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‘Tis the Season in Portsmouth

We love spending the holiday season in Portsmouth, dubbed “The Christmas Capital of America” by Travel + Leisure! Whether you’re a resident or just visiting over the next few months, there is so much to do and see here in town during this time of year.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Music Hall
The Music Hall, November 30th – December 18th: Watch the tale as old as time come to life filled with the same characters and music that you love from the original film. The play tells the story of the Beast, a prince trapped under a spell, and Belle, the young woman who he falls in love with, who just might break the curse. The play ran for thirteen years on broadway, and now, you can experience it right in town! Take part in the magic here: http://bit.ly/2gl8L8t. Before you go, grab a bite to eat at Franklin Oyster House – not only is their food always fantastic, but they’ll have a specially themed menu just for the play!

26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest
Discover Portsmouth, December 2nd – December 23rd: Celebrate this city-wide vintage Christmas tradition in Portsmouth and stop by the Historical Society to see gingerbread houses created by local businesses, artists, families, and kids at this free exhibition that is open to the public. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite house! http://bit.ly/2fJXLhB

Strawbery Banke 37th Annual Candlelight Stroll
Strawbery Banke Museum, December 3rd – December 18th: Rediscover Christmases of the past by participating in this historic event put on at Strawbery Banke. On this interactive tour, you’ll stroll from house to house and be greeted by costumed role players who share their holiday stories and traditions of yore. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider will be served, craft and cooking demonstrations will take place, and there will be winter projects for kids to get involved in! http://bit.ly/2f99UOv

Ice Skating at Strawbery Banke
While you’re visiting Strawbery Banke, take part in ice skating season, whether you’re an expert on the rink or new to the ice. This is the perfect winter activity for families, and you can find rink times and admission information here: http://bit.ly/2gl3zBp

Settle In with a Mug of Hot Cocoa
Portsmouth is known for its eclectic coffee scene, and there are plenty of cozy cafes to enjoy a cup of cocoa in – from Breaking New Grounds and Kaffee Von Solln downtown, to White Heron and Caffe Kilim on the West End: http://bit.ly/2fMjNjq

The Portsmouth Tree Lighting
Market Square, December 3rd: The event that we wait for all year long is almost here! Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more than when the whole community comes together to witness the lighting of the stoic tree in Market Square, followed by a parade that stretches all the way down Islington St. This perfect night in Portsmouth is one not to miss and is the highlight of the entire season:  http://bit.ly/2eOqyES

What else do you love to do in Portsmouth during the holiday season? We hope that everyone enjoys our favorite time of year in our favorite city! Check out more events going on here: http://bit.ly/2eNKvd7

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