December top 5 for under 5 – 2022

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources, and new books in the library collection for children up to five years old and their families.

The Gift of Books 2022: Books for Younger Children

There’s no more perfect gift for a young child (or anyone!) than a book. Be sure to check out our list of recommended picture books, early readers, and early chapter books published in 2022 that are available for check-out from the library, and would also each make a special gift for building a child’s own home library.

Skating on the Square

Palmer Square in downtown Princeton is once again offering skating on the Square, their new holiday tradition. An “eco-friendly” outdoor skating rink is located on Hulfish Street behind the Nassau Inn until February 26. Hours are Thursday–Friday, 4–7 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday, 12–3 p.m. & 4–7 p.m. All ages are welcome and the younger you are, the less distance to fall while you learn to skate!

Palmer Square Holidays

In addition to skating, there is even more fun to experience on the Square during Palmer Square Holidays in December. Events include Strolling Music and Strolling Santa in the Square every weekend from 12–2 p.m. until Dec. 18, Holiday Jam & Toy Drive with Princeton University on Dec. 2 from 4:30–6 p.m., Breakfast With Santa in the Yankee Doodle Tap Room every Sunday morning 8:30–10:30 a.m. until Dec. 18, and the Annual Menorah Lighting on Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.

Festival of Trees at Morven Museum and Gardens

Visit Morven for the time-honored holiday exhibition, Festival of Trees, which runs now until Jan. 8. After viewing the collection of ornamental trees and mantels displayed throughout the museum’s galleries, visitors can vote for their favorite holiday display.

Holiday Lights at Turtle Back Zoo

Take a nighttime stroll through the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to see more than 50 illuminated winter scenes and animal characters during the Holiday Lights Spectacular. Open nightly 5–9 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 9 and running through Dec. 31. Santa stops by to add to the fun on weekends. Admission is free, but donations of non-perishable food items, new unwrapped toys, and new or gently used winter coats are appreciated. Some areas of the zoo are open, including the Reptile House, Touch Tank, Farm, and Train. Pony rides and the carousel are also available for a small fee.

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