Must-Do New Hampshire Events For A Merry & Bright December

Looking for things to do in NH this holiday season? Make December merry & bright.

11 Ways To Make Winter Merry & Bright

Bring some light to the darkest month of the year with a little holiday fun.

Dinner & A Show

Lamie’s Inn in Hampton, NH is offering Holiday Dinner Theater Specials. Take in the Winter Wonderettes or A Dickens of a Christmas followed by a cozy night at Lamie’s Inn. Pricing varies, but both packages include dinner and a continental breakfast in the morning.

Santa’s holiday express

Climb abroad Santa’s Holiday Express for a Christmas adventure! Enjoy cookies and hot cocoa with Santa and his elves as you take in the scenic views. December dates for the Holiday Express are the 2 & 3, 9 & 10, and 16-23.

11 Ways to Make Things Merry & Bright | Wine and dine at the Inn at Pleasant Lake.
Wine and dine by the fire at the elegant Inn at Pleasant Lake. Photo courtesy of Inn at Pleasant Lake.

Wine & Dine At The Inn at Pleasant Lake

The Inn at Pleasant Lake has created an immersive wine experience, perfect for beating any holiday stress. Enjoy artisan cheese and their weekly featured wine in the comfort of your room and chef-selected pairings with your 5-course dinner, with options for excursions to local wineries.

Santa’s Village

What could be more magical than visiting Santa’s Village at Christmastime? Take the family out for a day of snowy fun at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH.  Up to 18 rides are operating, shops are open, and the man with the bag greets and listens to every child’s Christmas wish.

11 Ways to Make December Merry & Bright | Visit Santa's Village, decked out in over 500,000 Christmas lights, for a hearty dose of holiday cheer.
Visit Santa’s Village, decked out in over 500,000 Christmas lights, for a hearty dose of holiday cheer. Photo via Facebook/Santa’s Village.

Jingle Bell Half Marathon & Jolly Jaunt 5K

On your mark, get set, go! The Jingle Bell Half Marathon and Jolly Jaunt 5K are on Sunday December 10 at the Atkinson Resort. Runners will enjoy an after-party in the grand ballroom of the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, featuring FREE hot chocolate & soup, healthy Stonyfield Yogurt, energizing Clif Bars, and Hint flavored water. Runners 21+ also get two tasty craft beers!

Flag Hill Chef’s Table Dinner

Treat your favorite foodie to an early Christmas present! The 4-course Chef’s Table Dinner at Flag Hill on December 16 features local food and wine or cocktail pairings for each course. Reservations are required; contact Flag Hill at (603) 659-2949 or by email at

Yoga at the Winery

Take a break from the craziness of the holidays and unwind at LaBelle Winery & Bistro. The popular Yoga at the Winery series returns December 17. $20 registration includes an hour long multi-level yoga class followed by a wine tasting.

Santa’s Stocking Stuffer Craft Fair

December 16-17, enjoy Santa’s Stocking Stuffer Craft Fair in the best ski town in the country, North Conway. North Conway earned that reputation through its bevy of fabulous restaurants and lodging options.

Beers & Bows

Need some wrapping done on that last minute Christmas gift? Saturday December 23, visit any of the Salt hill Pubs for Beers and Bows from 3-6PM. Enjoy complimentary gift-wrapping services (charitable donations to local charities accepted) while you sip a pint or warm up with a hot toddy.

11 Ways to Make December Merry & Bright | First Night Portsmouth offers family-friendly New Years Eve entertainment.
Ice sculptures capture the light outside the North Church at Portsmouth’s First Night event. Photo via Facebook/Pro Portsmouth.

Portsmouth First Night

Portsmouth First Night offers family-friendly, alcohol-free New Years Eve entertainment. Street dancers, fireworks, and ice sculptures will delight young and old as you ring in the New Year.

First Day Hike

New Hampshire’s First Day Hike is an NH Flavor’s favorite. This free event offers guided hikes across New Hampshire at various state parks and historic sites on New Year’s Day. Visit for registration and participating locations.