Christmas parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls
Dates for Christmas parades and holiday stroll events in New Hampshire
Santa Claus will be coming to New Hampshire soon! Here are dates and times for some of our favorite Christmas parades, tree lightings and downtown holiday strolls.
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The information below is organized in alpha order by town or city name.
Concord, NH Christmas Parade
The 71st Concord Christmas Parade will be on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. The parade route is from Hazen Drive, up Loudon Road, to Canterbury Road, and then cross Pembroke Road.
Additionally, the Christmas tree lighting in Concord will take place at the Statehouse City Plaza from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 25. After Santa arrives, fireworks will be set off and there will be music, charity vendors, a burn barrel to toast marshmallows, hot beverages, and food from the Smoke Shack of Boscawen.
More information: patch.com
Claremont Holiday Lighting & Santa Procession
The Claremont Fire Department is delivering Santa to Broad Street Park on Friday, November 25, 2022, at 6 p.m. for the Holiday Lighting Ceremony. Following the ceremony, Santa will be escorted around town by a variety of Claremont vehicles in a parade-like fashion.
More information: claremontnh.com
Derry, NH Nutfield Holiday Parade
The annual Holiday Parade in Derry is on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1 p.m.
More information: Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce
Dover, NH holiday parade
The annual Dover holiday parade is on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
More information: facebook.com/doverholidayparade
Durham, NH Frost Fest
Welcome the winter season with Durham Recreation’s annual celebration on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Durham. Enjoy s’mores, cookie decorating, ice sculpting, a bonfire and a visit from Santa.
More information: durhamrec.recdesk.com
Exeter, NH Christmas parade
The traditional Holiday Parade in Exeter is on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.
More information: exeterholidayparade.org
Goffstown, NH Tree Lighting
Goffstown’s Friday Night Under the Lights event will be held on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5 to 8 p.m. in Goffstown Village.
More information: facebook.com/goffstownmainstreet
Hampstead, NH Christmas parade
The annual Hampstead Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 1 p.m.
More information: facebook.com
Hampton, NH Christmas parade
The Experience Hampton Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1 p.m. and takes place in downtown Hampton.
More information: experiencehampton.org
Lebanon, NH Holiday Happenings
‘Tis the Season Lebanon’s Downtown Winter Celebration takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Colburn Park. Events kick off at 12 p.m. with a Santa’s Tour of Lebanon and West Lebanon.
More information: lebanonnh.gov
Littleton, NH holiday parade
The 35th Annual Christmas Parade in Littleton is on Friday, November 25, 2022, and begins at noon. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to Me.”
More information: Facebook
Manchester, NH Christmas parade
The Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 4 p.m. and takes place on Elm Street in downtown Manchester immediately following the Santa Claus Shuffle.
More information: manchesterinklink.com
Merrimack, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting
The 29th Annual Holiday Parade in Merrimack is being held on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. Immediately following the parade, the Merrimack Tree Lighting will be held at 3:45 p.m. in Abbie Griffin Park.
More information: merrimackparksandrec.org
Nashua, NH Holiday Stroll
The Annual Holiday Stroll in Nashua is on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 5 p.m. and kicks off at Main Street from City Hall.
More information: nashuanh.gov
New Boston, NH Tree Lighting
The Tree Lighting on the Gazebo and S’mores with Santa event at the New Boston town common will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 4 to 6 p.m.
More information: newbostonnh.gov
North Conway, NH Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
North Conway’s Holiday Festival is on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 12 p.m., and features a Christmas tree lighting, peppermint guessing contest, live caroling and holiday light show and tunnel.
More information: settlersgreen.com
Nottingham, NH Christmas parade and party
The town of Nottingham Holiday Parade and Party is Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 10 a.m.
More information: nottingham-nh.gov/
Portsmouth, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting
Festivities for the Portsmouth holiday celebration kicks off on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at at 5 p.m. with the Portsmouth Middle and High School Holiday Ensemble, followed by the tree lighting in Market Square at 5:30 p.m. The Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade begins at 6 p.m. from the Goodwin Park area on Islington Street.
More information: City of Portsmouth
Rochester, NH parade
“A Rock & Roll Christmas” Rochester Holiday Parade will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 3-4:30 p.m.
More information: business.rochesternh.org
Rye, NH Christmas parade and candlelight walk
“A Vintage Rye Christmas” Christmas Parade and Candlelight Walk is on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3 p.m.
More information: ryenh400.org
Salem, NH Christmas parade
The 51st Annual Holiday Parade in Salem is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 1 p.m.
More information: salemnhparade.org
Stratham, NH tree lighting
The Stratham Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2022 and will be held at the Stratham Fire Station.
More information: strathamnh.gov
Wolfeboro, NH Christmas parade
The Christmas in Wolfeboro Parade is on Saturday, November 26, 2021 from 3 to 4 p.m. on Main Street
More information: wolfeborochamber.com