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Holidays in the White Mountains

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Have yourself a truly authentic New England experience when it comes to the holidays this year! Snow capped mountains, crackling fire places, windows lit up in the most festive displays all add up to a truly magical experience when capturing the essence of the holiday season.


Families have been making memories in Mt. Washington Valley for generations. Kids learning to ski the slopes of King Pine and Cranmore, turn into parents who teach their own kids the ropes at Wildcat Mountain and Bretton Woods. They eventually turn into grandparents who take their grandkids out for a few runs at Attitash, while their own kids steal a few runs away for themselves at Black Mountain.

Building your own legacy of vacationing in Mt. Washington Valley, is the perfect holiday gift to give friends and family this year. Soak in moments of watching your little ones learn to ski, or your big ones conquer a guided winter trek. Create your bond to the valley by finding your favorite restaurant that you return to again, and again because in time the staff greets you by name. Or make memories trying an entirely new activity like dog-sledding or fat biking with the White Mountains as your back drop. Shop at locally owned boutiques or the 60-plus outlet village, Settlers Green with a group of friends, and end the day with a tasting at the valley’s breweries and distilleries.

It’s these experiences that get your friends and family ready to jump on planning the next vacation back to the valley time and time again. And there’s no time like the present to give the gift of quality time this holiday season!

Many lodging properties offer amazing packages this holiday season by partnering with local ski resorts, snowmobile purveyors, restaurants, and shops. Find a lodging property you love, and inquire about any specials they may have.

Below is a growing list of holiday events taking place throughout Mt. Washington Valley!


Make Your Reservations for Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinner!

Many restaurants throughout Mt. Washington Valley are hosting Christmas Dinner. Each restaurant goes out of its way to put on a spectacular meal for you and your family. Advance reservations are required. Currently, here is a list of local restaurants serving dinner this holiday. This list continues to grow, and is ever evolving.
White Mountain Hotel, - Open to hotel guests only for Christmas Dinner, and open to the general public for New Year's Eve. Advanced reservation is required.
Stonehurst Manor, is serving Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve dinner. Advanced reservation is required.
Snowvillage Inn, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve lodging and dining packages are available.

Bring a Friend Shopping Event takes place in early November, and is a fun filled week of entertainment, shopping deals, dining, and more! Photo c/o Settlers Green.

Craft Fairs and Shopping!

November 18th: Artisan Fair at Sea Dog Brewing Company, going on from 5-8pm. Enjoy an evening of food, drinks, shopping with friends, and locals. Artisans and vendors will be showing handmade items, along with a gift wrapping station, and the opportunity to purchase Sea Dog gift certificates!

November 26th: Celebrate “Plaid Friday” with the The White Mountain Independents this year on the day after Thanksgiving, November 26th. Enjoy the diversity and creativity of local and independent businesses, members of the White Mountain Independents will be promoting the day in their own unique ways, along with free plaid scarves, locally made by Ragged Mountain Equipment!

December 9th: Your second opportunity to enjoy Sea Dog Brewing Company's Holiday Marketplace! Going on from 5-8pm, enjoy an evening of food, drinks, shopping with friends, and locals, drink specials, and more! Artisans and vendors will be showing handmade items, along with a gift wrapping station, and the opportunity to purchase Sea Dog gift certificates!

December 11th: The Mountain Garden Club Holiday Boutique will be held at the North Conway Community Center next to Schouler Park in North Conway Village. Happening on December 11th, starting at 9:30am, this is a must-do holiday tradition. Once the doors open, the boutique lasts until everything is gone.  It usually sells out by 11:30 AM, so come early! As always, the “halls” will be decked with a selection of seasonal decorations, ornaments and holiday gifts, all made by the Mountain Garden Club members. Several new items will be featured this year – delightful fairy houses for indoors or out and hand-painted wooden sleighs, sleds and candles with greens decorations. Click this link for more information!

November 20th and beyond: Castle in the Clouds is hosting “it’s Christmas at the Castle!” on weekends of November 20th-21st and November 26th-28th. This annual festive event that brings the community together to view rooms decorated by local businesses. Working with the theme of “Holiday Carols,” local businesses and designers will showcase their design aesthetic by adopting a room in the mansion or area of the estate grounds and decorating it to the nines. Tickets to the event must be pre-purchased and in addition to touring the decorated mansion, ticket holders can browse unique and local wares at the Artisan Fair and in the Gift Shop, take holiday pictures at a photo station, have lunch at the Carriage House Restaurant (first come, first serve), and continue the fun at home with grab-and-go craft and treat bags. Click the link to purchase tickets!

The dining experience at Stone Mountain Arts Center is truly one-of-a-kind. Pair it with a live show this holiday season in its cozy post-and-beam barn in the small town of Brownfield, Maine! A true New England experience! photo c/o Stone Mountain Arts Center.

Live Entertainment

November 21st: Androscoggin Valley Artists and friends are invited to attend a reception hosted at the Medallion Opera House on Sunday, November, 21 at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Come enjoy the art and chat with the artists. The exhibit includes works from 19 local artists. The work covers a wide range of media including paintings, drawings, prints, mixed-media, and collage. The Medallion Opera House is excited to host this reception to honor and celebrate the Androscoggin Valley artists and their art.

Following the artists reception will be a piano concert performed by internationally celebrated pianist and composer Michael Arnowitt. The 1-hour concert will start at 4:00 pm and will include Classical music by Bach, Brahms, Ligeti, and Ginastera. The public is invited to attend this complimentary performance. Donations will be accepted.

December 1st: Taste of Christmas Rooster Luncheon at Stone Mountain Arts Center! This event is great for those that have trouble keeping their eyes open late into the evening, or don"t like driving in the dark. Enjoy a little taste of a night out at SMAC for Christmas in the day time! A home cooked meal served with love to be followed by a short Christmas carol concert given by owner Carol Noonan; all beginning at noon. Click the link for more information, and tickets!

December 2nd: M&D Playhouse is hosting A Christmas Carol, at its beautiful Eastern Slope Theater in North Conway Village. Showings are going on December 2nd through December 19th. Enjoy dinner before the show, at local restaurants within walking distance of the theater, including Chef’s Bistro, Flatbread Company, Horsefeather’s, Deacon Street, and more! Click here to purchase tickets!

December 7th: The Omni Mount Washington Resort presents “In The Mood" for Christmas, featuring the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Taking place in the Mount Washington Hotel Grand Ballroom, enjoy a three-course dinner and prepare to dance the night away as the Glenn Miller Orchestra takes to the stage to perform some of the greatest big band hits of all time for this special holiday event!

December 11th: A Christmas Carol is playing at Denmark Arts Center  on December 11th, at 7pm. The center welcomes Will Rhys who has performed in and directed many versions of “A Christmas Carol,” and brings his own adaptation of the Dickens classic to life as he plays every character in A Christmas Carol! Get your holiday spirit from the Denmark Arts Center this season.

December 18th: Stone Mountain LIVE Christmas, Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine, Kevin Barry and very special guest Guitar God Bill Kirchen. Stone Mountain Arts Center puts on one of the most intimate, and original festivities in the Mt. Washington Valley! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas takes all the best aspects of its post-and-beam barn, in rural Brownfield, Maine, and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys; made up of guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry. This particular evening, a special guest joins the stage; the one and only Bill Kirchen…famed of his Commander Cody days and his version of Hot Rod Lincoln. Enjoy dinner before the show, with seatings starting at 6:00pm. Click the link for more information, and tickets!

December 31st: The O Club in North Conway is open to families for dancing and billiards until 9pm. After 9:00pm it becomes adult only and is open until 2am for late night dancing on New Year’s Eve.

Many businesses throughout the valley are bringing something extra special to Mt. Washington Valley this holiday season!
photo c/o Wiseguy Photography of Conway Scenic Railroad.

Family and Foodie Fun!

November 20th: Enjoy two opportunities to make your own wreath! From 10 am – 12pm or 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Tin Mountain Conservation Center! Create your own balsam wreath with wreath maker extraordinaire and Tin Mountain Executive Director, Lori Jean Kinsey.  Greens and a variety of natural garnishes including milkweed pods, spruce and pine cones will be available to decorate your wreaths.  A selection of bows will also be available. Materials fee:  $30/member; $35/non-member. Click here for more information.

November 25th through Saturday 27th: The Omni Mount Washington Resort is hosting a Thanksgiving celebration with special events such as football showings, Macy's Parade viewing, puppet shows,  s'mores, family movie night, and more are taking place throughout the three-day event including a special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Plus the resort’s award-winning chefs will be preparing a Thanksgiving feast for resort guests only in the newly renovated Main Dining Room from noon-8pm on Thanksgiving Day, reservations required.

November 26th through December 19th, WEEKENDS ONLY: Weekends starting November 26th, Santa will be at the Mount Washington Cog Railway, and giving out a special in-house made gift for all the good boys and girls. More details will be forthcoming. Click here to stay tuned. Regular train trips up to Waumbek Station will be happening on a daily schedule throughout the 2021 - 2022 season.

November 26th through December 4th: The Festival of Trees will be spreading holiday cheer this year on November 26th through December 4th! Come and view multiple trees decorated by members of the community and bid on your favorites! If you win, you get to take the tree home! This is a fundraiser for Carroll County RSVP, who will in turn be using the funds to reimburse volunteers for mileage costs incurred for their work with Meals on Wheels, a program it works very closely with. Trees showcased in the Festival of Trees range in theme from the traditional to the alternative. You’ll see everything from white lights, gold garland, lottery tickets, teddy bears, and everything in between! Click the link for more information!

November 27th: Schouler Park Tree Lighting is taking place on November 27th from 4:30 to 6:00pm! Watch the trees light up throughout the park with fanfare and fun. Make a stop at The Met or Frontside Coffee Roasters for a hot chocolate prior to the lighting.

December 4th: Holiday Festival presented by Settlers Green! Taking place on Saturday, December 4th, Holiday Festival is a wonderful event coupled with holiday shopping. Take part in the Peppermint Guessing Contest, and enter to win a $100.00 Settlers Green Gift Card. A Holiday Light Show will take place at the gazebo in the center of Settlers Green, starting at dusk. Make your way to the hight show through the Holiday Light Tunnel, that begins at Timberland, and expands onto The Green. Live Caroling and Photos with Santa will also be available. More details will become available in late October. Click this link for more information.

December 4th: The Festival of Trees will be spreading holiday cheer this year on November 26th through December 4th! Come and view multiple trees decorated by members of the community and bid on your favorites! If you win, you get to take the tree home! This is a fundraiser for Carroll County RSVP, who will in turn be using the funds for the affiliate non-profit. Meals on Wheels, a program it works very closely with. Trees showcased in the Festival of Trees range in theme from the traditional to the alternative. You’ll see everything from white lights, gold garland, lottery tickets, teddy bears, and everything in between! Click the link for more information!

December 4th: Breakfast With Santa at the North Conway Community Center. Going on from 8am to 11am, enjoy breakfast to go, an opportunity to take a photo with Santa, holiday games and a holiday special gift! The price is $5.00 per person, and this is a masked event. Supported in part by The White Mountain Independents.

December 4th: Mount Washington Valley Skating Club will present “Holiday Stories & Songs” for its Annual Holiday on Ice Show scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 at Ham Arena, 87 West Main St. in Conway. The show will start promptly at 5 p.m. and feature solo and group skating performances to holiday-themed music by members of the Club along with guest performances.

December 4th: Grinchmas Who-Liday Spectacular at Cranmore this free admission event for families will be held from 12:30-3 pm Saturday, Dec. 4 at the Arlberg Learning Center at Cranmore Mountain Resort. Included will be holiday activities; chalk drawing; Whoville hair styling; photos with the Grinch, Santa and Mrs. Claus; and “Reindeer Stable” featuring Little Angels Service Dogs. To keep children and family members safe, activities will be held under heated tents outside the Arlberg Learning Center, and hand-made Grinchmas masks will be provided to children to wear. Other hands-on activities will be packaged in to-go activities for families to do at home. This event is being presented by Badger Realty, Northway Bank, Coleman Companies and Cranmore Mountain Resort.

December 11th through 12th: The Inn to Inn Cookie Tour is back! This event is the epitome of New England culture, as you make your way to all the cozy inns that make up the “Country Inns in the White Mountains.” Enjoy holiday decorations, crackling fireplaces, and homemade cookies at each inn. The tour stretches from Jackson to Eaton, NH, with nine inns opening their doors to those in search of fabulous holiday treats, recipes and decorating ideas. Tour tickets are available in advance by reserving a lodging package from participating inns and this is the best way to secure a ticket. Those looking to purchase just tickets can do so after November 22, 2021. Tickets are limited. Click the link for more information.

Dates being determined: Santa’s Holiday Express presented by Conway Scenic Railroad. Join Santa at the train station. You’ll see him on his sleigh as he trails behind your train car, taking note of all the children on his list! More details will  be forthcoming, so bookmark Conway Scenic Railroad’s website for more information.

December 31st: Fireworks in Schouler Park. Enjoy a dinner on the town then ring in the new year in Schouler Park with fireworks starting sometime after 9:00pm. Fireworks can be seen as far away as Cranmore Mountain and River Road. The park will be open for viewers, but you can also find a parking spot, bring snacks, and blankets, and enjoy the show! Details provided by Conway Rec and the Town of Conway will be forthcoming.

To learn more about the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit www.visitmwv.com And for information on visiting New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.







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