“For all the beauty Portsmouth offers during the summer, the holiday season just may be its finest time of year. The Christmas spirit you find here isn’t garish or overblown. It’s tasteful and subtle, more vintage than big-box store.”

Yankee Magazine


( On Christmas Day)

Starting at 4 PM, stop by Clipper’s Tavern located in Portsmouth you’ll find hot, fresh, local food, and delicious beverages!

75 Pleasant St, Portsmouth
(603) 501-0109

Visit the beautifully decorated Sheraton Harborside Hotel for a traditional Christmas meal! It’s a meal that will not disappoint. Click here to see the menu.

250 Market St, Portsmouth
(603) 559-2626

Holidays are days (and nights) of joy and celebration! Wentworth by the Sea‘s spacious grounds are festooned with decorations and symbols of the season. Glittering lights add a peaceful sense of festivity to each evening. During the day, our guests are enthralled with the garlands and greenery inside, heralding the happy spirit of the holidays. Enjoy a Festive Christmas Dinner at SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Dining Room or the Festive Buffet in the Grand Ballroom.

588 Wentworth Rd, New Castle
(603) 422-7322



27th 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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38th 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 2nd Annual Holiday Disco Ball

Second 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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Home for the Holidays by Patrick Dorrow Productions

Home for the Holidays is the biggest holiday party you will ever see on stage. This holiday production has become a Seacoast tradition, featuring a cast of more than 45 local performers and musicians joined by special guests. True to a Broadway production style musical, with full set, costumes and dance, this high-energy, fast-paced show includes original vocal arrangements and medleys appealing to all ages. So, get your ugly holiday sweater out of mothballs or don your holiday best and join the festivities.

You may laugh, you may cry, you may sing along with your family and friends, but one thing’s for sure, you will leave the show with the spirit of the holiday season.

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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.

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Portsmouth Christmas Tree Lighting & Illuminated Holiday Parade and Food Drive

Experience this magical event in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. Excitement builds as the community counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas tree and the festive fun continues with a dazzling illuminated holiday parade down Islington Street and through Market Square.

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

Pickwick’s Mercantile is proud to present the 3rd annual Holiday Dinners at the William Pitt Tavern in Strawbery Banke.  Join the spirited revelry for an unforgettable evening with our family and yours.

Fezziwig’s Food & Fountain 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 to celebrate the season with Holiday favorites old and new! Tickets for these performances sell out quickly, get your ticket 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.

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 Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm, 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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White Christmas,the Broadway Musical at the Music Hall

Back by popular demand, the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas returns to The Music Hall this holiday season. Packed full of dazzling dance numbers, iconic songs such as “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the beloved title song, as well as actors straight from Broadway, you aren’t going to want to miss this “holiday card come to life.

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Winter Wonderettes at the Seacoast Repertory

The Wonderettes are back, and just in time for the Holidays! We hope you like iconic 60’s versions of classic holiday tunes like “Jingle Bell Rock”, “Winter Wonderland”, “Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town” and more. Join our original cast from 2016 hit “The Marvelous Wonderettes” as they hop back into action, this time to save the Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party when things go amiss.   A great production for the whole family!

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Yuletide Nights Shoppers Delights

YNSD_300_157In partnership with Portsmouth’s legendary Vintage Christmas events taking place in December, the shops in downtown Portsmouth, NH are introducing Yuletide Nights Shoppers Delights.  Every Friday Night in December from 4-7 PM participating shops will feature special treats and gift-giving themes to celebrate the holiday season.  Shoppers are invited to discover the uniquely curated collections while enjoying the holiday cheer in the participating shops of downtown Portsmouth, NH.

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