Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public from March to October.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

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November - January


Winter Wonderland Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closes at 5:00 p.m. on December 24th & 31st Closed Christmas day, December 25th, New Year’s Day, January 1st, January 2nd, and Mondays, except December 26th

Admission to Winter Wonderland is $3.00/person or free for museum members.

For group tours and reservations please call 757-393-5258.

Holiday Pass:

A Holiday Pass, good through December 31 includes TWO visits to Winter Wonderland and one visit to the Children's Museum for $12 per person. Pick up your Holiday pass at either location.




December 3


Cookie Decorating

9 AM – 12:00 NOON - After seeing the Winter Wonderland exhibit, visitors can head next door to the Holiday Gift Shop and Art Annex to decorate cookies.  Not only are these cookies deliciously flavored with seasonal spices and sweetness, they are covered with a thin icing that visitors can use as a template for coloring.  The amazing markers provided are bright and vivid, and don’t worry, they are made with edible ink from natural food dyes! For more information please call 757-393-8543.


Face Painting

10 AM – 5PM – Among the many activities included with admission to the Winter Wonderland holiday showcase is a face painting artist who, at listed dates and times, will transform children’s cheeks into glittery seasonal pictures of snowflakes and snowmen. For more information please call 757-393-8543. 


The BJ Griffin Duo

11AM – 12 PM & 2 – 3PM - Join local favorites The BJ Griffin Duo as they create and play arrangements for two voices, cello, and piano to celebrate the sounds of the season. For more information please call 757-393-8543.


Music of the Mandolin

11 AM – 12 NOON: Among the numerous instruments she plays, Susan Heely chooses the magical mandolin to perform during the holidays.  She will play 15th and 17th century European music for those visiting the Winter Wonderland showcase on these particular days. For more information please call 757-393-8543. 

Olde Towne Santa

3 – 8PM – The Olde Towne Santa returns to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season.  See if you are on Santa’s naughty or nice list. For more information please call 757-393-8543.


Chocolate Dipping

4 PM – 8PM - The Williamsburg Chocolatier will be back!  Visitors can make simple holiday confections with an assortments of pretzels, marshmallows, or chips, to dip into pure delicious chocolate.  The program is free with paid admission to Winter Wonderland. For more information please call 757-393-8543.


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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.