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“A Vintage Christmas Visit...”

Strawbery Banke Museum
Ranked #4 of 76 things to do in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Museum houses open in December only for Candlelight Stroll: Saturdays Dec 12 and 19, 5-9 pm and Sundays, December 13 and 20, 4-8 pm. Guided Holiday House Tours offered Dec 26-31, 10 am to 2 pm with last tour starting at 2 pm. Labrie Family Skate outdoor ice rink at the museum is open daily 9 am to 9 pm (except for occasional private rentals).
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I wish there was more going on there at the time...we missed some of the Christmas Festivities because we couldn't stay but it's worth a stop. The entire Strawberry Banke area is worth a walking tour for certain.

1  Thank SuzieOC3
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

A walk through Strawbery Banke during one of the Candle Light Stroll weekends, is a way to feel what the Holiday season is all about. Take time to ask questions of the many people you will meet who will gladly share what the Holidays mean to them and their families...be it the old store or in the victorian parlor. Warm up by the bon fire and listen to some of the local music...you will end your night walking away looking back with plans to make this a new tradition with friends and family.
Also check out their yearly events like fall fest and chili fest, or the great evening wine tasting historic stroll.

Thank tjltc
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Take your kids to Strawbery Banke. It is like walking through history. The volunteers here who are dressed in real clothes from the time period are very knowledgeable. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and they will answer as if they are in the time period that they are representing.

There are buildings and artifacts from pre-Revolutionary war through about the mid 20th century. You can literally walk through history and experience our past in a whole new way.

I recommend this place to everyone I meet and I'm always surprised how many people do not know it is here.

This is a real gem. Please come out and support Strawbery Banke.

1  Thank SchmoOnTheGo
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Very insightful and make sure you check out the guy in the 40s store! Easy access from town centre, so easy diversion for half a day

Thank DavidL68
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Finally, I was able to attend this event after many years of wanting to visit! My husband & I came up the second weekend in December and stayed in the area for a three day weekend. Many great photo ops, no flash photography but you didn't even need to use a flash, the lighting was warm & all very charming & appropriate without a flash. The costumed actors & actresses were very convincing in their mannerisms, dress & speech. They followed an unwritten script perfectly & stayed in character at all times. Luckily, there weren't frigid temperatures and with the constant moving in & out of houses, it provided a nice balance of alternating cold & warmth through-out the evening. I took a short horse drawn carriage ride around the block with a blanket over my legs. It was about a 30 min wait, but I just had to complete the experience. There were many families with children as well as singles and couples of all ages. As I understand it, many families have a yearly tradition of visiting the Christmas stroll. The holiday decorations were great as well as the furnishings! The Goodwin, Chase & Aldrich Houses were my favorites, as was the Shapiro house. Only the tavern was a bit disappointing because I wish it had more of a choice of food & drink items for sale. Perhaps this was just because it was a special event, I am not sure what it sells during the regular season. The Gingerbread house display was interesting to see and the giftshop sold many old fashioned items, many that were made right in the SB villiage. The only thing that would have made the experience better, is if there was a blanket of snow on the ground!

Thank Lisa P
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