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Are you itching to get out and try something new, but aren’t sure where to look and what to do? Have no fear, “Spontaneity” is here! Every week, we provide a region-by-region breakdown of events and activities from across the Granite State that you won’t want to miss. From arts and crafts, to hole-in-the-wall music venues, our short list will have something for everyone, no matter what you’re looking to do. If you see something you like, make sure you act fast- we’re only looking at what’s going on this weekend.


The Nutcracker: Tea and Dance Party
Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Olivia Allen Dance and Fitness
437 Portsmouth Ave., Greenland
Tea & Dance Parties are seasonal events open to the community! Join us some Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. to read stories about the season or holiday, have a dance party with movement and games, enjoy apple juice, tea and treats. All this fun will be followed by a craft and coloring. In the last few minutes of your magical party, take a photo in front of the seasonal backdrop with props!

Chad Banks and SG603: Glow Party 5, Order of the Glowsticks
Dec. 16 at 10 p.m.
The Press Room
77 Daniels St., Portsmouth
Come get your glow on at The Press Room this weekend for a glow party you won’t want to miss! This event is for ages 21+.

Merrimack Valley:

The Little Mermen
Dec. 16, 12 p.m.

Tupelo Music Hall
10 A Street, Derry
The Little Mermen are the ultimate Disney cover band for Disney fanatics of all ages. The band’s repertoire covers all 82 years of the Disney canon, including favorites from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Frozen. The group performs in full costume with band members dressing up as characters from the films. They tour nationally to sold out crowds of cosplayers and casual fans alike. Founded by singer/songwriter Alexis Babini, TLM throws enchanted events that are jam-packed with nostalgic fun and sing-alongs. Hailed by BuzzFeed and Time Out New York as the premiere Disney cover experience, they’ve won praise from none other than and Alan Menken himself.

Wicked Joyful Pop-Up Shop
Dec. 16, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The Bookery
844 Elm St., Manchester
Wicked Joyful returns to the Bookery for two Holiday Pop Up Shops.
This local brand has received national media attention for niche custom action figures and known regionally for their apparel that celebrates New England lore. In Manchester, Wicked Joyful’s Nick Lavallee, is known as the mastermind of the Chicken Tender Capital of the World initiative. The brand’s holiday pop up shops have become tradition. This year’s haul includes Creepy Santa ornaments and greeting cards, Tender Town and Chicken Tender Capital apparel, and even a limited edition “Tendie” custom action figure. Come say hello and get yourself, or the tendie-enthusiast in your life, something unique for the season.


Nifty Gifty Party
Dec. 15, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Monadnock Food Co-op
34 Cypress St., Keene
Join us for our annual Nifty Gifty Party! Enjoy sampling from local vendors, including Jack’s Crackers, TotumVos, Frisky Cow, Shire’s Naturals, Northeast Wine Co., Vinilandia New Hampshire and more! Enter to win raffles and enjoy kids activities, which include: Let It Snow Sticks, Holiday Centerpiece and Something Sweet & Something Sour.

Bernie and Louise Watson
Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
The Park Theatre
19 Main Street, Jaffery
Our favorites, Bernie & Louise, will play & sing some of the greatest music from the last century. Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Johnny Mercer, and more. Bar opens at 5pm. Admission is free. You do not need to be attending a film or event to go to The Lounge. Stop by The Park every Saturday, have a glass of wine or beer, and listen to the sweetest music from the sweetest couple.


Holiday Cupcake Decorating Event
Dec. 16, from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Laconia Country Club
607 Elm St., Laconia
Join SJC Custom Cakes for a Holiday Cupcake Decorating Event! You will leave with 12 fully decorated cupcakes, an insulated cooler, cupcake decorating knowledge and memories to last a lifetime!

Leaving Eden
Dec. 16, 9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
The Big House
322 Lakeside Ave., Laconia
Leaving Eden is a new millennium rock band featuring The Empress of Rock “EVE” from Boston, Mass. There is no “Box” for Leaving Eden’s Music. It’s more an Experience best heard and seen Live in Concert. Fronted by “EVE” they are the winners of The New England Music Awards & The Pulse Magazine Worcester, Mass. Music Awards. Leaving Eden has toured the USA, UK & Canada sharing the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world.


Dice Goblin Festival
Dec. 17, 3 p.m.- 8 p.m.
The Fourth Place
3 Lebanon St., Hanover
It’s official— The Fourth Place’s dice goblins now have their own monthly event! all dice games are free to play and all dice sets 10% off. If you donate a 7-dice set, you’ll receive a day pass for free. Dice goblins from far and wide are invited to bring your favorite dice to show-and-tell, and your less-favorite dice to Swap-and-Smell.

Purple: A Tribute to Prince
Dec. 16, 9 p.m..
Sawtooth Kitchen
Under, Allen St., Hanover
PURPLE is a 7-piece (and often bigger) booty shakin’, sweaty, stinky, funky good time dance party lead by frontman Craig Mitchell who navigates through Prince’s seemingly endless catalog of music. An all-star cast of musicians from bands such as the ‘Seth Yacovone Band,’ ‘The High Breaks,’ ‘Renegade Groove’ and more have been keeping the groove goin’ for over a decade, playin’ The Hits, B-Sides and Deep Cuts.

White Mountains and Great North Woods:

Kids DIY-U Workshop: Holiday Delivery
Dec. 16, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
32 Mountain Valley Blvd., North Conway
Calling all little elves! Join us for this jolly Holiday Delivery Truck build that’s also a gift card holder! Kids will love hand-crafting this unique toy that also makes a memorable gift.

Kids Cookie Decorating
Dec. 16. 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Mystic Sugar Bakery
28 Norcross Circle, North Conway
Looking for a fun project for your littles? What’s better than decorating cookies?! Starting at 9am we will have a variety of cookies and decorations available for kids (and/or adults) to create their own unique festive cookie. Each cookie is $5 and will include a trip to the “toppings table” with sprinkles, candies, and so much more! Cookies must be purchased in the shop and designs/shapes are subject to availability. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we will ask that each adult help supervise the process.

Knitting and Crochet Group
Dec. 16, 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Whitefield Public Library
56 Littleton Rd., Whitefield
Are you a seasoned handicrafts person?  Are you wanting to learn?  Do you have a project in the works or something you have dreamed of creating?  Adults and teens of all skill levels are welcome to join others while you knit, crochet, needlepoint, sew, etc.!

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