CONWAY — The jolly man himself, Santa Claus, will be arriving to North Conway again on Nov. 25 to celebrate “An Old Fashioned Christmas.” With the snow on top of Mount Washington, Santa will have a place to land his sleigh and has decided to make this an annual event so that Dasher, Dancer, Prancer Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph can have a practice run in preparation of the big night on Christmas Eve.
This year’s event begins with caroling at Schouler Park starting at 4:30 p.m., presented by Da Capo.
Children will receive a Golden Ticket for a chance to help Santa light the 60 foot tree.
At 5 p.m., Santa will arrive at Schouler Park for the official tree lighting and will choose a child to help light the tree.
From 5:30 to 5:50, there will be a holiday “Parade of Carols” from the North End of Norcross Circle up Main Street in North Conway Village to the Eastern Slope Inn.
Visitors are encouraged to follow Santa the two blocks to the Eastern Slope Inn Resort for the resort lighting.
Santa will be stopping at the North Conway Library to pick up his book “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” The resort will be lit at 6 p.m.
Children and their parents are invited to follow Santa to the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse for cookies and hot chocolate after the resort lighting, where Santa will read “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Multiple readings will be offered to accommodate event attendees. Children can meet Santa and share with him what they would like for Christmas.
The Mt. Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, located directly across from the Eastern Slope Playhouse, will be open for attendees during Santa’s reading between 6 and 8 p.m.
4:30 p.m. — Caroling at Schouler Park
5 p.m. — Santa arrives at Schouler Park and chooses a child to light the tree.
5:30-5:50 p.m. — Holiday “Parade of Carols” from Schouler Park to Eastern Slope Inn.
6 p.m. — Santa chooses a child to light Eastern Slope Inn Resort.
6, 7 and 7:30 p.m. — Cookies and hot chocolate with Santa at Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse as Santa reads “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
6–8 p.m. — Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center open.
8 p.m. — Visit with Santa at Eastern Slope Playhouse.
The Old Fashion Christmas events will be supporting the non-profit charity “Angels and Elves” whose mission is to provide holiday gifts to over 600 children who might not otherwise receive one.
Participants are encouraged to bring a toy for the Angels and Elves Project for local children.
Conway Village tree lighting
On Saturday, Dec. 2, children can have their photos taken with Santa at Conway Village’s Northway Bank on West Main Street from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Santa will proceed down Main Street in Conway around 4 p.m. and arrive to preside over the Conway Village tree lighting at 4:15 p.m. at the Conway information booth at the corner of Main and West Main streets.
There will be free hot chocolate at the tree; caroling will be led by DaCapo, an entertaining local choral group that performs Broadway and contemporary commercial music throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
At the conclusion of the tree-lighting ceremony, Santa and the DaCapo choral group will lead the way to Ham Arena for free cookies and a free “Holiday Classics on Ice” show presented by the Mount Washington Valley Skating Club at 5:15 p.m. that will include performances by children and adults.
The show will be followed by free skating for all from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the arena. Pizza and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Ham Arena.