Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2014
35th Annual Candlelight Stroll in the "Holiday Capital of North America"
For December 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 2014
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.
TICKETS ALWAYS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
PLEASE NOTE: Same day online ticket sales close at 3 pm.
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. To purchase tickets in advance, click here. Tickets are $23/adults, $11.50/children (ages 5-17), and $58/family. Group and corporate rates are available. Purchase tickets by November 30, 2014 to receive $2 off each ticket.
Strawbery Banke Museum Celebrates 35th Annual Candlelight Stroll “The Winter Visitor”
Strawbery Banke Museum celebrates “The Winter Guest” during the 35th annual Candlelight Stroll, December 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21, 2014. The event takes place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturdays and 4 to 8 pm on Sundays. Candlelight Stroll is generously supported by the Lincoln Financial Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, People's United Bank, D.F. Richard, Amica Insurance, Newburyport Five Cents Savings, Northway Bank, Optima, R.M. Davis, Inc, Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, Darrell's Music Hall, Northeast Credit Union, and Wentworth Greenhouses.
Showcasing 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 scent of woodsmoke.
Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. A toasty bonfire crackles throughout the event to warm frosty fingers and toes. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. The White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke offers light meals and serves a pub menu in Pitt Tavern -- visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.
“Candlelight Stroll is a cherished holiday tradition that offers a charming setting for children and adults to enjoy America’s multicultural holiday activities and customs,” said Strawbery Banke Museum president and CEO Lawrence J. Yerdon. “Candlelight Stroll is a magical event at an enchanting time of year. We are delighted to anchor the city-wide Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth celebration with this authentic and unique experience.”
Now in its 35th year, Strawbery Banke Museum's Candlelight Stroll carries visitors into holiday lives from the past as the 10-acre outdoor history museum and its 40 historic buildings recreate December through the centuries in the waterfront Portsmouth neighborhood of Puddle Dock. Thousands of decorations, hand-crafted from natural materials grown in the museum's gardens, flickering wood-and-glass candle lanterns, carolers around the bonfire and costumed role-players set the scene for “The Winter Visitor.” Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. The night watchman makes his 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. Tickets are $23 for adults, $11.50 for children 5-17, and free to children under 5. Available online at www.strawberybanke.org Tickets purchased by November 30, 2014 earn a $2 per ticket discount.
Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke, the seasonal outdoor ice skating rink at the heart of the 10-acre living history museum site. In the spirit of Portsmouth's rich performing arts culture, Puddle Dock Pond plans to host costumed “Currier & Ives” skaters on the ice during Stroll and a special artistic ice dancing performance on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke opens on December 1st and will be in full operation, seven days a week, 9 am to 9 pm throughout December and on through New Year's Day, and the months of January and February. Puddle Dock Pond offers 12,500 square feet of professionally maintained ice surface combining an 80' x 125' oval and a 60' diameter circle all surrounded by a post and rail fence. A seasonal pavilion houses ticketing, skate rentals and concessions. The White Apron Cafe in the adjacent museum Tyco Visitor Center serves food and beverages. Puddle Dock Pond offers public skating (including several free sessions each week), pond hockey for children and adults, and skating lessons for all ages. Skate rentals and sharpening services are available
The White Apron Café offers seasonal food and beverages during Candlelight Stroll, both in the newly-redecorated space in the Tyco Visitor Center and in Pitt Tavern on the museum grounds where a hearty tavern menu of soup, stews and pot pies complements the historic Tavern space
Parking & Other Information
There is ONLY handicapped parking available at the Museum for Candlelight Stroll. All other visitors should utilize the free Vintage Christmas Trolley and public parking areas. The City of Portsmouth provides the free Vintage Christmas trolley, which runs on a 20-minute loop, from 1:30pm - 10:30pm on the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December*. The heated and decorated trolley will pick up and drop off visitors at parking lots, hotels, and other sites around town. There is a trolley stop right at Strawbery Banke Museum as well as The Music Hall. Please click here for a map for the free Vintage Christmas Trolley. Please click here for a map with additional parking information.
The trolley is generously provided by the City of Portsmouth as part of a Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth. The Vintage Christmas collaboration aims to highlight the rich seasonal programs of Strawbery Banke Museum and The Music Hall, and is the result of a fruitful collaboration among the City of Portsmouth, Strawbery Banke Museum, The Music Hall, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, and local hotels and retail shops. For more information on scheduled activities and participating hotels, visit www.VintageChristmasNH.org.
Guided Holiday House Tours, weekdays, Dec 26-31
Candlelight Stroll is a signature event of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth . Travel + Leisure says Portsmouth has good reason to claim the title of "Christmas Capital of North America" and the Boston Globe says Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is "One of the top ten holiday things not to miss in New England. " For complete details of the Vintage Christmas events please visit the Vintage Christmas website.