Get festive this holiday at Strawbery Banke’s “Candlelight Stroll”, weekends in December!

Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood.

Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll events take place every Saturday and Sunday in December and include:

  • Historic houses from four centuries with decorations hand-crafted from natural materials
  • Hundreds of wood and glass candle boxes lighting the lanes and landscape
  • Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
  • Winter projects for kids
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Roaring bonfire
  • 18th century holiday hearth cooking
  • Ice skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond
Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration 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.
Additional Features

Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, provides seasonal outdoor ice skating at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum. The rink operates seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on New Year’s Day, and the months of January and February.

Figtree Kitchen at Strawbery Banke café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll in the TYCO Visitors Center.

Pickwick’s at the Banke, complements the museum with a shopping experience reflecting Portsmouth’s colonial maritime heritage. Pickwick’s also presents a ticketed, costumed holiday dining experience in Pitt Tavern — visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette.


Avoid lines by purchasing tickets in advance! Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the Strawbery Banke Visitors Center at 14 Hancock Street up to the date of the event.

Tickets are $25/adults, $12.50/children (ages 5-17), and $60/family. Group and corporate rates are available.

Strawbery Banke’s “Candlelight Stroll”
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH (603) 433-1100
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22, 2019
Saturdays, 5-9 pm; Sundays, 4-8 pm

1 Response

  1. Tonya

    So for 2 adults, a 5 year old, 3 year old and 1 year old, I would pay for two adults $50.00 and the 5 year old @ $12.50 with my total being $62.50?

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