Candlelight Stroll, an annual holiday tradition at Strawbery Banke since 1979; showcases 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of handmade decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke from the bonfire.

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. Mrs. Shapiro prepares a Hanukah celebration her 1919 Russian Jewish kitchen. Mrs. Goodwin, her family and servants prepare a Victorian Christmas. Father Christmas, the night watchman, “Mayor Frank Jones” and other role-players make their rounds along the dirt lanes; and the Abbotts await news of their soldier fighting in Europe in the Second World War. Carolers, chestnuts and holiday crafts bring all the sounds, scents and moments for family ‘stopfulness’ to this event that is a cherished New Hampshire tradition.

Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

As a special discount offer, AARP members and their adult guests get 50% off admission for the December 2, 2018 Candlelight Stroll from 4-8 PM. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at https://strawbery-banke-museum.simpletix.com/Event/37584/39thAnnualCandl#.W8dpOmflvL8m between now and December 1, 2018 at a rate of $10 per adult, or in person on the day of the event for $12.50 per adult, using promo code “CANDLE”.