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The Santaland Diaries

Peterborough Players

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

Peterborough Players kick off their first-ever winter season with this uproarious play from David Sedaris. Based on the humorist's real-life stint working as a department store elf, the show gives viewers a peek behind the scenes of your local Santa photo op. Leave the kids behind for this one; Crumpet the Elf's exploits are one of the few holiday tales with a PG-13 rating....

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Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures

Hood Downtown

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

This is the inaugural exhibit of the Hood Museum's exciting new Main Street Hanover space. The two photo series in the show, "The Matryoshka Dolls" and "The Square Roots," place live human models in settings built around the repetitive patterns of fractal geometry. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. See our story on Hood...

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Vintage Christmas

Various

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016

With events all over the city all month long, Portsmouth's annual holiday extravaganza offers something for every budget — including "free." For free fun, check out the competitors in the gingerbread house competition, take in the tree lighting and illuminated holiday parade (12/3), or just do some window shopping at Portsmouth's varied and exciting downtown boutiques....

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Emma Blood French 100th Anniversary Exhibition

French Building Gallery

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

Local philanthropist Emma Blood French donated the first building to the school now known as the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 1916. A century later, this exhibition in the building bearing her name gives viewers a glimpse of French's life. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Downtown Holiday Market

Brady Sullivan Plaza

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 15, 2016

Members of the downtown Manchester workforce will now have no excuse not to finish their Christmas shopping. With a stellar lineup of artisans and crafters setting up shop in the middle of Brady Sullivan Plaza, this market may be the easiest place in the state to pick up a thoughtful handmade gift while you're on your lunch break. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on...

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The Nutcracker: Act II

St. Paul's School's Memorial Hall

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

In the spirit of the holiday season, the St. Paul’s School Ballet Company (SPSBC) will present "The Nutcracker: Act II." Performance times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the St. Paul’s School campus. This abridged version of "The Nutcracker" is free of charge and open to the public on a first-come, first-served...

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Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

Nestlenook Estate & Resort

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016

Horse-drawn sleigh rides are fun. Chocolate tastings are fun. But the two combined? That's unmissable. Bundle up in your Austrian-style carriage and enjoy being chauffeured around Jackson Village, where local businesses such as Eagle Mountain House and the Wentworth wait around every corner to deliver chocolates to your sleigh.

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A five-time summer artist-in-residence at Cornish's Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, the late Nowlan was commissioned to create a number of major figurative sculptures across the US and Europe in his nearly two-decade career. This exhibition explores his work. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

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Elf the Musical

Peacock Players Theatre

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016

Will Ferrell's holiday laugh-fest was transformed from movie to Broadway musical in 2010, and, this year, the kids of Peacock Players bring it to the stage in Nashua. Bring your favorite kid (or kid at heart) to see the show, and settle in for an evening of family-friendly jokes and heartwarming tunes.

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Portsmouth Pro Musica Holiday Concert

Various around the Seacoast

Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

This event occurs daily, every 2 day(s).

Portsmouth Pro Musica will present two holiday concerts on the Seacoast during the second weekend of December. Poulenc’s ‘Gloria’ will feature soprano Maria Ferrante, the Portsmouth Pro Musica chorus, and accompaniment with organ and tympani. The first concert will be held on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Dover. The second will be Sunday,...

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