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Princeton NJ Holiday Guide

Welcome to POL’s annual, and festive Holiday Guide - a wonderful guide to gift giving ideas, entertaining, and holiday themed entertainment. Look for caterers, invitations, gift ideas, and more. Buy tickets to your favorite holiday events like The Nutcracker and PSO's Holiday POPS concert. POL wishes you and yours, a Happy Holiday!
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Kelsey Theatre


Celebrate the Holidays at Kelsey Theatre starting in November with A Christmas Story, The Musical followed by our own holiday tradition 'Twas The Night Before Christmas... a delightful musical perfect for the whole family – even the littlest theatre goer. Then delight to a special abridged, fully-narrated version of The Nutcracker.

Of course, Gift Certificates to The Kelsey Theatre make a perfect holiday gift allowing the recipient to make lasting memories seeing upcoming plays like Noises Off, Zorro, the Musical, Love Letters, and Peter & the Starcatcher, Or Kids Classics like Rapunzel, Jack & The Beanstalk, and The Magic School Bus. 609-570-3333 or

American Repertory Ballet


American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB's professional company will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl named Clara and how a mysterious gift from her Uncle Drosselmeyer brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. American Repertory Ballet's Nutcracker is a perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

Princeton Pro Musica


On December 9, 2018 at 4:00pm, Princeton Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra will present a concert titled Joy to the World: A Christmas Suite at the grand Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, NJ. Also appearing on the program will be very special guests from the Trenton Children’s Chorus, and outstanding soloists Nacole Palmer, soprano and Richard Holmes, baritone. All will be led by Dr. Ryan James Brandau, Artistic Director of Princeton Pro Musica.For this December 9 celebration, Brandau has created a concert-length suite that brings together the 100 singers of Princeton Pro Musica, Trenton Children’s Chorus, and a full orchestra. The suite combines favorite carols and holiday songs.

Tickets are available only through Princeton Pro Musica at, by calling (609) 683-5122.

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Princeton Symphony Orchestra


On Sunday, November 18 at 4 pm, sought-after violinist Rachel Barton Pine takes the stage at Richardson Auditorium to perform Niccoló Paganini’s fiendish Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 6 with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rossen Milanov. Bookending the violin concerto are Leoš Janáek’s Sinfonietta and Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss. Maestro Milanov hosts Ms. Pine at a pre-concert discussion of the program at 3pm. A leading interpreter of the great classical masterworks, violinist Rachel Barton Pine thrills audiences with her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and emotional honesty. With an infectious joy in music-making and a passion for connecting historical research to performance, Ms. Pine transforms audiences’ experiences of classical music.


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Voices Chorale NJ

For its first concert of the 2018–2019 season, Voices Chorale NJ will present “A Winter’s Night” two times in December: Saturday, December 8, at 4 PM, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton, NJ, and Sunday, December 16, at 3 PM, at Pennington Presbyterian Church in Pennington, NJ. “A Winter’s Night” will feature works by Nicholas Myers, Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and more. Included are six carols by English composer Bob Chilcott, described in The Observer as “a contemporary hero of British choral music.” Chilcott’s carols are beloved for their wonderful text setting, with words that fully explore the various moods and emotions of the December season. For tickets please visit: