Christmas parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls



The Nashua Holiday Stroll is held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Photo by Karen Bachelder

Santa Claus will be coming to New Hampshire soon! Here are dates and times for some of our favorite Christmas parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls.

We do our best to keep this list robust and accurate, but if we've missed your town's event or an event needs to be corrected, then please e-mail Morgen at mconnor@mcleancommunications.com with the information.

Please note: The information below is organized in alpha order by town or city name.


Amherst, NH Tree Lighting Festival

Residents of Amherst will celebrate December and winter holidays from December 8-10, 2017. Events include a tree lighting on Friday, December 8, Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 9 and Christmas concerts on Sunday, December 10.

More information: amhersttreelightingfestival.weebly.com


Berlin, NH Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights in Berlin is on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 7 p.m. The parade will be in downtown Berlin starting on Glen Avenue and then moves up to  Main Street. This year's theme: "Cartoon Christmas."

More information: facebook.com


Claremont, NH tree lighting

Santa Claus will be coming to Claremont on Friday, November 24, 2017 to visit and light up Broad Street Park from 6-8 p.m.


Concord, NH holiday parade

The Concord Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. Rain/snow date is: November 19, 2017.

The Tree Lighting in Concord is on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire State House on North Main Street.


Derry, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Derry is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1 p.m.

More information: http://derry-chamber.chambermaster.com/


Dover, NH holiday parade

The annual Dover holiday parade is on Sunday, November 26, 2017 beginning at 2:30 on Sixth Street.

More information: facebook.com


Dunbarton, NH tree lighting

The Dunbarton tree lighting is on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

More information: dunbartonnh.org


Exeter, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Exeter is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

More information: exeterholidayparade.org


Goffstown, NH Tree Lighting

Goffstown's Friday Night Under the Lights event will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. The tree lighting will take place at 6:30 p.m. and there will also be a living nativity scene, hayrides, reading of "The Polar Express", cookies and hot chocolate and, of course, Santa.

More information: goffstownmainstreet.org


Hampstead, NH Christmas parade

The 53rd Annual Hampstead Firemen Associatoin's Christmas Parade is on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2p.m.

More information: hampsteadnh.us


Hampton, NH Christmas parade

The Experience Hampton Christmas Parade in Hampton is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. It begins on Route 1 at the North Hampton/Hampton town line and proceeds on Route 1 through downtown Hampton.

The Hampton tree lighting is on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo in Marelli Square.

More information: experiencehampton.org


Hanover, NH Christmas tree lighting

The Hanover Christmas Tree Lighting with the Christmas Revels is on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5-5:30 p.m. at the Dartmouth Green.

The tree will be lit at 5:15 pm. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served and Trumpeter Glenn Griffin and the Christmas Revels will be performing traditional carols.  The event is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

More information: news.dartmouth.edu


Haverhill, MA Holiday Stroll

The 25th Annual Haverhill Holiday Stroll and tree lighting is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 2-6 p.m.

More information: haverhillma.chambermaster.com


Hillsborough, NH Olde Fashioned Christmas and Tree Lighting

Hillsborough's Olde Fashioned Christmas event is on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The tree lighting will take place in the evening at Butler Park.

More information: hillsboroughpride.org


Jackson, NH tree lighting

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jackson is on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 4 p.m.

More information: jacksonnh.com


Keene, NH Christmas tree lighting

The Annual Tree Lighting Celebration hosted by the Keene Kiwanis Club is on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5:20-8 p.m. in Central Square.

More information: whofish.org


Laconia, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Laconia is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Parade route starts at Wyatt Park and proceeds down Main Street to Veterans Square for a tree lighting held immediately after the parade (or at dusk).

More information: lakesregionchamber.org


Lebanon, NH tree lighting and holiday festival

The Lebanon Recreation Holiday Celebration is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at City Hall. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m.

More information: lebanonnh.gov


Littleton, NH holiday parade

The Christmas Parade in Littleton is on Friday, November 24, 2017 and begins at noon.

More information: littletonareachambernh.com


Manchester, NH holiday parade

The Christmas Parade in Manchester is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4 p.m. (rain or shine!). This year's theme: "Light Up the Holidays". Parade route is on Elm Street.

More information: intownmanchester.com


Merrimack, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting

The 24th Annual Holiday Parade in Merrimack is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 3:45 p.m. This year's theme: "A Whoville Christmas".

More information: merrimacknh.gov


Nashua, NH Holiday Stroll

The Holiday Stroll in Nashua is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 5-11 p.m.

More information: downtownnashua.org/event/holiday-stroll/


Newburyport, MA Santa Parade and Tree Lighting

The Annual Newburyport Santa Parade and Tree Lighting is on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 3:30-5 p.m.

More information: business.newburyportchamber.org


North Conway, NH Spirit of the Holidays Parade

The annual Spirit of the Holidays parade in North Conway Village is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 starting at 4 p.m. The parade begins on Depot Road and heads to Schouler Park for a 4:45 p.m. tree lighting. The feeling of an “Old Fashioned Christmas” continues at 5 p.m. while Santa leads the way down Main Street from Schouler Park to Eastern Slope Inn for the lighting of the Inn’s traditionally decorated tree.  Followers are then entertained with stories read by Santa at the historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, home of Arts in Motion Theater Company.  Cookies and Hot Chocolate will be served.

More information: mtwashingtonvalley.org


Nottingham, NH Christmas parade and party

The town of Nottingham Holiday Parade and Party is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10 a.m.

More information: nottingham-nh.gov/


Peterborough, NH Holiday Stroll

The Peterborough Holiday Stroll is on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

More information: peterboroughchamber.com


Portsmouth, NH Christmas parade

The Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 6 p.m. (tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.). Rain/snow date: December 3, 2017.

More information: portsmouthchamber.org


Plymouth, NH Christmas parade

The Plymouth Hometown Holiday Celebration is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Rochester, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Rochester is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m.

The annual Rochester tree lighting is on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. There will be cookies to decorate, carolers singing, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus.

More information: www.rochesternh.org


Rye, NH Christmas parade

The Rye Fire Department and Lion's Club Annual Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 1 p.m.

More information: town.rye.nh.us


Salem, NH Christmas parade

The 46th Annual Holiday Parade in Salem is on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1 p.m. This year's theme is: "Letters to Santa".

More information: salemnhparade.org


Seacoast Christmas parade

The 4th Annual Seacoast Toys for Tots Christmas Parade & Stroll is on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 p.m. in Seabrook, NH.

More information: facebook.com


Somersworth, NH Christmas parade

The Christmas Parade and Winter Gala in Berwick/Somersworth is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. This year's theme: "All I Want For Christmas Is...".

More information: facebook.com


Wolfeboro, NH holiday parade

The Annual Christmas in Wolfeboro Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

More information: wolfeborochamber.com


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