Top 10 events happening in December





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Happy holidays! Can you believe that December and the holidays are here already?! We're pretty excited for hot cocoa, Christmas tree lightings and spreading some holiday cheer. Make sure that your family makes the most out of December by checking out one of the many Christmas parades and performances of "The Nutcracker".

Here are the top 10 events happening in New Hampshire this month:

DECEMBER 2-4: CHRISTMAS PARADES ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE

The first weekend in December is filled with parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls. Happening this particular weekend are parades in: Manchester, Portsmouth, Exeter, Merrimack, Rye, Lebanon and Rochester.
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DECEMBER 2-3, 9-10, 16-17: 38TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT STROLL IN PORTSMOUTH

Strawbery Banke Museum invites visitors to embrace a simpler time at the beloved and popular Candlelight Stroll. Don't miss horse-drawn carriage rides, hearthside cooking demonstrations, live music, tinsmith demonstrations and skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for ages 5-17 or $60 for a family.
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DECEMBER 2 AND 9: JINGLE BELL EXPRESS IN DOVER

Families are invited to take a magical journey in C&J’s double decker bus to the Cochecho Country Club and listen to a reading of the classic holiday story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Attendees can look forward to refreshments and a keepsake gift, as well as a visit from a very special guest. Children and parents are encouraged to wear their pajamas. The ticket price includes a keepsake family photo, time to explore the museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. Space is limited and early reservations are highly encouraged. The cost is $25 per person; children 2 and younger are free (must sit on parents’ lap during the journey).
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DECEMBER 9 AND 16: CHRISTMAS AT CANTERBURY SHAKER VILLAGE

Experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era at this beloved holiday event. Children will love the 19th-century magic show, meeting Santa, making Christmas decorations and cards, decorating gingerbread cookies and listening to festive music and carolers. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-17 (younger than 5 are admitted for free).
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DECEMBER 10: "THE NUTCRACKER" IN WOLFEBORO

Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents the classic holiday favorite, "The Nutcracker".  Directed by former Boston Ballet prima ballerina, Edra Toth, this full-length production is not to be missed. Join Clara and her nutcracker as they venture into the Land of the Sweets and adventure. If you can't make this show, then check it out on December 2-3 in Durham. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17.50 for students and seniors.
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DECEMBER 16-17: "THE NUTCRACKER" IN MILFORD

The Boire Dance Academy cast features more than 55 youngsters between the ages of 5 and 17 from southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. Performances for this classic Tchaikovsky tale are on Saturday, December 10 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.
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DECEMBER 16: "ELF, JR. THE MUSICAL" IN KEENE

Join Buddy the Elf as he goes on a journey from the North Pole to New York City to discover who he is and where he came from. This on stage production is produced by MoCo Arts and features students grades 6-12. There are two shows, 2 and 7 p.m., and shows are held at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. Tickets are $20 for adults and $14 for youth and seniors.
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DECEMBER 16: SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN LACONIA

Celebrate the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, with fun activities to welcome back the light. Head to Prescott Farm in Laconia where events will include a lantern parade, bonfire, and contests for lanterns. Attendees may enter their own lanterns of any kind, and are invited to a lantern-building workshop the Saturday before the event on December 10. In addition to the main event activities there will be a lantern garden, guided lantern walks, bake sale and a lantern-lit StoryWalk™. The cost is $3 per person and Prescott Farm members are admitted for free.
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DECEMBER 31: NOON YEAR'S EVE IN MANCHESTER

If you want to ring in 2018 with the kids but don't want to wait until midnight to do it then you won't want to miss this fun, annual daytime NYE event at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester. Wrap up a day of celebrations with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop. Enjoy fun art-making activities, face painting, dance party and live entertainment. Enjoy all sorts of kid-friendly food and more.
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DECEMBER 31: FAMILY NEWS YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION IN DOVER

Families can “countdown to midnight” at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire on December 31. When the glittery disco ball is lowered, confetti will fly through the air and wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground; it’s always a festive and fun environment that is reminiscent of Times Square. Admission for this special event is included in general museum admission fees ($10 for ages over 1 and $9 for seniors over 65).
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