Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December Events at Morven Museum & Garden

WHERE: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08540
Phone: 609.924.8144
Fax: 609.924.8331

For more information contact Morven’s Curator of Education and Public Programs at 609.924.8144 ext. 106 or at

Festival of Trees

WHEN: November 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Festival Of Trees included with Regular Admission $10.00; Free for Friends of Morven


An annual celebration of the season showcasing unique holiday trees and decorative displays.

Festival of Trees is an annual highlight of the holiday season showcasing a juried collection of trees and mantles displayed throughout the museum’s galleries, upstairs and down. This year’s theme invites visitors to enjoy the newly reimagined first and second floor galleries, featuring trees inspired by 18th through 20th century decor. Area designers, artists, garden clubs, businesses, and non-profit organizations will adorn all of the Museum’s galleries, including the second floor, with exquisite and whimsical holiday decorations. Docents will be available to answer questions, no formal tours are given during the Festival.

Festival of Trees is open to the public during regular museum hours. No reservations are required. Museum ticket must be purchased to enter museum.

Please note: During Festival of Trees, no formal tours of the museum are given, but docents are available to answer any questions.

Festival of Trees Holiday Party 2019

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Doors open 6:00 p.m.



Usher in the holiday season with an evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and merrymaking at Morven!

This must-see holiday tradition features the museum's elegant galleries, hallways and porches artfully decorated for the holidays by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations.

Valet Parking.

Ticket Levels:

  • Angel: $10,000 (10 Holiday Party tickets and a private, curator-led tour of Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey, opening November 2019)
  • Advocate: $5,000 (4 Holiday Party tickets and a private, curator-led tour of Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, New Jersey, opening November 2019)
  • Sustainer: $2,000 per person
  • Patron: $500 per person
  • Benefactor: $1,000 per person
  • Supporter: $250 per person

Please note: The tangible value of each ticket is $50. The cost of each ticket in excess of that amount may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to Historic Morven, Inc.

For questions about the Holiday Party, please call 609.924.8144 x 101 or email

Gingerbread House Workshops

WHEN: Saturday, December 7; 3 Sessions Available: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for kids and families, 7:00 p.m. for adults
$35 per house; $25 for members (Families requiring more than one house should register accordingly)



Enjoy a new tradition by creating a gingerbread holiday house to take home. Constructed gingerbread house and candy decorations provided, as well as holiday background films and music; hot cocoa and cookies provided for family sessions.

(Adults: Evening program includes adult light refreshments)

Bring your imagination and enjoy some holiday cheer! Space is limited.

Holiday Tea Party with the Governors’ Girls

WHEN: Thursday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m.
$45; $35 for Friends of Morven

Tickets include museum admission and Festival of Tree admission.



Wonder what it was like celebrating holidays at Morven during the Governors’ era? Join us for an entertaining afternoon with some of the “Governors’ Girls”, daughters of New Jersey Governors Hughes and Cahill. Put on your white cotton gloves, or holiday attire, and enjoy a lively discussion and four -course tea catered by Perfect Blend followed by a tour of Morven’s Festival of Trees - a splendid holiday afternoon.

Attached Image Credit: Elizabeth Myrtetus with Teresa Cahill (standing) and Eileen Cahill (sitting) at Morven during Christmas time, 1970-1974. Collection of Mary Elizabeth Cahill

Tour Morven After Dark with Deputy Director and Curator Beth Allan

WHEN: Thursdays, December 12 and 19, at 6:30 p.m.
$15; $8 for Friends of Morven



Morven is staying open late! Come visit the Festival of Trees after work on Thursdays, December 12 or 19th, when Morven Museum & Garden stays open until 8:00. We will keep the holiday lights on late to offer a special “Morven After Dark” tour with our Deputy Director and Curator Beth Allan, who will share some of the more “decorated” stories of Morven’s residents not usually told on our traditional site tours (what former resident was known as "Merv Griffin before there was Merv Griffin?") Take the tour and find out! After Dark tour limited to first 15 registrants.

Pajama Storytime with Gennady Spirin & Mrs. Claus

WHEN: Friday, December 20, at 6:00 p.m. with a viewing of the Festival of Trees from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
$30; $25 members - tickets include one book

Family includes two adults and all children under 18 in that household. Please no combined groups.



Hundreds of Christmases were celebrated by families living at Morven over its long history as a home. Starting at 4:30 p.m. enjoy a private visit to the Festival of Trees in the Museum and vote on your favorite display. At 5:30 p.m. stroll across the lawn to Morven’s Stockton Education Center for a new family tradition: snack and holiday stories, music, and sing-a-long with Mrs. Claus. Award-winning illustrator Gennady Spirin will be on hand for a book signing following the reading and sing-a-long. Bring your favorite blanket for this special holiday event.

My Grandfather's Coat Storytime

WHEN: Sunday, December 22, at 12:00 p.m.
$10 for two adults with up to 3 children; Free with Morven’s Family Membership



Join us as we read and celebrate family traditions with a special take home book craft certain to become a treasured memory! Called "A moving tale of love and regeneration" by The New York Times, Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock’s My Grandfather’s Coat, celebrates the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts four generations—from wedding coat until becoming this story! Join us as we read and celebrate family traditions with a special take home book craft certain to become a treasured memory!