Pick #1: Appleton Farm Gingerbread Farmer Decorating
The morning session is sold out but there is some availability in the afternoon session from 1:30-2:30!
Saturday, December 16
Afternoon Session: 1:30-2:30PM
Member Child: $15 Nonmember Child: $25
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Join us for some holiday fun on the farm and learn about the origin of this favorite Scandinavian tradition. We’ll start by decorating some delicious gingerbread farmers and cows with a variety of candy and homemade icing. After our creations are complete we’ll snuggle in for gingerbread man story. Finish the experience with a traditional German holiday craft to decorate your own home with. Hot chocolate will be served. Please register one ticket per child.
Pick #2 Winter Solstice Lantern Walk at Ipswich River
Winter Solstice Lantern Walk – Sunday
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. Sanctuary staff and volunteers invite you to join us for this beautiful candlelit event. Lantern making begins at 4:00 pm, followed by some solstice stories and folklore. With lanterns in hand, we will stroll the trails to light up the night. We will enjoy hot cider and cocoa at the bonfire on our return.
Meets in the Barn. Please dress for the weather.
Registration is required.
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Pick #3 Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke
CANDLELIGHT STROLL – Anchoring “Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth”
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2017
Saturdays, 5-9 pm. Sundays, 4-8 pm.
For tickets, click here. $5 off per ticket purchased before December 1, 2017.
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Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979 showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire. Its authenticity is the foundation for the claim that the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, echoed by Travel + Leisure magazine, makes Portsmouth ‘the Christmas capital of North America.’
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.
Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.
Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid