Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979, showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and the scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire.
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times.
Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukkah celebration in her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family, and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War.
Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family 'stopfulness' to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2019
Saturdays, 5:00-9:00 pm. Sundays, 4:00-8:00 pm.
You can purchase tickets online
Avoid lines by purchasing tickets in advance! Save $5 per ticket by purchasing before Dec 1 (ticket purchase price reflects the discount).
Strawbery Banke Members: 50% off or free depending on membership level
Children (ages 5 - 17): $12.50
Children (under 5): free*
Family (2 adults + 2 children 5 - 17): $60.00
Military, Miltary families, & Veterans: free*
*Tickets available at the door.
Sunday, 22 December, 2019
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