Holiday Guide to New Hampshire

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Community Christmas Events and Experiences

We may not wassail with bowls of punch anymore, but the tradition of celebrating Christmas as a community is still going strong. Here's what's happening for 2018.
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More>> Holiday events and onstage performances

Popping With the Sounds of Holiday Cheer

There's no need to travel outside New Hampshire for first-rate holiday pops symphony and choral performances.

Symphony NH Holiday House Tour

This annual tour and fundraiser, happening December 1-2, will inspire you to decorate your own home.

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.

Finding the Spirit of Christmas on Stage

A list of live performances from around the state for holiday favorites "The Nutcracker," "A Christmas Carol" and more.

Community Christmas Events and Experiences

We may not wassail with bowls of punch anymore, but the tradition of celebrating Christmas as a community is still going strong. Here's what's happening for 2018.
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More>> Food & Drink

Easy cocktail recipes for holiday entertaining

Spread holiday cheer with these delicious and lively spirits

Thanksgiving Dinners You Don't Have to Cook

Can't or don't want to cook this Thanksgiving? These NH restaurants, hotels, country inns and caterers will take care of the big turkey meal with minimal effort on your part.

Sweeten the Season With the Cookie and Candy Tour

Visitors can tour 11 Mount Washington Valley inns decked out in their holiday finery, offering cookies, candies and a collection of recipes

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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More>> Shopping & Gifting Ideas

Locally Made Food & Gift Ideas

Give a gift that definitely won't be returned. Our Food Editor recommends everything from spreads to spirits, all made right here in New Hampshire.

Puzzle Master

David Beffa-Negrini's handcrafted puzzles are challenging and charming works of art.

Discovering Strafford

Local holiday shopping is combined with history.

A (Craft) League of Their Own

If you're looking for a special gift then look no further than New Hampshire's local craftsmen.

Local Jewelry You’ll Treasure

Fine items from New Hampshire jewelry designers.
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More>> The Holidays in NH

25+ NH experience gift ideas

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 NH.

New Hampshire Holiday Greeting Cards

Put actual pen to actual paper this holiday season with these local greeting cards.

Holiday Decorating Tips From the Professionals

Each year local designers transform the Bedford Village Inn into a holiday wonderland. See how it’s done and what you can apply to your own home.

Give Your Holiday Cards an Extra Special Touch

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

holiday gift guide

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? We invite you to browse through great gift ideas from fashion and specialty food to jewelry and adventure experiences.

Click here for our favorite local products from the Holiday Gift Guide.

Editor's note: This is a special advertising section and was mailed to print subscribers with the December 2018 issue.

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Holiday Events and Craft Fairs

November 2018

New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
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America’s oldest fairgrounds flourishes with holiday flavor at the Annual New England Craft & Specialty Food Fair, taking place at the indoor Topsfield Fairgrounds Arena in Topsfield, MA...

Cost: $8.00, under 14 years of age are free. One admission is good for all 3 days.

Where:
Topsfield Fairgrounds Arena
207 Boston St.
Topsfield, MA  01983
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Sponsor: Castleberry Fairs & Festivals
Telephone: (603) 332-2616
Contact Name: Terry Mullen
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Kick-Off the Holiday Season with Robin’s Egg! Enjoy the Shop as it transforms into a Holiday Wonderland with all new inventory, refreshments and holiday festivities. Enter one...

Cost: Free

Where:
Robin’s Egg
199 State Route 101
Meeting Place
Amherst , NH  03031
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Sponsor: Robin’s Egg
Telephone: (603) 672-3900
Contact Name: Robin Dewey
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'DIY' your design choice on a sled or tree. Choose a sled or a tree and let us know the design you would like on it. Wine tasting is included in the enrollment fee!

Cost: $75 includes wine tasting, materials, art instruction

Where:
LaBelle Winery Portsmouth Tasting Room
104 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Telephone: (603) 319-8035
Contact Name: LaBelle Winery
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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
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Head to Toe, a fine craft exhibition presented by the League of NH Craftsmen highlights one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and accessories such as clothing, jewelry, belts, bags and hats.

Cost: Free

Where:
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
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Head to Toe, a fine craft exhibition presented by the League of NH Craftsmen highlights one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and accessories such as clothing, jewelry, belts, bags and hats.

Cost: Free

Where:
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
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Family-friendly gift-buying starts at our annual show of handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Art & Crafts Association.​

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper Valley Plaza (next to CVS)
250 Plaiinfield Road
Route 12A
West Lebanon, NH  03784
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Sponsor: Lebanon Art & Crafts Association
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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
View map »


Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
Website »

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Head to Toe, a fine craft exhibition presented by the League of NH Craftsmen highlights one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and accessories such as clothing, jewelry, belts, bags and hats.

Cost: Free

Where:
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
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Enjoy a wine tasting followed by a creative session of hammering and staining wood to create a sled or tree for holiday decorating. This class is educational and entertaining. Dine in The Bistro at...

Cost: $75 includes wine tasting, materials, art instruction

Where:
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH  03031
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Telephone: (603) 672-9898
Contact Name: LaBelle Winery
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Family-friendly gift-buying starts at our annual show of handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Art & Crafts Association.​

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper Valley Plaza (next to CVS)
250 Plaiinfield Road
Route 12A
West Lebanon, NH  03784
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Sponsor: Lebanon Art & Crafts Association
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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
Website »

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Head to Toe, a fine craft exhibition presented by the League of NH Craftsmen highlights one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and accessories such as clothing, jewelry, belts, bags and hats.

Cost: Free

Where:
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
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Family-friendly gift-buying starts at our annual show of handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Art & Crafts Association.​

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper Valley Plaza (next to CVS)
250 Plaiinfield Road
Route 12A
West Lebanon, NH  03784
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Sponsor: Lebanon Art & Crafts Association
Website »

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Head to Toe, a fine craft exhibition presented by the League of NH Craftsmen highlights one-of-a-kind contemporary wearables and accessories such as clothing, jewelry, belts, bags and hats.

Cost: Free

Where:
League of NH Craftsmen Headquarters
49 South Main Street
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
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Newfields Community Church is hosting our annual holiday fair. Stop by for crafts, baked goods and lunch. This family friendly event welcomes all.

Cost: Free

Where:
Newfields Community Church
71 Main St.
Newfields , NH  03856
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Sponsor: Newfields Community Church
Contact Name: Holly Tomilson
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Holiday craft fair featuring over 20 crafters, vendors and artists. Selling Christmas gifts, ornaments, quilted and knitted items, wooden handicrafts, photographic items, jewelry, and much more....

Cost: Free

Where:
Deerfield Community Church
15 Church Street
Deerfield , NH  03037
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Telephone: (603) 391-2495
Contact Name: Jacqui Dion

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This annual fair hosts a myriad of crafters, artisans, local organizations and more showcasing their wares and sharing their missions. While open to the general public, this fair does not accept...

Cost: 0 for the public; $25 for space

Where:
New Durham Elementary School
7 Old Bay Road
New Durham , NH  03855
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Sponsor: New Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: (603) 859-5666
Contact Name: Nichole Hunter
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Visit with Santa Claus - bring your camera for a free photo with the Jolly Ol' Man. There will be coffee, breakfast muffins, lunch specials and snacks at Kafe Kringle. Kids can also...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sacred Heart School
289 Lafayette Rd
Hampton, NH  03842
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Sponsor: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish
Contact Name: Janie Traynor

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Come join us on November 17th as we get ready for the Holidays with our Annual Holiday Homemade Fair. This is a once a year event where we bring in the best crafters, creators and cooks from all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nottingham Elementary School
245 Stage Rd.
Nottingham, NH  03290
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Sponsor: Nottingham Recreation
Telephone: (603) 679-3435
Contact Name: Samantha Beaudoin
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Family-friendly gift-buying starts at our annual show of handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Art & Crafts Association.​

Cost: Free

Where:
Upper Valley Plaza (next to CVS)
250 Plaiinfield Road
Route 12A
West Lebanon, NH  03784
View map »


Sponsor: Lebanon Art & Crafts Association
Website »

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Foray into the wild and tame world of herbs in this fun and educational series. Led by Master Herbalist Melissa Morrison of Dragonfly Botanicals, students will learn how to identify hern medicine...

Cost: $40 (Speaker Fee - $36 Members or $24 Upgraded Members)

Where:
Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
928 White Oaks Rd.
Laconia, NH  03246
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Telephone: (603) 366-5695
Contact Name: Prescott Farm Staff
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New Hampshire Antique Co-op is pleased to present the second annual Art: Salon-style gallery exhibition and sale, featuring original and affordable paintings from the 1800s to the present and hung...

Cost: Free

Where:
New Hampshire Antique Co-op
323 Elm St/Rte. 101A
Milford, NH  03055
View map »


Sponsor: New Hampshire Antique Co-op
Telephone: (603) 673-8499
Contact Name: Michele Perron
Website »

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The 18th Annual “Fez”-tival is an extravaganza of fully decorated, artificial trees decorated in a Christmas or other theme.  All trees are beautifully lit for the enjoyment of the...

Cost: Adults-$5, Seniors-$4, Child under 12 free

Where:
Bektash Shrine Center
189 Pembroke Rd.
Concord, NH  03301
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Sponsor: Bektash Shriners
Telephone: (603) 225-5372
Contact Name: "Fez"tival Committee
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Come meet the Sugar Plum fairy and other dancers from Northeastern Ballet Theatre's upcoming production of "The Nutcracker." Dancers will perform highlights from the show and...

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Where:
Great Hall
Wolfeboro Town Hall
84 S. Main St.
Wolfeboro, NH  03894
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Sponsor: Northeastern Ballet Theatre
Telephone: (603) 834-8834
Contact Name: Edra Toth
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