In Mt. Washington Valley, NH, we take the holidays very seriously! From cookie & chocolate tours to sleigh rides and train rides, from craft fairs, specialty shopping events to caroling and 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!
HOLIDAY EVENTS AND SHOPPING. SCROLL TO BOTTOM FOR HOLIDAY DINING.
Wednesday, 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.
Thursday, December 27-29: Penguins and Polar Bears Nordic Ski Camp at Great Glen Trails: This Nordic ski camp will focus on games and fun while teaching cross-country ski basics for kids ages six to eleven years old. Both Penguins (ages 6 to 8) and Polar Bears (ages 9 to 11) start off the camp with games that teach and test stopping abilities. The trails at Great Glen that wind through the meadows and forest will be explored. Ascending to the Great Angel Cabin, a log warming hut, is a significant ski goal for campers and is rewarded by a fast a turn-filled trip down the Dragon Corridor trail. Campers will also search for the locations of Trail Tracker critters. Of course, the camp wouldn't be complete without a few runs on the classic tubing hill. Info at GreatGlenTrails.com.
Thursday, Dec 27-31: Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain Resort: On Saturday afternoons throughout Christmas Week periods, guests will enjoy a variety of fun family events throughout the resort in addition to snow tubing, mountain coaster, giant swing and soaring eagle zip line operations until 8pm. Plus, Cranmore is open for skiing until 8pm on Saturdays and vacation periods. The resort-wide, fun-filled après celebration is geared towards the whole family. You'll find family entertainment, famous s'mores and DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-More the Penguin, face painting, family games and activities, giveaways and so much more. Adults can enjoy live music in Zip's Pub and Grill then gather the family back together for an early fireworks show at 6pm on Dec 31. Info: Cranmore.com.
Friday, December 28: Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park, 5:30-9:00pm. Tickets are $19 per person during holiday periods for each 2-hour session. Tubes are provided by King Pine. One rider per tube. Info: KingPine.com.
Saturday, December 29: Evening Snowshoe Tour at Great Glen Trails: Experience the wonder of a nighttime winter walk. Join a Naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided snowshoe tour. We will use our senses (and no flashlights) to navigate the trails while listening for owls calling and exploring our senses. Tours depart at 7:00 pm please plan to arrive by 6:30 pm if you need rentals. $12 per person over 12, free under 12. Minimum age is 8 years old, Info: GreatGlenTrails.com.
Monday, December 31: Attitash After Dark: King Jeremy, An Authentic Pearl Jam Tribute Band at Ptarmigan Pub, Attitash:Ptarmigan Pub transformed for After Dark Concerts sponsored by Bud Lite. Music starts at 2pm with the Riley Parkhurst Band. Fireworks at 6:30pm. Dinner menu available, King Jeremy at 8pm: Info: Attitash.com.
Monday, December 31: New Year’s Eve celebration at King Pine: Ring in the New Year with an evening of skiing, riding, music and fun – complete with torchlight parade and fireworks at King Pine. Night skiing ticket packages available, face painting, music and s’mores around the campfire, Torchlight Parade at 9pm followed by fireworks at 9:20pm. Info: KingPine.com.
Monday, December 31: Ring in the new year at Schouler Park: After enjoying a wonderful dinner at one of Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants, ring in the new year with fireworks in Schouler Park. 9:30pm Info: MtWashingtonValley.org.
Monday, December 31:New Year’s Eve Gala in the Crystal Ballroom at Moutain View Grand Resort & Spa. The celebration will begin with a cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. and dinner to followm at 8:00 p.m.
Monday, December 31: New Year’s Family Celebration in the Presidential Ballroom at Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. This event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a delicious buffet, see the link below for the compete menu. Following dinner, enjoy dancing and entertainment provided by Pete and Chris Amusements as well as a photo booth, games and other festivities! Reservations.
Sunday, December 2: Bartlett Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 3:30 pm
Sunday, December 2: 1st Annual Sip, Shop & Dine Craft Fair at Deacon Street 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.
Sunday, December 2:Join us for our Annual Pet Photos with Santa Paws from 12:00 - 3:00 to benefit The Conway Area Humane Society! This super popular, annual event always brings a crowd and helps so many animals in need.Photos cost just $8.00 each and include a frame and a free gift from Santa!
We'll have refreshments for pets & their owners too :)
Sunday, December 2: Stone Mountain Finest Kind Artisan Craft Fair 9:30am to 3:30pm
Thursday, December 6 5-6:30: Conway Parks & Recreation Dept. Presents...LETTERS TO SANTA, at the Conway Parks & Rec. Dept. in Center Conway. Have your photo taken with Santa & drop your letter to Santa in our mailbox to go straight to the North Pole. Decorate a Christmas Ornament, decorate Christmas Cookies, make reindeer food and enjoy hot chocolate. Recommended for newborn to 2nd grade but all children are welcome. Call 447-5680 for more info or go to www.conwayrec.com
December 7: Kennett High School Dance Holiday Show: KHS presents their annual Holiday Show this evening at 7pm at Kennett’s Loynd Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Saturday, December 8: Breakfast with Santa at Bartlett Elementary - Breakfast - 8-10:30am, Photos with Santa - 9-10am at Josiah Bartlett Elementary School.
Saturday, December 8: Photos with Santa: Mount Washington Valley Kiwanis offers “Photos with Santa” sessions for families, friends, pets, and shopping groups at Settlers Green Outlet Village this holiday season! Stop by today from 9am-4pm. The festively decorated photo studio is located between Crocs and Rue 21 at Settlers Green. All proceeds benefit Kiwanis projects for children in need.
Saturday, December 8:Seasonal Creations: Come to Seasonal Creations, Mountain Garden Club's marvelous holiday sale, with holiday crafts, unique gifts, specialty foods, and plants all for sale, including members' creations and designs. A one-stop shopping adventure for all your holiday and gifting needs. The sale starts at 9:30am; Come early to find the best selections. It will be held at North Conway Community Center.
Saturday, December 8:Harp Concert: Harpist Dominque Dodge returns to serenade us with her traditional music and song at the Jackson Public Library at 5pm. A local favorite!
Saturday, December 8:Gingerbread House-Making: Kids ages 8 and up are invited to sign up for this free, festive activity at 1pm in the Ham Room of the library. Made possible by the Conway Public Library and McKaela's Sweet Shop. Spots are limited and registration is required by calling 447-5552. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
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.
Sunday, December 9:A Holly Jolly Christmas: Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park presents A Holly Jolly Christmas! Kids get photos with Santa, make a cookie with Mrs. Claus, face painting, make an ornament and play games. Parents enjoy a Craft Fair, gift wrapping, bake sale and coffee. The 10am-2pm event will be held at the Albany Town Hall. All proceeds go to the park!
Sunday, December 9:KHS Dance Holiday Show: The Kennett High School Dance presents the final performance of their annual Holiday Show this afternoon at 2pm at Kennett’s Loynd Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
Sunday, December 9:Candlelight Concerts: The Fryeburg Academy Music Program presents the annual Candlelight Concerts at 4pm and 7pm, featuring the school's choral and instrumental ensembles performing a vast selection of holiday favorites. Snow date is Monday, December 10th (7pm show only). Free Admission!
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.
Tuesday, December 11: Annual Holiday Marketplace at Sea Dog Brewing Company from 5-8pm featuring local artists, crafters and vendors. A fun shopping experience while you enjoy our full bar and dinner menu.
Wednesday, December 12: Groovin for Garments: Come join Drive Brand Studio, North Country Cares and Diana's Bath Salts at 7pm for a night of dancing, eating and drinking in the North Pole (Theater in The Wood, Intervale)! Ticket proceeds go to North Country Cares. Get $5 off your ticket if you bring a donation of dry goods, toiletries or school supplies. This event is for ages 21 and up.
Thursday, December 13: Special Holiday Open House at the SoakingPot Infusion Spa. 5-8:00 pm enjoy complimentary refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and desserts, one of a kind gift sets, holiday savings and more. Mini spa services and door prizes, too! At Settlers Green.
December 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.
Through 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.
December 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, December 14 - Sunday December 16: Special three day trunk show featuring the hand-inlaid mosaic jewelry of accomplished artist David Rosales of Supersmith Inc. Enter to win a $50 gift certificate during the event! Hundreds of pieces will be available.
Friday, December 14:Parents Christmas Stocking Night: North Country Cares is holding its annual Parents Christmas Stocking Night from 4-6pm at #therevolvingcloset. Fill a stocking and find great gifts for your teens, ages 12-18. Teens need a little Santa too!!
Saturday, December 15: Ski with Santa at Attitash & Wildcat: Old Saint Nick aka Santa Claus will a quick break from the North Pole and Christmas preparations to take some turns with skiers and riders at Attitash and Wildcat. Ski with Santa at Wildcat from 9:30am-11am before heading down the road to make turns at Attitash from 12pm - 2pm. He'll go to Attitash Main Mountain first and be at Bear Peak around 1:30pm. Santa will make some turns with guests, stop and pose with you for great photo opportunities and our mountain hosts will hand out candy cane treats to our young skiers & snowboarders! Info: Attitash.com.
Saturday, December 15: 45th Anniversary Celebration at Bretton Woods: It starts with $45 lift tickets throughout the day to celebrate this sapphire anniversary. Get your sapphire swag on for the après ski party afterward. Visit the Birthday Party bash booth too. Info: BrettonWoods.com.
Saturday, December 15: Head to Sherman Farm for cookies and cocoa with Santa! Their front lawn will be a winter wonderland with Christmas trees, a fire pit, Sherman Farm hot chocolate and sugar cookies from our kitchen. Choose your tree, shop local products and enjoy time with family and friends. This event will be outside. No bathroom available. Rain/Snow date Sunday Dec 16th
Saturday, December 15:Photos with Santa: Mount Washington Valley Kiwanis offers “Photos with Santa” sessions for families, friends, pets, and shopping groups at Settlers Green Outlet Village this holiday season! Stop by today from 9am-4pm. The festively decorated photo studio is located between Crocs and Rue 21 at Settlers Green. All proceeds benefit Kiwanis projects for children in need
Sunday, December 16: Photos with Santa at King Pine: The big man in red is taking a break from checking his lists and visiting skiers and riders at King Pine. Santa will be available for photos with his favorite skiers and riders at 2 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Info: KingPine.com.
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.
December 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.
Dec 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 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).
Weekends through December 22: Christmastime at Santa’s Village: There is something about visiting Santa’s Village during our Christmastime season that is extra special. With Christmas carols heard throughout the park, the possibility of snow on the ground, and about one million lights illuminating the park at dusk; a visit during this time of year is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. All rides except water rides are open, weather permitting. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the reindeer are on hand to visit and take photos. Info: Santasvillage.com.
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.
Saturday, December 22: Breakfast with Santa at the Sunrise Shack: Come meet Santa and make your last minute gift requests at The Sunrise Shack! Santa will be in town on the 22nd, and The Sunrise Shack has invited him and AbilityPLUS for breakfast. 10% of all breakfast sales benefits AbilityPLUS, so start your busy shopping day off right and help further adaptive sports programs in the MWV at the same time. Info: abilityplus.org.
Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Sleepover Fundraiser to benefit Harvest Hills Animal Shelter: Dedicated to not only giving our shelter dogs a night where they can feel a little Christmas Eve normalcy, but it is a fundraiser for special projects and programs at the shelter. This year, local veterinarian Dr. Steve Caffrey, AKA Uncle Steve, will be spending the night at the shelter! His mission was to create a warm and caring hospital with a high standard of care and personal service. Info and details: www.harvesthills.org.
Sea Dog Brewing Co. - New Year's Eve - 9-midnight - Late night menu til midnight and Live music with the Junco Trio! 603-356-0590 (Located in the Big Red Barn), North Conway
Crawfords (in the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel) will be serving dinner on Christmas night, regular menu.5pm-9pm; NO RESERVATIONS taken, first come first served.
Christmas Dinner at the AMC Highland Center: Call (603) 278-4453
Snowvillage Inn: Serving a special 6 course dinner from 5:30 to 9PM on New Year's Eve. Space is limited, reserve today! 603-447-2818
Red Parka: Open Christmas Eve
Vito Marcello's Italian Bistro: Open Christmas Eve
White Mountain Hotel: Food Service ends at 8pm Christmas Eve. Christmas Day Tullamore Tavern will be open 3-11pm, Ledges Resturant will be open 5:30-8pm.
Holiday Dining at the Wild Rose: Christmas Eve 5:30-8:00pm, Christmas Day 2:00-8:00pm, New Year's Eve- A fixed price 4-course menu will be offered at two seatings.
Sea Dog Brewing Company: New Years Eve- Open till 1am with Junco Duo playing till midnight for countdown. New Year's Day - Open as usual at 11am
Shovel Handle Pub: New Year's Eve Dining Special 5-8pm Reservations Required. New Year's Eve Party 9pm-1am Reservations Required.
The Notch Grille located at The Glen House Hotel: Christmas Dinner 2:30-9pm
Red Fox Bar & Grille: Christmas Day Opens at 5pm. New Year's Eve Opens at 4pm. New Year's Day opens at 4pm
Shailmar of India:Open regular hours Christmas Eve. Christmas Day, Dinner only Starting at 4:30. New