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:
November 9, 2013
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 9th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
November 15, 2013 - January 5, 2014
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 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 should be posted on the NHMS website soon. For more information call 888-926-7403.
November 22 December 1, 2013
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. 22nd - Nov. 24th and Nov. 29t - Dec. 1st. from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids (5-17 yrs,) and $15 for friends of the castle.
November 23, 2013
Salvation Army's Turkey Plunge
Help raise money to help the Salvation Army. It takes place at Endicott Rock Park at Weirs Beach on November 23rd, 2013 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 23 - December 22, 2013
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. 23rd from 11am - 7pm, Sunday Nov. 24th from 11am - 6pm. Friday, Nov. 29th - Saturday Nov. 30th from 11am - 7pm. Sunday Dec. 1 from 11am-6pm, Saturdays from Dec. 7th through Dec. 21st from 11am - 7pm and Sundays from Dec. 1st through Dec. 22nd plus New Year's Eve from 4pm - 9pm.
November 29 - December 21, 2013
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. 29th until Dec. 21st. For more information call (603)745-2135.
November 30, 2013
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 30th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Call (603)476-5666 for more information.
November 30 - December 1, 2013
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 30-December 1. 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 30, 2013
Kingswood Annual Christmas Fair
Over 75 exhibitors, cookie walk, Santa, face painting and more. Free admission. Located at the Kingswood Regional High School. Hours are 9am- 3pm.
November 30, 2013
Christmas Parade in Wolfeboro
This annual Christmas parade is a fun event for the whole family. It takes place on Saturday, November 30th 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 30, 2013
This is one of our favorite Christmas events. The annual holiday parade in Laconia takes place on Saturday, November 30th, at 11:00am. This is a fun parade for all. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there. The Santa Train will not run 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, 2013
This is one of the popular Christmas events for kids. It is held on Tuesday, December 3rd 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 4, 2013
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 7pm on Dec. 4th. This is a free program. Hot chocolate will be provided. To sign up, call (603)524-5046 by Dec. 2nd.
December 5 - December 8, 2013
Laconia Community Center - Thursday Dec. 5th and Friday, Dec. 6th from 6-8pm, Sat. and Sun. Dec. 7th and 8th from 2-5pm.
One of the most enchanting Christmas events is Christmas Village. This is a must for young children and families. The Community Center is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Every detail is thought of from the decorations to the elves helping out. You start off with a sleigh ride, check out the trains, choose a wooden decoration and have cookies and a drink. This all leads up to the visit with Santa at the end. The children will surely feel the magic of Christmas. This event is free. Donations are gladly accepted.
December 6, 2013
Enjoy the 10th annual Christmas concert performed by the Carter Mountain Brass Band. This concert group is made up of 32 brass and percussion musicians from all of New Hampshire and Vermont.
This Christmas concert takes place on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church, 1 Wesley Way, Gilford, NH.
December 6 - 7, 2013
Christmas Village Fair
Come and enjoy the Village Fair hosted by the Gilford Community Church. It is held Friday, Dec. 6h from 5 - 7pm and Saturday Dec. 7th from 9 - 3pm. There are greens, jewelry, baked goods, books, toys, luncheon, cookie walk, crafts and a silent auction. For more information call (603)524-6057.
December 7, 2013
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. 7th from 9 - 3pm.
December 7th and December 14th, 2013
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 7th and December
14th 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. 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 7-15, 2013
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 7th and 8th and Dec. 14th and 15th with hours on Saturdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sundays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 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 8, 2013
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 8, 2013
Holiday Open House
This event takes place on December 8, 2013 from 1:00pm -4:00pm at the Mill Falls Marketplace in Meredith. Come and join the festivities with Father Christmas. There are horse and wagon rides, refreshments and more. Father Christmas will be telling stories to children at the Oglethorpe atrium from 12:30 to 1:30 and 3:30 to 4:00pm.
December 11, 2013
Hurray For The Holidays
This family program is a terrific way to spend time together while making Christmas ornaments. It's $5 per family of four and $2 for each extra person. It takes place on Dec. 11th from 6-8pm. To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 7th.
December 13-14, 2013
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 13th 5:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday December 14th 10:00am-12noon. For more information, contact Gilford Community Church at: 603-524-6057.
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 14th with a storm date of December 21st.
December 13, 2013
Mother/Child Cookie Decorating
This program is a fun way for moms and kids 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. It takes place on Dec. 13th from 6-8pm. To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 7th.
December 14, 2013
Christmas Spirit Open House
Enjoy a fun day and shopping in downtown Wolfeboro on Dec. 14th from 1-4pm. You can enjoy entertainment, refreshments and of course, shopping. For more information call (603)569-2200.
December 14, 2013
Tuba Christmas Concert
Come and enjoy the 10th annual TUBACHRISTMAS concert in Wolfeboro on Saturday, Dec. 14th 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 14-15, 2013
Listen to the wonderful music performed by the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra. This Holiday concert takes place on Dec. 14th at 7:30pm and Dec. 15th at 3:00pm at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium in Meredith.
December 20 and 22, 2013
Lakes Region Singers' Annual Christmas Concert
Lighten up your Christmas season and come listen to the 20th 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. 20th at 7:30pm and an afternoon show on Sunday, December 22nd 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 21, 2013
The Nutcracker In Wolfeboro
The only production of "The Nutcracker" in the Lakes Region is happening on Saturday, December 21st 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 $17.50/adult, $15.00/student and senior or $55 for a family pack of 4. For more information call 603-834-8834.
December 22, 2013
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 22nd at 3:00pm at the Gilford High School Auditorium.
December 31, 2013
Wolfeboro's First Night
Wolfeboro is the only town in the lakes region of New Hampshire that celebrates First Night. Come and join the fun. The parade starts at 5:30pm. There's plenty of food and entertainment and fireworks at midnight. Buttons are sold that you wear on your coat. This is your admission ticket to all the First Night events. The sale of buttons will begin on Nov. 25th. Find out more about First Night in Wolfeboro festivities.
December 31, 2013
Gunstock's Magic Mountain Eve
Come join the fun and ring in the new
year starting on December 31st at 6:00pm. Your ticket will include skiing,
tubing, snowshoeing, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, dancing,
dinner, bonfire, midnight fireworks and more. For more information call