Where to Visit Santa in the Upper Valley

  • Liana Reed, 4, of West Lebanon, N.H., tells Santa (played by Richard Paul, of Hartland, Vt.) what she'd like for Christmas -- a Legos Star Wars set -- during the Lebanon Recreation Celebration at City Hall in Lebanon, N.H., on December 5, 2015. Paul has been a part of Lebanon events as Santa for the past 20 years and his elves are his daughters Nicole LeBarge and Kristin Paul, both of White River Junction. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Geoff Hansen

Published: 12/7/2017 11:18:13 AM
Modified: 12/15/2017 12:18:58 PM


The Christmas spirit is alive in the Upper Valley and everyone’s favorite elf is in town. Santa has already been spotted around the Upper Valley, but in case you missed him, here are some future scheduled appearances.

Did we miss one? Let us know by emailing calendar@vnews.com

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock

Dec. 8-10


Woodstock Village Green, 21 The Green

Woodstock’s 33rd annual Wassail Weekend features twinkling lights, decorated historic homes, concerts, a craft fair, holiday house tours, breakfast with Santa, a wassail parade and more. 802-457-3555.

Pictures with Santa in Claremont

Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rent-A-Center, 367 Washington St.

Kids, families and pets are invited to visit with Santa and get their pictures taken. Photos can be printed on site or emailed. Prices: $5 for 4x6, $7 for 5x7, emailed image $7. Refreshments available. Proceeds benefit the Sullivan County Humane Society. 603-542-3277.

Visit From Santa in Tunbridge

Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tunbridge Public Library, 289 Route 110

Families and kids of all ages are invited to chat with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Photos are available; sales of prints benefit the library. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1740929136214658/. 802-889-9404.

Visit With Santa in West Lebanon

Dec. 8, 4-6 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m.


Powerhouse Mall, 8 Glen Road.

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

Visit From Santa in Vershire

Dec. 9, 11 a.m.


Vershire Community Library, 6946 Route 113.


Santa Claus stops by to talk with children and read a book to them. Free books for all children and teens. Free. 802-685-9982.


Christmas Festivities in Orford

Dec. 10, 2 p.m.


United Congregational Church of Orford, 617 Route 10.


Santa Claus, holiday activities and refreshments will be followed by a potluck at 5 p.m., a pageant at 6 p.m. and lighting of the Memory Tree at 6:30. Call to purchase a bulb for a loved one ($5 each). 603-353-9422.

“Polar Express” Party in Wells River

Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Pulaski Masonic Lodge No. 58, 37 Main St.


Each year, a different community member reads the classic children’s book The Polar Express, with sound effects provided. Includes an appearance by Santa, along with cookies and cocoa for all. Free. Hosted by Baldwin Memorial Library. Call 802-757-2693 for more information.



Pancake Breakfast in Norwich

Dec. 16, 7 a.m.


Grange Hall, 344 Main St.

Real maple syrup, eggs, sausage, coffee, tea, juice and a special appearance by Santa. Hosted by Mascoma Savings Bank as part of the 19 Days of Norwich and Beyond to benefit the Upper Valley Haven. Donations accepted. 802-649-1950.

Breakfast With Santa in Bradford, Vt.

Dec. 16, 8-10 a.m.


Bradford Congregational Church, 145 Main St.

A kids’ pancake breakfast, along with a silent auction and raffle. Admission: $3 per person, or $10 for a family of four. Hosted by the Bradford Fair. More details at bradfordfair.org. 802-222-4053.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland in Orford

Dec. 16, 12-4 p.m.

Rivendell Academy multi-purpose room, 2972 Route 25A

Children can meet Santa, decorate holiday cookies, write a letter to Santa, decorate a Christmas ornament and drink hot chocolate. Admission is $5 per child, adults free. Snow date is Dec. 17. 603-353-4321.

Holiday With the Animals in Enfield

Dec. 16, 12-2 p.m.

Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10

Make dog or cat toys to bring home or donate to the Upper Valley Humane Society animals. Includes snacks, a meet-and-greet with shelter animals and a visit from Santa Claus. 603-448-6888.

Visit From Santa in Windsor

Dec. 16, 3 p.m.


Windsor House, 54 Main St.


Santa arrives by fire engine. Hot chocolate and refreshments served. Free. 802-738-6904.

Skate with Santa in White River Junction

Dec. 16, 4:15 p.m.

Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Ave.


An open skating session featuring holiday music and a special appearance by Santa. Skate rentals available. Sponsored by Hartford Parks and Recreation. Admission: $5 per person, or use a season pass. Children 3 and under free. 802-295-5036.


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