Usually the two weekends closest to Christmas and New Year
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Every Christmas season, the Trenton Downtown Association sponsors a week-long celebration called “Patriot’s Week”, culminating in a day-long re-enactment of the two battles of Trenton. In 2017, the events kick off on December 26th, with the main re-enactments on Saturday, December 30th. You can click on the link here to download the 2017 schedule, or check out the Patriot’s week website.
During the week, there are dozens of additional events, many free, including lectures, walking tours, and concerts.
The reenactments are a wild scene. Dozens of men dressed in authentic uniforms, carrying muzzle loading, black powder muskets (and cannon) descend on downtown Trenton. They march, they load and fire muskets (without bullets), they pretend to die.
It’s fascinating for everyone, but particularly enthralling for children.
One word of advice: don’t bring your dog. The guns are really LOUD, and it’s terrifying for animals. Young children may also find it upsetting. Adults may want earplugs.
The battle re-enactments cap a week of events in the area, not only in Trenton. At Washington Crossing Park, there’s a re-enactment of the crossing itself. In Princeton, there are related events at the Princeton Battlefield Park.
Of course, if this stimulates your interest in the battles, our own, Nine Days that Changed the World: The Hidden Trenton Guide to the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, will tell you the story of all 3 battles and help you drive from place to place to see where they actually happened. Click on the link above to download it for free.