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Weekend Top 10 Planner: November 28-30, 2014

We hope that you won't let a little turkey and pumpkin pie get in the way of all the fun you could fumble across this weekend. Besides a whole lot of football, there are a number of events and activities taking place across the Granite State this weekend. Family fun is right around every corner. And as you'll see, there are also some great rock shows and theatre shows for those who want to enjoy some live entertainment. Happy Thanksgiving, New Hampshire. Be safe, take a peek at our list of the Top 10 Things to Do, and enjoy!

Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour

Saturday-Sunday
The sweet-as-can-be Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour starts this weekend at Nestlenook Resort and throughout Jackson Village. Board your Austrian Drawn Sleigh at Nestlenook Estate where you will be greeted by Carolers, presented with your Jingle Bell and first & second Chocolate Treasure which includes chocolate from the Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club. You'll then be whisked away to Jackson Village stopping at the Inn at Jackson, the Backcountry Bakery, the Carter Notch Inn, The Wentworth, An Elegant Country Inn, J-Town Deli & Country Store, the Snowflake Inn, the RiverWood Inn and Flossie's General Store where you'll be greeted with their especially prepared Chocolate Treasures. The sleigh will return you to the enchanting Nestlenook Farm on the River. Book your ride quickly as this event is a sellout each year. Tickets are $25. For children sitting on a lap not taking chocolate treasures, admission is free. Call 603-383-9356 to make your reservation.

Winter Holiday Stroll

Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
The highly anticipated Winter Holiday Stroll takes place this weekend in downtown Nashua. Each year, this popular event draws around 30,000 people from across New England. The evening kicks off with a candlelight 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 the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, sample offerings from street vendors, dine in downtown’s fine restaurants and do holiday shopping at unique specialty shops and boutiques. Enjoy a visit with Santa and musical offerings from bluegrass to indie rock, large choirs, and smaller a cappella groups. You'll also find dance and theatre groups, magic shows, face painting, karate demonstrations, stargazing and artists too. Admission is FREE.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Saturday, 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns once again to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester to usher in the holiday season. Their rock opera, The Christmas Attic, will be re-released, to coincide with the tour, complete with bonus tracks, as well as a special vinyl edition. The narrative begins on Christmas Eve, when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic. She decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep and there discovers a magical doorway to the past in the form of a mysterious trunk filled with ornaments, toys, old records and bundles of handwritten letters. A startling discovery in one of the letters, leads to an unlikely adventure. Tickets are $31.50-$68.50.

Celtic Tenors Christmas

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of a Celtic Tenors Christmas at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. The only tenor group with a truly global audience, The Celtic Tenors will give you a night to remember. Whether playing a neighborhood cathedral or major concert halls in international cities like New York, Amsterdam, or Shanghai, you are assured of a professional, sparkling, and, most of all, good humored performance. They genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma.” Tickets are $28-$38.

Traditionally Yours

All Weekend
Ring in the holiday season with Jackson's 'Traditionally Yours' event. The celebration will include the New England Villages of Jackson, Intervale, Bartlett, Glen, and Hart's Location this year. For generations the Jackson area businesses have been perfecting that quintessential New England Christmas & Holiday feeling. Cross through our Jackson Historic Covered Bridge and let the enchantment begin. Come experience Christmas and Holiday celebrations by way of wintry trails that lead you home to the warmth and magic of family. Businesses will offer open houses, taste tests, storytelling, fondues and more. There will be a visit from Santa at the Jackson Village gazebo on Saturday. He'll be arriving on his horse-drawn sleigh and giving out special treats for the children. On Sunday, the annual Ole' Fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place with a special invite back to the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa for their annual open house at the Barn. Please call 603-383-9356 for details.

Homecoming Weekend

Saturday, 3-8 p.m.
Enjoy Homecoming Weekend at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway with activities taking place throughout the day on Saturday. Enjoy live music and a Brewfest from 3-5 p.m. with samples of local beers from Longtrail, Tuckermans, Shocktop, Shed, Seadog, Gansette, Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, Moat and Blue Moon. They will be auctioning off trail signs to benefit the Jimmy Mersereay Scholarship Foundation. There will also be a rail jam, and the Warren Miller movie premiere, "No Turning Back." Tickets are $10 for the movie. Call for additional information, 603-356-5544 x322.

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.

A magical tradition will take place at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. The Nutcracker will be performed by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater accompanied by a live orchestra and led by Grammy Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. Set in 19th Century Germany, this classic Tchaikovsky 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 $15-$45.

Berlin's Christmas Parade of Lights

Friday, 7 p.m.
This holiday parade is a highlight of the north country. The 'Parade of Lights' will run down Main Street this weekend to welcome the holiday season. The parade's theme this year is "The City That Trees Built," to highlight the Christmas Tree with lights and music on the floats. There will be walking groups, ATV's, floats, antique vehicles, horses and wagons, and musical entertainment along the way. Come ring in the holidays in the City that Trees Built and celebrate the tree of the season, the Christmas Tree! For more information call the Berlin Main Street Program at 603-752-6246.

Dueling Pianos

Saturday, 8 p.m.
For one night only, see a performance of Dueling Pianos at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. This high energy, interactive - and all-request - rock and roll event will feature the music of everyone from Bon Jovi to Billy Joel. You make the requests and you sing along - lots of music and lots of laughs will make this one of the most interactive shows to hit the stage. The dueling piano audience is used for the dueling aspect of the show. Audience members are pitted one-side-against-the-other. Examples of rivalries include country vs. rock and men against women - maximizing the players’ energy and audience interaction. If you are looking for a fun night out, this is your show! Tickets are $19-$23.

Dirty Deeds

Saturday, 8 p.m.
The nation's number one AC/DC Tribute Band Dirty Deeds will rock the Rochester Opera House this weekend. Take an unpredictable thrill ride with the music of AC/DC and songs like "Back in Black," "Thunderstruck," "Shoot to Thrill," "You Shook Me All Night" and "Highway to Hell" (to name just a few of their hits). It's high energy and wild entertainment when Dirty Deeds delivers the on stage antics and theatrics of AC/DC, one of the world's best rock and roll bands. With a reputation for detail, Dirty Deeds incorporates authentic props throughout the concert to produce the consummate AC/DC experience. Escape into pure rock n' roll for an evening of the timeless hits of the great AC/DC. Tickets are $22-$24.

Last weekend

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Christmas at the Castle

Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ani DiFranco

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Walking the Tightrope

Friday, 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

John Butler Trio

Friday, 8 p.m.

9 to 5, the Musical

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

Livingston Taylor

Friday, 7 p.m.

Farm Fare

Friday, 4-7 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kashmir: Led Zeppelin Tribute

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Crafts at the Capitol

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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