In Mt. Washington Valley, NH, we take the holidays very seriously! From cookie & chocolate tours to sleigh rides and train rides, from craft fairs to tree lightings, Santa makes his way throughout the Valley, bringing the Spirit of the Holidays to all!
Make plans to join us as we kick off our holiday season right after Thanksgiving.
Please note: The dates in pink are confirmed - the others not as yet. Please check back!
November 21-25: Black Friday Weekend at Settlers Green: While shops will be closed so families can enjoy Thanksgiving, they’ll open up again at 6:00am on Black Friday with sales that last throughout the weekend. Stores stay open until 9:00pm on Friday and Saturday. Stop by Customer Service to receive free gifts while they last, and enter raffles.
Thursday, November 22: Purity Spring Thanksgiving Day 5K Trail Race: A great way to get ready for a day of eating! The 5K course is a trail race on rolling terrain over the beautiful, scenic Nordic trails at King Pine Ski Area, Purity Spring Resort. The fitness walk and kids fun run will take place on trails near the running race. It is open to all ages and abilities. Start time: 9:00am. Kids fun run, free, $20 for 5K (for pre-registered). More info and registration: Click here.
November 23: Plaid Friday sponsored by White Mountain Independents: An alternative to Black Friday when small, independently owned businesses encourage visitors to shop local. Citizens wear plaid, while out in the community on Plaid Friday, to show their support for our local economy. Businesses will be serving as Plaid Friday Hubs and acting as Shift Your Shopping ambassadors while taking photographs of plaid clad shoppers for a Plaid Friday Collage. Find them at; Assets Jean Co., Fields of Ambrosia, The Handcrafter’s Barn, Four Your Paws Only, Ragged Mountain Equipment and White Birch Books. Plaid is the new black!
November 23, 24, 25, 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 & 23: Journey to the North Pole: A two-hour adventure, The Journey to the North Pole™ takes you on a magical trip to see Santa in his workshop at the North Pole! Board the Journey to the North Pole™ train at the Conway Scenic Railroad, and be served hot chocolate by our magical chefs, along with some of Santa’s favorite treats! Once arriving at the North Pole you’ll be escorted by elves (Santa’s helpers) outside and up to the North Pole Theater having the opportunity to leave your Santa letters at the Post Office, as well as visit with some print shop elves along the way. The classic “The Night Before Christmas” poem by Clement Clarke Moore is dramatically read along with a visit from Santa himself, truly a magical event for all ages! Each child will receive a special gift on the return trip back to New Hampshire. Net proceeds from the Journey to the North Pole™ Event fund Literacy Programs of The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, a Charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tickets are available through lodging packages or online here. For schedules and more information.
November 23-25, Dec 1 & 2, 8 & 9, and 15-23: Santa’s Holiday Express: Santa is on board the Conway Scenic RR with his mischievous elves, who will share their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. They’ll also take your picture, if you ask nicely, so be sure to bring your camera! There are two train excursions, both to Conway: 11:30 and 1:30 to (about an hour round-trip).
November 23-December 16: Traditionally Yours Jackson: Celebrate the Christmas and Holiday Season in Jackson, Bartlett, Glen and beyond. NFriday November 23rd is the official start of the Jackson Area Christmas and Holiday Season. With Businesses offering Open Houses, Holiday Drink Tastings, Story Telling, Fondues and so much more. On Saturday November 24th, Santa's first visit will take place at 4:30 PM at the Jackson Village gazebo. Be sure to come early so you can see Santa as he arrives in his horse drawn sleigh. Then on Sunday, November 25th we will be hosting our annual Ole' Fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony with a special invite back to the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa for their annual open house at the Barn. The first 20 guests will receive a special Christmas hat.
November 23, 24, 25: 3rd Annual Festival of Trees: hosted by Journey Church , Hutchins Drive, Conway. This is the perfect start of your Christmas season with the family and friends to celebrate the sights and sounds of the holidays and take in the creativity, beauty and fun of a room full of uniquely decorated trees. Festival goers can view the trees and purchase tickets to bid on their favorite in hopes of winning the tree to take home. Events ongoing throughout the festival include Christmas movies, concerts and carols, cookie decorating, live music and more.
Saturday, November 24: Great Glen Annual Craft Fair: From 9:00am – 3:00pm, the aroma of freshly baked goodies welcomes you at the door, along with a craft raffle! Crafters take over the base lodge and are spread out on all three floors! Woodworking, photography, knitting, specialty soaps and lotions, jewelry, wreaths, and much more—including live demonstrations Your purchase supports our Great Glen Bill Koch League Ski Club. Info: Click here.
Sunday, November 25: Christmas Holiday Tree Lighting in Jackson: The Jackson Village evergreen tree is a focal point of the Jackson Village Christmas Holiday/Winter Beautification Project. The gathering for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 PM. The first 20 people to arrive will receive a candy cane and their choice of a Christmas Holiday hat. The Jackson Grammar School children and the Da Capo Singers will delight us with Christmas Caroling. Santa will do the honors of lighting the tree at 4:30 PM. Immediately following the Tree Lighting Ceremony an "Open House" at Christmas Farm Inn and Spa will celebrate the beginning of the festive season with your friends and neighbors by the roaring fire in the historic Barn. Enjoy hot chocolate and home-made cookies by the Christmas Tree. Santa will be making an appearance too. For complete information, click here.
Saturday, November 24 - An Old Fashioned Christmas 2018, Schouler Park, North Conway Village begins with caroling in North Conway’s Schouler Park at 4:30 where children will receive a golden ticket for a chance to help Santa light the 60’ foot tall Christmas tree in the Park in preparation of Santa Clauses 5:00 arrival.
Santa will arrive to select a child to help push a large red button mounted on a candy cane post to light the tree, welcoming in the Christmas and holiday season. After the Christmas tree is lit; Santa will lead the crowd down main-street in a “Parade of Carols” at 6:00 for two blocks as the parade of attendees sing Christmas carols with a band ensemble. Unwrapped children’s gifts will be accepted in support of the Angels and Elves project and non-perishable food donations for the Vaugh Community Food Pantry at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Museum day of event. Bring a donation and entrance into the Weather Museum is free.
The parade procession will stop momentarily at the North Conway Library as the librarian presents the official book of all books “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to Santa. At 6:20, the parade will arrive at the Historic Eastern Slope Inn Resort, where Santa will choose another child to assist in lighting the resort.
Children and their parents are invited to follow Santa to the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse for cookies and hot chocolate after the resort lighting, where Santa will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Two readings will take place at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 to accommodate all event attendees. The Mount Washington Observatory “Weather Discovery Center” will be open for those waiting to experience the wonders of weather on Mount Washington.
November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16: Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour: Deemed a must do "Chocolaty Delicious" event by all who ride, each rider receives an average of 10 hand-made chocolates, a festive Christmas holiday bag for any chocolates not eaten on the tour, a Jingle Bell and an Austrian Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride through the Village of Jackson, NH. Sleighs run hourly from 11 AM - 4 PM on the days listed. Each sleigh can hold 10 people. There are at least 4 sleighs that go out per hour. Ticket sales are now open to any visitors booking their stays at one of the Jackson Lodging members Ticket sales for anyone booking a group of 10 or more can book by calling 603-383-9356. Tickets are $25 each and must be reserved. Info: Click here.
Friday, November 30 - Gorham Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Trees are decorated and donated by families, organizations and businesses and will be raffled off. Each tree will have a raffle jar, place one or more tickets in the jar of the tree(s) you would hope to bring home and brighten up your holiday season.
Proceeds from the Festival of Trees will purchase mountain bikes which will be used during the Summer Park Program.
Friday, November 30 - The Turning of the Year Holiday Concert at the Medallion Opera House 7:00pm. Legendary Irish accordion champion John Whelan teams up with the American Roots band Low Lily and Scottish style fiddler Katie McNally for a spectacular holiday mini-fest. The show is much more than a triple bill – the artists perform separately, all together, and everything-in-between. From the sweet sound of the accordion with lush guitar textures behind it, to a blast of reels with everyone playing together, to an American song sung in three-part harmony, this show is dynamic and full of life. If you enjoy Irish and Scottish music, modern American string band music and harmonious vocals, you will surely enjoy this show.Advance Tickets are $15/adult, $10/student 18 & under, and will be available at the Gorham Town Hall, White Mountain Café & Bookstore and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org. Tickets purchased at the Door will be $20/adult and $15/student.
Saturday, December 1: Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at Settlers Green: Enjoy these holiday festivities while shopping at Settlers Green. From 10:00am-2:00pm, Free horse-drawn sleigh loops around Settlers Green every 15 minutes.
Saturday, December 1: 29th Annual Madison PTO Craft Fair, Book Fair and Cafe Noel, 9am - 2 pm at Madison Elementary School Gym.
Saturday, December 1: Jazz for the Holidays wth Tom Snow, Mike Sakash playing music of the season. Private home concert with confirmed reservations required. 603-447-4737
Saturday, December 1: Conway Village tree lighting at the information booth at 4PM. Santa arrives by train and the MWV Skating Club presents a free skating show at Ham Arena for your enjoyment immediately following.
Saturday, December 1: Holiday on Ice Show & Conway Village Holiday Celebration: Mount Washington Valley Skating Club will be present its annual “Holiday on Ice” skating show at 5:15 p.m. at the Ham Arena, in Conway Village.
Sunday, December 2: Bartlett Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 2: 1st Annual Sip, Shop & Dine Craft Fair at DeaconStreet Restaurant/Martini & Whiskey Bar. 4-8PM with over a dozen local crafters. Come in for dinner, an appetizer or a glass of wine and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of holiday shopping.
December 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16: The Eight: Reindeer Monologues: M&D Playhouse presents The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode, a dark, dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer...and murkier and murkier. The Eight is presented Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 4:00. Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. To reserve seats please visit our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.
Saturday, December 8, Breakfast with Santa at Bartlett Elementary: Breakfast - 8-10:30am, Photos with Santa - 9-10am at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School.
Thursday, December 7 5-6:30: Conway Parks & Recreation Dept. Presents...LETTERS TO SANTA, at the Conway Parks & Rec. Dept. in Center Conway.
Come have your photo taken with Santa & drop your letter to Santa in our mailbox. Letters will be sent straight to the North Pole. In addition, kids are invited to decorate their own Christmas Ornament, decorate Christmas Cookies, make reindeer food for Christmas Eve and enjoy hot chocolate. Recommended for Newborn children to 2nd grade, but all children are welcome. Call 447-5680 for more info or go to www.conwayrec.com
December 8 and 9: 22nd Annual Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour: From 11:00am – 4:00pm, visit 11 inns all dressed in their holiday finery; taste scrumptious holiday cookies and candy, and take home a collection.
December 9: Fryeburg Academy Candlelight Concerts at The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. 4:00 and 7:00 PM featuring the school's choral and instrumental ensembles. Free Admission. 207-935-9232. Click for more info.
December 9-10: Holiday Crystal Party: Join Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton for a Holiday Crystal Party at Settlers Green in North Conway on Saturday, December 9 from 3pm-5pm and on Sunday, December 10 from 1pm-3pm. There will be refreshments, raffles, drawings and extra savings. Plus, free samples and exclusive discounts from local retailers.
Sunday, December 16: Tina Titzer's Act One Dance Company presents the 10th annual Holiday Festival of Dance and The Nutcracker Sweets. There will be a matinee at 2:00 and an evening performance at 5:00. This family-friendly program will include ballet, tap, and jazz pieces to your favorite Christmas tunes in the first half, and a shortened version of The Nutcracker in the second half. $15-Adults, $12-Children 12 and under (General Admission) Call Tina's studio at 207-935-4020 to reserve tickets
December 17: Snowshoe with Santa: Come snowshoe with Santa at the Grand Summit Hotel from 10 am to noon. Take a walk with Santa while hunting for his reindeer bells. Then warm up with hot cocoa and a treat! Bring your cameras! Santa would love to take pictures with you! This event is free and is sponsored by AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports. Info: www.abilityplus.org.
Monday, December 17: Glenn Miller Orchestra in the ballroom at the Omni Mt. Washington Hotel. Dinner is 6pm, Concert is 8:30pm
Wednesday, December 19: Delaney's 10th Annual Love Our Locals Artisan Night from 5 - 8pm with over a dozen local artisans, local beer and wine tasting, dinner and drink specials and more.
December 26-31: Conway Scenic RR Holiday Week Trains. Old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, to Conway:11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip). Info and schedule.