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It’s the perfect time to carry on traditions or start new ones and you’ll find no shortage of ways to get holiday spirit in the Western White Mountains. You’ll find snow covered mountains and slopes for skiing, ice skating rinks and horse drawn carriages for traditional winter experiences, a good old fashioned general store and unique stores and boutiques filled with gifts, and a variety of restaurants to suit any palate. Come spread the season’s cheer with us!
This page was last updated on 12.01.23

Shop Local Bingo! 
Now through December 18th
Visit local businesses to do your holiday shopping to find the perfect gift, make a bingo and you’ll be entered to win! More information

Pick the perfect Christmas Tree- The Rocks 
The Christmas tree farm is open daily for retail sales of cut-your-own and fresh-cut trees, plus beautiful, handmade wreaths. More information

Take a Photo with SantaMt. Washington Cog Railway
Visit the Mt. Washington Cog Railway every weekend through Christmas Eve day to meet and take photos with Santa at the Base Station! More information

Photo with SantaThe Christmas Loft
Be sure to stop for a photo with Santa while doing some holiday shopping at the Christmas Loft. The big man in red will be there Saturday & Sunday’s from 10am to 3pm.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh RideFranconia Inn
Enjoy a 30 minute sleigh ride with breathtaking mountain scenery with complimentary hot cocoa. Add a champagne toast for an additional fee.  $160 per sleigh (up to 4 adults). Rides are dependent on snow. Call 603-823-5542 to make your reservation.

Gingerbread CompetitionLincoln Public Library
Prepare to be amazed by our talented contestants this year! The theme is based on a book, so let your creativity run wild. Click on the link below to fill out the entry form, and don’t forget to stop by to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation. The winner will be determined by popularity, so make your voice heard! Bring in your creation by December 11th then vote until the 16th. This year’s theme is “Based on a Book!” More information

Journey to the North Pole- Believe in Books
December 1st-3rd, 8-10th, 15-17th, 22nd-23rd
Take your family on the adventure of a lifetime aboard the magical Journey to the North Pole™! Tickets must be purchased in advanced and tend to sell out. More information

Locals’ Night- The Christmas Loft
Friday, December 1st from 5pm-8pm
Head over to The Christmas Loft between 5-8pm and enjoy 20% off all full priced merchandise, door prize, & light refreshments! PLUS, prize for best ugly sweater!

Santa Express Trains- Hobo Railroad
December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23
Enjoy a scenic train with chocolate milk and Christmas cookies while writing your letter to Santa. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be aboard with a gift for each young child. Tickets must be purchased in advanced and tend to sell out. More information

Ladies Night Out Lincoln Public Library
Sunday, December 3rd from 6pm-8pm
Visit the Lincoln Public Library for an evening of holiday shopping. More information

“A Christmas Carol” –North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s Playhouse
December 8th-10th
A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story is a “ghostly” musical adaptation of the famous Charles Dickens classic featuring all your favorite characters, plus original music, spooky ghosts, and some unexpected twists and turns! More information

Festival of Lights- The Village Shops
Friday, December 8th from 5pm-7pm
Join us for a fun evening presented by The Lincoln Woodstock Rotary Interact Club! Enjoy numerous lit up trees decorated by local businesses and vote for your favorite! There will be kids crafts and treats, photo ops, and a don’t forget to bring your letters for Santa to put in his special mailbox!

Woodstock Winter FestivalTown of Woodstock
Saturday, December 9th from 3pm-7pm
Take part in festive activities along the Main Street of North Woodstock. Activities include: Photos with Santa, Christmas Parade, Storybook Readings, Holiday Crafts & Cookie Decorating, Letters to Santa, Ice Carving and more! More information

Just for Kids Shopping Event– Linwood Friends of Recreation
Thursday, December 14th from 8am-2pm
Send your child to school with their shopping list & money! Throughout the school day they will be brought to the “shopping area” where volunteers will help them shop, wrap and tag their gifts! For more information please contact the Lincoln-Woodstock Recreation Department with any questions at 603-745-8958.

Holiday GalaOwl’s Nest Resort
Friday, December 15th from 5pm-10:30pm
Sing and dance your night away at our Holiday Gala! The evening features a live dueling piano performance from Jim Tyrell and Gardner Berry, a silent auction with resort items and sports memorabilia, and a delicious 3-course dinner. We encourage guests to bring donations of non-perishable food items for the NH Food Bank as part of our mission to give back to our community this holiday season! Additionally, all proceeds from the silent auction will go towards local charity. This event sells out. More information

Santa BreakfastWoodstock Inn Brewery
Saturday, December 16th from 8:30am-10:30am
Come for a breakfast buffet and enjoy a visit with Santa! Be sure to get your photos taken by the fireplace. Santa will be available from 9am to 11am. Reservations suggested. More information

Cookies & Cocoa with SantaRiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain
Saturday, December 16th from 5pm-7pm
Share your wishes and enjoy an evening with Santa Claus. He wants to hear all of the good things you’ve been doing this year. Enjoy the fun, hot chocolate, games and treats and don’t forget to bring your letter to place in the North Pole Letter Box. Located in the Owners Club. Open to the public. More information

Wine EventAdair Country Inn
Saturday, December 16th at 5pm
An interactive wine tasting with Pine State Beverage. Meet & greet with wine aficionado, Gina Saladino followed by dinner with wine pairings special entrees from Executive Chef Learned. Dinner reservations must be made in advance.

Santa Arrives by Firetruck- Lincoln American Legion
Sunday, December 17th from 10am
Keep an eye out for Santa on the Firetruck in the Lincoln-Woodstock area as he makes his way to the American Legion!

Annual Children’s Christmas Party- Lincoln American Legion
Sunday, December 17th from 10am-12pm
Join American Legion Auxiliary Unit 83 here in Lincoln for their Annual Children’s Christmas Party! Ages Infant to 5th grade.

Christmas Eve Tree Lighting Service– Loon Mountain Ministry
Sunday, December 24th from 5:45pm-6:45pm
This service will be held inside the new Loon Mountain Kanc8 building! We will be under cover from the wind, but it will be cold, so dress accordingly. Inside the building we will have approximately 50 seats up front on the pavement for elderly/those unable to stand for longer periods. Everyone else will be standing on the snow behind them, so bring some good winter boots! We will kick off the night with the tree lighting and Christmas carol at 5:45pm. This will be followed up by our service starting at 6pm and finishing up no later than 6:45. Cookies and hot cocoa provided! More information

Christmas Eve Catholic MassSt. Joseph’s Church
Sunday, December 24th at 4:30pm

Christmas Day Catholic MassSt. Joseph’s Church
Monday, December 25th at 7:30am and 10am

Christmas Day Service– Loon Mountain Ministry
Monday, December 25th from 10:30am-11am
This service will be a small and intimate service at Encore Thrift and Coffee on Christmas morning from 10:30-11:00. More information

Christmas Day– Loon Mountain Resort
Monday, December 25th
Loon Mountain Resort will be open for skiing and riding on Christmas Day. More information

Santa’s Steam Train Express Loon Mountain Resort
Wednesday, December 27th
Climb on the J.E. Henry Railroad for an evening family event. Load Loon’s authentic steam-powered locomotive for a ride to the new Kancamagus 8 parking structure for a nighttime story told by a special guest. Of course, hot chocolate will be served. All proceeds benefit the Loon Mountain Area Community Fund. More information

North Country Comedy Series End of Year Show- North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s Playhouse
Friday, December 29th
Comedy Host Greg Boggis is back one final time for the 2023 season with another set of fantastic Boston Based comedians for your End of Year pleasure! Ring in the new year with laughs! More information

Fireside Chat- The Notch Hostel
Saturday, December 30th
Fireside Chat with Philip Carcia – 7pm More information

Warren Miller’s “All Time”- North Country Center for the Arts at Jean’s Playhouse
Saturday, December 30th
It isn’t winter in the White Mountains without the annual showing of Warren Miller’s latest film at Jean’s Playhouse, hosted by local ski legend, Dan Egan. More information

New Year’s Eve Bash– Loon Mountain Resort
Sunday, December 31st
Save the date and plan to join Loon for an end-of-year celebration in the legendary Paul Bunyan Room. Details coming soon.

We’ll be adding more holiday events to our list as they come in! Check back again!

There are many easy and delicious dining options to enjoy while you’re visiting the area. Use this list to make your holiday a little easier while supporting local businesses. Please note: This information is subject to change at any time, contact the businesses directly for your orders or reservations. Only current Chamber Member businesses are listed.

Adair Inn– Bethlehem, NH
603-444-2600 | Website

Special Dinner Menu from 5-8 pm seating for both Christmas Eve & Christmas Day. $89 per person (gratuity and tax are additional) Reservations must be made in advance, limited space.

Arnold’s Wayside Diner– Lincoln, NH 
603-745-4833 | Website

Common Man– Lincoln, NH
603-745-DINE | Website

Offering Holiday Feasts To Go – Must order by Tuesday, December 19th. Orders may be picked up on Saturday, December 23, or between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Sunday, December 24.

Glazed Ham Dinner
Includes mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pesto green beans, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts, orange-scented cranberry sauce, Parmesan-crusted dinner rolls, sweet bread, Cheesecake with mixed berry compote. Glazed Ham Meal for Four (Serves 4-6): 89.95 + tax • Glazed Ham Meal for One: 26.95 + tax

Herb-Roasted Prime Rib Dinner

Includes mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, pesto green beans, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts, horseradish cream, demi sauce, Parmesan-crusted dinner rolls, sweet bread, Cheesecake with mixed berry compote. Prime Rib Meal for Four (Serves 4-6): 149.95 + tax • Prime Rib Meal for One: 38.95 + tax

Feast Enhancements – each serves four.

Spinach-Artichoke Dip & Crackers 19.95 • Peel & Eat Shrimp Cocktail 28.95 • Roasted Turkey Breast 32.95 • Green Bean Casserole 24.95 • Glazed Baby Carrots 22.95 • Common Man Mac ’n Cheese 29.95 • Pecan Pie 19.95 • Quart of Common Man-Made Vanilla Ice Cream 9.95

Christmas Eve: Closed for dining, open from 10am-1pm for Holiday Feast To-Go Pick-ups (Must pre order by Tuesday, December 19th)
Christmas Day: Closed

Franconia Inn– Franconia, NH *2022 information
603-823-5542 | Website

Dinner in the dining room and holiday drinks in Peaks Pub on Christmas Eve, Christmas night, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s night. Also offering Christmas morning brunch, New Year’s day brunch, and a New Year’s Eve champagne toast. Call for reservations for the dining room.

GH Pizza Lincoln, NH
603-745-6885 | Website

Christmas Day: Closed

Gordi’s Fish & Steakhouse Lincoln, NH
603-745-6635 | Website

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day: Regular hours

Gypsy Cafe- Lincoln, NH
603-745-4395 | Website

Closed Sunday, December 24th-Monday December 25th. Closed New Year’s Eve for lunch, open for dinner with a prix fixe dinner.  Closed New Year’s Day through Wednesday, January 3rd.

Harman’s Cheese & Country Store- Sugar Hill, NH
603-823-8000 | Website

Check their website for updated store hours this holiday season.

Indian Head Resort– Lincoln, NH
800-343-8000 | Website

New Year’s Eve Package – includes lodging, dinner & party.

Jimmy Seas Pan Pasta– Lincoln, NH 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – 5pm-9pm (10pm if busy)
New Years Eve and New Year’s Day – 5pm-9pm (10pm if busy)

McDonald’s Lincoln, NH 

Christmas Eve: 6am until 5pm
Christmas Day: Closed
December 26th: 6am until 12am
New Year’s Eve: 6am until 8pm
New Year’s Day: 7am until 12am

Merland’s Tap & TableNorth Woodstock, NH
603-745-8599 | Website

Christmas Eve 11:30am-5pm for dining.
Closed Christmas Day
Regular schedule for the rest of the winter. Closed Monday-Wednesday’s.

Mountain Club on Loon Black Diamond Pub– Lincoln, NH
800-229-7829 | Website

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day dining specials at Black Diamond Pub & Season’s Dining Room*

One Love Brewery– Lincoln, NH
603-745-7290 | Website
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed

New Year’s Eve: 12-8pm
New Year’s Day: 4-9pm

Owl’s Nest ResortThornton, NH *2022 information
603-745-3076 | Website

New Year’s Eve: 12pm-3pm lunch, 5pm-10pm dinner. New Year’s Day 10am-8pm

Polly’s Pancake Parlor– Sugar Hill, NH
603-823-5575 x16 | Website 

Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: Closed

OPEN Dec 26th-Jan 1st 7AM-2PM

Do you have holiday parties coming up? Need a quiche for brunch on Christmas day? Want to bring cookies to your friends gift exchange? We are here to help! Our bakers are ready to make whatever you need this holiday season. Call us during regular business hours at (603)-823-5576 ex. 16 to place your order (or stop into the store) Give us at least 24 hours in advance to bake it fresh for you. LOCAL PICK UP ONLY. Christmas Orders must be placed by Dec 20th and must be picked up by 2PM Dec 23rd.

Pub32– Lincoln, NH
603-745-3231| Website

Christmas Day: Closed

Enjoy take-out pizza after a day on the slopes while you’re here on vacation this holiday.

Rhythm Cider – Lincoln, NH 
603-745-7550 | Website

Christmas Eve 12pm-5pm
Closed Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve 12pm-7pm
New Year’s Day 11am-6pm

Seven Birches Winery- Lincoln, NH 
603-745-7550 | Website

Christmas Eve 12pm-5pm
Closed Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve 12pm-7pm
New Year’s Day 11am-6pm

Twin Barns Brewing North Taproom- N. Woodstock, NH *2022 information
603-745-7068 | Website

Closed Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day
New Years Eve 12-7
Closed New Years Day

Bring your own food and enjoy great beer, cider, snacks, games and welcoming atmosphere at Twin Barns Brewing North Taproom!

White Mountain Bagel– Lincoln, NH 
603-745-8576 | Website

Christmas Day: Closed

Order your bagel and coffee before hitting the slopes this holiday. Click here to order ahead.

Woodstock Inn Brewery– Woodstock, NH
603-745-3951 | Website

Christmas Eve Hours
Breakfast: 7:00am-12pm
Lunch & Main Bar: 11:30am- 3pm
Closed for the holiday at 3pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Years Eve Hours
Breakfast: 7:00am -12pm
Lunch/Dinner: 11:30am-9pm
Dinner specials & Bar will be open until 12:30am!
New Years Day: Regular hours

Woodstock Pie & Coffee Company– Woodstock, NH
603-745-8800 | Website

Order delicious, handmade dinner, dessert and specialty pies to-go! Orders can be placed online, over the phone, or in person at the shop! Open December 22nd-24th for Christmas order pick ups. Order ahead of time!

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