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33rd Annual Candlelight Stroll


33rd Annual Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum Lights Up Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Holiday Celebration.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire (December 9, 2012) – Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke Museum, now in its 33rd year, offers visitors a glimpse into an authentic “Winter’s Eve on Puddle Dock.”

The experience that is one of New Hampshire’s most-treasured holiday events is a family tradition for many who return year after year to savor what’s new as well as their favorite details.

Families are drawn to the magic of an authentic “old-time” Christmas, when night watchmen walked and cheery bonfires warmed passersby. Visitors travel in a horse-drawn carriage along the lanes lit with real candle lanterns. The historic houses are decorated to their eras with fresh greens and dried herbs and flowers collected from the Museum gardens. Music accents Candlelight Stroll in multiple ways: an 18th century harpsichord in Chase House, folk music in the Cider Shed, carolers strolling the 10-acre grounds or gathering by the bonfire and a pianist presenting holiday favorites in the Visitor Center for visitors admiring the Gingerbread House Contest display.

The most popular feature of Candlelight Stroll are the role-players celebrating the holidays. Mrs. Goodwin welcomes callers to her lavishly decorated Victorian mansion. Mrs. Shapiro prepares potato latkes and applesauce for Hannukah in her 1919 kitchen. Mrs. Abbott sells penny candy in the 1940s Abbott Store. Museum volunteers and junior role-players help depict thein their “Winter’s Eve” houses while craftsmen demonstrate tinsmith, coopering and hearth-cooking in different locations around the site.

33rd Annual Candlelight Stroll TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

$2 discount for tickets purchased in advance, November 1-30. Click here ( to purchase tickets online.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children 5-17 and free to children under 5. Tickets are available on the Museum website starting November 1. There is a $2 per ticket discount for tickets purchased between November 1 and November 30. Tickets may also be purchased in the Strawbery Banke Museum Store, open daily 10-4. Free parking and free admission at all times for the Museum Store.

Buy your ticket now! Meetup location will be announced soon!