Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Partly because I am obsessed with cranberry sauce. Partly because even though we’ve been seeing Christmas decorations and sales in stores for weeks now, to me it is the official start of the holidays and I can start getting in the spirit. But mostly I have loved Thanksgiving because my entire family would gather together and make a weekend out of eating, football, eating, watching movies, eating, playing games, and more eating. Now that I can’t make it back to see my family every year, I am looking for some new traditions to start with my little family here in New Hampshire. Thankfully the Granite State has a wide array of activities over the next couple of weeks to start getting us into the holiday spirit! Here are a few to get you started.
Nashua Holiday Stroll
This event sounds absolutely magical to me. It is probably worth a drive even if you don’t live in the Nashua area! On November 29th, starting at 5 pm, Nashua’s streets close down for the annual Holiday Stroll. Start with a candlelight procession and tree lighting and then visit the shops and restaurants in downtown Nashua. Enjoy dinner, drinks and shopping in a festive atmosphere. After dinner, visit one of the many vendors who are handing out samples, stop to listen to some music from various groups who will be performing, and of course bring the kids to see Santa! That is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the entertainment that will be featured during the evening! For more information, visit Downtown Nashua’s event page.
Jackson’s Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour
I’ve been in horse drawn carts, but never on an actual sleigh, so I can’t wait to try this out! Add your own jingle bell and chocolate on the ride? You’ve got me convinced that this is a must-do this holiday. On Saturdays (and some Sundays) starting on 11/29 and continuing through 12/20, bundle up and enjoy a sleigh ride to Jackson Village where you’ll enjoy shopping and food before being returned to the beautiful Nestlenook Farm. Get your $25 tickets by calling 603-383-9356. Find more info about this and other events in Jackson here.
Festival of Trees
This weekend and Thanksgiving weekend, visit North Conway for their Festival of Trees. I’m going to guess that New Hampshire, of all states, can do a festival of trees the way it was meant to be. Check out the creative ways that various individuals, groups and organizations decorate trees for the holidays. Be sure to check out the entertainment and shops, and look for Santa and Mrs. Claus! For admission rates and times, visit the Festival of Trees website.
Have a safe, happy and healthy start to your holiday season!
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