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Happy Holidays in Concord

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

There are many ways to celebrate the winter holiday season in Concord, NH.


The Concord Grange Tree Lighting is on November 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. on the State House Plaza also presented by Concord Grange #322. The event takes place from 4-7 p.m. on City Plaza and is put on by the Concord Grange. After Santa arrives, there will be music, food vendors, hot beverages, marshmallows to toast and fireworks.

The following streets will be closed from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, November 24 for the Concord Christmas Tree Lighting: Main Street, from Centre Street to School Street; North State Street, from Park Street to Capitol Street; Park Street from Main Street to North State Street; and Capitol Street from Main Street to North State Street.

PLAID FRIDAY & SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Parking is free in the City on Thanksgiving Day, as well as the day after Thanksgiving which is also known as Plaid Friday. This is a great time to check out the small businesses we have right here in Concord on Main Street and beyond! Saturday, November 25 is Small Business Saturday and another opportunity to support our local retailers and businesses. Parking is free in the City's parking garages on Saturdays.

PENACOOK TREE LIGHTING The Penacook Village Association is hosting the 18th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting ceremony on Wednesday, November 29 at Boudreau Square on Village Street. Attendees can assemble around 5:30 p.m. to hear carols and singing featuring the Penacook Elementary School Chorus and Blanchard Family Singers, and watch Santa arrive courtesy of the Concord Fire Department.

SPREAD JOY, SHOP CONCORD In an age dominated by online shopping, the personal touch and sense of community that comes with supporting local businesses can often be overlooked. Engaging with business owners, retail workers, and fellow shoppers contributes significantly to the holiday spirit and the quest for the perfect gifts. Fortunately, Concord’s retail stores continue to thrive, offering a warm, small-town ambiance that fosters a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Intown Concord and the Greater Concord Chamber of Concord, in collaboration with NBT Bank, N.A. proudly present "Spread Joy, Shop Concord," an initiative designed to showcase the stories of local business owners, their dedicated employees, and the impact of community support on their lives.

Participation in the "Spread Joy, Shop Concord" campaign is open to businesses, nonprofits, and community members, encouraging them to share their experiences, promote unique products and exclusive deals, and celebrate community events in Concord. The campaign underscores significant dates, including Plaid Friday—an alternative to Black Friday, and Midnight Merriment—a magical evening of special deals and festive celebrations hosted by Intown Concord. To join the movement and learn more about the campaign, follow #SpreadJoyShopConcord on Facebook, and Instagram or visit

Moreover, this holiday season, downtown Concord will be immersed in festive cheer, with holiday music serenading shoppers every Saturday in December. Embrace the joy of shopping locally and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of our community, making this holiday season truly special and joyful for everyone.

MIDNIGHT MERRIMENT Intown Concord’s Midnight Merriment returns to downtown Concord on Friday, December 1 from 5 p.m. until midnight.

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