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Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinners

Forget about doing the dishes! Celebrate at a cozy inn, grand hotel or fine restaurant this Christmas.
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Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinners

Forget about doing the dishes! Celebrate at a cozy inn, grand hotel or fine restaurant this Christmas.

Thanksgiving and Christmas Recipes

Over the years we've collected recipes from local chefs. Here are our favorites for Thanksgiving, holiday gatherings and Christmas.
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Gift the gift of a local NH experience

The question comes up every year — what do you get the person who has everything? We suggest you ditch the idea of an item and look into one of the many fantastic experiences you can find right here in New Hampshire.

Local and NH-made gift Ideas for coworkers

Not sure what to get for your office secret Santa? Here are a few local suggestions.

New Hampshire Gift Ideas

Stay out of the malls and the big box stores with these local gift ideas from music to cozy sweaters.
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Gift the gift of a local NH experience

The question comes up every year — what do you get the person who has everything? We suggest you ditch the idea of an item and look into one of the many fantastic experiences you can find right here in New Hampshire.

Local and NH-made gift Ideas for coworkers

Not sure what to get for your office secret Santa? Here are a few local suggestions.

New Hampshire Gift Ideas

Stay out of the malls and the big box stores with these local gift ideas from music to cozy sweaters.

Give your holiday cards an extra special touch

Give your Christmas cards a touch of the time with a stamp from Bethlehem

Shop local: gift ideas for the food lover in your life

The perfect present is sweet or savory...and quickly consumed. Plus, you can find many of them at a local farmers' market.

Holiday Decorating Ideas

Deck the halls! Easy seasonal ideas for holiday decorations you can use in your home.

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting a local farm with your family. Click here for a list of places where you can cut down your own Christmas tree.
 

 

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Christmas and Christmas Eve Dinners

Forget about doing the dishes! Celebrate at a cozy inn, grand hotel or fine restaurant this Christmas.

New Year's Eve Events

Ring in 2015 with these New Year's Eve celebrations from around the state that include romantic dinners, family events, ski mountain resort parties, overnight stays at inns and hotels and much more.
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Holiday Events and Craft Fairs

December 2014

Come get the pick of the litter of evergreen tree and wreaths for the holidays while supporting a great cause! Money raised support the Animal Rescue League of NH's mission to improve animal...

Cost: Trees individually priced

Where:
Animal Rescue League of NH
545 Route 101
Bedford, NH  03110
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Sponsor: Animal Rescue League of NH
Telephone: 603-472-3647
Contact Name: Amanda Bryson
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Santa Claus is having a big party at Charmingfare Farm and you're all invited. To get to the party you must first take a 30-minute horse-drawn ride through the Christmas trail to the secret...

Cost: $19/person. Children under 23 months FREE

Where:
Charmingfare Farm
774 High St.
Candia, NH  03034
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Telephone: (603) 483-5623
Contact Name: John
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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
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Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
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One of our favorite events of the year...enter our magical shop in the forest. Participants can browse nature-inspired gifts like wild-crafted hemlock wreaths, handmade acorn earrings, organic...

Cost: Free

Where:
Center for Wildlife
385 Mountain Road
Cape Neddick, ME  03902
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Sponsor: Center for Wildlife
Telephone: 207-361-1400
Contact Name: Emily
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Ballet Misha presents its 6th annual production of "The Nutcracker" on December 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on December 21 at 1 p.m. at The Dana Center at St. Anselm's College,...

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Where:
The Dana Center at St. Anselm's College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH  03102
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Sponsor: Ballet Misha
Telephone: (603) 668-4196
Contact Name: Amy Fortier
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Join us Sunday December 21 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. for our Vendor Bingo & Shopping Extravaganza at the Hudson American Legion. Come finish your Christmas shopping and join in our vendor BINGO for...

Cost: $10-$20

Where:
Hudson American Legion
2 Fulton St.
Hudson, NH  03051
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Contact Name: Crystal Allard

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Ride the Hobo Railroad’s annual holiday train through the winter landscape. Santa will make an appearance with gifts for the kids, and his elves will serve hot chocolate and cookies. Other...

Cost: $20 for coach and $25 for first class. Kids 2 and under are free.

Where:
64 Railroad St.
Lincoln, NH  03251
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Telephone: (603) 356-9980
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Don't miss this holiday classic! Northeastern Ballet Theatre's professional production of "The Nutcracker," under the artistic direction of Edra Toth, will be the highlight of...

Cost: $20-adults, $15-students/seniors, $60-family pack of 4

Where:
Anderson Hall, Brewster Academy
80 Academy Drive
Wolfeboro, NH  03894
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Sponsor: Northeastern Ballet Theatre
Telephone: (603) 834-8834
Contact Name: Edra Toth
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Opera North is excited to present "Amahl and the Night Visitors" at Lebanon Opera House. One of the most popular operas of all time, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" tells the...

Cost: Free for children, $17.50 adults

Where:
Lebanon Opera House
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH  03766
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Sponsor: Opera North
Telephone: (603) 448-4141
Contact Name: Laurie Sepulveda
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Strawbery Banke Museum's Candlelight Stroll carries visitors into holiday lives from the past as the 10-acre outdoor history museum and its 40 historic buildings recreate December through the...

Cost: $11.50 children 5-17, $23 adults

Where:
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Sponsor: Strawbery Banke Museum
Telephone: (603) 433-1100
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Ring in the Holidays with the Capital Jazz Orchestra Small Group and Music Director Clayton "Skip" Poole as they entertain, sing, make you laugh and celebrate the Yuletide in a wonderful,...

Cost: $35 and $25

Where:
Concord City Auditorium
2 Prince St.
Concord, NH  03301
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Telephone: (603) 225-1111
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Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
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Telephone: (603) 783-4931
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The Heather Pierson Quartet will bring its popular "Charlie Brown Christmas" show to The Press Room in Portsmouth on Sunday, December 21 at 6 p.m. One of the most...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Press Room
77 Daniel St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Contact Name: Heather Pierson
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The nationally touring production of "A Christmas Carol" is performing at sixteen different venues from Virginia to Texas to Florida and back home again at Jean's Playhouse on...

Cost: $16-25

Where:
Jean's Playhouse
34 Papermill Drive
Lincoln, NH  03251
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Sponsor: Jean's Playhouse
Telephone: (603) 745-2141
Contact Name: Christa Hollingsworth
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The annual Palace Theatre tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ classic story of Scrooge and Tiny Tim, filled with lively song and dance featuring over fifty actors. Most shows are at...

Cost: $15-$45

Where:
The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
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Telephone: (603) 668-5588
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Charles Dickens’ timeless classic gets a modern twist as we follow Scrooge from his childhood in the 1940s through his adult years in the late 20th century.

Cost: $16

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
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Telephone: (603) 335-1992
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Featuring over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople participating in the seasonal shop. The Craftworkers' Guild is a group of more than 50 artisans and craft workers dedicated to producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oliver Kendall House
5 Meetinghouse Rd.
Bedford, AL  03110
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Telephone: (603) 472-8109
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One of the most popular operas of all time, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" tells the story of how a crippled, young shepherd boy’s life changes forever when he sees an amazing star...

Cost: $17.50

Where:
Lebanon Opera House
51 North Park Street
Lebanon, NH  03766
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Telephone: 603-448-4141
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A nationally touring production of A Christmas Carol. This joyous retelling emphasizes the spectacle and the wonder of Charles Dickens' holiday classic. Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 and 7 p.m.

Cost: $25, $20 & $16

Where:
Jean's Playhouse
34 Papermill Drive
Lincoln, NH  03251
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Telephone: (603) 745-6032
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The Christmas Revels, a beloved Upper Valley tradition for the whole family, is presented by Revels North at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Celebrate the holiday season...

Cost: $8-$38

Where:
Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts
4 East Wheelock Street
Hanover, NH  03755
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Sponsor: Revels North
Telephone: (603) 702-0094
Contact Name: Simone Pyle
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Presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance. Now heralded as Portsmouth’s "Nutcracker," “An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker” will appear in its 27th season at the Historic Music...

Cost: Full length: $37 and $44; Nutshell: $28 and $33

Where:
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Telephone: (603) 436-2400
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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
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Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

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Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
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Telephone: (603) 783-4931
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Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season to life once again with The Magic of Christmas — and you’re invited! Brickman, along with special guest performers, delivers the perfect...

Cost: $44.50 and $34.50. VIP seating for $64.50 includes a meet and greet

Where:
The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
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Telephone: (603) 668-5588
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Grab your score and join best-loved area choruses and conductors in a transcendent community sing in the glorious hall. It’s a “happening” - great fun and one of the best ways to...

Cost: $17 and $15

Where:
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Telephone: (603) 436-2400
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Featuring over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople participating in the seasonal shop. The Craftworkers' Guild is a group of more than 50 artisans and craft workers dedicated to producing...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oliver Kendall House
5 Meetinghouse Rd.
Bedford, AL  03110
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Telephone: (603) 472-8109
Website »

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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
View map »


Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

More information

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
View map »


Telephone: (603) 783-4931
Website »

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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
View map »


Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

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Come in out of the cold and warm up at the Queen City Ballroom Christmas Eve Open House on Wednesday, December 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Savor a sweet treat and some hot mulled cider while dancing to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Queen City Ballroom Dance Studio
21 Dow St.
2nd floor
Manchester, NH  03101
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Sponsor: Queen City Ballroom Dance Studio
Telephone: (603) 622-1500
Contact Name: Karen
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Turn one of a kind into the only one of its kind with the Johnnie Walker Blue Bottle Engraving Events. Give a friend or family member a truly unique gift this holiday season. This November and...

Cost: Engraving free with a Johnnie Walker Blue 750ml purchase

Where:
Bedford Store #55
9 Leavy Drive
Bedford, NH  03110
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Sponsor: North American Spirits & Wine Brokerage and the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets
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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
View map »


Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

More information

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
View map »


Telephone: (603) 783-4931
Website »

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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
View map »


Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

More information

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
View map »


Telephone: (603) 783-4931
Website »

More information

Looking for a way to get one last family event in before Christmas? Or maybe you want a good way to spend time with family before going back to work after Christmas? Conway Scenic Railroad will...

Cost: Fares vary

Where:
Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway Village, NH  03860
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Telephone: (603) 356-5251
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Antrim's unique Festival of Trees presents a display of community pride and creativity featuring more than 100 trees and displays filling all three floors of the historic library on Main...

Cost: Free

Where:
James A. Tuttle Library
45 Main St.
Antrim, NH  03440
View map »


Sponsor: Festival of Trees Committee
Telephone: (603) 831-1802
Contact Name: Kristy Boule
Website »

More information

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of...

Cost: Cost per car: Mon-Thurs $15; Fri-Sun & holidays $20

Where:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1122 Route 106 North
Loudon, NH  03307
View map »


Telephone: (603) 783-4931
Website »

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End the year with laughter as the Seacoast’s own Juston McKinney performs one night only at The Music Hall. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and has two...

Cost: $24

Where:
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Telephone: (603) 436-2400
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Looking for a way to get one last family event in before Christmas? Or maybe you want a good way to spend time with family before going back to work after Christmas? Conway Scenic Railroad will...

Cost: Fares vary

Where:
Conway Scenic Railroad
38 Norcross Circle
North Conway Village, NH  03860
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Telephone: (603) 356-5251
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