Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars
An outdoor-only experience of seasonal & holiday traditions of times past.
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, 5-9 PM - Sold Out! Waiting list not available.
Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, 4-8 PM - Sold Out! Waiting list not available.
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 5-9 PM - Sold Out! Waiting list not available.
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, 4-8 PM - Sold Out! Waiting list not available.
Event held in rain, snow, or starlight. Tickets are limited. Masks required and COVID-19 protocols followed.
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Want to experience the magic? Volunteer at Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars. Opportunities include lighting candle lanterns, greeting and directing visitors, handing out scavenger hunt maps and prizes, monitoring the parking lot and assisting with directions, collecting tickets, pouring cider, and more. Volunteers must be at least 18 but children are welcome to accompany their parents.
About the event:
Every year since 1979, Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke has captured 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the museum’s historic houses.
For the second year, Strawbery Banke presents Candlelight Stroll "Under the Stars,” an outdoor-only experience focusing on the lights, wreaths, roleplayers, and magic on the exteriors of the museum’s historic buildings.
The museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, and house front doors and railings are adorned with handmade decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the museum gardens. Visitors stroll along candlelit pathways and are greeted along the way by costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past.
Be sure to catch Ice Dance International's Currier and Ives Vintage Skaters as they perform at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond! Performances are at 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM on Saturdays and 5:00 PM & 6:30 PM on Sundays.
Additionally, enjoy an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience at Pickwick's at the Banke, the Museum store.
Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll is an anchor for the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, along with The Music Hall, Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, and the City of Portsmouth. Come to Candlelight Stroll and see why Travel + Leisure magazine calls Portsmouth “the Christmas capital of North America.”
This year's event is expected to sell out in advance.
- Museum Members*: free or discounted admission based on membership level, ticket(s) required.
- Adults: $20
- Children (ages 5-17): $10
- Children (under 5): free, ticket required
- Active Duty Military Families. Veterans**: free, ticket required
*Strawbery Banke Members receive free or discounted admission depending on membership level. A promo code is needed for free or discounted admission and has been emailed to all current members. For troubleshooting, please review the FAQ online ticketing document. Not a member? Join today!
**Active Duty Military Families receive complimentary admission for up to five individuals. Individual veterans also receive one free admission ticket. For more information and how to obtain a promo code to waive admission costs for tickets, please review the FAQ online ticketing document.
Volunteering at the Event:
Volunteers are needed to help make this year's event a success. Click here to view volunteer opportunities and sign-up.
Strawbery Banke Museum continues to monitor circumstances surrounding the pandemic and the guidance of the CDC, state and local health officials. Please review the Museum's COVID-19 precautions before visiting.
Note: All visitors and employees regardless of vaccination status attending Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars are required to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose. If you don't have your own mask, Strawbery Banke Museum can supply one at no cost.
There is NO onsite parking for Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars as the Museum's parking lot is reserved for those with handicap accessible plates or hangtags only. Visitors are encouraged to try nearby offsite parking options including Portsmouth's two parking garages:
- Hanover Street Garage (near Market Square)
- Foundry Place Garage (near Sheraton, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites)
Admission tickets for Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond are NOT included with Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars tickets. For more information about Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, please click here.
Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds.
Additionally, Strawbery Banke is unable to accommodate requests for purchased tickets to be transferred to a different date.