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 14th year.

See: What better way to get in a holiday mood than Elf the Musical. The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be at the Music Hall November 28 to December 16. Elf The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf. For ticket information and a list of events, go to

"An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" will be celebrating its 31st season at Johnson Theater at UNH, November 24 and 25. 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: Festivities for the annual Portsmouth Tree Lighting and Parade start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 1st (rain date December 2nd). The excitement builds as the community counts down to the lighting of the Portsmouth Christmas tree at 5:30pm, and the festive fun continues at 6pm with a dazzling illuminated holiday parade down Islington Street and through Market Square. For information, visit

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