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In the Lakes Region portion of the NH Heritage Museum Trail, Castle in the Clouds will celebrate its popular annual Christmas at the Castle program, which begins on Friday, November 16 with a Preview Party.

At this Preview Party, sponsored by Lifetime Benefits Group, visitors will get a first glimpse of the Castle with rooms decorated by local businesses and designers inspired by a theme of “Holidays Around the World.”

“There will be décor inspired by holiday traditions in Japan, Germany, Mexico and more,” said Castle Curator Robin Sherman.

She said incorporating other cultural traditions throughout the Castle pays homage to the appreciation that the Lucknow Estate’s original owners, Tom and Olive Plant, had for the wider world.

“We are excited to merge the history of the estate with the traditions of other countries and hope our guests enjoy experiencing these other cultures in an immersive and beautiful way,” she said.

All proceeds from the Preview Party will support the preservation and interpretation of the Lucknow Estate (Castle), which is now listed on the United States National Registry of Historic Places.

The holiday festivities continue on November 17 and 18 and the following weekend, November 23 to 25.

“Christmas at the Castle is one of the best events of the year for families and children,” said Stephanie Poole, programs and volunteer coordinator. “In addition to touring the Castle , guests may enjoy free activities in the Carriage House, including children’s holiday crafts, a visit with Santa Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, and an artisan fair.”

Featuring many NH-made items, such as candles, soaps, children’s toys, jewelry, cutlery and more, The Gift Shop will be open during Christmas at the Castle. Lunch will also be available at The Carriage House Restaurant.

Christmas at the Castle is supported by presenting sponsor, Infinger Insurance, and supporting sponsor, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts Public Accountants.

Noting this is just one of several holiday events throughout all three branches of the The Trail, Mike Culver, who serves as its president, said he hopes locals come see what visitors to already know.

“The Trail is about more than history,” he said. “We represent heritage and culture, and that includes nature, art and so much more. It’s a place for people of all ages.”

Comprised of 17 museums divided into three branches–Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and the Lakes Region–The Trail includes stopis in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth, and Wolfeboro.

To learn more about Christmas at the Castle, visit castleintheclouds.org.