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

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tomorrow is the first day of winter! Happy Winter Solstice, everyone! As more winter holidays approach and our seasonal snow has finally stuck, 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!

There are some last minute craft fairs this weekend, and many lighted displays to visit and walk at your leisure! There is also a great Holiday Gift-Making Workshop at the Children's Museum of NH to get kids into the giving spirit! Visit with Santa and his reindeer at Santa's Big Party before he makes a special visit with you next week!

If you're in the mood for some fun holiday facts and trivia games, check out Price List: 12 Days of Christmas to see how much it would cost to buy all of the gifts mentioned in The 12 Days of Christmas song. Also, a reader favorite this year is our Holiday Carol Trivia Word Game! Test your vocabulary and your holiday song knowledge with this fun trivia game! Printable trivia question and answer sheets are available to bring to your holiday parties!

Have a safe and happy weekend!

Merrimack Region

Craftworkers' Guild Holiday Craft Shop 2013
Bedford, NH
Daily Through December 22
Over 60 juried artisans and craftspeople participating in the seasonal shop located in the historic Kendall House.

Winter Wonderland
Nashua, NH
Saturday, December 21

Come to Arena Nightclub for a Winter Wonderland! We will have special prizes and giveaways all night long!

Lighted Winter Wonderland
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun, December 21-22

Experience the magic of Christmas when you visit Charmingfare Farm this holiday season. You'll travel through thousands of lights and holiday scenes on your way to the North Pole. Watch for our animated costumed characters along the trail. Included are: horse-drawn ride, Christmas lights, holiday displays, nativity with live animals, costumed characters, petting zoo and Santa and reindeer.

Santa's Big Party
Candia, NH
Sat-Sun, December 21-22

Santa Clause is having a big party at Charmingfare Farm and your all invited. To get to the party you must first take a 30 minute horse-drawn ride through the Christmas trail to the secret party location. An assortment of holiday performers and costumed characters will be on hand to mix and mingle. Sugar cookies and hot cocoa are available for everyone to enjoy around a bonfire. When you are ready to leave the party, just climb aboard "the tractor train ride" to see Santa's live reindeer.

Gift of Lights
Loudon, NH
Daily Through January 5

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England. It includes several themed displays, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, a jungle scene and a Nativity depiction. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.

Seacoast Region


A Christmas Carol

Holiday Gift-Making Workshops
Dover, NH
Thurs-Sat, December 19-21

The Children's Museum of NH is inviting creative kids to make their own holiday gifts for family and friends. At each workshop, children can choose from three different projects to make: painted photo blocks, handprint papier-mâché ornament balls, or a pair of wooden ornaments that can be decorated. Participants pay for their project at the front desk and make their gifts in the Muse Studio. Museum staff and volunteers are on hand to help. No reservations required.

34th Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke
Portsmouth, NH
Sat-Sun, December 21-22

This year's Candlelight Stroll depicts "Once Upon a Winter's Eve" in the Portsmouth neighborhood that is now the 10-acre living history museum. 32 buildings decorated to their era -- from a quiet night in the 18th century merchant's shop to a fancy Victorian Christmas in Gov Goodwin's mansion. Enjoy tavern life with live music and traditional food in Pitt Tavern, the 4th night of Hanukkah1919 in the Shapiro House, hearth-cooking in Wheelwright and carolers and costumed role-players throughout. The lanes are lined with candle lanterns and St. Nicholas strolls the grounds greeting children.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region

Warner Festival Of Trees
Warner, NH

Daily Through December 27
For those unfamiliar with this event, this is the event that townsfolk look forward to all year long. Some people dress in their finest, while others dress as they would for a stroll through our quaint New England town. One thing is for certain, there's always great food and good conversation to be had. The event is held regardless of the weather conditions. Whether you arrive by car, dog sled, or snowmobile, you'll find yourself welcome when you arrive.

Monadnock Region


The Nutcracker

Holiday Lights at "The Farm"
Chesterfield, NH

Daily Through December 22
Holiday Lights at "The Farm" in Chesterfield are on again and brighter than ever!! Hundreds of thousands of outdoor lights decorate this estate to create a special winter fantasyland for all ages to enjoy. For a very special evening with family or friends, come and drive through this spectacular display of glittering lighted scenes.

2013 Antrim Festival of Trees
Antrim, NH
Daily Through January 4

James A. Tuttle Library, 45 Main St., Antrim, NH, will come alive all through December with more than 100 holiday trees, wreaths and displays. Local businesses, groups and individuals craft these beautiful displays to make an old-fashioned free holiday event. A Boston Red-Sox tree and 2 dollhouse raffles will be featured.

Lakes Region


A Christmas Story FREE MOVIE

The Nutcracker

White Mountains Region


The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris

All Weekend
A Christmas Carol

World Snowboard Day
Waterville Valley, NH
Sunday, December 22

The Learn to Ride program will be discounted for World Snowboard Day. In Exhibition, push your riding to new heights with a mix of medium and large jump lines! South Street Park is filled with rollers, small table tops, and smaller ride on jib features for riders looking to advance from the basics. Are you really a sick rider? Hit up Psyched Park with a mix of street style and gap-on rail and box features. Hips, table tops, and step down jumps really get you going! Hang out with the park crew all day as they award prizes based on pure skill and effort. The grill will be fired up on at the Hubba Hut offering up burgers and sodas for $5 throughout the afternoon for riders in the park. Parks will be open weather and conditions permitting.


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