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This Weekend In NH: New Year’s Eve 2016, Dinner, Dancing, Fireworks, & More

Thursday, December 29, 2016

This weekend will celebrate New Year’s Eve and the ringing in of 2017! New Hampshirites can enjoy many fantastic events including numerous Galas with dining and dancing, fireworks shows, ski parties, and more!

Resolutions are a New Year’s Eve tradition. As we open a fresh calendar–unmarked by meetings, appointments, or other commitments–the cleanness of this apparent tabula rasa allows us a sense of clarity. We turn inward, reflecting on how we will dedicate ourselves to self-improvement or self-growth.

This year, I am dedicating myself to greater mindfulness. I will focus more on each moment I share with my three children. I will breathe in and exhale with more awareness for the irrevocable freedom it is to breathe. I will grow these joys within myself until they overflow and spill into the world and lives around me. My resolution for 2017 is to live more mindfully, and to grow enough joy to share.

As you know, now, these last days of 2016 end my NH.Life journey. In the Farewell Ski Ticket Giveaway, I asked you all to share what makes you happiest. I was humbled and overwhelmed by your responses. As I read through your entries, I learned more about your families, your children, your passions. Many of you talked about your love for the Granite State and the changing seasons. You shared with me your memories and your aspirations; my smile grew wider with each entry as your happiness spilled into my life. Thank you all for your willingness to share this joy with me. Many of you also offered best wishes and appreciation for my writing over the years—to this, I can only say: It has been my absolute honor and pleasure, and I will remember our adventures fondly and often.

I will toast a glass to you, my faithful readers, before the clocks strike twelve this Saturday night.

May you find peace, success, and joy in this new year.

All my love,
–Jessica C. Jordan, NH.Life Editor

For the last time, I have compiled your list of the biggest New Hampshire weekend events. Check out the fun listed below, and as always, browse the full calendar at for more events in your area.

Merrimack Area Events

New Years Eve Gala
Concord, NH
Saturday, December 31
New Year’s Eve, The largest NYE event in Concord NH! New Years Eve Gala – Dinner, COMEDY SHOW & Dancing — Dec 31st at the Holiday Inn, featuring three options this year.

New Years Eve GALA
Manchester NH
Saturday, December 31

New Years Eve Gala – Dinner, Dueling Pianos & Dancing — Dec 31st at the Radisson Hotel featuring five options this year.

New Years Eve Gala
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 31
New Years Eve Gala – Dinner, Elton John vs. Billy Joel Tribute & Dancing — Dec 31st at the Radisson Hotel Nashua featuring three options this year.

Pats Peak New Year’s Eve Party Family Celebration
Henniker, NH
Saturday, December 31

Guests are invited to enjoy a range of entertainment that’s suitable for families. Skiing – Snowboarding – Tubing – Comedy Show – Monte Carlo for raffles prizes – Dancing to The McMurphy’s – Tasting Stations – Party Favors – Champagne Toast – Midnight Fireworks Display

Noon Year’s Eve 2016
Manchester, NH
Saturday, December 31

Northern New England’s huge family-friendly New Year’s Eve event gets better every year. Ring in 2017 a few hours early at the Currier Museum of Art’s annual Noon Year’s Eve party. Wrap up a day of celebrations with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop. Enjoy fun art-making activities, face painting, dance party and live entertainment. Enjoy all sorts of kid-friendly food and more. Dress in your party best and celebrate the New Year at the Currier. Cheers!

New Year’s Eve at Charmingfare Farm!
Candia, NH
Saturday, December 31

Climb aboard the sleigh of your choosing and head for the party. Our horses are sure to provide you with a spirited ride on this evening. It should take about 40 minutes to get you comfortably settled around the roaring bonfires. Our staff has prepared a wonderful meal for everyone to enjoy camp fireside. There will be music, laughter and good cheer to be had by all.

Manchester Monarchs New Year’s Eve Game
Manchester, NH
Saturday, December 31

Ring in the New Year with your favorite Manchester Monarchs at the annual NYE game, brought to you by Manchester Subaru! Enjoy the largest FIREWORKS display in New England after the final whistle and our annual year-in-review video.

Seacoast Area Events

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration
Dover, NH
Saturday, December 31
Join us for our family friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration and ring in the New Year before bedtime! Enjoy “countdowns to midnight” at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm—we’ll lower our glittery disco ball, confetti will fly through the air, and wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground—it’s always a festive and fun environment that is reminiscent of Times Square. Magic Fred, a local magician, will be doing several mini magic shows throughout the day. Visitors can make sparkly recycled paper hats throughout the event and enjoy a fun New Year photo booth!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Hampton, NH
Saturday, December 31
Fireworks are held on the beach beside the Atlantic Ocean. Bring a blanket and the whole family to experience the magic of the night sky lit by a display of beautiful fireworks. Come experience the crisp and clear fireworks of winter and ring in the New Year!

Monadnock Area Events

New Years Eve Gala
Rindge, NH

Saturday, December 31
Starts with cocktail hour at 7pm, Gourmet dinner buffet at 8 pm complete with Grand Carving station and dessert bar. Live music all night by Boston’s “Love Sounds” 6 piece band and Fireworks at Midnight by Jaffrey’s own “Atlas Pyrotechnics”.

New Year’s Psychic Eve
Marlborough, NH

Saturday, December 31
Wondering what 2017 holds in store for you? Join us this New Year’s Eve for a truly memorable evening where the word “medium” doesn’t merely refer to how you like your steak served. Enjoy a sumptuous 4-course dinner including appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, and dessert and conclude your evening with a personal psychic reading by a gifted intuitive.

Lakes Area Events

Gunstock Rocks New Years Eve
Gilford, NH
Saturday, December 31
Come kick off the New Year with us. Enjoy all the festivities along with skiing and riding all evening. Fantastic mountain side fireworks at midnight.

White Mountains Area Events

New Years Eve Fireworks!
Waterville Valley, NH
Saturday, December 31

Ring in the New Year in Waterville Valley! There are all kinds of events happening in Town Square for everyone to enjoy. Featuring: Fireworks, Sleigh Rides, Ice Skating, and more!

New Year’s Cranapalooza with Fireworks
North Conway, NH
Saturday, December 31
Ring in 2017 with C-more the penguin with a special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza.  Geared for guests and families of all ages, join us for all kinds of activities and entertainment! We’ll have a DJ in Schneider Square, Bobo the Clown, s’mores, a fire dancer, plus fireworks


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