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  December, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
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Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative Photography

It's beginning to look a lot like winter in Mt Washington Valley as we usher in the holidays with tax-free shopping, the launch of ski season, and holiday happenings! Plan your holiday getaway to coincide with a packed holiday event schedule, filled with everything from family friendly fun-filled events with Santa spottings to couples capers complete with cookies! We're keeping an ongoing calendar of holiday events offering a compilation of shopping, craft fairs and themed events in and around Mt Washington Valley. Simply click here for an up-to-date list of all the holidays hold for your December getaway.

 

There are plenty of great reasons to visit Mt Washington Valley this December. Drive safely on your way up to see us!

 

Event of the Month  

     

 

Mark the calendar for the Conway Holiday Parade and Holiday Celebration on December 6th as the town continues its year-long celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Town of Conway. This year's Conway holiday celebration will be bigger than ever starting out with pictures with Santa at Northway Bank at 1:00pm, story time at Conway Public Library at 2:00pm, the traditional holiday  Parade in Conway Village kicking off at 3:00pm, a tree lighting on the Village Green at 4:00pm, followed by the annual free Holiday on Ice Skating Show at Ham Arena at 5:00pm and Open Skate at 6:30 at Ham Arena. The Conway Holiday celebration is presented by Conway Community Celebrations, MWV Skating Club, Conway Family Dental and DW Electric. For information about this holiday event and other Town of Conway Village 250th Anniversary celebrations, click here.

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

Family Friendly New Year's Eve package at Purity Spring Resort
Join King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort for a "Family-Friendly" New Year's Eve Celebration from December 30, 2014 - January 2, 2015. The Family Friendly New Year's Eve Celebration Package is packed with added value and includes:

- Two nights overnight lodging
- 2 Adult Lift Tickets good from 4:00pm on day of arrival to 4:00pm on second day
- Outdoor music and Bonfire at the base of King Pine
- Family Challenge Fun Race
- Tykes night out with Bobo the Clown - balloons, face painting, & magic
- Ice skating and music in our covered and well-lit "Tohko Dome"
- Torchlight parade at 9:00pm -- families welcome to join!

- An amazing fireworks display at 9:20pm
- Private party in the Trail's End Tavern from 10:00pm - 12:30am - pizza, appetizers, DJ, dancing and games
- Full Country Breakfast
*All activities are weather permitting

 Package with Lift Tickets Start At:

Two night minimum: $301 per night based on double occupancy. Additional Adults: $84 per night, Juniors (ages 6-12): $60.75 per night. Kids 5 and under are free! Package does not include tax & gratuities. Limited availability.

Package Without Lift Tickets Start At:

Two night minimum: $267.50 per night for 2 adults and 2 children ages (6-12). Additional Adults: $37 per night. Juniors (ages 6-12): $29.75 per night. Kids 5 and under are free! To book for New Year's Eve, or for more information, please call (800)373-3754. More info: click here.

 

News from the Valley

                 

Meet and observe a master glass blower; have your Waterford treasure signed

On Monday, December 1, from 12 to 4:00pm, Mr. Gerard Treacy, master glass blower from the House of Waterford in Waterford, Ireland, will be at the Waterford, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton store in Settlers' Green Outlet Village. Mr. Treacy's appearance presents the unique opportunity for our customers to personally meet and speak with an expert in the field, who has dedicated his life to the production of the very finest crystal products in the world. Mr. Treacy will be hand-signing any Waterford piece purchased between now and the day of the event, to make your vase, bowl or favorite wine glass an heirloom to treasure for years to come. For those not able to attend the actual event, the store can ship the pieces anywhere within the continental US for a nominal fee after the signing. With a special etching tool, Mr. Treacy will permanently sign his name and the year, 2014, on each piece, and Waterford will provide a Certificate of Authenticity to go with it. Info: Call 603-733-5540.




Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley

There are a couple of traditional family holiday rides and shows around which family holiday memories are made year after year. Plan a getaway any weekend in December and in addition to insuring that your holiday shopping is complete in Mt Washington Valley's shops and outlets, you can take in one of these age-old family favorite activities.

Saturdays & Sundays in December through 12/21: Christmastime at Santa's Village: Santa greets every child, and listens ever so attentively to all the wishes and wants of the season.  Mrs. Claus joins in on the hospitality and offers some warm wassail for all their guests. If you visit, be sure to stay 'til after dark when the beautiful lighting throughout the park displays a sense of well-being and warmth on those cooler nights. Dress warmly as it gets snuggly cold on the Skyway Sleigh Monorail or the Merry Christmas Ferris Wheel. Fourteen rides are operating and the festivities are all geared to Christmas. Plus, a newer 3-D show entitled "A Tinkerdoodle Christmas" will leave you laughing at the antics of L. Fastidious Tinkerdoodle as he prepares Santa for his yearly journey on Christmas Eve. Info, tickets and list of rides, click here.  

 

December 5-7, December 11-14, December 18-22: Journey to the North Pole, Polar Express: Take a magical journey to the North Pole via the Conway Scenic Railroad turned Polar Express train to hear Santa read the Christmas Classic, The Polar Express. Special treats served up by elves along with a gift for each child are highlights. Tickets available via lodging partners and a call in system with some Thursday tickets available. Info: http://www.polarexpress.org/.

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23:  Santa's Holiday Express on Conway Scenic RR: Santa is on board with his mischievous elves who will be sharing their hot chocolate and cookies with everyone. They'll take your picture, too, if you ask nicely, so be sure to bring your camera! Info and tickets: 603-356-5251, www.conwayscenic.com.

Dec 6, 13, 20:  Tea with Mrs Claus at Bretton Woods: Bring the little ones in your life to enjoy special holiday music, a child-friendly tea menu and holiday stories with Mrs. Claus.  This special event will take place Saturdays at 1:00pm through December 20th.  Reservations required, fees apply. Info: 603-278-8989, www.brettonwoods.com/activities/event/detail/679.

 

   

 

 Photo by Kimberly Davis

 

Couples Capers    

December 13, 14: 18th Annual Inn to Inn Cookie Tour: Couples, mark the calendar for the 18th Annual Inn to Inn Cookie and Candy Tour in Mt Washington Valley, December 13-14, 2014, 11am-4pm and plan on the sweetest getaway of the holiday season. Visit 11 inns all dressed in their holiday finery; taste scrumptious holiday cookies and take home a collection of scrumptious holiday cookies and candies. You'll also view beautifully decorated inns and take home some holiday decorating ideas for your own home. Stay at one of the inns and receive a custom-made keepsake ornament. Two night packages including two nights' accommodations, breakfast each morning, two tour tickets, and a colorful recipe collection, collectors' ornament are available too, and offer the best way to insure cookie tour tickets.   Tickets go on sale the first week in December or reserve a lodging package including tickets any time. All tickets must be reserved in advance. Info: 800-338-1356, 603-356-2642 or

 

Get out and play in Mt Washington Valley

     

Don't miss Skier Appreciation Night at Red Parka Pub, Friday Dec 5th, 7:00pm
Skiers won't want to pass up the annual Skier's Appreciation Night at Red Parka Steakhouse and Pub. Come hear from mountain reps what's new at all the ski areas, touring centers and shops for this season. There's plenty of raffles and opportunities to win lift tickets, trail passes and other great swag donated by the Mt Washington Valley ski resorts/XC centers. Top it off with a beer promotion presented by Tuckerman ALTitude and music by Gravel Project. Proceeds from this event benefit the Eastern Slope Ski Club Junior Ski Program.

2 for 1 Fridays and Mondays at Great Glen Trails
All season long buy one and get the second free with this Great Glen Trails
coupon on Fridays and Mondays. Trail passes, tours to treeline in the SnowCoach, snow tubing, snowshoe and ski rentals...even the Trails Total Ticket are all included. Blackout dates: Dec 26 & Feb 20. Info: http://greatglentrails.com/events/.  

   

December events to plan your trip around       

 

December 6: Homestead Christmas at Remick Country Doctor Museum: From noon to 3:00pm, view seasonal decorations and exhibits, Victorian Christmas confections, Captain Enoch Remick House tours, make and take home crafts, enjoy open hearth and wood stove demonstrations, and farmhouse kitchen treats for sale. It's all part of the Village of Tamworth's holiday weekend celebration. All this for $5 admission. Info: click here.

 

December 6: Holiday Tree Festival at Settlers' Green Outlet Village: Live caroling music, festive trees decorated by locals competing for cash awards, free hot chocolate & candy canes, free  horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa are all highlights of this event. Plus, Cranmore Mountain Resort will build a miniature snow tubing park so the kids can enjoy time tubing on the snow while parents shop. Info: Click here.

December 11: Adult Shopping Night at Toy Chest: Get a baby sitter for the kids because it's Adult Shopping Night at Toy Chest in North Conway Village from 6:00- 8:00pm. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, take part in the raffle and enjoy discounts on purchases. You'll find something for any aged kid at this special toy shop.

December 10: Delaney's Love Our Locals Artisan Night: More than a dozen local artisans will be on hand selling their handmade crafts as shoppers enjoy a beer and wine tasting, food specials, gift card sale alongside! Here's the perfect way to shop local and dine local all in the same place.

December 13: Home for the Holidays! Mountain Garden Club Holiday Boutique: This is one craft and holiday sale that everyone marks on their calendar! Held at the North Conway Community Center, the sale opens at 9:30am till everything is sold out! Hand-crafted items of all sorts will be offered for sale, including member-designed holiday decorations and arrangements, and a wide variety of gift items.  For the best selection, arrive early; many beautiful items sell quite quickly! Free admission. Info: 603-383-9466, www.mountaingardenclub.org.

December 26 - January 5: Christmas week at Mt Washington Valley ski resorts and XC Centers: Look for a 10-day schedule of races, shred fests, live music, on and off-slope fun at Mt Washington Valley's 13 ski resorts and XC Centers as the ski season really kicks into gear with Christmas Week. For a full schedule of upcoming events, visit www.SkiMWV.com.

December 27, 31: Cranapalooza at Cranmore: This family-friendly event features face painting, s'mores, fun with C-More the penguin, kid's entertainment, live music and more. Join the festivities in Schneider Square at Cranmore! Come on New Year's Eve and ring in 2015 with fireworks too. Info: www.cranmore.com.

December 31:  Ring in the New Year in Schouler Park:  The fun begins when Selectmen welcome the new year between 7-8pm in Schouler Park.  Bring the camera and pose with the town's new snowman mascot, the warming hut will be open too.  Then top off the evening at with a huge fireworks display.  Restaurants will be offering New Year's Eve dinners and celebrations too.  For more info, click here for a full schedule of New Year's Eve events throughout Mt Washington Valley.  Check back often as this list is being updated often. 

Free or almost free events
     

 

Rafferty's Rocks Sundays and Patriot days
Rafferty's Restaurant & Pub
in North Conway offers 50-cent wing nights on Sundays. Plus, let this be your Patriot's game go-to place as a very special celebratory drink is offered to football fans (for a low-low price) after every New England Patriot touch down. Also, don't miss Trivia Thursdays at 7:30pm; fun for all. Rafferty's offers a full gluten-free menu along with take-out gluten free frozen items too! Info: http://www.raffspub.com/.

Military ski & ride free at King Pine

From December 12 to 24, 2014 active United States military personnel and their dependents can ski or ride for FREE as the mountain celebrates Military Appreciation Days at King Pine. Retired US military personnel can also ski/ride free until Dec. 24th. Military I.D. card must be presented for tickets. Info: click here

 

Where the deals are
We've compiled an exhaustive list of all the sales closets, clearance lofts and special websites for finding the best deals for your holiday shopping. Simply click here for a full list of where to find great deals throughout Mt Washington Valley, NH.

And speaking of deals, Start Fun Start Free at Cranmore
On December 21, first-time skiers and riders ages 8 and older can learn how to ski for free at Cranmore! This offer includes rental equipment and helmet, lower lift ticket, and an introductory GET ski or snowboard lesson. Reservations are required, call 603-356-5544 ext. 333. * Note: This event is free, but limited to 50 guests. Info:
1800-SUN-N-SKI, www.cranmore.com.   

 

Be on the lookout for SHOP TALK and ABOUT THE SNOW & earn gift cards & tickets 

We've launched the annual SHOP TALK campaign complete with free twice monthly newsletters bringing you all the scoop on what's hot for the holidays, holiday events and tips on successful shopping techniques through Mid-December. Post your shopping photos on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, Twitter (@mwvchamber) or on your Instagram account with #ShopMWV to qualify for gift certificates from Settlers' Green Outlet Village and North Conway Village retailers. Plus, sign up to receive the weekly ABOUT THE SNOW newsletter, packed with current snow conditions, ticket deals, après ski ideas on-and-off the slopes adventure and more. Simply go to www.SkiMWV.com to sign up using INTEREST: Skiing when you register. We'll pick one new reader each week and award a lift ticket or trail pass, so sign up soon. It's free.