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 15 2019. It’s open Thursday and Sunday 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. through December 29.
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.
The Gift of Lights
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106, Loudon
When: November 28 2019 through January 5 2020, open daily from 4:30–9 p.m.
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 2019: Saturdays November 16, 23 and 30 and December 7, 14 and 21 from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sundays November 17 and 24 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. *Sundays typically have the lightest crowds.
Other dates: Friday November 29 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and the New Year’s Partybration on December 31 from 4-9 p.m.
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 30 2019 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.
Lighted Winter Wonderland
Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
2019 Dates: December 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23, plus Tremendous Thursdays on December 12 and 19
Take a 30-minute horse-drawn ride through thousands of lights on your way the North Pole, featuring about a dozen holiday displays along the way. Santa and his costumed friends will be waiting to visit with your children when you arrive. Visit the website for pricing and 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.
Mitchell’s Magic Christmas
Combining high-tech and traditional holiday displays, this 50,000-light extravaganza is computer-controlled and synchronized to music. The lights go on Black Friday. Located at 16 Francis St., Claremont. See the website for more information and photos from previous years.
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.