Patriots Week
December 26 – December 31
The Old Barracks will continue to host the following events:
Tuesday, December 26:
7 PM | Annus Mirabilis – A Musical Celebration of the Year of Miracles by the Practitioners of Musick
Friday, December 29:
1 PM | Revolutionary Music: The Signals, Calls, and Camp Duties at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple
7-10 PM | Colonial Ball at the Historic Trenton Masonic Temple
Saturday, December 30:
11 AM | First Battle of Trenton Reenactment
12 PM & 2 PM | “The Trouble with Trenton” Interactive Puppet Show
3 PM | The Second Battle of Trenton Reenactment
First Battle Reenactment
Saturday, December 30th 11:00 a.m.
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Follow the Battle of Trenton from the Battle Monument down Warren Street to Mill Hill Park! Free.
Puppet Show: The Trouble with Trenton
Saturday, December 30th 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Warren Street Plaza, West Hanover and North Warren Streets
A “mini” historical look at some amazing American history presented with marionettes and rod puppets – and lots of help
from the audience! The show includes live music, large puppets and props, and plenty of “revolting” action. Free.
Musket Demonstrations
Saturday, December 30th 12:30 p.m.
Old Barracks Museum, 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Soldiers of the 17th Regiment of Infantry will drill and fire their muskets on the Parade ground of the Old Barracks Museum.
Included in $5 admission with unlimited re-entry.
Saturday, December 30th 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
1719 William Trent House Museum 15 Market Street, Trenton, NJ 08611
Celebrate the Scottish New Year at the Trent House! William Trent, founder of the city of Trenton, was an immigrant from
Scotland who became a wealthy merchant. We honor his heritage with Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year celebration. Join
us for hot mulled cider, Scottish sausage rolls, shortbread, and other light refreshments while listening to bagpipers. Tour the
Trent House decorated for the holidays. End your visit by tossing your wishes for 2018 into the bonfire! Free.,
Civil War Flag Unveiling
Saturday, December 30th 2:00 p.m.
New Jersey State Museum 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Enjoy a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the Civil War Flag Collection, one of the
largest collections of its kind in the nation. Free.
Capital Singers of Trenton
Saturday, December 30th 2:00 p.m.
The Corner Historic, 1 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Enjoy a selection of choral songs performed by the Capital Singers of Trenton in one of the most historic
locations in the city. Free.
Second Battle Reenactment
Saturday, December 30th 3:00 p.m.
Mill Hill Park
See the action of the Battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill Park! Free.
Peace Vigil
Sunday, December 31st 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Trenton Friends Meeting 142 E Hanover St, Trenton, NJ 08618 (free parking behind Meeting House)
Annual New Year’s silent vigil for world peace. Free.
Capital Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert
Sunday, December 31st 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by David Osenberg of WWFM
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608
Many of our patrons have described their perfect New Year’s Eve experience: An early dinner out with friends at one of our
many excellent area restaurants, then off to the Philharmonic for some great uplifting music, and then it’s still early enough to
make that New Year’s Eve party, go out for a night-cap, or just be home and in bed before midnight. Whatever you choose, the
Capital Philharmonic fits right into your plans. Be a part of this huge Trenton tradition – it’s a wonderful way to bring in the
New Year. Tickets:
Real Time Tour of the Battle of Princeton
Sunday, December 31st 6:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Thomas Clarke House, 500 Mercer St., Princeton NJ 08540
Historical tour of the Battle of Princeton, led by military historian William P. Tatum III, PhD. Dr. Tatum will be joined by
other re-enactors of various Congressional and Crown regiments to show us exactly where, when, and why events unfolded
that chilly morning in 1777. We will experience the battle, minute by minute, at the same time of day, and in similar weather
conditions. Learn how the Battle of Princeton, as it occurred, was not at all what Washington was expecting. Learn from where
the Continental Line approached the battle. Learn how these momentous events transpired and were the culmination of the
Ten Crucial Days Campaign that changed history. Recommended donation please, $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12.
This tour will be outside. Please dress accordingly. For more details visit:
Washington Crossing Reenactments at Washington Crossing Park
Washington Crossing Historic Park, Routes 532 & 32, Washington Crossing, PA
George Washington’s daring 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River and defeat of the Hessians in Trenton is
considered a turning point in the Revolutionary War. Witness this historic event for yourself during one of two reenactments in
December. Join fellow citizens from around the country for a Bucks County tradition featuring several hundred reenactors clad
in Continental military dress and George Washington himself. Listen as General Washington delivers an inspiring speech and
then leads his troops across the river in replica Durham boats.
First Crossing: Sunday, December 10, 2017, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (crossing at 1:00 PM)
During the first crossing event, hundreds of troops row across the river in uniform just as they do on Christmas Day. In
addition, special colonial-era activities and demonstrations throughout the historic village provide your family with a full day
of fun and learning. A great way to see the reenactment if you can’t make it on December 25! COST: $8 for adults, $4 for
children age five to 11, and free for those under five (Proceeds support future park programs)
Christmas Day Crossing: December 25, 2017, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM crossing (crossing at 1:00 PM)
COST: Free
Directions & Details
River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants. However, even if conditions do not allow for crossing,
ceremonies, speeches and commemorative activities still occur. We suggest visitors arrive before 1 PM on Christmas Day to
ensure a good place along the viewing line. Washington Crossing Historic Park is located at the intersection of Routes 532 and
32 (River Road) in Washington Crossing, PA. Directions can be found here. Parking will be clearly marked. Individuals with
disabilities who need special assistance or accommodations to participate in this event should call 215-493-4076.