In New Hampshire, November is in between peak tourist seasons. The summer events and leaf peeping have ended and it’s not quite ski season. So you might think there isn’t anything to do in New Hampshire this time of year…and you’d be wrong.
Nothing says traditional holiday like quaint New England towns and New Hampshire has quite a few. Add to that the tax free shopping and what better way to spend a weekend then strolling down a small town and shopping at some of the local shops.
On December 6th, Main St. in Concord will celebrate its annual Midnight Merriment from 5:30 to Midnight. Stroll down Main Street and shop at local shops who will keep doors open late that night. Many shops provide entertainment and refreshments plus there are many places to dine. A strolling caroling group, an art’s market and a visit with Santa are all part of the festivities. Visit http://intownconcord.org/ for more information.
Do you like the seacoast? Portsmouth is a great town with cobble streets, old churches and wonderfully quaint shops. It is loaded with history and is home to Strawberry Bank Museum. Starting December 7th, the museum will host their Candlelight Stroll. See what life was like 350 years ago and how the holidays were celebrated back then. Check out their website for this and other upcoming events at http://www.strawberybanke.org/. Also check http://vintagechristmasnh.org/ for more Portsmouth holiday events.
Jackson, New Hampshire is a quaint northern town with a covered bridge, beautiful mountains and the best cross country skiing around. On November 30th, the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation will be hosting a Public Potluck and Bonfire. If you are in the area, this is a must attend event. Bring along your favorite potluck dish and enjoy! Find out more at http://www.jacksonxc.org/.
Both the Santa Express and the Polar Express leave on the Hobo RR out of Lincoln, NH. Whether you have young ones or are just young at heart, this is a magical train ride that will have you humming holiday tunes. Check out both http://www.polarexpress.org/ and http://www.hoborr.com/ for more information.
There are tree lighting festivities in several towns, arts and crafts fairs, antique shows and more. For a more comprehensive list, visit http://www.visitnh.gov/what-to-do/event-calendar.aspx. Make your list, check it twice, then take a drive to one or more of your favorite holiday events.
Hope to see you there!