Kittery Community Farmer’s Market Every other Sunday through the winter

The Kittery Community Market consists of thirty vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and flowers, as well as handmade items from local artisans. Many of the local farmers participating in the market grow their produce organically or without pesticides. The market hosts a variety of food trucks and local restaurants that prepare delicious, ready-made food items. Additionally, each week, there is live entertainment provided by the area’s musicians and guest chefs.

The Market has moved indoors for the winter with more than 15 terrific vendors offering a great variety of supplies.

Find local meats, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, butter, candy, pickles, jams/jellies, crafts and much more.

We’ve moved indoors for the winter! Cooking DemonstrationsCheck out our new location in the Theatre of the Kittery Community Center. We have lots of returning vendors as well as some great new additions. You will find us here December 1st, 15th, 29th, January, 12th, 26th, February 9th, 23rd, March 9th and 3rd.

Cost: Free admission
Website: Click here

Make sure and visit often for current family activities in and around Hampton, NH

First Night Portsmouth NH – New Years Eve 2013

New Years Eve Portsmuth NHFirst 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 Download a detailed schedule Here.

Family Gingerbread Workshop Sat. Dec. 14th

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
Phone: 742-2002
Website: Click here

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

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



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


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

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.


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!*


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


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.


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


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 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

For more information on all New England Area Seacoast Town Halloween Happenings visit

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, 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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