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Little holiday cheers
Festive events for the kids

11/23/17
By Ethan Hogan



 Find holiday entertainment for the kids at these storytimes, craft workshops, Christmas parties and movie screenings.

 
• Santa is coming to town at Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (2 Commerce Drive, Hooksett) through Sunday, Dec. 24. with kids’ crafts, games, activities and a free photo with Santa. Visit facebook.com/bassproshopshooksettnh.
• Join the Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) for holiday stories every Monday at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. starting Monday, Nov. 27, with the last session on Friday, Dec. 15. The stories are for ages 3 to 6 and there will be songs and crafts included. Admission is free but pre-registration is required at whipplefreelibrary.org. Call 487-3391.
• Learn to make pom-pom ornaments at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store (80 Storrs St., Suite 5, Concord) on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. The kids’ class will teach participants how to make ornaments using a pom-pom maker and acrylic paint. The cost to attend is $35 plus materials. Visit joann.com.
• The Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., Goffstown) will be hosting preschool holiday movies with a screening of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m.; Frosty’s Winter Wonderland on Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m., and ’Twas the Night before Christmas Friday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m. with. No registration required. Visit goffstownlibrary.com or call 497-2102.
• Visit Barnes & Noble in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) or Salem (125 S. Broadway) for their annual Polar Express storytime on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. Bring your pajamas and enjoy a storytime with the beloved classic The Polar Express and enjoy coloring and activities afterward. Visit barnsandnoble.com or call your local store.
• The TRIP Center (12 Rowell Drive, Franklin) will host Santa & His Workshop, a program with games and fun for everyone, including photos with Santa, on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Admission is free and registration is not required. Visit franklinnh.org/parks-recreation or call 934-2118.
• Santa Land will return to the Gilford Youth Center (19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford) for two days on Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 7 :30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. The free event features games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, face painting, bounce houses and visits from Santa Claus. Visit gilfordyouthcenter.com or call 524-6978.
• The Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) will be getting a visit from Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The visit will include pictures with Santa, crafts, and milk and cookies. Visit rodgerslibrary.org or call 886-6030.
• Join the Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount Saint Mary’s Way, Hooksett) on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for their Santa party with holiday themed games and crafts, and pictures with Santa. Pictures can be printed for $1. No registration necessary. Visit hooksettlibrary.org or call 485-6092.
• Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) and Salem (125 S. Broadway) will be hosting a How the Grinch Stole Christmas storytime on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m. After the reading there will be holiday activities. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store.
• Join St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kinsley St., Nashua) for their Jolly Holiday Christmas event on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon for a morning of festive live music, make-your-own crafts and ornaments, face painting, cookie frosting, games and refreshments in the decorated atrium. Get a free picture with Santa. Visit facebook.com/stjoesnh or call 882-3000.
• Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) for their Jingle Bell Express on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 9, with sessions at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days. The Jingle Bell Express will take guests on C&J’s double-decker bus to the Cochecho Country Club to hear a reading of the classic children’s holiday story The Polar Express. Cost is $25 per person and children under 2 are free. The price includes a family keepsake photo and time to explore the Children’s Museum and make a holiday craft. Space is limited. Register at childrens-museum.org or call 742-2002.
• If you have ever dreamed about being one of Santa’s elves, join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) for its annual elf training program on Thursday, Dec. 7. There will be three separate elf training programs from 1 to 2 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Elves in training will make special elf hats, create ornaments, decorate cookies, sing songs, and play reindeer games. Pre-registration is required. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140.
• The Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst) is hosting a gingerbread house workshop on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to learn how to construct a graham cracker house for the holidays. Frosting, graham crackers and music will be provided but families bring their own candy to decorate. Registration is required at amherstlibrary.org or call 673-2288.
• Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) and Salem (125 S. Broadway) will be hosting a storytime for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Big Golden Book Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. The story follows Olaf, Anna, Kristoff and Elsa from Disney’s film Frozen through a frozen adventure to find the best holiday traditions. After the reading there will be holiday activities. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store.
• Join the Friends of Griffin Free Public Library for their Santa Breakfast at the Auburn Village School (11 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn) on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be a pancake breakfast with coffee and at 8:30 a.m. Santa will arrive on a fire truck. Families can get their picture taken with Santa and enter the raffle to win prizes. Raffle tickets are $3 apiece or two tickets for $5. Cost for admission is $6 for adults, $3 for kids, free for children under 3.  Visit griffinfree.org or call 483-5374.
• The Manchester City Library West Branch (76 N. Main St., Manchester) will be hosting a Polar Express party for grades 1 through 5 on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. featuring a story, crafts and snacking fun. Registration is required. Visit manchesterlibrary.org or call 624-6560.
• The Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead) invites children in preschool through eighth grade and their families to spin the dreidel on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. Families will learn the traditional Hanukkah game of dreidel along with the fast paced version, speed dreidel. Winners get a chocolate gelt. No registration required. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411.
• Join the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., Goffstown) for their kids’ holiday celebration on Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Kids up through kindergarten are invited to celebrate the holidays with crafts and magical reindeer food as they listen to stories. Registration is required at goffstownlibrary.com or call 497-2102.
• Join the Griffin Free Public Library (22 Hooksett Road, Auburn) for a storytime with Santa on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. No registration required. Visit griffinfree.org or call 483-5374.
• Join the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) for storytime and photos with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Santa will read a story to the kids and have a treat for everyone. Stay for cookies and holiday music. Regular museum admission of $5 applies but members and children under 12 receive free admission. Visit nhahs.org or call 669-4820.
• The Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) and Salem (125 S. Broadway) are hosting a River Rose and the Magical Christmas storytime on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Follow River Rose on Christmas Eve as she stays up all night to hand-deliver a note to Santa. After the storytime there will be holiday activities and crafts. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store.
• Visit the Hampstead Public Library (9 Mark E. Clarke Drive, Hampstead) for holiday bedtime stories on Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. Children of all ages and their families are invited to wear their favorite pajamas, make a craft, sing songs and listen to holiday stories from different cultures. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411.
• The Barnes & Noble stores in Nashua (235 Daniel Webster Highway), Manchester (1741 S. Willow St.) and Salem (125 S. Broadway) are hosting a Santa’s Magic Key storytime on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. The story follows a boy who realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney for Santa to use. He thinks Santa won’t be able to deliver presents until the boy finds a magic key. Visit barnesandnoble.com or call your local store.
• Join the Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) for their Noon Year’s Eve Party on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Instead of staying up all night, ring in the new year at the library at noon with a dance party and balloon drop. No registration required. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140.
• The Hampstead Public Library (9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead) is having its New Year’s at Noon celebration on Saturday, Dec. 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit hampsteadlibrary.org or call 329-6411. 





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