Village Green, Woodstock, VT
Wassail Weekend is a celebration of the sights, sounds, and spirit of Christmas in a beautiful Vermont village at many events, including Christmas story readings and a town bonfire. The parade on Saturday at 2 p.m. is unlike any other parade you’ve seen: horseback riders and carriages, all in fancy Victorian regalia. Map.
Many locations in Portsmouth, NH
Nov. 30-Dec. 29
Portsmouth Christmas Tree Lighting & Illuminated Holiday Parade is December 7. Excitement builds with the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree. “Elf The Musical” is playing at the intimate Music Hall. Strawbery Banke hosts a candlelight stroll with costumed role players. Portsmouth Pro Musica performance on December 8 presents Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Map.
The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House, Newport, RI
Daily; see website for specific events
The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be lavishly decorated and open daily for tours. Santa will visit Marble House on December 9. (He visits other houses on coming weekends.) During Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions, enjoy holiday music and light refreshments (many dates; see website). Map.
Olde Mistick Village and Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT
Walk through a winter wonderland, where 6,000 luminaries light the walkways of Olde Mistick Village and adjacent Mystic Aquarium. Taste free treats in the Meeting House and listen to holiday songs. Enjoy lots of outdoor entertainment. Mystic Aquarium also will have activities this night, including a snorkeling Santa. The Village is a fun place to shop or score gift-giving ideas. Map.
The Rocks, Bethlehem, NH
Daily; Santa visits on Saturday
Choose and buy your Christmas tree and wreath and enjoy the cheerful bustle at two gift shops on this historic estate. Horse-drawn wagon around the property are offered 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on. Hot drinks and foods for sale. Map.
Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT
Let’s get … cranky!! To visualize Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit (with a trademark Chihuahua named Mr. Piffles) performing jaw-dropping magic tricks. Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2, London and Sydney Opera house. Map.