on in.  Turkey, check! Black Friday, check! Cyber Monday, kinda checked (we shopped local)!  Now what?  Well, how about a menorah lighting, girls’ day or night of shopping, and a wide array of holiday hullabaloo?  Check!  Read on for some great reasons to take off the slippers, put down that oversized coffee mug and step out of the house and into something fun this weekend….



Free Donuts

Right, we had you at “free donuts?”  Join us at the Palmer Square Menorah Lighting at 5 pm where you may have access to aforementioned priceless soft pillows of dough, some Klezmer music, hot latkes & Chanukah gelt. Right in front of Mediterra Restaurant on Hulfish Street in Princeton. Best of all – it’s FREE.

Pretty in Princeton

Want to feel pretty, shop local, and save? Thursday night is a big party in and around Palmer Square in Princeton.  Blue Mercury is hosting their annual shopping night with discounts on all things beauty, Spruce is having girl’s night with great deals and guest vendors,  rouge is offering free goodies with purchase all night long and jane is offering 20% off purchase of $100 or more til 8 pm.. Now that’s something to celebrate.


Ho Ho Pennington (it makes no sense, yet seems jolly!)

The holiday spirit hits Pennington from 6-9 pm, and there’s something for everyone on the annual Holiday Walk.  The tree lighting kicks off the festivities that include music, beverages, Santa, and holiday tales at the library. At 6:45pm, the Pennington Dance Company performs at the Pennington Presbyterian Church (13 South Main Street). Lots of holiday fun for FREE.

Take a Gander

Sauce for the Goose is definitely worth a gander. The opening reception is from 4-7 pm, at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Annual Holiday Show and Sale won’t disappoint.  Who needs the mall when local artists and artisans offer up a unique mix of fine art and functional crafts, including paintings, drawings, and ceramics that are as pretty as they are useful? The gallery will be open for shopping Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 9am-5pm, Thursdays 10am-8pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Free.




It’s unbelievable that December 9th will mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, one of rock’s most tragic losses. What better way to pay tribute than by celebrating with an impressive lineup of artists, including The Kennedys, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt’s band), Rex Fowler (Aztec Two-Step), Tom Dean (Devonsquare), Chris and Meredith Thompson, and Liz Longley? The Concerts at the Crossing series presents the Music and Legacy of John Lennon at 7:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing. The program includes both songs written by Lennon and some he wrote with Paul McCartney, original Lennon-influenced compositions, and music from Imagined: The John Lennon Song Project, a CD that celebrates Lennon’s 70th birthday. Tickets are $25/$5 for kids 14 and under.


Party with Santa & Snowy

Who would expect Santa and Snowy to arrive in anything less than a shiny red fire engine? From 12:30 -3 pm at the Princeton Shopping Center the happy holiday duo will thrill your kids with a free gift, craft project, and concert of sing-along and holiday rock ‘n roll with Rhythm & Balloons, the duo of Evan Milman and Eric Butler. Photo op? You bet – take your own, or get a pro pic for your holiday cards.



Evergreen in the Garden State

What better way for the Garden State to celebrate the holidays than with a friendly competition between our state’s finest garden clubs? This tour of Drumthwacket, the Governor’s official residence, features an eco-friendly theme, Homemade Holidays – New Jersey Style! Judges select the first prize winner, but visitors get to vote for the People’s Choice. And don’t miss the charming Gift Shop at Olden House. 11am0in, December 5, 8, 12 and 15. A $5 donation goes to the non-profit Drumthwacket Foundation. Register HERE, or call 609.683.0057.

Peace & Pizza

Alex & the Kaleidoscope Band, award-winning children’s performers, will perform favorite Kaleidoscope songs, plus holiday classics at the new Crescendo Theater in the Princeton Montessori School from 4-6 pm. Celebrated local musicians Alex Mitnick and Alan Bell have taken their energetic show on the road and performed at places like the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and Philly’s World Café Live, and now they’re bringing it back home to inspire your kids with great music and messages about peace and communication. Tickets are $10, and include free pizza for the kids.


 Events Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Cary Sullivan


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