Dec
13
Fri
Annie @ The Music Hall
Dec 13 all-day
Annie @ The Music Hall | Portsmouth | New Hampshire | United States

Annie is the heartwarming and hilarious story of a merry, quirky orphan girl finding a home for Christmas, featuring Broadway actors and dancers! Sally Struthers’ show-stealing Miss Hannigan is back in a production that will knock your socks off. With a memorable cast of characters, and beloved songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” this is truly a family-friendly musical! Bring Annie home for the holidays!

Festival of Planes @ Aviation Museum of New Hampshire
Dec 13 all-day
Festival of Planes @ Aviation Museum of New Hampshire | Londonderry | New Hampshire | United States

It’s a new holiday exhibit designed to make your imagination take flight.

The Festival of Planes, a display of more than 3,000 vintage aviation toys and model aircraft, will open on Friday, Nov. 29 at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, and remain open through the holiday season.

The walk-through exhibit features aviation-themed toys, models, puzzles, and promotional items from throughout the 20th century, from the Wright Brothers to such sci-fi favorites as Star Trek, Star Wars, and more.

Also on display will be vintage aircraft piloted by celebrities including Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Elmo, and Barbie.

The exhibit, a combination of several collections as well as items from the Aviation Museum’s own archives, will use toys and model aircraft to trace aviation history from the beginning of powered flight through to the present day.

The Festival of Planes exhibit of aviation toys and model aircraft is included with museum admission.

The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. In addition, the museum will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays during the holiday season for evening viewing of the Festival of Planes.

The walk-through exhibit is designed to be an immersive experience, complete with Christmas trees, a fire-placed living room, and a starry winter sky filled with model planes flying overhead. Whenever possible, toys will be displayed with their original packaging.

Elf: The Musical @ Derry Opera House
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm
Elf: The Musical @ Derry Opera House | Derry | New Hampshire | United States

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Show times: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Sounds of the Season: Holiday Pops concert @ Manchester Community Music School
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm

Join Manchester Community Music School as it celebrates the “Sounds of the Season” and kicks off the holidays with a wonderful night of festive music, tasty treats, and holiday cheer at the 2019 Holiday Pops Concert.

There will be performances by the Flute Choir, New Hampshire Wind Ensemble, the New Hampshire Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Dino Anagnost Youth Symphony Orchestra of New Hampshire.There will also be raffle prizes – perfect for holiday gift giving, and Santa might stop by if everyone has been really good!

The Holiday Pops Concert is one of two major fundraising events the Manchester Community Music School holds each year. Proceeds from this event help support many Music School Programs including Tuition Assistance, Music Therapy, and the New Hampshire Youth Ensembles.

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge @ Epping Playhouse
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge @ Epping Playhouse | Epping | New Hampshire | United States

The Epping Community Theater celebrates the spirit of the holidays with the trial of the century! Throughout New Hampshire, there are plenty of chances to see the classic tale A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. However, ECT offers you the chance to see what happens a year later in the life of Scrooge. Did the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future really inspire Scrooge to maintain the spirit of the holidays throughout the whole year? Is Scrooge truly a changed man? Come see The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge to find out!

In this incredibly funny, witty, and touching holiday tale we bring back all your favorite characters, Scrooge, his nephew Fred, the Cratchits,Tiny Tim, Ms. Dilbert, the charity collector, Belle, Fan, and of course Jacob Marley and the Christmas Ghosts. Set in an 18th century courthouse, Scrooge sets out to sue Marley and the ghosts for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder, and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. Through various testimonies we get to re-experience some iconic Dickens lines as well as take a second look at the real reason Scrooge is visited that particular night.

Whether you have seen A Christmas Carol or are new to the Dickens’ tale you will truly be entertained by this fantastic story. While capturing the same heartfelt spirit Dickens intended, The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge will challenge you to look at that fateful Christmas Eve in a different light and rediscover the true spirit of Christmas!

Tickets are on sale now! Dec 6th-15th, Fri and Sat 7:30pm and Sun 2 pm matinee.

Dec
14
Sat
Annie @ The Music Hall
Dec 14 all-day
Annie @ The Music Hall | Portsmouth | New Hampshire | United States

Annie is the heartwarming and hilarious story of a merry, quirky orphan girl finding a home for Christmas, featuring Broadway actors and dancers! Sally Struthers’ show-stealing Miss Hannigan is back in a production that will knock your socks off. With a memorable cast of characters, and beloved songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” this is truly a family-friendly musical! Bring Annie home for the holidays!

Jingle Bell Express
Dec 14 all-day
Jingle Bell Express

Join us for a magical wintry journey to the Cocheco Country Club in the C&J double-decker bus to hear a reading of the classic children’s holiday story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg © 1985. Enjoy refreshments, take pictures with and receive a keepsake gift from a very special guest. Pajamas are welcome! Ticket price includes a keepsake digital family photo, time to explore the Children’s Museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. Reserve your seat early. Space is limited!

The Saturday, December 7, 1:30pm trip will be Sensory Friendly – less crowded trip; shorter storytime; option to take a family photo near a Christmas tree, the fireplace, Santa doll, or live Santa; twinkle lights decorating the double decker bus, quiet peaceful holiday music, but no video; gluten free snack; and quiet areas and stress toys available. A social story is also available on our website and at the event.

Our Big Backyard Series: Gifts of the Night Tree @ Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Our Big Backyard Series: Gifts of the Night Tree @ Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center | Laconia | New Hampshire | United States

Share the holiday spirit with our friends in nature! We’ll read the classic, The Night Tree, make treats for furry and feathered friends, then venture to decorate our own “Night Tree.”

There is always something exciting to see on our treks around Prescott Farm! Age 7+ with an adult. Light activity.

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.

The Polar Express @ Red River Theatres
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Polar Express @ Red River Theatres | Concord | New Hampshire | United States

Join Red River Theatres for this holiday favorite! Ticket’s include your very own “believer’s bell” and hot cocoa will be available to purchase.

What the film’s about: A young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole—during which he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas. A holiday favorite, THE POLAR EXPRESS was the first animated film to use performance capture technology. It is based on the 1985 children’s book by Chris Van Allsberg and features Tom Hanks in six distinct roles (Hero Boy/Father/Conductor/Hobo/Scrooge/Santa Claus).