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Attend these Magical Holiday Events this December

‘Tis the season to enjoy holiday events, and there are many magical options to experience in New Hampshire.  Whether you’re cuddled up with your kids for a snowy sleigh ride, viewing spectacular light displays, or judging a cookie tasting contest, you’ll be making special holiday memories with your family. 

Consider the following options this December: 

Cookies, Snow & Fairy Tales
Waterville Valley
Friday, Dec. 10
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Talk about a “sweet” event.  Attendees can sample cookies baked fresh from local restaurants around the Town Square shops. Participants who visit the shops and redeem a coupon get to sample a different cookie at each location and then vote for their favorite. Other activities will include a coffee tasting, candy cottage workshop, candy cottages on display, a holiday ice skating party, Santa Claus reading a children’s book, and a visit from Mo the Balloon Baffoon.  For more information, visit their website.  

Victorian Christmas
Tamworth, New Hampshire
Mid December

Take a break from the Wii, put down your iPhone and enjoy the simpler pleasures of a Victorian Christmas. Tour the Captain Enoch Remick House, with its festive Victorian-era decorations.  Sip wassail and nibble gingersnaps at the museum center, which offers an array of Christmas foods and drinks. Try your hand at making Victorian crafts and see how trees were decorated before electricity. For more info visit:

A Christmas Carol
Various locations, including The Palace Theater in Manchester (through December 19) and The Leddy Center in Epping (through December 17)

Take your family to see a classic Christmas tale…  As Ebenezer Scrooge wakes up the morning before Christmas, he has no idea he is being watched by an old friend with the help of three ghostly companions. Today will be Scrooge’s final test before he gets the visit of his life and finds out the true meaning of Christmas.  For more information, including ticket prices, visit and

Candlelight Stroll
Strawberry  Banke, Portsmouth, NH
Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12 & 18-19, 2010
Saturdays from 5:00pm-9:00pm
Sundays from 4:00pm-8:00pm

Experience a local favorite.  Stroll through New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood and enjoy:

  • Historic houses from four centuries decorated in period regalia
  • Hundreds of candles lighting the lanes and landscape
  • Gingerbread house contest and display
  • Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Holiday decoration demonstrations
  • Traditional barrel making demonstrations
  • 18th century holiday hearth cooking
  • Tinsmith demonstrations
  • And more

For more information, visit

Santa’s Village
Jackson, NH

While every day is Christmas at Santa’s Village, Christmastime is “the most wonderful time of the year” at this holiday-themed amusement park.  In December, Santa greets every child, and listens carefully as the children explain what they really want for Christmas. Mrs. Claus greets guests, offering them some warm wassail.  Once the sun sets, view the beautiful lighting throughout the park. The park will be operating 14 rides (weather permitting), including the Skyway Sleigh Monorail, Santa’s Express Train, the Christmas Carousel and more.  Take in a 3-D show, “A Tinkerdoodle Christmas,” a comedy about  L. Fastidious Tinkerdoodle preparing Santa for his yearly journey on Christmas Eve.  For more information, visit their website.  

Sleigh Rides
Coppal House Farm, Lee, NH

Your family will be dashing through the snow in an amazing winter sleigh ride at Coppal House Farm in Lee.  Known primarily for their intricate corn mazes and horse-drawn carriage rides in the fall, Coppal House also offers sleigh rides that provide lovely views of the snowy scenery along the 78-acre property.  By request, you can even stop and sit by a warm campfire during your ride.  For more information, visit

Charmingfare Farm
Candia, NH

Experience the magic of Christmas when you visit Charmingfare Farm this holiday season.  Thousands of festive lights will put you in the holiday spirit, as you view holiday scenes on your way to the North Pole. Animated costumed characters greet visitors the trail. The family-friendly attractions include a horse-drawn sleigh ride, a petting zoo, a Nativity scene with live animals and gorgeous holiday decorations.  Plan on at least 2 hours to experience their Lighted Winter Wonderland. For more information, visit


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