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, recommended by our New Hampshire-loving Facebook fans!

Christmastime at Santa’s Village, Jefferson, NH
Weekends Through December 17

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.   

Festival of Lights, Enfield, NH
Noon to 8 pm Daily from November 25 to Christmas Eve

The La Salette Shrine in Enfield provides visitors not only a beautiful place for spiritual reflection, but a downright dazzling display of lights. On weekends you’ll be treated with live Christmas concerts, children’s activities and snacks. There’s a gift shop, too!

Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll, Portsmouth, NH
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 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.

Journey to the North Pole, North Conway, NH
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 7-10, Dec. 14-17, 22 & 23

This two-hour enchanted adventure takes you on a hot cocoa and treat-filled train ride to Santa’s home base where the spirit of the season unfolds and captivates the entire family. And the best part: You can wear PJs!

New Year’s at Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, NH
December 29-31

Want to go into 2018 feeling on top of the world? Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in the heart of the White Mountains. It’s three days of fun, relaxation, wining and dining in a luxurious, stunning setting.