34th Annual Candlelight Stroll in the Holiday Capital of North America

December 4-15 and 21-22, 2013. The event takes place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturdays and 4 to 8 pm on Sundays.

Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood.

  • Historic houses from four centuries with decorations hand-crafted from natural materials
  • Hundreds of wood and glass candle boxes lighting the lanes and landscape
  • Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Holiday decoration demonstrations
  • Traditional barrel making demonstrations
  • 18th century holiday hearth cooking
  • Tinsmith demonstrations
  • …and so much more!

Showcasing 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke. Read More!

Vintage Christmas Trolley Portsmouth, NH

Experience an old-fashioned New England Christmas in Portsmouth this Holiday Season.

Hop aboard the Vintage Christmas Trolley running the first three weekends of December. Ride through the quaint, beautifully decorated streets, enjoy the Christmas tree, the lights, the stores! Hop off for dinner at one of the city’s terrific restaurants. Find amazing gifts for those on your Christmas list and top it all off with a hot chocolate and pastry at one of the many cafes and a show.

The trolley makes 15 minute loops through downtown. It stops at The Music Hall, Strawbery Banke and several other downtown locations.

Trolley begins at 1:30 PM and stops at 10:30 PM.

For more information visit www.vintagechristmasnh.org

New England Seacoast List of Holiday Festivities

New Hampshire

Hampton Christmas Parade – Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013 1:00 PM

Seabrook Childrens Christmas Party – Saturday, Dec. 14th 4:30 PM

Hampton Tour of Lights – Tuesday, Dec. 17th & Wednesday Dec. 18th

Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting – Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013 6:00 PM

Massachusetts

Newburyport

Christmas Fair – Saturday Dec. 7th, 2013 9:00 AM

Holiday Invitation Nights – Dec. 6th and 13th 2013 6:00 PM

Santa’s Workshop – Saturdays December 7th  14th and 21st from 10am-1pm
Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd from 11am-2pm

Maine

York Festival of Lights Weekend & Parade – Dec. 6th, 7th & 8th

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude – Dec. 5th through Dec. 15th, 2013

Ogunquit Christmas by the Sea – Dec 6th – 8th & Dec 13th – 15th, 2013

Wells Annual Christmas Parade – Sunday Dec. 15th, 2013 2 PM

Festival of Trees Saco, ME – Nov. 29th through Dec. 29th, 2013

Saco Spirit Holiday Festival & Parade of Lights – Dec. 7th, 2013

Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival – Friday, Dec. 6th & 7th, 2013

For additional information on festivities, schedules of events, times and more visit the corresponding websites, by clicking the links above, provided by SeacoastBeachInfo.com

Christmas Parade 2013 Hampton NH

Hampton Xmas Parade“Vintage Hampton Christmas Parade”
2013 Hampton Christmas Parade
Saturday December 7, 2013, 1:00 P.M.

“Vintage Hampton Christmas Parade” is this year’s theme for the annual Christmas parade sponsored by Experience Hampton Inc. The parade will begin Saturday December 7 at 1:00pm at the North Hampton/Hampton town line and will travel down Rte. 1 through downtown Hampton ending in front of the Hampton Town Hall on Winnacunnet Rd.

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Parade Buttons

parade button Help us fund the Hampton Christmas Parade! For a $2 donation, you will receive a Parade button and the proceeds will help fund the Parade. It’s a great way to show support and help keep the Christmas Parade as an annual event.

Where to Buy Your Parade Buttons:
  • 401 Tavern**
  • All She Wears
  • Aqua Paradise Pool
  • Blue Lobster Brewery*
  • Cohen’s Jewelers*
  • Community Oven**
  • Drinkwater Florists*
  • Extra Mart (next to McDonalds)
  • Galley Hatch*
  • Hoaty’s*
  • Home Brews
  • Kat Dancing Studio**
  • Kennebunk Savings*
  • Marelli Market*
  • Margurites Beauty Shop*
  • Middleton Lumber
  • Mrs. Doolittle’s Bath House*
  • Present Perfect*
  • Purple Carrot*
  • Re Style Consignment*
  • Reese Hair Salon*
  • Ron Jillians**
  • Seacoast Barbershop*
  • Seacoast Florist*
  • Studio 471**
  • The Dog Spa LLC.*
  • The Old Salt*
  • The Sisters Consignment*
  • Top Shelf Brews*
  • Unique Gift Creations*
  • Walgreens
  • Woof!*

*OFFERING A DISCOUNT DECEMBER 1-7 WHEN YOU WEAR YOUR 2013 PARADE BUTTON
**VENUES OFFERING SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE PARADE

Portsmouth Music Hall 135th Anniversary Ball and On Line Auction

The Crystal Ball Online Auction

Show Time: All Day

Our online auction is open! Bidding will run from November 1-17 and all proceeds from the online auction will benefit Portsmouth’s historic Music Hall in celebration of the 135th anniversary.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of Music Hall history.

This year, The Music Hall will be celebrating the 135th Anniversary Season with The Crystal Ball. The pinnacle of the evening will be the unveiling and lighting of the chandelier. For over sixty years the “trash can chandelier” has adorned the dome of the theater. Now during this milestone year, The Music Hall will once again boast a crystal chandelier.

Music Hall Presents @ The Historic Theater

The Crystal Ball

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The Online Auction is Open!

Bid Now

Bidding will run from November 1st through November 17th and all proceeds from the online auction will benefit Portsmouth’s historic Music Hall in celebration of the 135th anniversary.  Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to be a part of Music Hall history.

The Evening at a Glance

ANNIVERSARY CLUB RECEPTION – 6:30pm – SOLD OUT

Presented by Auger Building Company, Inc.
Prior to the main event at the Loft
Live Music by Grand Fatilla * Valet Service * Complimentary Beverages * Special Gift
Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by UNH Conferences and Catering * Cabaret Seating * Complimentary photo taken in the
Loft “photo studio” * Private entrance to the Ball
Space is limited.

THE CRYSTAL BALL MAIN EVENT – 7:30pm

A Kick off to The Music Hall’s 135th Anniversary Season
An evening of Simple Elegance in the Historic Theater
Hors d’oeuvres, Food Stations hosted by Local Restaurants
Martini Bar * Live Jazz Music by Chaise Lounge * Dancing on Stage with DJ Scott Langlois.
Online auction starting November 1 * Raffles the night of

THE GRAND REVEAL & LIGHTING OF THE CRYSTAL CHANDELIER

A moment in history over 60 years in the waiting one lucky attendee will win the once in a lifetime opportunity to flip the switch to light the chandelier, and forever write themselves into The Music Hall story.

Beach Plum by Sea Last day open for season is Friday, Nov. 15th

The Beach Plum Seafood Restaurant Rye NHDeb, and Jan, hope you will stop by for their famous Lobster Roll or an Ice cream before the favorite beach spot for many closes for the season. The Beach Plum by Sea, North Hampton, NH will close on Nov. 15th, 2013 for the season and reopen again in Mid March of 2014.

Of course, the Beach Plum by Land remains open year round and offers indoor seating as well as the famous lobster rolls, Richardson’s Ice Cream and yes, you can still purchase the Gift Cards from the Beach Plum by Land. Visit www.Lobsterrolls.com for more information on The Beach Plum by Sea, North Hampton, NH and The Beach Plum by Land, Portsmouth, NH.

On behalf of Deb, and Jan, Thank you for a terrific 2013 and we’ll see you in Spring.

NH Seacoast Area Halloween Happenings 2013

Portsmouth, NH Halloween Parade 2013

The Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a grassroots, all-inclusive community celebration of creativity, resourcefulness, collaboration and free expression on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Always held on October 31st, the PHP invites everyone to get on a get-up and get down to downtown!

Come join us to help celebrate one of the most fun nights and events in the area! The Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a true classic event going into its 19th year. We will meet between 6-7 pm downtown Portsmouth and begin the parade with all the other crazies about 7 pm. Visit www.SpookyPortsmouth.com.

For more information on all New England Area Seacoast Town Halloween Happenings visit www.SeacoastBeachInfo.com.

Kittery, ME – Halloween Trick or Treat 2013;

Celebrate Halloween at the Kittery Outlets. Trick-or-treat from store to store. Pick up a trick-or-treat bag at one of our Welcome Centers located at Tanger 1 or Kittery Premium Outlets 4 and receive a coupon for a free kid’s meal at the Weathervane Restaurant. Hours are from 4 – 7. For more information, call 207-439-4367.

Contact Information thekitteryoutlets.com, Lynn Smith, (207) 439-4367

The Haunted House at Lamie’s Tavern

Hampton, NH. A wildly popular event. The Haunted House will be held Tuesday October 29th and Wednesday October 30th, 2013 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. In conjunction with the Winnacunnet High School Theater Department. Admission is $5.00 pp and proceeds benefit Winnacunnet High School Theater Department.

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Trick or Treat by Town in Seacoast NH 2013

Best of Taste of the Seacoast Fri. Oct. 18th, 2013

Hampton NH Trick or TreatHampton, NH Trick or Treat  Thursday, Oct. 31st – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Seabrook, NH Trick or Treat Sunday Oct. 28th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Hampton Falls, NH Trick or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 5:00 – 7:00

North Hampton, NH Trick or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 4:00 PM

Rye, NH Trick or Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30th 2013 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Portsmouth, NH Trick or Treat 2013 – Wednesday, Oct. 30th 2013 5:00 – 8:00 PM

For more fun Halloween activities in your town read this blog.

TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY TIPS FROM RYE, NH POLICE DEPT.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY From Rye NH Police Dept.

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS

Trick-or-treat in Rye is scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 30th from 5p-7p

  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Don’t cut across yards or driveways.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Make sure costumes don’t drag on the ground.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don’t go with your costume).
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props.
  • Walk on the left side of the road facing traffic (if no sidewalk).
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Stay away from and don’t pet animals you don’t know.

FOR PARENTS

  • Make sure your child eats dinner before setting out.
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult.
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark.
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material.
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home.
  • You should know where they’re going.
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect.

FOR HOMEOWNERS

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them away to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Battery powered jack o’lantern candles are preferable to a real flame.
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won’t be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later.
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins.

 

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Best of Taste Seacoast NH Fri. Oct. 18th, 2013

WHEN: Friday, October 18, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center

TICKETS: $55 general admission; $85 VIP admission (includes

early entry kickoff party at 6:00 p.m.)

We’ve invited the 2013 winners from TASTE magazine’s “Best of TASTE” edition, to bring their award winning food and cocktails for you to enjoy. Experience restaurateurs, chefs, caterers, brewers, bakers, sommeliers, chocolatiers, and food professionals from over 80 Best of Taste categories.

Come and bid on gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, overnight stays, specialty wines, craft beer packages and exclusive spirits at the silent auction. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

For more information visit www.tasteoftheseacoast.com.

Annual York Beach Harvestfest & Kidsfest Oct. 19th & 20th, 2013

Harvest Festival York ME 2013Annual Harvestfest & Kidsfest on York Beach Oct 19 thru Oct 20, 2013. This festival includes a variety of activities, live bands, an ox roast, bean hole beans and a mix of approximately 150 vendors: including Food Vendors, Juried Crafters, Marketplace Vendors, Go Green Expo Exhibitors and local Non-Profit Organizations.

Harvestfest also includes a corn toss challenge, a POW-WOW, hayrides & much more. Kidsfest will take place both days during Harvestfest and will include kids games, crafts, special entertainment and Pumpkin Stroll on Saturday night.

Event hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For detailed information visit www.gatewaytomaine.org/harvestfest.

Make A  Weekend of the event! Plan your over night stay at Long Beach Motor Inn or The Grand View Inn, both are walking distance to Short Beach and the Festival.