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New Hampshire—the state that not only boasts perfect Christmas weather most years but also plenty of amazing light displays and attractions all over the state. New England Christmas traditions are indeed special. Visit a Christmas-themed amusement park, beautiful Hudson Gardens or New Hampshire Motor Speedway to discover the magic of holiday lights and music.
La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights at Shrine of Our Lady-La Salette, Enfield (November 26, 2020–January 3, 2021)
La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights annually lights up the skies in scenic Enfield, New Hampshire. The festival runs from late November through early January. Thousands of families visit the local La Salette Shrine to see a twenty-acre (8-ha) hillside glowing with tens of thousands of multi-colored lights. You will also find hundreds of nativity scenes among the decorations. Give yourself at least an hour to explore them all. This spectacular display has been around since 195 and is one of the oldest in the state. Special events include workshops for children, visits with Santa, and other activities.
Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon (November 26, 2020–January 3, 2021)
Gift of Lights is the annual festival at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon when instead of roaring cars it features over 2.5 million twinkly lights. The festival, presented by Eastern Propane & Oil, opens on Thanksgiving Day and lasts through early January. The main attraction of the 2.5-mile (4-km) drive-through is the impressive Tunnel of Lights. Overall, there are 520 displays and 80 different scenes at the Speedway. There is also s’mores pit, hosted by the Loudon Firefighters Association on Friday and Saturday nights. Santa is usually available in the NHMS Main office for pictures with children on certain days; but due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year he is quarantining in the North Pole.
Merrimack Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery (November–December, dates TBA)
Experience the Christmas magic of more than a million twinkling lights at Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Merrimack Brewery Lights is the annual holiday event that runs from mid-November through December. The brewery transforms into a winter wonderland promising a remarkable holiday experience to its guests. There is entertainment for everyone, including a Kids Zone. For adults, there is Brewery Lights Frosty Tour with beer sampling directly from a beer tank. An Igloo Package also includes eating in an illuminated igloo beneath the twinkling lights while enjoying beers, appetizers, and sweets.
Santa's Village, Jefferson (until October 25, 2020)
There is no better place to experience the magic of Christmas than Santa's Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire. A Christmas-themed children amusement park features twenty-three winter and holiday-themed rides, such as "Rudy's Rapid Transit Coaster" or "The Great Humbug Adventure". One of the main attractions of the park is Santa’s Christmas Light Show that combines light extravaganza with exciting music. The lights' effects are amazing. The show takes place on Main Street in the village beginning at dusk.