There is lots to celebrate at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre for holiday season 2022

Bring a gift and bring joy to a child! “Toys for Tots” donations being accepted at Kelsey Theatre through December 2. 

Discover the joys of the season close to home as Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College (MCCC) hosts a magical collection of musicals, classic Christmas plays, and free concerts through December 21, 2022. Theatergoers, friends, and family are sure to enjoy this cornucopia of holiday cheer!

Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Fri., Dec. 2 at 9:45am and 7pm 

Sat., Dec. 3 at 1pm and 4pm

Sun., Dec. 4 at 1pm and 4pm

Mon., Dec. 5 at 9:45am and 11:15am

The excitement and wonder of the long-awaited midnight visit by Santa Claus, made famous in Clement Moore’s beloved poem, is brought to the Kelsey Theatre stage live in a fun and enchanting musical perfect for even the littlest ones. Bring the whole family for this joyous holiday tradition and take a picture with Santa on the way out. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children, students, and senior citizens.

“The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge”

Fri., Dec. 9 at 7pm

Sat., Dec. 10 at 2pm and 7pm

Sun., Dec. 11 at 2pm and 7pm

MTM Players brings the trial of the century to the Kelsey Theatre! A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge appears to have reverted to his old ways. Amidst plenty of mayhem and laughter, Scrooge indignantly files suit against Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The charges: breaking and entering, kidnapping, attempted murder, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. With Scrooge representing himself (to save a pound), and London’s charismatically clever barrister, Solomon Rothschild, representing the ghosts, what will become of the spirit of Christmas? The classic Dickens’ characters return to take the witness stand in Mark Brown’s courtroom farce. Admission is $22 for adults and $20 for children, students, and senior citizens.

“MCCC Winter Faculty Recital and Scholarship Concert”

Tues., Dec. 13 at 7:30pm

MCCC’s talented faculty hit the Kelsey stage singing many of your all-time favorites. (Donations will be accepted that support MCCC students!)

“Free MCCC Winter Jazz Concert”

Wed., Dec. 14 at 7:30pm
Live Streaming Available

The MCCC Jazz Band, directed by Scott Hornick will present the jazzy sounds of the season when professional musicians from the tri-state jazz scene perform along with MCCC’s jazz ensemble of up-and-coming jazz students and vocalists! Admission is free. 


Fri., Dec. 16 at 7pm

Sat., Dec. 17 at 1pm and 4pm

Sun., Dec. 18 at 1pm and 4pm

The NJ Dance Connection playfully presents the story of Young Clara who sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favorite present – a Nutcracker – when she is suddenly confronted by the menacing Mouse King! Her Nutcracker prince comes alive, saves her, and whisks her away to the Land of The Sweets where Snow Queen and King, snow fairies, dancing sugar plums and toy soldiers all await her. This classic ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score, is abridged, fully narrated. Family and friends of all ages can celebrate the magic of holiday season together at this delightful Kelsey Kids performance. Admission is $16 for adults and $14 for children, students, and senior citizens.

“Free MCCC Symphonic Band Winter Concert”

Wed., Dec. 21 at 7:30pm
Live Streaming Available

Celebrating its 43rd season, the MCCC Symphonic Band will round off the holiday season. Directed by Dr. Lou Woodruff, the 45-member ensemble will present classics by Vivaldi, Sousa and Strauss, a variety of pops and seasonal favorites, and will enliven the Kelsey with a traditional holiday sing-along. Admission is free. Reservations are required. 

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. For free live streaming links, please check approximately one week prior to show date. 

Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Assisted listening devices are available upon request. For a complete listing of events, visit the Kelsey website at

Please note that masks are recommended but not required while in the theatre.

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