Christmas Events
Around Lake Winnipesaukee

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 truly delightful.

There are 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.

  • Live music will add warmth to your Christmas events that can't be duplicated with recorded music.  Autumn Leaves, a local lakes region jazz ensemble can add an eloquent addition of Christmas music in a jazz idiom mixed with standard jazz tunes.  Contact Autumn Leaves by filling out the Lake Winnipesaukee Travel Guide Contact form.
  • If one of your family Christmas events is cutting your own tree, check out the various locations on my Pick Your Own page.

November 12, 2016

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 19-20 and November 25-27, 2016

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. 19th - Nov. 20th and Nov. 25th - Nov. 27th. from 10am-4pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids (5-17 yrs,) and $15/$8 for friends of the castle.


November 19 - December 18, 2016

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. 19th from 11am - 7pm, Sunday Nov. 20th from 11am - 6pm. Friday, Nov. 25th - Saturday Nov. 26th from 11am - 7pm. Sunday Nov. 27th from 11am-6pm, Saturdays from Dec. 3rd through Dec. 17th from 11am  - 7pm and Sundays from Dec. 2nd through Dec. 18th. from 11am - 6pm

November 25, 2016 - December 31, 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 Dec 25th.  For more information contact NHMS at 888-926-7403 or check out their website at

November 25 - December 18, 2016

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. 25th until Dec. 18th.  For more information call (603)745-2135.


November 26, 2016

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 26th from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Call (603)476-5666 for more information.


November 26 - November 27, 2016

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 Belknap Mall in Belmont on November 26-November 27.  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 26, 2016

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 26, 2016

Christmas Parade in Wolfeboro

This annual Christmas parade is a fun event for the whole family.  It takes place on Saturday, November 26th 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 26, 2016

Holiday Parade

This is one of our favorite Christmas events.  The annual holiday parade in Laconia takes place on Saturday, November 26th, 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.


December 1- December 4, 2016

Christmas Village

Laconia Community Center - Thursday Dec. 1st and Friday, Dec. 2nd  from 6-8pm, Sat. and Sun. Dec. 3rd and 4th 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 2-3, 2016

Santa Land

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 2nd 5:00pm-7:30pm and Saturday December 3rd 10:00am-12noon.  For more information, contact Gilford Community Church at:  603-524-6057.


December 2-3, 2016

Christmas Village Fair

Come and enjoy the Village Fair hosted by the Gilford Community Church.  It is held Friday, Dec. 2nd from 5 - 7pm and Saturday Dec. 3rd 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 3, 2016

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. 3rd from 9 - 3pm. 


December 3rd and December 10th, 2016

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 3rd and December 10th 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 3-11, 2016

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 3rd and 4th and Wed. Dec. 7th  from 6:00-8:00pm and Dec. 10th and 11th 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 4, 2016

Holiday Concert

Come enjoy the "Christmas:  Majesty, Mystery and Merriment" concert performed by the Carter Mountain Brass Band.  The concert takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4th at 3pm in the First United Methodist Church of Gilford with a dessert reception afterwards.  A suggested donation of $8 is requested at the door.

December 4, 2016

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 4, 2016

Holiday Open House

This event takes place on December , 2016 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 6, 2016

Santa's Calling

This is one of the popular Christmas events for kids.  It is held on Tuesday, December 6th 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 7, 2016

Christmas Caroling

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. 7th  This is a free program.  Hot chocolate will be provided.  To sign up, call (603)524-5046 by Dec. 2nd.


December 10, 2016

Gilford Village Holiday Concert and Country Candlelight Stroll

This all starts with the Gilford Community Band while they perform a wonderful Christmas concert.  It takes place at the Gilford High School Auditorium at 4pm. The stroll starts at 5pm.  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 10th.


December 10, 2016

Christmas Spirit Open House

Enjoy a fun day and shopping in downtown Wolfeboro on Dec. 10th from 1-4pm.  You can enjoy entertainment, refreshments and of course, shopping.  For more information call (603)569-2200.


December 10, 2016

Tuba Christmas Concert

Come and enjoy the 12th annual TUBACHRISTMAS concert in Wolfeboro on Saturday, Dec. 10th 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 10, 2016

The Nutcracker In Wolfeboro

The only production of "The Nutcracker" in the Lakes Region is happening on Saturday, December 10th 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 10-11, 2016

Holiday Concert

Listen to the wonderful music performed by the Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra.  This Holiday concert takes place on Dec. 10th at 7:30pm and Dec. 11th at 3:00pm at the Inter-Lakes Auditorium in Meredith.

December 13, 2016

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. 13th from 6-8pm.  To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 9th.

December 15, 2016

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. 15th from 6-8pm.  To register, call 524-5046 by Dec. 12th.

December 16 and 18, 2016

Lakes Region Singers' Annual Christmas Concert

Lighten up your Christmas season and come listen to the 23rd 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. 16th at 7:30pm and an afternoon show on Sunday, December 18th 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 31, 2016

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 in November.  Find out more about First Night in Wolfeboro festivities.



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