The Best Events Happening in January
This month brings a variety of events, from ice castles to snowshoeing to a chance to see one last magical Christmas light display that will blow your own away
It’s easy to sit indoors by a cozy fire, but if you’re feeling a little too warm and hankering for some socially distanced outdoor adventure, look no further. In these frigid months, grab a warm coat and mittens, and head out to experience the Granite State in winter.
Guided Snowshoeing Tours, Intervale, Saturdays throughout January and February
Spend a few hours of your morning with a relaxing guided snowshoeing walk along the East Branch and Saco rivers. Learn about the trees and wildlife, and search for animal tracks while brushing up on basic snowshoeing technique and bushwacking skills. crosscountryskinh.com
Ice Castles, North Woodstock, Open January through March
The ice castle in North Woodstock is an unforgettable winter creation that brings fairy tales to life. The structure is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles “grown” by professional artists. The castle includes LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, carved ice tunnels, slides and fountains. Opening and closing dates depend on the weather. icecastles.com
Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke’s Puddle Dock Pond, Portsmouth, throughout winter
The entire family will enjoy skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, a seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. Bring your skates or rent your own, and don’t forget your mask. strawberybanke.org
Gift of Lights, Loudon, November 26-January 3
Remember when your parents used to stuff you and your siblings in the van to drive around checking out neighbors’ Christmas lights? This is that drive and then some. More than 400 light displays, 60 holiday scenes and 2 million LED light bulbs light up New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Spectators are urged to drive the route (including the tunnel and part of the track’s road course) and revel in the sight around them. nhms.com
Beginner Snowshoe, Laconia, January 9
Never been on snowshoes? No problem! The team at Prescott Farm will show you the basics of snowshoeing and take it slow. Discover how much fun it can be to get out and travel the trails in the winter. prescottfarm.org
Looking for tips on where to use the new snowshoeing skills you learned this winter? Check out our roundup of great winter trails perfect for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
NH Sanctioned & Jackson Invitational Snow Sculpting Competition, Jackson, January 28-31
Sculptors from around the Northeast transform cylinders of snow into works of art for this annual contest. Watch the artisans at work and don’t forget to take pictures because these sculptures won’t last long. jacksonnh.com