Magic awaits at Shaker Village

  • ABOVE: Visitors walk between the buildings at Shaker Village at dusk on Dec. 7, 2019 during the Christmas in Canterbury event. BELOW: A old-fashion train set at the Shaker Village Christmas in Canterbury in 2019. Monitor file photos

  • A old-fashion train set complete with a town, roads and cars at the Shaker Village Christmas in Canterbury on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The event is being held again this Saturday. GEOFF FORESTER

Published: 11/24/2020 9:00:51 PM

This holiday season, Canterbury Shaker Village will be hosting a Magic Journey through the North Shop Barn, Dec. 11 to 23, and Dec. 27 to 30. The event will take place 1 to 5 p.m.

The Magic Journey begins at the “magic wardrobe,” winding and meandering through the North Shop Barn, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland. The barn features artist-created vignettes, including a Shaker Christmas, a dollhouse and skating panorama, and snow-laden forest scenes. More surprises await, including a Find-the-Elf treasure hunt, and, on weekends, a Christkindlmarkt-inspired artisan market of handcrafted holiday gifts. Hot cocoa and cider will be available, and the Moolicious and Sweet Crunch food trucks will be at the Village on Dec. 12 and 19. Also on Dec. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m., there will be a live musical performance by Massimo Paparello and his Brass Quartet.

The Village Store will be open, so please stop in to get started on holiday shopping. New items are arriving weekly. Festive holiday decorations, provided by Canterbury Plantation, and illuminated lights will add to the holiday spirit at the Village.

A Magic Journey through the North Shop Barn is a socially-distanced event with safety guidelines in place. Masks are required and all barn doors will be open to optimize air flow.

Non-member adults $10. Member adults $5. All youth are free. Tickets can be bought online in advance.

The museum is a member of the N.H. Heritage Museum Trail, which connects the public with culturally rich heritage institutions in New Hampshire. For more information, visit

Canterbury Shaker is located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, just south of Laconia and north of Concord. For more information, visit, or call 783-9511, ext. 205.

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