Back by popular demand, Bucks County Playhouse will relaunch their Acting for Adults class, which will take place January 10 through February 28. The class will meet in person each Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuition is $450. The class is open to anyone age 17 and older. more

Adapted and directed by Lauren Keating, A Christmas Carol will be on stage at McCarter Theatre from December 7 through December 24. Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic follows Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future. This annual holiday tradition will usher in the spirit of joy, wonder, and generosity as Scrooge himself discovers.  more

For the past 26 years, the Jersey Cares Coat Drive has mobilized the collection and distribution of thousands of gently used winter coats to men, women, children, and infants in need. Last year, Jersey Cares collected more than 20,000 coats across the state of New Jersey. Companies, churches, police stations, schools, and other organizations volunteered to be drop off locations, and this type of cooperation made the Jersey Cares Coat Drive such a success.  more

Get ready for the creatively charged Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market (TPRFM) and annual Wreck the Halls Holidays event on December 10 and 11 at the Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton. This is one of the most unique shopping experiences in the tristate area where over 500 small businesses, artists, makers, and crafters will gather across 40,000 square feet of shopping space. The event will also feature a large food truck selection, live tattooing, live music, and celebrity guest appearances. more

On Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m., Princeton Garden Theatre presents a special screening of the holiday classic Christmas in Connecticut, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, and directed by Peter Godfrey. Originally released in 1945, the film tells the story of Elizabeth Lane, a regular Martha Stewart, sharing her picturesque farm life and weekly recipes in newspaper columns read by housewives and homesick veterans throughout the world. The only problem is it’s all a ruse!  more

Sky Zone, creator of the world’s first indoor trampoline park and part of the CircusTrix family of brands, has announced the end of their year-long renovations of attractions with the opening of Little Ninja. Little Ninja is a Warrior Course specifically designed for jumpers aged 7 and under. This three-story soft play is the first of its kind in a Sky Zone park with a Rock Wall, Zip Line, and Underground Tunnel just to name a few. Little Ninja opens in the parks’ specific Toddler Section, with an accompanied Foam Pit.  more

Discover the joys of the season close to home at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The school will host a magical collection of movies, sing-alongs, musicals, classic Christmas plays, and free plays now through December 21. Guests are also invited to bring joy to a child this Christmas as Kelsey Theatre will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots through December 2.  more

On Tuesday, November 29 at 7 p.m., Princeton Public Library and Labyrinth Books welcome author A.M. Homes to the Library’s Community Room for a discussion of her new novel, The Unfolding. Homes is the former recipient of the Women’s Prize for her book May We Be Forgiven. She is the author of 13 books and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. Homes will be joined in discussion by Princeton University professor Laura F. Edwards. Edwards is a legal historian whose research focuses on the 19th-century United States.  more

On Wednesday, December 7, Princeton Theological Seminary warmly welcomes the public back to the school’s annual Carols of Many Nations services in the Seminary Chapel. These services will take place at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Seasonal readings will be conducted in the many languages represented by the Princeton Theological Seminary students and staff. Arabic, French, Ogworok, Italian, Kachin, Malayalam, Mizo, Swedish, and Ukrainian are just some of the spoken languages visitors will hear.  more

Chef Kris Welz and his team at The Fox & Falcon have come to the aid of stressed Thanksgiving cooks — just make the turkey and the rest is done. Order four delicious sides and fresh baked pies by 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 for pickup between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23. Orders can be made by calling the restaurant Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 973.419.6773. You can also visit https://www.thefoxandfalconnj.com/menus/#holiday-catering-menu, download the menu form, and email it to events.thefoxandfalcon@gmail.commore

Walk among the dinosaurs on December 17 and 18 when Jurassic Quest, North America’s most popular dinosaur show, stomps through the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This show will excite the whole family with life-like dinosaurs, some of the largest rideable dinosaurs in North America, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities including a fossil dig and real fossils like T-Rex teeth, a triceratops horn, a life-size dinosaur skull, a “Triceratots” soft play area for the littlest explorers, bounce houses, and photo opportunities.  more

This holiday season, the Monmouth Museum Train Display will make its much anticipated return, brought to the public by Hackensack Meridian Health – Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The nostalgic display opens November 19 and runs through January 8. It features four Lionel trains winding through an over 30 foot exhibit of towns, mountains, cities, and more. Alongside the trains, the Main Gallery hosts the 20-foot holiday tree and Pat Brentano’s show, “Consider the Trees.” The Nilson Gallery will showcase artwork available for purchase from museum members.  more

Can you imagine rowing through ice floes and then trudging through a blizzard in the middle of the night, with miles to go and only fragmentary remnants of shoes on your feet? This was no ordinary escapade. The fate of an entire country rested on these men’s shoulders and their pursuit of outsmarting and out battling the enemy.  more

Join Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) on Monday, December 5 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. Celebrate seasonal splendor in all its forms while strolling beneath the floral designs, festive trees, and bold poinsettias. There will also be botanically inspired light displays, festive treehouses, and floral shop window displays.  more

On Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m., the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick welcomes the New Jersey Symphony conducted by George Manahan and Awadagin Pratt on piano. Ticket prices range from $25 to $92. 

Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, Prague, is brought to life by past Interim Music Director George Manahan, who was with the Symphony from 1983 through 1985. Mozart did not write the symphony for Prague specifically, but this grand work of mixed emotions became a gift to the city. more

On Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township will host a festive Christmas on the Farm event. Holiday cheer will be in the air as guests wander the 130-acre county park, visiting the forge, horse barn, gift shop, barnyard, and horse-drawn bobsled used for sleigh rides.  more

Join Morven Museum & Garden on Tuesday, November 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. for a unique wreath making workshop. Morven’s horticulturalist Louise Senior will guide participants and offer advice throughout the session. Natural decorations from Morven’s own gardens will be available for use as well as ribbons and other rustic “bling.”  more

Princeton’s beloved holiday tradition and kick-off to the Christmas season will take place on Friday, November 25 from 5 to 6 p.m. The annual lighting of the tree in downtown Palmer Square is accompanied by traditional musical performances and a whole lot of family fun.  more

Kick off your holiday shopping at the Art’s Council of Princeton’s outdoor Sauce for the Goose Art Market. This one-day event on Saturday, November 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Paul Robeson Place (directly next to the Arts Council of Princeton) is a unique opportunity to purchase handmade gifts directly from local artisans and crafters working in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fine art, and more.  more

On Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m., join a guided walking tour of the campus collections with a Princeton University Art Museum guide and discover a variety of artworks by modern and contemporary sculptors, from Henry Moore to Maya Lin. Learn about materials and techniques and explore elements of design and balance.  more

Join the Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) on Saturday, November 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. for a free, family-friendly outdoor festival to learn about the culturally rich holiday known as Dia de los Muertos. The event will include Mariachi, dancers, food, and hands-on projects inspired by traditional folk art.  more

On Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the French American School of Princeton (FASP) will host a Fall Open House where interested parents and students are invited to discover what sets FASP apart from other Princeton area schools.  more

The 47th Annual Apple Festival returns to Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, Pa., on Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Peddler’s Village Apple Festival is a yearly favorite and draws crowds from throughout the tri-state area.  more

Skating on the Square in Princeton’s historic Palmer Square reopens on Saturday, November 19 and will run through Sunday, February 26. Located on Hulfish Street behind the Nassau Inn, the “Glice rink” is not a traditional ice rink, but instead is made from heat-pressed polymers (no water or electricity required). The materials used in the rink are 100 percent recyclable and environmentally friendly. Another bonus is that no matter the outdoor temperature, the Glice rink is always open for skating (even if there’s a chance 50-degree day in December).  more

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art now presents “Matisse in the 1930s,” on view through January 29, 2023. 

This colorful exhibit explores changes in the artist’s work across multiple formats, including easel and decorative painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and the illustrated book. The artwork also addresses the methods of working that renewed Matisse’s style, as well as his modern renderings of mythological themes from antiquity, his depictions of female models in the studio, and his partnership with his studio manager and model, Lydia Delectorskaya. more

 

On Tuesday, November 1 at 7 p.m., Labyrinth Live at the Library welcomes Joyce Carol Oates for a discussion of her new book, The Babysitter: A Novel. This event will be held in person at the Princeton Public Library, but will also be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUlZf13JzTY.

Princeton University Professor Maria DiBattista will direct the conversation with Oates. DiBattista has written extensively on modern literature, popular and pulp fiction, and film.  more

On Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m., sip your way into a deliciously festive fall dinner at Osteria Morini, located at 107 Morristown Road in Bernardsville, with wine selections provided by Amanti Vino of Morristown. 

Osteria Morini Executive Chef Bill Dorrler and Chef di Cucina Jonathan Rice will work alongside Amanti Vino Sommelier Sharon Stevens for the ultimate combination of Old World food and wine. Four courses of Morini specials will be paired with wine. The dinner menu includes grilled octopus, scallops in almond and sage brown butter sauce, Barolo braised short rib with roasted root vegetables, and fried sweet cheese ravioli with figs. more

Founded by the Monmouth County Arts Council in 1979, the “Annual Juried Art Exhibition” has been presented at the Monmouth Museum since its inception. In 2011, the museum assumed complete sponsorship of this annual exhibition. That year, it opened the call for entries to an international audience. As a result, the “Annual Juried Art Exhibition” has become an exceptional representation of the creative talent and contemporary art trends across the United States and the world.  more

Vibrancy and imagination abound at the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa. On view through November 13, visitors will observe thousands of carefully nurtured and trained flowers in Longwood Gardens’ Conservatory, including the Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum, a single plant bearing more than 1,000 fiery colored blooms on a single stem.  more

Join Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn in downtown Lambertville for the first annual Fall Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free festival is open to all, rain or shine. 

Experience two days full of fall fun along the banks of the Delaware River. The Station’s Fall Fest community celebration will offer games, family activities, delicious food, a beer garden, and live music. more