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Holiday events around region

  • Santa Claus visited with children in downtown Jaffrey during last year's tree lighting. File photo


Friday, November 23, 2018 11:7AM

Over the next few weeks, towns all over the Monadnock region will be hosting holiday-themed events

ANTRIM

Festival of Trees: James A. Tuttle Library, Open House on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., take in display of trees, wreaths and exhibits on all three floors of the library, with more than 150 trees. Vote for your favorites through Dec. 15. Community tree lighting at 4 p.m. and a visit from Santa, lead by carolers. Trees remain on display throughout the month of December during library hours. 

Holiday Fair: First Presbyterian Church, Antrim Town Hall, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BENNINGTON

Town holiday celebration: Downtown, Dec. 2. Live animals, music, wreath sale, story walk for children, and more from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nativity play in front of the Bennington Congregational Church at 4:30 p.m. 

Lighted truck and tractor parade: Eaton Avenue, Main Street, Acre Street, School Street, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Decorate your truck, tractor, Jeep, car, or trailer. Line up is along Eaton Avenue. No pre-registration is required. The parade takes place after dark, so no walkers/marchers or throwing candy and other items. 

DUBLIN

Town tree lighting: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. 

FRANCESTOWN

Holiday Fair: Francestown Elementary School, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters, holiday cafe, book fair, silent auction. Proceeds to FES students. 

GREENFIELD

Christmas in Greenfield: Greenfield Meeting House, Nov. 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving at the Meeting House by firetruck at 5:30 p.m., to say hello to children, take their wish lists and have photos taken. Holiday Shoppe available with gift wrapping. Take a stoll through the Cookie Walk and stock up on yummy treats. Free crafts for the kids. Following the Meeting House events, move to the library with stories with Santa, caroling and the annual tree lighting. Courtesy GES PTO/Stephenson Memorial Library.

Let it snow!: Greenfield Historical Society Museum, Dec. 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. A fun family event with displays of snow motif collectibles, holiday treat bake sale, themed raffles/silent auction, holiday crafts, a gingerbread house contest and refreshments. Free admission. For information: 527-3339 or 547-2198.

GREENVILLE

Tree lighting: Lighting the Greenville Holiday Tree, Saturday Dec. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Town Hall. Visit with Santa Claus.

JAFFREY

Spaghetti with Santa: United Church of Jaffrey Parish Hall, Dec. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children, $8 for adults, under 2 years free. Tickets available at ticketelf.com/events/spaghetti-with-santa/tickets.

Tree lighting: Town common gazebo, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m. free refreshments, holiday music, visit with Santa. 

Craft fair: Conant High School, Dec. 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. free admission with 60-plus vendors.

MASON

Tree lighting: Mason Public Library, Dec. 1. From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. stories, songs and crafts for children, storyteller Lee Siegmann at the library. At 5 p.m., meet Santa at the gazebo on the Mason common for the tree lighting. Sponsored by the Mason Recreation Committee.  

NEW IPSWICH

Tree lighting: Nov. 26, 6 to 7 p.m., tree lighting and cookies with Santa. Sponsored by the Highbridge Hill Elementary School PTA.

PETERBOROUGH

Holiday Lights and Lantern Parade: Downtown Peterborough, gather for the annual tree lighting ceremony, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Santa will light the new Christmas tree in Putnam Park. Prior to the tree lighting, starting at 3 p.m., the Monadnock Center for History and Culture has invited everyone to enjoy cookies, cocoa and visit with Santa. At 5:45 p.m., the Lantern Parade will march down Grove Street. Free to all. 

Holiday Trees in Peterborough: Peterborough Community Center, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. View 50 themed trees, visit Santa, take a hayride, kids’ crafts, baked goods, raffles. The event is free with donations accepted for the Community Center. 

RINDGE

Tree lighting: Town common, Dec. 7, 7 p.m. includes fireworks, music, and a visit from Santa. 

Breakfast with Santa: Rindge Memorial School, Dec. 8, 8 to 10:30 a.m. $5 per person entry, children 2 and under eat free. Max of $25 per family. Breakfast buffet includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit salad, juice, and coffee. 

WILTON

Wilton Holiday Stroll/Tree Lighting: Friday, Dec. 7, 6 to 8 p.m., Wilton Main Street Park. Tree lighting at 6 p.m., followed by a visit from Santa at Nelson’s Candies where he will read “The Night Before Christmas” to children. Sponsored by the Wilton Main Street Association.

Wilton-Lyndeborough Women’s Club Giving Trees: Wilton Library and Wilton Town Hall will host trees with tags with the name, age, clothing size or gift request for a child in need. Take a tag, attach it to a wrapped gift and return the gift back to either location by Dec. 14. 

Christmas Craft Fair: Second Congregational Church on Gregg Street, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arts and crafts, silent auction, raffle, food, children’s store, pictures with Santa. 

Holiday Fair: Pine Hill Waldorf School, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering live music, artisan crafts, refreshments and many children’s activities. Free admission.