Your Local Weekend Events In Princeton

Your Local SCOOP: December 9th – 12th




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Brrrrrr… no question, winter is here. Frost is in the air – the perfect setting for holiday cheer. Whether you want to shop ’til you drop, bask in the glow of light shows, make the tots happy with Rudolf or Santa, or cozy up to the classics from The Nutcracker to ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, we’ve got it all right here. Craving a little sophistication in your festivities? Then we’ve got just the ticket with a stroll through an historic mansion, or an evening of chamber music with an internationally renowned conductor. Read on for all the ways to celebrate the season…




Twinkle, twinkle


Plug in and amp up your holiday spirit with millions of lights in the gorgeous, whimsical display at the Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show. Enjoy acres of imagination and illumination from the comfort of your own car, or on a moonlit hayride (reservations recommended for hayride). From dusk ’til 10pm, now through January 11, 2011.



To market, to market


Always a treat, the Princeton Farmers Market cranks it up for the holidays. Besides the usual bounty of local produce, poultry, eggs, cheese, breads and baked goods, the Holiday Market includes local crafters and artists.You’ll find pottery, baskets, paintings, rugs, jewelry, cards, books, DVDs, and so much more for great gifts. From 11am – 6:30pm.



Seek and ye shall find


NJ Unemployed may not be able to guarantee you that new job, but we can pretty much promise that you’ll feel better when you join fellow job seekers for a networking celebration. Commiserate and take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle with folks in the same boat from 6 – 8 pm at Princeton Sports Bar & Grill (128 Nassau Street, Princeton). Register here.



Lead the way



Internationally renowned conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn – son of famed author Aleksander Solzhenitsyn – has led symphonies throughout the world, from Baltimore and Nashville to London, Tokyo, Sydney and Moscow. A winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, he serves on the piano faculty of the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, and has been featured on radio and television specials, including CBS Sunday Morning and ABC’s Nightline. In this celebration for music lovers, Solzhenitsyn joins the Princeton University Orchestra as both a pianist and conductor in an all-Shostakovich program. He’ll play Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Michael Pratt, and will conduct Symphony No. 8 at the Richardson Auditorium at 8pm. Tickets are $15.



Something to sing about


As if visions of sugarplums weren’t enough, you can experience a musical adaptation of Clement Moore’s delightful holiday classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at the Kelsey Theatre at 7:30pm. Bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots, and just to be sure you’re in the proper spirit, join in the pre-show carolling in the lobby. Tickets are $10.



Artists are your elves


Santa helps celebrate at the Grand Opening Reception of the Holiday Outpost at Artworks from 11am – 6pm. Local artists and craftspeople help you fill those holiday stockings with unique jewelry, art, woodworking, t-shirts, ceramics, ornaments, photography, teas, and accessories. Enjoy and indulge!






On your toes


All the holiday magic and joy of The Nutcracker, without the hassle of going into the city? Sign us up! Susan Jaffe – world-renowned former principal dancer with American Ballet Theater – and Risa Kaplowitz – former principal dancer with the Dayton Ballet and Manhattan Ballet – have been delighting local audiences with the Youth Ensemble at DanceVision since 2007, and this enchanting production is right at our doorstep at Montgomery High School at 7pm. Tickets are $25.


Light it up


Grab your earmuffs and warm up a chilly night with 15,000 lights! Your tiny tots will be aglow when they see the 16-minute light show displayed on the 35-foot Norway spruce on Ferry Street. Presented by the New Hope Chamber of Commerce and Winterland, the toe-tapping light show is set to holiday music at 6pm, 8pm, and 10pm. Best of all? It’s free.


Reindeer games


What holiday season would be complete without Rudolf’s red nose? The whole family will love the Off-Broadstreet Theater production of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer, tailor-made for the kid in all of us. Early risers will be happy for the 10am showtime, and the $4 tickets won’t take a bite out your holiday budget.



Near and far


Whether you like it local or your tastes run to the exotic, we’ve got you covered. The Gifts of Natural Art and Craft Fair, Slow Food Central New Jersey brings together local farm vendors, food producers, arts, gifts of nature, and crafts from 10am – 2pm. In case the free admission isn’t enough, you can feel good about knowing that a portion of proceeds will be donated to D&R Land Trust.


The International Bazaar at the Chancellor Green Rotunda, Princeton University from 1 – 4pm was organized by the student group Emerge to celebrate international development initiatives, and showcase and sell the crafts, cultural performances, culinary arts from more than 15 countries.





No humbug here


So nice when the holiday drama is on stage instead of in your house! Charles Dickens himself would delight at the McCarter Theater production of A Christmas Carol. The show is at 5:30pm, and tickets are $33 and up, but call soon to reserve… the 1pm show is already sold out!



History and holiday


Ready for more elegant and grown-up holiday festivities? The Festival of Trees is the perfect antidote to overexposure to Santa, red-nosed reindeers, and industrious elves. Relax and stroll through the galleries of Morven, the beautifully restored former governor’s mansion, and enjoy the gorgeously decorated trees festooned by local businesses and garden clubs.  Noon to 4 pm. Tickets are $6.



 Events Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Cary Sullivan 


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