Top 10 events happening in December

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Can you believe that December and the holidays are here already?! We’re pretty excited for hot cocoa, Christmas tree lightings and spreading some holiday cheer. Make sure that your family makes the most out of December by checking out one of the many Christmas parades and performances of “The Nutcracker”.

Here are the top 10 events happening in New Hampshire this month:

NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 8: CHRISTMAS PARADES ACROSS NEW HAMPSHIRE

The first few weekends in December are filled with parades, tree lightings and holiday strolls. Our favorites include: Nashua Holiday Stroll, Portsmouth Illuminated Parade, Plymouth Hometown Celebration and the Manchester Christmas Parade.
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DECEMBER 7-22: 40TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT STROLL IN PORTSMOUTH

On weekends in December, Strawbery Banke Museum invites visitors to embrace a simpler time at the beloved and popular Candlelight Stroll. Don’t miss horse-drawn carriage rides, hearthside cooking demonstrations, live music, tinsmith demonstrations and skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond.
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DECEMBER 7 AND 14: JINGLE BELL EXPRESS IN DOVER

Families are invited to take a magical journey in C&J’s double decker bus to the Cochecho Country Club and listen to a reading of the classic holiday story, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Attendees can look forward to refreshments and a keepsake gift, as well as a visit from a very special guest. Children and parents are encouraged to wear their pajamas. The ticket price includes a keepsake family photo, time to explore the museum and a make-and-take holiday craft. Space is limited and early reservations are highly encouraged.
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DECEMBER 7 AND 14: CHRISTMAS AT CANTERBURY SHAKER VILLAGE

Experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era at this beloved holiday event. Children will love the 19th-century magic show, meeting Santa, making Christmas decorations and cards, decorating gingerbread cookies and listening to festive music and carolers. Tickets are $18 for adults and $8 for children ages 6-17 (younger than 5 are admitted for free).
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DECEMBER 14: LAURIE BERKNER BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT IN CONCORD

Beloved children’s musician Laurie Berkner is heading to the Capitol Center for the Arts this month for a special concert. Laurie and her band will celebrate the season with traditional, secular songs such as “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman,” plus originals from Laurie’s well-loved album A Laurie Berkner Christmas like “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight.” They also pay tribute to Hanukkah with “Candle Chase” and “The Dreidel Song” and will perform an array of Laurie’s greatest hits.
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DECEMBER 14 AND 21: “THE POLAR EXPRESS” IN CONCORD

Grab the whole family, stay in your pajamas and head to Red River Theatres in downtown Concord for a showing this holiday favorite on the big screen on Saturdays, December 14 and 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each.
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DECEMBER 15: “THE NUTCRACKER” IN WOLFEBORO

Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents the classic holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker”.  Directed by former Boston Ballet prima ballerina, Edra Toth, this full-length production is not to be missed. Join Clara and her nutcracker as they venture into the Land of the Sweets and adventure. If you can’t make this show, then check it out on December 7-8 in Dover.
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DECEMBER 21: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA IN SALEM AND PORTSMOUTH

The Tuscan Kitchen in Salem and Portsmouth are hosting special Breakfast with Santa events, but this isn’t just your usual pancakes and bacon with Santa. Expect some a seriously delicious buffet and, yes, Santa will be there for photos and last-minute gift requests.
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DECEMBER 31: NOON YEAR’S EVE IN MANCHESTER

Ring in 2020 a few hours early at the Currier Museum of Art’s annual Noon Year’s Eve party for the young and young at heart. Wrap up a day of celebration with bubble-wrap fireworks and a huge balloon drop. Enjoy art-making activities, face painting, a dance party, and live entertainment from magician BJ Hickman. Dress in your party best and celebrate the New Year at the Currier.
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DECEMBER 31: FAMILY NEWS YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION IN DOVER

Families can “countdown to midnight” at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire on December 31. When the glittery disco ball is lowered, confetti will fly through the air and wish blimps made by visitors will gently fall to the ground; it’s always a festive and fun environment that is reminiscent of Times Square. Admission for this special event is included in general museum admission fees ($10 for ages over 1 and $9 for seniors over 65).
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