From Thanksgiving dinners to Christmas wreath sales to parades and tree lightings, community members around the Seacoast are gearing up for the holidays. Here's a list of events and efforts around the Seacoast. If you'd like your event included, please send a press release and a photo if possible to [email protected] and we'll keep updating this list throughout the holiday season.
PORTSMOUTH — For the second year, Strawbery Banke presents “Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars,” the Museum’s signature all outdoor holiday event focusing on the lights, wreaths, roleplayers, and magic on the exteriors of the Museum’s historic buildings. The event, which occurs on Dec. 4, 11, and 18, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 5, 12, and 19, from 4 to 8 p.m. throughout the 10-acre site, offers guests the opportunity to experience holiday and seasonal traditions from years past in the historic Puddle Dock neighborhood. Tickets on sale now at StrawberyBanke.org/events/candlelight-stroll.cfm. Masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status.
Thanksgiving dinner delivered
ROCHESTER - True Memorial Baptist Church is cooking Thanksgiving dinner and delivering it to people in the Farmington, Rochester, Somersworth and Dover areas. If you would like a meal delivered or would like to request curbside pickup, please call (603) 332-3131 or email [email protected] by Nov.19. You can also call (603) 332-3131 if you want to volunteer or donate food. Happy Thanksgiving!
Christmas Wreath Sale
KITTERY, Maine — Second Christian Congregational Church, 33 Government St. in Kittery, will hold a Christmas Wreath sale on Nov. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to dark. In addition to beautifully decorated Christmas wreaths, there will also be kissing balls, ornaments, and a few other surprises, in a festive outdoor setting. Contact the church at 207-439-3903, or visit us at www.2ccucc.org.
Decorate wreaths at Wallingford Farm
KENNEBUNK, Maine -- As the holidays get into full swing, Wallingford Farm will host a Wreath Decorating Workshop for Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There will be a workshop demo that's free for anyone to attend. Participants are welcome to build their own wreath, swag, etc. of their choice and decorate using Wallingford Farm supplies as they wish. They will be charged only for the supplies they decide to use.
To RSVP, participants are asked to designate "going" on the Facebook event posting on Wallingford Farm's page.
Wallingford Farm is located at 21 York St. in Kennebunk, Maine. The phone number is 207-985-2112.
Thanksgiving dinner offered at Hampton United Methodist Church
HAMPTON – Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Rd. (Route 1) cordially invites the community to a free Thanksgiving dinner “with all the fixings”, which includes roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, cranberry sauce and dessert, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Pick-up times are in 30-minute increments. Meals can be picked up in the church parking lot located at the back of the building. If you are unable to get to the church, delivery is available. Please indicate this when you place your order. You can sign up at HamptonnhUMC.org or through the church office.
50th annual Portsmouth Rotary Thanksgiving dinner
PORTSMOUTH — The 50th annual Portsmouth Rotary Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. Pick up or delivery only at St. Nicholas Greek Church (adjacent to Portsmouth High School). Due to COVID-19 there will be no sit down dinner. Masks are required. The event is free and open to all individuals, children and families. For pickup or delivery call 603-828-4869 or email [email protected].
Inter-Congregational Hanukkah celebration
KITTERY POINT, Maine — A ‘Messianic-Jewish’ fellowship comprised of likeminded Jewish and Gentile believers ‘United In Messiah’ will present an an ‘all invited’ Inter-Congregational Hanukkah celebration on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church of Kittery Point, 542 Haley Road. For additional information, visit www.unitedinmessiah.blogspot.com or call Messianic Pastor Bill Bayliss at 207-363-1775
Tree lighting open house
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Visit the Brick Store Museum for a tree lighting open house, on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 117 Main St., Kennebunk. Free admission all day to the Museum to explore current exhibits and the expanded Holiday Showcase featuring local artists. Supported by H.M. Payson. Free admission. For more information call 207-985-4802 or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.
23rd annual Festival of Trees
EXETER — This year, the Exeter Town Hall doors will be open Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 23rd annual Festival of Trees (FOT) event. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all visitors are being asked to wear masks inside the hall, a limited number of people will be allowed entry at a time, and hand sanitizer will be made available.
23rd annual Festival of Trees
EXETER — This year, the Exeter Town Hall doors will be open on Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the 23rd annual Festival of Trees (FOT) event. Due to Covid restrictions, all visitors are being asked to wear masks inside the hall, a limited number of people will be allowed entry at a time, and hand sanitizer will be made available.
Santa comes to town
EXETER — Santa and his helpers are taking over Front Street in Exeter on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. for a festive celebration. Santa arrives promptly at 5 p.m. so don’t be late. Come enjoy a free night of music, train rides, lights, hot cocoa, singalongs and more.
Rochester Chamber annual Tree Lighting
ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to light up the season with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Central Square in downtown Rochester.
A program of family activities will also take place as part of the Holiday Tree Lighting. Those in attendance will enjoy the reading of 'The Night Before Christmas'. In addition, a number of activities will take place including dance performances and caroling will be conducted by Studio 109 Dance, Voice & Drama, cookies and hot chocolate, a very special visit from Santa Claus, and more.
Rochester Main Street Festival of Trees
ROCHESTER — The volunteers of Rochester Main Street are pleased to announce the return of the ‘Festival of Trees’. The annual Festival of Trees will be held on Dec. 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the greenhouse at Studley’s Flower Gardens, 82 Wakefield St. Enjoy caroling, refreshments, and a visit from Santa while strolling through dozens of wonderfully decorated trees, generously donated by area businesses and organizations. They are fully decorated and are often stuffed with gift certificates and other fun prizes! Admission is just $5 and includes five raffle tickets. Children enter free. Main Street is still looking for businesses and organizations to decorate trees. A signup form is available at www.rochestermainstreet.org/events.
Dover’s Festival of Trees
DOVER – The 12th annual Dover Festival of Trees will take place on Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rivermill at Dover Landing. The event is free and open to the public.
Dover’s premier holiday festival will feature more than 35 elaborate trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses, all available to be taken home through silent and live auction or raffle drawing. The event also includes live choir performances, refreshments, free goodie bags for kids (sponsored by Mr. Electric of Southeast N.H.), and even a visit from Santa (sponsored by J.T. Travis Blacktop Services). The main attraction will be the Raffle Tree, which will be fully decorated with hundreds of dollars in gift cards to local restaurants and retailers. Tickets for the raffle tree will be $5 each, or five for $20.
Trees are still available for sponsorship by local businesses and organizations. Sponsorship is $55 for Chamber members and $75 for non-members. Sponsorship includes the tree and tree stand. The sponsor is responsible for providing all decorations and promotional items for the tree. Organizations interested in sponsorship should reach out to Community Events Manager Morgan Faustino at [email protected] or call (603) 742-2218.
The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser that benefits the Dover Chamber’s City Lights Committee, a volunteer group of residents and Chamber members dedicated to illuminating downtown Dover during the holiday season and hanging American flags on Central Avenue during the summer months. For more information on Festival of Trees, contact the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce at (603) 742-2218 or visit www.dovernh.org/fot.
Somersworth-Berwick Christmas Parade
SOMERSWORTH — Saturday, Dec. 4 will see the return of the Somersworth- Berwick Christmas Parade. The theme for this year's parade will be “Joy to the World.” This year the parade will start at 1:30 p.m.
Exeter Holiday Parade
EXETER — Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 4 for the 2021 Exeter Holiday Parade. Unlike the pandemic-necessitated drive-thru parade held in 2020, plans call for Santa Claus to come back to town in his usual fashion. The parade will step off from Osram on Portsmouth Avenue at 5:30 p.m. and wind its way to High Street, passing the Bandstand on Water Street before dispersing along Swasey Parkway. Awards for various parade units will be given out in front of the Bandstand. The 2021 theme for the Holiday Parade is “Celebrate”.
Jingle All The Way 5K
PORTSMOUTH — Dig out your winter hat and join us on Saturday, Dec. 4 for the Jingle All The Way 5K at Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth. After the race, runners and walkers gather together for an awesome post race party with live music, entertainment, food and drinks. The race benefits the Greg Hill Foundation, whose mission is to support local families who have incurred a recent tragedy. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=81882.
Portsmouth annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth's annual Holiday Parade, Tree Lighting and Food Drive is back Saturday, Dec. 4. At 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting in Market Square; 6 p.m. Parade step off from Islington Street; 4 to 7 p.m. Non-perishable food drop off at Market Square parade platform.
Spectators, please note that there will be a parking ban in downtown on parade night. Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 5, same times.
Annual Kittery Holiday Parade
KITTERY, Maine — The annual Kittery Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4. The theme for this year's parade is "Celebrating Our History- Kittery's 375th Anniversary". The parade will step off from Post Office Square at 3 p.m. and conclude at John Paul Jones Park with the tree lighting. The parade is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of The Seacoast.
Businesses, youth groups, community organizations, and individuals/families are encouraged to enter a float, decorated vehicle or marching group in the parade. To register for the parade, go to www.seacoastkiwanis.com.
If you have questions about the parade, contact Frank Dennett at 207-475-2063 or send an e-mail to [email protected].
Rochester annual Holiday Parade
ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce plans for its annual holiday parade with the theme this year of “A Comic Book Christmas”. Rochester’s holiday parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 3 p.m. The parade plans to feature an array of floats from businesses, organizations, and youth organizations as well as high school marching bands, marching units, equestrians and more.
The parade route will begin on Wakefield Street by the triangle at the entrance to the Spaulding High School. It will proceed south on Wakefield Street, turn right onto Union Street, turn left onto North Main Street, to South Main Street, and disband in front of the Rochester Common.
Dover Rotary Holiday Decorations Contest
DOVER — Dover Rotarian elves will be visiting decorated homes in Dover on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, 2021, looking for winners in their second Annual Rotary Club of Dover Holiday Decorations Contest. Deadline to enter: Dec. 6, 2021.
To enter visit facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Dover-Holiday-Decorations-Contest or email [email protected]. Winners will be chosen on Dec. 15, 2021.
According to Dover Rotary President-elect Jim Munro, the contest was created as a “Fun”raiser event. “We wanted to celebrate the efforts of our neighbors who turn their homes into whimsical scenes during the holidays and create moments of joy for all ages,” Munro said.
The no-fee contest will celebrate community spirit and focus on the festive exterior decorations on homes in Dover. 1st Place: Fruit gift basket and $75 gift certificate from Harvey’s Bakery; 2nd Place: Fruit gift basket and $50 gift certificate from Harvey’s Bakery and 3rd Place: Fruit gift basket and $25 gift certificate from Harvey’s Bakery.
Winners will also receive: Bragging rights! A “winner” sign for your front lawn! Warm wishes for a joyful season! Lots of goodwill, hats off, smiles and thanks!
Rochester Main Street 'Elf Off the Shelf'
ROCHESTER — The volunteers of Rochester Main Street are pleased to announce the return of Elf Off the Shelf on Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are 12 elves hiding around downtown; look high and low to find them all! Each elf will give you a ticket and a treat. Once you receive all your tickets, visit Collec-tiques on North Main Street to enter them into the raffle. The more tickets you have, the better your chances become to win the Grand Prize! Visit www.RochesterMainStreet.org to learn more.
Source : https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/2021/11/11/get-ready-set-celebrate-holiday-events-around-seacoast/8550100002/3277