“Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Christmas Capital of America” – Travel + Leisure Magazine “If another city does a better job of celebrating Christmas, I have yet to find it.” - Yankee
“Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Christmas Capital of America” – Travel + Leisure Magazine
“If another city does a better job of celebrating Christmas, I have yet to find it.” – Yankee Magazine
Join us for our fully costumed and narrated sightseeing trolley tour that will provide a blend of local holiday lore and history.
Jump on board to get the feel of historic Portsmouth! We will wander through the distinguished neighborhoods of the South End, Victorian Heights as well as the Great Island of New Castle. From beautiful lighthouses to the lavishly decorated Wentworth by the Sea, we will highlight details unique to Portsmouth as well as important historical points that have made the area what it is today.
Get a look at what it was like to celebrate the holidays with historic images displayed on the full color trolley screens throughout the tour. Learn the unique story behind the “Flying Santa.” You’ll see what shoppers were buying in the stores of the city from the turn of the 20th century and beyond. Hear curious bits of local holiday lore and see pictures of local holiday ephemera over the years. Listen to holiday music and be ready for a few surprises. This tour is a great way to take in the fun of the holiday season and the beauty of the “old town by the sea.”
Enjoy views of Christmas lights, beautifully decorated storefronts and some of the oldest houses in the state of New Hampshire.
Reviews: “Although I live in Portsmouth, I learned a lot about this wonderful town I call home. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and got a lot out of it, even my kids who really enjoyed it. Highly recommended.”
“Roxie was a wonderful tour guide, she knew everything about all we saw. We gained a lot of knowledge! Her photo’s were interesting and she had props for the photo stops. Her husband was a careful, safe driver. It was a great Christmas experience and on the list for next year with grandchildren!”
There will be photo opportunities at several stops on the tour as well, so bring your camera!
The trolley is cozy, heated, blankets and pillows are also offered for additional comfort.