Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars
Member Preview Night: Friday, December 3, 2021, 6-8 PM

Saturdays: December 4, 11, 18, 2021, 5-9 PM
Sundays: December, 5, 12, 19, 2021, 4-8 PM
An outdoor-only experience to be held in rain, snow, or starlight.

*Member Preview Night registration begins for members only on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 10 AM.***Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars event ticket sales begin for members AND nonmembers on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 10 AM. **

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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. For the second year, Strawbery Banke presents “Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars,” 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 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 Vintage Skaters as they perform at various times in the evening at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond!

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
. Avoid missing out and purchase tickets online in advance. Check back for more information. 

  • Adults: $20
  • Children (ages 5-17): $10
  • Children (under 5): free, ticket required

*Strawbery Banke Members receive free or discounted admission depending on membership level. Not a member? Join today! 

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. Precautions may change before the event and any changes will be communicated to ticket holders via email. 

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:

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.