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Events for Friday November 23, 2018

Santa's Arrival Party, MarketFair

Friday November 23, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Whisper wish lists and create unforgettable memories as you celebrate the wonder of the holidays at MarketFair's Santa's Arrival Party featuring Holiday Magic, arts and crafts, music and more. 10:00 AM: Interactive Magic Show; 10:45 AM: Mrs. Claus reads holiday stories; 11:00 AM: Santa & Friends parade through the mall with Santa arriving at Center Court(photo set now open); 11:30 AM: Performance by Princeton Ballet Youth Dancers

3535 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 • (609) 452-7777

Holiday Train Show - Old City Hall

Friday November 23, 2018
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

13 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown City - -

Featuring fully running layouts with model villages and scenes as well as displays of memorabilia, Christmas toy trains, and more.

OptOutside Event, Friends of Princeton Open Space

Friday November 23, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

On Friday, November 23, 2018, Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), a nonprofit devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton, will host their annual #OptOutside event at the Mountain Lakes House in the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton.

OptOutside is a movement to encourage people to spend time in nature rather than crowded stores Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving. The community is invited to the Mountain Lakes House to enjoy nature-themed art activities, live music, cider and snacks from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Trail maps will be available for walks and hikes before or after the event. All ages are welcome to this free, rain or shine event.

For more information about FOPOS, please visit For those interested in volunteer opportunities or questions about the event or photo contest, please contact

The Nutcracker, American Repertory Ballet - Two Showtimes

Friday November 23, 2018
2:00 PM

McCarter Theatre - 2 and 7:30pm

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 (1964), 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 select 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!

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Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Palmer Square

Friday November 23, 2018
5:00 PM

Come kick-off the holiday season with us on the Green at Palmer Square and watch as we light all 32,000 lights atop our 65-foot-tall Norwegian Spruce! Take a walk about town and catch the nightly musical performances and an appearance by the one, the jolly, Santa! Experience Palmer Square, more than great shopping!

Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Palmer Square | 40 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn - Paper Mill Playhouse

Friday November 23, 2018
7:00 PM

Nov 21 - Dec 30

In this musical based on the beloved Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film, Jim Hardy leaves behind the hustle and bustle of showbiz for a quiet life on a Connecticut farm. Jim’s agrarian efforts are a flop, but things start looking up when he falls for a talented schoolteacher, and together they infuse their sleepy rural setting with some Broadway razzle-dazzle. Fresh from a Broadway run, this heartwarming, toe-tapping production features more than 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalog, including “Easter Parade,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Steppin’ Out with My Baby,” and “White Christmas.”

22 Brookside Drive, Millburn - 973-376-4343 -,  $47-$112.  Through December 30.

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