Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting November 30, 2014

Name: Newburyport’s Santa Parade & Tree Lighting
Date: November 30, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Sunday, November 30th
Santa arrives around 3:30pm
Tree Lighting at approximately 4:00pm

Event Description:
A Newburyport tradition!

As the holiday season approaches, Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive in the most fitting way for this seaport town… by US Coast Guard boat! Welcome Santa on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as he and Mrs. Claus dock at the boardwalk and begin to parade through downtown Newburyport, then gather in Market Square for the annual Christmas tree lighting and carols.

Visti http://business.newburyportchamber.org for more information.

A month of Vintage Holiday Events Portsmouth NH beginning Dec. 2nd – Dec. 27

Enjoy this Holiday Season with Portsmouth Vintage Christmas Events

Vintage Christmas 2014 Schedule – a month of shows + strolls

Tuesday, December 2
7:30pm
Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra: Family Holiday Pops, Music Hall Historic Theater

Wednesday, December 3
7:30pm
Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra: Family Holiday Pops, Music Hall Historic Theater

Saturday, December 6
12 – 8pm Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
4pmThe Music Hall Presents: The Ragpickers’ Dream, Music Hall Loft
5pm Holiday Tree Lighting, Market Square
6pm Illuminated Holiday Parade (note: free trolley out of service during parade!)
5-9pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke

Sunday, December 7
12 – 8pm
Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
2pm
The Music Hall Presents: The Ragpickers’ Dream, Music Hall Loft
1:30-10:30pm Vintage Christmas Trolley 15 min. route
4-8pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke

Wednesday, December 10
7:30pm
Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Thursday, December 11
2:00pm
Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater
7:30pm Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Friday, December 12
7:30pm
Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Saturday, December 13
12 – 8pm
Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
1:30-10:30pm Vintage Christmas Trolley 15 min. route
2:00pmMary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater
7:00pm Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater
4-8pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke

Sunday, December 14
12 – 8pm Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
12:00pm Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater
1:30-10:30pm Vintage Christmas Trolley 15 min. route
4-8pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke
4:30pm Mary Poppins, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Saturday, December 20
10:00am Great Bay Academy of Dance: An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker in a Nutshell (abbreviated and child-friendly)
12 – 8pm Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
1:30-10:30pm
Vintage Christmas Trolley 15 min. route
2:00pm Great Bay Academy of Dance: An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker
4-8pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke
7:00pm Great Bay Academy of Dance: An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker

Sunday, December 21
11:30am
Great Bay Academy of Dance: An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker in a Nutshell (abbreviated and child-friendly)
12 – 8pm
Gingerbread Houses on display, Discover Portsmouth Center
1:30-10:30pm
Vintage Christmas Trolley 15 min. route
2:30pm Great Bay Academy of Dance: An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker
4-8pm Candlelight Stroll, Strawbery Banke

Monday, December 22
7:30pm Messiah Sing, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Saturday, December 27
8pm Juston McKinney’s Last Laugh 2014, The Music Hall Historic Theater

Wednesday, December 31
First Night Portsmouth

RESERVATIONS

Shows

Tickets for all Music Hall holiday shows can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at the Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603.436.2400, or online at http://www.themusichall.org

Strolls

Ticket prices for Strawbery Banke Museums’ Candlelight Stroll are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $50 for families (2 adults and their children ages 17 and under). Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.strawberybanke.org or by phone at 603.433.1107. Tickets may be used any night of the Stroll.

The City of Portsmouth will again provide Vintage Christmas Trolley

The free city trolley is wildly successful. Patrons use it to not only ferry themselves from free parking lots to the center of town, between The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum, but also to give themselves a brief overview of what Portsmouth has to offer. The trolley’s scheduled route – to run the first three weekends of December on Saturday and Sunday from 1:30-10:30pm – is a quick 15-minute loop with several stops to jump on/off for shopping, and to get a bite to eat and drink. Day visitors will be able to park at various lots around town and jump on the trolley, while overnight visitors in downtown hotels will be able to walk to convenient trolley stops.

Presented by

The Music Hall & Strawbery Banke Museum

Presenting Sponsors:
The City of Portsmouth; The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce; Seacoast Media Group

Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea Festival Dec. 12th-14th, 2014

Ogunquit’s Christmas by the Sea

Annual Christmas by the Sea Celebration

Location:36 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907 (Map)

December 12-14, 2014.

ALL WEEKEND!

FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT AND TOUR OF THE TREES: Go to the map page in the brochure for a list of participants. Drop off your completed card at Ogunquit Camera, or Perkins & Perkins and be entered to win Gift of Ogunquit gift certificates.

LOVE FOUR PAWS: “The best things in Life” necklace is available for sale at Junebug’s Beach House (16 Shore Road, Ogunquit). 100% of the proceeds benefit local rescues. Support animals in need while holiday shopping. It’s a win-win! Treats(cookies) served to people and dogs! Anyone who makes a purchase will beentered to win the custom “Maine Love” Holiday ornament. The ornamentis handcrafted by a ceramic artist exclusively for us with a red heart over Ogunquit.

FROZEN/LEGO RAFFLES: Stop by Animal Instinct (232 Main Street) and enter to win a Frozen Doll Set (Anna & Elsa) or a Star Wars Lego Set. No purchase necessary. Also,take advantage of our Storewide Sale: 20% Off Everything!

END OF SEASON SALE: Need some really nice gifts at really great prices?Look no farther than The Sea Bell Gallery (53 Shore Road). ALL art, jewelry and gifts will be 40 to 70% OFF. This will take place the first two weekends in December.

THE REVELATIONS GIFT SHOP GIVEAWAY: Enjoy free cookies while you shop at Revelations (59 Shore Road), but that’s not all we’re giving away! Draw a card upon checkout, with the possibility of winning prizes, discounts and instant giveaways.

CHARITY BOOK DRIVE: Mim on aWhim (18 Shore Road) will be holding a Book Drive. 100% of the proceeds benefit The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Come browse the selections and enjoy a snack. (Donated books gladly accepted).

OPEN HOUSE: Check out the Treasure Chest Eclectic Shop (661 Main Street) during their open house, 10-4 on Saturday and Sunday. 20% off all items $10 or more. Raffles, Refreshments and great company.

YEAR END SALE: C & S Toy Chest (at the end of Perkins Cove) is offering a blowout sale. 20% off if you pay with cash. 30% off if you pay with credit card. 50% off all summer-specific merchandise. Open 10-4 all weekend.

OPEN HOUSE AND MEET THE ARTIST: The Barrel Stave (15A Shore Road) invites you to stop by and enjoy hot cider,cheese and crackers and enter our drawing for a folk art print, signed by artist Kathy Kelleher. Kathy will be on hand to sign some of her other items. Take advantage of our 25% off jewelry sale. 207-646-8298 www.barrelstave.com.

TOYS FOR TOTS DROP-OFF: Can’t make it to the Polar Plunge on Saturday?Bring new toys to Bessie’s (8 Shore Road) any time throughout the weekend for Toys For Tots. RE/MAX Realty One (84 School Street) is another drop-off location,open weekdays, 9-5, and Saturday, 11-3.

OPEN HOUSE: Hutchins Antiques(166 Main Street) will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday. Refreshments including apple cider will be available, and Santa will visit occasionally throughout the weekend.

Friday, December 12, 2014

7pm: TOWN TREE LIGHTING at Veteran’s Park (center of town).Join us in caroling and enjoy some warm drinks and cookies. Weather permitting.

7:30-8:30pm: CONCERT at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). Back by popular demand,youth group Encore is getting back together for this special concert just for Christmas by the Sea. Support our local youth as they support their community! Free admission.

7:30-9:30pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best! “Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

9:30-11am: VISIT WITH SANTA upstairs at the Fire Station(School Street). Get there a little early to see Santa arrive by fire engine. Then enjoy a treat and have your photo taken with Santa and pick it up later at Ogunquit Camera Shop.

10am-4pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person.Weather permitting.

10am-3pm: BASEMENT BAZAAR downstairs at the Dunaway Center(23 School Street). Can’t figure out what to get for that hard-to-buy-for person? Find a little bit of everything and something for everyone at this bazaar.

10am-3pm: ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW at the Fire Station on School Street). Proceeds benefit Ogunquit Fire Rescue.

10:30am-1pm: THE “GIVING TREE” SILENT AUCTION downstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Theme-decorated artificial trees have been donated by local businesses and individuals, to be silent auctioned. Be sure to bid on the popular lottery tree! Proceeds go to Hospice of York.

11am-1:30pm: TASTE THE SEASON (previously known as Chowderfest) upstairs at the Dunaway Center (23 School Street). Taste a variety of foods (including chowder) from local dining establishments. Beer and wine tastings, too! Bring a donation for our local food pantry or animal shelter.VIP early admission at 11am: $15. Regular admission beginning at 11:45am: $10.Check visitogunquit.org for updates on participants!

11am- 3pm: MEET THE ARTIST at Abacus Gallery, 213 Main Street. Nationally known calendar artist Dana Heacock will be signing 2015 Abacus calendars. A selection of his artwork will be displayed in the gallery. 207-646-0399

11:30am-3:30pm: MIXED CARGO at Gypsy Sweethearts, 30 Shore Road. Local art by Claire Bigbee, Phyllis Baisen, Colleen Ford, Madeline Hopkins, Susan Levenson. Fine jewelry by Michelle Stivaletta, Lauren Pollara. Metalwork by Max Clayton. Leavitt Theatre Earrings, Ogunquit Soaps, Hand-knit Items, Edibles, Gypsy Sweatshirts and Gift Certificates. Hot Spiced Sangria.

12:30-1:30pm: KIDS’ ORNAMENT AND CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING downstairs at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). We’ll bring the supplies; kids bring the creativity! Drop in to make an ornament or card to take home or send to Grandma.

1-5pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane).Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

1pm: GINGERBREAD GARLAND DECORATING CLASS at the Beachmere Inn’s Blue Bistro. Create your own personalized Gingerbread Garland with yourfamily members’ names on each one. Each cookie is hand decorated and tied with a decorative ribbon and then attached to the garland. Gingerbread Garland Kit…..(5 cookies)…..$15…each additional cookie $3; Individual Gingerbread Men for decorating $5; Decorated Gingerbread Men $5. Please contact the Beachmere Inn at 800-336-3983 or 207-646-2021 to reserve your class and Garland Kit.

1:45-2:45pm: HOLIDAY STORY HOUR (location to be determined).Seasonal stories read to the little ones! Check visitogunquit.org for more details on the location.

2pm: OGUNQUIT OCEAN RESCUE POLAR PLUNGE at the Main Beach. Come support Toys for Tots and cheer on our Ogunquit Ocean Rescue Service as they brave the wintry elements. Members will plunge into the ocean in Polar Bear fashion with the hopes of ensuring a Merry Christmas for all. Please bring unwrapped toys, donations, and plenty of good cheer! Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

2-5pm: WINE TASTING Village Food Market (230 Main Street).Featuring great wines for the holidays, with cheese and crackers.

3-4pm: CHRISTMAS PARADE Entrance of Perkins Cove to Main Beach. Presented by the Village Spirit Committee. Weather permitting.

3-6pm: WINE TASTING Perkins & Perkins Wine & Cheese Shop (478 Main Street). Featuring wines from France that are great for holiday gifts.

4:30pm: SING-A-LONG End of Beach Street. Caroling leading up to the fireworks display! Please note — due to property safety concerns,parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot after noon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

5pm: FIREWORKS! A magnificent fireworks display will be shot from the Main Beach Parking Lot. Please note — due to property safety concerns, parking will not be available in the Main Beach Parking Lot afternoon on Saturday. Parking will be available at the Lower Lot, on River Road.

6:30pm: LIVING MANGER at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 ShoreRoad). Beautifully performed by members of Ogunquit Baptist Church, this livingnativity reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas. Weather permitting.

7-8pm: CONCERT The Wandering Minstrel at Ogunquit Baptist Church (157 Shore Road). The Wandering Minstrel is a Christmas by the Sea staple, but you may not have come across him in your own wanderings in previous years. Cole in out of the cold to enjoy some traditional Christmas songs. Free admission.

7:30-9:30pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best! “Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

8-11am: BREAKFAST WITH SANTA at Post Road Tavern Restaurant(705 Main Street, Ogunquit). Reservations recommended. FMI: 207-641-0640.

10am-4pm: HAY RIDES at Veteran’s Park. $5 per person.Weather permitting.

1-3pm: DINNER WITH DICKENS at Clay Hill Farm (220 Clay Hill Road, Ogunquit/York line). A Musical Theatrical Dining Experience at its best!”Dinner with Dickens: A New Musical Tale” stars Kirk Simpson and Nancy Day in an original musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are$20 with an a la carte dinner menu. FMI or for reservations: 207-361-2272.

1-5pm: OPEN HOUSE at Ogunquit Heritage Museum (Obed’s Lane).Holiday decorations, winter paintings, creches and menorahs, plus refreshments.

2pm: SOUTHERN MAINE CHRISTMAS PARADE in Wells. Wells Plaza to Wells Junior High School.

8pm: RUSTED ROOT CONCERT at Jonathan’s Restaurant (Bourne Lane). Six piece acoustic, rock, world, and percussion band from Pittsburgh has sold over three million albums worldwide and is coming to Jonathan’s Ogunquit for their second time this year! Reservations required: 207-646-4777.

Visit http://www.visitogunquit.org/ for more information.

[dealy +5 days]

10th Annual Festival of Trees Saco, ME – Saco Museum

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified. If you would like to schedule a tour or special program for your school group please contact zoebthomas.

Featured Events

10th Annual Festival of Trees
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
November 29th – December 31, 2014
Closed December 24th and 25th

Join us for holiday cheer and decorations at the Saco Museum. Purchase raffle tickets to win trees, wreaths, gifts certificates and more. Bring the whole family and everyone you know to support the Dyer Library Saco Museum during our biggest fundraiser of the year. Festival of Trees is a free event/ exhibit with raffle opportunities and events throughout December. For details click more.

If you’d like to participate in the planning process for the festival, sponsor a tree or wreath, or help with the decorating, email zoebthomas
more

Visit http://www.sacomuseum.org for more information on all programs and events.

Hampton’s Annual Tree Lighting & Christmas Parade – 2014

Ring in the spirit of the season beginning with Hampton’s Annual Tree Lighting at Marelli’s Square in downtown Hampton; Friday, Dec. 5th, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Fun for the entire family with festivities for the kids around the Gazebo.

Then – join in the fun at Hampton’s Annual Christmas Parade – 2014

Saturday, December 6, beginning at 1 PM.

Theme: “2014 The Shining Bright Stars of Hampton’s Future”

“2014 The Shining Bright Stars of Hampton’s Future” is this year’s theme for the annual Christmas parade sponsored by Experience Hampton Inc. The parade will begin Saturday December 6 at 1:00pm, beginning in North Hampton on Rte 1 and traveling down through Hampton, concluding at The Galley Hatch.

For more information visit our facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/experiencehampton or our website; http://www.experiencehamptonnh.org/

Craft & Bake Sale Lane Memorial Library Nov. 22nd, 2014

What better time, than Thanksgiving time, to meander on over to the Lane Memorial Library on Academy Lane, and support the Library by picking up some homemade baked goodies for your family and friends, or take in a little Holiday Gift Shopping with and support our area local artisans. ?
A bountiful selection of homemade goodness, at pleasurable prices – join all of us at the Lane Memorial Library Saturday, Nov. 22nd, from 10AM – 4PM and help support our library, while bringing some goodness home with you.

Area artisans showcase their unique crafts for your gift giving necessities.

For more information call Lane Memorial Library at 603.926.3368.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Area Restaurants Serving it up on Thanksgiving Day

Demeters Steak House Portsmouth NHJoin Demeter’s Steakhouse for a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal – A Plated steaming fresh turkey dinner with traditional sides and fixings; $39.95 for adults and $14.95 for children (age 13 and under). Demeter’s is open from 1PM – 7PM on Thanksgiving Day. Call for reservations; 603.766.0001; www.DemetersSteakhouse.com.

 

Ashworth Hotel & Breakers Restaurant – The Ashworth will be hosting an annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet Dinner from breakfast items including omelets to a complete carving station and seafood items. 11AM – 3PM. $34 Adults – $16 Kids ages 5-16, Children 4 and under eat free. Breakers Restaurant and Lounge Hours are 11AM – 9PM with the Breakers menu being offered from 4PM – 9PM, along with daily specials. Call for reservations; 603 926 6762   ext. 610

 

Old Salt at Lamie’s Tavern is serving a limited menu from 11AM – 5PM. Reservations are required and limited seating remains available. Menu selections are Turkey Dinner, Ham Dinner and Butternut Squash Raviolis for $17.95; Prime Rib & Seafood Pie selections at $24.99; Lobster pie @ $27.99 and a Lobster Pie/Prime Rib Entree at $32.99. Call 603.926.8322.

 

No Reservations required at North Beach Bar & Grill, located on 931 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, NH; 603.967.4884. Open from 2PM – 10PM order your dinner off their regular menu, or select the Special Turkey Dinner with all the fixings for only $9.95. www.NorthBeachBar.com.

 

 

The following area restaurants will be closed on Thanksgiving day to spend time with their families:

Betty’s Kitchen, North Hampton, NH

Galley Hatch, Hampton, NH

Coffee Break Cafe accepting Thanksgiving orders for Home Made Pies

Wow! Enjoy the fabulous pies from Coffee Break Cafe in Hampton. Homemade, a lovely variety and priced right!

Apple…Pumpkin…Custard…Lemon meringue…Chocolate cream…$11.75

Chocolate pecan…Butter pecan…Pumpkin pecan…$12.99

Stop by the cafe at 23 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, or message our inbox on our facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coffee-Break-Cafe/274561197605.

We are open daily, from 8AM – 2PM.

Stop in for a lovely breakfast, or Mocha Latte.