First Night Stafford is a relaxing and rustic celebration in Haymarket Common featuring a live ice carving demonstration, horse-drawn carriage rides through Hyde Park, a community bonfire, music, food  and outdoor activities. Scheduled from 4pm – 9pm, the family-friendly event if free to attend with activities designed to bring the community together for a celebration finale of Stafford's Tricentennial!

Special Events Schedule

Ice Carving Demonstration | 4pm - 9pm

Haymarket Common, 31 Main Street

Ice Breakers is New Hampshire premier ice sculpting company. Dennis Hickey and Dave Soha have been carving since 1997 and together they have created 100’s of unique, one-of-a-kind, sculptures for nearly every occasion. This New Year's, they'll be sculpting Stafford-inspired ​creations for your enjoyment onstage in Haymarket Common. 

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides | 4pm - 7pm

Hyde Park Entrance via Spring Street

Bundle up and take a festive carriage ride through historic Hyde Park, courtesy of TTT Farms. Truly a charming and memorable experience, passengers should meet behind the Historical Society (2 Spring Street). Ride are offered on a first come, first serve basis. 

Comedy Magic Show | 4:30pm & 7:30pm

64 Main Street

With astonishing magic, entertaining games, hilarity, and lots of audience involvement, a performance by Michael Wald guarantees to captivate people of all ages. He'll be performing twice: the first at 4:30pm is designed for younger children and the second - at 7:30pm - will be geared toward teenagers and adults. 

Ongoing Activities | 4:00pm - 9pm

Enjoy a variety of activities in Haymarket Common, including a community bonfire, music, food trucks, games and contests. Additionally, the 300th Anniversary Time Capsule will be reveled. 

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