Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry Banke
Every year since 1979, Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke has captured 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the museumís historic houses.
Take a festive candlelight stroll through the museum grounds passing by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past; including the Shapiro family preparing for Hanukkah in 1919, the Goodwin family perparing for a Victorian Christmas and the Abbotts who waited for news of their soldier fighting in WWII.
Get in the holiday spirit with the hundreds of glowing candle lanterns and house doors and railings adorned with handmade decorations.
Visitors call on the many families who once lived in the Puddle Dock neighborhood including the Shapiro family as they prepare for a Hanukkah Celebration in 1919, The Goodwin family and servants as they prepare for a Victorian Christmas, as well as the Rider-Wood family as they celebrate both Christmas and the recent marriage of Mary Rider's niece Betsey.
Strawbery Banke Museumís furnished historic houses are adorned with handmade decorations created from greens and dried flowers from the Museumís heirloom gardens.
While traveling from house to historic house, the glow of hundreds of lighted candle lanterns light the way and guests enjoy seasonal greetings from costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past.
The historic houses are open for touring during Candlelight Stroll. Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience at Pickwick's at the Banke, the Museum store.
Strawbery Bankeís Candlelight Stroll is an anchor for the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, along with The Music Hall, Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, and the City of Portsmouth. Come to Candlelight Stroll and see why Travel + Leisure magazine calls Portsmouth ďthe Christmas capital of North America.Ē
Fridays, December 8 & 15, 2023, 5-9 PM
Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2023, 5-9 PM
Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2023, 4-8 PM
This year's event is expected to sell out in advance. Avoid missing out and purchase tickets online in advance. Check back for more information. Museum Members*: free or discounted admission based on membership level Adults: $20 Children (ages 5-17): $10 Children (under 5): free, ticket required Active Duty Military Families. Veterans**: free, ticket required
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH, 03801 map
I-95 to exit 3. Market Street to Deer St to Middle. Left on State St. Right on Pleasant St. Left on Hancock St.
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