Dec. 14: Christmas at Canterbury

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When: Saturday, December 14, 3:00 – 8:00* pm
Cost: $18 for adults, $8 for children age 6-17; children under 5 free. ½ Price for members.

*Please note: there was an error in our November newsletter. These are the correct times. 

Bring the family and experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era by taking a candlelight stroll through the Village, watching an old-time magic show, riding in a horse drawn wagon, and watching a silent film with live organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski. The event will also include music performances, story telling, craft demonstrations and activities, cookie decorating, cider, chats with Village characters like Dr. Seth Miller, 19th century physician and more. Attendees have the option of having dinner at The Shaker Table, where reservations are required, or enjoying lighter fare at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand.

The Shaker Gift Shop, which features a wide selection of high quality, Shaker inspired products, will be open for Holiday shopping during Christmas at Canterbury.

Christmas at Canterbury is sponsored by  Merrimack County Savings Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, Nathan Wechsler, The Rowley Group and Bank of New Hampshire.

Click here to buy tickets for December 14.



All activities are ongoing from 3:00-8:00pm unless specific times are noted.


Silent Film Fun, with live organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski, Chapel @ 4:00, 5:00 & 6:00

19th Century Magician, Jonathon Harrington, North Shop, 1st floor @ 3:15, 4:15 & 5:15*

The New England Irish Harp Ensemble, North Shop, 1st floor from 6:15-8:00pm*

*Hot Cider available for purchase 3:00-8:00

“The Shepherds’ Play” by Brookford Farm, Meeting House from 7:00-8:00pm

Activities & Demonstrations

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides, Cart Shed from 3:00-6:00pm

Tree Lighting, Bee House @ 8:00pm

Gingerbread Man Cookie Decorating, Visitor Center Classroom, lower level

Craft Demonstrations: Broom making & Letterpress, Carpenter’s Shop

Craft Demonstrations: Wood Turning, Power House

Craft Demonstrations: Weaving & Rug Braiding, North Shop, 2nd floor

Family Activity: Cat Ornaments, Creamery

Family Activity: Vintage Christmas Cards, Dwelling House, dining room

Family Activity: Yarn Dolls, North Shop 2nd floor

Story Book Reading, Syrup Shop, 3:00-7:00

Exhibits & Role Players

“Dr. Seth Miller, 1869 Visiting Physician,” Infirmary, 1st floor

“Luella Hubbins, 1918 Patient,” Infirmary, 2nd Floor

“Estella Sweet, ‘Pie Girl’ and Minnie Vance ‘Bread Girl’ 1869,” Dwelling House, bake room

“The School Teacher’s Dilemma,” School House, 20 minute film running at intervals from 3:30-5:30 & 6:30-8:00

Exhibits, Carriage House, 1st floor

Food Available for Purchase

Soups, Baked Goods, Hot & Cold Beverages, Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand

Buffet Dinner by the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program, Shaker Table Event Center. Reservations Strongly Suggested, call (603) 708-1192.