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Night and Play (Winter Edition)

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Show announcement at The Colonial in Keene, NH

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Night Skiing  

Crotched Mountain, Bennington, NH: 

Night skiing available until 9pm, Tuesday – Saturday. 

As a member of the Vail Resorts Management Company (yes, THAT Vail), Crotched Mountain is a legit, full scale downhill ski experience located in the northeast corner of the region. All equipment is available for rent, lessons can be reserved, and with both a pub and a cafeteria there’s plenty of options to keep your energy up – even if you take advantage of their night hours. Only 40 minutes from Keene and 20 minutes from Peterborough, Crotched Mountain is a very accessible yet surprisingly uncrowded option to hit the slopes. 

Late Night Guided Hikes 

The Harris Center for Conservation Observation: Hanock and Surrounding Areas 

The Harris Center for Conservation Observation offers a number of evening guided hike options throughout the year. On March 7th, join Harris Center naturalist Janet Altobello to enjoy the beautiful light of the Sun setting (5:45 p.m.) and the Moon rising (5:58 p.m.) from the open, rolling fields of Peterborough’s Lower Cranberry Meadow Pond and Wheeler Trails. We’ll meet at the Cheney Avenue entrance to the Cranberry Meadow Pond Trail, strap on snowshoes or microspikes, and traverse rolling terrain from the field to the forested Wheeler Trail and Wallace Brook. Experience day turning toward night in the crisp winter air!  

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Live Entertainment

Throughout the Region there are a number of live music venue and this list is some of the larger venues. For a complete list, click here.

The Colonial Performing Arts Center: Keene, NH 

The Colonial, the largest local theater with 800 seats, has been a staple of the community since opening its doors in 1924 when Vaudeville was the hottest ticket in town. In 2022, a major renovation was completed, and the stage and shows are better than ever. From traveling Broadway productions to acts like Scotty McCreery, Lucinda Willams, Jazz from Lincoln Center to family shows like The New York Theater Ballet’s Nutcracker, there is truly something for everyone.  

Nova Arts @Brewbakers: Keene, NH 

Nova Arts is the live event space arm of the restaurant/cafe Brewbakers. It’s a beautifully designed space that offers a highly curated selection of live performances throughout the week. From Traditional Irish sessions to established artists like Yo La Tengo to up and coming artists, you’ll find something here to move you, no doubt about it. Be sure to check out their annual musical festival in May, “The Thing in the Spring.”  


Peterborough Community Theatre: Peterborough, NH 

It’s New Hampshire’s oldest movie theatre but it’s modern in every way. Featuring independent films and big blockbusters, it’s a lovely way to spend a cold wintry evening. For best results, combine with a dinner and drinks at one of Downtown Peterborough’s many eateries!  

Keene Cinemas: Keene, NH  

Family owned and operated; this is your classic movie theater experience complete with a full suite of video games. They always have a family movie in their rotation along with blockbusters and some classic films that fit the season. The people who work here are passionate about film and great customer experiences and you feel that from the moment you walk in!  

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