The Music Hall + Strawbery Banke Museum Announce
Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth
New England’s Most Authentic Holiday Tradition
Returns for The Entire Month of December 2018
Now in its 14th year, Vintage Christmas transforms what National Geographic/Travel has cited as possibly “the greatest small town in the USA,” into a picture-postcard winter wonderland. Described by Travel + Leisure as “the Christmas Capital of America,” Portsmouth’s authentically local vibe envelops visitors with a quintessentially New England experience as they shop, ice-skate, dine, step back into colonial history, and enjoy one of the most beloved holiday musicals of all time in our celebrated 1878 theater.
Among the diverse calendar of activities now being planned for the 2018 Vintage Christmas season:
The Music Hall and the Ogunquit Playhouse once again partner to bring a magical holiday show to the historic theater on Chestnut Street, presenting “Elf, The Musical” from November 28 to December 2.
Strawbery Banke Museum welcomes visitors to the 39th Annual Candlelight Stroll on December 1,2, 8, 9, 15, 16 and 22, showcasing 300+ years of daily life and hosting holiday festivities around the theme “A Place to Gather” in the historic waterfront neighborhood and living history museum of Puddle Dock.
Discover Portsmouth, the visitor center and art gallery on Middle Street, will display the 28th Annual Gingerbread House exhibit—featuring intricate creations by local residents and businesses—in the first-floor gallery from November 30 to December 22.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, Strawbery Banke’s seasonal outdoor ice skating rink, open daily 9 am to 9 pm, also hosts costumed Victorian skaters evoking Currier & Ives during each of the December evenings of Candlelight Stroll.
Vintage Christmas Trolley. This free trolley, courtesy of the City of Portsmouth through COAST, shuttles visitors around town on weekends, in holiday style. Operating weekends, Sun Dec 2 through Sat Dec 22. 1:30-10:30 pm
Juston McKinney A Year in Review 2018 at The Music Hall Historic Theater on Dec. 28 & 29, looks back at the year that was with one of New England’s most popular stand-up comics.
Vintage Christmas is
The Music Hall
Strawbery Banke Museum
Greater Portsmouth Chamber Collaborative
The City of Portsmouth