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 7-9, 2018. Events include a tree lighting on Friday, December 7, Christmas Market and Gingerbread House Workshops on Saturday, December 8 and Christmas concerts on Sunday, December 9.

More information: amhersttreelightingfestival.weebly.com


Berlin, NH Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights in Berlin is on Friday, November 23, 2018 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: "A Magical Disney Christmas".

More information: facebook.com


Claremont, NH tree lighting

Santa Claus will be coming to Claremont on Friday, November 23, 2018 to visit and light up Broad Street Park from 6-8 p.m.

More information: claremontnh.com


Concord, NH holiday parade

The 67th Annual Concord Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

The Tree Lighting in Concord is on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the New Hampshire State House on North Main Street.


Concord, NH menorah lighting

The Family Menorah Lighting at the State House in Concord is on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Conway Village tree lighting

The Conway Village tree lighting and ice show is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4 p.m.

More information: nhfestivaloftrees.com


Derry, NH Christmas parade

The 32nd Annual Holiday Parade in Derry is on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 1 p.m. The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring Santa Claus, will be at 6:30 p.m. at Pocket Park in Downtown Derry (at the corner of Broadway and Manning Streets).

More information: facebook.com


Dover, NH holiday parade

The annual Dover holiday parade is on Sunday, November 25, 2018 beginning at 2 p.m. on Central Avenue.

More information: facebook.com


Dunbarton, NH tree lighting

The Dunbarton tree lighting is on Sunday, November 25, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

More information: dunbartonnh.org


Exeter, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Exeter is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. The theme is: "Land of the Misfit Toys".

More information: exeterholidayparade.org


Goffstown, NH Tree Lighting

Goffstown's Friday Night Under the Lights event will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018 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 54th Annual Hampstead Firemen Association's Christmas Parade is on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2p.m. This year's theme is: "Charlie Brown Christmas".

More information: hampsteadnh.us


Hampton, NH Christmas parade

The Experience Hampton Christmas Parade in Hampton is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. It begins on Route 1 at the North Hampton/Hampton town line and proceeds on Route 1 through downtown Hampton.

More information: experiencehampton.org


Hanover, NH Christmas tree lighting

The Hanover Christmas Tree Lighting is on Friday, December 7, 2018 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: hanoverchamber.org/celebrate


Haverhill, MA Holiday Stroll

The Annual Haverhill Holiday Stroll and tree lighting is on Friday, December 1, 2018 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 1, 2018. 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 25, 2018 at 4:30 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 23, 2018 from 5:30-8 p.m. in Central Square. Guests can enjoy music, caroling, cocoa, cookies and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

More information: keenekiwanis.org


Laconia, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Laconia is on Saturday, November 24, 2018 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 Holiday Happenings

The Lebanon Recreation Holiday Celebration is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 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 23, 2018 and begins at noon.

More information: littletonareachambernh.com


Manchester, NH holiday parade

The Christmas Parade in Manchester is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4 p.m. (rain or shine!). This year's theme: "Rocking Through the Holidays". Parade route is on Elm Street.

More information: intownmanchester.com


Merrimack, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting

The 25th Annual Holiday Parade in Merrimack is on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 3:45 p.m.

More information: merrimacknh.gov


Nashua, NH Holiday Stroll

The 25th Annual Holiday Stroll in Nashua is on Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 5-11 p.m.

More information: downtownnashua.org


New Boston, NH Tree Lighting

The New Boston tree lighting and S'mores with Santa event at the town common and gazebo will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.

More information: newbostonnh.gov


North Conway, NH Spirit of the Holidays Parade

The annual Spirit of the Holidays parade in North Conway Village is on Saturday, November 24, 2018 starting at 4 p.m. The parade begins on Depot Road and heads to Schouler Park for a 5 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 1, 2018 at 10 a.m.

More information: nottingham-nh.gov/


Peterborough, NH Holiday Stroll

The 25th Annual Peterborough Holiday Stroll is on Saturday, November 17, 2018 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 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. (the tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.). The tain/snow date: December 2, 2018.

This event kicks off the month-long Vintage Christmas celebration in the city of Portsmouth. Other Vintage Christmas festivities include The Ogunquit Playhouse's production of
"Elf The Musical" at The Music Hall, Strawbery Banke Museum's 39th Annual Candlelight Stroll, Family Holiday Pops and more.

More information: portsmouthchamber.org


Plymouth, NH Christmas parade

The Plymouth Hometown Holiday Celebration is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Rochester, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Rochester is on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 3 p.m.

The annual Rochester tree lighting is on Friday, November 30, 2018 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 2, 2018 at 1 p.m. This year's theme is: "Holidays through the generations of Rye families".

More information: town.rye.nh.us


Salem, NH Christmas parade

The 47th Annual Holiday Parade in Salem is on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 1 p.m. This year's theme is: "Let It Snow!".

More information: salemnhparade.org


Somersworth, NH Christmas parade

The Christmas Parade and Winter Gala in Berwick/Somersworth is on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2 p.m. This year's theme: "Deck the Decades".

More information: facebook.com


Wolfeboro, NH holiday parade

The Annual Christmas in Wolfeboro Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

More information: wolfeborochamber.com


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