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.

We do our best to keep this list robust and accurate, but mistakes do happen. If we’ve missed your town’s event or an event needs to be corrected, then please e-mail Morgen at mconnor@mcleancommunications.com with the information.

The information below is organized in alpha order by town or city name.


Concord, NH holiday parade

The Annual Concord Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.


Derry, NH Nutfield Holiday Parade

The annual Holiday Parade in Derry is on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.

More information: Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce


Dover, NH holiday parade

The annual Dover holiday parade has been canceled for 2021.

More information: seacoastcurrent.com


Durham, NH Frost Fest

Welcome the winter season with Durham Recreation’s annual celebration, which is being held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street in Durham. Enjoy s’mores, cookie decorating, ice sculpting, a bonfire and a visit from Santa.

More information: facebook.com


Exeter, NH Christmas parade

The traditional Holiday Parade in Exeter is on Saturday, December 4, 2021 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 3, 2021 from 5-8 p.m. in Goffstown Village.

More information: goffstownmainstreet.org


Hampstead, NH Christmas parade

The annual Hampstead Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1 p.m. The theme is “Hawaiian Christmas” and it will be a mobile parade.

More information: facebook.com


Hampton, NH Christmas parade

The Experience Hampton Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 1 p.m. and will take place in downtown Hampton.

More information: experiencehampton.org


Jackson, NH tree lighting

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jackson is on Sunday, November 28, 2021, at 4 p.m.

Gather at the center of Jackson Village across from the Jackson Grammar school on Black Mountain Road. Tree lighting is at 4:30.

More information: jacksonnh.com


Lebanon, NH Holiday Happenings

The Lebanon Recreation Holiday Celebration is still planned to happen in 2020. Check website for details.

More information: lebanonnh.gov


Littleton, NH holiday parade

The 34th Annual Christmas Parade in Littleton is on Friday, November 26, 2021, and begins at noon. This year’s theme is “Christmas Stories Based on Books, TV or Film.”

More information: Facebook


Manchester, NH Christmas parade

The Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 4 p.m. and takes place on Elm Street in downtown Manchester.

More information: manchesterinklink.com


Merrimack, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting

The annual Holiday Parade in Merrimack is being held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. Immediately following the parade, the Merrimack Tree Lighting will be held at 3:45 p.m.

More information: merrimacknh.gov


Nashua, NH Holiday Stroll

The Annual Holiday Stroll in Nashua has been canceled for 2021

More information: downtownnashua.org


New Boston, NH Tree Lighting

The New Boston tree lighting and S’mores with Santa event at the New Boston town common and gazebo will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 4-6 p.m.

More information: newbostonnh.gov


Nottingham, NH Christmas parade and party

The town of Nottingham Holiday Parade and Party is Saturday, December 4, 2021, 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 4 at at 4 p.m. with Christmas music in Market Square, followed by the tree lighting at 5 p.m. The Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade will begin at 6 p.m. from the Goodwin Park area on Islington Street.

More information: City of Portsmouth


Rochester, NH parade

“A Comic Book Christmas” Parade will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 3-4:30 p.m. in Rochester.

More information: www.rochesternh.org


Rye, NH Christmas parade

The Rye Fire Department and Lion’s Club Annual Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “The Grinch Won’t Steal This Holiday Parade.”

More information: town.rye.nh.us


Salem, NH Christmas parade

The 50th Annual Holiday Parade in Salem is scheduled for Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 1 p.m.

More information: salemnhparade.org


Stratham, NH tree lighting

The Stratham Christmas tree lighting is scheduled for Sunday, December 5, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. 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 27, 2021 from 3-4 p.m. on Main Street

More information: wolfeborochamber.com


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