First Night revives the ancient traditions of marking the passage of time in a present day context. It was created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry. Offered to the city as a finale to its Bicentennial events in 1976, First Night Boston also began a new tradition, bringing neighboring communities together through a joint celebration.
Each year thereafter, other communities began to ask the founding members of First Night Boston for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year’s Eve. In time the International Alliance of First Nights was born and in 1993 First Night International became a stand-alone non-profit entity. In 2008, the ‘trademark’ came home and First Night Boston once again authorizes and monitors the use of the First Night name, promoting community, creativity and cultural diversity through all of its activities and services under the banner of First Night USA
Portsmouth became a First Night® community in 1986 – we are one of two remaining towns in New Hampshire that celebrates First Night® with music, dance, fireworks and ice sculpture.
By purchasing the First Night® Button, you support Pro Portsmouth’s efforts to keep this tradition alive and thriving on the Seacoast!
Enjoy New Years Eve with all the festivities and celebrations that First Night Portsmouth offers!
Find out detailed information by visiting www.proportsmouth.org. Download a detailed schedule Here.
Decorating gingerbread houses, a holiday tradition that dates back to Germany in the 1800’s, is still treasured by children today.
The Children’s Museum of NH offers its annual decorating workshop in three sessions today to accommodate the number of families who want to participate.
The one-hour sessions are held at 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm, and pre-registration is required.
“The Family Gingerbread House Workshop is one of our most popular annual events,” explained Heidi Duncanson, Director of Marketing at the museum. “Kids love picking out all the decorations from our big table of candy, pretzels and other snacks, and adults love that this messy activity is takes place somewhere other than their own kitchen. We do all the set-up and all the clean-up so they can focus on having fun. Kids are so proud as they walk out carrying the one-of-a-kind house their family created together.”
At each workshop, the museum gives each family fresh-baked gingerbread house pieces and a container of royal icing. Once the family’s house is assembled, kids can choose from a wide variety of candy and edible decorations to bring their plain brown house to life. Holiday music plays as cider and cookies are served at the end of each session, adding to the festive experience.
If a family would like to have a second house to decorate, they can reserve one for an additional $20.
Event Type: Children & Families
Cost: $30 per family/$40 non-members
Website: Click here
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!
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
“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.
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*
- 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*
*OFFERING A DISCOUNT DECEMBER 1-7 WHEN YOU WEAR YOUR 2013 PARADE BUTTON
**VENUES OFFERING SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE PARADE
Deb, 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.
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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Best of Taste of the Seacoast Fri. Oct. 18th, 2013
Hampton, 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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