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22nd Annual Winter Holiday Stroll

Saturday, 5 p.m.
The 22nd Annual Winter Holiday Stroll will be held this weekend in downtown Nashua. Each year, over 30,000 people from across New England visit downtown Nashua to enjoy this free holiday event. The evening kicks off with a procession from City Hall to Railroad Square where the City’s official Christmas tree is lit. Much of the downtown is closed to traffic for the evening, allowing Strollers to enjoy the live entertainment, sample offerings from street vendors, dine in downtown’s fine restaurants and get some holiday shopping done at unique specialty shops and boutiques. Watch dance, theatre, karate, magic and musical entertainment, enjoy roaming carolers, live ice sculpture carving, and Safari Bob's Safari rides - animatronic ride on animals including a moose, a reindeer, siberian tiger, and a polar bear! For information, call 603-883-5700.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns with the Ghosts of Christmas Eve and the Best of TSO for two shows at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester with two shows this weekend. Their annual winter tour is always highly anticipated, and if you've never seen the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, you are missing out on an audio visual masterpiece. This year's enchanted Yuletide is "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" and will also feature the best of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tickets are $34-$71.

Humorist Fred Marple presents 'A Guide to New England'

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
This is your chance to bring the family out and show them what New England is really all about. Fred Marple's 'Guide to New England (for Locals and People from Away)' is a hilarious look at all the things about Yankees that seem to confuse and confound outsiders. Fred will discuss Yankee food, including why we think baked beans and vegetables boiled with a piece of corned beef are examples of haute cuisine at the Peterborough Players Theatre this weekend. He’ll examine Yankee fashion, from the ever-present flannel to rummage sale ensembles. He’ll explain life in a small town, where everyone knows your business—often before you do—and he’ll describe the people who live in those towns, from the cheapskate native to the affluent transplant. Tickets are $15.

Brandi Carlile Winter Acoustic Tour

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Brandi Carlile brings her Winter Acoustic Tour to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. Previously considered a folk artist, Carlile released her most "Rock 'n' Roll" album, "Firewatcher's Daughter" this year. As a singer-songwriter she has always been free to explore genres, and has claimed Patsy Cline as an early influence, along with Elton John, Freddie Mercury, K.D. Lang and Roy Orbison. She's known for her emotive singing about personal experiences. Tickets are $39-$49.

Marshall Tucker Band

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Marshall Tucker Band will return to take the stage at the Flying Monkey Performance House in Plymouth this weekend. As one of the Kings of Southern Rock, the band is best known for hits like "Take the Highway," "Can’t You See," "Heard It In A Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "This Ol’ Cowboy," "24 Hrs. At A Time," "Searchin’ For A Rainbow" and many others. Tickets are $45+.

Santa Arrives by Dogsled at Waterville Valley

Saturday, 3:30-8 p.m.
Bring the whole family to a one-of-a-kind holiday meet and greet! Santa arrives by Dogsled at Waterville Valley this weekend. He'll be pulled by a team of sled dogs from the Valley Snowdogz. Santa will arrive bearing gifts and candy for every child who comes to visit. Parents are welcome to take photos of their children with Santa. The arrival of Saint Nick will be preceded by the tree lighting ceremony and a spectacular fireworks display over Corcoran Pond. Gather by the outdoor fireplace with your family, do some shopping in the cozy town shops and spend the day welcoming the holiday season. Donations of $5 for children and $10 for adults are suggested. And don't miss the 3rd Annual Cold Turkey Plunge - where people don wacky costumes and dive into the cold waters of Corcoran Pond for a good cause - the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Program.

Christmas at the Castle

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ring in the holiday season by enoying a 1920's inspired Christmas at the Castle at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough this weekend. The event will feature live music, family activities and crafts, and role players. Upstairs in the Carriage House you'll find a juried artisan fair, complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee. Riding in the clouds will be offering horse-drawn sleigh rides for a fee and food will be served by Executive Chef Gretchen Shortway for purchase. The halls of the castle will also be decorated with more holiday decorations than ever. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for youth.

Little River Band

Friday, 8 p.m.
The Little River Band will perform at the Rochester Opera House this weekend. Famous for their mega hits "Lonesome Loser," "Lady," "Cool Change" and "Reminiscing," the Little River Band, formed in Australia, soared to the top as one of the great vocal bands during the 70s and 80s. Touring internationally and headlining concerts across America, Little River Band makes a New Hampshire stop to bring you these glorious, enduring hits and many more classics like "It's A Long Way There" and "Take It Easy On Me." Tickets are $ 45-$75.


Friday, 8 p.m.
Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

You may have seen the Dickens' classic 'Oliver' but you've never seen it quite like this. The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth brings this steampunk-inspired version of the beloved original to the stage. Winner of the Tony-award for Best Original Score, directed by Miles Burns, designed by the smash summer hit Avenue Q, cast with some of the most talented professional entertainers from the Seacoast and beyond, and presented with unique vision by some of our most daring designers and artists, Oliver! is a perfect Holiday outing, whether it's family night, or date night, or a day in beautiful historic Downtown Portsmouth. Tickets are $12-$38.

The Nutcracker

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker will once again bring the spirit of the season to the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Don't miss this magical holiday tradition with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, accompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. Set in 19th Century Germany, this classic ballet opens at a charming Christmas party where the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey. Tickets are $25-$45.

Weekend Top 10 Planner: November 27-29, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, New Hampshire. We hope you had a moment to be thankful for what you have before...
Happy Thanksgiving, New Hampshire. We hope you had a moment to be thankful for what you have before the craziness of the holidays takes over. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday kicks off the short season and we have plenty of great places to shop in tax-free New Hampshire. If you want to get away from it all there are a lot of music shows this weekend or you can jump right in with the "Cold Turkey Plunge" the "Winter Holiday Stroll" and a number of other events. We're taking on the "Top 10" Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend after Thanksgiving.


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