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Top five things to do: Dec. 15-17

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Holiday-related activity dominates the Seacoast scene this weekend. There’s no escaping it, so we’re highlighting five of the most intriguing holiday events coming to a site near you.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Patrick Dorow Productions’ “Broadway in Kittery” series brings a holiday extravaganza to the stage of Star Theatre. Running through Dec. 23, “Home for the Holidays” is a Broadway-style musical featuring a cast of more than 45 local performers. Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20-$27, available here.

Ed Gerhard’s Christmas Guitar Concert

Guitarist Ed Gerhard

For three and a half decades, Grammy-winning guitar maestro Ed Gerhard has been spreading holiday cheer with his annual Christmas concert. The New Hampshire-based acoustic guitarist will present his 35th annual Christmas Guitar Concerts on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., at South Church in downtown Portsmouth. Tickets are $28-$32; available here.

“Sojoyful” Holiday Jazz Jam

Sojoy Sojoyful Holiday Jazz Jam

Special guest vocalist Stu Dias (of Soggy Po’ Boys fame) joins local jazz ensemble Sojoy for a joyful jazz jam at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. They’ll perform their own signature takes on some holiday favorites, as well as lesser known tunes for the season. Tickets are $12; for more information, click here.

GreenVibe Entertainment Holiday Party

People Like You

For a rocking psychedelic holiday concert, head to The Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Local bands People Like You, Stop Tito Collective, and The Tercet will perform at the GreenVibe Entertainment Holiday Party. Tickets are $7-$10; guests are encouraged to bring a toy or non-perishable food item to donate. For more information, click here.

Vintage Christmas Candlelight Stroll

Vintage Christmas Candlelight Stroll

Since 1979, Strawbery Banke Museum’s annual Candlelight Stroll has been a holiday highlight in Portsmouth. Lighted candle lanterns illuminate the grounds as guests visit decorated historic homes, meet costumed role players, listen to holiday music, and enjoy a bonfire. This year’s final strolls are Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5-9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 17, from 4-8 p.m. For prices and tickets, click here.

For a full calendar of local events, click here.