Happy Holidays from Celebrate Durham

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are racing towards the new year. What happened to summer? While the temperatures are sure to drop and snow is just around the corner, there are still lots of things to enjoy in Durham.


The pandemic has really challenged our local businesses. They have worked hard to keep staff and customers safe and generate enough sales to remain open. UNH is on winter break until February and It is a perfect time to discover our new and existing businesses. Grab some take out and tackle your holiday shopping. If it has been a while since you have visited downtown, the Celebrate Durham dining and shopping guide explains your options.

Durham Parks and Recreation December Events

Due to Covid-19, this year's Parks and Recreation December events could not include a large gathering on Main Street. Instead, this year they will be offering a few smaller socially distanced events.

First up is the lighting on the wreaths and tree on Main Street. Downtown Businesses are decorating their windows for the annual The Durham Business Association contest. This year's winner is Clark's American Bistro.

Next up is a snowman story walk. It is a self-guided walk of the Jackon's landing Hill Trail. It is a good chance to get outside and as an added bonus, you got hot cocoa to go for the ride home.

Last up is the winter skate social at Churchill Rink. Preregistration is required. This is a good chance to check out the improvements to the rink.

Share the Light

Share the light is an initiative to help support vulnerable children and bring the Durham community together. At 5 PM December 20, luminary bags will be lit in Durham neighborhoods and the downtown. At 7 PM there will also be a virtual community concert. All proceeds raised from the sale of the bags will be donated to the New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Association. To find out more about the event and purchase bags, check out the Share the Light website.

Get Outside and Enjoy Durham's Trails

Yes, winter can be cold and snowy, but it really is a great time to get outside and enjoy Durham's trail network. Don't forget to dress in layers, and a good pair of warm gloves and a hat are essential. Since the trails will get icy, I would strongly suggest a pair of microspikes that fit over your boots. You can buy them locally at Oyster River Cycle and Sport. Trail maps can be found at The Town of Durham website. Get outside and don't forget the dog and your camera.

Stay Safe. Happy Holidays from Celebrate Durham.

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