Located on the New Hampshire Heritage Trail, Canterbury Shaker Village will host several events to help kick off the holiday season, beginning with the Village Store Holiday Sale.
Held Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Village Store Holiday Sale will offer free hot cocoa and cider along with complimentary gift wrapping for any purchased item. An additional perk at the Holiday Sale for members only is 20% off any item in the Store.
“Now is definitely the time to renew your membership or become a new member,” said the Village Executive Director Leslie Nolan. “Our Store features books, textiles, soaps, candles, Shaker boxes, and so much more. It’s a great place to start your holiday shopping.”
On Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m., the Village will host Concert & Cocktails, the first of two ‘Merry Merry Canterbury’ themed events. Featuring the String Quartet from Symphony NH, the concert will be followed by a festive reception with farm-grown appetizers by The Rustic Gourmet and a signature cocktail by Cold Garden Distillery at 5:00 p.m.
Concert & Cocktails is sponsored by Coaches Collective International, Cambridge Trust, and Bruce & Betsy Stefany. Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased at shakers.org.
On Sunday, December 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m, Canterbury Singers will sing holiday Shaker songs. Before the performance from 12:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m., visitors can make pomanders and cinnamon tree ornaments in the Village’s Hubbard Gallery.
Additional activities at the Village during this time of year include “Shaker Stories” tours, offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. Tours are also available at the same time on the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 25.
“Shop, experience music, take a tour, walk our trails—there is plenty to see and do this holiday season at the Village,” said Nolan.
Featuring 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement, the Village is designated as a National Historic Landmark with 25 restored original Shaker buildings and 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings. In addition to Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, member institutions on the New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail are located in Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Loudon, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.