26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Exhibition

gingerbread-contestCreated by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph.

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37th Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum

3,000 holiday decorations handcrafted from natural materials, lanes lined with hundreds of wooden candle boxes with real candles, strolling carolers, bonfire, costumed role-players portraying December in Portsmouth 1695-1954 (including Mrs. Shapiro’s 1919 Hanukkah).

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Community Tool Presents the 1st Annual Holiday Disco Ball

First Annual Holiday Disco Ball, with the incomparable Motor Booty Affair, the ultimate disco tribute band!

Break out your platform shoes, put on your best holiday polyester, and get on down to the 3SArts Space in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Prepare to have a funky good time with friends and family. Cash bar, silent & live auction, and prizes for best costumes. Come enjoy an evening of great music and dancing while supporting the Seacoast and Community Toolbox!

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast the Broadway musical

Be swept into the romantic story of the Beast who could only be saved by love in this lavish Ogunquit Playhouse production based on the Academy Award-winning film. This eye-popping spectacle comes to life with unforgettable characters, stunning sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers, set to a score by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Beauty and the Beast has won the hearts of millions of people worldwide, running for 13 years on Broadway and earning nine Tony nominations, including Best Musical. “Be our guest” for this “tale as old as time,” the musical for all generations.

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Home for the Holidays by Patrick Dorrow Productions

PDP Presents Home for the Holidays – PDP’s 6th Annual Holiday Extravaganza returns to the beautiful STAR Theatre expanding to eight performances! It’s the biggest ugly holiday sweater party on stage.
This holiday production has become a Seacoast favorite and sells out. So, get your tickets early. Feel like a part of the performance by purchasing couch seating on the set. It’s great fun for all ages!.

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Jingle Bell Express

Put on your PJ’s and hop aboard C&J’s doubledecker bus for a magical journey to DeMeritt Hill Farm where you will enjoy homemade cider donuts, hot chocolate, a reading of The Polar Express and a keepsake gift for each child delivered by a very special guest! Pajamas are welcome! Ticket price includes a keepsake family photo, time to explore the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and a make-and-take holiday craft. Cost is $25 per person children ages two and under are free (must sit on parents’ lap during the journey.) Two trips are available both days, both starting at the Children’s Museum of NH in Dover The first starts at 3:45pm and the second starts at 5:15pm.

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Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond

Provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.


Pickwick’s Holiday Dinner at Strawbery Banke’s William Pit Tavern

Pickwick’s Mercantile is proud to present the 2nd annual Holiday Dinners at the William Pitt Tavern in Strawbery Banke.  Join the spirited revelry for an unforgettable evening with our family and yours.

Chef Evan Mallet of the Black Trumpet prepares a delectable, four course colonial fare fit for only the most joyous of occasions. Vegetarian & children’s menus are also available!

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Players Ring: A Christmas Carol

Spend the holiday season gathering with your favorite people and watching some of the season’s most beloved characters come to life before your eyes! The Players’ Ring is proud to present Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for this 25th Anniversary Season.

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Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra: Family Holiday Pops

This year the PSO invites special musical guests Taylor O’Donnell and Chris Klaxton to celebrate the season with Holiday favorites old and new. Tickets for these performances sell out, so get yours early!

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Prescott Parks: A Christmas Carol

Join in the excitement this holiday season as Prescott Park Arts Festival presents their first winter full production offering of A Christmas Carol in Exeter’s Historic Town Hall.
Based on the beloved tale written by Charles Dickens, F. Gary Newton’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter, old, penny pinching miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kinder man after being visited by the ghost of his former business partner and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.

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Santa Brunches at the Wentworth by the Sea

Join the Wentworth by the Sea  for the festive Sunday Brunch held in the Wentworth Ballroom. A special guest will join us each Sunday, so bring the kids so they can finalize their Christmas lists with Santa.

A Santa Brunch at the Sheraton Portsmouth

Join the Sheraton in celebrating the Christmas season at brunch with Santa. There will be a full brunch buffet, and you and your family will get an opportunity to have a meet and greet with Santa Claus!

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The Silver Fountain Inn and Tea Parlor presents A Christmas Carol Dinner

Start off the month and get right in to the holiday spirit with Charles Dickins “A Christmas Carol” as it comes to life during your 5 course dinner here at the inn! Theatre Unmasked will be performing this Christmas classic 6 separate nights this holiday season

Also offering room accommodations for guests with dinner tickets at a 20% discount. Please alert us in the note section if you prefer a vegetarian option – most of our selections are gluten free.

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Wentworth’s Annual Illumination

Wentworth’s annual Illumination makes a festive occasion of lighting up the grand Victorian hotel, symbolizing the beginning of the holiday season in New Castle. This free, family event, will be held on December 6, 2016 and will welcome strolling carolers, a horse-drawn carriage with Santa, the Portsmouth High School Marching Band Ensemble, costumed members of the Great Bay Ballet “An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker” cast, and complimentary holiday refreshments. We will also have crafts and games available for children before the big unveiling of our giant gingerbread house!

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A Wonderful Life

A film that became a beloved Holiday tradition is now a musical poised to become a favorite of Seacoast theatre-goers. Join Seacoast Repertory Theatre in historic downtown Portsmouth for our holiday production of A Wonderful Life: A Musical.

Based on Frank Capra’s classic film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, A Wonderful Life: A Musical brings the Christmas classic to the Seacoast’s most acclaimed stage for an afternoon or evening of theatre the whole family will enjoy.

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