Holiday shows, concerts and extravaganzas: 10 things to do this weekend

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas in the not-so-distant future, we are all busy running around checking items off of our holiday season “to do” lists. Cutting and decorating trees, finding that perfect gift and spreading joy helping others, although enjoyable, can leave us all a bit burnt out. Though this is a busy time of year, you should still make time to relax and find something entertaining to do for yourself or as a family. It just so happens we have the perfect “Go and Do” list for you this weekend.

Annual Glenn Wixson holiday party

What: 10th Annual Glenn Wixson Family Holiday Extravaganza

Where: The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth,

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8

Cost: Free

For more information: pressroomnh.com

Lunasa's Celtic Christmas

What: A Celtic Christmas with Lunasa

Where: The Orchard Chapel, 143 Exeter Road, Hampton Falls

When: 8 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8

Cost: $35

For more information: thewordbarn.com

Portsmouth ProMusica concerts

Portsmouth Pro Musica chorus
Portsmouth Pro Musica chorus

What: Portsmouth ProMusica presents J.S. Bach & Friends Cantata No. 140

Where: St. Mary's Church, 25 Chestnut St., Dover

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9

Cost: Advance $13 to 15 and at the door $15 to 20. Tickets are available at portsmouthpromusica.org/tickets.

For more information: portsmouthpromusica.org

What: Portsmouth ProMusica presents Carols of the Season with Chamber Orchestra

Where: Immaculate Conception Church, 98 Summer St., Portsmouth

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10

Cost: Advance $13 to 15 and at the door $15 to 20. Tickets are available at portsmouthpromusica.org/tickets

For more information: portsmouthpromusica.org

Seacoast Wind Ensemble concert

The Seacoast Wind Ensemble will perform a Winter Community Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at 3 p.m. at the York Community Center at York High School Auditorium
The Seacoast Wind Ensemble will perform a Winter Community Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, at 3 p.m. at the York Community Center at York High School Auditorium

What: The Seacoast Wind Ensemble performs Winter Community Concert

Where: York Community Center at York High School Auditorium in York, Maine

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Cost: $13 to $15

For more information: yorkparksandrec.org or call office at 207-363-1040

'Inspecting Carol' this weekend

What: “Inspecting Carol”—A New Holiday (Tradition) DISASTER!

Where: Garrison Players Arts Center, 449 Roberts Road, Rollinsford

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 2p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Cost: $15 to $20

For more information: garrisonplayers.org

Gordon Carlisle Open Studio

What: Gordon Carlisle celebrates 40 years on Seacoast with Open Studio

Where: In the large garage at 111 Fore Road, Eliot, Maine

When: 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10

Cost: Free

For more information: Call 603-431-3639.

The Music of Carole King and James Taylor at UNH

UNH Vocal Arts Project presents The Music of Carole King and James Taylor on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.
UNH Vocal Arts Project presents The Music of Carole King and James Taylor on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022.

What:  UNH Vocal Arts Project: The Music of Carole King and James Taylor

Where:  Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center

When:  8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10

Cost: Free

For more information: cola.unh.edu/music/calendar

Rockingham Choral Society in concert

The Rockingham Choral Society will perform “Love Shall Be Our Token,” a program of Advent and Christmas works for choir, brass quintet, organ, and percussion on Dec. 10 and Dec.11, 2022.
The Rockingham Choral Society will perform “Love Shall Be Our Token,” a program of Advent and Christmas works for choir, brass quintet, organ, and percussion on Dec. 10 and Dec.11, 2022.

What: Rockingham Choral Society performs ‘Love Shall Be Our Token’

Where: First Parish Congregational Church 218 Central Ave., in Dover and Christ Church Episcopal, 43 Pine St. in Exeter.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in Dover and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 in Exeter

Cost: $14 advance and $15 at the door

For more information: rockinghamchoral.org

Wells Christmas parade

Santa waves from the top of a firetruck during a previous year's Wells Chamber parade.
Santa waves from the top of a firetruck during a previous year's Wells Chamber parade.

What: Wells Annual Christmas parade

Where: Steps off from the Wells Plaza and proceeds north on Route 1 to the Wells Junior High School

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Cost: Free

For more information: wellschristmasparade.com

Rock My Soul holiday concert

Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022.
Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022.

What: Rock My Soul Rockin’ Holiday Concert

Where: St. John’s United Methodist Church, 28 Cataract Ave., Dover

When: 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Cost: $5 to $25

For more information: portsmouthnh.com

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