In December, communities come alive with a myriad of festive events, embracing the spirit of the holiday season. Across towns and cities, dazzling light displays adorn streets and public spaces, creating a magical atmosphere. From traditional tree lighting ceremonies to giant menorah lightings, and, of course, appearances by Santa Claus, the month is filled with opportunities for families to come together and celebrate. Cultural and religious celebrations, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, add diversity to the festivities, with community centers and synagogues hosting special events. As the year draws to a close, December events offer a wonderful opportunity for communities to unite in the joy of the holiday season.

Gingerbread House Festival

119 Airport Rd. in Concord
December 2-3 and December 9-10

Put on by the NH Home Builders Association, this annual event will be filled with gingerbread houses built by the men and women who build the houses you live in! That’s right the NHHBA members. Come see if they’re knowledge of building carries over to gingerbread. 

 

Holiday Home Tour 

 

580 Washington Road, Rye, NH 

December 2 

Here is some unique fun! Local designers decorate five historic homes for the holidays, in the beautiful Rye, NH.

Stroll through these charming historic homes and admire the creativity. From the twinkling lights to the, displays and stunning decorations. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just want to enjoy the beauty there is plenty to see.  

Santa Express Trains 

Hobo Railroad in Lincoln
Weekends, November 24 – December 23

This one is fun for the whole family. Trains excursions are approximately 80 minutes long with guest appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus, all young children will receive a letter that they can complete for Santa and receive a gift.  Don’t miss out, train rides start and return from Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln.

 

Etz Hayim Synagogue Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

 

Hood road, Derry, NH 

December 8 10:30 

As the Jewish community commemorates the victory of the Maccabees they will light their giant outdoor menorah and sing Chanukah melodies led by Rabbi Levy and Amy. This Second Night Chanukah menorah lighting, pizza dinner and Family Shabbat Service will surely brighten the winter night.

 

The Nutcracker 

 

Chubb Theatre 44 S Main St, Concord, NH 

December 16 

Come see this beloved ballet that has become a cherished holiday tradition worldwide. Hosted at the Chubb Theatre in our capital city, this enchanting masterpiece brings to life the magical tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. This iconic score, coupled with the graceful choreography, transports audiences to a realm of wonder, capturing the essence of the holiday season and leaving a lasting impression of enchantment and beauty.