November 26, 2016

This year marked 23 years for Nashua’s Annual Winter Holiday Stroll. The event, taking place each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, started small, and through the years it has steadily grown. It is recognized as the largest community event of the year in Southern New Hampshire.

Each year, over 30,000 people from across New England visit downtown Nashua to enjoy this free and family-friendly holiday event. The evening kicks off at 5 p.m. with a candlelit procession up Main Street from City Hall to Railroad Square where the City’s official Christmas tree is lit. Much of the downtown is closed to traffic for the evening, so even after the tree lighting Strollers can enjoy the live entertainment, sample offerings from street vendors, dine in downtown’s fine restaurants and Shop Small at our unique specialty shops and boutiques.

Check out the bottom of this page for our 2016 Holiday Stroll attraction & entertainment list!

 

Click here for an 8.5″x14″ pdf of the 2016 Holiday Stroll Program

Check out footage the 2015 Holiday Stroll!

Small Business Saturday

1935695_932410983462659_2390303364780177669_nThe morning of the 2016 Holiday Stroll we gave away Shop Small tote bags each containing coupons and offers from our downtown businesses along with other Shop Small goodies!

Each time you support a small business, you support somone’s dream. When you commit to Shop Small this holiday season, and all year long, you sustain the strength of our small business driven local economy, and the livelyhood of our neighbors and friends.

The Shop Small Snowball Passport was included in The Downtowner, our weekly e-newsletter, as well as in the Winter Holiday Stroll program which everyone could use for their chance to win $300 worth of $25 gift cards to our distinctive shops and dining hot spots!

 Make the commitment, and Shop Small with us in Downtown Nashua, NH!

Thank You To Our 2016 Stroll Sponsors!

Entertainment Sponsor:

Enterprise Bank

Ice Sculpture Sponsor:

Peters of Nashua

Polar Express Sponsor:

Granite State Credit Union

North Pole Rides Sponsor:

Collins Dentistry for Children

Tree Sponsor:

XP Electronics, LLC

Program Sponsor:

BAE Systems

Community Level Sponsors:

Triangle Credit Union

Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack)

The Nashua Foundation

 TD Bank

Video Sponsor:

Pearl Marketing & Design

Stroll Supporter Level Sponsors:

The Lannan Company, Inc.

Tamposi-Nash Real Estate Group Inc

Barry Warhola, Real Estate Agent

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

 

Do us a favor? Show the folks above how much you appreciate them stepping up to support this well-loved community tradition, head over to their Facebook pages by clicking their links above, and give them a like – and be sure to think of them first when you are looking for a local business to patronize!

2016 Event Maps

Our Interactive Winter Holiday Stroll Map is Now Live!

Thank you City of Nashua GIS team for your great work!

“Picture yourself at the Holiday Stroll!”

Share the fun, and add your photos to our photo map!

2016 Program Attractions

The Winter Holiday Stroll kicks off each year with a candle lit procession lead by Santa, which leaves City Hall promptly at 5pm. Thousands of candles and diyas are handed out at City Hall Plaza beginning at 4pm.

Did you know that there is a free parking shuttle that runs every 5 minutes from Rivier University at 420 Main Street, dropping folks off right behind city hall starting at 4pm? We recommend attendees take advantage of this opportunity. 

The candle lit procession from City Hall, heads down Main Street to the Hunt Memorial Building, where attendees gather for the City Christmas Tree lighting.

We are very pleased to announce that the lighting will feature a performance by accomplished musician and NH native, Alex Preston!

Can’t make it in time to step off from City Hall? There is a second free shuttle service that begins at 4:15pm, leaving every few minutes from Historic Holman Stadium, located at 67 Amherst Street – with drop off right alongside the Hunt Memorial Building!

City Hall Plaza, 229 Main Street

Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main Street

5:45-8pm

Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main Street

5:45-9pm

The Festival of Trees runs through December 9th.
Click here for more information!

St Patrick Winter Holiday Stroll Craft Fair 2016 Crafters and Vendors List
Company Name &/or Items Crafter/Vendor Name
Jewelry by Stephanie R. Stephanie Roy
Embroidered Items Susan Coe
Everything Alpaca – Alpaca Products: Handmade and USA Manufactured Goldie Bourassa
SewCreative Doll Clothes & Crafts Linda Stearns
Creator & Designer – Traveling Chalk Boards, Shawls, Keepsake Boxes Irene E. DuPont
Fabric – Reversible Placemats & Napkins, Tablerunners, Coasters & Designer Dish Towels Diane Sharpe & Jennifer Linn
Creations by Tamie – Cork Art/Holiday Decor/Ornaments/Wreaths Tamie Plourde
Precision Laser Engraving, LCC – 3D Puzzles Melissa DeMartino
Fine Wine Designs – Hand-Crafted Wine & Spirits Giftbags & Designer Stemware Coasters Susan Cunningham
Live Air Plants Design on Driftwood & Glass Diana Ashford
Adorable Adoornments – Ornaments, Wreaths, Home Decor Alissa Jelley
Winchester School of Chinese Culture Jennifer Zhang
J.P. Paws – Wood Signs, Wall Hangings, Canes Jeanne Roberts
Seasonally Decorated Wreaths for Home Decor Myrlene Viaud
Metal Frog Figurines Lou Combes
LuLaKoe women’s clothing Amanda Binette
Simple Treasures – Holiday Decorations Sandy Farland
Rescom Exteriors, Inc – Windows & Doors Delano Azevado
Stiches & Screens Deborah Silva
Girl Scouts Amanda Strong, Troop Leader
Treasured Tales of Evan & Bella, Children’s Book Cheryl Lindsay
Soaperfection – Handmade Soap Patricia Mazzone
Infant Jesus School Marybeth Noyes
Toris Treasures – Henna Art Victoria Thieret
Fleet hats & Scarves, Pillowcases, Aprons & Table Runners Mollie Boardman
Coasters Made from Scrabble Tiles, Bulletin Board Squares Karen Boardman
Figurines, Ornaments, Christmas “Crackers” Michele Bursey
Tupperware Tiffany Provencher
Veggie Steamer Bags Joanne Schultz
Baby Blankets, Bibs, Burp Pads Terry Murray
Cut & Stitch – Table Runners, Clothing Protectors, Aprons, Walker Caddy Karen Winterson
Hand-Bound Books, Scrapbook Albums, Gift Tags, Cards, Paper Village Dwellings Bethany Roberge
Christmas Cards Knights of Columbus
Roses Crafty Boutique – Vinyl Brooke Gray
Duct Tape Wallets Mitchell Haynor
LipCure Balms – Lip Balms & Lip Scrubs Debbie Christianson
Re-Wines It – Recycled Wine Bottles into Chimes, Vases Stephanie Bolanis
Simply Sandy – Christmas Stockings, Theme Christmas Ornaments Sandy Moulton
Nail Art Stephanie Brown
Art & Photo Prints – EC Arts Elizabeth Clark
Book, DVD, Calendars Deb Cross
Bippity Boppity Baby – Baby Hats, Sweaters, Knitted Products, Headbands Judy Dionne
Toadstool Design – Heat Packs, Lapdesks, Candy Dispensers, Snowman Kits Jackie & Ken Maladrine

City Hall Plaza, 229 Main Street

Parking lot adjacent to Santander Bank, 233 Main Street

In two locations at the intersection of Main and Pearl, as well as upon the tower of the Hunt Memorial Building

30 Temple Street

2016 Program Entertainment

5:45-6:45pm

Stunt Double Riot

7:10-8:10pm

Leah Randazzo Quartet

8:35-9:45pm

Rebel Alliance

5:45-6:45pm

Alexis Dabilis

7:10-8:10pm

Cram

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-9:45pm

NH Astronomical Society

5:45-6:45pm

Church of the Good Shepherd Bellringers & Handbell Choir

7:10-8:10pm

Nice & Naughty

8:35-9:45pm

Myschyffe Managed

5:45-6:45pm

The Dancing Corner

7:10-8:10pm

The Dancing Corner

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-9:45pm

Ice Breakers: Live Ice Carving

5:45-6:45pm

Infant Jesus School String Ensemble

7:10-8:10pm

Touche Taps

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

Gluten Free Jazz

7:10-8:10pm

Negative Two

8:35-9:45pm

Bollywood Dance Academy

5:45-6:45pm

Boire Dance Academy

7:10-8:10pm

Bollywood Dance Academy

8:35-9:45PM

No scheduled programming. 

5:45-8:10pm

Peacock Players

8:35-9:45pm

Actorsingers

5:45-6:45pm

Granite Statesmen

7:10-8:10pm

New England Voices in Harmony

8:35-9:45pm

Jazz First

5:45-6:45pm

Towns

7:10-8:10pm

Quills (formerly Flatliners)

8:35-9:45pm

MKF

5:45-8:10pm

Jibe Man Co.

8:35-9:45pm

Sharon Nick and Friends

5:45-9:45pm

Pianist TBA

5:45-6:45pm

Symphony NH

7:10-8:10pm

Sarah Van Wyk

8:35-9:45pm

Gary Recchia

5:45-8:10pm

Nashua Community Music School

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

Main Street UMC Choir

7:10-8:10pm

Manchester Choral Society

5:45-6:45pm

Rose Cold Reaction

7:10-8:10pm

Matt Richardson and Cody Knapp

8:35-9:45pm

Thirsty Ear

5:45-8:10pm

Steve Blunt

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-8:10pm

Temporary Tattoos

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

New England Youth Singers

7:10-8:10pm

Deborrah Wyndham

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

Sarah Merrigan

7:10-8:10pm

The Opined Few

8:35-9:45pm

The NH Brass

5:45-8:10pm

St. Patrick Organist and Choir

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-8:10pm

No Scheduled Programming

8:35-9:45pm

PB & J Jazz Ensemble

5:45-6:45pm

Madison Arpin

7:10-8:10pm

Granite State Conjurers: Magic

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-8:10pm

First Robotics Team

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

Acoustic Breezes

7:10-8:10pm

Song of the Lark

8:35-9:45pm

The New Englanders

5:45-9:45pm

Jonee Earthquake Band & The Radiator Rattlers

5:45-9:45pm

The Dutchy of Goldevale

5:45-8:10pm

Live Painting

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

5:45-6:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

7:10-8:10pm

Merrimack Cardinals

8:35-9:45pm

No Scheduled Programming

St. Patrick's Church Craft Fair

Craft Fair at St Patrick’s Church

St Patrick’s Church generously opened their doors to invite Strollers in out of the cold to enjoy the Holiday entertainment featured there, along with the traditional Holiday Stroll Craft Fair. Strollers were able to support local craftsmen, get respite from the cold, and enjoy this wonderful addition to the stroll!

Parking & Road Closures

Main Street and the surrounding roads closed at 3:00pm, but several parking lots around downtown were open during the Stroll: Elm Street Parking Garage, High Street Parking Garage (accessible from westbound direction and via Factory Street), Spring Street Surface Lot, and the Parking Lots at the Nashua Public Library/30 Temple Street. We encouraged everyone to take advantage of the ample parking and free shuttles available at Rivier University and Holman Stadium. Shuttles ran from 4:00-10:30pm.