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Holiday events coming up in Gilford

The Candlelight Stroll returns to Gilford Village on Dec. 11. (File Photo) (click for larger version)
November 24, 2021
The holiday season is right around the corner and there are plenty of merry and bright activities scheduled around town to celebrate the season.

Several holiday events are scheduled around Gilford in the coming weeks, many of which will return after a year off because of the pandemic. The following is a list of some of the events.

Looking for a way to burn some calories on Thanksgiving or get out of the house for a while? Join the Gilford Youth Center's annual Turley Trot on Thanksgiving morning. The registered 5K course will start at the GYC and is open to runners and walkers of all ages.

The family walk will start at 8:45 a.m. and people of all ages are welcome including people with strollers and pets. Runners will start at 9 a.m. and be timed. Results will be posted on the GYC website with times posted for different age brackets.

The cost is $26 per person and $90 for a family up to five people. Visit gilfordyouthcenter.com for registration and more information.

SantaLand is coming back to the Gilford Youth Center Dec. 3 and 4. Kids can enjoy games, cookie decorating, a bounce house, storytime, get their pictures taken with Santa, and more. SantaLand will run Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m.-noon. The event is a joint effort between the GYC and the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department.

Shop for some handmade gifts right in the Gilford Middle and High School buildings for the annual GHS Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 4. The craft fair is organized by the GHS senior class and will feature an array of different handmade creations throughout both school buildings.

Get the skis and snowboards ready because Gunstock's opening day is coming up on Dec. 10. Once temperatures drop into the 20s the park can fire up its snow guns with opening day scheduled for Dec. 10.

The annual Gilford Village Candlelight Stroll will be back on Saturday, Dec. 11. Belknap Mountain Road will be closed off from Potter Hill Road to the Gilford Elementary School Imagination Station and the street will be lined with luminaries. The event traditionally features carolers, a horse and buggy ride, snacks at different locations, and much more. The stroll will run from 5-7 p.m.

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