Santa Flies into Princeton Airport Christmas Eve

Forty-four years ago, the idea of having Santa fly into the Princeton Airport for the local children to experience was brought to life by the Nierenberg family, owners of the Princeton Airport. Throughout the years, this has evolved into a wonderful annual event for the families in our community.

The tradition continues this year on Tuesday, December 24, at 11 a.m. when the airport hangar doors open to children awaiting Santa’s arrival by airplane. Parents are advised to bring their children to the airport at 10 a.m., as the Princeton Airport Flying Tigers will be serving cocoa and cookies, and local folk singer Pat McKinley, starting at 10:30, will be leading the audience in holiday songs.

If parents would like to have a gift waiting for their child, they should bring a wrapped gift with the child’s name on it in large print to the Princeton Airport lobby. Gifts should be no larger than 12” to accommodate Santa. If parents have more than one child participating, the gifts should be wrapped in the same paper and tied together to speed up the distribution. Also, to have their child participate, parents need to bring a gift for donation, as well. This is very important:
These gifts must be new, unwrapped and will be collected by the Mercer County Board of Social Services. Personal checks made out to the “FoodBank Network of Somerset County,” as well as canned or boxed food are suitable alternatives accepted at the airport. Donations from non-participants are kindly accepted as well.

Gift collection begins the day after Thanksgiving at 8 a.m. and ends on Tuesday, December 17, enabling county workers to arrange the best matches for the needy. The gifts can be deposited in the “chimneys” in the lobby of the airport between 8 and 6 p.m.

Once Santa’s plane lands, he will head into the hangar along with all the participants to distribute each gift individually. In fairness to all, Santa will distribute the gifts in the order in which they are received at the airport. Children will also have the opportunity to take a picture on Santa’s lap. Usually, distribution is completed by 1 p.m. and Santa continues his journey.

There is no charge for this event. The Princeton Airport is located in Montgomery Township, 3.5 miles north of Princeton on Route 206. The full address is 41 Airpark Road, Princeton. For further information, call 609-921-3100 or visit www.princeton­

Gorgeous Irish Wool Scarves, Originally $80, Now $19.99!

For superb quality, for over 100 years (since 1955 in Princeton) Landau on Nassau Street has offered men and women hard-to-find cozy woolen imports from around the world.

This extraordinary scarf special is a perfect example. From Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland, just arrived, Landau’s special scarf purchase. Pure Merino wool or pure lambs­wool scarves, great for men and women. Over 150 different plaids and solids. Originally $80 and up, now $19.99!! Scarf special is available in store only. No internet, mail, or phone orders. Superb quality one size gift … for under $20.

The ideal business gift for all size budgets and all size people!

If you appreciate natural fibers, meticulous details, and prices that are more than competitive then Landau of Princeton quality is for you.

Landau, 102 Nassau Street, opposite the university in Princeton. 609-924-3494.

Dandelion: The Gift of Glamour

Born in Tunisia and now settled in Woodstock, New York, Adel Chefridi creates jewels that cross cultures and time. He often draws on ancient and intricate motifs found in the art and architecture of his native land. Each piece is handcrafted in sterling silver and 18k gold with diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire and aquamarine accents.

Dandelion, 47 Palmer Square West, Princeton. www.­ 609-921-0345.

Perfect Gifts Starting at $25

Did you know, the largest sports photo gallery in the nation is right here in central New Jersey? Stop by Gold Medal Impressions to find the perfect gift for the sports fans in your life — whether that’s someone else or yourself, or both. Prices start at $25 and, until Christmas, we’re running a BOGO special:

Buy any picture, matted or framed, and get a second picture of equal or lesser value for free! Give your special someone a show-stopper gift of their favorite athletes hanging on their wall. Or, give one to them and keep one for yourself! This is a limited-time offer, so don’t wait till it’s too late.

Call 609-606-9001 for an appointment, and you’ll get treated to a personal tour of the gallery by the owner and photographer himself!

Gold Medal Impressions, 196 Princeton-Hightstown Road, Building 2A, West Windsor. Or buy online at

Grit + Polish: Feeling Good about Looking Good

Now in its third year, Princeton’s Grit + Polish is a unique, locally owned nail and skin studio that combines art gallery decor with a super-clean environment and ethical business practices.

Owner Jacqueline Fay says her goal is to create a sanctuary that supports both clients and employees. “I started my business after reading about the problems with the nail salon industry in the New York Times. I was convinced I could be successful by running my business the right way.”

Gift cards from Grit + Polish are available in all denominations and are a fantastic way to give a fabulous experience to a colleague, friend, or family member. Men and women alike will find the salon’s new Athletic Pedicure appealing.

Order your gift card online at, call, or visit the salon at 160 Witherspoon Street, just a 5 minute walk from the center of town.

Get Creative on Your Lunch Break!
Open Studio Days Coming to West Windsor Arts Council

Starting this January, West Windsor Arts Council is offering an open art studio for adults who want to explore their creativity in a nonstructured, informal, yet vibrant setting. Paint, sketch, and create with other artists and members of the community. No instructor provided.

Open Studio will be offered on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. for $20 a session. Drop in on your lunch hour or day off. It’s a great way to meet new people and experiment with provided materials and projects. For a more guided learning experience, check out the West Windsor Arts Council’s wide variety of one- or two-day workshops and classes for adults.

For more information, call 609-716-1931. Register at

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