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10 things to do in N.H. this weekend: Seasonal Spectacular, Midnight Merriment, Vintage Christmas

An aerial photograph of the ice skating rink at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth.
Strawbery Banke Museum (via Facebook)
Public ice skating at Strawbery Banke as part of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

It's the first weekend in December, and holiday events are in full swing.

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Compaq Big Band
The Palace Theaters

  • Public Menorah Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. at Memorial Park in Durham. More info.
  • Compaq Big Band on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex Theater in Manchester. More info.
  • 28th Annual Midnight Merriment on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to midnight in downtown Concord. More info.
  • Winterfest 2021 on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Backyard Brewery & Kitchen in Manchester. More info.
  • Warner Area Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Warner Town Hall. More info.
  • Jingle All The Way 5K on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth. More info.
  • UNH Department of Music Seasonal Spectacular on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Johnson Theater on the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham. More info.
  • Jingle Bell Extravaganza on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover. More info.
  • 2021 Festival of Trees on Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12, at the Franklin Opera House. More info.
    See also: 12th Annual Festival of Trees in Dover, Wolfeboro Festival of Trees
  • 49th Annual Christmas Show and Sale daily, until Dec. 24, at various locations in Lebanon. More info.
Midnight Merriment 2021
Main Street Concord (via Facebook)


  • Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth throughout December, at various locations. More info.
Zoey Knox is NHPR's newsroom engagement producer. She has spent most of her radio years at college radio stations in Madison, WI (WSUM) and Seattle, WA (KXSU).

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