Best time to go to New Hampshire

Christmas Lights 2020-2021

The oldest, largest and brightest light displays in the state


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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-hectare) 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 1954, and is one of the oldest in the state. Special events include workshops for children, visits with Santa, and other activities.

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights 2020
La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights
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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.

Christmastime at Santa's Village, Jefferson (November–December, dates TBA)

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 of the village beginning at dusk.

Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon (November–January, dates TBA)

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 eighty different scenes at the Speedway. There is also s’mores pit, hosted by the Loudon Firefighters Association on Friday and Saturday nights. Santa will be available in the NHMS Main office for pictures with children on certain days.