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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Holiday Turkey & Food Planning And Craft Fair Fun

Friday, November 16, 2012

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week! We have some great food features up for your perusal! If this is your first year preparing the Thanksgiving turkey, be sure to read our Thanksgiving Day DIY: You Can Cook A Turkey For The First-Time, Too!, for those risk-takers out there planning on a turkey deep-fry, be safe and read Cooking Fire Danger with Deep Fried Turkey to get the National Turkey Federation and the U.S. Fire Administration's information! And if you're hoping to wow your guests with some new delectable sweets, read our Thanksgiving Day DIY: Try A New Dessert Recipe, Impress Family & Friends!

My holiday shopping is well underway! I'm feeling like a pro bargain-hunter! One thing holiday bargain-hunters love... holiday craft fairs! There are tons of holiday craft fairs this weekend! Scroll to your region below or check out the current and future lineup on our Craft Fairs Page!

Merrimack Region
Theatre

Saturday

Bellydance Superstars Presents The Magic of Dance

Flying Colors

All Weekend
Guys and Dolls!

Community
Holiday Craft Fair & Penny Sale
Nashua, NH
Saturday, November 17

The Nashua High School South Music Boosters will hold its 8th annual Holiday Craft Fair at Nashua High School South, Saturday, Nov. 17, 9am - 2pm, 36 Riverside Drive, Nashua. Event will include 35+ crafters and specialty vendors, Penny Sale Raffle, Cookie Walk and concessions. Proceeds will benefit the NHSS Music Department. Free parking and admission.

New Searles OTI Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, November 17

Annual Holiday Craft Fair featuring over 30 crafters boasting of quality handmade gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Event includes a huge raffle, yummy food, kids crafts/games, and a visit from Santa!

34th Annual Christmas Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, November 17

We have 50 crafters/vendors and we have been told people come back for the variety in the kitchen and our bake sale. Also penny sale, raffle baskets, used book/dvd room where you can get paperbacks for .50 and hardcovers for $1.00. You can order your Christmas wreaths from the Boy Scouts. It is free admission, the kids love our used book room and penny sale.

"Fez"tival of Trees
Concord, NH
November 17-25

Fun for All Ages, the 12th Annual "Fez"-tival is an extravaganza of fully decorated, artificial trees decorated in a Christmas or other theme. All trees are beautifully lit for the enjoyment of the viewers who will come to participate in the associated festivities and purchase chances to win the trees. Throughout the event there will be refreshments, silent auction items to bid on, gift shop, and visits from Santa, offering an enjoyable event for everyone.

22nd Annual Holiday Faire
Manchester, NH
Saturday, November 17

22nd Annual Holiday Faire includes: Baked Goods, Day Spa, Quilt Raffle, Cafe, Books, Gift Baskets Raffle, Plants, Silent Auction, Cookie Walk, White Elephants, Free Bus Passes from Manchester Transit Authority, lots of holiday gifts. As always, the day will be a fun-filled event with great holiday gift shopping. In addition to the wonderful merchants providing a colorful and enticing variety of gift items, we'll also have our usual areas such as the plant sale, the book sale, Fair Trade coffees, teas, chocolates, and our raffle for the very beautiful Annual Quilt!

Kids Fair
Nashua, NH
Saturday, November 17

We will be pairing up with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua to bring you an afternoon of excitement. This is an event that both parents and children can enjoy. We will have vendors on hand that provide goods and services for your family.

Bedford PTG Ski & Skate Sale Event
Bedford, NH
Saturday, November 17

Whether you are in the market for ski equipment, snowboards, hockey gear, or are simply looking to enhance your winter wardrobe, the Bedford PTG Ski & Skate Sale provides a fun-filled and cost-effective opportunity to outfit your entire family with gear for the upcoming season!

Birds of Prey Show: featuring a Live Golden Eagle
Auburn, NH
Saturday, November 17

Get a close-up look at a live Golden Eagle, Turkey Vulture and other birds of prey with this exceptional presentation by Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist. You rarely get a chance to be this close to some of these phenomenal birds! Learn about the great work done by the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive-breeding program.

Around the Special Education World in 1 Day
Merrimack, NH
Saturday, November 17

Do you want to get a lot of information, but don't have a lot of time? This comprehensive, one day seminar provides participants with the tools necessary to understand and participate more effectively in the special education process.

Seacoast Region
Theatre

Saturday

Juanito Pascual Trio: A Night of Flamenco

Sunday
Shaolin Warriors

Community
Yuletide Fair
Stratham, NH
Saturday, November 17

The fair features over 100 crafters offering holiday items ranging from ornaments to centerpieces, jewelry to homemade candles, handbags and toys. A bake sale and snack bar are also available, along with a raffle table full of interesting items.

29th Annual Lee Holiday Festival
Lee, NH
Saturday, November 17

The following events will be offered: fresh holiday arrangements created by our master gardeners; a Child's Room to help children shop for those on their Christmas lists with assistance; gifts for your pets; a Book Room filled with gently used books; a Craft Room filled with handmade items; and a White Elephant room with lots of great goodies. Special handmade general greeting cards are available.

28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, November 17

Craft and gift items, huge raffle table, silent auction, pie and bake sale, & Santa's Attic. Refreshments and lunch are available. Come do your holiday shopping. Admission is free! All proceeds benefit our scholarship fund!

First Baptist Church Christmas Village Fair
Plaistow, NH
Saturday, November 17

Come enjoy our beautifully decorated Christmas village where little "shops" sell handmade crafts, homemade jellies, jams, cookies, candy and much more. Get into the holiday spirit with the festive surroundings and Christmas music performed by our talented musicians. Stroll through the "village" and choose some special gifts from the wonderful selection of fresh home baked goods, hand-crafted items, gift baskets, homemade Fudge, Christmas decorations, jewelry, note cards, hand knit items and more. Upstairs the children can decorate a cookie or make crafts. Your child will enjoy a visit with Santa and a delicious luncheon will be served.

Seacoast for Sandy
Portsmouth, NH
Saturday, November 17

Join us for "Seacoast for Sandy," an evening to bring the Seacoast community together to help raise money for the families impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross and the Humane Society Disaster Relief Funds.

Portsmouth Restaurant Week
Portsmouth, NH
November 11-17

The bi-annual culinary event is one of the most anticipated restaurant happenings of the year in the Seacoast area. With 49 locally owned restaurants already signed on to participate with special menus and deals, the restaurants and chefs are planning to celebrate the area's seasonal bounty.

Monadnock Region
Theatre
Saturday

Dracula

Community
Derry Village School Holiday Craft Fair
Derry, NH
Saturday, November 17

Over 45 crafters, raffles, children's games and activities, Santa, Refreshments, Bake sale and More!

Circus
Wilton, NH
Saturday, November 17

The Flying Gravity Circus returns to the Pine Hill Waldorf School Auditorium on Saturday November 17th at 7:00!
The company has been working hard all fall creating a new theatrical circus show entitled MOMENTS, and we're excited to share the fruits of our labor with the community!

Dyslexia and Other Learning Differences Deciphered
Milford, NH
Saturday, November 17

The first quarter of school has passed; perhaps your child is working harder than his peers and is experiencing anxiety and stress as he tries to keep up. If you or your child experience difficulties with reading, decoding, writing, spelling, math, or attention deficits - dyslexia could be the root problem.

Lakes Region
Theatre

Saturday

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Community
Annual Holly Fair
Center Harbor, NH
Saturday, November 17

This is an old fashioned Christmas bazaar for all ages where shoppers can find special Christmas gifts, homemade jams and jellies, hand knit items, baked goods, gift baskets, and Christmas crafts. Most items have been handcrafted by the members of the church over the last year. "Trifles and Treasures" will be here again with a wide assortment of antique items, sold on consignment by the church members. "Trifles and Treasures" features one-of-a-kind items: china, glassware, beaded purses, linens, photos, and small pieces of furniture.

Annual Holiday Fair
Rochester, NH
Saturday, November 17

Handmade crafts, baked goods, cookie walk, Rada Cutlery, plants, jewelry, used books, toys, games and lots of attic treasures. Lunch available 11am - 1pm.

White Mountains Region
Community

Snow Dance!
Jackson, NH

Saturday, November 17
Calling all snow lovers and snow dancers to help insure a snowy winter. Join professional snow dancer, Carlene from SymmetreeYoga in a tribute to the snow gods. There will be live music by the Revtones, dancing, bonfires and food and drink available in the Lostbo Pub. Bring family and friends and help build the crowd for a record breaker of a snow dance!

Christmastime at Santa's Village!
Jackson, NH
Sat-Sun, November 17-December 16

Santa greets every child, and listens ever so attentively to all the wishes and wants of the season. Mrs. Claus joins in on the hospitality and offers some warm wassail for all their guests. If you visit, be sure to stay 'til after dark when the beautiful lighting throughout the park displays a sense of well-being and warmth on those cooler nights. Dress warmly as it gets snuggly cold on the Skyway Sleigh Monorail or the Merry Christmas Ferris Wheel. Yes, 14 rides are operating and the festivities are all geared to Christmas.


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