Directed by Jason King Jones and playing now at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ in Madison, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night will appear on stage through January 1, 2023. Twelfth Night marks the final production of the 2022 season and since it has been so well-received, the ensemble cast felt that they just had to do more performances.  more

At the ready, the Y’s Youth Development and Outreach Team are   (back row, left to right) ACE Coaches RJ Becton and Alyssa Roman, and Preschool Assistant Teacher and PYA site director Michael Woods (front row, left to right) PYA counselor Lilian Chipix-Lopez, Associate Director of Youth Development and Outreach Claudia Orostizaga, and Director of Youth Development and Outreach Keshon Bennett.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, COVID-19 had significant impacts on the development, emotional and behavioral health, and social well-being of children and teens across the country. The report adds, “Building resilience in children, youth, and families can help promote equity and support recovery efforts.” more

The holiday season has officially begun, so what better time to capture the moment than with a keepsake photo with Santa Claus? Whether it’s with you, your children, or your beloved pet, Santa is ready to pose for a photo at MarketFair Mall. 

Pet photos with Santa will take place on December 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. Advance registration is required by visiting https://bit.ly/3B7AvW4. Pets and owners should enter through the main entrance by the clock tower and TGI Friday’s. All pets should be leashed while waiting for their photo to be taken. more

Philadelphia Zoo now presents Lumi Nature — a celebration of plants, animals, and the natural world highlighted by more than a million twinkling lights across 14 illuminated zones throughout the Zoo grounds, on view through January 7. Recognized as the brightest holiday show in the greater Philadelphia area, the Lumi Nature event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. on select days. more

Princeton Nursery School has announced that they will host their annual Starry, Starry Evening Gala on Saturday, February 4 at The Meeting House in Princeton. The Meeting House is a short walk from the Princeton Nursery School in the historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood.  more

The Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre at Count Basie Center for the Arts presents the new Broadway musical Anastasia on February 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $49-89.

Inspired by the beloved film, the romantic and adventure-filled theatrical production of Anastasia is premiering in Red Bank at last! From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports viewers from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.  more

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