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New England is undoubtedly one of the best regions for someone who is looking for small-town sweetness coupled with big Christmas charm. Here, the postcards and carols come to life, making you feel like you stepped directly into a Hallmark movie. If you are chasing after that classic winter scene to put you in the holiday spirit, look no further than New England. If you need inspiration on what activities to take part in or what events to add to your holiday bucket list in this lovely part of the Northeast, these holiday traditions and destinations will give you a great start to your planning just in time to cross them all off before the end of the year! 

No. 1. Snowport Holiday Market 

The Seaport district in Boston is dressed in its wintry best, with holiday shopping, rooftop igloos and outdoor fun. Expanding its location from last year’s first annual holiday market, Snowport has moved down the block for the 2022 holiday season to double in size and include even more festive decorations, such as a mistletoe arch and a winter wish wall. With over 120 vendors, there is more than enough food to satisfy those holiday cravings. Local artists and businesses provide the perfect opportunity to buy the perfect gift for the special people in your life.  

No. 2. Nantucket Christmas Stroll 

If you have never considered taking the ferry ride to experience the Christmas Stroll out on Nantucket, consider this your invitation. The stroll, which originated in 1973, features Santa’s Village Marketplace, live entertainment, craft shows, tours and other local specials. Start on Main Street where the 20-foot tree is lit and enjoy the festivities.  

No. 3. Holidays at the Newport Mansions 

The Holidays at the Newport Mansions are a tradition that continues! There is nothing like seeing these spectacular Gilded Age houses in all their festive finery, glittering with gold and sparkling with silver. Throughout each house, ornately decorated Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and fresh floral arrangements are designed to complement the décor or theme of each room. This year, the sparkling lights around the Breaker’s Mansion extend around the entire property for the first time. Another cool spot that I have been eager to get a reservation for is The Chinese Tea House holiday brunch. Located on the back lawn of Marble House and perched above the historic Cliff Walk, The Chinese Tea House provides an unmatched setting for such a meal.  

No. 4. Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth 

Experience the holidays in this beloved New Hampshire town with a Candlelight Stroll, music and entertainment at Music City Hall and Market Square, and plenty of shopping opportunities from local businesses.  

No. 5. Ice Skating on Frog Pond 

A perfect spot for ice skating is Frog Pond on Boston Common. This popular winter activity is made easy at Frog Pond as it offers skate rentals and hot cocoa at the Pond Cottage. The prime location makes it easy to squeeze in just an hour or so of ice skating before or after another activity downtown with friends, family or with a date.  

No. 6. Christmas Prelude 

The popular tourist town of Kennebunkport, Maine proves it is more than just a summer destination with its holiday festivities. The annual Christmas Prelude is a six-day celebration that includes the famous lobster trap Christmas tree in Cape Porpoise, a dog parade, a variety of craft fairs, fireworks and more for all ages. Shops even offer extended hours, and many provide special treats for both two-legged and four-legged friends. With nearly a full week of holiday cheer, you do not want to miss this extensive celebration of the season! 

No. 7. Wassail Weekend 

Known as Woodstock, Vermont’s favorite time of year, this three-day event is filled with twinkling lights, decorated historic homes and so much more. The famous town transforms into a holiday wonderland with its historic 19th-century charm. There is something for all ages throughout this festive holiday weekend, so keep an eye out for fun activities and events throughout this exciting weekend! 

No. 8. First Night Chatham 

Celebrate the New Year with a festival of visual and performing arts in Chatham, Cape Cod. With fireworks, music, lights and food vendors, there is plenty to do for everyone throughout the evening. You can also check out the Chatham lighthouse which is decorated for the holidays and overlooks the ocean. 

UNH nursing student, beach bum, book worm, and health & wellness lover from Cape Cod, MA!