Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth

A Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth
Candle Light Strolls in December

Every year Strawbery Banke Musuem in Portsmouth turns the clock back several centuries to present "A Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth," a multi-site celebration of classic holiday traditions spread over the first three weekends of December.

Often the Music Hall, Portsmouth's landmark Victorian-era theater participates as well. Strawbery Banke is a ten-acre living history museum in the heart of the Portsmouth. The venue, New Hampshire's oldest waterfront town.

Visitors can take a romantic Candlelight Stroll through holidays past, dine harborside in the heart of the downtown district, and enjoy shows such as a high-voltage jazz version of Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet, the Nutcracker-all in one magical day (or luxurious overnight) trip.

During those three weekends, Strawbery Banke Museum presents its most popular event of the year, annual Candlelight Stroll. A cherished Seacoast-area tradition, the Candlelight Stroll derives its name from the hundreds of candle luminaria lighting the paths of Portsmouth's oldest neighborhood.

Visitors can expect to step over the threshold of time and experience holiday traditions spanning three centuries of New England life. The historic houses of Strawbery Banke are adorned in period-appropriate holiday finery of live greens and dried flowers. Costumed role players demonstrate the traditions of times past. The scents and sounds of the season abound with a full roster of live music and entertainment for all ages. An engaging panoply of sights, sounds, and smells, the Candlelight Stroll provides a welcome return to the roots of America's most treasured holiday traditions. On weekdays in between the Stroll, the museum offers Holiday House Tours from 10am to 2pm on the hour. The tours present the evolution of mid-winter and Christmas traditions over three centuries, ending with hearth cooking and hot cider at the Wheelwright House.

Strawbery Banke Museum

Winter Shadows

Order cards or prints of "Winter Shadows"

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