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Featuring 18 member institutions throughout New Hampshire, the NH Heritage Museum Trail is active this holiday season, highlighted by a visit from Santa on Saturday, December 12 at the Aviation Museum of NH in Londonderry.

“He will arrive by helicopter at 11 a.m. to visit with children and take their requests outdoors to comply with Covid-19 safety guidelines,” said Executive Director Jeff Rapsis, who noted the event is free. “All children will receive goodie bags, and hot chocolate will be served to help keep everyone warm, too.”

Santa will also open the Aviation Museum’s annual holiday “Festival of Toy Planes and Model Aircraft,” which requires paid admission. The exhibit is made possible in part by support of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and Cogswell Benevolent Trust. “The exhibit features a collection of more than 3,500 toy planes from all eras,” added Rapsis. “Santa’s visit and the exhibit offers fun for the whole family, and it will be arranged to meet all Covid-19 public health guidelines.”

For more details, visit aviationmuseumofnh.org.

In Exeter, the American Independence Museum will host Virtual Holiday Tea, which will also take place on Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. As part of the virtual event, which will feature colonial music, participant will receive several colonial recipes suited for a tea and a 1-ounce package of tea from Alchemy & Herbs in Exeter. Children will receive a half-ounce of tea with their ticket.

Tea selections include Bohea (a black tea blend similar to tea drank by colonists) and Liberty Tea (an herbal, no-caffeine blend that uses native herbal blends that allowed patriots to drink tea without purchasing English Tea). Tea pick up can be arranged at the museum at 1 Governors Ln., Exeter, or shipped for $3.  

For more details, or purchase tickets, visit independencemuseum.org.

Other upcoming events on the NH Heritage Museum Trail include the Currier Museum of Art’s  Veteran Creative Cohorts, which is part of its ongoing Arts for Vets program. During these virtual cohorts, veterans connect socially through art-viewing, creative art activities and guided conversations.

To learn more about Veteran Creative Cohorts, visit currier.org.

Formed in 2014 as a way to share resources and better promote their respective collections, programs and events, The NH Heritage Museum Trail is divided into the Seacoast, Merrimack Valley and Lakes Regions. Member institutions are located in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Exeter, Laconia, Manchester, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Tamworth and Wolfeboro.