Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

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This December, treat yourself to some holiday cheer at Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, a month-long event with shows at the Music Hall, fine dining, great shopping, along with ice skating and candlelight strolls at Strawbery Banke. Enjoy this New Hampshire tradition, now in its 13th year.

See: What better way to get in a holiday mood than a Broadway musical, specifically Irving Berlin's White Christmas - back by popular demand! The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be at the Music Hall November 29 to December 17. The score from the original movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney includes "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep", "Blue Skies", and of course, "White Christmas". For ticket information and a list of events, go to

"An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" will be celebrating its 30th season at Johnson Theater at UNH, December 16 and 17. Seacoast audiences will be enchanted like never before by the story of young Clara Goodwin and her heroic Nutcracker Prince. Click here for tickets.

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Eat: Downtown Portsmouth is a food mecca featuring seafood, breweries, riverfront dining, and cuisines from contemporary American to British, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and South American. For instance, after your candlelight stroll, go next door to Mombo, 66 Marcy Street, for some New American food with an international twist. Or enjoy the stunning water views in the casual chic surroundings of Martingale Wharf, 99 Bow Street, with a menu that varies from fresh seafood to succulent steaks to high-end comfort food.

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Enjoy: Saturday, December 2, come to Portsmouth at 5:00pm for the annual tree lighting in Market Square, followed by the illuminated holiday parade at 6:00pm. (Rain date: December 3.) The parade kicks off at Plaza 800 on Islington Street, proceeds to Market Square, and ends at the South Mill Pond parking lot. For information, visit

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