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Weekend Top 10 Planner: December 19-21, 2014

This final weekend before Christmas is flooded with good tidings and joyous events. See a Christmas show, get some last minute shopping in, visit a neighborhood that's all lit up or spend the weekend inside baking - it's up to you. We've compiled a sweet list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend - and we couldn't think of a better place to be this Christmas. May you all have a magical and wondrous holiday filled with the spirit of the season!

An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker

Saturday, 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

This version of Tchaikovsky's classic Christmas tale is now a tradition in the City of Portsmouth. See this local adaptation of 'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' at the Music Hall this weekend and see why it's such a hit. With five shows - three full-length and two 'in a nutshell' performances, there is a show for all ages. Presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance. And now heralded as Portsmouth’s Nutcracker, “An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker” will appear in its 27th year at the Music Hall’s Historic Theater. This favorite family holiday pastime is sure to enchant with the story of young Clara Goodwin and her heroic Nutcracker Prince. Tickets are $28-$44.

A Victorian Christmas on the Farm

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas on the Farm at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton this weekend. Tour the beautifully decorated historic Jones Farmhouse with costumed role players and experience the wonder of a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride through the fields, depending on the weather. Make a hand-dipped Christmas candle to take home, roast chestnuts over an open fire, and partake of gingerbread and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen. Explore the barns, visit the blacksmith and meet the farm animals. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-17.


Saturday, 1 p.m.
A 'TubaChristmas' concert will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Colebrook this weekend. Now in its 10th year, the unique and festive concert presents traditional Christmas Carols played only on tubas, baritones, and euphonium horns. It's a syndicated program of the Harvey Phillips Foundation, Inc., and these events are held throughout the United States and internationally. Each year, players travel to participate in this event from all around New Hampshire, and even as far away as New York State. Conductor Douglas Nelson of Keene and Colebrook has written some new arrangements which will feature local players, professionals and personalities to add a bit of extra fun. So if you find yourself in the north country this weekend, you know what to do! Admission is free.

A Rocking Horse Christmas

Saturday, 7 p.m.
It's a Rocking Horse Christmas this weekend at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Rocking Horse Studio, New Hampshire's premier music production and recording facility, presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by some of New Hampshire's finest singers and musicians. Inspired by last year's Emmy-nominated television program, 'A New Hampshire Chronicle Christmas at Rocking Horse Studio,' which originally aired on WMUR-TV Channel 9 in December 2013, this show will feature popular New Hampshire acts, including Dusty Gray, Pat & the Hats, The Connection, Rachel Vogelzang, Chris Peters, Meg Josalen, Tristan Omand, and many others. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Families in Transition. Tickets are $15.

35th Annual Candlelight Stroll

Saturday, 5-9 p.m.,
Sunday, 4-8 p.m.

The 35th Annual Candlelight Stroll invites visitors to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth to see what the holiday season was like through the centuries. The 10-acre outdoor history museum and its 40 historic buildings recreate December through the centuries in the waterfront Portsmouth neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Thousands of decorations, hand-crafted from natural materials grown in the museum's gardens, flickering wood-and-glass candle lanterns, carolers around the bonfire and costumed role-players set the scene. Don't miss the final weekend of this magical experience. Tickets are $11.50-$23. $58 for families.

A Christmas Carol

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol is another holiday production that cannot be missed during the holidays. Be sure to see it this weekend at the Rochester Opera House. This Dickens' classic turns modern as we trace the life of miserly Scrooge from his childhood in the 1940's through his adulthood in the late twentieth century. Director Shay Willard weaves the magic of this beloved Christmas tale into a family friendly story in a contemporary setting with the captivating sound of classic and modern live music directed by Kathy Fink. The play features holiday favorites like Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, Baby It's Cold Outside, as well as original music written for this production. Tickets are $14-$16.

The Nutcracker

Friday, 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

If you haven't yet seen a performance of the Nutcracker this holiday season, you should consider seeing this one at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond in Keene. MoCo Arts School of Dance presents ‘The Nutcracker’. Featuring Guest Artists, Kathleen Breen Combes and Yury Yanowsky of The Boston Ballet. This classic holiday favorite never disappoints - by capturing the magic and wonder of it all. It's the same captivating cast of characters that are beloved by all - young Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer and his mysterious gift, the Nutcracker himself, plus the Sugar Plum Fairy and all the rest. Performed with advanced choreography, MoCo brings it all to life. Tickets are $20-$24.

Sergei Novikov

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Sergei Novikov will perform at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry this weekend. Novikov has two homelands - Russia- the country where he was born - and America where he immigrated at age 21. Sergei began his musical studies on the three-stringed balalaika. His proficiency and determined attitude led his parents to enroll him in the Moscow School of Art. At the age of 7 he start learning the piano and made rapid progress during the remainder of his training at the school. In his teens, Sergei traveled throughout Russia with a pop band selling out big stadiums. In 1990, he immigrated from the USSR with no money, no visa and no place to stay. He moved to America with the dream of living his life as a free man and faced the challenge with his grit, ingenuity and hard work. He has since performed for President George H.W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Vice President Joe Biden as well as Billy Joel, Reba McEntire and Paul Newman. He opened a program for first lady Barbara Bush. For the past 20 years, Sergei has sold over 250,000 CDs and performed live more than 10,000 times. Tickets are $32.

Christmas Revels

Friday, 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Another beloved holiday tradition in its 40th year - the Christmas Revels - will run through the weekend at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover. Celebrate the holiday season through a festive mashup of music and traditions that spans seven centuries as we transform the Hop into Haddon Hall, an historic English manor house with a wealth of interest and intrigue. Experience drama and processionals, participate in festive dance and glorious carols, and take delight in music from the middle ages to the early twentieth century. Classic Revels traditions include The Lord of the Dance, The Boar’s Head, Abbots Bromley and Dona Nobis Pacem. Join our children’s, teen and adult choruses, musicians, actors and dancers for a holiday extravaganza. Tickets are $8-$38.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Friday, 10 a.m.,
Saturday, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

See a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors - another New Hampshire tradition - at the Lebanon Opera House this weekend. One of the most popular operas of all time, the show tells the story of how a crippled, young shepherd boy’s life changes forever when he sees an amazing star “as big as a window.” When three foreign kings following the star in their search for a wondrous child encounter Amahl and his mother, the result is a timeless and inspiring message of how faith, charity, unselfish love and good deeds can work miracles. Tickets are $17.50 for adults, free for children ages 5-17.

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Saturday-Sunday, 11-4 p.m.

Boston Pops Holiday Concert

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Twelve Days of Christmas

Friday, 6:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m.

Lights on the Hill

Saturday, 1-8 p.m.

Frost Heaves presents Holiday Hilarity

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Christmas in Canterbury

Saturday, 3-8 p.m.

Cirque de Lumiere

Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Cyrano de BurgerShack

Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

Friday, 8 p.m.

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