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Holiday events take some different forms this year


December 02, 2020
Holiday cheer and winter fun are still scheduled with some new and altered events to accommodate social distancing, though some annual events in town will not be happening in 2020.

The Parks and Recreation Department and the Gilford PTA are teaming up to host a new event "Gilford's Grand Home Decorating Contest." People have until this Sunday, Dec. 6, to enter a photo of their house and information. Entries will be voted in six different categories and members of the public will be able to vote for their favorite. For more information visit http://www.gilfordrec.com/activities?post=107.

The Gilford Public Library's annual Gingerbread House event is still on this year. The annual tradition will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Kids from preschool through fifth grade must sign up for a 45 minute session.

Ski season at Gunstock will start on Dec. 11 after being postponed from the originally scheduled opening of Dec. 4. The resort announced on its website the mountain was opening later due to a "lack of cooperation from Mother Nature."

In a time when it's especially needed, the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction is continuing this year with socially distanced measures. This year's auction will be broadcast live from Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Dec. 8-11.

Pub Mania is taking a different form this year as the It's For the Kids Community Challenge. While sitting in a crowded bar for 24 hours isn't possible this year, Patrick's Pub and Eatery encouraged teams to continue fundraising on their own time with socially distanced activities. There will be a celebration event on Dec.10.

Gilford High School's holiday concert is on hold because of COVID-19 and the schools shifting to remote learning right before Thanksgiving.

The annual Candlelight Stroll was canceled for this year, a difficult decision made by the Candlelight Stroll Committee.

The Gilford High School Holiday Craft Fair has been moved to 2021.

The Gilford Youth Center has also not scheduled its annual SantaLand event.

This is not a comprehensive list and more announcements regarding events will be ongoing.

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