Candlelight Stroll
Experience seasonal & holiday traditions of times past. 
Check back in late summer for more information about this year's event. 

Saturdays, December 3, 10, 17, 2022, 5 - 9 PM
Sundays, December 4, 11, 18, 2022, 4 - 8 PM
Event held in rain, snow, or starlight.

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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.

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!

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.”


  • 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.

Many thanks to the following Signature Event sponsors and partners:


Bottomline Technologies   Piscataqua Savings Bank    Piscataqua Dental Partners

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. 

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.

Cancellation Policy: 
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.