Concerts, Caroling, Holiday Movies & More: 19 Holiday Happenings In & Around The Upper Valley
Dec 07, 2018 02:58PM
● By Kevin
Caroling, Concerts, & the Arts
Christmas is a time for magic, wonder, and excitement! What better way to celebrate than with holiday music and local performances? Everyone in the family is sure to love these Christmas picks!
The crisp December air heralds the return of Clara’s Dream, a nutcracker story, to the Lebanon Opera House stage. New choreography lends fairytale magic to our version of The Nutcracker, a timeless classic that brings the season’s dreams to life. With ever-changing backdrops and costumes that shimmer with winter’s crystalline beauty, you will find your heart dancing with the City Center Ballet performers as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince overcome obstacles on their way to the Land of Sweets. It’s the perfect holiday entertainment for adults and children alike.
Nova Scotia’s powerhouse Còig presents an evening of fiery Celtic holiday tunes from their 2015 album Carols. Còig is one of today’s most exciting new North American Celtic groups. The members of Còig all have traditional roots, but each brings something more. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis is the most Cape Breton trad, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well. Còig’s music is a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players. It’s traditional, but it’s performed in non-traditional ways. With a combined total of over 30 group and solo awards and nominations, the four members of the band are already recognized as major stars of the Celtic world.
It’s holiday time during height of the Renaissance, and the vibrant city of Venice is bursting with excitement! East meets West in this maritime hub, where merchants and craftsmen ply their trade alongside some of the Old World’s finest artists and musicians. But as la Vigilia di Natale (Christmas Eve) approaches, the city administrator, the Doge, is too overwhelmed to feel the spirit. Will a tatty troupe of comedians, fresh off an unsuccessful European tour, succeed in changing his mind? Join Revels North for its 44th Christmas Revels, and celebrate the season with music, dance, and laughter.
A Baker’s Dream
One of our favorite parts about the holiday season is all of the delicious baked goods! We've got a list of spots that are helping you do it yourself this year, regardless if you want to learn solo or plan a fun outing for you and your friends and/or family.
Learn about how to work with chocolate including what is a ganache and how to temper chocolate so you can make luscious truffles. We will then get hands-on and make several flavors, a perfect assortment. These are a great gift that you can make ahead of time. Light refreshments will be served.
We all want health, wealth, and heaping gobs of good luck. But are we being overly superstitious by following rituals to ensure we have a prosperous New Year? Superstition or not, why hedge your bets? These rituals are not only fun, they're absolutely delicious! Come to learn a little lore, tasty recipes and start your New Year off right. Come ready to cook, eat and share your own stories.
All around the world Christmas is celebrated with traditional, festive baked goods. In this class, we’ll cover a wide variety of products from yeast breads to cookies and cakes. Bake with us, for this most wonderful time of the year!
Holiday Film Classics
It’s all good if you like cozying up in your pajamas with a cup of hot chocolate while enjoying your favorite holiday flicks, but it’s even better when you can get out and watch them in style. We’ve found a series of Christmas film showings that you won’t want to miss!
Part of Pentangle Arts' Wassail Weekend movie series. Dumped and depressed, English rose Iris (Kate Winslet) agrees to swap homes with similarly unlucky in love Californian Amanda (Cameron Diaz) for a much-needed break. Iris finds herself in a palatial Hollywood mansion while Amanda navigates the lanes of a picture-perfect English village. Soon enough, both lovelorn ladies bump into local lads perfect for a romantic pick-me-up. Also starring Jude Law, Jack Black, and Eli Wallach. Directed by Nancy Meyers.
Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black! Directed Michael Curtiz.
Festivals & Miscellaneous Holiday Cheer
Whether you’re looking for some festive places to shop before the holidays arrive or love enjoying holiday light displays, we’ve got you covered with a hodgepodge of activities happening throughout the month of December, including all things having to do with Christmas trees!
Get ready for Woodstock's 34th Annual Wassail Weekend! Filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, breakfast with Santa, and so much more, the town transforms into the holiday wonderland of your dreams, complete with sleigh bells during our Wassail Parade and holiday decorations at Billings Farm that harken back to historic 19th century charm. There's something for all ages throughout this festive holiday weekend
Experience the traditions of a 19th century Vermont Christmas. Visit the authentically decorated farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs; farm life exhibits, holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Don't miss a winter visit to the farm. Dec.26 -Jan 1.: horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (conditions permitting)
New Year’s Eve
Let’s not forget to end 2018 with a bang. If you’d like to end your year in style and kick off 2019 with lavish hors d’ouerves, a gala buffet dinner, and dancing, Lake Morey Resort is the place for you. Check out the details below.
Start the evening with a lavish hors d' oeuvres party followed by a gala buffet dinner, then get ready to dance the night away with the Boston based band "Party Factor". Party favors, champagne toast, and midnight snack buffet round out the evening. Sleep in New Years Day and enjoy the bloody mary mimosa brunch extravaganza.