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Things to do in NH during the Holidays!

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November

Artist Reception for Lisa Salerno

Saturday, Nov. 18, noon to 2 p.m.
Art Hub Gallery
30 Temple St., Nashua

Lisa K. Salerno, mixed-media artist and art blogger, will display her artwork at ArtHub, a collaborative workspace and gallery of the Nashua Area Artists’ Assoc., during the month of November. Reception is free and open to the public. naaa-arthub.org

New Searles Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
39 Shady Lane, Nashua

Sponsored by the New Searles PTO, the annual craft fair offers more than 25 crafters and local vendors along with delicious food, raffle baskets and prizes, games and pictures with Santa. newsearlesschool.my-pto.org

Craft Fair and Raffle

Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nashua North High School 
8 Titan Way, Nashua

Free event open to the public that offers more than 70 crafters, vendors and area businesses. The event also includes a raffle room with 50-plus raffle prizes each valued at $100 or more. All proceeds benefit the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation. info@liliguanausa.org, 881-9805, liliguanausa.org/craft-fair

Calling All Crows!

Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

As trees become bare and days grow shorter, large flocks of American crows in Manchester become more noticeable. Learn to appreciate these clever neighborhood birds as we explore their rich lives and take a walk outdoors to look for crows and observe their behavior. $8/family. Registration with payment required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Christmas at the Castle

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 & 19
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 & 26
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (last tickets at 3 p.m.)
Castle in the Clouds
455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough

One of our favorite holiday events is back. We welcome guests to enjoy a rustic Christmas at the Lucknow Estate. Families will enjoy tours, Christmas craft activities and live musical performances. Trolleys will depart from The Carriage House to Lucknow every 15 minutes on the quarter hour from 10:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. $20 for adults and seniors, $10 for children age 5-17, free for ages 4 and underrs and under. Tickets available at the door or castleintheclouds.org

Learn to Identify Trees without Their Leaves

Saturday, Nov. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Maple Hill Farm
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Join naturalist Bruce Lund on an easy walk that will highlight trees of the region and teach some simple identification techniques for keying out trees when the leaves are gone. You’ll be amazed how many nut trees we have in NH. $10/free to Beaver Brook Assoc. members. Register online at beaverbrook.org

“FEZ”tival of Trees

Saturday, Nov. 18, to Sunday, Nov. 26
Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord

17th Annual “FEZ”tival is an extravaganza of artificial trees fully decorated in a Christmas or other theme and beautifully lit. Purchase chances to win the trees, refreshments, silent auction items, gift shop and visits from Santa. Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12 and under free. 225-5372, info@bektashshriners.org
Find daily hours at bektashshriners.org

Bountiful Blooms for Thanksgiving

Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101, Amherst

Learn the art of flower arranging from Alice’s Table with tips and tricks while enjoying a wine tasting. Create a gorgeous Thanksgiving holiday arrangement to bring home. Aprons provided, but wear something you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Ticket includes a wine tasting, food from the Bistro menu and additional beverages available for purchase. $75. Register at alicestable.com/events/bountiful-blooms-for-thanksgiving-at-labelle-winery_1502983530

New Hampshire Antique Co-Op Holiday Open House

Nov. 24–27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
323 Elm St., Milford

The shop is festively decorated for the holiday season and visitors are invited to enjoy delicious refreshments, cookies and other sweet treats. Children can write letters to Santa and post them in an old-fashioned North Pole mailbox. Try to guess how many candy canes are in a jar to win a $100 New Hampshire Antique Co-op gift card raffle.

Each day features a different event. Another tradition is the vintage holiday-themed exhibit, on display through Jan. 3. 673-8499, nhantiquecoop.com, facebook.com/nhantiquecoop

Gift of Lights

Friday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Dec. 31, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
Closed Dec. 4 and 25, opening at 5:30 on Dec. 10
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1126 NH-106, Loudon

Spanning more than two miles, the Gift of Lights features 60 holiday scenes, 400 light displays and two million LED bulbs. Portion of proceeds go to benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. Anyone bringing three nonperishable food items for Loudon Food Pantry will get $2 off per car load. nhms.com/events/gift-of-lights

New Boston Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Whipple Free Library
67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston

Find many of your favorite farmers’ market vendors along with other unique craftsmen at the New Boston Holiday Craft Fair, where many members are “New Hampshire Made.” Complimentary Food Provided by Joe English 136th Troop. Free. newbostonfarmersmarket.webs.com

Jingle Bell Craft Fair

Saturday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m.
Crowne Plaza Nashua Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua  

Arts & crafts fair with 85 exhibitors, American-made gifts, folk art, personalized signs, therapy wraps, fine jewelry, scarves/mittens/hats, designer teddy bears & dolls, holiday decor, gift baskets more. 528-4014 

Cover Crop Forum

Wednesday, Nov. 29 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
New Hampshire Audubon Center
84 Silk Farm Road, Concord

UNH Cooperative Extension forum with Brandon Smith of NRCS, Natalie Lounsbury of UNH and Dorn Cox of Tuckaway Farm presenting updates on cover crop research and innovations in the state. Farmer-to-farmer discussion, “Making Cover Crops Work” for sharing experiences and questions. $10/person (includes lunch) by Nov. 20. Register online at bit.ly/2iwcgey. Carl Majewski, 352-4550 or carl.majewski@unh.edu

Greensgathering and Wreathmaking

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9 to 11 a.m.
52 Brown Lane, Hollis

Take a hike at Beaver Brook to gather evergreens then return to Brown Lane Barn for tea and cookies and learn to fashion a holiday wreath. Bring your own clippers if you have them, wreath rings and wire provided. $25/person. Register online at campscui.active.com/orgs/BeaverBrookAssociation0

Festival of Trees

Thursday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Exeter Town Hall
10 Front St., Exeter

19th Annual Festival of Trees features 50 beautifully decorated evergreen trees, some whimsical, others traditional, all unique. Free. Proceeds from silent auction go to Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce Children’s Fund. 778-2950

December

Pine Hill Holiday Fair

Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pine Hill at High Mowing School
77 Pine Hill Drive, Wilton

Children of all ages will delight in one of the largest holiday fairs in the region complete with live music, puppet shows, circus performances, children’s crafts, tasty food and more while adults browse local artisan wares for holiday gift giving. Free entry, some activities require tickets. 654-6003, pinehill.org

Annual Holiday Open House

Friday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Yikes! American Craft Gallery
23 Main Street, Center Harbor

20% off all in-store items, light refreshments will be provided, celebrating 25 of America’s finest American artisans. 253-4966

17th Annual Barrington Soiree

Friday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.
Village of Barrington

Local merchants will be open and offering food, raffles and early holiday shopping deals. Local artisans, nonprofits, and organizations will be on-hand. Music groups from Barrington schools performing, food trucks and a bonfire attended by the Barrington Fire Department. Donations to support the Barrington Food Pantry welcome. Free and open to the public.

Festival of Trees

Friday, Dec. 1, 2-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, noon to 4 p.m.
Waukewan Golf Club
166 Waukewan Road, Center Harbor

Visitors stroll through a wonderland of approximately 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Complimentary cider and homemade cookies in a rustic barn, raffle baskets, literacy tree with free book for children to take home. $5, children 12 and under free. altrusameredithnh.org

Santa Land

Friday, Dec. 1, 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon
Gilford Youth Center

Free event with children’s games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, bounce houses and more. Listen to favorite Christmas stories, visit and have photo taken with Santa, bring camera if you have one. gilfordyouthcenter.com

Osborne’s Agway Holiday Firepit Open House

Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3, noon to 5 p.m.
Hooksett Agway - 143 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett
Concord Agway - 258 Sheep Davis Road, Concord
Winnisquam Agway - 304 Daniel Webster Highway

Throughout the holiday season three locations provide customers and community with open firepit as well as free supplies to make S’mores and hot cup of cocoa, reminiscent of Christmas past and old-time memories, while choosing the perfect Christmas tree. osbornesagway.com

Christmas in the Village

Sunday, Dec. 3, noon to 4 p.m.
Main Street, Meredith

Meredith Merchants Group and Mill Falls Marketplace offer holiday shopping, strolling carolers, a visit from Santa and horse-drawn wagon rides. Participating Main Street businesses will be running specials and have treats available to shoppers.

4th Annual Exeter Holiday House Tour

Sunday, Dec. 3, 1-5 p.m.
28 Front St., Exeter

Enjoy touring five of Exeter’s beautiful homes, all professionally decorated for the holidays by local designers. This year we’ve added a bonus stop: The Folsom Tavern at the American Independence Museum will also be decorated and open to tour. All proceeds benefit Womenade of Greater Squamscott. $25. exeterareaholidayhousetour.com

Wreath-Making Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.
Labelle Winery
345 Route 101, Amherst

Get into the holiday spirit by making your own evergreen wreath. Instructors from Beaver Brook Association will provide valuable tips and suggestions. Wreath rings, tools, wire, mountain laurel, white pine and eastern hemlock will be provided along with winter berries. If you have other materials to incorporate bring them along. Ages 12 to adult. $30/session Register at campscui.active.com/orgs/BeaverBrookAssociation0#/selectSessions/1657303

Green Clean Product-Making Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

This Beaver Brook Assoc. workshop teaches how to make four nontoxic, natural cleaning products and package them for gift giving. Take home the recipes and make a large batch of all-purpose cleaning spray, eco-glass cleaner, non-abrasive bathroom scrub and foaming hand soap with herbalist Rivka Schwartz. $25/session. Register at campscui.active.com/orgs/BeaverBrookAssociation0#/selectSessions/1657303

The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series – Holiday Appetizers and Treats

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Menu items to be announced, wine will be paired and/or prepared with each item. This class is interactive and fun. Amy LaBelle and one of LaBelle’s chefs will prepare each item for you to try as well as share tips for entertaining. Space is limited. Register at labellewineryevents.com

Amherst Tree-Lighting Festival

Dec. 8-10
Downtown Amherst

Tree-lighting ceremony Friday night, breakfast with Santa Saturday and Mrs. Claus Sunday, family workshops, craft and bake sale, holiday concerts, art gallery viewing and much more. Complete schedule of events at amhersttreelightingfestival.weebly.com

Holly Jolly Craft Fair

Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crowne Plaza Nashua Hotel
2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua

Finish your holiday shopping at this holiday craft fair with beautiful arts and crafts and free admission. Exhibitors include holiday floral arrangements, fine jewelry, folk art, tole painting, wood crafts, home decor, fabric crafts, exquisite quilts, totes/handbags, gourmet food items, books, gift baskets, hand knits, scarves & fashion accessories, fleece items, pottery and more. joycescraftshows.com

The Nutcracker Ballet

Saturday, Dec 9, 2-4 p.m.
Concord City Auditorium
2 Prince St., Concord

Full-length ballet is a festive production with talented dancers, falling snow, colorful costumes, beautiful set designs and holiday music a “treat” for the whole family. Meet all the characters at Clara’s Tea Party, from noon to 1 p.m. in lobby. Performance $18, with Clara’s Tea Party $28. Turning Pointe Center of Dance, 485-8710, turningpointecenterofdance.com

Christmas at Canterbury

Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16, 3-8 p.m.
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury 

Experience delights of Christmas in a simpler era inside historic Shaker buildings, watch old-time 19th-century magic show, meet Santa and costumed characters, make Christmas cards, decorate gingerbread cookies, create ornaments, admire toy train display or listen to fiddlers. Enjoy hot cider, Christmas carols and lighting of Christmas tree. $18 adults, $8 children ages 6-17, under 5 free, members half price. Guided one-hour candlelit tours Dec. 11-15 at 6:30 and 7 p.m. $12 adults, $6 children ages 6-17, under 5 free. 783-9511, shakers.org/dec-9-christmas-at-canterbury or shakers.org/candlelit-tours

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees

Dec. 9-10, 13, 16-17
Wright Museum
77 Center St., Wolfeboro

This will be the 19th Wolfeboro Festival of Trees, an annual charity benefit featuring more than 65 trees, uniquely decorated by area businesses and organizations, and displayed on two levels at the Wright museum. In addition to the trees, the exhibit features continuous entertainment and light refreshment. The Preview Gala will be Dec. 1 and is a well-attended cocktail reception that both opens the exhibit and ushers in the Wolfeboro holiday season. Wine and beer provided, and local caterers and restaurants serve samples of their best fare. Find schedule at wolfeborofestivaloftrees.com

The Nutcracker

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.
Kingswood Arts Center
Kingswood Regional High School
396 South Main St., Wolfeboro

Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New Hampshire’s professional premier ballet company, presents the classic filled with the best dancing outside of Boston and directed by former Boston Ballet prima ballerina Edra Toth. Also, 12/2 at 7 p.m. and 12/3 at 2 p.m. at Oyster River High School in Durham. $20 adults, $17.50 students/seniors, $60 family pack of four. Group rates available. 834-8834, northeasternballet.org

Currier Museum Free Lautrec Late Night

Thursday, Dec. 14, 5 to 9 pm
Currier Museum
150 Ash St, Manchester

Special late-night hours on selected Thursday evenings give even more chances to view “The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters from the Museum of Modern Art.” Enjoy tours, plays, poetry and more. Cash bar and food for purchase in the Winter Garden Café. Films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. will present some of the most popular cinematic portrayals of Toulouse-Lautrec and his beloved Moulin Rouge. Free, $5 special exhibition charge applies for not-yet-members. Currier.org

Christmas in Amherst Village House Tour

Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Amherst Village
11 Church St., Amherst

Classic tour returns to Amherst Village with more historic houses beautifully decorated for the holidays. All funds raised go toward the maintenance of the 1771 meetinghouse on the green. $30 advance, $40 tour day. 673-3231, ccamherst.org/cav, facebook.com/CAVNH

Ugly Sweater 5K Run

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.
The Foundry Restaurant
50 Commercial St., Manchester

Presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, this 5K race features chip timing, finish line photos with Santa, race swag, a Tito’s signature cocktail, food, music and ugly sweaters. 100% of proceeds donated to Manchester Animal Shelter. Register at uglysweater5k.racewire.com

Ballet Misha presents The Nutcracker

Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Dana Center at St. Anselm’s College
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester

Ballet Misha presents warm and original production that is a family favorite sure to put everyone in a holiday mood. $20 advance, $25 at door. balletmisha.com

Beaver Brook 5K Trail Run

Sunday, Dec. 17, 9-10 a.m.
Maple Hill Farm
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

The Beaver Brook 5K Race (actually 4.5K) is running the old-fashioned way, on an off-road course. Colorful Beaver Brook 5K T-Shirts guaranteed to the first 100 runners, Beaver Brook 5K pint glasses to top 3 male and female overall and top 2 male and female in 7 age groups, huge raffle, goodie bags to all runners. $20. Register online: https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/bbwinter5k17

Festive Florals at LaBelle Winery

Sunday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101, Amherst

Learn the art of flower arranging from Alice’s Table with tips and tricks while enjoying a wine tasting. Aprons provided, but wear something you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Ticket includes a wine tasting, food from the Bistro menu and additional beverages available for purchase$75. Register: alicestable.com/events/festive-florals-at-labelle-winery_1502984106

Nashaway Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Saturday, Dec. 30, all or part of day
Dinner at Maple Hill Farm
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

The Nashaway Chapter will be participating in the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, counting birds by day and tallying sightings over dinner at 5 p.m. $5 charge for dinner. If you are familiar with bird identification and would like to participate, either as a feeder counter or in the field, contact Richard Bielawski at 429-2537 or rbielawski@mac.com. Groups will be assigned specific areas within 15-mile diameter count circle centered near Nashua-Hollis border.

Pats Peak New Year’s Eve Party Family Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight
Pat’s Peak
686 Flanders Road, Henniker

New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, two-hour comedy show, Monte Carlo for raffles prizes, dancing to live band, tasting stations, party favors, champagne toast and a midnight fireworks display. Slopes open until 10 p.m. Range of entertainment and prices suitable for families. patspeak.com

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