Olde Towne Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting Friday, November 18

Date: November 9, 2022 By: otba1400@gmail.com Category: Holiday Event

Enjoy a hometown holiday tree lighting complete with decorations, music, the Snow Queen, Father Christmas, and even a little snow! Additionally, the Olde Towne shops will be open late and 20 crafters & authors will be selling their wares. There will also be a free Tidewater Winds Quartet concert, strolling colonial carolers, hot cider, prize drawings, and shuttle rides. You can be sure to get in the holiday spirit right here in Olde Towne!


High Street Corridor 4 – 8 pm

Olde Towne Merchants’ Holiday Open House

Monumental United Methodist Church

Coleman Collection Nativity Scene and hot apple cider 4 – 7 pm

Anderson-Wright Rooms & Gardens

Tango Music & Dancers Hot Apple Cider and Ginger Snaps from 5 – 8 pm

Oxford Square Washington & High Street

Holiday Quintet 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

Tidewater Winds Woodwind Quartet Free Concert 7:30 pm

Middle Street Mall 4 – 7 pm

Crafters Market with 20 crafters and local authors

Children’s Museum Holiday Member Night 5 – 7 pm

Museum Exhibits available. Enjoy a special holiday-themed Make It, Take It art activity, and a showing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Reserve your tickets! Members should reserve tickets under Portsmouth Museum Member. You can reserve up to the maximum tickets allowed for your membership level.

Southside Community Band 5 – 5:45 pm

Please bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Holiday Tree Lighting Program 6:30 – 7 pm
The Snow Queen, Father Christmas, the Grinch, the Colonial Carolers, and even a little snow!




Strolling Entertainment 4 – 8 pm

Father Christmas, Rabbi Atschul, and Babu will be sharing songs and stories of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. The Snow Queen and Snow Sprite will delight children with tales of the South Pole and their encounter with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Colonial Carolers and the Colonial Kids will fill the business district with songs of the season and holiday cheer! 

A strolling violin player will share holiday favorites.

Free rides on the Olde Towne Shuttle so you don’t miss any of the fun!

These Olde Towne shops are open late and decked out for the holidays:

Olde Towne Arts & Music
That Art Store
MM Rockin
Children’s Museum Gift Shop
Portsmouth Welcome Center
The Coffee Shoppe
Little Shoppes on High
Market Street & General Store
Sole Right Men’s Fine Footwear
Village Thrift
Bier Garden Gift Shop
Way Back Yonder Antiques
The Book Club
Anderson-Wright Rooms & Gardens
Love More
Kitchen Koop

Make sure to get a free raffle ticket from each location to be entered in a drawing for one of our great prizes!

The fun doesn’t have to end at 8 – make the evening complete by visiting:

Stellar Wine and find a new favorite wine while Liz & Bridge entertain you!