There’s a reason this time of year is considered the most wonderful, the most magical. The world is a little kinder, the nights a little cozier. The best part, of course, is being together with the people you love most. Cherish this month with these incredible Portsmouth events — Travel + Leisure called us “Christmas Capitol of America” for good reason, after all!


It was such an a wonderful experience and an honor to renovate the Portsmouth Music Hall, and remains some of our favorite work to this day. Now, we can all revel in the warmth and beauty of this space with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s Family Holiday Pops! All of the holiday classics and spirit will be there December 22nd, and so should you. Tickets sell fast!

Step back in time and find the vintage holiday spirit of Christmas card illustrations by going on a candlelit amble past Portsmouth’s most historic, beautiful homes. With 350 years of stunning architecture and festivity, the Strawberry Banke’s Annual Candlelight Stroll in New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood keeps community at the heart. With horse-drawn carriages, traditional decorations, period music and homemade food, December 20th is a special night for the whole family.

Whether you’re a pro or learning alongside the kids, there is nothing so fun as grabbing some hot cocoa and hitting the ice! With reasonable rates, professionally maintained surfacing, and a gorgeous location set on old estate ground — and their own cafe serving delicious food, wine, and beer — skating at Puddle Dock Pond is a perfect activity for the whole family. There is no way you can miss out on such an enjoyable afternoon this holiday season.  Let’s hope the weather cooperates soon!

Already excited for the glitter and fun that is New Year’s Eve? Look no further than Market Square, where First Night Portsmouth is taking over for a fabulous, family-friendly event that spans many venues and tons of music.

And of course, the most wonderful, most magical magical place this time of year? Your own home, together with those you love best. Wherever you may be, we hope you find the time to support your local community while warming your own spirit this holiday season.