If you’re gearing up for an epic Thanksgiving feast this year, we’re with you. But, what happens once the leftover bird has been picked clean and that last slice of pie is threatening to start a family food feud? If quietly slipping into a food coma while watching football sounds less than inspiring, take a trip to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. We have events, attractions, deals, and more that the whole family will adore. So, get ready to pack up the grandparents, kids, in laws, and even the dog for a weekend of family fun! Looking for more? Our events calendar is stuffed with fun things to see and do when stuffing your face has lost its appeal.
Before (or after, if you’re a true Black Friday pro) you dive into the madness of shopping, it’s time to work off some of those extra calories from Thursday’s feast. Then, shop until you’re almost ready to drop—tax free, of course! Once you’ve made a dent in your Christmas shopping list, sweeten the deal for the kids with cookies with Santa. Then, head over to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for their annual Gift of Lights Celebration.
When: Friday, November 26th, Morning
Where: The WOW Trail, Laconia
What: A Hike Everyone Can Enjoy
The WOW trail really is a crowd-pleaser with a paved, 10 foot wide, multi-use pathway that will take you from Elm Street in Lakeport to the Belmont Town Line. This easy trail connects to the 1.7 mile Winnisquam Scenic Trail which leads to the Agway store on Rt. 3 near the Mosquito Bridge for a 4 1/4 mile trek. This well-loved route is great for a family walking or bike trip!
When: Friday, November 26th, 12pm
What: Cookies with Santa
Enjoy cookies and Christmas cheer with the big man himself! Plus, with their free stocking stuffers for kids holiday sale, you have a chance to get 5-50% off your entire purchase.
If you’ve been counting down the days until Black Friday shopping, we’re not going to stand in your way! Luckily, there are plenty of options to get everything on your list, so you can shop the day away.
When: Friday, November 26th, 4:30pm
Where: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
What: Gift of Lights
It’s time for the 11th annual Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! The 2.5-mile drive-thru light show shines bright with 3.5 million lights including a 150-foot RGB Tunnel of Lights. Featuring family-favorite scenes like the Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Mother Goose, Jack Be Nimble, Deer Beach Vacation, a package wrapping machine, and more, there’s lots of lights to love. Black Friday shopping worn you out? Don’t worry, this show continues every Friday through New Year’s Eve.
When: Saturday, November 27th, 10am
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village
What: Holiday Open House
If you have some history buffs joining you for the holiday weekend, they’ll love visiting the Canterbury Shaker Village. This year, they’re hosting a holiday open house featuring shopping in the Village Store, complimentary holiday gift wrapping, and Shaker Stories tours at 11am and 2pm. Plus, they have free hot chocolate and apple cider available from 10am-4pm.
When: Saturday, November 27th, 10am – 5pm
Where: TwinDesigns in Bristol
What: Meet Diane the Turtle!
On the shores of Newfound Lake, you’ll find this truly one-of-a-kind shop. Kids and grown-ups alike will love meeting the world famous turtle, Diane, who has been in the Tonner family since 1968! Turtle time aside, this store has plenty of other treats in store including original artwork, browsing children’s books, and find unique gifts and souvenirs made right in the Granite State.
When: Saturday, November 27th, 3pm
Where: Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH
What: Christmas in Wolfeboro Parade
This spectacle is a seasonal staple here in the Lakes Region. Enjoy the show as local businesses and residents strut Main Street in their holiday best. Pro Tip: The best view of the entire parade is on either side of Main Street, from in front of Carpenter School heading North to Mill Street. And yes, Santa will be a VIP!
When: Saturday, November 27th, 11am–8pm
Where: The Escape Room Experience
What: Exhilarating Escape Room Fun
Looking to warm up? At The Escape Room Experience, mystery and ingenuity will keep you active and cozy! This escape game room provides an immersive experience that the whole family will love. With three themed experiences to choose from there are plenty of options for all ages. Whether you make your escape or not, this experience will have every member of the family connecting with their inner escape artist.
“Santa’s Here!” Sunday
When: Sunday, November 28th, All day
Where: Meredith, NH
What: Enjoy the Meredith Sculpture Walk
Stroll along the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee’s Meredith Bay, making your way into the town center as you explore the Meredith Sculpture Walk. This ever-changing attraction features dozens of installations in various media, plus a pocket park or two and a gazebo.
When: Sunday, November 28th, All day
Where: Downtown Laconia
What: Pre-Parade Shopping & Dining
Downtown Laconia has so much in store. Explore the Belknap Mill, the downtown river walk, Laconia Public Library, a historic railroad station, Rotary Park, Veteran’s Square, and countless businesses for shopping and dining. Find a good spot, because the Celebrate Laconia Lights Festival Holiday Parade will start at 4:30pm!
When: Sunday, November 28th, 6pm
Where: Gilford Community Church
What: Gilford Community Church Tree Lighting Service
This holiday season, the Gilford Community Church will celebrate the holiday season with its annual tree lighting service. The evening begins with Christmas carols outside followed by a brief service led by children and youth. Be sure to stick around for hot chocolate!