Press Kit

From First Tracks to Fireworks, Christmas Week 2007 Events


OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 6, 2007

CONTACT:  Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331,


North Conway, NH - Early December snowfall means Mt Washington Valley's thirteen ski resorts and XC Centers are in full swing, offering a host of fun events and plenty of terrain for vacationing skiers.  Christmas week in Mt Washington Valley is filled excitement from Art Shows to Rail Jams, not to mention after-Christmas sales at the 200+ outlets, boutiques and shops.  Mt. Washington Valley's snowmobile trails were among the first in the state to be groomed, so whether you're an ice skater, skier or snowmobiler, plan on some outdoor fun after Christmas.  To plan a Christmas Week getaway to Mt. Washington Valley, visit for lodging, dining, shopping and skiing information. 

December 26 & 29: Cranapalooza at Cranmore Mountain - Come for the first Cranapalooza of the season. This fun-filled festival for family and friends takes place between 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Enjoy live music, terrain park competitions, face painting, clowns, fireworks and other activities that will vary from week to week. The fun will be held in Cranmore's Schneider Square in front of the Main Lodge and on the slopes. Info:  603-356-5543 or

December 27:  Ullrfest at Shawnee Peak: An evening event welcoming winter complete with "The Beating of the Drums", fireworks and torchlight parade. Dance the night away in Blizzards Pub with a live DJ, win terrific prizes, including skis and a snowboard! Presented by: WHEB 100.3-FM Portsmouth.  Info: 207-647-8444,

December 27-29:  Penguins and Polar Bears Ski Camp at Great Glen Trails: Great Glen Trails offers XC Ski Camps for Kids ages 6 to 11. Join Pauly the Penguin and Percy the Polar Bear for fun on snow! Games, challenges and exploration are what these special camps are all about. Both Penguins and Polar Bears are led by the Great Glen Trails Ski School staff and the camp director is Olympian Sue Wemyss.  Fee:  $99 $99 per 3-day session, including rentals. Info: 603-466-2333 or

Dec 28-30: MWV Arts Assoc Holiday Art Show and Sale: Visit any weekend through the end of December and experience the MWV Arts Association HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE. The sale will be held Friday, Saturday and Sundays through December 30 from 10am-5pm in the former Casual Corner store, next to Staples on Route 16.  Here you'll find framed original paintings, photography, mixed media, etchings and three-dimensional art by local and regional artists.  Also, new this year are unframed matted prints, photos and notecards from original artworks plus hand decorated and signed ornaments for $15 each.  For more information, visit or call 603-356-ARTS.

December 28: Monster Mash for Snowboarders at Cranmore Mountain - The first Darkside competition of the season from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.  Info:  603-356-5543 or

December 31: Amazing Waxing Demonstration at JSTF:  Join Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Director, Thom Perkins, at 9:30am each Monday for a demonstration about waxing techniques, from racing to fine tuning.  Free admission.  603-383-9355 or

December 31:  New Year's Festival - Ring in 2008 with Mt. Washington Valley's New Year's Festival.  A well-loved tradition, this festive evening is full of sights, sounds and pageantry designed to bring people of all ages together to greet the New Year. Children and families are the heart of the festival, which area residents and holiday visitors are encouraged to attend. Enjoy a variety of artistic expressions from outdoor recreational activities to indoor performances including music, comedy, storytelling and an array of art-forms presented by local and regional performers. The festival atmosphere outdoor gathering in the Village Commons at Schouler Park in North Conway. Featured highlights include the magical Parade of Light, fireworks and bonfires.  The evening culminates with the dramatic lowering of the New Year's Eve Lighted Ball at midnight and the spectacular Fireworks Finale. Be a part of the holiday fun in the Heart of the Mt. Washington Valley. Info: For more information and an up-to-date calendar of events, visit or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

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