Christmas parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls

2019 dates and times for NH's Christmas parades and more

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 6-8, 2019. Events include a tree lighting on Friday, December 6, Christmas Market and Gingerbread House Workshops on Saturday, December 7 and Christmas concerts on Sunday, December 8.

More information: amhersttreelightingfestival.weebly.com


Berlin, NH Parade of Lights

The annual Parade of Lights in Berlin is on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7 p.m. The parade will be in downtown Berlin starting on Glen Avenue and then moves up to Main Street.

More information: facebook.com


Bow, NH Tree Lighting

Santa will visit the Bow gazebo on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. Don’t miss the tree lighting, visit from Santa, s’mores, cookies and hot chocolate.

More information: bownh.gov


Claremont, NH tree lighting

Santa Claus will be coming to Claremont on Friday, November 29, 2019 to visit and light up Broad Street Park from 6-8 p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Concord, NH holiday parade

The 68th Annual Concord Christmas Parade is on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.


Derry, NH Christmas parade

The Annual Holiday Parade in Derry is on Saturday, November 30, 2019 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, December 1, 2019 beginning at 3 p.m. on Central Avenue.

More information: facebook.com


Durham, NH Frost Fest

Welcome the winter season with Durham Recreation’s annual celebration, which is being held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street in Durham.

More information: facebook.com


Exeter, NH Christmas parade

The Holiday Parade in Exeter is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The theme is: “Holiday Movie Night”.

More information: exeterholidayparade.org


Goffstown, NH Tree Lighting

Goffstown’s Friday Night Under the Lights event will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 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 55th Annual Hampstead Christmas Parade is on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 2 p.m. This year, the Hampstead Lions Club has taken over planning the event from the Hampstead Fireman’s Association. The event starts on Holiday Lane and ends at the Hampstead Central School.

More information: carriagetownnews.com


Hampton, NH Christmas parade

The Experience Hampton Christmas Parade in Hampton is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 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 6, 2019 at the Dartmouth Green.

The tree will be lit at 5:10 p.m. 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


Jackson, NH tree lighting

The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jackson is on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4 p.m.

More information: jacksonnh.com


Laconia, NH Christmas parade

The Light-Up Laconia Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 4 p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Lebanon, NH Holiday Happenings

The Lebanon Recreation Holiday Celebration is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. at City Hall. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15 p.m.

More information: lebanonnh.gov


Litchfield, NH Tree Lighting Celebration

The 2nd Annual Litchfield Christmas Tree Lighting is on Saturday, December 12, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. at Roy Memorial Park. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be Santa, s’mores, hot cocoa, ornament decorating, local vendors and more.

More information: christmasinlitchfieldnh.com


Littleton, NH holiday parade

The Christmas Parade in Littleton is on Friday, November 29, 2019 and begins at noon.

More information: littletonareachambernh.com


Manchester, NH holiday parade

The Christmas Parade in Manchester is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 4 p.m. (rain or shine!). This year’s theme: “Christmas Around the World”. Parade route is on Elm Street.

More information: intownmanchester.com


Meredith, NH Christmas tree lighting

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Meredith will take place on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at  Hesky Park from 5-5:30 p.m. Festivities include caroling and refreshments and Santa will come and visit around 5:15 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m.

More information: meredithnh.org


Merrimack, NH Christmas parade and tree lighting

The 26th Annual Holiday Parade in Merrimack is on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 3:45 p.m.

More information: merrimacknh.gov


Nashua, NH Holiday Stroll

The 26th Annual Holiday Stroll in Nashua is on Saturday, November 30, 2019, starting at 4 p.m.

More information: downtownnashua.org


New Boston, NH Tree Lighting

The New Boston tree lighting and S’mores with Santa event at the New Boston town common and gazebo will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4-6 p.m.

More information: newbostonnh.gov


Nottingham, NH Christmas parade and party

The town of Nottingham Holiday Parade and Party is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10 a.m.

More information: nottingham-nh.gov/


Portsmouth, NH Christmas parade

The Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. (the tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m.). The rain/snow date: December 8, 2019.

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 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.

More information: facebook.com


Rochester, NH Christmas parade

The annual Rochester tree lighting is on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. There will be cookies to decorate, carolers singing, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus.

The Holiday Parade in Rochester is on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “A Sweet Christmas”.

More information: www.rochesternh.org


Rye, NH Christmas parade

The Rye Fire Department and Lion’s Club Annual Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1 p.m.

More information: town.rye.nh.us


Salem, NH Christmas parade

The 48th Annual Holiday Parade in Salem is on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is: “Ugly Sweater Christmas Party”.

More information: salemnhparade.org


Somersworth, NH Christmas parade

The Christmas Parade and Winter Gala in Berwick/Somersworth is on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 2 p.m. This year’s theme: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Holiday”.

More information: facebook.com

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