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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Celebrate Winter, Santa Claus, Holiday Games, & More!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wednesday is the first day of winter! Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! As more winter holidays approach and we await our seasonal snow, New Hampshire becomes a little quieter–despite the shopping madness–with the hum of family warmth. Many businesses will close down for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean that we’re lacking in winter activities around The Granite State!

Celebrate winter with the Solstice Lantern Festival, enjoy a peaceful Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum, make merry with Christmas on the Farm, and visit with Santa and his reindeer at Santa’s Big Party before he makes a special visit with you next weekend!

If you’re in the mood for some fun holiday trivia, check out reader favorite this year is our Holiday Carol Trivia Word Game! Test your vocabulary and your holiday song knowledge with this fun trivia game! Click on the homepage Features link and play at your holiday parties!

Merrimack Area Events

Santa’s Big Party
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun, December 17-18

Come party with Santa his all his holiday friends. 1. Horse- Drawn Ride 2. Petting Zoo 3. Music 4. Costumed Characters 5. Tractor Train Ride 6. Mrs. Claus is serving Sugar Cookies & Hot Cocoa 7. Santa & Live Reindeer.

The Nutcracker – Gate City Ballet
Derry, NH
Sat-Sun, December 17-18

Join Clara and her friends for a holiday party where she receives a special gift from godfather Drosselmeyer. Cheer for her and her nutcracker prince in the battle with larger than life mice and toy soldiers. Then be transported on a magical journey through waltzing snowflakes to the land of sweets where Clara is greeted by the Sugar Plum Fairy and entertained with a dazzling display of fanciful treats.

‘Tis The Season Holiday Concert
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 17

New England Voices in Harmony women’s a cappella chorus will present a holiday concert at a matinee on Dec. 17, with the chorus and quartets performing seasonal music, a silent auction and desserts at intermission.

Ballet Misha presents, “The Nutcracker”
Manchester, NH
Sat-Sun, December 17-18

Ballet Misha’s original production of The Nutcracker has been voted “The Best Art Event of the Year” in NH for three years in a row! Ballet Misha’s engaging choreography and professional caliber dance set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score make this performance one you and your family won’t want to miss!

Seacoast Area Events

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum
Portsmouth, NH
Sat-Sun, December 17-18

A cherished Seacoast tradition! The quaint lanes of Strawbery Banke Museum are aglow with hundreds of luminaries, the historic homes are festively decorated, and the alluring scents and sounds of the holiday season fill the air. Bring the whole family to experience American mid-winter traditions past and present.

Festivus at Flag Hill
Lee, NH
Saturday, December 17

Come celebrate and share holiday joy at Flag Hill on Saturday 12/17 with a stunning Festivus Dinner prepared for you by Chef James, sip delicious local wine & spirits and have festivus fun! Festivus Dinner Menu Starter– Dip, Don’t Double Dip A dip flight featuring dips with crostini & fried pita chips Maryland Hot Crab Dip Spinach and artichoke Dip Beet & Goat Cheese Dip Yes, soup for you! Mulligatawny Chicken Soup with Salad- classic curried kissed rice and chicken soup Kenny Rogers Wood Roasted Chicken Frosted Elk Meatloaf Served with Roasted broccoli (vile weed) & garlic mashed potatoes Dessert… Brownie Sundae Bar Classic toppings with hand scooped Gifford’s ice cream from Maine.

Monadnock Area Events

Christmas on the Farm
Troy, NH
Saturday, December 17

Experience the spirit of Christmas with a day on the farm. Have your picture taken with Santa, milk the cow and goat, collect eggs from our chickens, pony ride in the corral, make s’mores at the campfire, and more! The Inn will be decorated for the season and you will have the opportunity to make your own Christmas ornament and candy tree to take home.

Electric Earth Concerts presents Horszowski Trio
Peterborough, NH
Saturday, December 17

The Horszowski Trio will celebrate with us as we bring our 5th season to a close. A $75 donation will give us a boost toward meeting our end-of-year goals and give you a seat at an intimate musical gathering with this wonderful group, followed by a holiday reception and conversation with musicians and EEC fellow-travelers.

Lakes Area Events

Solstice Lantern Festival
Laconia, NH
Saturday, December 17

Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – with fun activities to welcome back the light! Make your own winter candle holder for $5/person. Bake Sale items are for purchase-proceeds benefit Fledglings Preschool scholarship fund.

Santa Days at King Pine
Madison, NH
Saturday, December 17

Santa will be skiing on the mountain passing out candy canes. Mail your letters to Santa in mailbox at chairlift. Supplies provided in base lodge.

White Mountains Area Events

Santa’s Stocking Stuffer Craft Fair
North Conway, NH
Sat-Sun, December 17-18

Come and find great stocking stuffer & holiday gifts at this great craft fair!!! Some of the exhibits will include fabulous country rustic furniture, gourmet foods, gift baskets, holiday decor, quilts, handknits & crocheted items including cowls/scarves/hats/mittens, angels/bears/dolls, fleece items, quilts, fine jewelry, & lots more!

Santa’s Holiday Express
North Conway, NH
Sat-Fri, December 17-23
Santa is on board with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. They’ll also take your picture, if you ask nicely, so be sure to bring your camera!


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