Through Jan. 1
Various days/times
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
This Tony Award-winning musical follows the struggles of Matilda against her neglectful parents and cruel headmistress. Dreaming of a better life and a happy home, she takes a stand against the evil forces in her life. The addictively raucous score propels this heartwarming story of empowerment.
>> The Barrette Center for the Arts, Northern Stage, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $17.75 to $67.75
>> northernstage.org

Dec. 1
Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
16th 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

Dec. 1
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 story time, kids’ crafts, wreath making, cookie decorating horse and wagon rides, live entertainment, holiday marketplace and farmer’s market.
>> Enfield Community Building, Route 4, Huse Park, Enfield, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> enfieldmainstreet.org

Dec. 1
Sat/2 to 5 p.m.
Lebanon Holiday Celebration
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

Dec. 1 to 16
Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Festival of Trees
A display of more than 40 beautifully decorated holiday table top trees designed and donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. Vote for your favorite trees with raffle tickets and perhaps win one at the Gala Reception on the last day of the festival.
>> Great Stone Dwelling, Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> shakermuseum.org

Dec. 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 26 to Jan. 1
Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christmas at the Farm
Experience the traditions of a 19th century Vermont Christmas. Visit the authentically decorated farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs; farm life exhibits, holiday programs and making historic ornaments.
>> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Adults 16 to 61 $16, seniors $14, students 16+ $9, children 5 to 15 $8, children 3 to 4 $4
>> billingsfarm.org

Dec. 2
Sun/12 to 3 p.m.
Dashing Through the Snow — 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. Festivities include a silent auction, crafts for children, bake sale and more.
>> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H.
>> Members $6, non-members $8; children 12 and under free
>> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org

Dec. 2
Sun/5 to 7 p.m.
Caroling and Tree Lighting
Folks in Newbury, N.H., welcome the holidays with carol singing and bell ringing in the Center Meeting House, followed by the lighting of the town Christmas tree. Refreshments served across the road at the Veteran’s Hall.
>> Center Meeting House, 937 Route 103, Newbury, N.H.
>> Free
>> centermeetinghouse.org

Dec. 6 to 8
Thu/7 p.m.
Fri/8 p.m.
Sat/1 p.m.
Cirque Mechanics 42FT — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
Acrobatics and clowning meet mechanical ingenuity in Cirque Mechanics. This show centers on an old-time circus with a classic 42-foot ring transformed with human-powered inventions such as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists.
>> The Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> $13 to $40
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Dec. 8 and 9
Sat/1 and 4 p.m.
Sun/3 p.m.
Clara’s Dream — A Nutcracker Story
The crisp December air heralds the return of Clara’s Dream, a nutcracker story. New choreography lends fairytale magic to this version of The Nutcracker, a timeless classic that brings the season’s dreams to life.
>> 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

Dec. 7 to 9
Fri, Sat and Sun/Various times
34rd Annual Wassail Weekend
The town of Woodstock, Vt., is filled with twinkling lights, sleigh bells and historic decorated homes. Enjoy breakfast with Santa and the Community Messiah Sing. There is something for all ages at this festive holiday weekend.
>> Woodstock, Vt.
>> woodstockvt.com

Dec. 8
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.
>> $5
>> hartford-vt.org

Dec. 8 and 9
Sat and Sun/Various times
The Polar Express Train Ride
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

Dec. 9
Sun/3 to 5:30 p.m.
Santa Comes to Wilmot
Santa’s first stop is the WCA Red Barn. Share your wish list, have a complimentary photograph taken, enjoy cookies and cocoa and a holiday singalong. Then Santa heads over to the Wilmot Public Library to join Mrs. Claus for story time. Santa will give each child a book.
>> Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, 64 Village Road, Wilmot, N.H.
>> Wilmot Public Library, 11 North Wilmot Road, Wilmot, N.H.
>> Free
>> wilmotwca.org

Dec. 13 to 16
Thu/6 p.m.
Fri/7 p.m.
Sat and Sun/1 and 5 p.m.
The Christmas Revels: A Venetian Celebration of the Winter Solstice
Celebrate the season with a rollicking show of music, dance and laughter set in Venice. It’s the height of the Renaissance and the vibrant city of Venice is bursting with excitement! East meets west in this maritime hub, where merchants and craftsmen ply their trade alongside some of the Old World’s greatest (and not-so-great) artists and musicians.
>> Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> $8 to 48
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Dec. 14
Fri/5 to 8 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.
>> Downtown Canaan, N.H.
>> Free admission
>> canaannh.org

Dec. 15
Sat/11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Winter Wonderland
Enjoy cider, some cookies and a gift for you to take home from a special guest. Small gifts and treats for all children.
>> World Under Wonder Playhouse, 5755 US Route 5, Windsor Vt.
>> Free, donations appreciated.
>> worldunderwonder.webs.com

Dec. 15
Sat/4:15 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

Dec. 20
Thu/7 p.m.
58th Annual Norwich Christmas Pageant
Everyone is invited to this 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. Afterwards, all are invited to the Norwich Inn for hot cocoa, cookies and caroling. Donations for The Upper Valley Haven will be collected.
>> Tracy Hall, 300 South Main Street, Norwich, Vt.
>> The Norwich Inn, 325 Main Street, Norwich, Vt.
>> Free admission

Dec. 21
Fri/7 to 9 p.m.
Splash Night!
Fourth through 8th graders are invited to have a blast swimming with friends! Enjoy music, food, games, and fun in the pool. A collaborative initiative of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and Hartford Parks & Recreation Department.
>> Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Lane, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $5
>> uvacswim.org

Dec. 31
Mon/12 to 2 p.m.
New Year’s Eve on Ice
Ring in the New Year on Ice! Enjoy prizes, concessions, music, New Year’s swag and the company of other winter-loving skaters. A great way for the entire family to have fun! Skate rentals available.
>> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $5
>> hartfordrec.com

Dec. 31
Mon/6 to 10 p.m.
Claremont’s First Night
Celebrate the New Year at Arrowhead Lodge, the Claremont Savings Bank Community Center and Myer Maple Lanes. Fireworks at Arrowhead at 10 p.m.
>> 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

Jan. 6 to Mar. 10
Sun/9 to 10 a.m.
Toddler Open Gym
Bring your toddler every Sunday to play with scooters, beanbags, hoops, jump ropes, mats, balls and more! This is a great, unstructured environment to gather and socialize. Parents or caregivers must remain with children and supervise play.
>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Drop-in $2/visit or season pass $10
>> hartfordrec.com

Jan. 19
Sat/11 a.m.
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre: The Lion and the Mouse and Other Tales
Can a tortoise win a tug of war with a mighty elephant? Can a tiny mouse help an enormous lion? Can a jackal outwit a terrifying tiger twice his size? Find out as Crabgrass Puppet Theatre travels around the globe to tell stories, showing that even the small can make a big impact on the world.
>> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H.
>> Free
>> hop.dartmouth.edu

Jan. 19
Sat/6 to 8 p.m.
Full Moon Fiesta
Local sponsoring restaurants offer light food and hot beverages as you get outside and enjoy the snow. Travel by snowshoe, ski or snowboard. Proceeds benefit Lebanon Recreation and Parks Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. Bring your own mug, spoon and 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

Jan. 20
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

Jan. 20
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

Jan. 25
Fri/6 to 8 p.m.
S’more Ice Skating Party
Join the Friends of Lebanon Recreation and Parks to celebrate winter fun with family entertainment at the outdoor ice skating rinks.
>> Pat Walsh Park, Bank Street Extension, Lebanon, N.H.
>> Free
>> lebanonnh.gov

Jan. 26
Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Astronomy Day
Enjoy a day of planetary and astronomical exploration. Museum education staff and guest astronomers will provide a full day of activities for learners of all ages, covering topics from stars to planets, comets to meteorites.
>> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.
>> Adults $16, children $13, under 2 free
>> montshire.org

Jan. 31
Thu/10 a.m.
The Three Musketeers
With help from random audience members, the actors adapt Alexandre Dumas’ swashbuckling tale of the bravest crew in all of France. Recommended for grades 2 to 4.
>> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H.
>> $4 to $10
>> lebanonoperahouse.org

Feb. 2
Sat/7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
18th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby
Youth anglers will be placed in age appropriate divisions based on the number of registered participants. Prizes 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.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 5, 12 and 17
Tue/5 to 7 p.m. (classroom)
Sun/9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (field trip)
Let’s Go Ice Fishing
For age 8 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

Feb. 7 to 10
Thu to Sun/Various times
103rd 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. This year’s theme: Pirates of Newport!
>> Newport, N.H.
>> newportwintercarnival.org

Feb. 8
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 $25, family of 4 $50, children 9 and under $5
>> nl-nh.com

Feb. 8
Fri/6 to 8 p.m.
Valentine’s Dance for Daughters
DJ music, snacks, and a flower provided along with unlimited photos at the photo booth!
>> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt.
>> $20 per couple, $10 per additional daughter
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 15 to 17
Fri, Sat and Sun/10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
The Woodstock Village Green is transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts. Cheer on professional snow sculpting teams as they compete to create large, stunning sculptures, and be amazed as these works of art come to life over a three-day period.
>> Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock, Vt.
>> Free
>> pentanglearts.org

Feb. 15 to 19
Daily/All day!
Great Backyard Bird Count
Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.
>> Your backyard, anywhere!
>> Free
>> gbbc.birdcount.org

Feb. 16
Sat/10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Igloo Build and the Science of Winter
From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, enjoy a day filled with hands-on winter activities. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Also: animal tracking, snowshoeing, ice experiments.
>> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt.
>> Included with Museum admission
>> montshire.org

Feb. 19
Tue/9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Let’s Go Ice Fishing Clinic
Learn the basic skills of ice fishing, ice safety and how to determine adequate ice thickness for fishing. Experience ice fishing first hand. Equipment is provided. Participants must pre-register.
>> Dewey’s Pond, Hartford, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com

Feb. 22
Fri/2 to 3 p.m.
Magic By George!
Magic By George’s show includes exciting magic, comedy, and fun-filled audience participation. Everyone gets into the act! Watch in amazement as a member of the audience actually floats in midair. Laugh at the light and warm-hearted humor that makes Magic By George Boston’s Favorite Family Entertainer.
>> Hartford Memorial Middle School Gymnasium, 245 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt.
>> Free
>> hartfordrec.com