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Candlelight Stroll Event at Strawberry Banke

34rd Annual Candlelight Stroll


Stroll through life in a simpler time as the history of American holiday traditions unfolds around you. Bring the whole family for a wholesome stroll through the sights, sounds, & smells of New England's favorite holiday season.

Tickets are $22 for adults. Kids 5-17: $12. Kids 4 & under: FREE. Family rate (2 adults and your children ages 17 and under): $50. Corporate and group rates available. Group minimum is 10 people.

If you've never been to this, it's a lovely holiday experience with much more than what is listed above.


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  • Julie F

    Thanks for the laugh, Bob!!

    December 16, 2013

  • MMTfyi

    What a lovely evening - the snow made it magical - thanks everyone and especially to Gretchen for orgainizing! Merry Christmas!

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always fun and enlightening. The snow just added to the holiday spirit.

    December 15, 2013

  • Julie F

    I had a wonderful time! It was fun with a nice group of people, many I met for the first time. I was very impressed with the hard work that went into decorating Strawberry Banke and putting on the various events. The light snow made it perfect and all the more festive. Gretchen, once again thank you for ALL you did to organize this.

    December 15, 2013

  • Larry

    I missed the main group but thankfully Jodi and Marcy rescued me! :-)

    December 14, 2013

    • Jodi N.

      Good hanging with you tonight - think we shared our fair share of laughs!

      1 · December 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glad we ran into you Larry, we made our own lively group!

      1 · December 14, 2013

  • aRLENE T.

    Very Festive! Very cold and snowy! Educational, great group of people, even if we did lose each other!
    The River House was very nice. Lots of fun in Portsmouth tonight!

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful evening ESP with the snow! Enjoyed the chowder. Hope to meet you all again soon!

    December 14, 2013

  • Erin

    Any suggestions on Parking?

    December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Larry.

      December 13, 2013

    • Larry

      You're welcome!

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Before I had my knee surgery, I used to just park in the garage, especially as most of us are getting there early to go to The River House at 4pm. I may use my handicap placard as this bitter cold has made my knee a bit more tender again. Nothing is a far walk.

    December 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Keep checking the weather. Possibly snow now, but that doesn't stop us, does it? Looking forward to seeing and meeting all of you.

    December 12, 2013

    • Larry

      Actually, I think it would be quite nice if there was alight snow falling during the walk! :-)

      December 12, 2013

    • Tina B.

      unless it's a blizzard, I'll be there. Agree with Larry.... it will just add the holiday spirit

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Erin

    I'll be at both!

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a note for those who have never done the Candlelight Stroll: you are not outside the whole time and there's hot cider, etc. It will actually be warmer Saturday night than the next 3 nights. If you don't want to endure any cold, then just meet us at The River House at 4pm for holiday sendoffs!

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    JOHANNA W: I CANNOT RESPOND TO YOUR QUESTION AS YOU HAVE BLOCKED EMAILS AND GREETINGS ON YOUR PERSONAL PAGE.

    December 10, 2013

    • Laura

      Ty for letting me know that, will try to figure out how to change that

      December 10, 2013

  • Tina B.

    I am really looking forward to my first Meetup! Do I buy my tix at the door on Saturday?

    December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes. Shoot me a private email.

      December 10, 2013

  • Bob L.

    Put me down for the River House.

    December 9, 2013

  • Jodi N.

    I have to bow iout of the Riverhouse - see you at the stroll!

    December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have to bow out of dinner too.

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will join you at the river house as well. Got my ticket on line. Thanks!

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The forecast has stopped showing snow for our date and it will be average temps for this time of year, meaning dress warmly. Read on: the first four people who contact me BY EMAIL can ride in my car from The River House to Strawberry Banke as I have handicap placard. : D

    December 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we pay someone ahead of time for this event and is it still open? I just signed up with this group and would love to attend.

    November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gretchen, Just wondering if all the discounted tickets are gone? Thanks, Donna

    November 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Are you joining us at the River House at 4pm beforehand?

      November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, we won't be joining you at the River House. Thanks!

      November 29, 2013

  • eva

    Gretchen I will be joining you dinner and stroll.

    November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      : D

      November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ALSO, RESERVED FOR 15 AT THE RIVER HOUSE AT 4PM. THEY CAN ADJUST A BIT UP OR DOWN....

    November 21, 2013

  • Julie F

    Gretchen, I just signed up. Do I get my ticket through you and send you a check or when I get there?

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You may send a check to me. Write to my email and I'll give you my address, OK?

      November 3, 2013

  • Julie F

    PS: I 'd like to join you at The River House if you can please please squeeze me in :) :)

    November 3, 2013

  • Erin

    Did you get my check? I mailed it 4 days ago. Erin

    November 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes and THANK YOU.

      November 3, 2013

    • Erin

      Awesome Can't wait!

      November 3, 2013

  • Ray C.

    River House sounds great! Thanks for setting it up.

    October 26, 2013

  • Erin

    I would like to meet at the River House. I will also be mailing my check this weekend!

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are 4 of you who haven't answered one way or the other about meeting with the rest of us at 4pm at The River House for a warm drink and chowder. If you know your decision, please let me know. I'll make reservations accordingly.

    October 25, 2013

    • Laurie

      So sorry...totally missed that comment. I would love to join you all!

      October 25, 2013

  • Ray C.

    Gretchen, assume you got my check. Thanks for getting tickets. Any response to your message, it might have another meetup, regarding getting a group together and meet at the Portsmouth Halloween Parade on 10/31?

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Your ticket has been mailed to you; Wells is a little slow.

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, I bought the tickets 8 days ago with my own check and only 3 of you have paid for your ticket. PLEASE send soon. I have surgery 11/4 and won't be able to get to the bank for quite awhile after that. AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO INCLUDE A SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE. Thanks.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was able to get 15 tickets at the discount rate of $17 (instead of $22) so please email me for personal info as to my address and details for how to get your ticket. Yes, there are more than 15 signed up, but typically there are a lot of no-shows.

    October 12, 2013

  • Ray C.

    Sounds great. Have you ordered group tickets yet?

    October 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I left a message with the man in charge of this and have not heard back. Will try again tomorrow. I'm glad we're getting such a good response.

      October 10, 2013

    • Ray C.

      Thanks for your work on this.

      October 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, with 15 I think I can order group rate tickets for Strawberry Banke. If so, would you be willing to drop me a check after I get billed for the tix?

    August 29, 2013

    • Jodi N.

      I am a member....will get my own ticket! Thanks for hosting! :)

      August 30, 2013

    • Jodi N.

      Gretchen, if you haven't already ordered the group tickets - count me in....will make life easier! And yes, I can send you a check! :)

      September 2, 2013

  • Jodi N.

    I would love to join everyone at the River House!

    September 2, 2013

  • Erin

    I'll sent a check too but I need the address and amount. River house before sound great...never been there!

    September 1, 2013

  • Irene

    River house is great. Count me in too.

    August 21, 2013

  • Erin

    I will go too

    August 21, 2013

  • Barbara P

    I will go the River House

    August 21, 2013

  • eva

    I will go to the river house to

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, I can't figure out how to see if anyone wants to go to the River House before the event for hot seafood chowder and a drink. So...please put that in your comments when you RSVP. Hoping to get over 10 so I can call for tix at a group rate and then be reimbursed.

    August 20, 2013

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