Can’t-Miss Christmas Light Displays in NH
It’s that time of year again, the lights have been strung, the carols will be sung, and Christmas is right around the corner. After such a trying couple of years, Christmas offers us a beacon of light, both figuratively and literally, as we tread into a new year. The days might be shorter, but the lights adorning our neighborhood front yards are sure to brighten up the holiday season and the shrinking hours of daylight.
While you still have the chance, take your friends and family on a Christmas lights tour across NH! Listed below are some of the most iconic light displays, magical enough to melt the Scrooge in any Christmas Grinch.
When: Annual festival running Thursday, November 25, 2021, until Sunday, January 2, 2022 (4:30-9 pm Sundays-Thursdays and 4:30-10 pm Fridays & Saturdays).
Location: 1122 NH-106, Loudon, NH 03307
Description: NH Motor Speedway brings a whole other dimension of excitement to its guests during the holiday season. Featuring 520 displays, 80 different Christmas scenes, and over 3.5 million lights, the Gift of Lights Fest offers its visitors a Christmas memory to last a lifetime. Make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and snuggle up in your car for the dazzling 2.5-mile drive-thru light tunnel. After the light tour is complete, enjoy a s’more at the fire pit, hosted by the Loudon Firefighters on Friday and Saturday nights. Also, be sure to check NH Motor Speedway’s calendar to take advantage of the event’s themed nights, like Ugly Sweater Night, PJ night, and Military Night. Tickets are on sale now: $35 per car-load and $60 per limo/bus. Click here to purchase your tickets.
When: Wednesday through Sunday between 5-9 pm from Thanksgiving Day until January 2, 2022.
Location: 410 NH-4A, Enfield, NH 03748
Description: This annual festival has brought in thousands of visitors from across the region to witness its dazzling outdoor light display, featuring life-sized nativity scenes adorning the shrine’s 20 acres of land. This year’s theme is “Mary Uniting All Cultures” which celebrates Mary as the Mother of God, as well as the 175th anniversary of her appearance as an apparition before shepherd children in the French Alps circa 1847. According to Father John Sullivan, one of the event’s coordinators, “It takes two to three months of work with a maintenance person and an electrician working the last few weeks to plug things in and put them in order.” Come enjoy this beautiful light spectacle, and don’t forget to grab a hot chocolate, cider, coffee or tea served in the onsite cafeteria.
When: During the Christmas season, this show takes place on Main Street, three times each hour, beginning at dusk!
Location: Santa’s Village, 528 Presidential Hwy, Jefferson, NH 03583
Description: As part of the admission into this holiday-themed amusement park, visitors will have the opportunity to watch a light show choreographed and synced with classic Christmas tunes. This light show happens all year round; however, the most celebrated time to visit is during the park’s November and December months, where the event is held outside. From May to October, the event is held indoors at the park’s Polar Theater.
When: Various dates from November 18, 2021, through February 26, 2022, between 4:30-9 pm. Check the schedule here.
Location: The Links at LaBelle Winery, 14 Route 111, Derry
Description: This walking light tour is located along the golf course at LaBelle Winery and is designed for guests of all ages to enjoy. The walk takes about 15-20 minutes along a paved walking path and features 15 light displays, including meteor lights, a spritzer tunnel, large gift boxes, light tunnels, and carpet lights. Tickets to LaBelle Lights are $15 and will be available for purchase onsite at LaBelle Market or online via Eventbrite or LaBelle Winery’s website. Don’t miss the themed nights, including “Ugly Holiday Sweater Night” on December 17; “Fire and Ice” January 13-15; and a Valentine-themed event February 10-14.
When: Saturdays in December from 5-9 pm, and Sundays in December from 4-8 pm.
Location: 14 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Strawbery Banke’s annual Candlelight Stroll on NH’s stunning seacoast presents hundreds of candle lanterns, “setting the open-air museum aglow, lining paths that wind through the museum’s festively decorated historic homes”. Visit Strawbery Banke to get a taste of Christmas past, with holiday carols, an outdoor bonfire, and homes furnished with authentic memorabilia from colonial settlers. Finally, listen to the costumed roleplayers regale you with tales of past holiday traditions. Volunteers are also needed to host this event. Prices vary depending on age. See website for details.
Legendary Neighborhood Tours
Finally, the local light tours that we all know and love. Is there anything more nostalgic than meandering through nearby neighborhoods, becoming entranced by the light fixtures and wintry spectacles, just as impressive now as they were during childhood? I don’t know what’s more astonishing, the actual light displays, or the thought that someone had the resolve to string them up. As you know from your neighborhood Christmas Connoisseurs, outdoor decorating is not for the faint-hearted. But just like athletes need their fans, spectacles need their spectators and there has been no shortage of visitors traveling from near and far to bear witness to the neighborhood displays featured below.
Bedford’s Jobin Christmas Lights
Visit 8 Stephen Dr. in Bedford to check out this property, boasting over 100,000 lights and decorations. Check out their Facebook for updates.
Epping’s Lamprey Village Christmas Lights
In Epping, drive through Lamprey Village Drive to see this terrific spectacle, beginning shortly after Thanksgiving and running throughout the Christmas season. Inquire about the address and event updates on Facebook.
Fremont’s The Daly Family’s Festival of Lights
Come and view this spectacular light display, synced up with 26 minutes of festive music. Located at 51 Pond Ln., Fremont. See Facebook for more information.
Goffstown’s Callaway Christmas Light Show
In Goffstown, drive-by 15 Pasture Dr. Tune your radio to 88.1 FM once you arrive outside the property to listen to their curated music playlist. You can find updates on Facebook.
Hudson’s Hudson NH Christmas
In Hudson, drive-by 75 Pelham Rd to check out this extravagant light display, lit between 4:30 and 9 pm every night. Tune your Radio 87.9 FM to hear their corresponding music feature. You can find updates on their Facebook linked here.
Londonderry’s Christmas in the Kings
Located at 3 King Edward Dr., Londonderry, this animated Christmas spectacle is set to 30 minutes of festive music. Visit between the hours of 4:30 and 11 pm. See Facebook for more updates.
Londonderry’s An Otterson Christmas
Visit 37 Otterson Rd. in Londonderry to see this synchronized light show from 4:30-10:30 pm every night. Check out their Facebook for updates.
Nashua’s Whitney & Nic’s Winter WonderLand
Located at 13 Countryside Dr. in Nashua, this festive show lights up the neighborhood from 4:30-10 pm. Tune your radio station to the sign listed onsite to indulge in the complete Christmas experience. Check them out on Facebook for more information.
Manchester’s Lights on Legacy Drive
Visit 75 Legacy Dr. in Manchester to see this festive display starting on December first and running each night from 5:30-10 pm thereafter. Check out Facebook for more updates.
Manchester’s Holt Family Christmas
Don’t miss out on one of Manchester’s most esteemed light displays at 118 Marathon Way, running from 5-8 pm each night. This year’s theme celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Once you’ve arrived outside, Tune to 88.1 FM to hear their music feature. Check out their Facebook for updates.
Manchester’s Belgrade Street Christmas
This show is taking a break in 2021, but they plan to bring it back next year. Check out their Facebook to stay up to date with their schedule.