To usher in the New Year, the Tillotson Center will offer a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema’s “The Nutcracker” from Moscow. Admission is free. Come to the “Tilly Hour” reception at 1 p.m. featuring free hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Enjoy a relaxing and sumptuous Christmas Dinner at the AMC Highland Center. Arrive in time for the pre-dinner social hour fireside in the living room Wine and craft beer will be available for purchase, along with complementary appetizers.
Christmas dinner includes a selection of soups, salads, entrees and desserts. Several gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options are available.
Seating are every 1/2 hour from 4:40 to 7 p.m. Adults/non-members, $32; adults/AMC members, $26; youth (13-17 yrs.), $20; children (3-12 yrs.), $13. Call (603) 278-4453 to reserve.
The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts presents the annual TubaChristmas at Trinity United Methodist Church on Bridge Street in Colebrook on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. This free public concert has become a beloved tradition in the Colebrook community. The Methodist church is the perfect setting for the glorious sounds of tubas, euphoniums and baritone horns.
Each year, participants come to Colebrook from all around New England and beyond. Several of them play in other TubaChristmas events, but claim Colebrook’s as their favorite. The setting, the hospitality and the spirited audience are all part of their fun. Douglas Nelson of Keene and Colebrook will return to conduct the family-friendly program, hosted along with his daughter, Sharon Pearson. It will include many favorite Christmas carols, with several designed for the audience to sing along with. As in recent years, Nelson has also arranged a special feature for a quartet.
While the concert is free, donations of any size are requested to help offset the other costs of this very special event. “The donations we receive at this show amount to our greatest single fundraiser each year,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan. “The funds go directly into helping pay the performers of the over 20 concerts the GNWCA hosts regionally each year.”
Something special this year is that the audience will be invited after the show to visit the Great North Woods Center for the Arts on Route 3 in Columbia (former Shrine) for a holiday gathering for hot chocolate and goodies, as well as an opportunity to tour the property and the main structure, which is decorated for Christmas. This event is also free. The doors will open at the Arts Center at 2 p.m.
For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998. Online donations to the GNWCA can be made at www.givegab.com/campaigns/
Visit Colebrook’s Snowflake Festival on Saturday, December 8, for a day of fun and festivities to ring in the holiday season.
Merchants have been busy decorating their stores, and lots of family activities are planned throughout the day, like horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa’s Workshop, a parade and fireworks!
For additional information, contact Rosemary at (603) 237-4065.
One of the most popular groups from Nova Scotia’s musical corner of Cape Breton will be bringing a spirited and enthusiastic celebration of the holiday season to the Rialto Theatre in downtown Lancaster on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.
“Here’s a show that will get you in the swing of Christmastime with all the bells and whistles of the Canadian Maritimes during the holidays,” said Charlie Jordan of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, presenter of the show. “We are very fortunate to have Coig to bring its show to the North Country as part of its busy holiday tour.”
Coig features its all-star line up of Rachel Davis on fiddle, viola and vocals, Chrissy Crowley on fiddle, Jason Roach on piano, and Darren McMullen on guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, and vocals. All four members of the band are recognized as major stars of the Celtic music world. Fiddler Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Roach has a jazz degree, McMullen has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Davis is the most Cape Breton traditional, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well.
Ask anyone who has seen them, from New England stages to huge European festivals to their own beloved small halls of Cape Breton, and you’ll always hear about Coig’s energy. Trad fans love them and the crowds are growing all the time. “We really feed a lot on the energy we get from the crowd, everybody is hootin’ and hollerin’ and clappin’ and stompin’ and goin’ on,” says band member Darren McMullen. “We want our shows to be more where we’re all just having a party together.”
For the holiday show Coig has added many beautiful Christmas standards to their playlist, giving each the special Cape Breton touch.
In addition to Christmas favorites, they’ll be performing material from their new release, “Rove,” which has recently been recognized with a 2018 East Coast Music Award, 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award, and Music Nova Scotia Award nomination.
Tickets are $15. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St., Lancaster and Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or online at www.gnwca.org. For more information on this and other GNWCA show, call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998.
During November 23-25 and December 1-2 we will have some special guests on the train with us! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be welcoming Waumbek Wonderland passengers and kids will be getting a special gift. There will be all kinds of Holiday fun and games back at the Marshfield Base Station after the trip, along with complimentary hot drinks and cookies in the great room.
Trains depart 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 am. Family activities are from 10:30 -2:00 pm. Visit us online to book the train ride, advance booking is recommended, seating is limited availability.
Small Business Saturday is the movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere
You’re shopping small every time you pick up a latte at the corner coffee shop, grab lunch at a local café, buy a new bag at the neighborhood boutique, or catch a show at the town theater.
You’re supporting the small businesses that make our communities vibrant and unique.
Small businesses all around northern New Hampshire offer unique items, perfect for gifts or to treat yourself, along with amazing customer-friendly staff ready to assist you and answer your questions. And, remember, New Hampshire is tax-free!
Paul Cormier and Jeanine Loubier of Fleur des Lis will play a variety of traditional music, weaving harmonies into a non-traditional celebration of this music.
Pinkham Happenings are free and open to all. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list. (603) 466-2721 or outdoors.org/pinkhamhappenings
It’s going to be “A MAGICAL DISNEY CHRISTMAS” Parade of Lights this year in downtown Berlin! Choose YOUR favorite Disney movie/ character! Prizes for top floats in 2 categories – Small Float/Large Float.
More info, or to register a float: (603) 752-6246.
Many families make it a tradition to visit Santa’s Village in the weeks before Christmas, and we have it on good authority from all the elves that the amusement park is going to be chock-full of holiday cheer, with a fantastic light display, lots of rides, and tons and tons of fun. Don’t forget to bring your list to share with Santa!