The Holidays Are Here Again

christmas-751674_960_720It’s that time of year again; the holiday season! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! As we head deeper into December, and town and community celebrations abound, I thought I’d share a few holiday events happening in the Upper Valley this weekend.

This Friday, Dec. 4th, kicks off the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual “Celebrate the Season” event in Hanover from 4pm to 8pm. Hanover businesses and organizations will be putting on a number of activities, specials, and displays to celebrate the holidays. Visits from Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, musical performances, ornament-making, and much more are being offered on Friday (check schedule here for times and locations). Don’t miss the Christmas tree lighting on the Hanover Green at 5pm, and grab yourself some hot cocoa and cookies while the Christmas Revels North Chorus performs during the event.

On Saturday, Dec. 5th, the Hanover celebrations continue with a Gingerbread Festival from 10am-3pm. You can also catch a Dartmouth Men’s Basketball game at 2pm, beer tasting at EBA’s 2pm-4pm, or wine tasting and musical performance at Six South Street Hotel at 4pm. New this year, is the event “Soup Tasting with a Purpose,” from 2pm-4pm. For $5 per ticket, you can try various soups at businesses throughout Downtown Hanover, with each business donating 100% of the proceeds to their local nonprofit of choice. A final list of participating businesses and their selected nonprofits will be available on Saturday at EBA’s (where tickets are picked up or purchased day-of).

Starting Saturday and continuing through Dec. 13th, Hanover’s annual “Restaurant Week” is happening throughout Downtown Hanover. Approximately a dozen restaurants are participating this year, and many of their prix-fixe menus are available online here.

Also on Saturday, Dec. 5th, is the “Hometown Holidays” event at the Great Stone Dwelling at the Enfield Shaker Museum, starting at 10am. This free event features a holiday market, cookie decorating, craft workshop, music, sled dog and Santa visits, and more.

Lebanon Recreation and Parks is also having their holiday celebrations this Saturday, kicking off at Lebanon City Hall at 2pm. Another free and family friendly event, these “Holiday Happenings” include carriage rides, music, Santa visits (that is one busy dude!), refreshments, and more.

When you finish up in Lebanon at 5pm, you can then head over to Lyme for their “Tree Festival,” put on by the Lyme Utility Club. On the Green, this event features over 50 decorated trees, and helps to raise money for local charities and scholarships.

The above-listed events are just a primer for all of the great family activities offered throughout December in the Upper Valley. To keep up with what’s going on, the Valley News and The Upper Valley both have excellent event calendars on their websites. Now your challenge is choosing which events to go to! Good luck and happy holidays!

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