What to do during Christmas vacation week
Explore the Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH.
The kids will be on school vacation the week between Christmas and New Year (December 25, 2017-January 1, 2018 and there are some great events and things to do to keep them busy and having fun.
- Bundle up and go sledding. There's snow already on the ground and we're likely to get more, so grab your gloves and toboggan and find the nearest hill! Some of our favorite spots are Alexander Carr Park in Derry, Roby Park in Nashua and Garrison Hill Park in Dover.
More information: here's the complete list of our favorite sledding spots.
- Put your child’s artistic skills to the test and check out Parenting NH’s Cover Coloring Contest. We’re looking for a colorful and bright cover for our annual camp issue (one of our most popular issues of the year!) so break out the crayons and colored pencils and show us what you’ve got. We will be choosing winners from three age groups, age 7 and younger; age 8-10, and age 11-13. Of the three, one will be chosen to be the cover and the other two winners will be featured inside.
- Ring in 2018 a few hours early at the Currier Museum of Art. On December 31, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Currier in Manchester is holding a special Noon Year’s Eve party for families. Festivities include bubble wrap fireworks and a balloon drop as well as live entertainment, face painting and hands-on art activities.
More information: The Currier Museum of Art is located at 150 Ash Street in Manchester. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for ages 17 and younger.
You can also find more New Year’s Eve events here: http://www.parentingnh.com/newyear
- Party with the fish at Amoskeag Fishways’ Open House. On December 28, 2017, Amoskeag Fishways in downtown Manchester invites you to its annual thank you and open house event happening from 11 am. until 3 p.m. This free event features two presentations: “Active Winter Animals” and “Winter Backyard Birds”. Kids are invited to create fun crafts, eat yummy treats, and even enter to win door prizes.
More information: Amoskeag Fishways is located at 6 Fletcher Street in Manchester, NH. This is a free event and all are invited to attend.
- Get loud and stomp your feet with NH’s own Recycled Percussion. The Manchester-based group, who rose to fame on America’s Got Talent, will be criss-crossing the Granite State for 16 special shows from December 26, 2017 – January 16, 2018. Catch them at The Palace Theatre, Rochester Opera House, Colonial Theatre and Flying Monkey Playhouse.
You can find dates and details here: www.recycledpercussionband.com
- Start 2018 off on the right foot and go for a hike. There are a number of free, organized hikes happening on Monday, January 1, 2018 including hikes at: Silver Lake State Park in Hollis, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State Historic Site in Portsmouth and Wellington State Park in Bristol.
More information: For times and meeting locations, visit nhstateparks.org. Don’t forget to bring your four-legged friends along for the hike, too!
- Embrace the cold and check out an ice castle. It's back by popular demand! Head to Lincoln for an acre-sized castle made completely of ice. Kids will love the ice thrown, luges and slides as well as beautiful ice sculptures. This beloved pop-up attraction is expected to open in late December (or early January) and sticks around until the temps warm up around late February. This year, visitors will find an enchanted ice princess and fire performances on select dates.
More information: Ice Castles Lincoln is located at the Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads at 64 Railroad Street in Lincoln, NH.
- Get a new perspective on the stars. Head to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord and take in a Planetarium show. "Life under the Arctic Sky" – the newest show about the northern lights – and the sami culture, the people who have herded their reindeer under the northern lights across hundreds of miles each year for millennia.
More information: www.starhop.com
- All aboard Holiday Week Trains. Visit snow-covered North Conway and catch a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad, which will be offering old-fashioned train rides two times a day from December 26-31 during school vacation week. While you're in North Conway, make sure you visit Cranmore Mountain Resort's Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park.
More information: www.conwayscenic.com