Christmas events in the Lake Winnipesaukee area of New Hampshire can be truly enchanting. The leaves are all gone and the snow has fallen (hopefully,) to create a wonderful holiday atmosphere.
You can find colorful lights around the cities and towns and merriment in all the shops and homes.
Even though the weather during
the holiday season can be frightful, the smiles and joy everywhere is
many Christmas activities around Lake Winnipesaukee to enjoy and help make it magical for the whole family.
Here are some of my favorite activities to do in the area. Plus, I've added some links to make the season more enjoyable.
The following dates will be confirmed in the fall of 2013:
October 31, 2015
Salvation Army's Turkey Plunge
Help raise money to help the Salvation Army. It takes place at Endicott Rock Park at Weirs Beach on October 31,, 2015 from 10-2. Plunger registration packets are available Salvation Army Corps office in Laconia and at any Meredith Village Savings Bank office For more information call (603)476-5331. There's music, activities for kids and a chili/chowder lunch.
November 7, 2015
Holiday Fair - Belmont
Get started early on your holiday shopping at the Belmont High School Holiday Fair. There are many vendors, food, raffle and silent auction items. It takes place at Belmont High School on Saturday, November 7th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
November 20-22 and November 27-29, 2015
Christmas at the Castle
Stroll through Lucknow decorated as it would have been in the early 1900s. You arrive by trolley and you can warm up by the fireplace in the Carriage House. This takes place on Nov. 20th - Nov. 22nd and Nov. 27th - Nov. 29th. from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids (5-17 yrs,) and $15 for friends of the castle.
November 21, 2015 - January 2, 2016
The Gift of Lights
Experience the Gift of Lights at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Experience the wonderful display of LED lights on this two mile long drive through the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is one of the Christmas Events that you don't want to miss. There are hundreds of displays that everyone will enjoy no matter the age. The hours are 4:30pm to 9:00pm. Ticket prices are $15 Mon-Thurs and $20 Fri-Sun. and Holidays. Gift of Lights is closed on Nov 23/24, Nov 30/Dec 1, Dec 7/8 and Dec 25th. For more information contact NHMS at 888-926-7403 or check out their website at http://www.nhms.com/events/gift_of_lights.
November 21 - December 20, 2015
Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH
Even though this is further away, I had to add
Santa's Village to
the list of Christmas events. During the Christmas season, Santa's Village
opens up on weekends. There are a variety of activities for children to enjoy
including decorating cookies, ornaments and more. In addition, there is
shopping and refreshments. Only a few rides open in the summer are closed
during the Christmas season. These include Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster, Yule
Log Flume and Red Hot Racer. Many of the rides have a roof over them to make
everyone more comfortable.
Santa's Village is open Saturday, Nov. 21st from 11am - 7pm, Sunday Nov. 22nd
from 11am - 6pm. Friday, Nov. 27th - Saturday Nov. 28th from 11am - 7pm. Sunday
Nov. 29th from 11am-6pm, Saturdays from Dec. 5th through Dec. 19th from 11am -
7pm and Sundays from Dec. 6th through Dec. 20th. from 11am - 6pm
November 27 - December 20, 2015
Ho-Ho-Hobo Santa Express
One of the totally awesome Christmas events that gets you into the holiday spirit by riding the Ho-Ho-Hobo Santa Express Train in Lincoln. Enjoy an 80 minute round trip ride along the Pemigewasset River down to the Jack O'Lantern Resort south of Woodstock. There are plenty of activities for the children. These include writing a letter to Santa and meeting him. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while watching the scenery. The trains run every weekend from Nov. 27th until Dec. 20th. For more information call (603)745-2135.
November 28, 2015
Holiday Open House at the Loon Center
Visit the Loon Center at Lee's Mills Road in Moultonboro where they host the annual Holiday Open House. There are kid's crafts, exhibits refreshments, face painting and Mr. Phil will be there making balloon figures, Festivities begin at 10am and Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at noon. This is one of the fun Christmas events that takes place on November 28th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Call (603)476-5666 for more information.
November 28 - November 29, 2015
Lakes Region Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
One of the Christmas events to help get your shopping started is the Lakes Region Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at the Lake Opechee Conference Center in Lakeport on November 28-November 29. Start some holiday shopping with these fine crafts. The craft fair is open Saturday from 10-4 and Sunday from 10-3 with Free admission.
November 28, 2015
Kingswood Annual Christmas Fair
Over 75 exhibitors, cookie walk, Santa, face painting and more. Free admission. Located at the Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro. Hours are 9am- 3pm.
November 28, 2015
Christmas Parade in Wolfeboro
This annual Christmas parade is a fun event for the whole family. It takes place on Saturday, November 28th from 3-4pm. After the parade there's a tree lighting and Santa at Cate Park at the Town Docks. For more information on this and other Christmas events, contact the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce at (603)569-2200.
November 29, 2015
This is one of our favorite Christmas events. The annual holiday parade in Laconia takes place on Sunday, November 29th, at 4:00pm. This is a fun parade for all. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. The Santa Train will not run again this year. For more information on these Christmas events contact the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce at (603)524-5531.
Edward's Street Christmas Lights
Come and enjoy the annual Edward's Street Christmas Lights. The public is invited to stroll through the neighborhood and enjoy all the wonderful Christmas lights and other decorations. This is a popular neighborhood to either drive or walk through to see the wonderful Christmas displays.
December 3- 6, 2015
Laconia Community Center - Thursday Dec. 3rd and Friday, Dec. 4th from 6-8pm, Sat. and Sun. Dec. 5th and 6th from 2-5pm.
December 4-5, 2015
Come and enjoy a Christmas experience at the Gilford Youth Center. This is an enchanting experience for families with young children. The Youth Center is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland where there is face painting, games, activities and a visit with Santa. This event takes place on Friday night, December 4th 5:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday December 5th 10:00am-12noon. For more information, contact Gilford Community Church at: 603-524-6057.
December 4-5, 2015
Christmas Village Fair
Come and enjoy the Village Fair hosted by the Gilford Community Church. It is held Friday, Dec. 4th from 5 - 7pm and Saturday Dec. 5th from 9 - 1pm. There are greens, jewelry, baked goods, books, toys, luncheon, cookie walk, crafts and a silent auction. For more information call (603)524-6057.
December 4-6, 2015
Festival of Trees - Franklin Opera House
Experience the majestic theater and the Holiday Spirit of the season with dazzling trees, wreaths, wall hangings and other items. There is entertainment and a raffle $5 per person, under 13 - Free.
December 5, 2015
Gilford Craft Fair
Another one of the Christmas events in the area to help you get started on your holiday shopping is the Gilford High School annual Craft Fair. The fair is spread out in both the middle school and high school. You will find wonderful items made by local artisans as well as some food and refreshments. The fair takes place on Dec. 5th from 9 - 3pm.
December 5, 2015
Come enjoy the "Christmas: Majesty, Mystery and Merriment" concert performed by the Carter Mountain Brass Band. The concert takes place on Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7pm in the First United Methodist Church of Gilford with a dessert reception afterwards. A suggested donation of $8 is requested at the door.
December 5th and December 12th, 2015
Christmas in Canterbury
The Shakers loved to celebrate Christmas. They have all passed away but the
Christmas spirit and celebrations continue on at Canterbury Shaker Village,
December 5th and December 12th from 3 - 8pm. You will find candlelight strolls,
caroling, gingerbread house showcase, trees and wreaths for sale, craft items,
food samples and more.
This is one of the fun Christmas events for the whole family. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for for kids 12-17 and Free for kids 5 and under. Visitors can decorate gingerbread people, tour the village, make Christmas ornaments, listen to children's stories and view a gingerbread village. For more information call (603)783-9511.
December 5-13, 2015
Wolfeboro Festival of Trees
Another one of the favorite Christmas events is the Wolfeboro Festival of Trees. The festival will be held on weekends Dec 5th and 6th and Wed. Dec. 9th from 6:00-8:00pm and Dec. 12th and 13th with hours on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Tickets are $5 per adult, children 8 and under $2, family price of $12. It takes place at the Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. The Wolfeboro Festival of Trees is a charity benefit featuring more than 60 decorated trees. Visitors will also be able to tour the museum.
December 6, 2015
Yuletide in Alton
Join in the festivities at the town center for all kinds of entertainment. There's Santa, food, crafts and more. The festival is from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
December 6, 2015
Holiday Open House
This event takes place on December 6, 2015 from 1:00pm -4:00pm at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith. There are horse and wagon rides, refreshments and more. Merry Poppins will pop in to entertain the young and old.
December 8, 2015
This is one of the popular Christmas events for kids. It is held on Tuesday, December 8th from 6-8pm. On this special night, Santa calls the kids of Laconia. You need to pre-register your child by Dec. 2nd. Free for ages 3 -10. The kids love it. To pre-register, call (603)524-5046.
December 9, 2015
Want to bring a smile to the face of others? Come, join the singing of Christmas carols to the residents of the Taylor Home. Meet at the Laconia Community Center at 5:30pm on Dec. 9th This is a free program. Hot chocolate will be provided. To sign up, call (603)524-5046 by Dec. 1st.
December 11=13, 2015
Bristol's Santa's Village
Enjoy the magic and wonder of Christmas with the Bristol Santa's Village. Come and see Santa's Workshop, house and a ski slope. Of course, Santa Claus will be there for the children. Come visit on Friday, Dec. 11th from 6-8pm and Saturday and Sunday Dec. 12-13, from 2-5pm.
Gilford Village Country Candlelight Stroll
Gilford Village is glowing with hundreds of candles which reminds you of Christmases past. Walk around the village or take an old-fashioned horse and wagon ride. Many homes will offer warm food and treats for the children. Carolers can be heard throughout the stroll. Santa will be at the Village Field bandstand and a bonfire will be roaring to keep you warm while you toast marshmallows. This takes place from 5:00pm - 7:00pm on Saturday December 12th.
December 12, 2015
Christmas Spirit Open House
Enjoy a fun day and shopping in downtown Wolfeboro on Dec. 12th from 1-4pm. You can enjoy entertainment, refreshments and of course, shopping. For more information call (603)569-2200.
December 12, 2015
Tuba Christmas Concert
Come and enjoy the 11th annual TUBACHRISTMAS concert in Wolfeboro on Saturday, Dec. 12th from 2 - 3pm at the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Wolfeboro. If you have never heard a TUBACHRISTMAS performance, then you're in for a treat. It's a very enjoyable event.
December 12-13, 2015
Listen to the wonderful music performed by the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. This Holiday concert takes place on Dec. 12th at 7:30pm and Dec. 13th at 3:00pm at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium in Meredith.
December 16, 2015
Hurray For The Holidays
This family program is a terrific way to spend time together while making Christmas ornaments in Laconia. The price is $2 per person. It takes place on Dec. 16th from 6-8pm. To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 8th.
December 17, 2015
Family Cookie Decorating
This program is a fun way for the family to decorate Christmas cookies. There's no baking involved! All materials are supplied and you take your cookies home with you. It's $10 per family of four $2 each additional person. It takes place on Dec. 17th from 6-8pm. To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 10th.
December 18 and 20, 2015
Lakes Region Singers' Annual Christmas Concert
Lighten up your Christmas season and come listen to the 22nd annual Lakes Region Singers' Christmas Concert. They sing a variety of melodies, Christmas carols and classic songs. The concert will take place on Friday evening, Dec. 18th at 7:30pm and an afternoon show on Sunday, December 20th at 3:00pm. Both concerts will take place at the Gilford Methodist Church on Route 11A. A suggested donation of $8 per person or $15 per family of four will be taken at the door to help cover expenses. There will be homemade refreshments at each intermission, along with an impromptu visit from Santa. In addition, this year every concert goer who chooses to bring a food item for the local food pantry will be entered into a drawing for a free ticket to the Singers’ Spring Concert.
December 19, 2015
The Nutcracker In Wolfeboro
The only production of "The Nutcracker" in the Lakes Region is happening on Saturday, December 19th at 7:00pm at the Kingswood Arts Center. In addition to the beautiful dancing, during intermission there will be an art exhibit, a magician, collectibles for sale as well as some refreshments available. Tickets are $20.00/adult, $17.50/student and senior or $60 for a family pack of 4. For more information call 603-834-8834.
December 20, 2015
Gilford Community Band Concert
Join the Gilford Community Band while they perform a wonderful Christmas concert. There are over 50 fine musicians performing a selection of Christmas songs. This event takes place on December 20th at 3:00pm at the Gilford High School Auditorium.