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Princeton Weekend Guide: Dec. 28-30

Looking for things to do in and around Princeton this weekend? We've got you covered.

Princeton Weekend Guide: Dec. 28-30


City of Gold: Tomb and Temple of Ancient Cyprus

Dec. 28-Jan 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Princeton University Art Museum

Celebrating the legacy of archaeology at Princeton, City of Gold features extraordinary loans from the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, the Musée du Louvre and the British Museum. The exhibition examines the compelling art and archaeology of early Cyprus as seen in a single site, Polis Chrysochous – a place rich in history, architecture and art. The exhibition marks a quarter-century of excavation by the Princeton Department of Art and Archaeology, under the direction of William A. P. Childs, professor emeritus and with Joanna Smith and J. Michael Padgett, co-curators of the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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Dancing into Dreams: Vase Painting of the Ik' Kingdom

Dec. 28-Jan 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Princeton University Art Museum

Dancing into Dreams offers an intimate glimpse into eighth-century Maya court culture through chocolate-drinking vessels. Witness young princes playing ball, elegantly attired kings partaking in sumptuous feasts and the demons understood to cause sickness and misfortune. The Museum’s collection will be enhanced by major loans to create a rich timeline of a single kingdom’s royal history and of the artists – many of whom we now know by name – who recorded these events naturalistically on the vases. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Museum hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Festival of Trees

Dec. 28-Jan. 1, Morven Museum & Garden

Morven’s Festival of Trees has become a must-see Princeton holiday tradition. Enjoy the museum’s elegant thirteen galleries decorated for the holidays and adorned with trees artfully decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations. This year’s exhibitors include: D & R Greenway Land Trust, The Dogwood Garden Club of Princeton, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Contemporary Garden Club, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton Doll & Toy Museum, Vicki Trainer, Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed Association, Barbara Lake, Montville/Valhalla Garden Club, and M.I. Hummel Company. Festival of Trees can be viewed during the museum's regular open hours: Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

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Let It Snow Art Show

Dec. 28-Jan. 1, Chez Alice, Palmer Square

Artist Robert Hummel presents his Wintery styled Princeton paintings as well as others, old and new from his Princeton Art Impressions collection. On view through Jan. 20. Robert's bright and colorful Princeton paintings have been seen around town for years and are collected by visitors, residents, alumni and celebrities that all have an infinity to the town and University. Originals and prints can be purchased.



Princeton Walking Tour

Dec. 30, 2 p.m., Downtown Princeton

Enjoy a 1.9 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University, the American Revolution: these are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will hear on your tour. No reservations required.



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