Top 10 events happening in January

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s kick off 2020 with some great family-friendly events and things to do. January is full of outdoor adventure, winter carnivals and sledding. Bundle up though, it’s cold out there!

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

JANUARY 1: FIRST DAY HIKES AT NH STATE PARKS

Start the new year off by joining other outdoor enthusiasts for a rejuvenating and invigorating family-friendly trek. On New Year’s Day, five of New Hampshire’s state parks will be offering free hikes, including: Bear Brook State Park, Milan Hill State Park, Odiorne StatePark, Monadnock State Park and Franconia Notch State Park. Don’t forget your pup! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are also invited to some of these hikes.
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JANUARY 5: NEW ENGLAND REPTILE EXPO IN MANCHESTER

What kid doesn’t love creepy, crawly snakes and scaly reptiles?! If you’re a reptile lover then this event is perfect for you. Held annually in January at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester this a fun and unique way to spend a cold Sunday.
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JANUARY 9-12: DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS: CELEBRATE MEMORIES IN MANCHESTER

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience when Disney On Ice comes skating into Manchester. Mickey Mouse is joined by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on a journey to discover his favorite memory of all time. Using Mickey’s “Mouse Pad,” show hosts encourage fans to be part of the action and help the gang venture though Disney stories, sharing memorable moments from treasured tales Don’t miss this incredible show happening at the SNHU Arena on Elm Street in Manchester.
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JANUARY 11: FREE ADMISSION SATURDAY AT THE CURRIER IN MANCHESTER

If you have visiting the Currier Museum of Art on your family’s bucket list, then Free Admission Saturday is the perfect time to go. Did you know that on the second Saturday of each month, the Currier offers free admission to New Hampshire residents? Simply stop by before noon and get in for free (don’t forget your ID though).
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JANUARY 11: ROLLERCOASTER: A FAMILY-FRIENDLY DANCE PARTY IN PORTSMOUTH

Rollercoaster is a dance party for parents and their kids featuring music you listened to before the Moana soundtrack invaded your stereo. Parents can enjoy a full bar and there will be plenty of healthy snacks for the kids. Parents get in for free and admission is $10 for the first kid and $5 for additional children.
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JANUARY 18: WINTER BIRD WALK IN AUBURN

Winter is a great time to get into birding and this event will help ease you into the great sport of birdwatching. This NH Audubon event includes some time inside discussing binoculars and a few keys to bird identification and then everyone will head outside to see what types of birds are around. Bring your binoculars and come dressed for the weather. This event is suited for children 10 and older.
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JANUARY 23-26: 10TH ANNUAL BLACK ICE POND HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP IN CONCORD

You don’t actually have to participate in the actual playing of pond hockey to enjoy this family-friendly event. Families will find a lively outdoor scene at White Park in Concord and enjoy pond hockey games, food trucks, open skating, ice sculptures, a bon fire and more.
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JANUARY 24-26: SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION IN JACKSON

Embrace the snow and cold and head to the picturesque town of Jackson for the 20th annual sculpting competition. Visitors can watch sculptors from around the country create beautiful artwork from snow and ice or head to town on Sunday when the pieces will be complete for viewing. Most events (including a parade, bonfire, scavenger hunt and more) are free to attend.
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JANUARY 25: FAMILY FUN DAY IN CONCORD

Bring your family to the New Hampshire Historical Society for an afternoon of storytelling, hands-on activities and fun. Families can get creative with New Hampshire-themed crafts, test their knowledge of Granite State trivia, and explore how people lived in the past. Admission is a very reasonable $5 per family.
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JANUARY 26: ICE DAY IN NORTH SUTTON

Nestled in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region near Wadleigh State Park, you’ll find the small town of North Sutton and the lovely Muster Field Farm Museum. This hidden gem and 18th century homestead spans across 250 acres and hosts some great events throughout the year. One of our favorites happens to be the annual Ice Day event in late January. Families can partake in ice cutting and harvesting and learn why this practice is still important for for the Farm Museum. The event is free to attend and starts at 9 a.m. Remember to dress warmly as this is an outdoor event.
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