Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

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This December, treat yourself to some holiday cheer at Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, a month-long event with shows at the Music Hall, fine dining, great shopping, along with ice skating and candlelight strolls at Strawbery Banke. Enjoy this New Hampshire tradition, now in its 12th year.

See: What better way to get in a holiday mood than a Broadway musical, specifically Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! The Ogunquit Playhouse production will be at the Music Hall November 30 to December 18. Don’t miss this classic story with unforgettable characters, stunning sets and costumes, dazzling production numbers, and Broadway actors – all with a touch of holiday magic. There are also various showings of Ragpicker’s Dream; Kent Stephens’ Stage Force holiday play reading of funny, poignant tales, and It's A Wonderful Life is playing at The Seacoast Repertory Theatre. For ticket information and a list of events, go to

"An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" will be celebrating its 29th season at a new venue, Johnson Theater at UNH, December 17 and 18. Seacoast audiences will be enchanted like never before by the story of young Clara Goodwin and her heroic Nutcracker Prince. Click here for tickets.

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Eat: Downtown Portsmouth is a food mecca featuring seafood, breweries, riverfront dining, and cuisines from contemporary American to British, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and South American. For instance, after your candlelight stroll, go next door to Mombo, 66 Marcy Street, for some New American food with an international twist. Or enjoy the stunning water views in the casual chic surroundings of Martingale Wharf, 99 Bow Street, with its 90 percent gluten-free menu and state-of-the-art water purification system.

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Enjoy: Saturday, December 3, come to Portsmouth at 5:00pm for the annual tree lighting in Market Square, followed by the illuminated holiday parade at 6:00pm. (Rain date: December 4.) The parade kicks off at Plaza 800 on Islington Street, proceeds to Market Square, and ends at the South Mill Pond parking lot. For information, visit


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