portsmouth holiday parade
The 2021 Portsmouth Holiday Parade takes place on Dec. 4.

Holiday parades near Portsmouth in 2021

A roundup of 2021 holiday parades and other town events near Portsmouth

Portsmouth and other Seacoast towns hold their 2021 holiday parades and festivities in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Here’s a roundup of town-sanctioned holiday happenings.

Exeter Festival of Trees

exeter festival of trees

Date/Time: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & Thursday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Exeter Town Hall
Website: www.exeterareacharitablefoundation.org/festivaloftrees

Dover Festival of Trees

dover festival of trees

Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 3, 4-8 p.m.
Location: Rivermill at Dover Landing
Website: www.dovernh.org/festival-of-trees

Rochester Holiday Tree Lighting

rochester christmas tree

Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Central Square, Downtown Rochester
Website: https://business.rochesternh.org/events/details/holiday-tree-lighting-7940

Hampton Holiday Parade

hampton holiday parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m.
Location: Starts at North Hampton/Hampton town line and ends at Winnacunnet Road
Theme: “Holiday Memories”
Website: www.experiencehampton.org/holidayparade

Berwick/Somersworth Holiday Parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 4, 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBA
Theme: “Joy to the World”
Website: www.facebook.com/events/903133320635026

Kittery Holiday Parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m.
Location: Starts at Post Office Square and ends at John Paul Jones Park
Theme: “Celebrating Our History – Kittery’s 375th Anniversary”
Website: www.kitteryme.gov/home/events/69326

Exeter Holiday Parade

exeter holiday parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Starts on Portsmouth Ave. near Exeter Lumber and goes through downtown on Water Street
Theme: “Celebrate!”
Website: https://exeterholidayparade.org/

Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

portsmouth holiday parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m.
Location: Starts on Islington Street and travels through Market Square
Website: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/illuminated-holiday-parade-tree-lighting

Rye Holiday Parade

rye holiday parade

Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m.
Location: Starts at Webster at Rye on Washington Road and ends at Rye Junior High School
Website: www.town.rye.nh.us/home/events/30326

Brentwood Holiday Stroll

brentwood holiday stroll

Date/Time: Friday & Saturday, Dec. 10 & 11, 5-9 p.m.
Location: Brentwood Recreation Center
Website: www.facebook.com/events/1609591239393469

  See the full calendar for more local festivities.