Saturdays and Sundays, Dec 2-17
Volunteer: Candlelight Stroll

Earns Volunteer Service Hours
Unmanaged event – you will be volunteering directly with Strawbery Banke
Report your own hours

Experience seasonal & holiday traditions of times past
Event held in rain, snow, or starlight.

Saturdays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2023, 5-9 PM
Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 2023, 4-8 PM

Event website:
will be updated for 2023 soon. Volunteer sign-ups are pending. Watch the GSA newsletter.

About Candlelight Stroll:
Visitors call on the many families who once lived in the Puddle Dock neighborhood including the Shapiro family as they prepare for a Hanukkah Celebration in 1919, The Goodwin family and servants as they prepare for a Victorian Christmas, as well as the Rider-Wood family as they celebrate both Christmas and the recent marriage of Mary Rider’s niece Betsey.

Strawbery Banke Museum’s furnished historic houses are adorned with handmade decorations created from greens and dried flowers from the Museum’s heirloom gardens. While traveling from house to historic house, the glow of hundreds of lighted candle lanterns light the way and guests enjoy seasonal greetings from costumed roleplayers and performers who recreate the traditions of times past.

The historic houses are open for touring during Candlelight Stroll. 
Be sure to catch Ice Dance International‘s Currier and Ives Vintage Skaters as they perform at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond. Performances occur on Saturdays at 6 & 7:30 PM and on Sundays at 5 & 6:30 PM. 
Stroll the Grove of Holiday Trees, which are decorated by members of the community and local businesses and organizations. Additionally, enjoy an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience at Pickwick’s at the Banke, the Museum store. 

About Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth:
Strawbery Banke’s Candlelight Stroll is an anchor for the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth holiday celebration, along with The Music Hall, Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth, and the City of Portsmouth. Come to Candlelight Stroll and see why Travel + Leisure magazine calls Portsmouth “the Christmas capital of North America.”

There is NO onsite parking for Candlelight Stroll. 

Event attendees are encouraged to park at nearby offsite parking options including:

Additionally, attendees can take advantage of The City of Portsmouth’s FREE Vintage Christmas Shuttle courtesy of TransAction Corporate Shuttles. The shuttle runs from parking lots, hotels, and in between The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum on an approximately 15-minute loop. Click here for more information.