Holiday Lights & Events

Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke

Make time this holiday season to be a part of this cherished Seacoast tradition:  The Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.  The quaint lanes of Strawbery Banke Museum are aglow with hundreds of luminaries, the historic homes festively decorated, and alluring scents and sounds of the holiday season fill the air.  Gather the family together to experience American mid-winter traditions past and present.  The Candlelight Stroll is being held December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22.  Admission is $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5-17 and $60.00 for family (covers 2 adults & 2 children age 5-17), active duty military and their families free.

Christmas at Canterbury

Experience Christmas at Canterbury!  All the delights of Christmas during simpler times.  Step inside the historic Shaker buildings to watch an old-time 19th Century magic show, meet Santa and costumed characters, make Christmas cards for loved ones, decorate gingerbread cookies, create ornaments for your Christmas tree, admire a toy train display or listen to fiddlers. This is a classic holiday event that is sure to be a family favorite!  Christmas at Canterbury is being held at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury on December 7th from 3:00 – 8:00 PM.  Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, under 5 is free.

Gift of Lights

Hundreds of displays of lights are decking the halls at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  This year marks the eighth annual The Gift of Lights.  If you’re looking for something to brighten up your night this is it!  New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile long drive-thru illumination show opens on Thursday, Nov. 28 and runs through Sunday, Jan 5, 4:30 – 9:00 p.m. Be sure to check the Schedule for days of operation when planning your trip.  This year’s event features more than 400 displays and 2 million LED lights.  The Gift of Lights will once again benefit Speedway Children’s Charities New Hampshire Chapter, Loudon Food Pantry and the Loudon Firefighters Association.   Admission is $20-$25 per car at the gate.  Any car bringing at least 3 non-perishable food items for the Loudon Food Pantry will receive a $2 discount.

Christmas at the Castle 

The Lakes Region holiday tradition Christmas at the Castle returns to Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough.  Enjoy an elegant, vintage holiday when you visit this magical estate.  Tour the Arts & Crafts mansion Lucknow, elegantly dressed with holiday decorations.  Families will enjoy Christmas craft activities and live musical performances.  Admission is $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for children ages 5-17, children four years old and under are free.