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December 07, 2016

- 8 Events

FREE Basic Pistol Shooting & Safety Class

6:30 PM - Manchester

This FREE introductory course is 2 hours long and includes classroom time learning firearm safety, storage and maintenance. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling and storage; firearm parts and operation; ammunition & components; how to unload certain action types; shooting fundamentals; primary causes of firearms accidents; and cleaning the firearm. This Non-shooting course teaches students the basic knowledge, skills, and explains the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition. This class is FREE to the general public - Bass Pro Shops & Defensive Strategies, LLC wants everyone to know basic firearm safety.... so come join us on the first Wednesday of every month for this complementary class.

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Giving Tree at Omni Mount Washington

12:00 AM - Bretton Woods

Participate in this community outreach program that benefits designated local charities. The benefiting organizations vary from year to year as Omni Mount Washington Resort seeks to be a supportive member of the local community by helping those that might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. This marks the fourteenth year of The Giving Tree, and it would not happen without the efforts of guests, local homeowners and employees of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Together, we do make a difference and help others have a wonderful holiday season.

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KSC Jazz Ensemble

7:30 PM - Keene

Don Baldini's last concert, as director of the KSC Jazz Ensemble, will be December 7, at 7:30 in the Main Theatre of the Redfern Art Center at Keene State College. " My Favorite Things" is the theme of this concert, highlighting music the students, the audience and Baldini himself have been fond of through the many concerts they have done. Frank Newton, on tenor saxophone, is the featured soloist. Please join us for a great evening of Big Band music and help celebrate Don Baldini's last concert.

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UNH Jazz Bands

8:00 PM - Durham

The University of New Hampshire Department of Music presents the UNH Jazz Bands, Nathan Jorgensen directing, in concert Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at 8 pm in Johnson Theatre of the Paul Creative Arts Center, on the Durham campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Holiday Open Cupboard

3:00 PM - Salem

Enjoy a FREE gourmet Olive Oil tasting flight and save 15% on orders over $75 at our Holiday Open Cupboard events. Shop warehouse direct on specialty foods, gourmet gifts, and gluten free goodies. Bring a donation for the Salem Animal Rescue League and get an additional 5% off your total order

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Discovering New Hampshire

9:30 AM - Concord

From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Reservations are not accepted. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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The Santaland Diaries

7:30 PM - Peterborough

Christmas fans and Grinches alike will find the perfect cure for holiday madness in the side-splitting and irreverent The Santaland Diaries. Best-selling author David Sedaris chronicles his outlandish and truly misguided stint as “Crumpet” - one of Macy’s Santaland elves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if Crumpet can survive the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents. This brilliant behind-the-scenes send-up of everything we love and loathe about Christmas, illuminates the insanity of the holidays, and the resilience of the human spirit. “A hilarious one-man holiday tour-de-force! Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” - The New York Times The Santaland Diaries stars Kraig Swartz (The Ladies Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Crumpet”. ​Directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG-13 For Mature Elves Only (Not recommended for Children)

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December 08, 2016

- 10 Events

Homeschool Discovery Program: Project-Based River Study

10:00 AM - Manchester

October 13 – The Merrimack River Watershed November 10 – Cultural History and River Use We will start by learning the cultural history, ecology and current status of the Merrimack River and its watershed. We will then work with students to develop river-based projects guided by the group’s knowledge and specific interests.

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Silent Film: The Kiss

6:30 PM - Plymouth

Thursday, December 8 - 6:30pm Silent Film Series Expanded Concessions: Hot Dogs, Fresh Popcorn with variety of flavorings, Common Man Candy, Beer, Wine, and all our other terrific offerings. Silent film with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Take a break from holiday shopping with this steamy romance and courtroom thriller. Will Garbo resort to murder, risking everything for love? Garbo's last silent role and the final silent film released by MGM. Admission: $10 per person. Tickets available at the door night of show

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Giving Tree at Omni Mount Washington

12:00 AM - Bretton Woods

Participate in this community outreach program that benefits designated local charities. The benefiting organizations vary from year to year as Omni Mount Washington Resort seeks to be a supportive member of the local community by helping those that might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. This marks the fourteenth year of The Giving Tree, and it would not happen without the efforts of guests, local homeowners and employees of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Together, we do make a difference and help others have a wonderful holiday season.

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Introduction to Glass Fusing Workshop

9:30 AM - Hollis

This class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating fused glass objects in the kiln. Students will learn the process of glass fusing, and will explore design techniques with the use of colorful sheet glass, frit, stringers, and glass paint. You will create two dramatic glass plates and one amazing jewelry pendant. Items will be fired after the class and be available for pick-up several days later. The workshop is for individuals ages 14 to adult, and ages 9 to 13 when accompanied by a paying adult (family discount available). No glass experience necessary — ideal for beginners and those who want to relearn the basics. $127 (includes all materials and firing fee).

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Artist talk and demonstration with Bill Mitchell

5:00 PM - Plymouth

Join the Museum of the White Mountains for a special FREE artist talk and printmaking demonstration on Thursday, December 8 at the Museum of the White Mountains with printmaker, Bill Mitchell. Mitchell currently has three pieces on display at the MWM’s current exhibition, “Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers Explore the White Mountains.” Born in Holyoke, MA., and raised in Catskill, N.Y., Mitchell moved to NH in 1983 and began creating brightly colored serigraph silkscreens of the NH landscape. During this presentation, hear about Mitchell’s youth and learn how the Hudson River School influenced his White Mountain imagery. Visitors will also see a printmaking demonstration by the artist.

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FOOD FIGHT: Inside the Battle for Market Basket

7:00 PM - Keene

Co-sponsored by the Monadnock International Film Festival (MONIFF) and the Historical Society of Cheshire County (HSCC) Throughout the summer of 2014, a corporate food fight played out in dozens of New England communities, impacting two million customers, tens of thousands of workers, and the economies of three states. When the faction of the Market Basket board headed by Arthur S. Demoulas fired his cousin and arch-rival Arthur T. Demoulas as long-time CEO of the successful supermarket chain, it set off a firestorm that sparked one of the most unique corporate dramas in American history. FOOD FIGHT is the story of the battle to save Market Basket, and the power of ordinary, passionate people to rewrite corporate history. Q&A discussion with Producer/Editor Tom Bennett and representative from Market Basket to follow the screening.

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Discovering New Hampshire

9:30 AM - Concord

From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Reservations are not accepted. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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Painted Wine Glasses

6:30 PM - Hollis

Hand paint a set of stemless glasses (real glass) following a guided tutorial or create your own personalized design. Step-by-step instructions will be given so artists and non-artists are welcome. The focus is on fun and creativity. The theme for this class is 'Winter Wonderland'. We will provide hot beverages and a sweet treat. You are welcome to BYOB. Supplies will be provided. This workshop is for adults.

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The Santaland Diaries

7:30 PM - Peterborough

Christmas fans and Grinches alike will find the perfect cure for holiday madness in the side-splitting and irreverent The Santaland Diaries. Best-selling author David Sedaris chronicles his outlandish and truly misguided stint as “Crumpet” - one of Macy’s Santaland elves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if Crumpet can survive the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents. This brilliant behind-the-scenes send-up of everything we love and loathe about Christmas, illuminates the insanity of the holidays, and the resilience of the human spirit. “A hilarious one-man holiday tour-de-force! Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” - The New York Times The Santaland Diaries stars Kraig Swartz (The Ladies Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Crumpet”. ​Directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG-13 For Mature Elves Only (Not recommended for Children)

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December 09, 2016

- 10 Events

Journey To The North Pole at the Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH

4:30 PM - Lincoln

On selected nights in November and December, the Journey to the North Pole departs from the Hobo Railroad Station in Lincoln, NH. Passengers are encouraged to arrive in their pajamas to re-live the full experience. Tickets are ONLY available through the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation in North Conway, NH or through local hotels for packages with tickets. Visit www.journeytothenorthpole.org for more information.

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Giving Tree at Omni Mount Washington

12:00 AM - Bretton Woods

Participate in this community outreach program that benefits designated local charities. The benefiting organizations vary from year to year as Omni Mount Washington Resort seeks to be a supportive member of the local community by helping those that might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. This marks the fourteenth year of The Giving Tree, and it would not happen without the efforts of guests, local homeowners and employees of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Together, we do make a difference and help others have a wonderful holiday season.

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Paint Box Paint-Along Workshop

12:30 PM - Hollis

This workshop will combine the popular paint-along with art education philosophy. Each week there will be a different project and Kristine Brock will guide you through projects and help you develop skills for your future artistic endeavors! This workshop is for individuals ages 16 and up, but can be lower age with permission. It's a fun workshop where you are certain to leave with a beautiful work of art!

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical

7:30 PM - Lincoln

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce our community holiday show: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical, this December 2016! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical is adapted from the beloved children’s book by Barbara Robinson. Performances are scheduled December 2-18, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, with $1 off per donated item of non-perishable food, up to $5 (food drive will benefit the Lin-Wood and Plymouth food pantries). Tickets on sale now! This production is generously sponsored by Dead River Company.

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Lighted Winter Wonderland

5:00 PM - CANDIA

Experience the magic of Christmas when you visit Charmingfare Farm this holiday season. Horse-Drawn Ride Christmas Lights Holiday Displays Nativity with Live Animals Costumed Characters Petting Zoo Santa & Reindeer Christmas Trees Available for Purchase

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Discovering New Hampshire

9:30 AM - Concord

From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Reservations are not accepted. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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KSC Concert Choir

7:30 PM - Keene

The Concert Choir of Keene state College will present “Sing a New Song” on Friday Dec. 9th at 7:30pm. in The Alumni Recital Hall. They will sing an opening song with 2 violins by Georg Philip Telemann and then be joined by the Chamber Singers on “Songs of Sorrow and Hope” by Stephen Feigenbaum commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation. The concert will include other seasonal songs as well. Hailley Dufresne will perform as Assistant Conductor and Vladimir Okinokikh will perform as the ensemble's Collaborative Pianist. Tickets cost $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Please join us for a fantastic concert!

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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Date Night in the Pottery Studio

6:00 PM - Manchester

Everything for a couple is included with the listed price (materials, tools, instruction, etc.). We will guide you through a basic pottery lesson and then you will be set free on the wheel to make your own creations! Even though we call it a "Date Night", it is not exclusive to couples. Friends, parents and older children, and anyone who wants to do this together is welcome to join. Each person gets their own wheel. Date nights are offered from 6-7:30 or from 7:30-9PM on Friday and Saturday. Pick your day, pick your time, and have fun! The piece you make will be available for pick up four-five weeks after your date.

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The Santaland Diaries

7:30 PM - Peterborough

Christmas fans and Grinches alike will find the perfect cure for holiday madness in the side-splitting and irreverent The Santaland Diaries. Best-selling author David Sedaris chronicles his outlandish and truly misguided stint as “Crumpet” - one of Macy’s Santaland elves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if Crumpet can survive the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents. This brilliant behind-the-scenes send-up of everything we love and loathe about Christmas, illuminates the insanity of the holidays, and the resilience of the human spirit. “A hilarious one-man holiday tour-de-force! Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” - The New York Times The Santaland Diaries stars Kraig Swartz (The Ladies Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Crumpet”. ​Directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG-13 For Mature Elves Only (Not recommended for Children)

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December 10, 2016

- 30 Events

Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie Tour

11:00 AM - North Conway

Visit Country Inns in the White Mountains and receive holiday cookies and recipes, and tours of the inns. Annual Inn-to-Inn Herb Tour sponsored by Country Inns in the White Mountains. Also see 1785 Inn's famous winter/holiday decorations (chosen as one of the top 10 inns in the world for holiday decorations). 1785 Inn packages for couples include two Cookie Tour tickets, lodging for two, and our delicious full breakfasts for two. One night packages starting at $139 per couple and two-night packages starting at $178 per couple. Call 603-356-9025 to reserve.

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Holly Jolly Craft Fair

9:00 AM - Nashua

Finish your holiday shopping at this holiday craft fair with beautiful arts & crafts at the Crowne Plaza! Free Admission! Some of the exhibits will include holiday floral arrangements, fine jewelry, folk art, tole painting, wood crafts, home decor, fabric crafts, exquisite quilts, totes/handbags, gourmet food items, books, gift baskets, hand knits, scarves & fashion accessories, fleece items, pottery, & much more!!!

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11th Annual Currier & Ives Cookie Tour

11:00 AM - Troy

On this self guided tour you will visit local businesses to enjoy homemade treats and refreshments. Tickets and maps will be available December 1, or you can buy them the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charities. For a list of the participants visit www.currierandivescookietour.com.

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Santa Express Trains at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH

1:00 PM - Lincoln

Make plans now to join us for a holiday tradition, our Santa Express Trains. We'll depart Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln, NH at 1pm for the one hour and twenty minute trips that start the Friday after Thanksgiving and operate weekends until just before Christmas. Our station and cars are completely decorated for the season and we've made special arrangements to have Santa Claus and his Elves join us on each and every trip! Once on board, everyone enjoys hot chocolate and each family receives a box of holiday cookies - plus, each child receives a special gift from Santa while on the train! Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Train Fare: Coach Class: $20.00 for all ages 3 and up; First Class $25.00 for all ages 3 and up; ages 2 and under are free!

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Journey To The North Pole at the Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH

4:30 PM - Lincoln

On selected nights in November and December, the Journey to the North Pole departs from the Hobo Railroad Station in Lincoln, NH. Passengers are encouraged to arrive in their pajamas to re-live the full experience. Tickets are ONLY available through the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation in North Conway, NH or through local hotels for packages with tickets. Visit www.journeytothenorthpole.org for more information.

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Christmas with the Celts

7:30 PM - Plymouth

Christmas with The Celts isn’t just a concert; it is a celebration of the holiday spirit, people, community and common connections. The high-stepping spirited musical selections will have audiences clapping along from the first lively renditions of popular contemporary Christmas classics. The show presents the perfect combination of ancient Irish Carols, contemporary Christmas standards, spontaneous humor and thrilling Irish dancing giving audiences a most memorable Christmas experience!

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Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

11:00 PM - Jackson

Nestlenook Estate and the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to make your reservations early for the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour. Named one of the 5 "Tasty Tours of New England" by the Concord Insider "Engage all your senses". This Horse Drawn Austrian Sleigh Ride through the Village of Jackson is so popular that each year it sells completely out. We recommend you book early to assure your chance to attend. Just call a lodging member listed on our website www.JacksonNH.com book your stay and let them secure your seats today. Reservations are reserved for visitors staying in one of Jackson New Hampshire's premiere properties. Reservations will open to the general public October 12th. Call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce any time after October 10th to make your reservations before it is to late... 603-383-9356 or prior to October 10th call any of our lodging members, book your stay and let them secure your ride/s for you. Parties of 10 or more may book at any time throughout the year.

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Holiday Magic Victorian Trolley Tour

1:00 PM - Portsmouth

“Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Christmas Capital of America” – Travel + Leisure Magazine Join us for our fully costumed and narrated sightseeing trolley tour that will provide a blend of local holiday lore and history. Jump on board to get the feel of historic Portsmouth! We will wander through the distinguished neighborhoods of the South End, Victorian Heights as well as the Great Island of New Castle. From beautiful lighthouses to the Wentworth by the Sea. We will highlight details unique to Portsmouth as well as important historical points that have made the area what it is today. Get a look at what it was like to celebrate the holidays with historic images displayed on the screen throughout the tour. Listen to holiday music and be ready for a few surprises. This tour is a great way to take in the fun of the holiday season and the beauty of the "old town by the sea." There will be photo opportunities at several stops on the tour as well.

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Giving Tree at Omni Mount Washington

12:00 AM - Bretton Woods

Participate in this community outreach program that benefits designated local charities. The benefiting organizations vary from year to year as Omni Mount Washington Resort seeks to be a supportive member of the local community by helping those that might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. This marks the fourteenth year of The Giving Tree, and it would not happen without the efforts of guests, local homeowners and employees of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Together, we do make a difference and help others have a wonderful holiday season.

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Boston Pops Holiday Concert

7:30 PM - Manchester

Boston Pops Holiday Concert at the SNHU Arena. A perfect musical show for the Holidays!

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The Nutcracker

7:00 PM - Wolfeboro

Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New Hampshire's premier ballet company, presents the classic holiday treat, "The Nutcracker!" Directed by former Boston Ballet prima ballerina, Edra Toth, this full-length production is not to be missed! Join Clara and her nutcracker as they venture into the Land of the Sweets!

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Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum

5:00 PM - Portsmouth

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. PLEASE NOTE: Hours on Saturdays: 5-9 pm; Sundays: 4-8 pm. Friday 12/16, 5-9 pm

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Monadnock Chorus presents Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle"

7:30 PM - Peterborough

The Monadnock Chorus will present 2 performances. Saturday, December 10th at 7:30PM. Sunday, December 11th at 3PM. Tickets will be available online, at Toadstool Peterborough or at Steele's in Peterborough. Artistic Director, Dr. Matthew Leese www.monadnock-chorus.org

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical

7:30 PM - Lincoln

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce our community holiday show: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical, this December 2016! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical is adapted from the beloved children’s book by Barbara Robinson. Performances are scheduled December 2-18, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, with $1 off per donated item of non-perishable food, up to $5 (food drive will benefit the Lin-Wood and Plymouth food pantries). Tickets on sale now! This production is generously sponsored by Dead River Company.

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Bluegrass Christmas Concert

7:30 PM - Brentwood

The 2016 "Christmas in New England" concert tour will kick off its 13th season this December. This one of a kind Christmas show features traditional, contemporary, and original Christmas music performed with acoustic instruments and vocals.

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Clearlakes Chorale: Puccini and the Paradise Tree

7:30 PM - Alton

Clearlakes Chorale presents Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, with professional soloists and orchestra. The group will also perform a variety of Christmas music. Clearlakes Chorale is a community chorus with singers from around the Lakes Region and western Maine. Tickets can be purchased at Black’s Paper Store in Wolfeboro, online at www.clearlakeschorale.org, or at the door: $20 adult, $10 student.

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Santa's Big Party

10:00 AM - CANDIA

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

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Lighted Winter Wonderland

5:00 PM - CANDIA

Experience the magic of Christmas when you visit Charmingfare Farm this holiday season. Horse-Drawn Ride Christmas Lights Holiday Displays Nativity with Live Animals Costumed Characters Petting Zoo Santa & Reindeer Christmas Trees Available for Purchase

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Discovering New Hampshire

9:30 AM - Concord

From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Reservations are not accepted. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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Free New Hampshire Saturday at the Currier

10:00 AM - Manchester

December 10, 10 a.m.-noon New Hampshire residents receive free Museum general admission before noon on the second Saturday of each month. Stop by and enjoy Creative Studio and browse the galleries. $5 special exhibition charge for Not-Yet-members to view Mount Washington: The Crown of New England.

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Creative Studio Wood Ornaments

10:00 AM - Manchester

December 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit by decorating your own wooden ornament. Adults and children are encouraged to drop by one of the Museum’s studio spaces to participate. Free admission for N.H. residents: 10 a.m.-noon.

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Guided Gallery Tours

2:00 PM - Concord

Please note that there are two tours. One tour starts at 2:00 p.m. and the other tour starts at 3:00 p.m. Each tour is about an hour long in length. Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society's education or volunteer docent staff. Find out more about New Hampshire’s “Temple of History” and hear stories about the objects on display that make their history come alive. From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Guided gallery tours are 45 minutes long and are appropriate for visitors of all ages. The tour is included in the price of paid admission for adult and family audiences. Reservations are not accepted. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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Tomie dePaola Book Signing

1:00 PM - Contoocook

Join us for a book signing event with Tomie dePaola, local artist and renowned children’s author. A wide selection of his book titles will be available for purchase. Signed copies make treasured keepsakes and great holiday gifts!

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Family Clay Workshops

1:30 PM - Manchester

NOTE: This is not a wheel-throwing class. If you are interested in wheel throwing with your child, please reserve a spot in our “Family Pottery Workshop” (every first Saturday from 12-1) or the “Try it! Clay Workshop from 3-6” (every Saturday). Wheel throwing tends to be more appropriate for kids 9+ Come in Saturday afternoon 1:30-2:30 with your kid (or a couple of kids) to share the magic of clay together. You will each get to hand-sculpt a clay project from scratch. Kids of all ages are welcome, but if your child is 5 or under, you may spend a bulk of the workshop helping your child sculpt their piece. There is no defined lesson plan, as clay leaves a lot of room for creativity! No worries if you don’t know what to make. If you are stumped, the teacher will have projects to suggest. If you know what you want to make, the teacher will help guide you. Leave your creations with us to fire and we will let you know when they are ready to pick up. Please allow 3-4 weeks for completion. The first parent and child pair is $30. For each additional parent or child it is $10. The class is open to younger children that would not normally take a class alone (ages 4-6), but parents accompanying these ages should be prepared to work mostly with their child to make a project together. Parents of older children (7-14) can make their own pieces. Price includes all materials, instruction, and finishing of work. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome if there is room in the workshop. Sample projects: Mini-Coil Bud vases Crazy Creature Box Slab built Mugs Pinch Pot Bowls Coil Bowls A tunnel for your pet lizard to sleep in Fancy Fish Sculptures Textured Trivets Ornaments or wind chimes

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Saturday Try It! Stained Glass Workshops

3:00 PM - Manchester

This one-day workshop is designed to let people get a feel for the basic steps of working with stained glass. It is perfect for people who are only in town for a day, or who want to try a class out with us to see if they will like it before they sign up for a 10-week full length course. We host this workshop Saturdays from 3-6 PM. Please call or email in advance to make sure the workshop is still running on the weekend you would like to sign up as the teacher is sometimes away for craft shows. Students will learn the basic ways of working with stained glass: cutting, applying copper foil, and soldering. Each participant will make a project to take home.

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Date Night in the Pottery Studio

6:00 PM - Manchester

Everything for a couple is included with the listed price (materials, tools, instruction, etc.). We will guide you through a basic pottery lesson and then you will be set free on the wheel to make your own creations! Even though we call it a "Date Night", it is not exclusive to couples. Friends, parents and older children, and anyone who wants to do this together is welcome to join. Each person gets their own wheel. Date nights are offered from 6-7:30 or from 7:30-9PM on Friday and Saturday. Pick your day, pick your time, and have fun! The piece you make will be available for pick up four-five weeks after your date.

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The Santaland Diaries

7:30 PM - Peterborough

Christmas fans and Grinches alike will find the perfect cure for holiday madness in the side-splitting and irreverent The Santaland Diaries. Best-selling author David Sedaris chronicles his outlandish and truly misguided stint as “Crumpet” - one of Macy’s Santaland elves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if Crumpet can survive the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents. This brilliant behind-the-scenes send-up of everything we love and loathe about Christmas, illuminates the insanity of the holidays, and the resilience of the human spirit. “A hilarious one-man holiday tour-de-force! Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” - The New York Times The Santaland Diaries stars Kraig Swartz (The Ladies Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Crumpet”. ​Directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG-13 For Mature Elves Only (Not recommended for Children)

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Auburn Village School Holiday/Craft Fair

8:00 AM - Auburn

The Auburn Village School PTA will be holding their annual Holiday Fair, a day of holiday fun and shopping! There will be some amazing raffles. You could win an iPad, an Xbox One: Battlefield 1 Edition, sports memorabilia from the Boston Red Sox, an American Girl Doll, Kate Spade bags, tickets to Storyland, Canobie Lake Park, Zoo New England, and numerous gift cards to local stores and restaurants. Also back for the fourth consecutive year is our hugely popular Reindeer Raffle! Raffle items in our Reindeer Raffle are all donated by AVS families. There are 9 categories of items: Disney, Barbie, Marvel & Star Wars, Legos, Nerf, Sports, Xbox, Apple and Gift Cards. Items are arranged by category on the stage. Enter to win as many categories as you like. One raffle ticket could win you EVERYTHING in that category! There will be a live drawing for raffle winners from 1-2pm but you do not need to be present to win.   There will be crafters and vendors selling unique products; crafts, games & prizes for the kids; a jingle bell table where kids can buy unique, hand-made gifts for their family, friends, and teachers at affordable prices; a Sweet Stroll (similar to a cake walk); a scavenger hunt and other games, and concessions from 11-2pm.   The Friends of the Griffin Free Public Library will also be having their Santa's Breakfast from 8 - 11am in the adjacent cafeteria so come meet Santa, have some breakfast and do some shopping all in one place!

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Theatrical Double Feature- The Bodacious Babes & Not On This Night

6:30 PM - Concord

Lend Me A Theater invites you to our holiday show The Bodacious Babes! They are ready to put the HoHoHo in your holidays with their larger than life personalities. They will give you a unique, robust, entertaining evening of classic holi day songs - with the Babes own special twist! Known for their booming voices and sparkling personalities - and a few strategically placed boas - they will give you an evening of fun and a trip down memory lane! "Not on This Night" is set in 1944, as the Battle of the Bulge rages near the French border. Alone on Christmas Eve, 18 year old Jacqueline is startled by the sudden appearance of two lost soldiers, one German and the other American, who confront each other in her farmhouse kitchen. Violence is averted by the plucky teenager's determination and goodwill ('War is the enemy, not people!'), and the humanity of the desperate young soldiers emerges.

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December 11, 2016

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Santa Express Trains at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH

1:00 PM - Lincoln

Make plans now to join us for a holiday tradition, our Santa Express Trains. We'll depart Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln, NH at 1pm for the one hour and twenty minute trips that start the Friday after Thanksgiving and operate weekends until just before Christmas. Our station and cars are completely decorated for the season and we've made special arrangements to have Santa Claus and his Elves join us on each and every trip! Once on board, everyone enjoys hot chocolate and each family receives a box of holiday cookies - plus, each child receives a special gift from Santa while on the train! Advance reservations are strongly suggested. Train Fare: Coach Class: $20.00 for all ages 3 and up; First Class $25.00 for all ages 3 and up; ages 2 and under are free!

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Journey To The North Pole at the Hobo Railroad - Lincoln, NH

4:30 PM - Lincoln

On selected nights in November and December, the Journey to the North Pole departs from the Hobo Railroad Station in Lincoln, NH. Passengers are encouraged to arrive in their pajamas to re-live the full experience. Tickets are ONLY available through the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation in North Conway, NH or through local hotels for packages with tickets. Visit www.journeytothenorthpole.org for more information.

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Holiday Magic Victorian Trolley Tour

1:00 PM - Portsmouth

“Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Christmas Capital of America” – Travel + Leisure Magazine Join us for our fully costumed and narrated sightseeing trolley tour that will provide a blend of local holiday lore and history. Jump on board to get the feel of historic Portsmouth! We will wander through the distinguished neighborhoods of the South End, Victorian Heights as well as the Great Island of New Castle. From beautiful lighthouses to the Wentworth by the Sea. We will highlight details unique to Portsmouth as well as important historical points that have made the area what it is today. Get a look at what it was like to celebrate the holidays with historic images displayed on the screen throughout the tour. Listen to holiday music and be ready for a few surprises. This tour is a great way to take in the fun of the holiday season and the beauty of the "old town by the sea." There will be photo opportunities at several stops on the tour as well.

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Giving Tree at Omni Mount Washington

12:00 AM - Bretton Woods

Participate in this community outreach program that benefits designated local charities. The benefiting organizations vary from year to year as Omni Mount Washington Resort seeks to be a supportive member of the local community by helping those that might not otherwise be able to celebrate the holidays. This marks the fourteenth year of The Giving Tree, and it would not happen without the efforts of guests, local homeowners and employees of the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Together, we do make a difference and help others have a wonderful holiday season.

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KSC Chamber Singers and String Ensemble

3:00 PM - Keene

The Keene State College Chamber Singers and String Ensemble will present a benefit concert to support the Keene-Einbeck Partner City Committee on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3pm in the Redfern Arts Center Alumni Recital Hall. The performance will feature J.S. Bach's cantata "Uns ist end Kind geboren" (A Child is Born) Franz Schubert's "String Quartet No.14" (Death and the Maiden. 20% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the PCC to support future partnership efforts. For more information about this event, please contact the Redfern Arts Center Box office at 358-2168 or http://www.keene.edu/arts/redfern/ In May 2017, 14 student members of the KSC Chamber Singers will travel to Einbeck to participate in a choral-cultural exchange with Einbeck's choral ensembles VOICES and Kantorei. KSC faculty will also participate in the visit - Sandra Howard, Associate Professor of Music, C. Paul Vincent, Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Nicholas Germana, Associate Professor of History.

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Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum

5:00 PM - Portsmouth

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. PLEASE NOTE: Hours on Saturdays: 5-9 pm; Sundays: 4-8 pm. Friday 12/16, 5-9 pm

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Monadnock Chorus presents Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle"

3:00 PM - Peterborough

The Monadnock Chorus will present 2 performances. Saturday, December 10th at 7:30PM. Sunday, December 11th at 3PM. Tickets will be available online, at Toadstool Peterborough or at Steele's in Peterborough. Artistic Director, Dr. Matthew Leese www.monadnock-chorus.org

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical

7:30 PM - Lincoln

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce our community holiday show: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical, this December 2016! The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. There’s not supposed to be biting or cigar-smoking in Bethlehem, and while these kids have never even heard the Christmas story, they definitely have rewrites! Soon everyone from the terrified pint-sized shepherds to the furious church ladies are calling for reluctant director Grace Bradley to cancel the whole thing. It’s up to Bradley and the Reverend to help their community see the Christmas story and the Herdman kids through new eyes in this buoyant musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, the Musical is adapted from the beloved children’s book by Barbara Robinson. Performances are scheduled December 2-18, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, with $1 off per donated item of non-perishable food, up to $5 (food drive will benefit the Lin-Wood and Plymouth food pantries). Tickets on sale now! This production is generously sponsored by Dead River Company.

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Clearlakes Chorale: Puccini and the Paradise Tree

2:00 PM - Alton

Clearlakes Chorale presents Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, with professional soloists and orchestra. The group will also perform a variety of Christmas music. Clearlakes Chorale is a community chorus with singers from around the Lakes Region and western Maine. Tickets can be purchased at Black’s Paper Store in Wolfeboro, online at www.clearlakeschorale.org, or at the door: $20 adult, $10 student.

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Santa's Big Party

10:00 AM - CANDIA

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

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Second Sunday Jazz Brunch

10:00 AM - Manchester

December 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bon appetit! Enjoy a delicious brunch while listening to music. Reservations are required by emailing [email protected] $19.95 for adults; $8.95 for children 10 and younger or $8.95 continental only.

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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Theatrical Double Feature-Not On This Night & Afternoon Tea **Advance Purchase Only***

1:00 PM - Concord

Lend Me A Theater performs "Not On This Night" in conjunction with the "Afternoon Tea" at Kimball Jenkins Estate. "Not on This Night" is set in 1944, as the Battle of the Bulge rages near the French border. Alone on Christmas Eve, 18 year old Jacqueline is startled by the sudden appearance of two lost soldiers, one German and the other American, who confront each other in her farmhouse kitchen. Violence is averted by the plucky teenager's determination and goodwill ('War is the enemy, not people!'), and the humanity of the desperate young soldiers emerges.

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December 12, 2016

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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December 13, 2016

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Discovering New Hampshire

9:30 AM - Concord

From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society show you things you just can’t see anywhere else. Reservations are not accepted. To schedule a guided tour for an adult group of 12 or more people, see our group tours page or contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at [email protected] or 603-856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

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Gift of Lights

4:30 PM - Loudon

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes and over 400 light displays. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. The Gift of Lights will NOT be open Sun., Dec. 25 (Christmas Day).

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Santa Figurine Clay Workshop

10:30 AM - Hollis

Come learn the basics of polymer while making an adorable Santa figure for your holiday display or gift giving. You will be guided step by step to create and personalize your figurine. All materials will be supplied for making your Santa ornament. Polymer clay projects can be cured in a home oven. It will be the choice of the student to take them home with instruction or make arrangements to pick up later at the studio.

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The Santaland Diaries

7:30 PM - Peterborough

Christmas fans and Grinches alike will find the perfect cure for holiday madness in the side-splitting and irreverent The Santaland Diaries. Best-selling author David Sedaris chronicles his outlandish and truly misguided stint as “Crumpet” - one of Macy’s Santaland elves. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, if Crumpet can survive the bad Santas, naughty elves, cranky kids, and pushy parents. This brilliant behind-the-scenes send-up of everything we love and loathe about Christmas, illuminates the insanity of the holidays, and the resilience of the human spirit. “A hilarious one-man holiday tour-de-force! Priceless observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals of American humor writing.” - The New York Times The Santaland Diaries stars Kraig Swartz (The Ladies Man, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Crumpet”. ​Directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. Rated PG-13 For Mature Elves Only (Not recommended for Children)

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