portsmouth illuminated holiday parade & tree lighting 2018
photo by Jay Arbelo

Seacoast Holiday Parades 2018

A roundup of area holiday parades and celebrations coming up this weekend

The holidays approach peak season in December, with parades, festivals, and other celebrations taking place across the region all month. Here’s a roundup of some 2018 Seacoast Holiday Parades coming up this weekend. Check the PortsmouthNH.com calendar of events for other holiday happenings, including concerts, plays, fairs, and more.

Berwick & Somersworth Holiday Parade

berwick somersworth holiday parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Starts in Berwick on Wilson Street and ends in Somersworth on Main Street.
Theme: “Deck the Decades”
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/154145018870627/

Exeter Holiday Parade

exeter holiday parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Starts at the OSRAM Plant on Portsmouth Avenue and ends at Swasey Parkway
Theme: “Land of Misfit Toys”
Website: http://exeterholidayparade.org/

Kittery Holiday Parade

kittery holiday parade 2018

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m.
Location: Starts at Post Office Square and ends at John Paul Jones Park
Theme: “Over the River and Through the Woods”
Website: http://www.kitteryme.gov/home/news/kittery-holiday-parade-december-1-2018

Experience Hampton Christmas Parade

hampton christmas parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.
Location: Starts at North Hampton/Hampton town line and ends at the Galley Hatch parking lot on Lafayette Road
Theme: “Believe”
Website: http://experiencehampton.org/christmasparade/

Portsmouth Illuminated Holiday Parade

Portsmouth Holiday Parade

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m.
Location: Starts on Islington Street and travels through Market Square
Theme: “Spirit of Portsmouth”
Website: https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/city/illuminated-holiday-parade-tree-lighting

Rochester Holiday Parade

rochester holiday parade 2018

Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.
Location: Starts on Wakefield Street by the entrance to Spaulding High School and ends at Rochester Common
Theme: “Christmas Around the World”
Website: http://business.rochesternh.org/events/details/rochester-holiday-parade-3266

Rye Holiday Parade

rye holiday parade

Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Location: Starts at Webster at Rye on Washington Road and ends at Rye Junior High School
Theme: “Holidays Through the Generations”
Website: http://www.town.rye.nh.us/Pages/index

York Festival of Lights

york festival of lights

Date/Time: Saturday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Starts at Foster’s Clambake on Axholme Road and ends at York Village Elementary School
Website: http://www.yorkparksandrec.org/festival-of-lights/

For a full calendar of holiday events, click here.