November 3

Friday/6 to 9 p.m.

Vermont Geography Bee

Youth in grades 5 to 8 and adult three-member teams answer questions relating to the geography of Vermont and New Hampshire. This year’s theme is Vermont Critters. Great prizes, friendly competition, refreshments.

>> Thetford Historical Society, 16 Library Road, Thetford, Vt.

>> Free

>> thetfordhistoricalsociety.org

 

November 4 to 12

Daily/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas at The Fells

Tour The Fells Main House and get inspired! Professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers sprinkle their magic throughout to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase.

>> The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, 456 New Hampshire 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Adults $18 (through Oct. 29); after Oct. 29 Adults $23, children $5

>> thefells.org

 

November 11

Saturday/10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Craft for All Ages: Wreath Making and Decorating

Learn tricks and tips from talented Fells Nursery Manager, Sue Ellen Weed-Parkes, who will teach you to create your own wreaths from natural materials. Make beautiful bows and decorate your wreath to take home for the holidays. Register by Nov. 8.

>> The Gatehouse Classroom, The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, N.H.

>> Members $25, nonmembers $35, includes materials and supplies. Children under 12 free with an adult.

>> thefells.org

 

November 11 to December 23

Tuesday to Friday/11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gallery of Gifts

The art and craft of 100+ juried makers from the region presented in the gallery for handmade holiday shopping.

>> Library Arts Center, 58 North Main Street, Newport, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> libraryartscenter.org

 

November 14

Tuesday/10 a.m.

Chicken Dance

A bully in the barnyard? Yup, and two plucky chickens — Marge and Lola — will not stand idly by. Join the dynamic duo’s musical adventure as they compete in the barnyard talent show in hopes of winning tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! Recommended for kindergarten to grade 2.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org

 

November 23

Thursday/8 a.m.

11th Annual Turkey Trot 5K

Grab your family and friends, throw on a costume (optional, but highly encouraged), work off some calories, and make this great event a part of your Thanksgiving tradition. Kids are invited to run a 1K Chicken Run down Lake Avenue and every participant receives a medal. All proceeds go to the Recreation Department.

>> Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, N.H.

>> $20 registration by Nov. 7

>> sunapeeturkeytrot.com

November 15 to January 7

Various days/times

The Little Mermaid

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will delight all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it. This beautiful story will capture your heart with its irresistible songs.

>> The Barrette Center for the Arts, Northern Stage, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> Youth $15, adults $34 to $69

>> northernstage.org

 

December 2

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

15th Annual Gingerbread Festival

This family friendly event to benefit The Family Place includes a display of more than 80 gingerbread houses, a silent auction, handcrafts and gifts for sale, a gingerbread house making demonstration, cookie decorating and children’s activities. Lunch available for purchase.

>> Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street, Norwich, Vt.

>> Adults $5, family $10

>> familyplacevt.org

 

December 2

Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enfield Hometown Holidays

The Enfield Village Association hosts a day of holiday activities for families. Activities include wreath decorating, caroling, cookie decorating, crafts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, music, lunch, a visit with Santa and story time.

>> Enfield Community Building, Route 4, Huse Park, Enfield, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> enfieldmainstreet.org

 

December 2

Sat/2 to 5 p.m.

Lebanon Holiday Celebration

Come explore downtown Lebanon and celebrate winter and the holiday season with carriage rides, musical entertainment, crafts, refreshments, a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Olaf and Santa Claus!

>> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Free

>> lebanonnh.gov

 

December 2 to 16

Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of Trees

A display of more than 50 beautifully decorated holiday table top trees designed and donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. Vote for your favorite trees with raffle tickets to win or donate to local Meals on Wheels recipients. Holiday cookies will be available to purchase.

>> Great Stone Dwelling, Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> shakermuseum.org

 

December 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 26 to January 1

Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas at the Farm

Find out how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger as treats are baked in the kitchen woodstove. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides will be offered, weather permitting.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> Adults 16 to 61 $15, seniors $14, students 16+ $9, children 5 to 15 $8, children 3 to 4 $4

>> billingsfarm.org

 

December 3

Sun/11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Open House

Take a step back in time and enjoy the pleasures of a small town holiday on the grounds of the New London Historical Society. A Silent Auction offers one-of-a-kind gifts.

>> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H.

>> Adults $5; children 12 and under free

>> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

 

December 3

Sun/5 to 7 p.m.

Caroling and Tree Lighting

Celebrate the holiday season at Newbury’s annual tree lighting. Sing Christmas carols and enjoy refreshments.

>> Center Meeting House, 945 Route 103, Newbury, N.H.

>> Free

>> centermeetinghouse.org

 

December 4

Mon/ 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Make Your Own Christmas Ornaments

Get into the holiday spirit by making your very own Christmas ornaments. Students will make four ornaments to take home and hang on the tree. For children in grades 1 to 5. Register online.

>> Whipple Hall, 429 Main Street, New London, N.H.

>> $20

>> nl-nh.com

 

December 7, 9 and 10

Thurs/7 p.m.

Sat/1 and 4 p.m.

Sun/3 p.m.

Clara’s Dream — A Nutcracker Story

With ever-changing backdrops and costumes that shimmer with winter’s crystalline beauty, you will find your heart dancing with the City Center Ballet performers as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince overcome obstacles on their way to the Land of Sweets.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Adults $19 to $38, students $9 to $19 (additional $5 on day of performance)

>> citycenterballet.org

 

December 8 to 12

Fri, Sat, Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

33rd Annual Wassail Weekend

Enjoy a fun weekend filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, and breakfast with Santa. Billings Farm is decorated in 19th century holiday spirit. There is something for all ages.

>> Woodstock, Vt.

>> woodstockvt.com

 

December 9 and 10

Sat/11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Sun/1:30 p.m.

Clara’s Tea

Enjoy delicious treats and beverages at this special tea preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances of Clara’s Dream. Dancers, dressed for the ballet, make special pre-performance appearances before making their way to the Lebanon Opera House, located within walking distance of the school.

>> Lebanon Ballet School, 22 Hanover Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $15

>> citycenterballet.org

 

December 9

Sat/10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elves Workshop

Bring your 4- to 10-year-old child for a few hours of arts and crafts and other fun while you finish your holiday shopping. Your child will be matched with a Hanover Youth-In-Action volunteer. A snack will be provided.

>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> Free

>> hartford-vt.org

 

December 9

Sat/1 to 3 p.m.

Family Crafty Card Making

Create wonderful holiday cards for family and friends! All materials provided.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> $8 per child

>> claremontnh.com

 

December 9 and 10

Sat and Sun/Various times

The Polar Express

Children of all ages enjoy the story of The Polar Express and holiday sing-alongs while sipping hot cocoa with a yummy homemade cookie. Have your photo taken with Santa, enjoy lunch, and browse the gift shop. Enter to win an original Lionel Polar Express Train Set.

>> Polar Express, 100 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt.

>> $25 per person age 3 and older

>> hartfordvtpolarexpress.com

 

December 10

Sun/3 to 5:30 p.m.

Wilmot Express

This annual family-centered event features gingerbread house construction for kids at the WCA’s Red Barn, dinner and Christmas tree lighting at the firehouse, and Santa reading a story at the library.

>> Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H.

>> Wilmot Public Library, 11 North Wilmot Road, Wilmot, N.H.

>> Wilmot Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Wilmot, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> wilmotcommunityassoc.com

 

December 10

Sun/4 and 5 p.m.

Christmas Mystery

High school students and local men lend their voices to a choral enactment of the nativity. Audience is invited to bring wrapped gifts to donate to the Upper Valley Haven; gifts should be marked with age and gender of intended recipient.

>> Rollins Chapel, College Street, Hanover, N.H.

>> Free and open to the public

 

December 14

Thurs/7 p.m.

56th Annual Norwich Nativity Christmas Pageant

Everyone is welcome to this traditional carol-singing reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to the manger. Local high school seniors play the roles of Mary, Joseph, the Angels, Shepherds and three Wise Men. Gifts of non-perishable food and clothing for The Haven will be collected.

>> Tracy Hall, 300 South Main Street, Norwich, Vt.

>> Free

 

December 14 to 17

Thurs/6 p.m.

Fri/7 p.m.

Sat/1 and 5 p.m.

Sun/1 and 5 p.m.

The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice

As the winter solstice brings long nights of frosty breath and nose-nipping cold, gather before a warming hearth for a tale of adventure, enchantment, and self-discovery. The Upper Valley’s most enduring holiday tradition promises a once-in-a-lifetime performance every year.

>> Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.

>> $7.50 to $48

>> hop.dartmouth.edu

 

December 16

Sat/4 to 5:30 p.m.

Skate with Santa

Annual skating event features holiday music and a special treat from Santa. Rentals available.

>> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt.

>> $5

>> hartfordrec.com

 

December 16

Weds/5 to 8:30 p.m.

Christmas in Canaan

Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of crafts, carols and holiday cheer. Walk through downtown Canaan, check out the decorations, and stop in at the local businesses to make a holiday craft or grab refreshments. Activities include pictures with Santa, horse and wagon rides, dog sledding demonstration and a chili cook-off.

>> Downtown Canaan, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> canaannh.org

 

December 22

Fri/7 to 9 p.m.

Community Youth Night

Join Claremont Parks and Recreation hosts a fun night of Dodgeball for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Register online.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> $5

>> claremontnh.com

 

December 31

Sun/4 to 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Public Skate

Lace up your ice skates (or rent a pair for $5) and glide around the rink with friends and family on the last day of the year.

>> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt.

>> $5

>> hartfordrec.com

 

December  31

Sun/6 p.m.

Claremont New Year’s Eve Celebration

Bid 2017 a fond farewell at this event sponsored by the Claremont Sugar River Rotary. Festivities include fireworks at 10 p.m. at Arrowhead Recreation Area.

>> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H.

>> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H.

>> Maple Lanes Bowling Alley, 125 Maple Avenue, Claremont, N.H.

>> Free

>> claremontnh.com

January 11

Thursday/10 a.m.

The Tempest

World Under Wonder presents this tale of magic, deception, revenge, and marriage. Learn what happens as Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, plots revenge against his foe. Appropriate for age 8 and up.

>> Claremont Opera House, 58 Opera House Square, Claremont, N.H.

>> TBA

>> claremontoperahouse.org

 

January 13 to 15

Fri to Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sleigh Ride Weekend

Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides and explore the dairy farm and restored farmhouse. In observance of Martin Luther Kind, Jr., Day, the documentary, A Time for Justice, will be shown hourly.

>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $4 to $14

>> billingsfarm.org

 

January 13

Sat/11 a.m.

The Dragon King

The Dragon King is based on a Chinese folktale about an intrepid grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King and his answers to why he has not let it rain on the land above. Meet the puppets and puppeteers after the show.

>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.

>> Free

>> hop.dartmouth.edu

 

January 20

Sat/6 to 8 p.m.

Full Moon Fiesta

Travel by snowshoe, ski, or snowboard to sample light food and hot beverages offered by local restaurants. All proceeds benefit Recreation and Parks Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. Bring your own mug, spoon & bowl. Preregister online.

>> Storrs Hill Ski Lodge, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $10/per person, children ages 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free, $30 max per family

>> lebanonnh.gov

 

January 21

Sun/9 a.m.

Ice Day

Gather the family, bundle up and share a New England tradition! Ice cutting by gas powered saw and finished by hand will be demonstrated by volunteers. Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming with hot beverages, homemade baked goods and hot soups available to purchase.

>> Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H.

>> Free admission

>> musterfieldfarm.com

 

January 21

Sun/11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Introduction to Belly Dancing

Try something really different and fun — explore the ancient and mysterious art of belly dance in this workshop designed for anyone over age 7. No experience required. Register online.

>> Gymnasium, Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> Free

>> hartfordrec.com

 

January 21

Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-thon

Enjoy spectacular scenery along the 4.5 mile groomed skating trail during this noncompetitive day of ice skating. Pre-register for free skate rentals (while supplies last), hot chocolate, soup and a raffle ticket. Earn an extra raffle ticket for every lap around the lake. Proceeds support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and maintenance of the ice skating trail.

>> Lake Morey Inn and Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt.

>> Adults, $20 to $25; kids, $10 to $15

>> uvtrails.org

 

January 24

Weds/10 to 11 a.m.

ArtsPower: Nugget & Fang

This colorful musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?

>> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt.

>> $6

>> pentaglearts.org

 

January 27

Sat/7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

17th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby

Youth Anglers will be placed in age appropriate divisions based on the number of registered participants. Trophies will be awarded. Food and refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available. Preregister at the Hartford Recreation Office or online.

>> Dewey’s Pond, Hartford, Vt.

>> $5

>> hartfordrec.com

 

January 31

Wednesday/10 a.m.

The 13-Story Treehouse

Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? The deluxe model Andy and Terry call home is equipped with a bowling alley, secret underground laboratory and self-making beds. In this play adapted from a book, the forgetful friends are set to stage their own first-ever play but…they need to write the script! Recommended for grades 1 to 7.

>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> $4 to $10

>> lebanonoperahouse.org

February 2

Fri/5:30 to 7 p.m.

Dinner with Jack Frost

A taste of New London and beyond! This outdoor dinner takes place on the town green with area restaurants offering different courses to a meal. Tiki torches and campfires will keep us warm. Fun for the whole family!

>> New London Green, 375 Main Street, New London, N.H.

>> Adult $14, couple $26, family of 4 $50, children 9 and under $5

>> nl-nh.com

 

February 3

Sat/11 a.m.

Middle Eastern Dance Club and Soyeya African Dance Troupe

The Middle Eastern Dance Club shares dances of the Arab world and the Middle East while Soyeya shares dances from Zimbabwe, Ghana and other African nations. The audience will get a chance to learn about these dances and learn some moves as well.

>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 4 East Wheelock Street, Dartmouth College,
Hanover, N.H.

>> Free, no tickets required

>> hop.dartmouth.edu

 

February 4

Sun/9 a.m.

Ledyard RedZone 5k Run/Walk

A family friendly, stroller friendly, dog-on-a-leash friendly, fun run and walk takes participants along the Wilder Pedestrian Path and the back roads of the Wilder Village. Proceeds benefit Hartford Parks and Recreation program scholarships.

>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> $15 if preregistered, $20 same-day registration

>> hartfordrec.com

 

February 6, 13 and 17

Tues/5 to 7 p.m. (classroom)

Sat/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (field trip)

Let’s Go Ice Fishing

For ages 10 to adult. N.H. Fish and Game provides two days of classroom instruction on the basics of ice fishing. The third meeting is an exciting field trip where you put your new skills to the test! Register with Lebanon Recreation and N.H. Fish and Game.

>> City Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.

>> Free

>> lebanonnh.gov

 

February 8 to 11

Tues to Sun/Times vary daily

102nd Newport Winter Carnival

For several days, the small town of Newport, N.H., is transformed into a winter wonderland landscape of activities: midnight skating, pancake breakfasts, horse-drawn wagon rides, fireworks, games, food and music.

>> Newport, N.H.

>> newportwintercarnival.org

 

February 17

Saturday/10:30 a.m.

Igloo Build

Help an igloo-building expert build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear, using nothing but water and a handsaw. The Igloo Build is fun for the whole family.

>> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.

>> Included with Museum admission

>> montshire.org

 

February 17

Saturday/10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David’s House Lazy Loop Loppet & Chili Cook-Off

Activities for everyone with the net proceeds to benefit David’s House, which serves as a home away from home for families of children receiving treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Hourly guided and instructional tours of Lazy Loop and a challenging S’no-Obstacle course.

>> Center at Eastman, 6 Club House Lane, Grantham, N.H.

>>

>> eastmannh.org

 

February 23

Friday/1 to 1:45 p.m.

Modern Times Theater

Modern Times Theater delights crowds with a fresh take on the entertainment styles of the past. Parents themselves, the duo strives to present high quality entertainment for the whole family.

>> Gymnasium, White River School, 102 Pine Street, White River Junction, Vt.

>> Free

>> hartfordrec.com