Santa’s Village pulls out all the stops during the holiday season when thousands and thousands of glittery lights add to the magic of a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and create memories to last a lifetime. The family park features 18 Christmas-themed rides, visits with Santa’s reindeer and elves, a 3-D “A Tinderdoodle Christmas” show, and shops brimming with gift ideas. Be sure to dress warmly. Christmastime hours: November 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 27, and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.
Choose the perfect Christmas tree at The Rocks Estate this season. Add a festively decorated wreath for the front door. Relax during a horse-drawn carriage ride through frosted fields overlooking the magnificent Presidential mountain range. Roast some marshmallows at the fire pit. Browse for gift items in The Marketplace, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 6 through Christmas Eve. Select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18.
Everyone loves a parade and Littleton’s Annual Holiday Parade down Main Street is one of the best, featuring floats, bands, kids, animals — and, of course, jolly Old St. Nick himself. Kick off the holiday season in style during this event, beginning at noon on Friday, November 24, and then explore the town’s excellent shopping and restaurants for a fun-filled day.
Lancaster’s downtown will sparkle and shine with festive decorations on Thursday, November 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. during Olde Tyme Christmas, a night to stroll the streets and get into the spirit of the season. For a jolly good evening, begin your holiday shopping by browsing the crafters and vendors at the Town Hall and Colonel Town Rec Center, try your hand at cookie decorating, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, enjoy plenty of food and, of course, plan a visit with Santa at the Town Hall.
Small Business Saturday, on November 25, is a nationally designated day that encourages consumers to support small, local businesses. Shopping locally at small businesses throughout the northern New Hampshire region on the 25th and throughout the year helps to keep the dollars you spend right here in the North Country community. Check with your favorite shops and restaurants — many merchants offer special deals and promotions on Small Business Saturday.