Shaker holiday entertainment featured in Bach’s Lunch Programs @ Concord Community Music School
Dec 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, Interpretation Manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture titled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at Canterbury Shaker Village, their Christmas traditions evolved and changed – from simple religious services in the 19th century to elaborate theatricals and musicals in the 20th century. Hear about these Christmas “Entertainments” that were written, directed, and performed by the women of the Village between the 1880s and the 1930s, in order to sustain Shaker communal life and build ties of love and union.

On Thursday, Dec. 12, at 12:10 p.m., the Canterbury Singers, with director Kathryn Southworth, present a Bach’s Lunch Concert, “Come, the Feast is Ready! A Shaker Christmas.” The Canterbury Singers originated at Canterbury Shaker Village more than 20 twenty years ago, and are now a program of the Concord Community Music School in partnership with the Village. The group has expanded into a musical community of devoted singers and admirers of the Shaker legacy. In addition to sharing traditional and Christmas related tunes, hymns, and anthems of the Shakers, the Canterbury Singers will invite the audience to join them in traditional carols of the season.

Free NH Saturday at the Currier @ Currier Museum of Art
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Hampshire residents receive free Museum general admission before noon on the second Saturday of each month. Stop by and enjoy Creative Studio and browse the galleries.

Free NH Second Saturday in 2019 is sponsored by the Botnick Family Foundation and E&R Laundry & Dry Cleaners.

Tales of New Hampshire Holiday Family Storytime @ New Hampshire Historical Society
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Tales of New Hampshire Holiday Family Storytime @ New Hampshire Historical Society | Concord | New Hampshire | United States

Bring the family to a free holiday program at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Storytellers will share classic tales about holiday celebrations in the Granite State, and there will be time to play traditional games, make a craft to take home, and visit the “Discovering New Hampshire” exhibition. This program is geared for kids ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome. Registration is not required. This free program is generously sponsored by Concord Pediatric Dentistry.

But Wait, There’s Myrrh! @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
Dec 15 all-day
But Wait, There's Myrrh! @ Emmanuel Baptist Church | Hooksett | New Hampshire | United States

Tired of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Are you ready for a break? If so, please join us at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 14 Mammoth Road, Hooksett on Sunday, 12/15 at 6 pm for “But Wait, There’s Myrrh!” This FREE family-friendly play about the true meaning of Christmas is one your family won’t want to miss! Nursery for children up to 4 years old will be provided. Following the performance, we will serve delicious, home-style sugar cookies and milk.

Family Hike at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest @ Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest
Dec 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Hike at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest @ Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest |  |  |

On the fourth Saturday of each month join other families for a guided hike! Whether your family is new to hiking or seasoned hikers, this is a fun way to get outside and explore. All of these hikes are on SLA trails and if you hike all 50 miles of trails then you can become a Squam Ranger! Every hike will begin with a discussion of how we can all stay safe and have fun, especially while hiking in the winter.

This month’s hike will take place at Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest, a fairly short, low intensity hike. For this trip, we will be doing a loop around the forest, through the swamp, and along the beach; the whole loop will be 2 miles long and includes four different trails! Although it is short, we will have the opportunity to see a handful of landscape changes and different unique habitats, at each transition, we will stop to discuss the changes these habitats see in the winter and how some of our winter habits can impact them.

We will be taking a magical winter wonderland hike through the Chamberlain Reynolds Memorial Forest! Depending on our pace and how deep the snow is, end time is tentative, we may finish before lunchtime, but we will take breaks for snacks. Thermoses filled with hot chocolate, cider, or broth are always great to bring along to keep the chill away. As we hike, we will stop periodically along the way to talk about the different habitats found in this forest, how winter affects them, and habits that humans have in the winter time that affect them, as well.

Since hikes are weather dependent, we will contact those who have signed up if plans change.

What to Bring:
Participants should bring appropriate clothing, extra layers, comfortable water resistant shoes for hiking, water, snacks and snowshoes and/or micro-spikes depending on conditions. The SLA can provide snowshoes for up to six participants. Bring plenty of snacks. Bring a camera if you like, it will be beautiful out there, and depending on the snow cover, a good time to take pictures of animal tracks.

This hike is for families, however snowshoeing can be difficult and tiring for small children under 7. We recommend this hike for 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required. Space is limited to 12 people. Register here:

Christmas Eve on the Milford Oval @ Milford Bandstand (“Oval”)
Dec 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Christmas Eve on the Milford Oval @ Milford Bandstand (“Oval”) | Milford | New Hampshire | United States

Celebrate Christmas with Traditional Open Air Caroling!

Bring your family to the Milford Oval on Christmas Eve to join with your friends and neighbors for a traditional, outdoor Christmas Carol service. Make this Christmas one that your family will always remember as we recall its true meaning amidst the glimmer of lights and the sound of voices on the historic Milford Oval.

The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols was first held on Christmas Eve 1918 in London, England, celebrating the end of the ‘Great War.’ It has remained and is virtually unchanged these past 101 years.

Complimentary hot drinks and refreshments will be served for both young and old to help fend off the New England weather

LIHA Learners Weekend @ LIHA
Jul 18 – Jul 19 all-day
LIHA Learners Weekend @ LIHA | Sanbornton | New Hampshire | United States

It’s a weekend of introducing all who are interested to the Native American culture. There will be drums and dance teachings, crafts, Native teachings, and raffles, as well as vendors with cultural type items.

Drums by Heavy Rain and Humble Spirit. Flute by Michael Longrider.

Bring a non-perishable donation and receive a free raffle ticket for door prize.