A&E Weekend Top 10

Berlin, NH Christmas Parade
Berlin, NH Christmas Parade

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: November 24-26, 2017

It's here! Turkey. Giving thanks. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. But first you may want to make plans to take your family and other visitors to an event over this holiday weekend. So let's get down to business with a peek at the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Warren Miller's Line of Descent

Friday, 4:30 p.m. (Flying Monkey),
Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (Lebanon Opera House)

This year, don't miss Warren Miller's Line of Descent, presented by Volkswagen. The film will be played at the Lebanon Opera House Saturday and also at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth on Friday. Travel the globe–by land, air, and sea–exploring the ties that bind ski culture. Visit skiing icons who've made the mountains their home and raised the next generation of winter adventurers. Go from New Zealand, home to some of the Southern Hemisphere's deepest lines, to the French Alps, where native son Jean Claude Killy's legacy fills Val-D'Isere hearts with pride. In Norway, a Canadian ski patroller enjoys the company of his Norwegian brethren, and in British Columbia, the Provo brothers discover the powsurfing stashes of Mustang Powder Lodge. Cruise through the Northern Rockies with Kalen Thorien by motorcycle and rip the rugged terrain of Jackson Hole with legends like Tommy Moe and Jess McMillan. Tickets are $22 at the Lebanon Opera House and $18 at the Flying Monkey.

Nashua's 24th Annual Winter Holiday Stroll

Saturday, 5 p.m.
Nashua's 24th Annual Winter Holiday Stroll takes place this weekend downtown. The event takes place each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving; and although it started small, it has steadily grown through the years. The Stroll is now recognized as the largest community event of the year in Southern New Hampshire. Each year, over 30,000 people from across New England visit downtown Nashua to enjoy this free, family-friendly holiday event. The evening kicks off with a candlelit procession up Main Street 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, so even after the tree lighting Strollers can enjoy the live entertainment, sample offerings from street vendors, dine in downtown's fine restaurants and Shop Small at our unique specialty shops and boutiques. Fa-la-la-la-la.

Pick a Parade!

All Weekend
Step into a winter wonderland where the halls are decked and the world is filled with joy. Don't be a Grinch - instead, immerse yourself and your family with all that is thrilling about the season. A visit from Santa. Floats, Christmas caroling, shopping, turkey, tree lightings, and other hometown holiday celebrations across the state. This weekend, a number of cities and towns will put on a parade, including Berlin, Littleton, Derry, Laconia, North Conway, Dover, Salem, Wolfeboro and others. In Waterville Valley, Santa will visit by Sled Dog Team to light the tree in Town Square and in Jackson, you'll find Santa arriving by way of the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour. If you miss a parade, a tree lighting or a visit from Santa this weekend, there are more to come. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Tran-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) announced its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2017, which plays two shows at the SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend. Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter tours a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017's tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO's unforgettable "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," will visit more than 60 cities, for 100-plus performances, before concluding on December 30th. TSO's tour will be a celebration of the art and accomplishments of the lauded group's late creator/composer/lyricist, Paul O'Neill, and his inimitable creation, which he dubbed "Rock Theater." Prior to his untimely passing, O'Neill worked tirelessly with his close-knit team preparing an exciting new take on "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" for the 2017 tour. In Manchester, fans will experience this exciting stage spectacle, including new awe-inspiring effects, and staging, certain to make the story even more engaging for fans. Based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O' Come All Ye Faithful," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." 2017's tour will also boast a rousing second set containing more of TSO's greatest hits and fan-pleasers. Tickets are $48.50-$78.50.

The Nutcracker

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

You can't let your guests leave town without seeing a production of the Nutcracker, right? It's become a part of the holiday weekend now. The Palace Theatre in Manchester has carried on this tradition for too many years to count. Be a part of the journey and see this magical holiday tale with a performance by 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 and the audience on an unforgettable journey. Tickets are $25 - $46.

Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Although this year might already be sold out, there is a wait list and you can leave your name and number at 603-383-9356 and cross your fingers. The Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour has become a tradition each holiday season in the Jackson area. The incredible event is a Christmas and Holiday sell out each year. Deemed a must do "Chocolaty Delicious" event by all who ride. Each rider receives an average of 10 hand-made chocolates, a festive Christmas Holiday bag for any chocolates not eaten on the tour, a Jingle Bell and an Austrian horse-drawn sleigh ride through the quintessential New England Village of Jackson, New Hampshire. Riders will be stopping at The Inn at Jackson, the Wildcat Inn & Tavern, The Wentworth, An Elegant Country Store, J-Town Deli & Country Store, Jackson Ski Touring Foundation sponsored by: the Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, the Snowflake Inn, the RiverWood Inn, Flossie's General Store and returning to Nestlenook Inn. Riders are expected to ring their jingle bells alerting the proprietors at each stop to bring you out more home-made chocolates. Sleigh rides through Jackson Village and Chocolate... what a wonderful experience. Tickets are $25 (if you can get your hands on them). Jingle all the way....

Gift of Lights

Friday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m.
Black Friday is here. We mean the day after Thanksgiving, when all is blacked out at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to light things up! The Gift of Lights is on, beginning on Friday, November 24. Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes, 400 light displays, and two million LED bulbs. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Speedway Children's Charities. Additionally, Anyone bringing three non-perishable food items – to be donated to the Loudon Food Pantry – will get $2 off per car load. Admission is $20.

Broke: Holiday Edition

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Have you been to Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair? If you haven't, now is you chance, as they have added a "holiday edition" just in time for the holidays! The fair will be held at the Peterborough Town House. It's free, all ages, and open to the public. The Broke Arts Fair is a multidisciplinary arts event that began in Peterborough, NH in 2008. The Broke Arts Fair philosophy is simple: art is for everybody. All Broke events are free to the public, and vendors commit to presenting ALL of their products for less than $50. You can expect to see about 50 vendors and craftspeople displaying wide array of artworks and wares. We love giving people the opportunity to buy artwork directly from the fine people who made it. Some examples are: prints, collages, soft sculpture, wearables, and independent record releases.

5th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge

Saturday, 11 a.m.
If you are not planning to jump into the frigid water at Corcoran Pond this weekend, you can at least come and watch all the turkeys plunging in. That's right, this weekend is the 5th Annual Cold Turkey Plunge to benefit Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports. Captain Tom Turkey will once again lead his Fearless Fowl Feathered Friends as they Plunge into the frigid waters of Corcoran's Pond in beautiful Waterville Valley to raise funds to support Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports Programs for children and adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. donations. They will be rewarded with an official Plunge Shirt, a gourmet cold turkey sandwich courtesy of Chef Sean Stout of the Coyote Grill, a WVAS “Empowered Bracelet”, a free hour of tubing at the WV Tubing Center and a Plunge Goodie Bag. Additional Premium Incentives will be rewarded for reaching fund raising benchmarks. And, prizes will be presented to individuals and teams in a variety of categories including Best Costume (costumes are optional but encouraged, particularly Pirate Costumes). If you don't want to plunge and you feel generous enough to fork over $250, you'll become a V.I.P. and they don't have to put their toes in the water. The event falls alongside Waterville's Annual Polar Pool Party. The Hot Tub will be on the beach for post-plunge relaxation. The Town Square will be decorated and the local inns and merchants will be offering all sorts of Holiday Specials. Ski Waterville Valley in the morning. Go for the Plunge! Then linger in the Town Square to greet Santa when he arrives by dog sled at 3 p.m. and stay for the Holiday Fireworks in the evening. For details about the plunge, visit the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports website: http://staging.watervilleadaptive.com/fifth-annual-cold-turkey-plunge/

The Time Machine

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

The New Hampshire Theatre Project presents H.G. Wells' The Time Machine at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth this weekend. NHTP's production will bring Wells' evocative prose alive with live music, visual projections, and a talented ensemble cast. Published in 1895 by Heinemann UK, H. G. Wells' beloved tale of time travel launched his reputation as the father of science fiction and coined the now popular concept of a "time machine." Originally written as a serial frame narrative, the Time Traveller begins his story of adventures 800,000 years into the future with the simple words, "I've had a most amazing time…" Both hard core sci-fi fans and audiences of all ages will have an amazing time watching Catherine Stewart's evocative chamber theatre adaptation, which retains much of H. G. Wells' original language but adds humor and dialogue that keep the story refreshing and accessible to contemporary audiences. Projections by Stewart and a steampunk-themed set design by Quentin Stockwell enhance the journey. Tickets are $24-$28.

2017 Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, 3:30 p.m.
Get in the spirit! The holidays are here whether we like it or not. Bring the family out to the 31st Annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration at the New Hampshire State House in downtown Concord. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be a petting zoo, horse drawn wagon rides, pony rides, a magic show, music by Brian Waldron and Band, the arrival of Santa Claus by the Concord Fire Department, decorate a sled contest and more. Fireworks will cap off the festive evening.

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