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Princeton Holiday Guide

Holiday

Welcome to POL’s festive Holiday Feature - a wonderful guide to gift giving ideas, entertaining, and holiday themed entertainment. Look for caterers, invitations, stocking stuffer suggestions, and more. Buy tickets for favorite holiday events like McCarter Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol.' Online donation links, and helpful articles that will get you through the busy season and into the holiday spirit. Ho Ho Holiday!

Princeton Pro Musica presents: A Bach Christmas Saturday,December 20, 2014, 8:00pm Tickets available now!
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Main Street Bistro and Bar


301 N Harrison St Princeton NJ 08540
609-921-2777
Main Street Bistro and Bar provides exceptional dining in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It was named one of "America's Great Neighborhood Restaurants" by Bon Appetit Magazine. Zagat Survey named Main Street Bistro the "Best Everyday Restaurant in town". Each summer Main Street opens its Clocktower Cabana Patio Bar adjacent to its outdoor terrace. The Cabana brings the feel of the shore to Princeton with its 360 degree open bar and comfortable patio chairs set in a private courtyard setting. When it's time to plan that very special event, please consider our catering division, (mainstreetcatering.com) ranked #1 in New Jersey seven years in a row by The Knot Best of Weddings, and indoctrinated into their Hall of Fame.

    Dining and Restaurants    Unique Event Locations  

Main Street Catering


609-921-2777
Main Street Fine Catering & Events, established in 1984, is a sophisticated, state of the art food and event provider to individuals and corporations in the Greater Princeton Area reaching north to New York and south to Philadelphia. From a dedicated 6,000 square foot commissary hub, Main Street's Chef de Cuisine and Pastry Chef along with their staff produce exciting menus and presentations for the likes of US Presidents and national celebrities in addition to community fundraisers, opening nights, wedding celebrations and private entertaining. Selected The Knot Best of Weddings 2007 - 2014 and Hall Of Fame, 2010-2014 Brides Choice Award, Style me Pretty Little Black Book Member 2010-2014, and Wedding Wire 5/5 Stars. Please see our website for details, awards, photos and menus.

    Caterers    Dining and Restaurants    Event Planning    Party Planning  

Palmer Square Shops & Restaurants


Nassau Street and Palmer Square Suite 201 Princeton NJ 08540
609-921-2333
Adorned with fresh garland, red velvet ribbons and twinkling white lights, Palmer Square is the quintessential setting for holiday shopping and dining.

FREE PARKING WITH VALIDATION TICKET - Chambers Street or Hulfish Street garage after 4:30pm; visit a store or restaurant on the Square and request a validation ticket; present the ticket upon exiting the garage and your parking will be FREE.

Save the Date: Christmas Tree Lighting - Nov. 28, 4:45pm and Chanukah Celebration - Dec 18, 5pm

EXTENDED SHOPPING HOURS IN DECEMBER - visit our website for more info

    Gifts    Shopping Centers  

Nassau Inn


10 Palmer Sq E Princeton NJ 08542
609.921.7500
Palmer Square and the Nassau Inn are decorated beautifully and the energy in the heart of downtown Princeton is admired by all who experience it. Here are some events we hope you can participate in this year. Click here for details about all of the holiday festivities: www.nassauinn.com/princeton-things-to-do/events-calendar-en.html

Book your holiday party at Nassau Inn and enjoy the festive atmosphere at the Inn and on Palmer Square. Click here for our Holiday Lunch & Dinner Menus: www.nassauinn.com/princeton-weddings/socialeventmenus-en.html

    Accommodations    Bed and Breakfast & Inns    Caterers    Event Planning    Hotels    Party Planning    Unique Event Locations  

McCarter Theatre


91 University Place Princeton NJ 08540
609-258-ARTS(2787)
Bring your family to meet ours and celebrate the season with McCarter’s critically-acclaimed production of Dickens’ classic masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. This timeless story follows Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical and transformative journey through past, present, and future as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas and generosity of spirit that embodies the holiday season. Join us for the perennial favorite the New York Times calls “A must-see,” and make this cherished McCarter tradition part of yours!

    Holiday Concerts & Shows  

The Front Porch


24 South Main Street Pennington NJ 08534
609-737-0071
The Front Porch, located in downtown Pennington, is the The Perfect Place to find gifts, accessories, invitations and more! New items arrive daily - many can be personalized, home decor, seasonal items, jewelry & accessories, greeting cards, paper products. Work with their Graphic Designer Michelle to create invitations for every occasion with quick turnaround! Lines carried include Vera Bradley - Handbags, accessories, stationery, luggage, and readers, Mariposa, Crislu jewelry, Chamilia beads, Uno de 50 jewelry, Dogearred Jewelry, Meditation Rings, Crabtree & Evelyn, Byers' Choice Carolers, readers glasses including EyeBobs, Colonial candles & Luminara Battery Operated Candles, Old World Ornaments, Thymes Frasier Fir Candles and more! The friendly atmosphere and wonderful customer service make customers feel at home. Beautiful free gift wrap. Open 7 days a week. Extended December hours! Visit The Front Porch.....where customers become friends!

    Accessories    Cards and Gifts    Gifts    Invitations & Stationery  

Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery and MediSpa


932 State Road Princeton NJ 08540
609-921-7161
If you are considering cosmetic surgery you’ve come to the right place. Princeton surgeon Thomas A. Leach, M.D. has been performing plastic surgery of the face, breast and body for over 16 years. Certified by the American board of Plastic and Surgeons, Dr. Leach has been recognized on ‘Top Doctor’ lists in several publications over the years and chosen as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for the last 7. Or simply make an appointment with our Medispa which offers you the latest in facial rejuvenation using the finest skin care products.

    Beauty Products    Medispas    Skin Care  

Hamilton Jewelers


92 Nassau Street Princeton NJ 08540
609-683-4200
Make this holiday season a brilliant one with a gift from Hamilton Jewelers. We have something for everyone on your list. Let our gift experts, also known as elves, help you find the perfect expression of holiday cheer. We have beautiful hostess gifts to be sure you make a great entrance and many holiday décor items to dress your festive gathering.

From precious gems and diamond jewelry to stunning timepieces, your gift list covered. For over 100 years, Hamilton has been helping clients celebrate this glittering time of year. Visit us at 92 Nassau Street or shop online conveniently at www.hamiltonjewelers.com All purchases include complimentary gift wrapping and shipping. Wishing you a warm and wonderful holiday season. 1-800-5-HAMILTON.

    Accessories    Gifts    Jewelers  

Kelsey Theatre


1200 Old Trenton Road West Windsor NJ 08550
609-584-9444
The Kelsey Theatre is proud to be home to a talented student company, modern dance ensemble, symphonic band, and 12 different resident theater community and semi-professional theater companies. Kelsey Theatre is rolling out the classics for the 2014-15 season. Long-time theater lovers can revisit their favorite musicals and dramas, while younger audiences will have an opportunity to see the greats for the very first time. Twenty full-length dramas and musical productions come to the Kelsey stage, along with eight shows offered through the Kelsey Kids Series performed by traveling professional troupes and local companies. To view the current performance schedule, visit www.kelseyatmccc.org

    Holiday Concerts & Shows  

Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design LLC


The Shoppes at Pennington 21 Route 31 North Pennington NJ 08534
609-903-9330
From concept to completion, Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design offers personalized kitchen and bathroom design services, as well as custom products and installation. Our unique approach ensures your best ideas make it to the finished room within budget. The result is a truly distinctive and functional space that will inspire you for years to come.

Special Holiday Trunk Show- November 24, 6-9pm., Fashions by Simon & Kully, jewelry by Ash & Ames, crafts by WoodCrest Designs! 10% of proceeds that evening will be donated to Hope is in the Bag (breast cancer research and wigs). Event info: www.facebook.com/events/1472474076359662/.com

    Charitable Events  

Princeton Pro Musica


P.O. Box 1313 Princeton NJ 08542
609.683.5122
Step back in time to 1723-1724, Leipzig, Germany and enjoy the authentic sounds of some of the special music J.S. Bach wrote for Christmas-tide. Perfomed with a period instrument orchestra, the Magnificat will have you dancing in your seat. The Christmas Oratorio is actually six cantatas written to be performed between Christmas and Epiphany. The Chamber Chorus & Orchestra of Princeton Pro Musica will perform select sections. Tickets are also available through Princeton University Ticketing. For additional seating choices and in-person sales, please contact: Princeton University Ticketing: 609-258-9220; http://www.princeton.edu/utickets.

    Holiday Concerts & Shows    Music  

Princeton Symphony Orchestra


P.O. Box 250 Princeton NJ 08542
609-497-0020
Give Joy with PSO HOLIDAY POPS!
Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 4pm Richardson Auditorium

Our Musicians' Holiday Greetings to You! Festive seasonal music and sing-a-long!

PSO Saturday Evening POPS!

Saturday, February 7, 8 pm - A Silver-Screen Salute! Celebrate with a night of music from the movies!

Tickets Available NOW!

    Holiday Concerts & Shows    Music  

 
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
The Front Porch
Kelsey Theatre
Princeton Online Holiday Giving
Princeton Pro Musica
Blue Lotus Kitchen and Bath Design LLC
Hamilton Jewelers
Palmer Square Shops & Restaurants
McCarter Theatre
Nassau Inn
Main Street Bistro and Bar
Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery and MediSpa


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