The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become the day that Nashuans gather to celebrate the start of the December holiday season. Main Street is closed off and decked out in lights, street vendors, and ice sculptures.
The main event is the stroll to the lighting of the Christmas tree. Everyone in the crowd takes a candles and strolls up Main Street toward the tree. It is quite an impressive spectacle.
After the stroll you can stop at the local establishments and enjoy local entertainers. You can typically hear a barbershop quartet, listen to a storyteller, catch a comedy routine, see a magic show, watch a dance performance, or catch a short play.
It's good, wholesome, community fun. Something that's hard to come by these days.
Sled at Roby park. If you are staying with friends or family, and there is more than two inches of snow on the ground, have them take you to Roby park to go sledding. Great for kids! I recommend a snow-tube or saucer. The hill is lighted at night, so don't skip it just because you think it is too late! Some of the better sledding takes place at night, actually, when the snow starts to get icy.
Free fun! If you come from somewhere without snow, this is something you should try. It's more reckless than going snow-tubing at a mountain. :)