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Christmas at Canterbury
December 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on December 7, 2018 at 6:30pm
One event on December 9, 2018 at 6:30pm
One event on December 13, 2018 at 6:30pm
One event on December 14, 2018 at 6:30pm
Christmas at Canterbury Opens Dec. 6 with Candlelight Tours and Two Saturdays of Family Fun
Shaker Village Museum Store open till Dec. 23
Add to the magic of your holidays with Canterbury Shaker Village’s beloved traditional Christmas event, Christmas at Canterbury. The family fun takes place on Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15, from 3 to 8 pm each day. In addition, one-hour candlelight tours are offered on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, December 6, 7 and 9, and Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14. Tours are at 6:30 and 7 pm. and reservations are strongly recommended.
This is the 10th year that the Village has welcomed visitors for this signature holiday event. “Christmas at Canterbury is a wonderful way to start a new family tradition or do something different on date night,” said executive director Susan Bennett. “People love being at Shaker Village in early winter to experience the peaceful beauty of this hillside and see the simple decorations and twinkling lights in the historic buildings,” she added. Holiday picture-taking is encouraged, with festive locations in both indoor and outdoor settings.
The Shaker Museum Store is another reason to visit and is open during Christmas at Canterbury events as well as Thursdays through Sundays until December 23. Housed in the bright yellow Carriage Barn, it’s a favorite place to buy gifts for holiday giving. The shelves are stocked with hand-crafted oval boxes, carriers, and brooms, candles, sleigh bells, ornaments, cards, and maple syrup, labeled and packaged for the Village. Gift memberships may be purchased here too, and will be sent directly to the recipient along with a private-label Winnipesaukee Chocolates bar made exclusively for Canterbury Shaker Village.
The Saturday events on December 8 and 15 are designed for families, with a magic show, model trains, cookie decorating, holiday card-making, live music, and visiting with Father Christmas. Light refreshments will be available to purchase in the Creamery. Caroling with the Canterbury Singers and an outdoor tree-lighting conclude the evening at 7:45 pm outside the historic Shaker Schoolhouse. Saturday tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-17, and under 5 free. Members are half price. Visit www.shakers.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
The candlelight tours offer a more intimate experience of the decorated Shaker buildings. Small groups led by an entertaining guide explore how the Canterbury Shakers celebrated Christmas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, visiting a variety of interior spaces and ending with hot cider and cookies in the Village Creamery. “If you love the simplicity and quality of Shaker design, you will love seeing our interiors enhanced with trees and garlands, handmade decorations, and twinkling white lights,” said Becky Soules, Daily Programs Manager. “The Shakers were famous for their simple lifestyle and honored Christmas with understated celebrations in the nineteenth century. Many people are surprised to learn that things changed in the twentieth century and some elaborate holiday theatricals were staged here,” Soules added.
Tickets for the candlelight tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-17. Member admission is half price. This tour is recommended for ages 10 and older and is limited to 15 people to ensure an intimate experience. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit: www.shakers.org/candlelit-tours. Groups of 15 or more may reserve a private Candlelight Tour by advance reservation. Call 603-783-9511 x 284, or email [email protected] Book a tour and have your holiday party at the Village this year for a unique experience.