North Conway, NH – While many are celebrating ushering out 2020, those visiting Mt. Washington Valley can revel in ushering in the new year with fireworks in Schouler Park and holiday train rides on the Conway Scenic Railroad. In addition, with some help from recent snowfall and cold temps, Mt. Washington Valley ski resorts and many XC Centers will be open for skiers and riders. Tubing Parks will also be open at Cranmore, King Pine, and Great Glen Trails. If Santa didn’t deliver the right gifts this holiday season, plan to do some shopping in tax-free New Hampshire and visit the outlets at Settlers Green, or North Conway’s boutiques and White Mountain Independents to get in on the after-Christmas sails too. Perhaps simply relaxing fireside at any of the Valley’s lodging properties or a quiet dinner at restaurants throughout the Valley is your idea of the way to usher in a quieter and more peaceful new year. There are plenty of lodging choices – from resorts and condos to inns, B&Bs, and motels.
Best of all, take in some of these events to highlight the Christmas Vacation Week in Mt Washington Valley.
Daily, Dec 26-31: Christmas Vacation Train Rides: The Conway Scenic Railroad will be operating train rides from their vintage train station in the heart of North Conway with departures at 11:00 and 1:30pm. Reserve tickets and get more information at www.ConwayScenic.com.
Dec 31: Fireworks in Schouler Park: If ever there was a time to celebrate a new year beginning, it’s this year! Come celebrate the spirit of unity the valley is known for with fireworks on New Year’s Eve. At approximately 9:00pm, fireworks will be shot from the North Conway Golf Course and can be seen as far as West Side Road to Cranmore Mountain to Depot Street. Enjoy them from your car or follow social distancing mandates and wear masks if you choose to stand in Schouler Park and watch.
TUBING IN MT WASHINGTON VALLEY DURING CHRISTMAS WEEK
Non-skiers have no fear. There’s still plenty of uphill and downhill fun to be had at Mt Washington Valley’s ski resorts. Feel the thrill of spinning down the mountain in an inflatable snowtube! There are multiple tubing parks offering hours of socially distanced on-snow fun. Please note: Tubing is weather dependent. All tubing parks require advance ticket purchases.
The Cranmore Tubing Park will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9am – 5pm offering ten lanes of lift serviced sliding. The park will offer extended hours starting Saturday, December 26th through Saturday, January 2nd, from 8am – 6pm. Tubing is sold in 2-hour time blocks. Tickets are $35 for all guests over 42” tall. Under 42” are $5 and MUST ride with a paying adult. All tickets must be purchased online, and quantities for the weekend are extremely limited. Book tickets here.
In addition, King Pine’s Pine Meadows Tubing Park is scheduled to open Saturday, December 26. New snowtubing hours for the 2020/21 season are Fridays (Non-Holiday) 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday and holiday periods 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Tickets are sold in 1-hour sessions for $15. There is no have a minimum age/height requirement, but all riders must be able to ride on a tube alone. Buy Snowtubing Tickets Online here.
Great Glen Trails Snowtubing Park will be open throughout Christmas Week. This walk-up snowtubing park offers old fashioned tubing fun for the whole family. Passes are sold in three-hour blocks, either 9:00am – noon or 1:00 – 4:00pm. For information and to book online, click here.
For more information on vacations and for complete online planning resources, visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org. To learn more about planning a trip to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov. And don’t forget to practice social distancing and mask-up throughout your stay. For more important tips on traveling safely to New Hampshire, go to https://granitestatesafe.com/.