Holiday Guide to New Hampshire

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Decorate Your Home In White Christmas Style

It’s time to deck the halls, and stylist Matthew Mead is dreaming of a White Christmas. Here are his ideas for a simple, elegant design.
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New Year's Eve Events

Ring in 2019 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 more.

Christmas in Laconia

Laconia goes all out for the holidays.

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.

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.

Symphony NH Holiday House Tour

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

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Get into the holiday spirit by visiting a local Christmas tree 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

Hall Decker

Catching up with The Christmas Dove CEO and manager Garth Svenson.

Judy Stewart-Gagnon's "Forest Findings"

Judy Stewart-Gagnon's winter arrangements are the perfect Christmas gift this holiday season.

Local Book and CD Gift Ideas

New Hampshire Magazine Editor Rick Broussard shares his picks for local music and book gifts.

A Whimsical Holiday Shopping Experience

The Pickwick's Mercantile family of shops in Portsmouth are whimsical, unique and fun.

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.
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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

December 2018

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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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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Join us and experience some of the finest art in the area. TEAM is featuring local painters, potters, wood workers, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, and more to display and sell their original...

Cost: Free

Where:
10 Front Street
2nd Floor
Exeter, NH  03833
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This family-friendly holiday extravaganza, created and directed by Patrick Dorow, has been a tradition in New England for the past seven years. Paying homage to the classic holidays specials, and...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
39 S. Main St.
Plymouth, NH  03264
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Telephone: (603) 536-2551
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Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents the classic holiday treat, "The Nutcracker." Filled with the best dancing outside of Boston and directed by former Boston Ballet prima ballerina, Edra...

Cost: $20 for adults, $17.50 for students/seniors

Where:
, NH


Sponsor: Northeastern Ballet Theatre
Telephone: 603-834-8834
Contact Name: Edra Toth
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Join us for Ballet Misha’s 10th production of "The Nutcracker"! Performances will be Saturday December 15th at 7pm and Sunday,...

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

Where:
The Dana Center at St. Anselm's College
100 St. Anselm Dr.
Manchester, NH  03102
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Sponsor: Ballet Misha
Telephone: (603) 668-4196
Contact Name: Amy Fortier
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This family-friendly holiday extravaganza, created and directed by Patrick Dorow, has been a tradition in New England for the past seven years. Paying homage to the classic holidays specials, and...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
39 S. Main St.
Plymouth, NH  03264
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Telephone: (603) 536-2551
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Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter and performer based in Conway. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was originally telecast in December 1965 and was an instant hit with audiences...

Cost: $10 and $5 for students

Where:
The Tillotson Center
14 Carriage Ln.
Colebrook, NH  03576
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Telephone: (603) 237-8576
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Stroll the winter lanes of Strawbery Banke, lighted along the way with candle lanterns and made joyful by passing carolers, costumed role-players and a horse-drawn carriage. Each historic house...

Cost: Adult $25 / Child $12.50 / Family $60 / Military free

Where:
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Sponsor: Strawbery Banke Museum
Telephone: (603) 433-1102
Contact Name: Stephanie Seacord
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Boire Dance Academy presents "The Nutcracker", a holiday production performed by over 50 young dancers from the Greater Nashua area. Don’t miss this coming-of-age ballet for the...

Cost: $22.00-$25.00

Where:
Amato Center for Performing Arts
56 Mont Vernon Street
Milford, NH  03055
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Sponsor: Boire Dance Academy
Contact Name: Suzanne Boire
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Strafford Wind Symphony is proud to present an annual Holiday Pops Concert to ring in the season. The show features favorite tunes, old and new, a special narrated piece and the famous gift basket...

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
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Telephone: (603) 335-1992
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Ballet Misha presents "The Nutcracker," a warm and original production that has been voted “The Best Art Event of the Year” by The Hippo Press. This joyful performance is a...

Where:
The Dana Center at St. Anselm's College
100 Saint Anselm Dr.
Manchester, NH  03102
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Sponsor: Ballet Misha
Telephone: (603) 668-4196
Website »

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Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players' Ring is proud to present...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
The Players' Ring
105 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Website »

More information

This ghostly tale of the past, present and future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
View map »


Telephone: (603) 335-1992
Website »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
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Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

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A live musical radio play at the historic Town Hall theatre in Exeter. Proceeds raised from this special winter production will support Prescott Park Arts Festival's core summer offerings. When...

Cost: $25 adult/$10 youth (12 & under)/$20 senior (65+) plus $40 for VIP admission

Where:
Exeter Town Hall
9 Front St.
Exeter, NH  03833
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This year's Christmas Revels is "A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice." It’s the height of the Renaissance, and the vibrant city of Venice is bursting with...

Where:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
4 East Wheelock St.
Spaulding Auditorium
Hanover, NH  03755
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Telephone: (603) 646-2422
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Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic...

Cost: $12.50-$25

Where:
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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"Elf The Musical" is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is...

Cost: Prices depend on the day and time and range from $45-$97

Where:
Portsmouth Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
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Telephone: (603) 436-2400
Website »

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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 »

More information

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

More information

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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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s Family Pops Concert is a favorite tradition in Portsmouth’s holiday season. This concert will feature many holiday favorites with new twists, a blend...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Telephone: (603) 436-2400
Website »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

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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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Ring in the holidays with a special evening event at Antrim's Festival of Trees featuring a performance by The Hancock Bell Ringers, under the direction of Sarah Hale. Enjoy...

Cost: Free

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

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The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s Family Pops Concert is a favorite tradition in Portsmouth’s holiday season. This concert will feature many holiday favorites with new twists, a blend...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Telephone: (603) 436-2400
Website »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

More information

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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 »

More information

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

More information

Let our Chef and professional staff do the work for you. Enjoy the warmth of the wood fire in the fieldstone fireplace at this historical, charming Country Inn situated in the heart of the Lakes...

Cost: $35

Where:
Schuster's Tavern and Steakhouse at the Gunstock Inn
580 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH  03249
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Sponsor: The Gunstock Inn
Telephone: (603) 293-2021
Contact Name: Beverly Anderson
Website »

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Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

More information

This ghostly tale of the past, present and future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
View map »


Telephone: (603) 335-1992
Website »

More information

Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players' Ring is proud to present...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
The Players' Ring
105 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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 »

More information

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
View map »


Sponsor: League of NH Craftsmen
Telephone: (603) 224-3375
Website »

More information

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 »

More information

Cozy in and gather round Santa Claus as he tells stories over warm cookies and Cocoa. Enjoy the festivities of Christmas in the idealic snow capped mountain surrounds of Riverwalk Resort.

Cost: Free

Where:
RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
22 Mountain Dr.
Lincoln, NH  03251
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Sponsor: RiverWalk Resort

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This ghostly tale of the past, present and future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
View map »


Telephone: (603) 335-1992
Website »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

More information

Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players' Ring is proud to present...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
The Players' Ring
105 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

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 »

More information

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 »

More information

Santa Claus will make an appearance at Merrimack Premium Outlets on two special days in December to spread holiday cheer! Shoppers can stop by the fireplace located outside the Food Court and get a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Merrimack Premium Outlets
80 Premium Outlets Blvd
Merrimack, NH  03054
View map »


Telephone: (617) 488-2881
Contact Name: Elyse Phelan

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Stroll the winter lanes of Strawbery Banke, lighted along the way with candle lanterns and made joyful by passing carolers, costumed role-players and a horse-drawn carriage. Each historic house...

Cost: Adult $25 / Child $12.50 / Family $60 / Military free

Where:
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Sponsor: Strawbery Banke Museum
Telephone: (603) 433-1102
Contact Name: Stephanie Seacord
Website »

More information

This ghostly tale of the past, present and future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text, it draws upon the themes of time, family and...

Cost: $12-$24

Where:
The Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH  03867
View map »


Telephone: (603) 335-1992
Website »

More information

Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players' Ring is proud to present...

Cost: $10-$18

Where:
The Players' Ring
105 Marcy St.
Portsmouth, NH  03801
View map »


Website »

More information

Dickens' classic tale takes center stage in this Palace Theatre tradition. Enjoy professional acting, live orchestra accompaniment and a lively performance that even the Scrooge in your family...

Cost: $25-$49

Where:
Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St.
Manchester, NH  03101
View map »


Telephone: (603) 668-5588
Website »

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