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Out & About: Santa visits 2019

  • Janet Maxham chooses a Yankee swap gift with help from Santa at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock. Forty people participated in the annual tradition. (Courtesy of Thompson Senior Center)

Published: 12/2/2019 2:52:13 PM
Modified: 12/17/2019 3:09:34 PM

Santa Claus has started making appearances in the Upper Valley to listen to the wishes of children and pets of all ages. Here’s a list of his upcoming stops. Email additions and updates to

Visit with Santa in West Lebanon

Friday, Dec. 6, 4-6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m.


Powerhouse Mall, 8 Glen Road.


Bring your camera. Free. 603-298-5236.


Children’s Christmas party in Enfield

Friday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.

Enfield Community Building, 308 Route 4.



Food, music, a visit from Santa and presents for the kids. Hosted by the Enfield Outing Club. Free. Volunteers welcome. Email or call 603-523-7677.

Holiday bazaar and cookie walk in Woodstock

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thompson Senior Center, 99 Senior Lane.


Holiday gifts, handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, knitted and felted items, wreaths, homemade goodies, jams, jellies, pickles and more. A cookie walk, raffle and a visit from Santa. Donations of cookies and crafts welcome. All proceeds support Thompson Senior Center services. 802-457-3277.

St. Nicholas Fair in New London

Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 52 Gould Road.


Shop for baked goods, handmade gifts, ornaments and more, then join St. Nicholas (Santa) and his helpers for woodworking, cookie decorating and arts and crafts. Children’s activities are free. Luncheon served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 603-526-6344.

‘Tis the Season holiday celebration in Lebanon

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2-5 p.m.


Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St.

Celebrate winter and the holiday season with a pop-up farmers market, carriage rides, musical entertainment, crafts, refreshments, a tree lighting ceremony and visits with Olaf and Santa Claus. 603-448-5121.

Visit from Santa in Windsor

Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-4 p.m.


Windsor House, 54 Main St.


Santa Claus comes to town by fire engine with a police escort. Hot chocolate, cookies, books and candy canes. 802-738-6904.


Pancake breakfast with Santa in Woodstock

Saturday, Dec. 14, 8-11 a.m.


The Little Theatre, 54 River St.


All-you-can-eat pancakes (gluten free/dairy free options available), local sausage, maple syrup, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. Crafts for kids and a raffle. Proceeds support Rainbow Playschool. Admission: adults $10, kids $5. 802-245-4746.


Pancake breakfast with Santa in Norwich

Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Norwich Grange, 344 Main St.

Pancakes, real maple syrup and coffee with Santa. Hosted by Mascoma Bank’s Norwich branch in support of the 19 Days of Norwich and the Upper Valley Haven. By donation. 802-649-1220.


Holiday farmers market in Hartland

Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.


Hartland Elementary School, 97 Martinsville Road.

Gifts and crafts by local artisans, kids’ craft activities, an appearance by Santa, holiday food and more. 603-252-1288.


Pictures with Santa in Claremont

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Claremont Rent-A-Center, 367 Washington St., Suite 5.

Kids, families and pets can visit with Santa and get their pictures taken. Photos can be printed while you wait, or have the electronic version emailed. Prices are as follows: $5 for 4x6, $7 for 5x7, emailed image $7. Proceeds benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society. 603-542-3277.

SoRo Holiday Festival in South Royalton

Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

South Royalton Elementary School gymnasium, 223 S. Windsor St.

Handmade items by local crafters and vendors, cookie decorating and kids' crafts, food concessions and more. Pictures with Santa from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 802-763-7967.

Skate with Santa in White River Junction

Saturday, Dec. 14, 4:15- 5:30 p.m.

Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 431 Highland Ave.

Skate to holiday music and get a special treat from Santa. Skate rentals are available. $5 per person, or use a season pass. Children 3 and under free. A flashlight candy cane hunt takes place at 5:30 p.m. Find candy canes that Santa has hidden outdoors. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. 802-295-5036.

Pancakes with Santa in West Fairlee

Sunday, Dec. 15, 8-11 a.m.

West Fairlee Church, 954 Route 113.

Have breakfast and visit with Santa. $5 per person. 802-333-4748.

Cookies with Santa and “The Grinch” movie in Woodstock

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4:30 p.m.

Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green.


Have cookies and treats with Santa, then stay for a screening of “The Grinch” (2018) at 3 p.m. With help from his loyal dog, Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer once and for all. $5, 12 and under free. 802-457-3981.

An afternoon with Santa in Orford

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Orford Congregational Church, 617 Route 10.

Activities for children include decorating sugar cookies. Cookies and hot cocoa for all. Sponsored by the Mt. Cube Masons. 603-353-4220.

Christmas puppet show and potluck in Norwich

Sunday, Dec. 15, 3-7:30 p.m.

Beaver Meadow chapel and schoolhouse, 1672 Beaver Meadow Road.

A Christmas puppet show at the Beaver Meadow Chapel, presented by Ria Blaas and friends, will be followed by a potluck holiday dinner at Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse with a visit from Santa. Bring a wrapped and labeled gift to be donated to the Upper Valley Haven. 802-649-1668.

"Polar Express" party in Wells River

Saturday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.

Masonic Lodge No. 58, 37 Main St.

A surprise reader from the community reads the holiday classic "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. With hot cocoa, sweet treats and a visit from Santa. 802-757-2693.

Holiday market in Randolph

Sunday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bethany Church, 30 N. Main St.

Presented by the Randolph Farmers Market. Gifts by local artists, produce, meat, eggs and baked goods. Live music. Santa visits from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 802-728-6320.




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