The Weekender, 24-27 November: Turkey Bowl, Small Business Saturday, Holiday Walk and more…

MANCHESTER, NH – Happy Thanksgiving! Take the time to celebrate everything you’re grateful for, enjoy delicious food, and plan your weekend! Small Business Saturday is a great way to support your local community and also take time to enjoy the start of the holiday celebrations! There’s something for everyone this weekend, take the time to slow down and enjoy the weekend, you deserve it.

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Multi-day events

November 19-27

Festival of the Trees, Concord NH Bektash Shriners of New Hampshire holds the 22nd Annual Bektash Festival of Trees from November 19-27, excluding Thanksgiving. Take your chance to take home one of the many creatively designed trees by purchasing raffle tickets. More information about this event and the details can be found here!

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25th to 27th November

Christmas at the Castle, Moultonborough NH – Castle in the Clouds will host again Christmas in the castle. Visit the historical Lucknow mansion all dressed for the holidays, shop for gifts from local vendors and more. Here you can buy your tickets for this multi-day event.


Thanksgiving Day 5K, Manchester NH- Dartmouth Health and NH Fisher cats will host theirs Thanksgiving 5K that benefits him NH Food Bank. This event begins at 9 a.m. and begins and ends at Center Field in the Delta Dental Stadium.

Turkey Bowl, Manchester NH- Central High School and Manchester Memorial High School will be mashing for Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl starting at 10:00 a.m. Come out and enjoy a local rivalry at Gil Stadium to start your turkey day.


A Very Krampus Christmas, Manchester NH- Soul and Shadow Emporium will be hosting FREE photos with Krampus on November 25th, December 3rd and December 8th. Come out on Friday from 12-3pm after Thanksgiving to ring in Christmas with a photo with Krampus, who is a popular Central European folk legend who “punishes” misbehaving children. More information about this event can be found here and the legend of Krampus.

A Forest of Lights, Quechee VT- Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences Treetop Walk and forest will be festive for the winter! The Forest Canopy Walk will be covered with thousands of lights where visitors are invited to walk through the forest full of lights. You can Buy your tickets here in advance participate in this event throughout the winter.

Trans Siberian Orchestra, Manchester NH- Trans-Siberian Orchestra hosts two shows at 3pm and 7.30pm SNHU Arena. you still can Buy your tickets here to enjoy The Ghosts of Christmas Eve!


Nashua’s 27th Annual Winter Vacation Walk – Nashua’s Winter Vacation Walk is back, shops and restaurants are open. The candlelight procession begins at 4:30 p.m The town hall, with tree lighting to kick off a night of entertainment from 5:45pm. Looks here for more information to this event and the walk card.

Make Your Own Gifts, Manchester NH- Studio 550 kicks off Small Business Saturday with a wide range of drop-in workshops. Prices for these workshops range from $15 to $35 each and all ages are invited to attend with the assistance of an adult. Look here to see the drop-in workshop stations and more information about this family fun event!

Small Business Saturday, Manchester NH- Manchester celebrates its small business world! Celebrate and support your local small businesses this Saturday in honor of Small Business Saturday. Check out the list of events and offers to support our local business community.

New England Premier Events Holiday Expo, Manchester NH- That New England Premier Events Holiday Expo takes place on DoubleTree by Hilton in Manchester to give you a head start on your Christmas shopping. There will be local businesses with shopping, demos, giveaways and more. You can buy your tickets here!

Trot from Your Turkey 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Amherst NH- In its 20th year, an Amherst tradition continues! This is a family friendly event with a 1 mile Family Fun Run and a 5K! You can Pre-register for the event here or come out early to check in on the day of.

Storytime & Craft, Manchester NH- That bookstore is hosting a Storytime & Craft at 11:30am. Bring your little ones to enjoy Little Good Wolf by Susan Stevens Crummel and create a wolf-themed craft. More information can be found here!


Auburn Tree Lighting, Auburn NH- Auburn Parks and Recreation will host theirs 4th Annual Tree Lights at Auburn Village School Start at 6 p.m. Visit Santa, countdown to light the tree, you might even catch a glimpse of the Grinch!

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2. December: midnight amusementEintracht NH

3rd of December: Manchester bank holiday parade and Santa ShuffleManchesterNH

10th of December: Holiday PopsManchesterNH

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