Peterborough First Friday kicks off Hometown Holiday

Published: 11-29-2023 11:00 AM

First Friday events in downtown Peterborough Dec. 1 will begin at 5 p.m., when Santa opens the doors at the Town House on Main Street. Until 7:30 p.m., people can have their photos taken taken with Santa and have free refreshments, cookies and cocoa.

Putnam Park will hold the “A Splash of Light” lantern art installation from 5 to 8 p.m. and the annual tree-lighting with carolers will be at 6 p.m.

Firelight Theatre Workshop, located in the Guernsey Building, No. 204, 70 Main St., invites people to join with warm drinks and theater memories. People can gather around the campfire and share stories of theater firsts and bests. For information, visit

The Apothecary in Depot Square will host a “sip-and-shop” night with cookies 

Peterborough Town Library will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for Avenue A Write Out Group for a show of poetry: “Silent Discussions with Strangers and Friends.” People can view decorated community trees and vote for their favorites at the library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vital Provisions on Main Street will be launching the new winter menu, and the Gnome Studio pop-up shop at 14 Main St. will be open with art gifts and a paper-cutting demonstration.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, Peterborough’s Hometown Holiday continues with Holiday Trees at the library from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., including hot chocolate and an evening campfire on the library patio from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church will present a free “Messiah” concert at 6 p.m. MAMA Dance Studio will present “Caliente” at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at and at the main school front desk above the Waterhouse.

The “Splash of Light” lantern parade and art installation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Putnam Park, featuring a parade from Grove Street to Putnam Park at 6 p.m. Details are at Installation will also take place at Putnam Park Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m.