Winter can be a very polarizing time in New Hampshire. Many will revel in the long ski and snowboard season, but, for those who don’t, the cold combined with lack of daylight can take its toll. However, with so much to do across the state, wintertime is something that can be enjoyed for everyone, not just something that must be endured! Following, discover some of our favorite winter events in NH.
Opening January 10, North Woodstock
A unique way to experience winter, Ice Castles has been a staple in New Hampshire for several years. Slides, tunnels, archways, thrones, fountains, all made from 20 million pounds of ice return this year, with a new addition—an enchanted walk through the forest that will include ice sculptures and plenty of photo opportunities. The attraction opens January 10 and typically runs until March (weather dependent).
January 18, Auburn
Get out and enjoy some fresh air while spotting the beautiful birds of the Granite State! In the fields and trails of the Massabesic Audubon Society, NHA Naturalist and UNH Coverts volunteer Jocelyn Duffy will lead the walk. Appropriate for family members aged 10 and up, advanced registration is required.
January 23, Manchester
Prefer to stay indoors? Part of New Hampshire Wine Week, the 17th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular is a night filled with over 1,800 quality wines as well as local foods, a silent auction and raffle, a VIP tasting room, and the chance to meet and learn from dozens of expert wine personalities.
January 24-25, Concord
Head to Concord for two days of winter fun and festivities, including an ice carving competition and demonstrations, themed ice bars, outdoor activities for all ages, and more throughout multiple venues! Coinciding with the Black Pond Ice Hockey Tournament and NHTI Winter Fling, this weekend-long event will be fun for all ages.
February 1, Keene
This family-friendly winter carnival includes snowball fights, ice sculpture competitions and plenty of hot cocoa sipping. There are also crafts for kids, train rides and pictures with polar bears and ice princesses
February 1, Epping
Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will host their annual bonfire at Burley Farms in Epping is a great time for all ages. From 3:00-6:00 p.m., you’ll have the chance to enjoy a bonfire, s’mores, and a fascinating owl walk!
February 6-9, Hanover
Themed “A Blizzard of Unbelievable Beasts,” the 110th Dartmouth Winter Carnival offers something for everyone. The event begins Thursday with the Opening Celebration and concludes with 99-cent Ski Day at Oak Hill and the Skiway on Sunday. In between you can participate in annual highlights like the Polar Bear Swim & Human Dogsled Races – maybe even carve an ice sculpture.
February 16, Derry
At the annual Frost Festival, you’ll find ice sculptures, sledding, wildlife encounters, ice skating, and more. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more details on this year’s event!
February 21-22, Wolfeboro
Celebrate the season with three ice bars and two bands each night! Head up to Wolfeboro Inn for a night of outdoor fun, including fire pits, free s’mores fixings, live music and more.
February 22, Merrimack
The 28th Annual Winter Carnival will be held from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Wasserman Park. Expect a fun-filled day of free outdoor activities, games, crafts, and more for the whole family. Keep an eye on the event website for updates on the schedule of events!
Nothing says winter in New England like a sleigh ride! Held throughout the winter, there are plenty of options to take a ride through the snow across the state. Locally, you can head to Charmingfare Farm in Candia for a romantic sleigh ride for two or a fun group outing.
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