If holiday music isn’t your thing, look in our day by day calendar listings in this issue and at www.princetoninfo.com for performances of Nutcracker, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and other holiday events.

Holiday Music

Saturday, November 27

Holiday Tree Lighting and Violanta Organ Concert, Downtown Bordentown Association, Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, 609-291-7020. www.downtownbordentown.com. Features Santa, carolers, and holiday music played by an old-fashioned Violanta before and after the ceremony, and light refreshments. Holiday train display, Old City Hall, 11 Crossswicks Street, starting at 3 p.m. Tree lighting at 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 28

Nassau at Four, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, 609-924-0103. www.nassauchurch.org. Soloists and choirs from Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and Nassau Presbyterian Church will perform Part One of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by a community orchestra of members and friends of both churches. Also congregational carols and a chance to join in on the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Free. 4 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1

Concert, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Pennington School Singers and Jazz Band perform. 5 p.m.

Thursday, December 2

Christmas Carol Festival, Church of St. David the King, 1 New Village Road, West Windsor, 609-275-7111. Christmas Carols, cookies, baked goods, coffee, apple juice, and wassail. Free. 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Friday, December 3

Holiday Concert, Cantus Novus, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Hope, PA, 215-968-3294. www.cantusnovus.org. An evening of sacred and festive music featuring Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas cantata with organ and brass; Randol Alan Bass’s “Gloria” with timpani and brass; “Nox Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre; and a jazz-inspired arrangement of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” by New York Voices’s Darmo Meader. W. Edward McCall is artistic director. $20. Also, Saturday, December 4, at Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, PA. 8 p.m.

Christmas Around the World, Riverside Symphonia, Church of St. John, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7300. riversidesymphonia.org. Violinist Clare Semese, the winner of the organization’s Caprio Young Artists competition, performs. $20 to $55. 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 4

Holiday Concert, Voices Chorale, Music Together, 225 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell, 609-924-7801. www.musictogetherprinceton.com. Festive songs and holiday favorites for children of all ages. $10; $25 per family. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Voorhees Choir, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Voorhees Chapel, 5 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. www.masongross.rutgers.edu. Annual candlelight concert. Free. 5 p.m.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, The Princeton Singers, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, 866-846-7464. www.princetonsingers.org. Dylan Thomas’s classic Christmas story of misrule and mayhem. Music includes traditional holiday favorites and carols. $25. For ages 12 and up. 6 p.m.

Holiday Concert, Cantus Novus, Newtown Presbyterian Church, Newtown, PA, 215-968-3294. www.cantusnovus.org. See Friday, December 3. $20. 8 p.m.

TCNJ Choirs, College of New Jersey, Mildred and Ernest Mayo Concert Hall, Ewing, 609-771-2585. tcnj.edu. Register. 8 p.m.

Choral Concert, Philomusica Chorale, Our Lady of Peace Church, 277 Washington Place, North Brunswick, 888-744-5668. www.philomusica.org. “A Festival of Magnificats” features works of Morales, Part, and Howells, a cappella and organ accompanied. $9 to $18. 8 p.m.

Christmas Around the World, Riverside Symphonia, Church of St. John, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, 609-397-7300.See Friday, December 3. $20 to $55. 8 p.m.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Westminster Conservatory, Bristol Chapel, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. “Christmas for the Young at Heart” holiday concert. Kathleen Ebling Shaw conducts. $20. 8 p.m.

David Leonhardt Jazz Group, Bucks County Performing Arts Center, Yardley Community Center, 64 South Main Street, Yardley, PA, 215-493-3010. www.bcpac.org. “Winter Jazz Holiday Concert” with Nancy Reed as the featured vocalist. The concert is largely based on Leonhardt’s recent CD, “I’ll be Home for Christmas.” $15. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 5

Advent Vespers, Princeton University, Chapel, 609-258-3654. www.princeton.edu. “Nova! Nova!” presented by the Chapel Choir conducted by Penna Rose. Free. 2:30 p.m.

Rider University Chorale, Rider University, Gill Chapel, Lawrenceville, 609-895-5781. www.rider.edu. Holiday concert. Free. 3 p.m.

Choral Concert, Philomusica Chorale, Our Lady of Peace Church, 277 Washington Place, North Brunswick, 888-744-5668. www.philomusica.org. “A Festival of Magnificats” features works of Morales, Part, and Howells, a cappella and organ accompanied. $9 to $18. 4 p.m.

Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Westminster Conservatory, Bristol Chapel, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. “Christmas for the Young at Heart” holiday concert. Kathleen Ebling Shaw conducts. $20. 4 p.m.

Celebrating Holidays from Around the World, Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Princeton Alliance Church, 20 Schalks Crossing Road, Plainsboro, 609-790-9559. www.bravuraphil.org. Holiday concert features the Qing Yang Dance Studio, a community chorus singing excerpts of Handel’s “Messiah,” and an audience sing-along. Chiu-Tze Lin conducts. $15 to $25. 7 p.m.

Choral Concert, Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA, 215-297-8285. www.trinitysolebury.org. Handel’s Messiah Part I and the Hallelujah Chorus and Respighi’s “Laud to the Nativity.” The 40-voice choir and the 20-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Timothy Harrell. $15. 7:30 p.m.

Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Living at Peace, Plainsboro Municipal Building, 641 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, 908-431-9903. www.livingatpeace.com. “Peace Songs from Around the World” includes songs from India, China, Africa, Israel, and the United States. Original songs that convey messages of oneness and peace will also be performed. 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Alex and the Kaleidoscope Band, Princeton Montessori School, 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, 609-924-4594. www.princetonmontessori.org. Holiday concert for toddlers, pre-school children, and their parents presented by Alex Mitnick, singer and guitarist, and Alan Bell, Philadelphia based lyricist. Their first album was released in 2004 with a focus on peace and communication for children. Pizza dinner follows concert. 4 p.m.

Monday, December 6

Rider University Band, Rider University, Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. www.rider.edu. Winter concert conducted by Jerry Rife in conjunction with the Blawenburg Band. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Holiday Concert, St. Francis Medical Center, Sacred Heart Church, Broad Street, Trenton, 609-599-5659. www.stfrancismedical.org. Annual benefit holiday concert featuring the Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, a 45-member ensemble conducted by Reverend Alphonse Stephenson. Concert at 7:30 p.m., $45; concert with cocktails and buffet dinner at 5 p.m., $125. Register. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday,

December 8

Carols of Many Nations, Princeton Theological Seminary, Miller Chapel, 609-497-7890. www.ptsem.edu. Readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols led by the Princeton Seminary Choir, international students, and staff. Also, bluegrass band. Free. 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Opera New Jersey: Holiday Fare, Grounds For Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-586-0616. www.groundsforsculpture.org. Holiday concert. Free with admission. 7 p.m.

Concert, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Hopewell Valley Chamber Singers perform holiday program. 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 9

Holiday Concert, Lawrence Senior Center, 30 Darrah Lane East, Lawrenceville, 609-844-7048. Lawrence Community Concert Band in concert. Free. 7 p.m.

Friday, December 10

Ring in the Season with Song!, Brothers in Harmony, Hamilton High School West, 2720 South Clinton Avenue, Hamilton, 732-940-0224. This barbershop holiday show will also feature the Select Choir of Hamilton High School West, as well as several quartets. $15; $12 for seniors. Tickets available at the door. 7:30 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah, Bucks County Choral Society, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 North Main Street, Doylestown, 215-598-6142. buckschoral.org. $20. 8 p.m.

Holiday Concert, Hopewell Valley Chorus, Unitarian Universalist Church at Washington Crossing, 268 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, 609-737-3177. “Snow Had Fallen, Snow on Snow,” a program of sacred and secular music about snow with arrangements by Berlioz, Menotti, Lauridsen, Loesser, and Berlin. $15. 8 p.m.

An Evening of Readings and Carols, Westminster Choir College, Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Five of Westminster’s choirs, Ken Cowan on organ, and Solid Brass Ensemble present seasonal readings. Sing-along with Christmas carols. Pre-concert patron dinner at Cherry Valley Country Club, $30 to $60. 8 p.m.

Linda Eder’s Christmas Show, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Concert of popular standards and holiday favorites. $32 to $57. 8 p.m.

Tree of Light Celebration, The Lewis School, Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-8120. www.lewisschool.org. Annual holiday concert and open house to benefit the scholarship and program fund features thousands of lights lit on the stately outdoor tree, old-fashioned music, and holiday fare. Performances by Lewis School Choir, the American Boychoir School, and Princeton University’s Nassoons, Tigerlilies, Koleinu, and Wildcats. $30 for party. Tree lighting at 9:30 p.m. at the school is free. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 11

Songs for the Holidays, Princeton Girlchoir, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-258-5343. www.princetongirlchoir.org. Concert and book fair fundraiser. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Christmas in Carol and Song, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. www.masongross.rutgers.edu. Rutgers Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir. $20. 6 and 9 p.m.

An Evening of Readings and Carols, Westminster Choir College, Princeton University Chapel, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. See Friday, December 10. 8 p.m.

Princeton Brass Band, Rider University, Yvonne Theater, Lawrenceville, 609-896-5303. www.rider.edu. Holiday concert featuring traditional British and American favorites conducted by Stephen Arthur Allen. World premier of “Christmas Baby Jazz Suite” by Mike Green. Donations accepted. 7 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 8 p.m.

Eileen Ivers: An Irish Christmas, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Irish fiddle champion and the original violinist in Riverdance. $32 to $52. 8 p.m.

Concert, Barnes & Noble, MarketFair, West Windsor, 609-716-1570. www.bn.com. Princeton Girlchoir presents a holiday program. 10 a.m.

Sunday, December 12

Christmas in Carol and Song, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, 732-932-7511. www.masongross.rutgers.edu. See Saturday, December 11. $20. 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Choral Concert, Christ Church, 5 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, 732-545-6262. christchurchnewbrunswick.org. Music of Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel presented by the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra and the Christ Church Choir. Register. 7 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 3 p.m.

Mazowsze, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. Warsaw Christmas featuring Polish carols and dances. $32 to $57. 3 and 7 p.m. See story page 10.

Monday, December 13

Messiah Sing, Princeton University, Chapel, 609-258-3654. www.princeton.edu. Community sing with organ, strings, and trumpet. $5. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday,

December 15

Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, Princeton University, Chapel, 609-258-3654. www.princeton.edu. A service of readings and music featuring the Chapel Choir and a cappella groups. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 2 p.m.

Friday, December 17

Faculty Recital Series, Westminster Choir College, Williamson Hall, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. Mark Johnstone on guitar with “A Christmas Sonata,” “Three Moons” for cello and guitar, and variations on “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Free. 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Oratorio, Princeton Pro Musica, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-683-5122. www.princetonpromusica.org. J.S. Bach. Frances Fowler Slade conducts. $25 to $55. 8 p.m.

Christmas from Poland and France Concert, Voices Chorale, St. James Church, 115 East Delaware Avenue, Pennington, 609-397-0756. www.voiceschorale.org. With St. Paul Children’s choirs. $20; or $45 per family. Also a silent auction. 8 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 18

Pops: The Holiday Concert, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-497-0020. www.princetonsymphony.org. Seasonal favorites, symphonic classic, Princeton High School Choir, sing-along. $20 to $64. 4 p.m.

Voices of Angels, American Boychoir, Princeton University Chapel, 888-BOYCHOIR. americanboychoir.org. Traditional holiday favorites. $15 to $32. 7:30 p.m.

Christmas from Poland and France Concert, Voices Chorale, St. Paul Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-397-0756. www.voiceschorale.org. With St. Paul Children’s choirs. $20; or $45 per family. 8 p.m.

Westminster Conservatory Community Chorus and Concert Choir, Westminster Conservatory, Bristol Chapel, Princeton, 609-921-2663. www.rider.edu. “The Christmas Spirit,” a program with works from the Russian Orthodox tradition, African-American spirituals, and contemporary works. Devin Mariman conducts. $15. 8 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 3 and 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 19

Winter Wonderland, American Boychoir, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 888-BOYCHOIR. www.americanboychoir.org. Traditional holiday favorites and audience sing-along. $20 to $42. Boys in grades 3 to 7 are encouraged to audition after the concert. No preparation or experience needed. 4 p.m.

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. www.brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 3 p.m.

Holiday Benefit Concert, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Memorial Drive, Trenton, 609-984-8400. www.thewarmemorial.com. Ernie White and Friends. Proceeds benefit Trenton’s helpless and neediest. $20. 7 p.m.

Monday, December 20

Bach’s Complete Brandenburgs, Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-2787. www.mccarter.org. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Note that the concert is on Princeton’s campus. $45 and up. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 21

Rose Jang, New Jersey Youth Symphony, Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 609-258-5000. www.njys.org. Carols, musical highlights, and opera arias presented by the Korean-American pop opera artist who was born in Princeton. $20 to $70. 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Concert, Princeton High School Choirs and Orchestra, Princeton University Chapel. Annual concert featuring all the vocal ensembles and the orchestra. PHS Choir and Chorus alumni are invited up at the end to join in the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 22

Annual Winter Musicale, Bristol Riverside Theater, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, 215-785-0100. brtstage.org. Holiday songs including traditional carols, popular classics, and original songs. $31. 2 p.m.

Winter Concert, Mercer County Symphonic Band, Mercer County College, Kelsey Theater, 609-584-9444. mccc.edu. Classics, contemporary music, and traditional marches including holiday songs and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Free. 8 p.m.

Friday, December 24

Christmas Eve Caroling, Arts Council of Princeton, On the Green, 609-924-8777. Carolers of all ages assemble on Palmer Square green and proceed to sing with the Blawenburg Brass Band leading the festivities. Bring lanterns and flashlights. Keep your eyes open for Santa. Free. 5:15 p.m.

24-Hour Christmas Show, WPRB Radio, 103.3 FM. www.wprb.com. Annual edition of Jon Solomon’s 24-hour show featuring rare, strange, and confounding records directly or vaguely holiday-related including songs about snowy winter months, Chanukah, Kwaanza, and New Years. Solomon began the show in 1988, when he was 15 years old. 6 p.m. to 6 p.m. December 25.

Friday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Concert, Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Patriots Theater, War Memorial, Trenton, 609-396-5522. trentonsymphony.org. $25 to $65. 8 p.m.

Salute to Vienna, State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469. www.StateTheatreNJ.org. New Year’s concert features the Strauss Symphony of America. $47 to $97. 6 p.m.

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