Local holiday event listings

  • Santa Claus, seen here at a Wilton Holiday Stroll, will be appearing at several local holiday events. —Staff file photo by Ashley Saari

  • Harvey Reid and Joyce Anderson will perform at Francestown's Old Meeting House Dec. 12. —Courtesy photo

Published: 12/7/2021 12:44:03 PM
Modified: 12/7/2021 12:43:35 PM

Caroling: The Scott-Farrah Singers, consisting of residents in the senior community, will perform traditional carols on the patio of Twelve Pine in Depot Square Friday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Cheshiremen Chorus, the Keene chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will perform. Since the pandemic, they have not had a formal show but accept opportunities to sing in the local communities for the holidays.

On Sunday, Dec. 11, Leela Howard, Tara Greenblatt and friends will sing favorite carols at noon.

On Friday, Dec. 17, Eve Pierce and her band of singers and musicians will entertain at 6 p.m.

Watch for more dates and times on Depot Square Facebook and on the Depot Square website. People who are interested in caroling should contact Pelagia Vincent at pelagiavincent@earthlink.net or 603-547-8323.


‘Journey to Bethlehem’ tour: A Christmas tradition returns this year, as the story of the birth of Jesus will be presented outdoors along Main Street in downtown Hancock Sunday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Family groups will start from the Hancock Vestry on self-guided tours in search of the newborn child. The travelers will meander "through Bethlehem" and follow the star to the inn, encounter King Herod’s guards and the king himself, visit an encampment of shepherds tending their sheep, and meet a Magi before finally entering the manger to honor the Christ child, surrounded by angels.

The journey, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Hancock, is free. It will be mostly outdoors and the family groups will be asked to stay distanced from each other. When indoors, masks are required and free masks will be available.



Holiday Concert: Francestown’s Old Meeting House will host a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. Steel-string guitar player Harvey Reid and New Hampshire-born fiddler, singer and songwriter Joyce Anderson will play Christmas classics along with some songs of their own at their only holiday appearance this year in the region.

Attendance will be limited to 200 to allow for distancing, and masks will be mandatory. Tickets are available online at partialcapo.com or at the door for $15. Children under 15 are free.


Santa and Mrs. Cla us: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Greenville Estates at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 to tour the park visiting with families.


The Southern New Hampshire Tour of Lights coordinates holiday light displays in several local towns via their recreation departments. 

Homes on the tour are encouraged to keep their lights shining from Saturday, Dec. 11, through Monday, Dec. 27. The address list for Southern New Hampshire Tour of Lights will be available to the public, through participating recreation departments, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 11. Participating recreation departments are Antrim, Jaffrey, Peterborough and Rindge. 


Temple Candy Cane Hunt: Try to find all 12 hidden candy canes in Temple. The search is on  through Dec. 18, and open to all children 18 and under. 

Sponsored by the Temple Recreation Commission, people can join the hunt by grabbing an entry form from the town store or the Mansfield Public Library. Record all the candy canes found and return to the store to get a prize.


Letters for Santa: Letters for Santa will be collected through Tuesday, Dec. 14, at People’s United Bank and Jaffrey Town Library.

Festival of Lights: Boy Scout Troop 33 will hold a Festival of Lights Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Camp Monadnock, 257 Dublin Road, Jaffrey. The festival includes drive-through light displays created by Troop 33 Scouts. Admission is $10 per car, and tickets are available at troop-33-03452.square.site.

Craft Fair: The 40th annual Craft Fair will be Saturday, Dec. 11, at Conant High School Pratt Auditorium and JRMS Cafeteria from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 50 vendors available, and free visits from Santa  from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is free, and masks are required. For information, contact the Jaffrey Parks and Recreation Department at 603-532-7863.


Christmas Celebration: On Dec. 11, there will be a Christmas celebration at the Mason town gazebo in the town center from 3 to 6 p.m. Gary Wolpert will perform live music at 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., there will be vendors, free hot cocoa and apple cider, and there will be a “Polar Express” train on-site. At 4 p.m., carolers in Victorian costume will give a performance. At 4:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive in a fire truck to light the Christmas tree. There will be a big surprise from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Appearances from the Snow Queen stilt walker and the Snowflake Lady.


Luminaria display: On Dec. 19, Main Street in Wilton and the Main Street Park will be decorated by luminarias from the Wilton Main Street Association.


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