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 Join the parade

• More than 80 marching bands, floats, clowns, costumed characters and more will march at the Derry Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. The theme of the parade is “The Magic of the Holidays.” Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on their own float to round up the end of the parade, which will travel through West Broadway and Maple streets in Derry. Visit derry-chamber.chambermaster.com or call 432-8205.
• Enjoy live music, local retail shopping and more at the Laconia Holiday Parade on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. The parade will kick off from Wyatt Park and will proceed down Main Street to Veterans Square for the tree lighting at dusk. Visit lakesregionchamber.org or call 455-2084.
• A tradition for 45 years and counting, the Salem Holiday Parade will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” The parade will march down Main Street from the Fisk School to Salem High School. Visit salemnhparade.org.
• This year’s Sit with Santa, Fireman’s Parade & Holiday Lighting will be held at the Deerfield Town Hall (8 Raymond Road) on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids will get opportunities to take their photos with Santa as families enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, home-baked goodies and more. The holiday tree will be unveiled at 4 p.m. at the Gazebo Field. Also at 4 p.m., the Fireman’s Parade will make its way through the village, beginning at the Deerfield Penguin Mart and ending on Church Street. All events are free to attend, but donated baked goods are appreciated. Visit townofdeerfieldnh.com or call 463-8811.
• The annual Exeter Holiday Parade will kick off from the Osram plant (131 Portsmouth Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Woodland Critters.” Visit exeterholidayparade.org.
• This year’s Nottingham Holiday Parade & Party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. The event also features a children’s craft workshop and photo opportunities with Santa Claus in the Community Center (139 Stage Road). Visit nottingham-nh.gov.
• Don’t miss the Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., which will travel down Islington Street and through Market Square. It will include student volunteers pushing grocery carts to collect food donations. Visit portsmouthchamber.org or call 767-2697.
• Don’t miss the Somersworth Christmas Parade & Winter Gala on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m., which will feature live performances and exhibitors on Main Street. Visit somersworth.com/celebrate or call 692-6310.
• The annual Merrimack Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. The festivities kick off at the Commons Shopping Plaza (515 Daniel Webster Highway) before turning to Baboosic Lake Road, then on to McElwain Street, and ending at the Town Hall parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the top three floats that best meet the parade theme. Visit merrimacknh.gov or call 882-1046.
• The Rochester Holiday Parade kicks off on Main Street on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Sporting Christmas.” More than 100 commercial and organization floats will appear this year. Visit rochesternh.org or call 332-5080.
• This year’s Seacoast Toys For Tots Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m., and will feature a patriotic theme. The parade kicks off from the parking lot of the Chop Shop Pub (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook) before continuing to the new Walmart center for the Christmas stroll, which will feature live bands, giveaways, hot chocolate, and a meet and greet with Santa. Visit chopshoppub.com or call 760-7706.
 
All lit up: Check out these happy tree events
• The Bektash Shrine Center (189 Pembroke Road, Concord) is hosting its 16th annual “Fez”tival of Trees now through Sunday, Nov. 27. Featuring decorated trees up for bid and raffle, the festival also includes refreshments, photo opportunities with Santa and more. It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will reopen on Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children under 12. Visit bektashshriners.org or call 225-5372.
• The 30th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will be held at City Plaza (in front of the State House) on Friday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. Activities will begin downtown at 3:30 p.m. and include a petting zoo, pony and horse drawn wagon rides, music by the Brian Waldron Band, lighting of the nativity, food and more. Santa Claus will arrive at City Plaza at 5 p.m. The countdown to light the tree will begin at 5:59 p.m., immediately followed by fireworks.
• The Plaistow Festival of Trees will be held at the Plaistow Fish and Game Club (18 May Ray Ave.) on Friday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trees and wreath raffles will be drawn on Sunday at 3 p.m. A craft fair will be running during all three days, as well as breakfast opportunities with Santa, caroling for children, a snack bar and more. Admission is free. Visit plaistow.nhlions.org.
• The eighth annual Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees, one of the largest holiday events to take place in the Granite State this season, begins Friday, Nov. 25, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 3, at Shelburne Hall in Pelham’s Municipal Building (6 Village Green). Raffle tickets are available for $5 for a sheet of 25 on any day of the festival. General admission is $5, free for kids under 12 years old. Visit snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.org for a full event schedule.
• The seventh annual Antrim Festival of Trees Open House will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the James A. Tuttle Library (45 Main St., Antrim). More than 100 trees will be featured at the exhibit, which will remain on display throughout December and can be visited during regular Library hours. Visitors will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorites in categories such as funniest and most creative. Open House entertainment will include live music, children’s activities and festive goodies. Visit antrimfestivaloftrees.org.
• New Boston’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be held on the town common on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served on the gazebo and holiday songs will be sung. Visit newbostonnh.gov.
• Bow’s Community Tree Lighting Celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the town bandstand. Ring in the holiday season by enjoying hot chocolate, cookies and s’mores, and be sure to bring your camera to take pictures with Santa Claus. Visit bow-nh.com or call 228-2222.
• Penacook’s Tree Lighting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. at Boudreau Square in Penacook Village. Visit penacook.org.
• The 17th annual Exeter Festival of Trees will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. The fundraiser and silent auction will be held during the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Open House. More than 50 decorated live Christmas trees will be on display inside Exeter’s Historic Town Hall on Front Street. Admission to view and bid on your favorite tree, as well as sampling Christmas cookies, is free. Go to visitexeternh.com.
• The preview party for Warner’s Festival of Trees will be Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warner Town Hall (5 E. Main St.). See the 15 Christmas trees that have been decorated by participating local businesses and organizations. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Christmas.” This is the first year the Preview Party is open to families and is free. Area restaurants and other businesses will be donating treats to eat while enjoying the trees in the Town Hall. The Festival of Trees will run through Monday, Dec. 26. Visit townofwarner.com.
• Rochester’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the city’s central square. The evening will feature activities like a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, cookie-decorating at the Chamber office, live dance performances by local organizations, a visit with Santa and much more. Visit rochesternh.org or call 332-5080.
• More than 30 locally decorated trees will be on display at Dover’s Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rivermill at Dover Landing (2 Washington St.) The trees will be auctioned and raffled off to benefit the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce’s City Lights Committee. The evening will also feature live choir performances, kids’ activities, refreshments and more. Visit dovernh.org or call 742-2218.
• Kick-start your holiday season at the historic Franklin Opera House (316 Central St., Franklin) with its annual Festival of Trees fundraising event from Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4. The Opera House will be full of tabletop Christmas trees, wreaths, festive gift baskets and more. All items are donated by local individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Live entertainment and raffle selections will be available. The cost for a sheet of 25 raffle tickets is $5. Visit franklinoperahouse.org or call 934-1901.
• Windham’s Holiday Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Town Hall and Town Commons on North Lowell and Church roads. Call the Recreation Department at 965-1208 or visit windhamnewhampshire.com.
• Wolfeboro’s Festival of Trees will be held on the weekends of Dec. 3, Dec. 4, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, and Wednesday, Dec. 7. This year’s preview gala is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1. The 17th annual event will feature more than 65 trees decorated by area businesses and organizations, displayed on two levels at the Wright Museum (77 Center St., Wolfeboro). At the preview gala, enjoy a cocktail reception with wine and beer provided by local caterers and restaurants. Although the Wright Museum is normally closed for the winter season, its exhibits have been open during the festival in previous years. Visit wolfeborofestivaloftrees.com.
• Lyndeborough’s Santa Visit and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Call 654-5955 or visit town.lyndeborough.nh.us for updates.
• Rivier University’s Tree Lighting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the school’s Chapel Quad (between Madeleine Hall and Resurrection Chapel, 420 S. Main St., Nashua). Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also be stopping by. Visit rivier.edu.
• Don’t miss this year’s Amherst Tree Lighting Festival to be held from Friday, Dec. 9, to Sunday, Dec. 11. The festivities will begin on Friday at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting on the World War I Common. Other events happening throughout the weekend include visits with Santa, live music, food and more. Visit amhersttreelightingfestival.weebly.com.




Holiday festivities
The most wonderful time of the year for all ages

11/24/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Get into the holiday spirit this season with Christmas lights, train rides, winter wonderlands and more.

The Gift of Lights returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106 North, Loudon) and will be open every day from Friday, Nov. 25, through Saturday, Dec. 31, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., except for Christmas Day. The drive-through park of Christmas lights spans more than two miles and features hundreds of light displays and holiday scenes along the way before winding around the outside of the track's grandstands. The route includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous “Tunnel of Lights.” Admission is $20 per car at the gate. Buses are $20 for the first 15 people and $2 for each additional person. You can get a $2 discount if you bring at least three items for donation to the Loudon Food Pantry. Visit giftoflightsnhms.com.
Santa's Holiday Express returns to the Conway Scenic Railroad (38 Norcross Circle, North Conway), beginning Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27, and continuing every weekend until Christmas Day (Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4; Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11; and Saturday, Dec. 17, through Friday, Dec. 23). Santa Claus and his elves will be on board for the duration of each ride, sharing hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. Photo opportunities are also available if you bring your camera. There are two take-off times each day, at 11:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m., and both last about an hour round-trip. The cost for tickets ranges from $17 to $25.50 for adults, $12 to $21 for children ages 4 to 12, and up to $13 for children under 4 years old, depending on the types of seats. Journey to the North Pole will be offered from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27; Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4; Friday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 11; Friday, Dec. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 18; and Thursday, Dec. 22, and Friday, Dec. 23. Tickets range from $47 to $67. Visit conwayscenic.com or call 356-5251.
• Get a holiday-style blast from the past at Castle in the Clouds (Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough) during its annual Christmas at the Castle event, from Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the 1920s-style Historic Lucknow Estate, enjoy holiday-themed music, crafts, games and much more. The cost to attend is $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for kids ages 5 to 17, and free for kids ages 4 and under. For Friends of the Castle members, tickets are discounted to $15 for adults and seniors and $8 for kids ages 5 to 17. Visit castleintheclouds.org or call 476-5900.
The Ho-Ho-Hobo Santa Express holiday-themed train rides return to the Hobo Railroad (64 Railroad St., Lincoln) beginning Friday, Nov. 25, through Sunday, Nov. 27, and continuing every weekend up to the Christmas holiday (Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4; Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11; and Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18). Once seated, everyone on the train receives a cup of hot chocolate and each family receives a box of holiday cookies to enjoy during the excursion, which lasts one hour and 20 minutes. Every child is also given a letter they can complete for Santa Claus. On the way back to Hobo Junction, each child on the train receives a special gift from Santa. Tickets are $20 per seat in coach class and $25 per seat in first class, free for children ages 2 and under. Visit hoborr.com or call 745-2135.
• Celebrate the holidays at Waterville Valley Resort (1 Ski Area Road) with special events like the fourth annual Cold Turkey Plunge on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m., where you jump into Corcoran Pond to benefit the resort's athletic programs for people with disabilities. Santa and his elves will arrive later in the day, about 3:30 p.m., pulled by a team of sled dogs from The Valley Snowdogz. Kids can request Christmas wishes from Santa and take photos with him as he will be giving out candy and gifts for all who come to visit. At 7 p.m., there will be a tree lighting ceremony with a fireworks display over Corcoran Pond. Go to visitwatervillevalley.com or call 468-2553.
Reason for the Season returns to DeMeritt Hill Farm (66 Lee Road, Lee), on Saturday, Nov. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 27; Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. each day. Bring the whole family to the farm to pick out a Christmas tree for the season, listen to readings of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” from Mrs. Claus, enjoy hot apple cider and take home an apple ornament, candy canes and other keepsakes and treats. Admission is $110 for the family and registration is required. Visit demeritthillfarm.com or call 868-2111.
• The Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 30th annual Holiday Open House in downtown Exeter on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. The event features live music, shopping and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Go to visitexeternh.com.
Laconia's Community Center (306 Union Ave.) will become the city's Christmas Village on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and take professional photos with them for $3. Visit cityoflaconianh.org or call 524-5046.
• Don't miss the 40th annual Wilton Holiday Fair at Pine Hill Waldorf School (77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton) on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy live music, puppet shows, storytelling, games, snacks and win prizes, while adults browse the offerings from local artisans and vendors for holiday gift ideas. Visit pinehill.org or call 654-6003.
Starry, Starry Weekend returns for its 13th year in Contoocook and Hopkinton. Special holiday shopping opportunities will be offered throughout the two villages on Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “preview night” has been added to this year's festivities and will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. For a $5 donation during preview night, you can be among the first to choose from the many offerings from local vendors and artisans. Visit explorecontoocook.com.
Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) will become a Lighted Winter Wonderland on the weekends of Friday, Dec. 2, through Christmas Eve, with check-in times from 5 to 9 p.m. Travel to the North Pole while enjoying holiday light displays, costumed characters and a petting zoo, and get your picture taken with Santa Claus. Tickets are $25 per person and free for children under 23 months old. Go to visitthefarm.com or call 483-5623.
• Don't miss Milford's Annual Holiday Craft Fairs and Events, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. around the Historic Milford Oval. The event will feature live music, holiday giveaways and food from the Milford Indoor Farmers' Market, which will be available in the Town Hall Auditorium (1 Union Square). Join the Milford Lions Club in welcoming Santa Claus to the Milford Oval on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. Visit milfordimprovementteam.org or call 249-0676.
The Candlelight Stroll returns to Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., Portsmouth) for its 37th year. The festivities will be held during the weekends of Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, and Dec. 16 through Dec. 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Visitors stroll from historic house to historic house as they are greeted by costumed role players and performers. Enjoy craft demonstrations and food vendors along the way, in addition to fun kids’ projects and hot apple cider. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for children ages 5 to 17, with a maximum cost of $60 per family. Visit strawberybanke.org or call 433-1110.
Epsom Central School (282 Black Hill Road) will host its first annual Winter Craft Fair, which will feature baked goods, raffles and opportunities to find affordable and handmade gift ideas for your loved ones. The fair is sponsored by the Epsom Central School PTO and will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit facebook.com/epsom-central-pto.
• Don't miss the annual Hudson Holiday Shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 3, at noon at Valentino's Restaurant & Lounge (142 Lowell Road). Shop and donate at the same time with more than 30 local vendors to choose from. Santa Claus will also be available to take photos and Christmas wishes from kids. Visit newenglandvendorevents.com.
• Join St. Patrick's Church (12 Main St., Pelham) for its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature a coloring contest for kids, locally made food and goodies at a bake table and more. Visit stpatricks-pelham.com or call 635-3525.
• The Holiday Stroll at Deerfield Fairgrounds (34 Stage Road) will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Meet and take photos with Santa Claus, go on a horse-drawn carriage ride, and do some holiday shopping from more than 50 vendors. Donations for Toys for Tots and the Deerfield Food Pantry will be collected for the duration of the event. The cost to attend is $5 for teens and adults ages 16 and over, $2 for kids ages 3 to 15, and free for kids ages 2 and under. Visit deerfieldfair.com or call 463-7421.
• The 70th annual New Castle Village Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New Castle Recreation Building (301 Wentworth Road). Enjoy handmade crafts, wreaths, gift baskets, jewelry and scarves, and more, while sipping homemade coffee and eating homemade baked goods for sale. A lunch of fish chowder and lobster rolls will be served, followed by desserts. You'll also have an opportunity to get your copy of the 50th-anniversary edition of the New Castle Cookbook. Visit newcastlenh.org.
Christmas at Canterbury returns to Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road) on Saturdays, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, from 3 to 8 p.m. The underlying theme of the event explores how Christmas was celebrated during a simpler era, and features making Christmas cards, decorating gingerbread cookies and creating your own take-home Christmas ornaments. You'll also get to enjoy Christmas carols, hot apple cider, toy train displays and more. Admission is $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children under 5 years old. Visit shakers.org or call 783-9511.
• Join Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) for Santa's Big Party, held every weekend beginning Saturday, Dec 3, through Christmas Eve, with check-in times from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be DJ-ing alongside other costumed characters, and families will enjoy sugar cookies and hot chocolate, a bonfire, live music and much more. When you are ready to leave, hop aboard the tractor train ride to see Santa's reindeer. The cost to attend is $19 per person per day and free for children under 23 months old. Go to visitthefarm.com or call 483-5623.
Grace Ministries International (263 Route 125, Brentwood) returns with its 20th annual Christmas Tea event on Saturday, Dec. 3, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The event features live music, short comedy skits, a 50/50 raffle and more. Dressing in formal attire is encouraged. The cost to attend is $25. Visit gracemi.org or call 642-7848.
• Stop by downtown Hillsborough for the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 8 a.m. Enjoy holiday shopping, family-oriented activities, crafts, food and more. The event will conclude with a visit from Santa Claus and the Christmas tree lighting in Butler Park. Visit hillsboroughpride.org or call 464-2953.
• Join the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St., Manchester) for its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be children's crafts, holiday storytimes, old-fashioned board games, cookies and photo opportunities with Santa Claus from 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is free. Visit manchesterhistoric.org or call 622-7531.
• Stop by the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum (18 Highlawn Road, Warner) for its annual Winter Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features storytelling, games, crafts, music, food and more. Admission is $5 per person and a $20 maximum cost per family. Visit indianmuseum.org or call 456-2600.
Mill Falls Marketplace (312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith) & Main Street will host its Holiday Open House on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The event features holiday shopping opportunities, strolling carolers, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa Claus and much more. Visit millfalls.com or call 279-7006.
• The fifth annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will feature handcrafted gifts by juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as bistro dining, wine tastings and much more. Visit labellewinerynh.com or call 672-9898.
• Don't miss the Christmas in Henniker Celebration at Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker) on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy an art and gift fair, visits with Santa Claus, holiday music, gingerbread decorating led by the Henniker Lions Club, and much more. Visit hennikerchamber.com or call 428-3281.
Lights on the Hill will return to the historic 19th-century buildings in Candia beginning at the corner of Route 27 (High Street) and South Road (Exit 3 of Route 101). On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 1 to 8 p.m. you can walk the village campus and enjoy hundreds of holiday lights, or ride the shuttle bus to each site. Visit candiacongregational.org/loth or call 483-0506.
The Gilford Village Candlelight Stroll returns for its fifth year on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and apple cider as you travel on horse-drawn buggy rides among hundreds of candles. Caroling will be provided to help set the mood. Call 524-6042 or email katherine@gilfordlibrary.org.
• The annual Holly Jolly Family Spectacular returns to the Milford Town Hall Auditorium (1 Union Square) on Friday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Presented by the Milford Parks and Recreation Department, the event features opportunities to sing and dance along to your favorite holiday hits. Admission is free and open to all ages. Visit milford.nh.gov or call 249-0600.
• The first annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza kicks off at the Nashua Radisson (11 Tara Boulevard) on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature dozens of local vendors offering unique crafts and gift ideas. Visit radisson.com/nashua or call 888-9970.
• Join the New Hampshire Farm Museum (1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton) for a Victorian Christmas on the Farm on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour the holiday-decorated historic Jones Farmhouse with costumed role-players, go on a horse-drawn sleigh ride, make hand-dipped Christmas candles to take home, roast chestnuts and popcorn over an open fire, and enjoy gingerbread and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Museum members will receive discounted prices of $5 for adults and $3 for children. Visit farmmuseum.org or call 652-7840.
Amoskeag Fishways (4 Fletcher St., Manchester) will host its annual Fishways Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The “thank you” event will feature two presentations, one on “Active Winter Mammals” and one on “Winter Backyard Birds.” Opportunities to create holiday-themed crafts, eat treats and win door prizes will be featured. The event is free and open to all ages; no pre-registration is required. Visit amoskeagfishways.org or call 626-3474.
• Don't miss the annual New Year's fireworks display along the Sea Shell Stage (170 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach) on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Visit hamptonbeach.org.
Join Pat's Peak (686 Flanders Road, Henniker) in ringing in 2017 with its annual New Year's Eve Family Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to midnight. The slopes will be open for skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing until 10 p.m. Enjoy a wide range of family-friendly entertainment, from a comedy show to live music, fireworks, food and more. Guests can purchase a “Party and POP” ticket that allows access to every activity, but “Party Only” and “POP Only tickets are also available. “Party and POP” tickets range from $50 to $90 per person. For the party only, the cost ranges from $35 to $70, and for access to the slopes only, the cost is $49. Visit patspeak.com or call 428-3245. 





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