Absolutely Free For The Taking - Mt. Washington Valley, NH calendar is Brimming with Cost-Free Events for the Whole Family

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Who says nothing in life is free? In Mt. Washington Valley, NH - New England's premier winter and holiday playground - there are a host of outdoor and family events absolutely free this holiday season. Book a Harvest to Holidays package, and find plenty of coupons and special gifts from retailers too. And speaking of free, New Hampshire is tax-free, so save the holiday shopping for the 200+ outlets, specialty and gift shops and boutiques in Mt. Washington Valley.

The Beating of the Drums

Who says nothing in life is free? Mt. Washington Valley's calendar of events is brimming with cost-free events and programs geared toward celebrating the holidays and the opening of the ski season. Leave your wallets behind, because these events are free and open to the public. Usher in the holidays in Mt. Washington Valley with a Harvest to Holidays lodging package featuring the signature Shopping Survival Kit brimming with coupons, gifts, energy bars and everything the shopping diva needs for a big dose of retail therapy. And speaking of free, no need to worry about tax; shopping is tax-free in Mt. Washington Valley's 200 outlets, boutiques, antique, and craft and ski shops. For a complete list of shopping packages and a description of the Harvest to Holidays events, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/shopping.

Enjoy these free events offered to visitors in Mt. Washington Valley. For a complete calendar of events, click here: http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/presskit/presskit_display.cfm?ID=65

Nov 24- Dec 31: 10th Annual Tree Decorating Contest at Settlers' Green - Over 50 trees beautiful, whimsically, and creatively decorated by non-profit groups, clubs, businesses and individuals will be on display throughout the month of December. Spectators welcome to view the beautiful trees. Free. Info: 603-356-5703 or http://www.settlersgreen.com.

Dec 2: 10th Annual Holiday Tree Festival at Settlers' Green - Celebrate the holidays with horse-drawn wagon with Santa, holiday carolers, gift wrapping, hot chocolate, cookies and more. All free and open to the public from 11am-3pm. Info: 603-356-7031 or http://www.settlersgreen.com .

Dec. 2: Snow People on Parade - Last winter, the Mt. Washington Valley formed the largest outdoor art gallery in the northeast with seventeen frosty Snow People on Parade. These 5-foot tall fiberglass snow people became the canvas for beautiful creations produced by area artists. Named "Snow People on Parade", the unusual works of art will form a real parade on December 2nd in Conway Village at the annual White Mountain Christmas Parade stepping off at 4 PM. The Annual White Mountain Christmas Parade" thru Conway Village is part of a day-long celebration of the holiday season on Dec. 2nd at 4:00 pm. immediately following is FREE Hot Cocoa & Cookies and Christmas Caroling. Plus a special visit by Santa who will be lighting the Christmas tree for the Holiday Season. For more information, visit http://www.conwaychamber.com/.

Dec 10: A Victorian Christmas at Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm -

Experience and savor the old-time delights of the Victorian Era with old and new friends. Sip wassail, sample an array of traditional Christmas food and drinks, and enjoy homemade cookies. Take a tour of the Caption Enoch Remick House, which will be filled with toys and decorated with the ambiance and flavors of the Victorian era. Participants can even learn how to make Christmas crafts. Hours are 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. There is no charge for admission. Info: 800-686-6117 or http://www.remickmuseum.com

Dec 15: Free Ski Day at Attitash - Free skiing and riding for everybody. No strings attached, just walk up to the ticket window and get a lift ticket valid that day for no cost. Info: 603-374-2368 or http://www.attitash.com.

Dec. 27: Ullr Fest 2006 at Shawnee Peak - This evening event welcomes winter in style, with "The Beating of the Drums", a torchlight parade at 7:15 pm followed by fireworks at 7:30 pm. There will be an apres ski party at 4:30 pm with dancing in Blizzards's Pub, plus prizes including skis and a snowboard. Info: 207-647-8444 or http://www.shawneepeak.com.

For more information on planning a getaway to Mt. Washington Valley, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH) for a complete Tips and Tours Guidebook to the region.

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