A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: December 15-17, 2017

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. There's snow on the ground (in some areas) and the spirit of the season in the air. We hope you can spare some time during this busy season to get out as a family and make it memorable. If you need some ideas, just take a peek at our list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend! Cheers to all!

THURSDAY: Tru TV Impractical Jokers "Santiago Sent Us" tour, starring the Tenderloins

THURSDAY, 8 p.m.
Head to the SNHU Arena in Manchester to see the Tru TV Impractical Jokers "Santiago Sent Us" tour, starring the Tenderloins, and bring some laughs into your holiday season. The Tenderloins, a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members - Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano - are the creators, executive producers, and stars of truTV's hit series, Impractical Jokers. Currently in its 5th season, Impractical Jokers follows the guys as they coerce one another into doing public pranks while being filmed by hidden cameras. The 4th season premiere drew more than two million viewers and the program consistently earns Top Five rankings in its timeslot for key demos. This season continues to take dares to outrageous levels with a whole new arsenal of over-the-top hijinks, bringing the show and the guys to new locations and setting each other up for some of the most uncomfortable antics yet. Their highly successful tour, the truTV Impractical Jokers "Santiago Sent Us" tour starring the Tenderloins, is a mix of stand-up, never-before-seen hidden camera videos, stories and insight. Tickets are $52.50.

THURSDAY: 1st Annual Gingerbread House Tours

Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
We don't have enough gingerbread houses in play in the Granite State so we'd like to share this one with you. The Mariposa Museum in Peterborough is celebrating their 1st Annual Gingerbread House Tours on Thursday. Bring your gingerbread creation to the Mariposa by Dec. 12th for the holiday exhibit! Follow tradition or let your imagination run wild. Contributors get free admission to the Mariposa all month, and prizes will be awarded to winners in multiple categories when everyone gathers on Thursday for stories and caroling.

Annual Boston Pops Holiday Pops Concert

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Join the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Conductor Keith Lockhart at the SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert. Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature Sleigh Ride, as well as other Holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. They are joined by the Metropolitan Chorale, known as one of Metro Boston's premier choral ensembles. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance during the concert's finale followed by the traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long to bring this special performance to a close. Tickets are $43-$125.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, 10 a.m.
Bring the kids and some peanuts. Okay, just the kids. To see the Peanuts, or at least everyone's favorite Peanut, Charlie Brown. Everyone's favorite Christmas special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," is live onstage this Holiday Season at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth this weekend. The classic animated television special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation, in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $15.

2nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Saturday, 4 p.m.
Head to Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia this weekend for their 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. Celebrate the upcoming Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year – with fun activities to welcome back the light. Events will include a lantern parade, bonfire, and contests for lanterns. Participants may enter their own lanterns of any kind, and we will have lantern-building workshops the Saturday before the event. Bring the whole family and enjoy this magical evening. Tickets are $3.

A Victorian Christmas Carol

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

Christmas isn't really Christmas without revisiting the beloved tale of the penny-pinching and bad tempered old miser Ebenezer Scrooge and the awakening of his long forgotten festive spirit. A Victorian Christmas Carol, will be on stage this weekend at the Rochester Opera House. This ghostly tale of the Past, Present, and Future is brought to life in this exciting new musical adaptation. Keeping true to the original text and bringing the atmosphere of Victorian Christmas traditions to the stage, it draws upon the themes of time, family, and society's ills to warm even the coldest of hearts. With a cavalcade of colorful Dickensian characters and a ghostly quartet of guardians, A Christmas Carol is the perfect way to get you into the Christmas spirit! This new adaptation has something for everyone, both young and old. Tickets are $12 - $24.

Christmas Revels

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

The Christmas Revels will be on stage this weekend at the Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover. The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice is a delight for all. This theatrical production tells the tale of a young girl in search of her heritage. She is then drawn into the mystical tales of her ancestors in this Nordic celebration of the season. Her quest unfolds through gorgeous traditional songs, dances and pageantry performed by a cast of talented locals and thrilling guest musicians and dancers. Don't miss this ample helping of hygge (Nordic coziness, pronounced hoo-gah) to brighten up the dark winter night. Tickets are $7.50 - $48.

Christmas with Rocking Horse Studio 2017

Saturday, 7 p.m.
Spend your Saturday night at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord as they present Christmas with Rocking Horse Studio. Following the success of the Emmy-nominated “A New Hampshire Chronicle Christmas at Rocking Horse Studio,” and Spotlight Cafe shows in 2014 -2016, The Rocking Horse Christmas show moves to the Capitol Center mainstage in 2017. The evening features traditional and contemporary Christmas music as performed by some of the Granite State's finest singers and musicians. The 2017 lineup includes Steve Blunt, Dusty Gray, Ryan Williamson, Brooks Young, Lizzy Marella, Justin Cohn and many more. This show will raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) New Hampshire, a grassroots organization working to improve the quality of life for all by providing support, education and advocacy for people affected by mental illness. Comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers, NAMI NH provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness. Tickets are $24.50.

Ronan Tynan - Holiday Tour

Saturday, 8 p.m.
He's been called the "burly tenor with a big, silvery voice" by Variety. And he's a prestigious member of The Irish Tenors. Ronan Tynan, who will make an appearance this weekend at the Colonial Theatre in Keene, brings his special holiday concert of traditional carols and classic Irish ballads to The Colonial. Accompanied by his long time pianist Bill Lewis, Tynan will sing a repertoire that is diverse as it is entertaining. Tickets are $29 - $43.

Candlelight Tours at Canterbury Shaker Village

Friday, 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Visit Canterbury Shaker Village this weekend for a guided candlelit tour highlighting the Shakers' Christmas traditions and showcasing the Village's extensive Christmas decorations. Tours last approximately 1 hour and explore some of the ways in which the Shakers celebrated the holidays – from simple Christmas gatherings in the nineteenth century to elaborate theatricals in the twentieth century. If you are a history buff, this tour will allow you to look back at the life of the Shakers and their beloved holiday traditions. Tickets are $6 - $12.

Ballet Misha: The Nutcracker

Saturday, 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Ballet Misha presents "The Nutcracker," a warm and original production that has been voted "The Best Art Event of the Year" by The Hippo Press. This joyful performance is a family favorite sure to put everyone in a holiday mood. Their magical performance will be held at the Dana Center in Manchester. Please visit www.balletmisha.com for more information on what has become an annual holiday tradition. Online ticket sales will end 4 hours prior to each performance, but tickets will still be available at the Dana Center the day of the performance. When you attend the performance, you will redeem your online tickets for real tickets at the Will Call. If you need handicap seating, please call us at 603-668-4196 before the day of the performance because we reserve that seating ahead of time. Tickets purchased the day of the show at the door are $25.

Christmas in Amherst Village 2017

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
If you are looking for ideas on how to dress up your home for the holidays, this is one of two tours we would recommend this weekend, in addition to the historic Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth and the spiritual ambiance at Canterbury Shaker Village, Christmas in Amherst Village is sure to delight your inner child. This classic tour returns to Amherst Village with more historic houses beautifully decorated for the holidays. This is a wonderful community event that attracts visitors from all over New England; some with interests in the house's history, others in the decor, and many more that are simply looking to embrace the holiday spirit! All funds raised go towards the maintenance of the 1771 meetinghouse on the green. Grab some Dunkin's and stroll through town. Tickets are $30-$40.

A Victorian Christmas at the Farm

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the folks at the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton for A Victorian Christmas, also known as Christmas on the Farm. Tour the beautifully-decorated historic Jones Farmhouse with costumed role players and experience the wonders of the Yuletide in the late 1800s. You can make hand-dipped candles and enjoy storytelling and Victorian parlor games. Gingerbread, hot cider, and other seasonal treats will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children.

Holiday Community Gatherings and special events

All Weekend
Visit the Henniker Quaker Meeting House and sit in on a meeting. Take a moment during the busyness of the holidays and enjoy the beauty and peace of old-fashioned caroling. The event is free, but you are encouraged to bring a candle, a stick of firewood, or finger food to share. There is also a festival you may not have been aware of. Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia is hosting their 2nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. Quick, get to work creating a lantern! Santa will be in Epping too this weekend. You'll catch him and Mrs. Claus at 900 Degrees Pizza in Epping. Brookside Church in Manchester is creating a Living Nativity at Stark Park. There will be community Christmas caroling at the bandstand. If you have never been to a Living Nativity, you'll hear the Christmas story with actors and real animals recreating the scene in Bethlehem so many years before. Ancient scriptures will be read and songs will be sung to bring the story to life. The animals participating in the living nativity are from Miles Smith Farm in Loudon, NH. Those are just a few of the community holiday events.

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