Category Archives: Holiday

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas…

I know it seems a bit early but it’s only because I want you to get out there and enjoy some Christmas events!   You know if you don’t plan ahead it won’t happen.

I’m a bit of a history geek and my favorite of the living history museums is Mystic Seaport.   For the 35th year they are presenting their Lantern Light Tours, a progressive play set on Christmas Eve 1876.  Leave some time for lunch or dinner at S&P Oyster Company in downtown Mystic.

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Old Sturbridge Village offers up Christmas By Candlelight, with a full slate of traditional activities such as caroling, roasting chestnuts and the like.  The on-site Oliver Wight Tavern offers special dinners to coincide with their Christmas events, as well as Brunch with Santa.

Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth NH is unique in that it encompasses over 300 years of American history, up to 1954 when the site was saved from urban renewal.  Sticking with the historical theme of ….candles….their seasonal event is the Candlelight Stroll.  Weekends in December bring sleigh rides, live music and seasonal entertainment along walkways lighted with wood and glass candle boxes.   This would make a fantastic weekend away, as Portsmouth is a great small city, full of shopping and dining options.

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People tend to forget about Newport once summer’s over but it’s really got a lot to offer in all seasons.  December brings Christmas At The Newport Mansions, probably the best time to see these amazing Gilded Age mansions decked out in their holiday finery.  You can’t go wrong with dinner at The White Horse Tavern; in their own words “from farm to table since 1673”.  Yes, really: 1673.

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I’d like to end with a reminder that this Saturday, November 29th is Small Business Saturday.  Shop local!  Shop small!!