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Winter Solstice – Magical Lights and Ghostly Long Nights

Explore the inspiration and magic of the longest night of the year!

Come and celebrate the longest night of the year!

The trees are bare, the earth is asleep, solstice lanterns are lit – ready to guide you into the Players Ring Theatre. We embrace this time of year as we gather in the night welcoming the darkness of the shortest day and the brilliance of the stars in the sky. Celebrate the longest, darkest night of the year by stepping into old world traditions emerging from the shadows during this special event. We will be bringing back the tradition of telling “scary ghost stories” in this candlelit, frosted winter environment. Master storyteller, Roxie Zwicker, spins tales of New England legends and ghosts perfect for a chilly December evening. Plus, she will bring you back into local history to remind visitors what it was like to celebrate the holidays in early New England – did you know that the state government banned holiday celebrations in New Hampshire because of how raucous Portsmouth once was?

During the event explore the creepy lore of Krampus, who was the son of a Norse god and who is still celebrated (and feared) in many regions of the world. Kris Krampus will be available for spooky photos before and after the event in our Winter Solstice photo booth, but beware he will be on the prowl during the event.

Guests will be entranced by the Sisters Phoenix, who are an ever changing, ever evolving dance beast. They are committed to pushing boundaries through dance. Their performance will encompass the mysteries of Winter Solstice and the intrigue of the legend of Krampus.

Make your winter wishes with us this Winter Solstice – as we honor the symbols of fire and light, along with life, darkness, the rising sun, and the moon.

Warm beverages and snacks included with each ticket.

Visit the Holly King market for winter solstice treasures to gift to those on your list.

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