PrincetonScoopKids 1st Annual Holiday Season Checklist

The holiday season is here and days are moving fast! To make sure you make time for some great moments along the way, here is the PrincetonScoopKids 1st Annual Holiday Season Checklist! Tried and true ideas to consider that will make your holidays sparkle just a bit more, and give you fond and fun memories to look back on when this season’s a wrap.  PS. We love the camera app Camera+ for stunning iPhone photos.



Kick off your holiday season with the annual Palmer Square Winter events. The Tree Lighting is on  Friday, November 25th, ceremony begins at 5. Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the Menorah on December 27th. Throughout the season as you shop the festive Square, enjoy strolling holiday entertainment and keep your eyes peeled for Santa!  

Have the best dressed kids in Princeton with holiday outfits from Toobydoo! From gold and sparkle to warm and cozy, Toobydoo designs for babies, boys and girls from 0-12 years old. Receive a 30% discount when you mention this PrincetonScoop ad!

Shop ‘til you drop at the Arts Council of Princeton’s Sauce for the Goose Market! One-of-a-kind handmade gifts by 30+ local artisans. Three days only! December 9, 5-9pm, December 10, 10-5pm & December 11, 11-3pm. 102 Witherspoon St., Princeton. For more information, visit


Start December off right with a Free Winter Bird Walk, Saturday, December 3rd from 8-10am then come back for the Holiday Open House (1-4pm) featuring tours and light refreshments, crafts, games, music, and 20% off nature shop purchases. The very popular annual Candle Making Workshop is set for Saturday, December 10 from 1-3pm to celebrate the approaching Winter Solstice. Call 609-737-7592 to register or visit for more info.

All Aboard! Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and holiday revelers aboard the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad “North Pole Express” this season. Santa will pose for photos and offer small gifts and holiday wishes to your children! During this festive ride through the Bucks County’s countryside, you’ll enjoy hot chocolate & cookies while local musicians performing classic Christmas carols. Reservations highly recommended.

Would your children love to see Santa fly into town? On Christmas Eve Day at 11am Princeton Airport will open their hangar doors for children to welcome Santa as he flies in to say hello and hand out gifts. Santa arrives at 11am! Do arrive early for hot cocoa and cookies and to sing holiday songs with local folk singer Pat McKinley. No reservations necessary so bookmark this one. If you’d like your child to receive a gift from Santa that day, check out participation details online:


Catch twine at their new location (8 Somerset Street !!) for an open house on Dec 10th with treats from The Gingered Peach, hot apple cider from Terhune Orchards and a few surprises too! We love twine in December for their wide selection of fabulous, unique holiday gifts. Ask about their wrapping events, “wrapnwine” & “wrapntea” for some extra cheer this season

Located just down the road and around the corner is the magical sticks and stones; a playful, nature-inspired toy shop at 16 Seminary Ave in Hopewell. Unique, high-quality gifts for young explorers, artists, inventors, actors… with toys to spark the imagination, cool science stuff, toys for the outdoors, toys made in the USA and more. Short on time? Shop online! Local delivery & pick-up options available.


Make sure to join Princeton Playspace all winter for fun events like building bags for seniors (12/4 3-5p), cookie decorating (12/4 10-11a), holiday crafts and snacks (every Friday 10:15-11:15), plus more! Email with any questions! 745 Alexander Rd, Princeton, NJ  (609) 919-9600

Looking for a unique holiday gift idea? Friendship, imagination, joy are just some of the gifts that ‘play’ gives our children. Give the gift of play with a Gymboree gift certificate for a 10-class pass or a membership. And don’t forget the fun toy “Bubble Ooodle”s and their great selection of age appropriate toys, musical instruments, CD’s, play tunnels and parachutes to continue the play at home. Check out Gymboree of Princeton for events & activities all December long. 

Have any other ideas for great holiday memories?  Tweet us @princetonscoop and give US the 4-1-1 or join our mailing list

Happy Holidays!

The PrincetonScoop Team

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