Make the Most of Your Holiday Vacation
There’s no better place to be during holiday time than the snowy picturesque mountains of New Hampshire. Ski areas throughout the state have pulled together an extensive line-up of fun, family-friendly events throughout December and January that would warm even a Grinch's heart. Celebrate the holidays with sleigh rides with Santa, advanced skiing skills clinics taught by Olympians or try stretching your worries away with Yurt Yoga. For those who can’t get away until after Christmas, there are numerous opportunities to ring in the New Year slopeside with a variety of festivities just for kids, as well as New Year celebrations for adults only.
Black Mountain Ski Area - Every Friday and Saturday afternoon at Black Mountain is filled with après ski performances with various artists. For a full list of events visit https://www.blackmt.com/events.
Bretton Woods - Bretton Woods kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 21st with their special kids-only holiday après “Little Elves Toy Shop” geared to help kids work off some of their pre-Christmas jitters. Every Saturday, continuing from December 21st, Bretton Woods hosts coinciding kids-only/adults-only après ski parties. Guests can gift themselves or the whole family alpine skiing for $50 per person on Christmas day or Nordic skiing for 2 people for just $21 from 10:00am-4:00pm. For a full list of events visit https://www.brettonwoods.com/apres.
Cannon Mountain - Cannon Mountain hosts après events every Saturday from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Cannonball Pub. Join Family Fun Night from 3:00pm on December 28th and enjoy a bouncy house, a kids movie night, Huckerbrook Terrain Park open under the lights and a torchlight parade with fireworks. For a full list of events visit https://www.cannonmt.com/events.
Cranmore Mountain Resort - Santa comes to Cranmore Mountain on Saturday, December 21st. Santa will be roaming the mountain for meet & greets, pictures, and to spread Christmas cheer. Cranmore is hosting special vacation week Cranapaloozas starting on December 27th through the 30th. On December 31st ring in the New Year with the NYE Cranapalooza Party & Fireworks beginning with their Shredding into the New Year event at 1:00pm and ending with fireworks at 6:00pm on the South Slope. For a full list of events visit https://www.cranmore.com/The-Mountain/Mountain-Events/Events.
Great Glen Trails XC - Great Glen Trails will be open Christmas Day for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. Their outfitter’s store and rental shop will be open as well. For more information visit https://www.greatglentrails.com/.
Gunstock Mountain Resort - Santa Claus will be taking a break from his Christmas prepping to make a pit stop at Gunstock for some festive skiing. Bring your camera and snap a pic with their jolliest skier on Saturday, December 21st. Make the most of the last day of 2019 at the Gunstock Rocks New Year’s Eve event with family-friendly on-snow and lodge-based events from 3:00pm. Every Saturday and Sunday at 9am yurt yoga is hosted at the Gunstock Adventure Center. For a full list of events visit https://www.gunstock.com/calendar/.
Jackson Ski Touring Center - Ski for free at Jackson XC on December 25th. Their lodge will be closed on Christmas day but their entire trail system will be open for skiing, free to use, at your own risk. On Sunday, December 29th JacksonXC presents the 10K classic XC race for racers and skiers of all abilities who want the excitement of putting on a bib and hearing the cowbells and cheering crowd. For a full list of events visit https://www.jacksonxc.org/events/.
King Pine Ski Area - Join King Pine for Military Appreciation Days where Active Duty, Retired and Veteran United States Military personnel and their dependents can ski/ride for FREE until December 24. Santa is coming to shred on December 21st from 12:00pm. On Friday, December 28th King Pine is hosting Torchlight Snowtubing from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Ring in the New Year December 31st at King Pine’s New Year Celebration with night skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, fireworks and more from 4:00pm. For a full list of events go to https://www.kingpine.com/event-calendar.
Loon Mountain Resort - Get out and ski with Santa at the Santa Skis at Loon on December 21st and 22nd. Start breaking New Year's resolutions before they begin on December 31st with the 21+ Bunyan Room New Year’s Eve Party. For a full list of events visit https://www.loonmtn.com/events.
McIntyre Ski Area - Skiers and riders of all ages and abilities are welcomed to Race in the New Year at McIntyre Ski Area’s family-friendly race on January 1st. This fun ski race will begin at 3:00pm. For a full list of events visit https://www.mcintyreskiarea.com/events-functions/winter-events/.
Mount Sunapee Resort - The big man, Santa Clause, is coming to ski at Mount Sunapee on Saturday, December 21st. Wear your ugliest sweater on December 27th for Mount Sunapee’s Ugly Sweater Day. Celebrate the New Year with your family at Mount Sunapee’s New Year’s Eve Celebration for fireworks, drinks, entertainment, and fun. For a full list of events visit https://www.mountsunapee.com/explore-the-resort/activities-and-events/mount-sunapee-events.aspx.
Pats Peak - Pats Peak is hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration December 31st. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, a comedy show, dancing, and food tasting stations are among some of the activities guests can enjoy from 3:00pm. For a full list of events visit https://www.patspeak.com/Events.aspx.
Ragged Mountain Resort - Join Santa for Breakfast at the New Hampshire Mountain Inn from 9:00am-1:00pm on Saturday, December 21st. Try your hand at jibbing rails at the Junkyard Jam featuring DJ Scrumptious from 12:00pm on Sunday, December 22nd. On Tuesday, December 31st at 6:00pm Ragged Mountain will be hosting a family-friendly New Year's Eve Party with a prime rib dinner and fireworks. For a full list of events visit https://www.raggedmountainresort.com/Events/.
Waterville Valley Resort - Waterville Valley Resort starts the holidays off with introducing their weekly après and live music series at T-Bars continuing from Saturday, December 21st. Check out the Adventure Center for a guided fat bike demo ride on their Nordic trails on Saturday, December 21st from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Try before you buy, join Never Summer Snowboards from 8am-3pm on Sunday, December 22nd and try a demo snowboard for free. Starry Nights at Sunnyside Timberlodge events start on December 28th. Guests will start the night with a ride up the Valley Run Quad then ski or ride to the Sunnyside Timberlodge along a torch-lit trail for an evening of live music, food and drink. Guests end the evening by skiing or riding down the Valley Run trail in Torchlight Parade under the stars. Take the Kris Freeman Advanced Skate Clinic and learn advanced cross country skiing techniques from 4-time Olympian, Kris Freeman at the Waterville Valley Adventure Center on Sunday, December 29th. Ring in the New Year at Waterville Valley December 31st with Fireworks over Corcoran Pond at 7:30pm. For a full list of events visit https://www.waterville.com/calendar.