Christmas Lights Displays
If you're the type to pack the family into the car for a lights tour around the neighborhood, then you might be interested in these dazzling displays.
Clark Griswold would be right at home at these displays around the state. Here are some suggestions for places that are really into celebrating Christmas cheer with electricity.
Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Merrimack Brewery
Where: Anheuser-Busch, 221 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack
When: The festivities run through Dec. 30, and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday with the lights turning on at dusk.
Brewery Lights features thousands of sparkling lights, live music, Anheuser-Busch beers, fire pits, hot cocoa bar, s'more station and holiday food and drink specials.
Every Friday evening, guests can meet the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales and grab the perfect picture for a holiday card. The brewery is also inviting guests to give back this holiday season as they will be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation through mid-December. Visit the website for more information.
The Gift of Lights
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon
When: November 24 through Sunday, December 31 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Closed December 5 and Christmas Day. Delayed opening on Sunday, December 10 until 5:30 p.m. due to the Yule Light Up the Night race.
Take the annual light-hunting car ride to a new level with Gift of Lights at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Each year, NHMS is turned into a holiday wonderland with more than 60 holiday scenes and 400 displays that take about 330 hours to set up. The course winds around the outside of the track’s grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also has the super-popular Tunnel of Lights, which measures over 250 feet in length.
A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Speedway Children's Charities. Additionally, anyone bringing three non-perishable food items – to be donated to the Loudon Food Pantry – will get $2 off per car load. Visit the website for more information.
Santa’s Light Show
Where: Santa's Village, 528 Presidential Hwy., Jefferson
When: Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, November 26 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; December Saturdays through the 16th from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; December Sundays* through the 17th from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. *Sundays typically have the lightest crowds.
It’s no surprise that the iconic Santa’s Village lights up for Christmas. Santa’s Light Show covers just about every surface of the park in lights – trees, lamp posts, buildings and more – all choreographed to recordings of classic and contemporary Christmas songs. Grab the kids, bundle up and stroll through the grounds to make a lovely family memory. Visit the website for more information.
La Salette Shrine of Enfield
Where: The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 410 Route 4A, Enfield
When: This beautiful outdoor light display turns on November 25 at 4:15 p.m. The opening service and manger blessings happen at 4:45 p.m., and the lights stay on until 9 p.m. After that, the lights are on nightly from 5-9 p.m. until December 31.
Once the site of the state’s other Shaker community, it is now home to a Catholic religious order, the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette. Each year since 1954, the brothers have decked a 20-acre hillside with light displays that inspire and entertain throughout the whole month of December. Visit the website for more information.
Next Level Neighborhood Displays
There are some private residences that go all-in when it comes to channeling “Christmas Vacation.” In Hudson, drive by 75 Pelham Rd. You can find updates on Facebook. In nearby Nashua, Whitney & Nic’s Winter Wonderland is a sight to behold at 13 Country Side Dr. Updates are also posted on Facebook.
Do you know of — or create — a neighborhood display that really lights up the night? Did we miss a dazzling display of any kind? Let us know! Leave us a comment with information on when and where, and we'll review it for inclusion on this list.