Friday, December 20
Calling all Sugar Plum Fairies… twirl your way over to the Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College for ‘The Nutcracker.’ The New Jersey Youth Ballet presents the holiday classic – plus, it’s fully narrated, making it a theater experience that even the littlest fans can follow along with! $16, 7pm. www.kelseytheatre.net
NJ history buffs can explore Washington Crossing State Park by lantern light with guided walking tours this Friday. The Nelson House, the Stone Barn and the Johnson Ferry House will be the focus of the walks, which begin at the Nelson House (the white house located at the edge of the Delaware River, near the bridge to Pennsylvania) and will include refreshments. Register by calling 609-737-2515. $10, 7 & 7:30pm.
Sunday, 12/22 from 11:30-1:00pm
I Can Make Gingerbread People – for children ages 8-10 (with a parent.) Make & decorate gingerbread cookies from scratch.
Registration required. Click here for more information on these classes & more.
Saturday, December 21
The Historical Society of Princeton will be celebrating the first day of winter this Saturday at the Updike Farmstead on Quaker Road. Get in on the solstice fun with a scavenger hunt, a 90 minute guided walking tour and museum galleries to explore. At 12:11pm there will be a storytime featuring ‘The First Day of Winter.’ A day of seasonal fun for the whole family! FREE, 12-4pm. www.princetonhistory.org
Not a regular attendee at choral performances? Meet the Kinnara Ensemble. This group, made of 28 singers, is on a mission to “engage the public in exemplary choral experiences” – so dip your toe in the water of live vocal performance and enjoy an evening of music! The Kinnara Ensemble is presenting a Christmas program of carols, musical theater pieces and other traditional holiday songs this Saturday at the All Saints Church. $20, 8pm. www.kinnaraensemble.org
Sunday, December 22
Happy 20th Birthday, Small World Coffee! It was on this day in 1993 that the Witherspoon Street cafe first opened its doors to the public. To commemorate the milestone, a day of public celebration has been planned. Visit in the morning between 8 to 10am to enjoy a live performance from the Princeton High School String Quartet while you sip your morning coffee, or come by between 7 to 9pm for a show from Chris Harford and the Band of Changes, along with a visit from the one and only Nomad Pizza truck. Cheers, SWC! FREE, 8am-9pm. www.smallworldcoffee.com
The holidays are shining bright at the New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium for the ‘Holiday Laser Lights’ show. The planetarium dome is transformed from a starry sky to a laser light spectacular, featuring sing-alongs and all the familiar characters such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Winter Wonderland, Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. $7, 1pm and 3pm. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org