So Much Holiday Fun: Big screen holiday

Catch your favorite holiday films at a theater

See holiday classics like Elf, The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life and more on the big screen at these local film events.

• Regal Fox Run(45 Gosling Road in Newington; regmovies.com) is showing a series of classic holiday films, including The Polar Express (G, 2004) on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m.; Gremlins ( PG, 1984) on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.; Elf (PG, 2003) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m.; and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13, 1989) on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

• Chunky’s Cinema Pub (707 Huse Road, Manchester; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, chunkys.com) has several holiday-themed events on the schedule. On Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., Chunky’s Manchester will host a 21+ Die Hard-themed trivia night (It’s a Christmas movie! Debate settled!). For this and other trivia nights, purchase a $5 food voucher to reserve a spot.

Also on Thursday, Dec. 2, at all Chunky’s, catch the 21+ “Christmas Vacation Ugly Sweater Party” starting at 7 p.m. in Manchester and Pelham and 8 p.m. in Nashua. The PG-13 1989 movie will screen during the event, where people who wear ugly Christmas sweaters get extra prizes. Tickets cost $5.99. Take notes — there will be a 21+ Christmas Vacation trivia night on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Manchester.

There are also two Elf (PG, 2003) screenings on the schedule. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, catch a family-friendly screening at all three locations — 6 p.m. in Manchester and 7 p.m. in Pelham and Nashua. On Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at all three locations there will be a 21+ Elf screening.

On Thursday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Manchester, it’s a 21+ Home Alone-themed trivia night.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon, 3:15 and 6:30 p.m., all three locations will hold screenings of The Polar Express (G, 2004). Tickets cost $5.99.

All three locations will screen It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5.99.

After multiple TV viewings of A Christmas Story, bring your knowledge of Ralphie and his desire for a Red Ryder BB Gun to the 21+ trivia night on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

• The Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; 225-1111, ccanh.com) presents an evening with Chevy Chase including a screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13, 1989) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50.

• The Park Theatre (19 Main St. in Jaffrey; theparktheatre.org) will have a free screening of The Polar Express (G, 2004) on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. Admission is free but go online to get tickets. Have a photo taken with Santa and Elves in the lobby.

• The Strand (20 Third St. in Dover; 343-1899, thestranddover.com) hosts its Christmas Break on a Budget event on Saturday, Dec. 18, starting at noon, featuring a screening of Elf (2003, PG) plus family activities and a story time. Tickets cost $8 per person or $20 for a family of four.

• Catch a screening of a broadcast presentation of The Bolshoi Ballet — The Nutcracker on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 12:55 p.m. at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; 225-1111, banknhstage.com). Tickets cost $15.

• The Music Hall will show a series of holiday movies during Christmas week at its Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), including White Christmas (1954) on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m.; Love Actually (R, 2003) on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m.; It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) on Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 3 and 7 p.m.; The Grinch (2018, PG) on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m.; and Last Christmas (2019, PG-13) on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors age 60 and up, students, military and first responders. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400.

• The Senior Movie Mornings Series at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) presents White Christmas(1954) on Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $10. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

Featured photo: Elf. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: Holiday art for all

Meet the artists and snag some gifts

Find festive art and unique handmade gifts by local artists and craftspeople at these holiday art shows and sales.

• The annual holiday showcase at Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen), “Sleighbell Studio, is open now through Dec. 18, featuring a wide selection of fine art, jewelry, cards, books, honeys, soaps and more, all locally made and priced affordably for gift buying. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com or call 975-0015.

• “Small Works —Big Impact, the annual holiday exhibit at Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford), is going on now through Dec. 31, in person at the gallery and virtually on the gallery’s website (creativeventuresfineart.com/product-category/small-works-show). The exhibit features non-juried small works of art in a variety of media and styles, created by area professional and nonprofessional artists, priced affordably for holiday gift buying. Visit creativeventuresfineart.com or call 672-2500.

• The Seacoast Artist Association has its holiday exhibit, “Big Gifts in Small Packages, up at its gallery (130 Water St., Exeter) now through Jan. 7, featuring a variety of small works of art priced under $100 for gift buying. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Visit seacoastartist.org or call 778-8856.

• Two Villages Art Society (46 Main St., Contoocook) will have its Holiday Art Show and Sale from Nov. 26 through Dec. 23, featuring handmade gifts by more than 30 local artists, including paintings, pottery, mixed media, photography, fabric art and more. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. Visit twovillagesart.org.

The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Holiday Fair will run from Nov. 26 through Dec. 23, with in-person shopping at the historic Kendall House (3A Meetinghouse Road, Bedford), open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and an online shop. The fair will feature seasonal decor, photography, fine art and prints, cards, gourmet treats, woodworking, fiber and fabric, stained and fused glass, mixed media, jewelry and more by juried local artists and craftspeople. Visit craftworkersguild.org.

Craft Workshops
• Muse Paintbar (42 Hanover St., Manchester) is offering family-friendly and paint-and-sip painting classes with a variety of winter and holiday themes now through December. The cost ranges from $20 to $45, depending on the class. Visit musepaintbar.com to see the full schedule and book a class.
• AR Workshop Manchester (875 Elm St., Manchester) is hosting a series of family-friendly Cocoa, Cookies & Crafts DIY workshop sessions, where participants can paint their own wooden ornaments. Session dates are Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Dec. 5, with start times at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The cost is $29.50 for a pack of six ornaments. Registration is required. Call 573-9662 or visit arworkshop.com/manchester.
• Twiggs Gallery (254 King St., Boscawen) will have a series of holiday craft workshops on Sunday, Dec. 5. From 10 a.m. to noon visitors can make a holiday boxwood tree centerpiece and decorate it with their choice of color theme, holiday decor and fresh flowers. The cost is $70. Then, from noon to 3:30 p.m., make a tiny book ornament that, when opened, transforms into a three-dimensional star. The cost is $75. The final workshop of the day, which runs from 1 to 3 p.m., is a wintry balsam door-hanging wreath. The cost is $70. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress.com.
• AR Workshop Manchester (875 Elm St., Manchester) will have a holiday gift making workshop on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be several different projects to choose from, including mini plank trays, round lazy susans, centerpiece boxes and photo boards. The cost ranges from $49.50 to $89.50, depending on the project chosen. Registration is required. Call 573-9662 or visit arworkshop.com/manchester.

• The New Hampshire Art Association presents its holiday exhibition, “Let it Snow,” at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St., Portsmouth) from Dec. 1 through Jan. 2. There will be works in a variety of media, as well as books and cards for sale. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visit nhartassociation.org.

• The Concord Arts Market will host its Winter Giftopolis Art Walk in downtown Concord as part of the city’s Midnight Merriment event on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to midnight. Local artists and craftspeople will be selling their handmade gifts at different businesses throughout downtown. Visit concordartsmarket.net.

• Studioverne Fine Art Fused Glass and Creative Framing Solutions (81 and 83R Hanover St., Manchester) will host their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Browse and purchase work by local artisans and make your own fused glass snowman ornament for $15. There will be refreshments and live music. Visit facebook.com/verneorlosk.

• The Picker Collaborative Artists (3 Pine St., Nashua) host their Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse handmade items including stained glass, jewelry, woodworking, quilting, fiber arts, pottery and more, and meet the artists. Visit pickerartists.com.

• The Concord Arts Market will host a Mini Holiday Arts Market at the Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 4, from noon to 3 p.m. featuring handmade items by around 30 artists and craftspeople. Visit concordartsmarket.net.

• Art Gallery 46, located at Remember This Antiques and Collectibles (46 Route 101A, Amherst) will have its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse paintings by seven local artists, who will be on site to talk about their work. Visit facebook.com/artgallery46.

Featured photo: The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Holiday Fair in Bedford. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: Season’s eatings

Downtown holiday Deliciously fun events for the holidays

Experience the tastiest of what the holidays have to offer in New Hampshire this season, with cookie tours, plated dinners, holiday shopping events and more.

• Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline) will hold a snowman felting workshop and winter wine tasting on Thursday, Dec. 2, or Friday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $45 per person and include felting kits plus a seasonal flight of four wines (for 21+ participants) or a non-alcoholic beverage. Additional felting kits will be available for purchase at the end of the class. Visit averillhousevineyard.com.

• Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester) will hold its third annual Backyard Winterfest on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. The outdoor event brings together multiple craft breweries from the Derry, Londonderry and Manchester areas for a night of pouring. Tickets are $30 per person and include a 4-ounce tasting glass. Visit backyardbrewerynh.com.

• Holy Trinity Cathedral (166 Pearl St., Manchester) is taking orders for its annual Polish frozen food sale, featuring pierogi, kielbasa and a few other items. Pre-orders are preferred, for pickup on Saturday, Dec. 4, between 10 a.m. and noon. Visit holytrinitypncc.org.

• Join LaBelle Winery at its Amherst location (345 Route 101) for a holiday tea party and performance of The Nutcracker with Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also available for purchase will be several tea sandwiches, sweet treats and special Nutcracker-themed cocktails. Tickets are $25. Visit labellewinery.com.

• The Made in New England Expo returns to the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown (700 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features specialty food items and unique gifts from all over New England that will be available for sale. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors over 65, $2 for kids ages 2 to 12 and free for kids under 2. Masks are required for all attendees. Visit businessnhmagazine.com.

• Zorvino Vineyards (226 Main St., Sandown) will hold a holiday sip and shop event on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring the opportunity to discover unique gift ideas from local vendors. Admission is free, and ticket holders who book their spot online will receive a 10 percent off coupon for use in the winery. Visit zorvino.com.

• Join the Nashua Public Library in welcoming Chef Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast in Hollis, for a virtual event on savory pies and tarts on Monday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 8 p.m. Barbour will demonstrate her favorite pie dough recipe and prepare a meat pie and a seasonal vegetable tart. Visit nashualibrary.org to register and receive a Zoom invitation link.

• St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (1160 Bridge St., Manchester) is offering a takeout only baked lamb dinner, also featuring Greek-style green beans, rice and salad. Dinners must be pre-ordered no later than Dec. 7, with pickups at the church on Sunday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. Contact Barbara George at 623-6115 or at bitos1254@yahoo.com to reserve your dinner.

• Get your tickets now for the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes happening at the Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The dinner will feature a wide variety of hot seafood options to choose from, like fra diavolo, haddock puttanesca, and lobster and crab-stuffed sole, in addition to a chef-attended pasta station with accompanying sauces, and an Italian dessert station. Tickets are $95 per person (event is 21+ only) and reservations are required. Visit bedfordvillageinn.com.

• LaBelle Winery is hosting a holiday-themed cooking with wine class at its Amherst location (345 Route 101) on Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will learn how to cook a variety of holiday-themed dishes and get to take home recipe cards for each featured item, which will include cranberry punch, bacon pecan cheese logs, herb roasted potatoes and carrots, maple mustard roasted chicken thighs and eggnog pudding. Admission is $32.70 per person after taxes. Visit labellewinery.com.

• Join Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry) for the Birch Wood Experience, a public dinner event scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The dinner aims to give guests an inside view of what a typical event at the venue looks like. In addition to hors d’oeuvres and a Caesar salad, guests can choose one of three entrees (pork tenderloin, chicken piccata or stuffed poblano peppers). Admission is $50 and reservations are required (reserve no later than Dec. 1). Visit birchwoodvineyards.com.

• Great New England Craft & Artisan Shows will present their annual holiday shopping extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Hampshire Hills Athletic Club (50 Emerson Road, Milford). The event features dozens of artisan and specialty food vendors selling all types of items for the holiday season, plus holiday music and a cash bar with specialty holiday cocktails available. Admission and parking are free. Visit gnecraftartisanshows.com.

• Don’t miss the 24th annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour happening on Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. During this two-day self-guided tour participants visit inns in various White Mountain region towns to taste cookies and candy and get holiday recipes and decorating tips. This year’s tour stretches across nine inns, with each no more than 15 minutes from another. Advance tickets come with reserving a lodging package at one of the participating inns, but single tickets are also available for $35. Visit countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com.

• The Canterbury Community Farmers Market Association will hold a special indoor holiday-themed market on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the gymnasium of Canterbury Elementary School (15 Baptist Road). Masks are required for all attendees. Visit canterburyfarmersmarket.com.

• The Currier & Ives Cookie Tour returns for its 16th year on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nearly a dozen businesses in and around the Monadnock region participate in this guided tour, providing visitors with homemade treats, refreshments, recipes and more. Tickets are $15 per person (cash only) and will be available for purchase beginning on Dec. 1. Tickets may be purchased at New England Everyday Goods (16 Colls Farm Road, Jaffrey), The Inn at East Hill Farm (460 Monadnock St., Troy) and the Woodbound Inn (247 Woodbound Road, Rindge). Visit currierandivescookietour.com.

• The Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) will hold its next Champagne brunch on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Great Hall. The event features unlimited mimosas and a brunch buffet, including a raw bar, a chef-attended omelet station and a selection of desserts. Tickets are $95 per person (event is 21+ only) and reservations are required. Visit bedfordvillageinn.com.

• Enjoy holiday afternoon tea with The Cozy Tea Cart at the Gatherings at the Colonel Shepard House (29 Mont Vernon St., Milford) on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. In addition to a selection of fine quality teas there will be a variety of foods available to try, like tea breads, sandwiches, pastries and more. The cost is $39.95 per person and reservations are required. Visit thecozyteacart.com.

• The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Derry) is hosting its annual parent-child gingerbread house decorating workshops, with available dates on Friday, Dec. 17, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., 6 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and on Sunday, Dec. 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3 to 4 p.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Adults and kids will work together with royal icing and all types of colorful treats and edible decorations to design their own houses. The cost is $45 per parent-child team and registration is required (houses and treats are provided). Visit culinary-playground.com.

• LaBelle Winery is hosting a Polar Express brunch with Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at its Amherst location (345 Route 101). In addition to assorted scones, muffins and rolls the menu will feature a multi-course food offering and holiday-inspired cocktails. The event also includes a screening of The Polar Express and photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Admission, after taxes, is $41.31 for adults and $23.09 for kids ages 3 and up. Visit labellewinery.com.

• Join LaBelle Winery at its Derry location (14 Route 111) for a New Year’s Eve dinner on Friday, Dec. 31, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. The three-course plated dinner will be served inside the vineyard ballroom, and there will also be a featured performance by the Freese Brothers Big Band. General admission is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and also includes access to the winery’s LaBelle Lights festival on the golf course. Visit labellewinery.com.

• Ring in 2022 with a New Year’s Eve Celebration at Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline) on Friday, Dec. 31, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., featuring a Brazilian-themed five-course dinner and wine pairing. Tickets are $89 per person and include a complimentary wine glass. Visit averillhousevineyard.com.

• Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Pelham (150 Bridge St.) will host a special New Year’s Eve Dinner Party along with a screening of the 2013 film The Great Gatsby, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. The evening will feature a five-course menu courtesy of Ya Mas Greek Taverna & Bar of Pelham along with the movie. The party will continue with a Champagne toast and a big-screen viewing of the Times Square ball drop at midnight. The cost is $90 per person and includes the dinner, the movie and the toast. Visit chunkys.com.

Party on a board
In the Nov. 18 issue of the Hippo, Matt Ingersoll looked at the charcuterie board trend. These boards (and boxes and bowls and in at least one case jars) of meats, cheeses and other tasty items make for good snacks, gifts or party accompaniments. Find out more about the local businesses that construct this edible art in the story, which starts on page 20. Find the e-edition of the issue at hippopress.com.

Featured photo: Photo courtesy of Fig & Olive of Milford.

So Much Holiday Fun: Sounds of the Season

Classical holidays

Pops, carols and symphonies in tune

Experience the sounds of the season through classical music with these performances by local orchestras, choirs and ensembles.

• Symphony NH performs its Holiday Brass concert on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church (39 Chandler St., Nashua); Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. at The Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Dr., Manchester); and Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Park Theatre (19 Main St., Jaffrey). Tickets range from $20 to $60 for adults, from $18 to $55 for seniors age 65+ and are free for children. Visit symphonynh.org.

The Granite State Ringers. Courtesy photo.

• The Granite State Ringers handbell choir presents a holiday concert series with shows on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. at LaBelle Winery (14 Route 111, Derry); Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church (335 Smyth Road, Manchester); and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at 320 Main St. in Sandown. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for kids age 10 and under for the Nov. 28 show and $10 in advance and $12 at the door for the Dec. 5 show. The Dec. 11 show is free, but reservations are required. Visit granitestateringers.org.

• The Strafford Wind Symphony performs its holiday concert at the Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and military. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.

Boston Brass performs its holiday concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30. Call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.

• The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus presents its holiday concert series, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with shows on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Londonderry United Methodist Church (258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry); Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church (79 Clinton St., Concord); Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (22 Fox Run Road, Newington); and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at The Derryfield School (2108 River Road, Manchester). Tickets cost $20 for adults; admission is free for children ages 12 and under. Visit nhgmc.com.

• The Nashua Choral Society performs its holiday concert, “Season of Lights, on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church (216 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua). Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students. Admission is free for children. Visit nashuachoralsociety.org.

• The New Hampshire Philharmonic performs its Holiday Pops concert on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. at LaBelle Winery in Amherst (345 Route 101), and on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. at LaBelle Winery in Derry (14 Route 111). Tickets cost $30 for adults and $20 for kids age 10 and under. Visit labellewinery.com. The group will also perform on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Seifert Performing Arts Center (44 Geremonty Dr., Salem). Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $8 for students. Visit nhphil.org.

• The Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester) presents its Holiday Pops concert on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Call 644-4548 or visit mcmusicschool.org.

• The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra performs its Holiday Spectacular show at the Colonial Theatre of Laconia (617 Main St., Laconia) on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., and at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium (Route 25, Meredith) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 to $20 for students and $20 to $30 for adults for the Dec. 10 show, and $10 for students and $25 for adults for the shows on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12. Visit lrso.org.

• The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performs its Holiday Pops concert at the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $54. Visit snhuarena.com.

• The Souhegan Valley Chorus performs its holiday concert, “A Celebration of Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at Souhegan High School (412 Boston Post Road, Amherst). Tickets are available at the door and cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Visit souheganvalleychorus.org.

• Symphony NH performs its Holiday Pops concert on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St., Nashua); and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). Tickets range from $20 to $60 for adults, from $18 to $55 for seniors age 65+, and are free for children. Visit symphonynh.org.

• The Concord Chorale presents its holiday show “Gloria!” at South Congregational Church (27 Pleasant St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors in advance, and $25/$20 at the door. Visit concordchorale.org.

• The Manchester Choral Society performs its holiday concert at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids age 10 and under. Visit labellewinery.com.

• The Piccola Opera presents “The Dickens Carolers on Tour” at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for seniors and children and $20 for adults. Call 344-4747 or visit ccca-audi.org.

• The Rockingham Choral Society presents its holiday concert, “Invitations and Carols, on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (22 Fox Run Road, Newington), and on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Christ Church (43 Pine St., Exeter). Tickets cost $12. Visit rockinghamchoral.org.

• The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra presents its New Year’s Eve Champagne Pops concert at the Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Friday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $38. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400.

Concerts for all musical tastes

From jazz and big band to rock and classic country, these holiday concerts have something for any kind of music fan.

• The Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings its holiday concert to the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester) on Friday, Nov. 26, with shows at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $59.50. Visit snhuarena.com.

A Holiday Piano Bash with George Lopez comes to the Spotlight Room (96 Hanover St., Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $19. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

• The Majestic Theatre presents “A Piano Christmas, a holiday piano cabaret and sing-alongwith Robert Dionne, at the Majestic Studio Theatre (880 Page St., Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Visit majestictheatre.net.

The Wizards of Winter performs its holiday rock opera at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry) on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $40 to $55. Call 437-5100 or visit tupelomusichall.com.

• The Maccabeats perform “Chanukah at the Palace” at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Monday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18 for adults, $12 for children ages 4 through 12, and are free for children ages 3 and under. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

• The Compaq Big Band performs “A Big Band Christmas” at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

Rockapella performs its annual holiday show at the Stockbridge Theatre (5 Pinkerton St., Derry) on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com.

Gary Hoey’s “Ho! Ho! Hoey!” holiday show comes to the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry) on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 to $40. Call 437-5100 or visit tupelomusichall.com.

• Morgan James brings her “Very Magnetic Christmas” tour to the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for the show or $65 for a VIP package that includes a meet-and-greet, private acoustic song performance and autographed show poster. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

• The Carpenters tribute band Top of the World presents “A Carpenters Christmas Show” at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.

•​ Rich DiMare performs A Sinatra Christmas at the Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 6 and 8 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Tickets are by table and cost $100 for a small table of up to two people, $200 for a medium table of up to four people and $300 for a large table of up to six people. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400. DiMare also brings the show to the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $29 to $39. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

• The Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet presents Charlie Brown Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at The Spotlight Room (96 Hanover St., Manchester). Tickets cost $29. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

An Irish Christmas in America comes to the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Call 641-7700 or visit anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities.

• See A Nashville Christmas, featuring holiday music by country music legends like Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and others, at LaBelle Winery (14 Route 111, Derry) on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Visit labellewinery.com.

Million Dollar Quartet, a tribute to the music of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, performs its holiday show at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $35 to $85. Call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.

• The Winter Solstice Mini-Fest featuring Matt Flinner and Low Lily will take place at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St., Concord) on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $23 purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Call 225-1111 or visit banknhstage.com.

Rock This Town Band. Photo by Scott Sta.

• Brian Setzer Orchestra tribute band the Rock This Town Orchestra performs its Christmas Spectacular concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester). Tickets cost $29 to $39. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

• The Capital Jazz Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert will be held at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. Tickets start at $27.50. Call 225-1111 or visit ccanh.com.

Christmas with the Spain Brothers with Green Heron comes to the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $29. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

Featured photo: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: Seasonal Favorites

Plenty of chances to see The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol

The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol are back, with plenty of opportunities through the end of the year to see the holiday classics performed live and in person.

• The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) presents A Christmas Carol from Nov. 26 through Dec. 22, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at noon, with additional shows on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and Wednesday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $46. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

• The Methuen Ballet Ensemble performs The Nutcracker at the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 27, at noon and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $34. Visit anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities.

• New England Dance Ensemble presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Windham High School Theater (64 London Bridge Road, Windham). Tickets cost $30 to $45. Visit nede.org.

• Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, brings his one-man performance of A Christmas Carol to Sky Meadow Country Club (391 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua) on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and to the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) on Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35 for the Dec. 2 show and $45 for the Dec. 3 show. Visit anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities and fortingage.com.

• Sole City Dance presents The Nutcracker at Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) on Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $28 for adults and $24 for seniors, military and children. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.

• The Hatbox Theatre (Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road, Concord) presents Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Dec. 3 through Dec. 19, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $19 for students, seniors and members and $16 for senior members. Visit hatboxnh.com.

• The Players’ Ring Theatre (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) presents A Christmas Carol from Dec. 3 through Dec. 23, with showtimes on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., with additional shows Monday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors age 65 and up and $15 for kids under age 12. Visit playersring.org or call 436-8123.

• Bedford Dance Center presents The Nutcracker Suite on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester). Tickets cost $25. Visit anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities.

• Portsmouth School of Ballet presents The Nutcrackeron Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at Exeter High School auditorium (1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter). Tickets cost $20. Visit psb-nh.com/nutcracker.

• The Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) presents A Christmas Carol from Dec. 9 through Dec. 19, with showtimes on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $26. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.

• The Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St., Manchester) hosts a “My First Nutcrackerholiday children’s show on Saturday, Dec. 11, with start times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The show includes a 45-minute interactive experience with storytelling and classical music centered on The Nutcracker. Tickets cost $15, with a $10 discount for families of four people or more; admission is free for children under age 2. Reservations are required. Call 644-4548 or visit mcmusicschool.org.

• Turning Pointe Center of Dance presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord). Tickets cost $18. Visit turningpointecenterofdance.com.

• Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., at Dover High School (25 Alumni Drive, Dover) and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m., at the Kingswood Arts Center (396 S. Main St., Wolfeboro). Tickets purchased in advance cost $30 for adults, $25 for seniors age 60 and up and $17.50 for students and children; tickets purchased at the door are an additional $5. Visit northeasternballet.org.

• Dance Visions Network presents The Nutcracker Suite Acts I & II on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 12:30 and 5 p.m. at the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester). Tickets cost $22 plus a $4 surcharge. Visit dancevisionsnetwork.com.

• The Peacock Players present A Christmas Carol: An Original Live Radio Play at the Court Street Theatre (14 Court St., Nashua) on Thursday, Dec. 16, and Friday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $19. Visit peacockplayers.org.

• New England School of Dance presents The Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 and 5:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre (Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry). Tickets cost $30. Visit newenglandschoolofdance.com.

• See a broadcast presentation of The Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 12:55 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students. Call 225-1111 or visit banknhstage.com.

• Ballet Misha presents The Nutcrackeron Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester). Tickets cost $26. Visit dimensionsindance.com.

• The New Hampshire School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.; and at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Sunday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $22. Visit nhschoolofballet.com.

• The New Hampshire School of Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Sunday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $22. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

Also on stage

Dance, comedy and more holiday-centric shows

Theater

• The Players’ Ring Theatre (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) presents The Toymaker’s Apprentice from Dec. 4 through Dec. 19, with showtimes on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $22 for students and seniors age 65 and up and $15 for kids under age 12. Visit playersring.org or call 436-8123.

• The Majestic Theatre presents Scrooge in Love at the Derry Opera House (29 W. Broadway, Derry) on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors age 65 and up and students age 17 and under. Visit majestictheatre.net.

• The Pinkerton Players present Coney Island Christmas at the Stockbridge Theatre (5 Pinkerton St., Derry) on Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Visit stockbridgetheatre.com.

•​ The Palace Youth Theatre presents Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $15. Visit palacetheatre.org or call 668-5588.

• The Rochester Opera House (31 Wakefield St., Rochester) drag series presents Li Monahd’s Holiday Hoopla on Thursday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com.

Dance

• Concord Dance Academy performs its Holiday Spectacular at Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1 and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $20. Visit ccca-audi.org.

• The New Hampshire School of Ballet presents its Holiday Performance at the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Call 641-7700 or visit anselm.edu/dana-center-humanities.

Comedy

Jimmy Dunn’s Comedy Christmas comes to the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester) on Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

• ImprovBoston presents “The Improvised Holiday Extravaganza” on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St., Manchester). Tickets cost $25. Call 668-5588 or visit palacetheatre.org/rex-theatre.

• Local comedian Juston McKinney performs his annual “A Year in Review” show at The Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) on Sunday, Dec. 26, and Monday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $28 to $34. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400.

Featured photo: Turning Pointe Center of Dance presents The Nutcracker. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: Festive adventures

Holiday fun for the younger crowd

There’s plenty of festive fun to be had this holiday season — check out this list of storytimes, special film screenings, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more.

Visit Santa Claus at Bass Pro Shops (2 Commerce Dr., Hooksett) now through Dec. 24. Free giveaways will be available while supplies last. Events are by online reservation only. Visit basspro.com/santa to make your reservation up to seven days in advance.

• The Hudson Lions Club will present a drive-thru visit with Santa Claus, who will arrive by fire truck in the parking lot of Alvirne High School (200 Derry Road, Hudson) on Friday, Nov. 26, at 1 p.m. “Elves” will be giving out goodie bags for kids. Visit nhlions.org/hudson.

Kids can meet Santa Claus at Ya Mas Greek Taverna & Bar (125 Bridge St., Pelham), which is holding several ticketed events featuring photo opportunities, gifts, gingerbread house decorating, holiday feasts and more. Choose from an 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. seating every Saturday and Sunday, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 19, as well as Thursday, Dec. 23, and Friday, Dec. 24. Each seating has an allocated two-hour time slot. The cost is $55 for adults and $35 for kids. Visit yamasgreektaverna.com.

Sit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the Deerfield Town Gazebo (Church Street, Deerfield) on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. This year they’ll be roped off inside the gazebo to ensure that safe social distancing is maintained. Kids can wave to and converse with the Clauses and pose for photos on the stairs in front of them. Masks are highly recommended. Visit deerfield.recdesk.com.

• Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) has once again combined its Santa’s Big Party and Lighted Winter Wonderland events into one celebration, Santa’s Christmas. Individual tickets are not being sold; only packages are available, for $249 (one package is good for up to 10 people), with various times available to visit the farm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3 through Dec. 5; Dec. 10 through Dec. 12; and Dec. 17 through Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 23. Horse-drawn wagons are divided into two sections of 10 passengers each. Attractions include a live animal Nativity, visits with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and live “reindeer,” s’mores kits available for purchase, and hot cocoa and complimentary sugar cookies provided by Mrs. Claus. Visit visitthefarm.com to check available times.

Santa Land returns to the Gilford Youth Center (19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford) on Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Kids can enjoy games, arts and crafts, cookie decorating and bounce houses at several interactive stations. In small groups, they’ll also be invited to Santa’s room for photo opportunities. Admission is free. Santa Land hours are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Visit gilfordyouthcenter.com.

• Join the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St., Manchester) for its annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring children’s holiday crafts, raffles, photo opportunities with Santa Claus and more. All are welcome free with museum admission. Visit manchesterhistoric.org.

• The Hooksett Public Library (31 Mount St. Mary’s Way, Hooksett) will host its annual Santa Party on Saturday, Dec. 4. Attendees can register a half-hour time slot between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., when they can enjoy music, crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus. Registration and Hooksett library cards are required.

• Join the Rodgers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson) for an outdoor holiday festival on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring seasonal music, photo opportunities, games, snacks and more. Visit rodgerslibrary.org.

• St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kinsley St., Nashua) will hold its Christmas Around the World event on Saturday, Dec. 4, featuring free photo opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday-themed activities for all ages, sweet treats, live multicultural performances and more. Attendees can sign up for one of two time slots, either from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Visit stjosephhospital.com.

• Back by popular demand, the Manchester Historic Association is presenting its annual American Girl Doll tea party on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St., Manchester). Guests can bring their dolls for a guided tour of the museum and enjoy a tea party with refreshments and crafts. The cost is $10 per person and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit manchesterhistoric.org.

Visit Santa Claus at Greeley Park (100 Concord St., Nashua) for a socially distanced photo opportunity on Sunday, Dec. 5, from noon to 2 p.m. All kids will also receive a free gift. Visit nashuanh.gov.

• Don’t miss the Jingle Bell Extravaganza, a two-day holiday event at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover) on Sunday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 12. Attendees can meet Santa Claus for a socially distanced photo opportunity and receive a special gift. There will also be readings of The Polar Express, plus hands-on holiday craft activities, a magical science experiment and more. Pajamas are welcome. Time slots are available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on both days. Tickets are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members (free for ages 12 months and under). Families will have their photos with Santa emailed to them no more than two weeks after the event. Visit childrens-museum.org.

• The Derry Public Library (64 E. Broadway, Derry) is hosting several special elf training sessions for kids at various times on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Friday, Dec. 10. Sessions are about 45 minutes long and feature “elven” crafts, songs, stories and more. Registration is required. Visit derrypl.org.

• The Milford Recreation Department will host Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. inside the Town Hall Auditorium (1 Union Sq., Milford). The cost is $9 per person (free for kids under 2). Visit milfordrec.com to register.

Santa at the Aviation Museum. Courtesy photo.

Santa Claus will arrive by helicopter at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road, Londonderry) on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m., where he’ll greet families and take gift requests until 1 p.m. The outdoor event is free and open to the public. Hot cocoa and cider will also be provided, courtesy of the Airport Diner in Manchester. Visit aviationmuseumofnh.org.

• The YMCA of Greater Londonderry (206 Rockingham Road, Londonderry) will host a Kids Night at the Y on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 9 p.m. The theme will be “Holiday Palooza.” YMCA staff will keep the kids healthy and active with art and STEM projects, and a pizza dinner will be served. Are all welcome, no membership required. The cost is $40 per child, and $15 for each additional sibling. Visit graniteymca.org.

• Enjoy s’mores with Santa at the New Boston Town Common (Meetinghouse Hill Road, New Boston) on Saturday, Dec. 11. Santa Claus will be on the gazebo for the tree lighting at 4 p.m. Kids can visit Santa after the tree lighting and bring an ornament from home to be placed on the town tree. Fire pits for roasting marshmallows will be open from 4 to 6 p.m., with s’mores fixings, hot chocolate and cider all provided by the New Boston Recreation Department. Visit newbostonnh.gov.

• Chunky’s Cinema Pub (707 Huse Road, Manchester; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham) will hold a Polar Express holiday viewing party at each of its three locations on Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, with screenings at noon, 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Visit chunkys.com/film/the-polar-express-holiday-viewing-party-2021 and click on your preferred theater location to purchase tickets.

• The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth) will host a screening of the 2018 animated film The Grinchon Thursday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m., with a children’s storytime preceding it at 2 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, and includes access to the storytime. If you want to attend just the storytime and not the movie screening, admission is $5 per family. Visit themusichall.org.

• Ring in the new year a bit early at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St., Dover), during its annual family New Year’s Eve celebration on Friday, Dec. 31. Two time slots are available to reserve, from 9 a.m. to noon or from noon to 3:30 p.m. Museum staff will stage four “countdowns to midnight,” at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. during the morning session, and at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. during the afternoon session. Everyone will receive a noisemaker and will get to create their own sparkly party hat. Admission is $11 per adult and per child, $9 for seniors, and free for museum members and kids under 12 months. Visit childrens-museum.org.

Craft fair season
Do some shopping for artisan-made items at local craft fairs. Find listings for the coming weekend’s craft fairs most weeks on the This Week page (page 9 in this and most issues). Know of an upcoming craft fair? Let us know at adiaz@hippopress.com.

Featured photo: Charmingfare Farm. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: O Christmas tree

Town tree lightings and festivals of trees for your holiday

Cities and towns all across the Granite State are marking the holiday season with ceremonial tree lightings. Check out a list of them here, along with special festivals of trees hosted by local organizations.

• The Bektash Shriners of New Hampshire are holding their 21st annual Fez-tival of Trees both online and in person this year, now through Saturday, Nov. 27, virtually, and through Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Bektash Shrine Center (189 Pembroke Road, Concord). Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for kids under 12, with fully decorated trees being raffled off on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. Visit nhshriners.org.

• Pelham Community Spirit is hosting the annual Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees at Sherburne Hall in the municipal building (6 Village Green, Pelham) from Friday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 4, at varying times each day. Business, community groups and residents in and around Pelham donate decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to be raffled off at the end of the event. There will also be daily bake sales, live entertainment and special appearances from Santa Claus. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under (multiple-day passes are also available). Visit snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.org.

Concord’s annual Christmas tree lighting celebration is happening at the Statehouse Plaza (North Main Street, Concord) on Friday, Nov. 26, at 4 p.m. Visit concordnh.gov.

• The Very Derry Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 27, will conclude with a tree lighting at 5:15 p.m., at 1 West Broadway in Derry. Visit gdlchamber.org.

• The third annual Auburn tree lighting is happening on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m. in the front parking lot of the Auburn Village School (11 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn). Santa will arrive via fire truck and lead the countdown to light the tree. The Grinch will also be there to cause a little mischief. Visit auburnnh.us.

• Rivier University (420 S. Main St., Nashua) will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. on its chapel quad. Visit rivier.edu.

• This year’s Exeter Festival of Trees will be held over two days, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Exeter Town Hall (10 Front St., Exeter). The event features 50 decorated trees on display for viewing, with all the bidding taking place online this year. The auction link will be posted at exeterareacharitablefoundation.org/festivaloftrees, as well as on the event’s Facebook page. Directions on how to bid on a tree and how to buy raffle tickets will be available at the event.

• The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will present its annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Square in downtown Rochester. The event will also feature visits and photo opportunities with Santa Claus, dance performances, cookie decorating, caroling and more. Visit rochesternh.org.

Goffstown’s annual Friday Night Under the Lights will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m., in Goffstown Village, featuring the town tree lighting, caroling, holiday hayrides, cocoa, cookies and more. Visit goffstownmainstreet.org.

• The Fremont Parks & Recreation Department is hosting its annual Santa party and tree lighting on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. This year the event will be outdoors at the Ellis School (432 Main St., Fremont). Everyone who gives Santa a letter will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Visit fremont.nh.gov.

Windham’s annual tree lighting is happening on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. on the Windham Town Common. Santa Claus will be in the gazebo for photos, and there will be a bonfire and carolers from 4 to 5 p.m. Visit windhamnh.gov.

Portsmouth’s illuminated holiday parade and tree lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. at Market Square in Portsmouth, with remarks from the mayor and music from the Portsmouth Holiday Ensemble. The parade will then kick off from the Goodwin Park area on Islington Street at 6 p.m. Visit cityofportsmouth.com.

• The Town of Chester will be holding its 300th anniversary Christmas tree lighting and caroling event on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Stevens Memorial Hall (1 Chester St., Chester). A 25-foot tree will be placed on the lawn and lit at 5 p.m., followed by caroling from the Manchester Choral Society. Refreshments will also be provided by the Chester Lions Club. Visit chesternh.org.

• Join LaBelle Winery for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at its Amherst location (345 Route 101) on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. There is no admission charge, but guests are encouraged to bring items to support SHARE Outreach, like socks, hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. Visit labellewinery.com.

• The Merrimack Parks & Recreation Department will present its 28th annual holiday parade and tree lighting on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Abbie Griffin Park (6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack). The parade begins at the Commons Shopping Plaza (515 Daniel Webster Hwy.) at 3 p.m., with the tree lighting at 3:45 p.m. immediately following the parade’s arrival at the park. Visit merrimackparksandrec.org.

Stratham’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is set for Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. at the Stratham Fire Station (4 Winnicut Road, Stratham), featuring music, hot chocolate, caroling, cookies and more. Visit strathamnh.gov.

• The annual Amherst tree lighting ceremony is happening on Friday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Amherst Town Green at Main and Church streets. Follow the Facebook page @amhersttreelightingfestival for updates.

Featured photo: The Bektash Shriners of New Hampshire’s Fez-tival of Trees. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: ’Tis the season

Downtown holiday parades, light displays and more

From downtown parades to spectacular multi-day light displays, here’s a list of festive happenings to get you into the holiday spirit this season.

LaBelle Lights continues at LaBelle Winery’s Derry location (14 Route 111) now through Feb. 26. This festive outdoor light show features displays that are being changed periodically throughout its run, taking place on the facility’s golf course along a paved walking path. The display includes a 15-foot-tall selfie station made of wine barrels, designed and installed by LaBelle vineyard manager and professional woodworker Josh Boisvert. A number of themed events are also being planned in coordination with LaBelle Lights, including a “Crazy Christmas Hat Night” on Dec. 3 and an “Ugly Holiday Sweater Night” on Dec. 17. Hours of operation are from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on select days throughout the season. Tickets are $15. Visit labellewinery.com/lights to view the full calendar schedule.

• The Gift of Lights returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106 North, Loudon), opening on Thursday, Nov. 25, and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 2. The 2½-mile drive-thru light show features a variety of scenes making up more than 500 different light displays along the track. It’s open from 4:30 to 9 p.m. every Sunday through Thursday, and 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, depending on weather conditions. The cost ranges from $30 to $35 per carload, and is $60 per limo or bus. Visit nhms.com/events/giftoflights.

• Downtown Nashua is once again hosting Plaid Friday, a shopping event alternative to Black Friday, on Friday, Nov. 26. Participants who wear plaid are eligible for giveaways, discounts and more at participating businesses. Go to 110 Main St. in Nashua to pick up a swag bag and a map of participating venues, along with coupons, discounts and other offers. Tickets are free, but a donation of $5 or $10 is suggested. Visit downtownnashua.org/shop-2/plaid-friday.

• The Town of Pelham and Pelham Community Spirit will present the second annual Festival of Lights on the town’s Village Green, beginning Friday, Nov. 26, and lasting through the end of the year. Visit pelhamcommunityspirit.org.

• The 35th annual Nutfield Holiday Parade is happening on Saturday, Nov. 27, kicking off at 1 p.m. in Derry. This year’s theme is “Unsung Heroes,” with the parade featuring more than 80 festive floats, marching units, performers and costumed characters. It will step off in front of the Adams Memorial Building before continuing down Broadway, making a left on Crystal Avenue and finishing at Hood Commons. The parade is part of the annual Very Derry Holiday Celebration, which will have multiple holiday-themed festivities around town, like live music at The Wandering Stage (Benson’s Lawn, 1 W. Broadway) and holiday crafts and photos with Santa from 2 to 5 p.m. at Veterans Hall (31 W. Broadway). Visit gdlchamber.org.

• The Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Christmas in Wolfeboro Parade, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. A view of the entire parade will be available from either side of Main Street in Wolfeboro, from in front of Carpenter Elementary School heading north to Mill Street. Visit wolfeborochamber.com/events/christmas-in-wolfeboro-parade.

• The Salem Holiday Parade returns for its 50th year on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Golden Anniversary,” with the parade beginning at the intersection of Main and Policy streets in Salem. It will then continue down Main Street and turn right onto Geremonty Drive, ending at Salem High School. Visit salemnhparade.org.

Turkey trots and Santa Shuffle
Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving pie at area Turkey Trot race events happening Thanksgiving day (and a few later that weekend). December also has some other holiday-themed races. Find some final opportunities to run a 5K (and score some cool swag) in our Nov. 11 cover story, where Meghan Siegler talks about how these runs are put together and why runners enjoy taking part. See the e-edition of the issue at hippopress.com; the story starts on page 10.

• The Celebrate Laconia Lights Festival returns to the city of Laconia, featuring several ongoing events throughout the holiday season. It kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 28, with a downtown holiday parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. Also starting that day will be the Lights Festival coloring contest, with submissions accepted through Friday, Dec. 10, and the Light-Up Laconia Holiday Decorating Competition, which will run through Friday, Dec. 17. Visit celebratelaconia.org.

• Intown Concord’s annual Midnight Merriment event returns for the 28th year on Friday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to midnight in downtown Concord. Activities will include holiday shopping at participating local businesses, strolling carolers, Nazzy’s holiday dance party, hot cocoa and S’mores, and meet-and-greets with Santa Claus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in front of the New Hampshire Federal Credit Union building. Visit intownconcord.org.

• Join Fright Kingdom (12 Simon St., Nashua) for its annual Krampus-themed holiday event, “The Fright Before Christmas,Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5, 7 to 10 p.m. each night, featuring a costume contest, a scary winter wonderland and more. Tickets are $29 and must be purchased in advance. Visit frightkingdom.com or call 809-1173.

Vintage Christmas, an ongoing citywide celebration of the holidays, returns to Portsmouth with happenings that include the Candlelight Stroll Under the Stars during the weekends from Dec. 4 to Dec. 19 at Strawbery Banke Museum (14 Hancock St., 433-1100, strawberybanke.org); Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke’s Puddle Dock Pond; the 31st annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit at the Portsmouth Historical Society (10 Middle St., 436-8433, portsmouthhistory.org) now through Dec. 22, and more throughout the season, including various shows at The Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., 436-2400, themusichall.org). Visit vintagechristmasnh.org.

• Experience Hampton will present its annual Hampton Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m., which will kick off at the Hampton-North Hampton town line and end at Winnacunnet Road. This year’s theme is “Holiday Memories.” Visit experiencehampton.org.

• The Exeter Holiday Parade returns on Saturday, Dec. 4, beginning on Portsmouth Ave. at 5:30 p.m. and ending at Swasey Parkway. Visit exeterholidayparade.org.

• Manchester’s annual holiday parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, kicking off at 4 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park (889 Elm St.). The celebration will include snacks, letter carriers collecting letters to Santa Claus, and a variety of decorated floats, with several local organizations participating from the city Fire and Police departments to the Palace Theatre, the New Hampshire Roller Derby, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and more. The parade is expected to begin immediately following the BASC Santa Claus Shuffle, a three-mile road race presented by Millennium Running. Visit manchesternh.gov.

• The Town of Nottingham’s Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at the community center (Stage Road). Visit nottingham-nh.gov.

• The Hampstead Christmas Parade returns for its 57th year on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. This year’s parade is Hawaiian-themed. Visit hampstead.nhlions.org.

• Bethany Church’s Greenland campus (500 Breakfast Hill Road) is hosting a drive-thru Christmas celebration Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Experience a landscape bursting with Christmas lights and decorations, a live Nativity, holiday music and a 30-foot Christmas tree. Visit bethanychurch.com to register.

• The Southern New Hampshire Tour of Lights will run from Dec. 11 through Dec. 27, with multiple town parks and recreation departments participating, including Amherst, Milford, Jaffrey, Antrim, Fitzwilliam, Keene, Merrimack, Peterborough, Rindge and Troy. Contact your local recreation department by Dec. 6 to enter for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local area business.

• The Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road) presents Merry Merry Canterbury, a holiday-themed celebration during the weekends of Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19. Activities will include opportunities to ascend the “Stairway to the Clouds” in the horse barn, plus caroling, dance and theater performances, a magic show and more. Admission is $20 for adults and free for kids. Masks required. Visit shakers.org.

Light Up New Boston will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., directly following the town’s s’mores with Santa event on the gazebo. If you live in and around New Boston and have a light display to show off, contact the town’s Recreation Department at 487-2880 or at recreation@newbostonnh.gov with your address by Dec. 8. Maps will be available for families beginning Dec. 9 at newbostonnh.gov.

• Join the Beaver Brook Association (117 Ridge Road, Hollis) for its annual Winter Solstice Family Event on Sunday, Dec. 19, with time slots from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a self-guided trail with a nature story about the origins of the Winter Solstice, plus facts about New England wildlife and the tradition of the Yule log. The cost is $12. Visit beaverbrook.org.

Craft fair season
Do some shopping for artisan-made items at local craft fairs. Find listings for the coming weekend’s craft fairs most weeks on the This Week page (page 9 in this and most issues). Know of an upcoming craft fair? Let us know at adiaz@hippopress.com.

Featured photo: Santa Shuffle. Courtesy photo.

So Much Holiday Fun: Jumping off

Pre-game the holiday

The night before Thanksgiving is known as Friendsgiving or Drinksgiving, depending on intent. Whatever it’s called, bar and restaurant owners far and wide consider it the second busiest day of the year, after New Year’s Eve, as old friends meet up and family members regroup ahead of the long weekend. Here are some area options to consider for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 24.

603 Brewery (42 Main St., Londonderry, 404-6123) Seacoast funk and soul band Clandestine performs popular tunes and originals.

Alamo Texas Barbecue & Tequila Bar (99 Route 13, Brookline,721-5000) Music from independent folk rock singer-songwriter Brother Seamus.

Amphora (55 Crystal Ave., Derry, 537-0111) Singer, guitarist and 2013 NHCMA New Country Entertainer of the Year Eddie Sands plays favorites.

Area 23 (State Street, Concord, 881-9060) The regular open mic Wednesday is often anything but at this music-friendly taproom and restaurant.

Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) Ronnie B & Sarah B Duo, together for 13 years and playing covers with food and drink specials

Boston Billiard Club & Casino (55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 943-5630) Dave Ayotte Duo & DJ Spindler perform.

Bridgewater Inn (367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, 744-3518) Rebecca Turmel plays classic rock and contemporary covers ranging from Fleetwood Mac and CCR to Kelly Clarkson, Ed Sheeran and Sara Bareilles.

Copper Door (15 Leavy Dr., Bedford, 488-2677) Area favorite Chad LaMarsh performs.

Copper Door (41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033) A Seacoast mainstay with a solid following across the rest of New Hampshire, Pete Peterson plays and sings.

Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) DJ SOB spins dance music.

Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) D-Comp Band, the acoustic duo of Nate Comp and Demetri Papanicolau, play covers.

Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Bill Meech performs.

Fody’s (187 Rockingham Road, Derry, 404-6946) DJ Mark Allen spins the tunes.

Fratello’s (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022) Jeff Mrozek brings his passion for classic rock and soul, along with recent favorites like Nirvana and Kings of Leon.

Fratello’s (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022) Prolific singer, songwriter, guitarist, bass player and drummer Sean Coleman performs.

Getaway Lounge (157 Franklin St., Manchester, 627-0661) Mugshot Monday plays classic rock hits.

Giuseppe’s (312 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-3313) John Stanley Shelley plays rock, country, blues, funk and folk.

The Goat (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677) It’s DJ music with no cover charge, and likely a little line dancing.

female performer singing into microphone
Davina and the Vagabonds. Photo by James Perovich.

The Goat (142 Congress St., Portsmouth, 590-4628) Performing solo, Alex Anthony draws inspiration from Ray Lamontagne, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Damien Rice and City & Colour.

Hancock Depot Cabaret (27 Depot Road, Hancock, 641-0076) Jillian Bosworth Memorial Show with Tumbletoads, Modern Fools, Kyle Webber and Andrew Szmauz.

Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) Brian Booth plays favorites across the decades.

High Octane Saloon (1072 Watson Road, Laconia, 527-8116) Dirty Looks Band rocks the Lakes Region roadhouse.

Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 429-2022) Austin McCarthy, vocalist for Carolina Burn, Chasing Trends and Natural Order, plays and sings.

Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club (135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 603-5299) Davina & the Vagabonds entertain at this recently opened music room.

Lilac City Grille (103 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-3984) Tim Theriault & 75-cent wings precede the big bird day.

Lithermans Limited (126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord, 219-0784) Up Street Food Truck offers up goodies at this Capital City microbrewery.

Luk’s (142 Lowell Road, Hudson, 889-9900) Acoustically Speaking strips down favorite songs back to their basic bones.

Lynn’s 102 Tavern (76 Derry Road, Hudson, 943-7832) New Hampshire rock cover band Sindicate plays hits.

Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Pulling from a catalog of over 100 songs from the ’60s to today, Blue Matter performs.

North Beach Bar & Grill (931 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 967-4884) Rock duo Radioactive plays.

Northwoods Brewing Co. (1334 First NH Turnpike, Northwood, 942-6400) Johnson’s hosts Friendsgiving at this microbrewery.

Pasta Loft (220 E. Main St., Milford, 378-0092) 12th Annual Winterfest with Dezent, featuring Mariah Deluage. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots. Free beanies for the first 100 people.

Pipe Dream Brewing (40 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751) Turn Down For Turkey event with DJ Ache spinning.

Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Ralph Allen performs favorites from a range of genres.

Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) Thanks 4 Giving A Sh!tmas is a funk, hip-hop and poetry concert to raise money for HAVEN featuring The Bulkheads, Adrienne Mack-Davis, DJ Chad Banks, Myles Burr and The Incredible Chuck of Notoriety. Krystal Wallbaum’s collaborative project The Artistic Thread will also be hosting a silent art auction at the event, with five local artists donating at least 50 percent of their profits to HAVEN.

Rage Cage (10 W. Hollis St., Nashua, rawamericanhiphop.com) Fee the Evolutionist performs in advance of releasing his collaborative single “Beast Over Beats,” featuring hip-hop talent from across the Granite State.

Red’s Kitchen & Tavern (530 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-0030) Chris Lester, a guitarist who’s toured with Sully Erna and is a member of popular tribute act Dark Desert Eagles, performs.

Rochester Opera House (32 N. Main St., Rochester, 335-1992) Comedian Bob Marley performs at 6 and 8 p.m., tickets $38 and up. It’s not a pub, but what’s better than a laugh to kick off the long weekend? The comic appears again with two shows each on Friday and Sunday.

Sawbelly Brewing (156 Epping Road, Exeter, 583-5080) Dyer Holiday performs; the Lowell duo release an album, Together and Broken, in March.

Stark Brewing Co. (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444) Karaoke with Cox Karaoke is a regular midweek attraction.

Senie Hunt. Courtesy photo.

Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) Senie Hunt Trio, led by the percussive guitarist who divides his time between New England and Nashville, performs revved-up rock and blues — $12

Stonecutters Pub (63 Union St., Milford, 213-5979) Swipe Left with Rick Carr and Phillip Gerekos helps the restaurant-bar celebrate its first year in business.

Stones Social (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7445) Charlie Chronopoulos performs, with sales proceeds from a seasonal drink special, Girl Dad (sesame vodka, maple cream and espresso liqueur), going to the Nashua Children’s Home.

Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) Jake Pardee & Friends, led by producer and Berklee alum, perform.

Stripe Nine Brewing (8 Somersworth Place, Somersworth, 841-7175) Dancing Madly Backwards, named after a song from ’70s rockers Captain Beyond, performs.

Stumble Inn (20 Rockingham Road, Londonderry, 432-3210) It’s a twin bill with 21st & 1st and Jodee Frawley.

Telly’s (235 Calef Hwy., Epping, 679-8225) The Drift performs.

Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St, Portsmouth, 427-8645) Mattson, a powerhouse hybrid pop rock trio, performs.

To Share Brewing (720 Union St., Manchester, 836-6947) DJ Shamblez spins dance music in the taproom.

Tower Hill Tavern (264 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, 366-9100) Thanksgiving Eve Pahty in the Lakes Region. Call for details.

Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Jordan Quinn & Clint Lapointe perform together.

Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton Beach, 926-6954) Beer pong, lawn games and live music from Jamsterdam.

Featured photo: Chad LaMarsh. Photo by Sid Ceaser Photography.

Edible Art

Holiday-themed charcuterie boards that taste as good as they look

603 Charcuterie in late 2020, she started with just filling small takeout orders. A year later she’s teaching weekly classes that keep getting sold out, and she recently expanded into catering larger boards and grazing tables for weddings.

603 Charcuterie of Derry. Courtesy photo.

“This business started because I have always loved making charcuterie boards … just for family parties, birthdays and events,” Zwart said. “It has blown up way more than I thought, and I’ve just been going, going, going, and continuing to add more things on.”

More than just throwing cured meats and cheeses on a platter, creating the most intricate charcuterie boards is all about finding those palates that complement one another. It’s a key part of what Zwart teaches in her classes and what other charcuterie businesses offer in their boards.

The upcoming holiday season is a great time of year to discover these flavor pairings. We spoke with New Hampshire restaurants, shops and charcuterie businesses for tips on how to construct holiday-themed boards that will stand out and taste just as delicious as they look.

Say cheese

Beyond a run-of-the-mill sharp cheddar or colby jack, cheeses varying in flavor, color and consistency will lend themselves to even more added pairings you can play with on your board.

“If you have a soft cheese then you’d want something sweet and fruity to go with it, like a sweet jam. A hard, mild cheese can go with a mustard or something spicy,” Zwart said. “For people who are afraid of venturing out to the fancier cheeses, a manchego or a smoked cheddar is great. Manchego is a cheese from Spain, and the taste of it is kind of like a sharp cheddar mixed with a hard Parmesan. In my classes I call it a gateway cheese, because it’s kind of like the next step.”

Erica Stanford of The Char 603, based in Kingston, said brie is a great choice of cheese if you’re looking to incorporate sweeter or fruitier flavors. Even fancier cheeses, like blueberry goat cheese or cranberry cinnamon goat cheese, take it a step further by adding a fun pop of color.

Granite Slates of Stratham. Courtesy photo.

“I think a lot of times when it comes to cheese, people like to stick to their cheddars or their pepper jacks,” she said, “but there are so many other cheeses that have so much good flavor that you wouldn’t even think about, and they also end up enhancing all the flavors on the board. … Another one that I love is a creamy Toscano cheese, and it’s with syrah, so it has a wine rind on it. It’s got a beautiful purple color and it also tastes amazing.”

With a round cheese like brie you can create themed cutouts in the center of the cheese wheel out of a small cookie cutter, which can then be filled with a sweet jam.

“You’d want to use a cookie cutter that’s smaller than the diameter of the brie, so it doesn’t cut off the edges, and then you’re cutting the whole top off so it’s like a flat cookie,” Zwart said. “Then you can just press your cutter into that top piece, put jam on your bottom piece and place the top part back over it without the little cutout. … Anything sweet and fruity works well. A fig jam is great, or a strawberry rhubarb or apricot jam. Even maple is good.”

When it comes to cured meats, you can stick with a simple genoa salami or soppressata, or go with prosciutto, a sweeter and saltier option that Zwart said goes well on a holiday board. Slices of salami can also be easily transformed into “roses” for additional aesthetic appeal.

“I call them ‘meat flowers,’” she said. “You roll up a slice nice and tight, and then you wrap another one tightly around it and then another and another, and then you start loosening up over time. You loosen them up and just keep wrapping them around, not too symmetrically.”

The Char 603 of Kingston. Charcuterie board in the shape of NH. Courtesy photo.

Additional accoutrements

An artfully crafted charcuterie board may start out with cheeses and salamis, but how you build it from here can really be about making it your own unique creation.

“You can play around with different combinations, and the options are endless,” said Melissa Hayden, co-owner of Granite Slates of Stratham. “Berries, dried fruits, honey and jams bring fresh and sweet flavors, and dark chocolates or cookies are great additions as well.”

For holiday boards, Stanford said, herbs like rosemary, sage or thyme can make great additions when used as garnishes. White chocolate-covered cranberries are also a favorite of hers.

“They are fantastic,” she said. “The great thing about them is that you’re getting the white and the red, but you’re also getting that sweet and slight sour kick.”

No matter the time of year, Zwart’s favorite ingredients to add to boards are pickled items, like kalamata olives and pepperoncinis. But you could even go with dilled green beans or asparagus.

“I think it’s very vegetably, very fall-looking, and would be great for Thanksgiving,” she said. “Grapes are always a good staple too. I feel like most people at gatherings, when they are eating charcuterie, a lot of them are drinking wine, so that’s self-explanatory. Depending on the kind of color scheme, if you’re trying to stick to fall colors, you can use red grapes.”

Another trick you can do is make a flower out of a kiwi fruit, taking a knife and cutting in small zigzag-shaped slices, or what Zwart said is similar to the mouth of a jack-o’-lantern.

As for crackers, Stanford recommends serving them on the side or away from anything moist or wet, like salami or goat cheese.

“One of the things I’ve been working with is using a cupcake liner and putting your crackers in that … and you can get holiday-themed ones too, so that’s an extra fun piece,” she said.

Hayden also said crackers ought to be served on the side, especially if you’re storing your board.

“While most of the ingredients … will remain fresh in the fridge for 24 hours, crackers will not,” she said. “They tend to get soggy and absorb the flavors of everything around them.”

Classes with 603 Charcuterie. Courtesy photo.

Charcuterie classes

If you want to learn some hands-on tricks (while sampling lots of cheese), you can take a charcuterie board-building class led by Theresa Zwart of 603 Charcuterie, based in Derry. She began offering classes at Creative Chef Kitchens this past February, but has since branched out to doing them at area wineries and breweries. Private classes can also be booked.

Participants are provided everything from the ingredients to the tools, right down to the wooden board itself, which can be taken home at the conclusion of each class. From start to finish, classes typically take around an hour and a half to two hours, and Zwart will often change up which types of cheeses, meats and other accoutrements are featured.

“During every class, I teach people how to make a salami rose and some sort of fruit flower,” Zwart said. “Then there’s different ways of arranging everything, and different ways of cutting hard cheeses versus soft cheeses. I’ll talk them through the pairings as well, so for example if you have a soft creamy cheese I’d say you’d want a sweet fruity flavor.”

Two beers or wines are usually factored into each class cost, depending on where it’s being held.

The feedback for her classes has been so great that Zwart said they repeatedly sell out, often with returning participants who then bring a new guest to try them.

“I think people like that it’s a different sort of date night idea or a thing to do,” she said. “It’s kind of similar to a paint night, but it’s even better because you get to eat the finished product.”

Here are a couple of 603 Charcuterie’s upcoming classes, but be sure to check back on their website and Facebook page, as more dates will be announced in the near future. Email 603charcuterie@gmail.com to register.

Sunday, Dec. 5, at White Birch Brewing (460 Amherst St., Nashua), from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $98.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Rockingham Brewing Co. (1 Corporate Park Drive, Derry), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $98.

Leave it to the pros

If you’d rather order and pick up a ready-to-eat charcuterie board for your next holiday gathering, several local eateries and other businesses have you covered.

Steven Freeman started pushing charcuterie boards when he took over ownership of Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop in Manchester in June 2020, but he was making them for decades before then. Each board at Angela’s is built less than 24 hours from when it’s picked up, featuring cheeses sliced in house, and you never know what other additions you might come across.

Local Baskit’s jarcuterie. Photo by Marcella Hoekstra of Tiny Screen Media.

“Fresh local honeycomb is the centerpiece of every one of our charcuterie boards, because the sweetness of the honey is a natural pairing for almost anything,” Freeman said. “What I love about selling charcuterie at the shop is that we get to expose our customers to a bunch of cheeses, or nuts, or fancy items that they wouldn’t have otherwise tried.”

Caperberries, for example, are tart fruits the size of the grapes that you’ll sometimes find. Freeman has also loaded up his boards with marcona almonds, flavored jams and jellies, amarena cherries, European orange peels, and even a special toffee variety he gets locally.

“We interview the customer and ask them what they want,” he said. “Some might say they want more cheese than meat, or they say they don’t want any stinky blues or runny triple creams … so we let them sort of define the parameters and then let us go wild.”

At Local Baskit in Concord, owner Beth Richards said she has begun offering small- and large-sized custom cheese and charcuterie boards, in addition to single-serve “jar-cuteries,” which feature a variety of sweet and savory items portioned individually in small mason jars.

“I’ve been doing the grazing boards for the last two holidays for our subscribers, and last year they really took off,” Richards said. “I saw the jarcuterie on the Today show like everybody else, and decided to make it a line sold year-round. … I think they’re really fun for a book club or some type of small gathering, or they can even be really cute for kids’ birthday parties.”

Fig & Olive out of Milford features four standard boards, each with distinct flavor profiles and cheeses, meats and other accoutrements to match, but owner Danielle Tedford has since introduced other themed options. The brunch board, for instance, consists of brie cheese, fresh fruit and prosciutto along with mini biscuits, a fruit jam and flavored bread slices, while holiday cocoa boards have included candy canes, marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies and more.

“I really love to putting the effort in to bring different flavors together that work, or things that maybe people don’t really think of that would go together,” Tedford said.

NH Bowl & Board. Courtesy photo.

All across the board

Some charcuterie businesses in the state even have local partners for their wooden boards.

Zwart, for instance, sources her boards from Souhegan Wood Design of Amherst, which you get to take home with you after completing a class with 603 Charcuterie. Owner Andy Pearl is a self-taught charcuterie board builder who said he started the business as a side job making one for his own wife. He makes a few different sizes out of maple, birch and cherry hardwood.

Erica Stanford of The Char 603 in Kingston similarly began a partnership with Fox + West, a woodworking company out of Danville, for her own hand-crafted boards.

In Contoocook, New Hampshire Bowl & Board is unique for not only making its own reversible boards — featuring a cutting and carving board on one side, a charcuterie serving board on the other — but also its own charcuterie-themed accessories, from smaller wooden trays to carry your olives or your nuts, to wooden honey dippers and cheese spreaders.

“I think every board should have a little companion with it,” owner Paul Silberman said. “We try to give people the ability to really make it their own. Much of it can be personalized.”

Where to get charcuterie boards, artisan cheese boards and platters

This list includes New Hampshire-based businesses offering custom charcuterie boards ahead of the holiday season, in addition to butcher shops offering meat and cheese platters and restaurants offering artisan cheese and charcuterie boards from their starter menus. Do you know of a local business offering charcuterie or cheese boards or platters that isn’t on this list? Let us know at food@hippopress.com.

603 Charcuterie (Derry, 603charcuterie.com, find them on Facebook and Instagram) offers charcuterie boards to go, sourcing nearly all of its items from New Hampshire providers. Owner and founder Theresa Zwart also regularly holds charcuterie board-building classes at area breweries and wineries and, as of last month, is now licensed to provide catering services to weddings and other larger events and parties. Special holiday-themed charcuterie boards are available to order for Thanksgiving and Christmas, for pickup at Creative Chef Kitchens (35 Manchester Road, Derry).

Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop of Manchester. Courtesy photo.

815 Cocktails & Provisions (815 Elm St., Manchester, 782-8086, 815nh.com) offers charcuterie boards on its starters menu, featuring hand-selected cured meats, cheeses and other accoutrements.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria (50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900, 900degrees.com) offers an artisanal cheese display with nuts and fresh fruit on its private dining and catering menu, featuring herb-crusted goat cheese, cubed grana padano, provolone, Italian fontina, Gorgonzola, and other soft and hard cheeses. The eatery’s dine-in appetizer menu also has cheese boards with the option to add cured meats like prosciutto, ham or salami.

Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop (815 Chestnut St., Manchester, 625-9544, angelaspastaandcheese.com) takes orders for charcuterie boards, featuring freshly sliced cheeses, cured meats, and other items like nuts, dried fruits and more. Boards are usually available for pickup with a 24- to 48-hour ordering notice.

Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001, bedfordvillageinn.com) offers an artisan local cheese board on its dining room appetizer menu, featuring house-made baguettes, lavash, black pepper walnuts and local honey.

The Birch on Elm (931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365, thebirchonelm.com) has a cheese and charcuterie option with a rotating selection of meats and cheeses, as well as grilled bread and house pickles and preserves.

Brothers Butcher (8 Spit Brook Road, Nashua, 809-4180; 142 Lowell Road, Hudson, 577-1130; brothers-butcher.com) offers assorted deli platters featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, available in medium (serves 15 to 20 people) and large (serves 25 to 30 people) sizes. Selections can include Genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, honey ham, provolone cheese and more. Order as soon as possible for Thanksgiving — pickups will be available through Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m.

Cask & Vine (1 E. Broadway, Derry, 965-3454, cask.life/cask-and-vine) offers “A Little Something to Nosh On,” featuring a selection of assorted cheeses, salami, dried fruit, hummus, dilly beans, crackers and pita chips.

Celebrations Distinctive Catering (1017 Second St., Manchester, 888-401-3663, celebrationsmenu.com) offers a handcrafted charcuterie and tapas display (serves five people) featuring organic salmon, sous-vide Magret duck rillettes, prosciutto-wrapped dates stuffed with Gorgonzola and almonds, grilled assorted vegetables and more. Assorted cheese, fruit and vegetable platters (serves 10 people) are also available.

The Char 603 (Kingston, char603.us, and on Facebook and Instagram @thechar603) offers a variety of themed charcuterie boards to go, available to order online with at least a few days advance notice with local pickups and deliveries.

Colby Hill Inn (33 The Oaks, Henniker, 428-3281, colbyhillinn.com) offers a local farmers’ cheese and charcuterie plate, which includes four local cheese and two charcuterie selections, plus house-made pickled vegetables, grilled bread, artisanal crackers, and other accoutrements like fig paste and honey.

Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord, 225-6840, concordfoodcoop.coop) offers a cheese and cracker tray on its catering menu, featuring assorted domestic and imported cheeses that are served with candied pecans and dried cranberries.

Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Dr., Bedford, 488-2677; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; copperdoor.com) offers a charcuterie and cheese board on its starters menu, featuring hand-selected meats, cheeses and seasonal accompaniments.

The Crown Tavern (99 Hanover St., Manchester, 218-3132, thecrownonhanover.com) offers a party platter on its starters menu, featuring soppressata, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella cheese, Vermont cheddar, feta, olives and wood oven focaccia.

Fig & Olive of Milford. Courtesy photo.

Cured and Craved (Auburn, find them on Facebook and Instagram @curedandcraved) takes orders for charcuterie boards to go. The contents of each board may vary depending on availability but will typically include cured meats like prosciutto, salami and pepperoni, goat cheese, brie, sharp cheddar, Gouda and blue cheese, and additional items like Kalamata olives, nuts, and fruits like grapes, dates, kiwis or dragon fruit. Orders can be placed online through the Facebook page, with local pickups and deliveries available.

Fig & Olive (Milford, figandolivenh.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @figandolive.nh) offers a variety of themed charcuterie boards to go. Selections include classic boards like “The Spicy,” “The Sweet,” “The Savory” and “The Smokey,” while owner Danielle Tedford has also done brunch boards and holiday cocoa boards. An advance ordering notice of at least five days is requested, to be placed online through the website. Boards can be picked up or delivered in Milford or surrounding areas.

The Flying Butcher (124 Route 101A, Amherst, 598-6328, theflyingbutcher.com) offers deli platters featuring a variety of assorted meats and cheeses, including ham, roast beef, turkey, Genoa salami, and American, Swiss and provolone cheese. At least a week’s advance ordering notice is encouraged.

The Foundry Restaurant (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, foundrynh.com) offers local cheese and charcuterie plates on its starters menu, with the option to add house-made pickles or chef’s choice mixed nuts.

Granite Slates (Stratham, graniteslates.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @graniteslates) offers charcuterie boards with hand-selected cheeses, meats, assorted crackers, seasonal fruits, nuts and more. Boards are available in three sizes (small, medium and large), with the most popular, the medium, serving four to six people. Ordering is done online, with pickup and delivery options within 25 miles of Stratham. Co-owners Sarah Thibodeau and Melissa Hayden currently have plans to open a retail charcuterie shop, where they hope to offer classes and provide seating to enjoy small boards with locally made baked goods, coffee and tea.

Greenleaf (54 Nashua St., Milford, 213-5447, greenleafmilford.com) has a local cheese board on its starter menu, usually with other accoutrements like honeycomb, crostini or pickled cucumber.

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli (72 Main St., Meredith, 253-7968, hermitwoods.com) offers a few charcuterie and cheese board options on its deli menu, featuring a variety of New England-sourced meats, cheeses and spreads that are served with crackers. Ingredients can also be packed individually for you to take home and create your own board with.

Industry East Bar (28 Hanover St., Manchester, 232-6940, industryeastbar.com) has a charcuterie board on its starters menu that is available in small and large sizes, featuring an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, candied nuts, local honey, crostini, pickles, preserves and whole grain mustard.

J&B Butcher (259 E. Main St., East Hampstead, 382-0999, jandbbutcher.com) offers a variety of Boar’s Head deli platters on its catering menu, like the Italian festival, featuring mortadella, salami, hot capicola, prosciutto and provolone cheese.

LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst; 14 Route 111, Derry; 672-9898, labellewinerynh.com) offers an artisan cheese board on its holiday catering menu, featuring an assortment of artisanal local cheeses with dried fruit, nuts and The Winemaker’s Kitchen jam that’s served with crackers. Two sizes are available. The deadline has passed to place orders for Thanksgiving, but Christmas orders are now being accepted.

Local Baskit (10 Ferry St., Concord, 219-0882, localbaskit.com) is now offering custom cheese and charcuterie boards, available for individual orders of small and large grazing platters, as well as individually portioned “jar-cuteries,” featuring sweet or savory items served up in small mason jars. Each order can be custom made with a 24-hour notice or less, depending on volume.

McKinnon’s Market & Super Butcher Shop (236 N. Broadway, Salem, 894-6328; 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 559-5714; mckinnonsmarkets.com) offers several types of cheese platters on its catering menu. The classic cheese platter, for instance, comes in 12- or 16-inch sizes and features hand-cut selections of cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack and colby jack cheeses, and is garnished with red and green seedless grapes and a port wine cheese ball with almonds.

Moulton’s Kitchen & Market (10 Main St., Amherst, 673-2404, moultonsmarket.com) offers several types of snack platters on its catering menu, including a Calef’s cheese and cracker tray that’s available in small (serves six to eight people) and large (serves 12 to 15) sizes.

Mr. Steer Meats (27 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, 434-1444, mrsteermeats.com) offers a variety of meat and cheese platters to choose from, including the Italian festival, which features Genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, sopressata, pepperoni, your choice of two cheeses, and prosciutto as an added option. Platter orders require at least a 24-hour notice.

Palette (Exeter, palettegrazeboards.com, and on Facebook and Instagram @palettegrazeboards) is a sister business of Laney & Lu in Exeter, offering several types of assorted boxes of artisanal cheeses, meats, crackers, fruit and more. They’re taking Thanksgiving orders now with a 48-hour advance notice. Orders must be placed by Nov. 22 for you to receive them by Thanksgiving Day. Free pickups can be made on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Laney & Lu (26 Water St., Exeter), while deliveries can also be made within a 60-mile radius.

Presto Craft Kitchen (168 Amory St., Manchester, 606-1252, prestocraftkitchen.com) is taking orders for charcuterie board platters for Thanksgiving, available in several sizes, including small (serves 6 to 10 people), medium (serves 12 to 18 people), large (serves 20 to 30 people) and mega (serves 50). Each board features an assortment of domestic and imported cheeses, along with Italian salumi, berries, crackers and breads. Order by Nov. 19. Pickups will be on Tuesday, Nov. 23, and Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The Prime Butcher (201 Route 111, Hampstead, 329-7355; 58 Range Road, Windham, 893-2750; primebutcher.com) offers several platters on its catering menu, like a Boar’s Head meat and cheese platter with added garnishes, and an antipasto platter with Italian cold cuts and marinated vegetables.

Revival Kitchen & Bar (11 Depot St., Concord, 715-5723, revivalkitchennh.com) has a New England-sourced cheese selection on its starters menu, which you can build by choosing add-ons like fennel salami, marcona almonds, marinated olives and more.

Station 101 (193 Union Sq., Milford, 249-5416, station101nh.com) has a small selection of food items to go with its beer selections, including an assortment of cheeses, meats and crackers.

TJ’s Deli & Catering (2 Pittsburgh Ave., Nashua, 883-7770, tjsdeliandcatering.com) has a variety of trays and platters on its catering menu, including a tray of assorted cheeses with pepperoni, and an Italian platter that has imported ham, Genoa salami, mortadella, pepperoni and provolone cheese, along with potato salad, pickles, olives and rolls.

Tomahawk Butchery & Tavern (454 Daniel Webster Hwy., Merrimack, 365-4960, tomahawktavern.com) offers charcuterie boards featuring four meats and four cheeses, along with bread, honey and bruschetta.

The Town Cabin Deli & Pub (285 Old Candia Road, Candia, 483-4888, towncabin.com) offers several types of platters on its catering menu, like a cheese and cracker platter with the option to add meats, and an Italian platter available in two serving sizes, with imported mortadella, capicola, salami, pepperoni and provolone, served on greens with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and kalamata olives

The Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery (58 Route 27, Raymond, 244-2431, thetuckaway.com) offers several types of trays and platters on its catering menu, including assortments of meats and cheeses that are available in half tray (serves 15 people) and full tray (serves 25 people) sizes.

603 Charcuterie. Courtesy photo.

Brie cheese and jam cutout
Information courtesy of Theresa Zwart of 603 Charcuterie in Derry

• Choose a wheel of brie cheese with a diameter wider than your chosen cookie cutter.
• Choose a top side of the brie and carefully cut it off, about ¼ inch thick. You should have a wide circle base and a thin circle top.
• Use your cookie cutter to cut the shape in the middle of the thin top piece of your brie.
• Carefully remove your cookie cutter, keeping both the outside and the inside of the brie intact. Set aside the inside piece.
• Place a scoop of your choice of fruit jam in the center of your large base brie.
• Take your thin top piece of brie and place the intact outskirts back on the base (the jam is in the center and showing in the open shape). Gently “squish” the outside edges of your circle to the base to secure the jam in the center.
• Place the inside of the brie cut anywhere you want on your board and enjoy.

Featured photo: Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop in Manchester. Courtesy photo.

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