5 Things to Know in Portsmouth This Week (12/23/18)

It’s the holiday home stretch! Things are ramping up with festive comedy shows, first night celebrations, and magic performances. Portsmouth is alive with the spirit of Christmas and excitement about the incoming new year. Here’s what’s going on in the city this week. 

Justin McKinney: A Year in Review at The Music Hall

Justin McKinney, a nationally-renowned comic who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, will help Portsmouth laugh in the New Year with his show Justin McKinney: A Year in Review. If you haven’t seen Justin perform, you really must prepare yourself for top shelf humor and an evening full of belly laughs. He’ll be at The Music Hall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 28, 29 and 30.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by The Music Hall (@musichallnh) on

First Night Portsmouth

Ring in the New Year in Portsmouth, and experience a good portion of the downtown area while doing so. A First Night Button allows access into seven sites around town, as well as countless outdoor activities. Enjoy music, theater, a magic show, food, ice sculptures, fireworks, a street dance at midnight and more. There’s something for all ages at First Night.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Pro Portsmouth Inc. (@pro_portsmouth) on

New Year’s Eve Comedy Show With Jimmy Dunn

Laugh your way into 2019 at New Year’s Eve Comedy Show With Jimmy Dunn. This is the 10th year for the show, which takes place at the Sheraton in Portsmouth. There are both early and late shows, allowing those who want to experience some of First Night the opportunity to do so. 

Andrew Pinard Discovering Magic

Become incredibly intrigued by “magic, science, perception and deception” as Andrew Pinard brings Discovering Magic to The Players’ Ring Theatre. Guests will go on a tour of mind-boggling magic and absurdities in a show that will captivate all. Five shows will take place between December 28 and 30. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Elizabeth (@eliza.creature) on

Local shoplifting

It’s sad that criminals seem to strike during the holiday season more than during any other. Once again, the Portsmouth Police Department, that incidentally writes a really funny column on its Facebook page, is asking locals for help in finding another of them. A woman scanned inexpensive items at a self-checkout, but walked out with more expensive items in her cart. Officer Young explains in his post, “You see folks, that’s theft.” Fortunately, the camera caught a pretty clear photo of the woman, so hopefully someone can make Officer Young’s Christmas merry and his New Year happy by providing the information he needs.

New Hampshire Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
182 Central Avenue, Dover, NH
About Us:The Woodman Museum is operated by the Trustees of the Annie E. Woodman Trust a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. Contributions to th... Read More
30 Academic Way, Durham, NH
The Museum of Art is the New Hampshire Seacoast's premier art museum a center for the visual arts where visitors gather to enjoy changing exhibitio... Read More
One Governors Lane, Exeter, NH
Located in historic downtown Exeter, the American Independence Museum comprises the 18th century Ladd-Gilman House, Folsom Tavern, and over an acre... Read More
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH
History & Mission:Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical Americ... Read More
28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH
Mission The mission of The Music Hall is to present the very best of diverse performing and related arts and to serve as an active and vital arts ... Read More
84 Main Street, New London, NH
History:The New London Barn Playhouse is the oldest, continuously operating Summer Stock theater in New Hampshire, a distinction which has gained i... Read More
55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, NH
The mission of the Peterborough Players, a nonprofit institution, is to provide professional theatre of high quality to a broad-based audience and ... Read More
229 Main Street, Keene, NH
The Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery is the dynamic, vital center for the visual arts in the Monadnock Region, encompassing the best of the traditiona... Read More
481 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH
At the Whale's Tale Water Park, the whole family can play in the only wave pool in the White Mountains. Ride the big waves or relax in the gentle o... Read More
95 Main Street, Keene, NH
Mission: The Colonial Theatre is a historic performing arts center which brings the cultural and creative spirit of our community to life. The Col... Read More
2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH
Mission Statement: To educate, incite and entertain learners of all ages in the sciences and humanities by actively engaging them in the explorati... Read More
80 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH
Mission Statement: The mission of the Palace Theatre Trust is to enrich the region's cultural life and serve as a community resource through its st... Read More
528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson, NH
Come ride our signature rides like Rudy's Rapid Transit Roller Coaster, the Skyway Sleigh Monorail, and the Yule Log Flume! Yule enjoy them year af... Read More
44 South Main Street, Concord, NH
Mission Statement: Created and sustained by the people of New Hampshire, the Capitol Center for the Arts shall inspire, educate and entertain audie... Read More
399 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH
About Us:The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an educational organization focusing on the boating heritage and life on the lakes and rivers of New Hamp... Read More
Show More
Select a New Hampshire town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you