5 NH Winter Holiday Festivals & Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Ahh...at last. The most wonderful time of the year is here! And everything you love about the season is happening all across New Hampshire. Twinkling lights and festive holiday displays. Christmas carols and cookie decorating. Old-fashioned games and hot cups of cocoa around crackling fires. So, gather your friends and family, and start some new treasured traditions in the Granite State at these winter holiday festivals!

Christmastime at Santa’s Village, Jefferson, NH
Weekends Starting November 15 through December 20

Pure magic. That’s just one way to describe the Santa’s Village experience in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A chance to pet real-life reindeer, a chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a sleigh ride high above the park will make all your little one’s eyes light up and create lasting memories.   

Currier and Ives Cookie Tour, Troy, NH
December 12, 2020

Holiday cookies are a hallmark of the season, and what better way to get in the spirit than to sample a selection of homemade cookies?! The town of Troy is hosting its 16th Annual Currier and Ives Cookie Tour where participating restaurants, inns, gift shops, etc. will hand out samples of their own holiday cookies paired with a refreshment and the cookie recipe! The best part—besides all the delicious cookies of course—is that the proceeds go to helping those in need during the harsh winter months.

Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll, Portsmouth, NH
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20, Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm

Old-fashioned Christmas charm abounds, as hundreds of lighted candle lanterns adorn historic homes, and handmade decorations help celebrate centuries of holiday traditions in Portsmouth at the Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll.

Farmstead Christmas, Tamworth, NH
December 12, 11 a.m – 3 p.m

Grab the kids and head to the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm this year for their annual farmstead Christmas celebration! Kids will love the farm animals, Christmas crafts, and tree decorating—and you’ll love the roasted chestnut cooking demo, Apothecary elixir lessons, and sipping hot cocoa by the fire with the family on a perfect winter day. It’s a win-win for everyone.

NYE Fireworks in Mt. Washington Valley, North Conway, NH
December 29 - January 1

There’s nothing quite like a fireworks display lighting up the sky as time ticks away stealing the last moments of one year as you anxiously await the next. Join the town of North Conway in ushering in the New Year with a stunning fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. in Schouler Park! Don’t miss out on this timeless classic.