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: Brewery Lights at The Merrimack Brewery and Biergarten kicks off Friday, November 16, 2018 with a special tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. After that, it's open every Thursday-Sunday through December 30 from 4-9 p.m.
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Come for the lights, stay for the incredible display of holiday spirit! Brewery Lights has something for everyone. Guests 21 and older can enjoy a rotating selection of 14 beers on tap in The Biergarten. Guests of all ages are invited to warm up with a hot cocoa bar and enjoy festive food for purchase in The Biergarten.

New this year, guests of all ages are encouraged to visit the family-friendly Gingerbread House. Plus, Brewery Lights-goers can roast s’mores at outdoor fire pits, take their photo with a World Famous Budweiser Clydesdale and find the perfect holiday gifts and mementos in the Tour Center gift shop.

The Gift of Lights

Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon
When: Friday, November 23, 2018 through Monday, December 31, 2018, open daily from 4:30–9 p.m.
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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. The 2.5-mile drive will also feature a s’mores pit and pictures with Santa Claus.

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: For 2018: Saturdays November 17, 24 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Sundays November 18, 25 and December 2, 9 and 16 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. *Sundays typically have the lightest crowds.
Other dates: Friday November 23 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and the New Year's Partybration on December 31 from 4-9 p.m.
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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.

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 24, 2018 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.

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