Many Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in and around Montgomery this Year
By The Montgomery News Staff | Posted December 8
Enjoy one or more of the many events, sights and sounds of the holiday season in the Montgomery / Princeton area.
Services / Celebrations
Stained glass window at Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Hill.
* Trinity Episcopal Church Rocky Hill Services
Crescent Park Ave, Rocky Hill
ADVENT 10 am Sundays December 11 ,18 CHRISTMAS EVE - CAROLS & CANDLELIGHT - 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 24
CHRISTMAS DAY 10 am, Sunday, December 25
Blawenburg Church Sanctuary in Montgomery Township.
424 Route 518, Skillman
Sinterklaas Holiday Bazaar — Saturday, December 10, 9 am to 2 pm
— Crafts, Soups, White Elephant treasures, Baked Goods and more
For more info and directions, visit Blawenburgchurch.org/Sinterklaas
Christmas Eve — 4 pm, December 24
— Cherished Carols and the Christmas Story (This service is designed with young children in mind, but all are welcome to attend. The service will feature a few familiar carols, a lively and interactive telling of the Christmas story by Pastor Jeff, and a Christmas Eve prayer. This service will be about 30 minutes long. We welcome all children at this service, especially noisy ones! It will be fitting, as the manger was alive with the sounds of animals and the cries of a newborn baby.
Christmas Eve — 5:30 pm, December 24
—Traditional Christmas Eve Service (This service will follow our more traditional Christmas Eve style. We will sing familiar carols, light our Advent candles, listen to the Christmas story read from scripture, listen to an anthem from our choir, and hear a message and Christmas Eve prayer from Pastor Jeff. The service will be about 45 minutes long and conclude with Silent Night sung by candlelight.
Christmas Day — 10 am, Sunday, December 25
— Pastor Jeff will lead a typical Sunday morning service that will feature many familiar Christmas carols.
* Catholic Community of St. Charles Borromeo serving Montgomery and Rocky Hill.
47 Skillman Road, Skillman
— Saturday, December 24
+ 4 pm Christmas Vigil
+ 6 pm Family Chistmas Mass
+ 9:30 pm Lessons & Carols
— Sunday, December 25
+ 10 am Festive Mass
2142 U.S. Highway 206, Belle Mead + CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE - Saturday, December 24, 5 to 6 pm
+ CHRISTMAS DAY 10 am, Sunday, December 25
246 Belle Mead-Griggstown Road, Belle Mead. + NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM — Saturday, December 10, 5 pm to 9 pm —Join us for a one hour interactive walking tour through the town of Bethlehem Register at www.mefc.org/NIB to reserve a spot + CHRISTMAS MUSICALE — Sunday December 18, 6 pm
— A one hour Christmas concert featuring choir, orchestra, and handbells. + CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, Saturday, December 24, 5:30 pm. — The Christmas story is told through scripture and carols ending with Silent Night by candlelight.
CHANUKAH at Stonebridge
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
6 pm to 8 pm at Stonebridge, 100 Hollinshead Spring Rd, Skillman, NJ 08558
Every year, Congregation Kehilat Shalom of Belle Mead partners with Stonebridge, Montgomery's senior life plan community, to run Jewish services and celebrations for their residents.
Stonebridge will provide hors d'oeuvres (plus latkes), wine, dreidels, and Chanukah gelt. The They would appreciate having some volunteers to help with songs, lighting chanukiahs (menorahs), and just spending some time with the residents.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Congregation Kehilat Shalom, 253 Belle Mead-Griggstown Road Belle Mead, NJ 08502.
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022
4 pm to 5:30 pm
Montgomery Upper Middle School
Wreaths Across America (WAA) is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery begun by Maine businessman
Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at thousands of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. Visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org to learn more about this patriotic organization.
The WAA convoy will be stopping at Montgomery's Upper Middle School on their way to Arlington. Principal Cory Delgado says: "We are thrilled to be hosting them, along with some of our local veteran groups for a great tribute ceremony. If you can join us, we would love to have you."
Please RSVP via this link as space is limited. The convoy will be arriving at 4 pm. For traffic and parking purposes, guests should arrive between 3:30 and 3:45 pm. The ceremony will start promptly at 4:30.
ARTIST CHALET WINTER VILLAGE
Hinds Plaza, Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Through December 24
The Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist Chalet Winter Village is back for the holiday season. Buy directly from artists and makers and find unique, handmade gifts for everyone on your list. The Chalet Village is located on Hinds Plaza from Nov. 25, through Dec. 24. Click here for a list of vendors. Chalets are open for business from 12 p.m. to 6 pm.
Morven Museum in Princeton at Christmas.
Tree and menorah lightings
Christmas and Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, intersect this year, with Hanukkah running December 18 to 26 and Christmas on December 25, as aways.
The Jewish Center of Princeton will host its Annual Menorah Lighting on December. 20 at Palmer Square at 4 pm. Expect great music and fun.
Morven Museum’s annual winter exhibition. The museum’s galleries, mantels, and porches are artfully decorated for the holidays and the installation is open to the public during regular museum hours, Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk up admission tickets and museum passes are subject to availability.
Seasonal Drag Show
The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice in Princeton will be hosting a drag show fundraiser on December 10 at 7 pm. The Sensational Seasonal Drag Show Fundraiser will feature Cissy Walken. The show will be held at the center's headquarters at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton.
Proceeds from the show will go towards supporting the local LGBTQIA safe space. The Bayard Rustin Center will be open on Christmas Day for those who want or need a safe space to share with friends and allies. To buy tickets to the show, click here. To learn more about the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice, visit: www.RustinCenter.org.