Experience seasonal & holiday traditions of times past
Event held in rain, snow, or starlight.
Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2023, 5-9 PM
Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2023, 4-8 PM
Member ticket sales begin on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 10 AM. 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟔, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑, 𝐚𝐭 𝟏𝟎 𝐀𝐌.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥:
Visitors call on the many families who once lived in the Puddle Dock neighborhood including the Shapiro family as they prepare for a Hanukkah Celebration in 1919, The Goodwin family and servants as they prepare for a Victorian Christmas, as well as the Rider-Wood family as they celebrate both Christmas and the recent marriage of Mary Rider’s niece Betsey.
Strawbery Banke Museum’s furnished historic houses are adorned with handmade decorations created from greens and dried flowers from the Museum’s heirloom gardens. While traveling from house to historic house, the glow of hundreds of lighted candle lanterns light the way and guests enjoy seasonal greetings from costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past.
The historic houses are open for touring during Candlelight Stroll.
Be sure to catch Ice Dance International’s Currier and Ives Vintage Skaters as they perform at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. Performances occur on Saturdays at 6 & 7:30 PM and on Sundays at 5 & 6:30 PM.
Additionally, enjoy an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience at Pickwick’s at the Banke, the Museum store.
𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡:
Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll is an anchor for the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, along with The Music Hall, Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, and the City of Portsmouth. Come to Candlelight Stroll and see why Travel + Leisure magazine calls Portsmouth “the Christmas capital of North America.”
• Adults*: $32
• Children (ages 5–17)*: $16
• Children (under 5): Free
*Members receive 50-100% off the ticket price depending on membership level. Join Now!
Admission tickets for Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond are NOT included with Candlelight Stroll tickets. For more information about Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, please click here.
There is NO onsite parking for Candlelight Stroll.
Event attendees are encouraged to park at nearby offsite parking options including:
• Hanover Street Garage (near Market Square)
• Foundry Place Garage (near Sheraton, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites).
Additionally, attendees can take advantage of The City of Portsmouth’s FREE Vintage Christmas Shuttle courtesy of TransAction Corporate Shuttles. The shuttle runs from parking lots, hotels, and in between The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum on an approximately 15-minute loop.
If there has been an error with a ticket order, please contact Strawbery Banke within 24 hours of the ticket purchase. The Museum will work with the ticket purchaser within the 24-hour window, as availability allows, to make the adjustments requested. For ticket order errors contact Sarah Regan, Member and Visitor Services Associate, at sregan[at]sbmuseum.org or 603.241.1644.
Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds. Additionally, Strawbery Banke is unable to accommodate requests for purchased tickets to be transferred to a different date outside of the 24-hour window.