The Winter Holiday Stroll will enliven downtown Nashua on Saturday November 30th. Beginning with a candle light procession from City Hall to Railroad Square at 5PM, the downtown area will host a variety of entertainments for the evening, until 10PM. Many area streets will be closed to traffic to allow strollers to walk to the many shops open late that day and to enjoy the 34 music venues set up along Main Street, West Pearl Street, and other nearby lanes.
There will be musical performances for everyone’s taste, from folk (the Cow Hampshire Folk group), classical (Merrimack Valley Flute Choir), and traditional (Steve Blunt), to jazz (The Legionnaires), soul (Queen City Soul), rock (Bellwire) and psychedelic (Megafauna).
The Artists Collective Theater will be previewing their “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.” The Peacock Players and the Upstage Dramatics Arts will also be featured. The Northern Ballet Theatre and other dance companies will be among the 50+ groups that will be performing.
In addition to music and theater offerings, the Holiday Stroll will feature magicians, martial arts and lumberjack demonstrations, and ice carving. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society will be manning telescope stations to show visitors our starry heavens; the Bishop Guertin Robotics Team 811 will be exhibiting their basketball-playing robot, GROM. And it wouldn’t be a Winter Holiday Stroll without an appearance by Santa Claus!
This year a gingerbread house contest, “Home for the Holidays,” will be added to the entertainments. The contest will be held upstairs at Martha’s Exchange from 4 to 9PM. Competitors can enter in one of six categories: kids, teen, family, group, adult nonprofessional and adult professional. The houses will be raffled off after the judging. This activity is sponsored by the St. Phillip Greek Orthodox Church teen youth group. For more information on this event, click here.
Plan to come early and stay late. Streets will be closed off starting at 3:30PM, but there will be parking available at the Elm Street Parking Garage, the High Street Parking Garage, and the Southern NH Medical Center Parking Garage. There will also be shuttles available from the parking areas at Rivier University and Holman Stadium from 4 through 10:30PM.
For a complete list of performers, parking information, and other details, see the special Nashua Holiday Stroll website.