Candlelight Stroll
Strawbery Banke

Strawbery Banke Museum is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It is a not-for-profit educational organization supported by admissions, sales, contributions, and memberships. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thirty-two buildings at Strawbery Banke are on their original sites.  Four were moved there to save them from demolition.  Research and archaeology provide an historical background for the restorations.  Additional research into the lives of former residents continues the story and provides the basis for interpretation.

Each year for the past thirty-two years

Strawbery Banke Museum has welcomed visitors to their Candlelight Stroll in


On their website, Strawbery Banke describes

the Candlelight Stroll in these words:

Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire's oldest waterfront neighborhood.

  1. Historic houses from four centuries decorated in period regalia

  2. Hundreds of candles lighting the lanes and landscape

  3. Horse-drawn carriage rides

  4. Gingerbread house display and contest

  5. Live music and holiday entertainment

  6. Holiday decoration demonstrations

  7. Traditional barrel making demonstrations

  8. 18th century holiday hearth cooking

  9. Tinsmith demonstrations

  10. ...and so much more!

Contact Information:

Strawbery Banke Museum

14 Hancock Street

P.O. Box 300

Portsmouth, N.H. 03801

phone: 603-433-1100



Museum Hours:

May 1-Oct 31

self-guided tours, demonstrations,

and hand-on activities

Monday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nov. 1-Dec. 30

guided walking tours and special


HOME PAGEUnique_New_England_Experiences.html
Special Features of Candlelight StrollSpecial_Features.html
Aldrich HouseSpecial_Features.html
Goodwin MansionGoodwin_Mansion.html
Shapley-Drisco HouseShapley-Drisco_House.html
Shapiro HouseShapiro_House.html
Dinsmore ShopDinsmore_Shop.html
Tyco Visitor Center
and Museum ShopTyco_Visitors_Center.html
Chase HouseChase_House.html
Potters at Strawbery BankePotters_at_Strawberry_Bank.html
Cotton Tenant HouseCotton_Tenant_House.html
Jones HouseJones_House.html
Rider-Wood HouseRider-Wood_House.html
Marden-Abbott House and StoreMarden-Abbott_House_%26_Store.html
Sherburne HouseSheburne_House.html
The Stable - Cider ShedStable_-_Cider_Shed.html
Wheelwright HouseWheelwright_House.html

Please click on each of the sixteen pictures below to be taken to the corresponding sixteen pages of photos relating to the special activities and offerings of the Candlelight Stroll at Strawbery Banke.

Special Opportunity in 2011:  Visitors can see the holiday decorations in four of the houses: Goodwin, Aldrich, Abbott and Shapiro during Holiday House Tours offered Mon-Fri Dec 26-30, from 10 to 2 with guided tours leaving on the hour. Last tour at 2 pm. Adults $12, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.