Candlelight Stroll
Experience seasonal & holiday traditions of times past
Event held in rain, snow, or starlight.
Check back in fall 2023 for more information!

Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2023, 5-9 PM
Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2023, 4-8 PM

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About Candlelight Stroll:
Visitors call on the many families who once lived in the Puddle Dock neighborhood including the Shapiro family as they prepare for a Hanukkah Celebration in 1919, The Goodwin family and servants as they prepare for a Victorian Christmas, as well as the Rider-Wood family as they celebrate both Christmas and the recent marriage of Mary Rider's niece Betsey.

Strawbery Banke Museum’s furnished historic houses are adorned with handmade decorations created from greens and dried flowers from the Museum’s heirloom gardens. While traveling from house to historic house, the glow of hundreds of lighted candle lanterns light the way and guests enjoy seasonal greetings from costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past.

The historic houses are open for touring during Candlelight Stroll. 
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 occur on Saturdays at 6 & 7:30 PM and on Sundays at 5 & 6:30 PM. 
Stroll the Grove of Holiday Trees, which are decorated by members of the community and local businesses and organizations. Additionally, enjoy an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience at Pickwick's at the Banke, the Museum store. 

About Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth:
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.”


  • Adults*: $25.00
  • Children (ages 5–17)*: $12.50
  • Children (5 and under): Free
    *Members receive 50-100% off the ticket price depending on membership level. Join Now!

Click here to read the ticketing FAQ. Tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended as this year's event is expected to sell out. 

Buyers Beware! Third-Party Ticket Scams:
Please do not purchase tickets from other websites or individuals. These sales are not through Strawbery Banke and there is no guarantee of receiving tickets (real or counterfeit). 

Candlelight Stroll Group Rates:
Parties of 10 or more individuals qualify to receive discounted Candlelight Stroll event tickets. Group rates for Candlelight Stroll tickets are $18 per adult and $10 per child (ages 5–17). For group rate reservations, contact Jon Brown, Director of Visitor Services at 603.433.1110 or jbrown[at]

Library Passes:
Library passes may be used to attend Candlelight Stroll using the pass at the door the night of the event. Library patrons do not need to reserve tickets in advance on the Museum's website and should contact their library to inquire about pass availability. For questions regarding library passes, please contact the Membership Office at 603.422.7508 or membership[at] 

Admission tickets for Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond are NOT included with Candlelight Stroll tickets. For more information about Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, please click here.

There is NO onsite parking for Candlelight Stroll. 

Event attendees are encouraged to park at nearby offsite parking options including:

Additionally, attendees can take advantage of The City of Portsmouth's FREE Vintage Christmas Shuttle courtesy of TransAction Corporate Shuttles. The shuttle runs from parking lots, hotels, and in between The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum on an approximately 15-minute loop. Click here for more information. 

Cancellation Policy: 
If there has been an error with a ticket order, please contact Strawbery Banke within 24 hours of the ticket purchase. The Museum will work with the ticket purchaser within the 24-hour window, as availability allows, to make the adjustments requested. For ticket order errors contact Sarah Regan, Member and Visitor Services Associate, at sregan[at] or 603.241.1644.

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 outside of the 24-hour window. 

Holiday Dinners at William Pitt Tavern:
Pickwick’s Mercantile & Fezziwig’s Food & Fountain present a ticketed (NOT included with a Candlelight Stroll ticket), costumed holiday dining experience in Strawbery Banke’s William Pitt Tavern during each night of Candlelight Stroll. Seatings are at 4, 6, and 8 PM. Click here to purchase a separate ticket for Pickwick's Holiday Dinners at Pitt Tavern. There is no member discount for holiday dinners. 

Candlelight Stroll 2022 is presented by:

**Many thanks to Amica Insurance, Presenting Sponsor**
Bottomline Technologies     Piscataqua Dental Partners     Piscataqua Savings Bank