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The Best Events Happening in December

Santa's Christmas is back at Charmingfare Farm on December 3-4, 9-11, 16-18 and 21-23. LaBelle Lights at The Links at LaBelle Winery, Derry, Wednesdays through Sundays December 1-January 15 There's a festive feel in the air with the magical display of lights in Derry. More than 500,000 twinkling lights light up the night at The Links at Labelle Winery. The outdoor light display is a walking tour along designated paths through the golf course. Sweet and savory snacks, and warm non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at LaBelle Market and Americus Restaurant offers a heartier fare for a meal before or after your walk. labellewinery.com Gift of Lights, Loudon, December 1-January 1 Remember when your parents used to stuff you and your siblings in the van to drive around checking out neighbors' Christmas lights? This is that drive and then some. More than 400 light displays, 60 holiday scenes and two million LED bulbs light up New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Spectators are urged to drive the route (including the tunnel and part of the track's road course) and revel in the sights around them. (603) 783-4931; nhms.com Wolfeboro Festival of Trees, Wolfeboro, December 1-11 More than 65 exquisitely ...
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SELF CARE GIFTS!

SELF CARE GIFTS! Here at Seacoast Lately, we love a good self care moment. From beautifully-scented handmade soaps, to healing teas, calming face products, aromatherapy experiences, and more, let’s browse a lovely variety of relaxing, soothing, nurturing, and pampering gifts! BE SUSTAINABLY WELL’S HOLIDAY GIFT BOX SAMPLER This locally-made selection of goodies includes a variety of handcrafted soaps, body and face soap bars, a wooden soap deck, an exfoliating soap bag, and a nourishing lotion bar! SHOP GOODNOW FARM’S CACAO TEA Drink a cup, satiate your senses, and taste notes of warm brownie and vanilla without the sweetness. When done, toss the biodegradable tea bag into your compost or garden! SHOP HOLISTIC SKIN & TONICS’ HANDMADE SCOTISH SOAPS + BATH SALTS Fruity with herbal and rounded woody notes, this duo is made with large Himalayan grain salt that adds glamour and more salty benefits than regular soap bars. SHOP GREEN HOUSE GOODS’ MIND + BODY WASH This organic, biodegradable, all-purpose soap feels like jumping into a cold river on a hot day. Enjoy 160 showers, then refill the bottle in-store! SHOP DAPPER & CO.’S SHAVE KIT Gone are the days of disposable razors! Take it back to simpler times with a shave ...
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Great Food Destination / North of Concord: PAVILION

Chefs Jonathan Hudak and Aleks Chmielewska Five years ago, the Avery Building in Wolfeboro could have been torn down and replaced by a big box retail store. Today, it's home to PAVILION, a restaurant dedicated to elevating the farm-to-table dining experience in the Lakes Region.  Centrally located in Wolfeboro's historic district near Lake Winnipesaukee, PAVILION opened in 2020 with a goal of bringing sophisticated dining and warm hospitality to the Lakes Region, says owner Pat Cooke. It was named as a nod to Wolfeboro's former grand Pavilion Hotel, built in the mid-1800s by Daniel Pickering and his son-in-law. Preserving the property and paying attention to the details has paid off. For instance, one can find photos of the former hotel and a bar top made from a 150-year-old tree that “needed to come down,” Cooke says. “It's all in the details, meaning people want a full experience. They want great service, they want great food, they want a beautiful environment. They want the whole thing … and people respond to that,” she says.  Smoked salmon deviled eggs, with everything bagel spice, pickled red onion and dill. And the hospitality continues next door at their sister property, the Pickering House Inn: ...
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Great Food Destination / Seacoast: Sol Southern Kitchen & Lounge

Coastal North Carolina-style shrimp with smokey bacon, mushrooms, onion, garlic and bell pepper served over sharp Vermont cheddar grits. Opening a restaurant featuring Southern cuisine in northern New England may seem like an unusual direction to take, but for Neil Scibelli and partners, it was exactly the right move. Sol, located on State Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, introduces guests to a broad range of Southern cuisine, including the spicy palate of Creole, the exotic blends of Floribbean, the French influences of Cajun, the hearty flavors of Appalachia and more. We felt that there was a void in the marketplace for a restaurant of this type and that diners would embrace something different,” explains Scibelli. “We have made an effort to be true to Southern traditions throughout, from the décor to the menu. Our goal is to educate guests about these wonderful foods.” Weather permitting, Sol offers both inside and outside dining. Enjoying a meal together by the open French doors are Jack and Patti McTigue (left), with friends Ed and Margaret Carnahan. Indeed, the menu provides helpful background about the South's regional culinary differences, and offers a tempting array of choices from shrimp po'boys to gumbo, muffuletta, Low Country ...
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The Faces Exceptional Catering

Jay and Liz Curcio are proud owners of The White Apron, an off-premise catering company as well as the Seacoast's newest venue, MILA by The White Apron in Downtown Exeter, New Hampshire (opening by the end of 2022). Together, they share the same keen eye for fresh, beautiful food coupled with impeccable service. Founded in 2004, they have built their reputation on striving to exceed the standards of their many discerning clients. The talented culinary, service & sales team at The White Apron & MILA, have helped them become the premier catering company in the Seacoast area and beyond. Whether it be a corporate event, fundraiser, or an elegant wedding with multiple moving parts, the process for the team is simple — to make great food and to provide great service every time. (603) 617-3555 thewhiteapron.com Categories: Faces ...
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Freshen up Your Thanksgiving Dinner with Thai Turkey Stir Fry

Looking to mix up your run-of-the-mill Thanksgiving turkey dinner? Emshika Alberini, chef and owner of Chang Thai Café in Littleton, shares this recipe for a Thai-inspired turkey stir fry (also known as pad krapow, or, as she calls it, PAD-KA-POW) that'll freshen up your special Thursday meal. And to make things even easier, all of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. Get cookin'! Ingredients: ½ pound ground turkey or turkey breast 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons fresh chopped garlic 1 teaspoon sugar 3 Thai bird chiles or serrano chiles 2 teaspoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon light soy sauce 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce 1/3 cup water 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce (optional) ½ cup basil leaves ½ cup sweet white onions ¼ cup cut green beans Turkey Holy Basil Stir Fry (PAD-KA-POW) by Chef Emshika Alberini. Directions: In a wok over medium heat, add the oil and garlic. Fry for a few minutes. Add chilies and adjust heat to high. Add ground turkey, pressing to break into chunks and mix with garlic and chili. Add green beans and sweet onions and cook for less than a minute. Add the oyster sauce, sugar, soy sauce and ...
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Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in the Lakes Region

You don’t have to travel far or look too hard for ways to celebrate the holiday season in the Lakes Region! Year after year, annual events and brand-new experiences pack the calendar – from holiday festivals to community tree trimmings and classic live performances, there’s no shortage of holiday magic around here. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite ways to kick off the holiday season and get the whole family in the spirit. Get in the Spirit Christmas at Castle in the Clouds Castle in the Clouds annual Christmas tradition is back! See the historic Lucknow Mansion transform into a winter wonderland, complete with an Artisan Fair, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, holiday cookies, and vintage trolley rides to the Carriage House Restaurant! The event kicks off on Sunday, November 20th, and carries over into the following weekend from Friday, November 25th – Sunday, November 27th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Purchase your tickets online ahead of time. 2022 Clough Tavern Farm Christmas Make your list and check it twice before heading over to the Clough Tavern Farm Christmas event. Browse the over 30 local vendors and artisans sharing their quality art and antique pieces for purchase! Tackle your holiday ...
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Your Guide to Shopping Locally This Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, and you know what that means – Santa is checking his list for who is naughty or nice. Shop locally this holiday season and support the local businesses and artisans who call the western White Mountains home. Who doesn’t want a piece of the White Mountains? Lincoln Sign Company For a truly unique gift for a business owner in your family or a fun sign for your home, visit Lincoln Sign Company for a beautiful custom sign. From business signs to house numbers to ski chalet and vacation home names, Lincoln Sign Company can do it all. The full-service shop does it all from design to production to installation and maintenance. Call or email the shop to schedule an appointment to create the ultimate custom holiday gift for your favorite loved ones or even yourself. Polly’s Pancake Parlor For over 75 years, Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill has been serving up world-famous pancakes smothered in real New Hampshire maple syrup. Did you know you can actually take home many of the delicious food products to recreate your favorite Polly’s breakfast at home? You can shop at the restaurant or at home! While Polly’s ...
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Finding the Spirit of Christmas on Stage

Whether you’re already feeling the holiday spirit or need a push to get into the Christmas mood, here’s a list of live performances from around the state — including “The Nutcracker” and “A Christmas Carol” productions. Looking for other holiday events? Our calendar features craft fairs, opportunities to meet Santa, tree lightings, holiday house tours, holiday strolls and plenty more festive fun. Plus, visit our Holiday Guide page for a list of places to cut your own Christmas tree, gift ideas, recipes and everything else you might need to enjoy this merry season. Where to see “The Nutcracker” What’s it all about? Get whisked away with Clara to the Land of Sweets with these local performances of this magical holiday tradition. The Palace Theatre Don’t miss this classic ballet performed by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre at Manchester’s historic Palace Theatre. When: Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 20, 2022 Shows at 7:30 p.m. on November 18 and 19, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. November 19, and 12 and 4:30 p.m. November 20. Where: The Palace Theatre 80 Hanover St., Manchester Tickets: $25-$46 More information Salem High School Theater This full-scale professional holiday production includes a cast of 100, ...
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Popping With the Sounds of Holiday Cheer

There’s no need to travel outside New Hampshire for first-rate holiday pops symphony and choral performances. Here are some of our favorite picks for the 2022 holiday season. The Boston Pops perform at Manchester’s SNHU Arena on December 10. Greater Keene Pops Choir The Greater Keene Pops Choir is a unique performing ensemble that sings popular American music in all its many styles. Under the direction of Diane Cushing and accompanied by Walt Sayre, the “Pops” will perform their winter concert “A Season of Dreams.” What: Holiday Pops When: December 4, 2022 at 2 p.m. Where: St. James Episcopal Church 44 West St., Keene Tickets: $15 More information Symphony NH Join Symphony NH for two performances of Holiday POPS! What: Holiday POPS! When: December 10, 2022 at 7:30 and December 11, 2022 at 3 p.m. Where: Keefe Center for the Arts (December 10) 117 Elm St., Nashua Concord City Auditorium (December 11) 2 Prince St., Concord Tickets: $20-$60 More information The NH Phil Everyone looks forward to this concert! Great for young and old to get into the holiday spirit, with sing-alongs and many holiday favorites. What: Holiday Pops When: December 17, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and December 18, 2022 ...
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Visit Santa’s Village this November and December

North Pole, North Country — seems easy to see why Santa’s Village is located in Jefferson. That’s partly true. In the early ’50s, park founders Normand and Cecile Dubois wanted to do something unique in the region. When Normand saw a deer cross the road, the idea was born that Santa and his reindeer could very well call the North Country home. The park opened on Father’s Day in 1953 and originally offered pony rides, a show featuring Francis the Famous Mule and Santa Claus, who was accompanied by reindeer and elves. By the late ’60s, the amusement park also included playgrounds, restaurants and more attractions. In 1974 Normand and Cecile retired, handing the park over to son-in-law Michael Gaynor. Santa’s Village (603) 586-4445 528 Presidential Hwy., Jefferson Admission is $52, ages 3 and younger are free Over time the park grew to what we know today — filled with rides like the Chimney Drop, bumper cars, Yule Log Flume and many more modern attractions. You can visit all year long, but Christmastime — with its 400,000 Christmas lights and a slate of festivities — is perhaps the best time to make the trip. Bundle up and head to Jefferson ...
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Get Into the Holiday Spirit With the Gingerbread House Festival

Founded in 1952, the New Hampshire Home Builders Association unites all those involved in the building of a Granite State home — from actual builders and kitchen remodelers to bankers and insurance brokers. And for the first time this December, they'll come together to build edible lodgings with a holiday twist. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first two weekends of December (Saturday and Sunday December 3 and 4, 10 and 11), 25 members of the NH Home Builders look to build and display their best gingerbread houses at association headquarters (119 Airport Road, Concord). Tickets for the Gingerbread House Festival are $5 each and double as raffle tickets, with each raffle winner taking home their chosen gingerbread house. And the lone rule imposed on participating builders? “The gingerbread houses have to fit through the door!” says Executive Vice President Matt Mayberry. Mayberry thought up the idea after hearing about a similar gingerbread festival in Portsmouth. “I thought, it'd just make people smile,” says Mayberry. “Life is hard, life is stressful, everyone's stressed, but if I could get 25 gingerbread houses in and people came in — perfect.” The event also features a “Santa's workshop” where attending children ...
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