"For Christmas is tradition time—Traditions that recall the precious memories down the years, The sameness of them all."―Helen Lowrie Marshall

The holiday season is reaching its peak with Christmas and New Year's Eve just around the corner! And there's no better time than now to relax and unwind before the hectic family gatherings and busy travel schedules.

Take a load of this weekend with a holiday concert, Christmas crafts or other family friendly festivities. Check out some of our favorite weekend events below and be sure to share your NH made memories with us in the comments or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Happy Weekending!

1. Gift of Lights

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time for New Hampshire Motor Speedway to trade in the checkered flags for more than 2.5 million twinkly LED lights for the ninth annual Gift of Lights presented by Eastern Propane & Oil. The Gift of Lights has become a family tradition during the holidays. The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show will feature the Tunnel of Lights (the 130-foot-long infield entrance and exit tunnels will be brightly lit, giving a truly memorable experience that kids of all ages will need to see to believe), 520 displays, 80 different scenes and a s’mores pit!

Date: Friday, December 20 - Saturday, December 21

Time: 4PM-10PM

Location: New Hampshire Motor Speedway - 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon, NH

Website: https://www.nhms.com/events/gift-of-lights/

Admission: $25 per vehicle

2. Cookies and Cocoa, Last Minute Wishes With Santa

Share your wishes and enjoy an evening with Santa Claus. He wants to hear all of the good things you’ve been doing this year! Enjoy the fun, hot chocolate, games and treats and don’t forget to bring your letter to place in the North Pole Letter Box.

Date: Saturday, December 21

Time: 6PM-8PM

Location: RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain - 22 S Mountain Dr., Lincoln, NH

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/riverwalk-resort-at-loon-mountain/cookies-cocoa-last-minute-wishes-with-santa/685221651976930/

Admission: FREE

3. The Boston Pops

Capturing the magic of the Holiday season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature “Sleigh Ride,” as well as other holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. They are joined by the Metropolitan Chorale, known as one of Metro Boston’s premier choral ensembles. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance during the concert’s finale followed by the traditional Boston Pops Holiday sing-along to bring this special performance to a close.

Date: Saturday, December 21

Time: 7:30PM

Location: SNHU Arena - 555 Elm St., Manchester, NH

Website: http://www.snhuarena.com/calendar/details/?event_id=626

Admission: Tickets starting at $43


4. Capital Jazz Orchestra Holiday Pops

Ring in the holiday season with a special yuletide program featuring the Capital Jazz Orchestra and vocalists CJ Poole and Laura Daigle, along with narrator Laura Knoy of NHPR, who will be reciting her traditional version of “The Night Before Christmas.” The stockings will be brimming with holiday musical chestnuts, an audience sing-along and additional special surprises that are sure to leave everybody in the holiday spirit.

Date: Sunday, December 22

Time: 4PM

Location: Capitol Center for the Arts - 44 S Main St., Concord, NH

Website: https://ccanh.com/events/holiday-pops-2/

Admission: $27.50-$47.50


5. Open Paint with Holiday Fun Projects

A fun night painting at The Canvas Roadshow is in store! Artists will lead you step by step to create your own painting in the studio. Beginners are welcome and encouraged as these paintings are great for all levels. All materials and an apron will be provided. Come paint and create!

Date: Sunday, December 22

Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: The Canvas Roadshow - 25 South River Rd., Bedford, NH 

Website: https://thecanvasroadshow.com/workshop-events/silly-snowman-painting/

Admission: $30


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