Brighten Your Holiday Season: Local Tree Lighting and Holiday Festivals


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Katie Donovan

I'm not talking about displays where holiday ornaments and lights exploded on a person's lawn (though their contribution does add to the festive mood more than an unlit house).  I'm talking about lights and displays that cause pause and reflection, bring back warm memories, or have activities to enjoy and boost your holiday spirit.

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Local Lighting Displays

La Salette in Enfield.  I grew up going to this beautiful location throughout the year.  During the holiday season they light up the property with an amazing display of lights.  I like to go to the cafeteria and grab a hot chocolate and head upstairs where it's quiet and sit to enjoy the view in the dark.  Located  right off 4a, you can't miss it (I promise).  There are services in the chapel as well and a lovely gift shop. I highly recommend this.  The lights are on from 5 - 9 pm all December.  (See Featured Image)

Joseph Smith Memorial in S. Royalton. Wow.  I think this is definitely worth the drive.  What a beautiful display.  Lights will be on from 4:30 - 10 pm all December.  There is also a visitor's center to learn about the history of Joseph Smith.

Mitchell’sMagic Christmas Lights in ClaremontAdmire the lights and music as you wander through the yard to the North Pole, and holiday tv shows. Santa visits as well. House will be lit every night after Black Friday until Christmas 4:30 to 9:30 pm on Francis St.  Donations will go to David’s House.  While you're in Claremont, Nel Mar Heights is a street that goes all out each year.  Most of the houses on the street are lit and it's a local favorite holiday attraction.

Lebanon and Dartmouth Greens.  We're so lucky to have such massive trees to decorate and be a focal point of the festive season in both Lebanon and Hanover.  The link shows pictures from last year.

Local Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Festivals

Hanover Tree Lighting: Celebrate the Season. This is the place to be this Friday, Dec. 1st!  I've never seen so many activities put on by a town and its local businesses for the public for the Christmas season.  Participate in a Snowflake Scavenger Hunt by visiting stores to collect clues, enjoy a visit from Santa Claus at the Norwich Inn, watch Santa Claus is Coming to Town at the Nugget Theatre by donation, be wowed by circus illusions in the lobby of Nugget arcade, take a sleigh ride, and more.  Downtown stores will be open with refreshments, raffles, décor, and more. Verizon wireless will have a snowflake and coloring table. Dartmouth bookstore with have performances, and much more for kids and adults alike.    Activities start at 3:30 pm until 8 pm with the tree lighting on the Green at 5 with a performance by Christmas Revels North.  More activities on Sat. from 10 am to 4 pm.  Wow. Impressive!

Tree lighting and Concert in Brownsville. Enjoy a fire pit, caroling, and tree lighting at the West Windsor Town Hall at 4 pm, Saturday, Dec. 2nd.  At 5:30 there will be a concert at the Brownsville Congregational Church.

Tree Festival in Lyme. On Sat. Dec. 2nd from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Lyme Common enjoy sleigh rides, caroling, auction, live music, hot cocoa and cookies, and a tree lighting ceremony at 5:15. 

Lebanon Tree Lighting. On Sat. Dec. 2nd from 2 - 5 pm enjoy a visit from Santa and Olaf, carriage rides, music, crafts, and refreshments.  There will be a choral group from Upper Valley Music Center at 5 pm and the tree lighting at 5:15. 

Christmas in Hartford Village. Sat Dec. 2nd from 1 – 7 pm. There will an antique toy display evergreen craft for kids, knitted hats and mittens for kids, and tours at the Hartford Historical Society on Maple Street.  Also on Maple Street, the library will have Christmas tales by storyteller Simon Brooks, dollhouse/tin house displays, ornament crafts, raffle, and refreshments.  The Greater Hartford United Church of Christ on Maple St. will have a bell choir concert and caroling at 4 pm. There will be a free soup and sandwich supper.

Annual Gingerbread Festival.  There will be over 80 gingerbread houses on display to admire and purchase from 10 am - 3 pm at Tracy Hall in Norwich on Sat. Dec. 2nd.  Cost to attend is  $5 per person or $10 per family. Kids can enjoy a gingerbread house-making demonstration and cookie decorating. There will be a cafe serving lunch and a store with crafts too. 

Mid Centrury Modern Christmas at TheNorwich Historical Society.  On Sat. Dec. 2nd from 11 am - 2 pm enjoy stepping back into time to the '50s and '60s.  There will be tinsel, silver trees, vintage toys like Slinky, hula hoops, and Silly Putty.  My favorite are gingerbread houses shaped like 50s/60s architecture.

AnnualWassail Weekend in Woodstock. On Sat. Dec. 8th from 10 am - 4 pm enjoy a choral performance by the elementary school, tour decorated holiday houses and learn their history, an equestrian parade, feast at the Woodstock Inn, and Celts Production at Pentangle.  

Christmas in Canaan. On Sat. Dec. 15th from 5 -8 pm see a Gingerbread house competition, take pictures with Santa, hop on a horse and wagon ride or pony ride, buy goodies at the craft fair, or participate in other activities and crafts, and taste some good food at the bean/chili cookoff.

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