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Santa’s Big Party and Lighted Winter Wonderland

Where: Charmingfare Farm,  774 High St., Candia
When: Santa’s Big Party is Saturday, Dec. 23. Lighted Winter Wonderland is Thursday, Dec. 21, Friday, Dec. 22, Saturday, Dec. 23, and Sunday, Dec. 24. Register for a time slot at visitthefarm.com.
Cost: Santa’s Big Party is $19 and kids under 23 months are free. Lighted Winter Wonderland is $25 and kids under 23 months are free.
Visit: visitthefarm.com.




Party at the North Pole
Find your way through winter woods to Santa’s party

12/21/17
By Ethan Hogan



 In the wooded trails of Charmingfare Farm, guests will find lighted holiday scenes and live animals during the farm’s Lighted Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Big Party events.

Each adventure takes families through the woods on a sleigh ride and gives them a chance to meet Santa. The Lighted Winter Wonderland is at night, with an emphasis on the lighted scenes, while Santa’s Big Party is during the day and ends with a party, with music and characters in costume.
For each event, while guests wait for their horse and sleigh, they can feed the goats and sheep at the Oakhurst Farm area. Linda Ellis of Charmingfare Farm said guests will see many of the farm’s animals in petting pens or roaming the grounds during the sleigh ride.
The farm’s Percheron horses will take arrivals from the Oakhurst Farm petting area through the woods to Santa’s hangout spot. 
“They are going to see some of the different buildings and scenes along the way and it’s in the middle of a really pretty forest. It looks like it might be in the olden days,” said Ellis.
In previous years, the scenes depicted traditional holiday moments like gingerbread houses and holiday decorated churches. Ellis said this year’s scenes are a secret but will continue the theme of idyllic holiday displays that the farm has been known for for decades.
“They are very much a tradition in a lot of homes. I’ve been with them for 24 years and now we’re seeing that those kids are now parents and they’re bringing their kids,” said Ellis.
At the end of the trail, Santa waits at a decorated cottage. Kids are encouraged to bring letters to give to Santa and will be treated with hot cocoa and s’mores. Other costumed characters will be at Santa’s Big Party, including gingerbread men, snowmen, Rudolph and, lurking in the woods, the Grinch.
While kids enjoy activities, parents can shop for Christmas trees from the farm’s selection of balsam and Fraser firs. The reindeer petting pen and feed area will be open for guests to meet Santa’s favorite animals.
“It’s kind of an old-fashioned Christmas — it’s coming out to the country and having a slay ride and seeing the animals.  It’s nice to get [the kids] outside and walking around in nature,” said Ellis. 





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