Nine Must Do Holiday Experiences in the White Mountains
It is the most wonderful time of the year... frosty air and holiday cheer are settling over the White Mountains, where seasonal attractions and businesses are ready to welcome visitors with festive events and activities.
Christmastime at Santa's Village
Santa Claus is not too busy to miss spending weekends at Santa’s Village in Jefferson. Through Dec. 18, the Jolly Old Elf welcomes good little boys and girls to this venerable attraction. Lit up with half a million lights, this is the place to enjoy rides. pet reindeer and tell Santa what’s on your Christmas list.
Take a Train Ride with Santa
What child doesn’t love a train ride through a winter wonderland? Start with the Mount Washington Cog Railway in Bretton Woods Nov. 25-27. Passengers join Santa and Mrs. Claus on a ride up New England’s tallest mountain. Dress warm and bring a camera.
The Conway Scenic Railroad offers two excursions on holiday season weekends. Journey to the North Pole is a magical ride to the North Pole late afternoon and evenings, while daytime rides aboard the Santa’s Holiday Express features Santa and his mischievous elves share hot chocolate and cookies up until Dec. 23. Old-fashioned train rides are offered twice a day Dec. 26 - Jan. 1.
Catch the Santa Express at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln every weekend through Dec. 18. Enjoy hot chocolate, holiday cookies and for each child, a free gift from Santa, on a ride winding through the woods and along the Pemigewasset River.
Cut your own Christmas Tree
For an old fashioned Christmas wrapped in evergreen boughs, plan a visit to The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. Bring the family to pick out the perfect tree to bring home, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, visit Father Christmas and make memories you’ll recall every year.
Cutting your own Christmas tree can be an enjoyable adventure for the entire family and you may want to consider a visit to the White Mountains National Forest . A Christmas tree permit can be purchased for $5 .
If skiing is your passion, pack the skis. Ski areas are making snow and opening Thanksgiving week. Check the list of opening dates here.
Experience the uncommon
It is one of a kind winter adventure at Alpine Adventures. Zipline through snow covered trees or ride through a winter wonderland forest on a Off-Road Adventure Tour. Adventure abounds for all adrenaline seekers.
Tis the season for Shopping
Bring your holiday list with you on your visit to the White Mountains, where Shopping is Tax Free , from the outlets in North Conway to unique shops and country stores throughout the region.
Holiday Magic in Live Theatre
It just isn’t the holidays without the dancing snowflakes, singing carolers, shepards and the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Jeans Playhouse .
A Homestead Christmas
Step into the holiday season by stepping back in time in historic Tamworth Village and make the Remick Museum and Farm's seasonal tradition a part of yours!
From christmas tree lightings, visits from Santa, parades and sleigh rides, holiday traditions abound in several communties in the White Mountains.