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What To Do In NH This Weekend: New Year's Eve 2013 & More Post-Holiday Fun

Friday, December 27, 2013

Got Snow?! After our post-holiday powder, I'm sure many Granite Staters are craving the slopes! Check out our Ski NH Page for news and info on your favorite mountains!

I always find the end of the year (December 26-31) quite jarring. I've been listening to holiday music on the radio and watching winter specials on TV since before Thanksgiving, but as soon as Boxing Day hits, it's over! If you're like me, and could use a slow decline from the holiday-high, there are some great events and attractions still open in NH for your festive pleasure! Check out this weekend's lineup below and find more at NHEvents.com! And if you're looking for New Year's events, we've added a special section to our Snow-Fun Page! Read more here!

Merrimack Region

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.

Annual New Year's Eve in Brookline
Brookline, NH
Tuesday, December 31

New Years Eve Party. Prime Rib Dinner 6:30-8, Comedians 8-9:30, DJ-The Music Doctor until 1am, Champagne Toast at Midnight. Come enjoy the fun, welcoming the New Year with friends.

New Years Eve Dance Party
Nottingham, NH
Tuesday, December 31

Join us Dec 31 at 8 PM to bring in the year 2014. This event is BYOB (so bring your favorite liquor) we give free cups & ice and have a bar which sells non alcoholic drinks. Cover charge is $12, which does not include party favors or buffet. Dance party ends at 12:30. Couples are welcome for this special event.

Seacoast Region
New Year's Eve Celebration
Dover, NH

Why wait up until midnight to welcome the New Year? Children and their families can ring in 2014 while the sun is still shining at the Children's Museum of NH's annual daytime Family New Year's Eve Celebration on Tuesday, December 31. This festive event runs from 10 am - 3 pm and includes three special "countdowns to midnight" held at 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. At each countdown, a glittering ball drops 30 feet from the ceiling as everyone counts down the last ten seconds of the year. Noisemakers and confetti create an atmosphere like Times Square, and everyone can toast with bubbly ginger ale in plastic champagne glasses. Visitors are also invited to make their own sparkly party hats and write their wishes for the coming year on mini flying blimps that are launched at each countdown.

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Community Events

NYE Bash with Entrain
Salisbury, NH
Tuesday, December 31

A festive assortment of New Year's Eve party favors will be distributed to each table on a limited basis, while a midnight balloon drop and a countdown by Entrain will add a festive flare to ringing in 2014. Television broadcast of the ball drop in Times Square will not be available in the Music Hall.

Monadnock Region
Community Events

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

James A. Tuttle Library 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
Gunstock Rocks New Years Eve
Gilford, NH
Tuesday, December 31

The entire mountain is open for you to enjoy! Skiing, Riding, Tubing, Snowshoeing Tours, Sleigh Rides and more. The event ends at Midnight with a fireworks show on the mountain.

White Mountains Region

The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris

Bruce the Moose's Birthday Bash & Family Scavenger Hunt
Waterville Valley, NH
Saturday, December 28

WZLX Radio and Waterville Valley Resort have teamed up to celebrate Bruce the Moose! WZLX Radio personality, Carter Alan, will be hosting from the courtyard. Bruce then challenges families to ban together in search of some of his missing items in an all mountain scavenger hunt.

Cranapalooza New Year's Celebration with Fireworks!
North Conway, NH
Tuesday, December 31

Every Saturday (December 28 through March 8, and select days during holiday periods) you'll find family entertainment in the new C-More's Theater at the Artist Falls Lodge, S'mores at the outdoor fire pit, a C-More-led parade across the base area, face painting, and more - all while adults soak up live music in Zip's Pub and Grille. Then, gather the family back together for evening fireworks (held on select dates at the base of the South Slope).

New Years Eve Fireworks!
Waterville Valley, NH
Tuesday, 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 over Corcoran's Pond at 7:30p.m., Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Rides, Ice Skating, and more!<


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