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Holiday events


Evergreen Fair: Fifty select artists and craftspeople come together at the University of New Hampshire to celebrate the fine art of craft. Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St., Durham.

Festival of Trees: At the 17th annual event, more than 50 trees will be decorated and displayed for a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Chamber Children’s Fund, which provides winter clothing vouchers to area children in need. Thursday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front St., Exeter.

Home for the Holidays: Stores in downtown South Berwick, Maine, stay open late and the streets are filled with music, neighbors, crafts, and treats. Work by local artists will be available around town. Friday, Dec. 4.

Gingerbread House Tour: Check out gingerbread houses made by local businesses, restaurants, and families. Friday, Dec. 4, 4-8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, 12-4 p.m. Buoy Gallery, 2 Government St., Kittery, Maine. $5 (free for kids).

New Castle Village Christmas Fair: Gifts, ornaments, wreaths, baked goods, and more will be available at the annual event. Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. New Castle Recreation Building, 301 Wentworth Road, New Castle.

Portsmouth Christmas Fair: Christ Episcopal Church’s annual fair features crafts, baked goods, jewelry, silent auction baskets, bag raffles, knitted items, and a Cookie Walk. Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth.

Greenland Christmas Fair: Community Congregational Church of Greenland’s 50th annual fair features jewelry, gourmet foods, handcrafted items, a visit from Santa, and a Cookie Walk. Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2 Post Road, Greenland.

Holiday Craft Fair: The Somersworth Festival Association’s 23rd annual event features over 150 New England crafters. Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Somersworth High School, 11 Memorial Drive, Somersworth.

Candlelight Stroll: Stroll through 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations. Dec. 5-20, Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. and Sundays from 4-8 p.m. Strawbery Banke Museum, 100 Marcy St., Portsmouth. $25/adult, $12.50/ages 5-17, free for kids under 5.

Con Tutti Chorus: Banish the Darkness!: The 100 singers of Con Tutti celebrate the solstice with songs of the holiday season. Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30-8:45 p.m. South Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

“A New December” Holiday Concert: The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus performs its 18th annual concert. Sunday, Dec. 6, 4-6 p.m. Christ Epsicopal Church, 1035 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth. $20/adult, $18/senior or child, $15/student.

Holiday parades

Exeter: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m., through downtown, ending at Swasey Parkway (theme: “Fire & Ice”)

Hampton: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., marching to The Galley Hatch (theme: “Dreaming of a Magical Christmas”)

Kittery, Maine: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m., starting at Post Office Square end ending at John Paul Jones Park for a tree lighting (theme: “Toys on Parade”)

Portsmouth: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., starting with a tree lighting in Market Square (theme: “unity”)

Rochester: Sunday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m., through downtown (theme: “Out of This World Christmas”)

Rye: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m., marching along Washington Road from Webster at Rye to Rye Junior High School

Seabrook: Sunday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m., marching along Route 1 to the Walmart parking lot for a concert (plus Toys for Tots food drive)

Somersworth: Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., with a winter gala in Somersworth Plaza featuring fireworks at 4:30 p.m.

York, Maine: Saturday, Dec. 5, 4:30-6 p.m., from Foster’s Clambake to the Village Elementary School.