Local Current Events
Around Lake Winnipesaukee

The NH lakes region of New Hampshire has some really fun local current events that let you enjoy the region all year round.  There are so many activities to keep you busy, you won't be able to keep up with them.

Halloween Events - You'll find many activities for young and old alike to enjoy the scary season.

Christmas Events - Many activities for everyone to enjoy this magical, holiday season.

I have included a list of events by the season.  The summer local current events will be posted in the spring and the winter local current events will be posted around the holidays.

Dec 1, 2017 - Mar 1, 2018 - Snowman Contest

Make a snowman with your family and take a picture of it.  Send the picture in to the Laconia Parks and Recreation by March 1st and possibly win a prize.  For more information call 524-5046

Jan - Mar 2018 - Sledding

Laconia sledding hill located at the end of South Street is open for sledding (weather and conditions permitting.)  Hours are from 8:00am - 10:00pm.  It's FREE.  Lights are on from 4pm-10pm.


Jan - Mar 2018 - Ice Skating

Ice skating is available all winter long at Memorial Park and Leavitt Park (weather and conditions permitting.)  Hours are from 12:00pm - 10:00pm.  It's FREE.  Lights are on from 4pm-10pm if conditions are good.


Jan 2018 - TBA -  Sledding Party

Come sledding with the family under the lights on South Street which is just after the cemetery on Academy Street.  We will be having a bonfire to warm ourselves by, lights to sled by and cocoa and marshmallows to consume.  This is a FREE program, just come and play.  This local event will take place when the conditions are good. For questions call 524-5046


Jan - 2018 - TBA -  Ice Skating Party

Come skate under the lights and enjoy a bonfire to warm up by. We will provide hot cocoa and cookies.  Weather & conditions permitting.  It is FREE for any age at Memorial Park.  This event will take place when the conditions are good.  For updates contact the Laconia Parks and recreation for information at 524-5046.


Jan - Mar 2018 - Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing are available on the WOW trail (weather and conditions permitting.)    There is one part plowed, but the rest is open for recreation.


Feb 2 - 4, 2018- New England Pond Hockey Classic

The Pond Hockey Classic takes place on Meredith Bay.  Check ahead of time for ice conditions in case the location has been moved.

The welcoming party and skills competition on Thursday, Feb 2nd, will still be held on Meredith Bay.  Join the fun with this local current event for the 8th annual Pond Hockey Classic held on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith.  A party starts on Thursday evening and then it's three days of pond hockey.  There will be teams of all ages competing on 14 rinks between Lago and Church Landing in Meredith.   For more information, check out the Pond Hockey Classic.


Feb 2, 2018 - Moonlight Hike and Snowshoe at Castle In the Clouds

Come hike under the starry sky and watch the moonrise (7:45pm) at Shannon Pond. The trail will be marked with lighted mason jars. Bring a headlamp as well. Afterwards, warm up by the fire pit and enjoy some hot cocoa and treats.


Feb 3, 2018 - Laconia Winter Carnival

From 11am-2pm.  Games and activities will be all around Opechee Park. There will be sled pulling, face painting, snow painting, 3-legged races, crafts, snowshoe races, bonfire and more. Chili and soup will also be available for purchase.


Feb 10 - 11, 2018 - Great Rotary Fishing Derby

This ice fishing derby is loads of fun.  Meredith bay is set up with a party atmosphere.  Even if you don't fish, it's fun to go.  For more information on registration, rules and more, visit the Meredith Rotary Club's web site.


Feb 11, 2018 - Cardboard Box Sled Derby - Castle in the Clouds

Come enjoy the Cardboard Box Sled Derby from 1pm - 3pm at Castle in the Clouds at the Meadows at Shannon Pond. Use your imagination and create your own cardboard sled. Ribbons will be awarded. Afterwards, sled some more and warm up at the fire pit with hot cocoa and goodies. It's open to all ages. You must register by Feb. 9th at 4pm. For more information, check out Castle in the Clouds.

Feb 16 - 18, 2018 - 89th Annual Sled Dog Race

Annual World Championship Sled Dog Races - 6 dog race, starting at Main Street in Laconia.  Come and join the fun.  There are vendors supplying food and more.  To register for the race, call 524-4314.


Feb 19, 2018  - Alton Bay Winter Carnival

This event takes place on February  19th- from 10am to 3pm.  Come and enjoy music, games, ice fishing, ice bowling, snowshoeing, and more.  Save a spot to see the Great Alton Bay Bed Race.  This is a fun event for the whole family to be involved.  For more information call 603-875-0109.


Feb 23-24, 2018 - Fire and Ice Festival - Wolfeboro

Come and enjoy ice bars, music and fire dancing at the Wolfeboro Inn from 5pm-10pm. There is a $5 cover charge.


Feb 24, 2018 - Abenaki Winter Triathlon - Wolfeboro

This event combines snowshoeing, skating and cross country skiing.  Registration is at 8am at the Abenaki Ski Club on route 109A in Wolfeboro.  The race starts at 9am!


March 1, 2018 - Cardboard Sled Race - Laconia

Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Laconia Sledding Hill located at the end of South Street off Academy Street.  Make your own cardboard sled and race against others of roughly your own age.  There will be points for creativity and speed.  Come try your hand and see how fast you can be.  Prizes will be awarded for creativity and speed. 

This is a FREE event, but registration is necessary by February 28th.  Age group will be 10 and under, 11~15 years old.  Call to register at 524-5046 weather permitting.



Winter is winding down.  Time to get ready for spring.  Get that last minute skiing in and dream about the crocuses and daffodils blooming.

Don't forget that "ice-out" is coming soon. If you're interested in more details check out my "ice-out" page.


Get ready for spring and summer.  Put away the winter woolies.  Come out and enjoy nature.  There are no bugs!  Take a hike, get the yard cleaned up, check back to see what's happening.


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