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4 holiday activities at The Music Hall worth the road trip to Portsmouth, NH

Break out of the (gift) box and try something new.

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Portsmouth couldn’t be a more quaint place to spend the holidays.

Photo by Will Zimmermann

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We don’t want to be dramatic, Boston, but there’s only one right way to celebrate the holiday season: with cozy holiday movies, live music + toasts to the New Year. (Technically, that’s three ways to celebrate, but hey, the more the merrier.)

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The Music Hall features a full range of artists and genres in their intimate venue, The Lounge.

Photo by Will Zimmermann

And we’ve got some good news: The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH (located ~2 hours from Boston) has you covered this month with all the holiday happenings that are perfect for an afternoon trip for the fam or a date night or date weekend. 👀

Here are four events to add to your holiday calendar:

🎶 “Elf The Musical”

When: Wed., Nov. 30-Sun., Dec. 18; showtimes vary
Tickets: $50+ ($45 for kids)

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear”...and seeing “Elf The Musical” at The Ogunquit Playhouse, obviously. Straight from Broadway, this is a festive crowd-pleaser that the whole family can enjoy.

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Steven Booth, Blake Hammond, and the cast of The Ogunquit Playhouse’s 2018 production of “Elf The Musical” at The Music Hall.

Photo by Julia Russell

🎥 Holiday movie nights

When: Fri., Dec. 23- Sat., Dec. 24; showtimes vary
Tickets: $15

Classics and rom-coms and new releases, oh my. The Music Hall’s movie night lineup includes the 1947 version of “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Love Actually,” “Arthur Christmas,” and “Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights”.

🎤 Live standup with Juston McKinney

When: Mon., Dec. 26-Thurs., Dec. 29; showtimes vary
Tickets: $28-34

Ever think back on the year you’ve had, and all you can do is laugh? Then this show will be right up your alley. Reflect on 2022 (and get excited for 2023) with local comic Juston McKinney.

🎻 Champagne Pops with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra

When: Sat., Dec. 31
Tickets: $38

Ring in the New Year at The Music Hall’s annual Champagne Pops event with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, featuring favorites from Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter along with highlights from “Les Miserables,” “Gypsy,” and “Carmen.”

But wait, there’s more — browse The Music Hall’s full calendar of events to plan your perfect holiday visit. See you in Portsmouth, Boston. 🚗

Plan your trip and get tickets.*

Quiz: What is the highest-grossing holiday movie of all time?

A. “Elf”
B. “The Grinch”
C. “Home Alone”
D. “Miracle on 34th Street”

Take a guess.

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