Seasonal & Holiday Dining

Seasonal Dining Events at Wentworth by the Sea

In addition to featuring some of the best restaurants in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Wentworth by the Sea has made a name for itself among culinary connoisseurs for our seasonal dining events each year. From Valentine’s Day romance and family-friendly Easter celebrations to our December-long Santa Holiday Brunches, the talented chefs at Wentworth by the Sea will set the stage for a gastronomic adventure you’ll never forget.
 
Below, you will find details on our annual dining events at our restaurants in New Castle. To make a reservation, please contact us at 603.373.6566.
 
Wentworth by the Sea also hosts New England’s premier winter wine festival. To learn more about this highly-anticipated food and wine experience, please visit WinterWineFestival.com.
 
The holiday celebrations at the Wentworth by the Sea live up to the hotel's grand appearance. The historic hotel set atop Little Harbor on the icy Atlantic sets the perfect picture for a winter wonderland getaway. With special holiday events including the annual Illumination, our Winter Wine Festival, treats, and packages from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve, holidays spent at Wentworth by the Sea are truly magical.
 

Thanksgiving Celebrations | November 22, 2018

Remember the abundant goodness of old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinners, the golden roasted birds, the secret-recipe stuffing, the enticing assortment of savory vegetables and warm rich desserts? This Thanksgiving we will bring back all those wonderful memories as you gather with family and friends. We invite you to join us for a most special and memorable Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday Buffet | Wentworth Ballroom
If you are looking for a spectacular setting to have a Thanksgiving Day Buffet with all the trimmings - then don't miss this one! Enjoy our wonderful raw bar, selection of farm fresh salads, carving stations, homemade crepes, butternut squash ravioli, crispy braised pork hunter style, roasted local cod, wild salmon, and an array of homemade desserts.
Reservations are required | $59.95++ per person, $26.95++ per child aged 2 - 12

Click here to purchase tickets to our Thanksgiving Buffet 
 
Thanksgiving Day Dinner | SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Dining Room
Enjoy an elegant three-course prix-fixe plated Thanksgiving dinner prepared by our team of award winning chefs.
Reservations are strongly recommended | $59.95++ per adult, $26.95++ per child aged 2 - 12
 

Wentworth's Annual Illumination | Date TBA

Wentworth's annual Illumination makes a festive occasion of lighting up the grand Victorian hotel, symbolizing the beginning of the holiday season in New Castle. This complimentary, family-friendly event, will be held on December 5, 2017 and will welcome strolling carolers, a horse-drawn carriage with Santa, the Portsmouth High School Marching Band Ensemble, costumed members of the Great Bay Ballet "An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" cast, and complimentary holiday refreshments. We will also have crafts and games available for children before the big unveiling of our giant gingerbread house!

 

As an extra gift of the season, the hotel partners with the New Castle Fire Department to collect toys for disadvantaged children on the Seacoast. Toys can be dropped at the Fire Truck on the night of the Illumination.

 

During the month of December, members of the community and guests are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped stuffed bears to place under the lobby Christmas tree, where they will be collected and distributed by the New Castle Fire Department.

 

Holiday Storytime, Hosted by Mary Carey Foley | Dates TBA

Nothing gets you in the spirit for holiday shopping, wrapping, baking, and gathering like a great holiday book. Curl up by our fire for story time and celebrate the season in our hotel lobby. Our locally beloved concierge Mary Carey Foley will be bringing your favorite holiday stories to life. After story time join us in our restaurant, SALT Kitchen and Bar, for our special seasonal menu crafted with prime ingredients fresh from the sea and garden, as well as house-made pasta, freshly baked breads, and prime cuts of meat.
 


Santa Brunches | Sundays in December

Join us in December for a festive Sunday Brunch held in the Wentworth Ballroom. A special guest will join us each Sunday, so bring the kids so they can finalize their Christmas lists with Santa.
Reservations are required | $54.95++ per adult, $26.95++ per child aged 2 - 12


Christmas Celebrations | December 25, 2018

Holidays are days (and nights) of joy and celebration! Our spacious grounds are festooned with decorations and symbols of the season. Glittering lights add a peaceful sense of festivity to each evening. During the day, our guests are enthralled with the garlands and greenery inside, heralding the happy spirit of the holidays. We invite you and your family to join us for a very special and memorable Christmas.
 

Festive Christmas Holiday Buffet | Wentworth Ballroom
If you are looking for a spectacular setting to have a Christmas Day Holiday Buffet with all the holiday trimmings, then don't miss this one! Enjoy a seemingly endless display of mouth-watering delicacies, glimmering lights, sparkling fountains, complimentary champagne, and much more.
Reservations are required | $59.95++ per adult, $26.95++ per child aged 2 - 12

 

Festive Christmas Dinner, SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Dining Room | 1pm - 10pm
Enjoy an elegant three-course prix-fixe plated Christmas dinner prepared by our team of award-winning chefs.
Reservations are strongly recommended | $59.95++ per adult, $26.95++ per child aged 2 - 12
 


Royal New Year's Eve - "A ball for the ages"

Enjoy the evening at the Wentworth by the Sea and prepare for a night of entertainment and excitement. 

The ball will start with passed champagne, wine, and hors d'oeuvres before you waltz into our grand ballroom for a four-course plated dinner, and open bar until midnight! Enjoy the evening with a modern show band, and celebrate the New Year with a champagne toast at midnight. Don’t forget to dress as your favorite royal from any country of any era.  King and Queen will be chosen when the clock strikes midnight.

Cocktail hour at 7 PM
Tickets are $189.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 
* Please notify us in advance of any dietary allergies.

Click Here to purchase New Year's Eve Tickets
 

Easter Celebrations | TBA

Easter is the time of springtime festivals. It's a time of family gatherings, new suits and dresses, and patent leather shoes. It is a time for chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! This Easter, establish a new dining tradition for your family and friends, and make this holiday one to remember! We will be offering two flexible dining options that can suit any family!

Easter Dinner | 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Check back for pricing
An elegant three course Easter Dinner will be served in SALT Restaurant and the Grand Ballroom.
 

Traditional Easter Brunch Buffet | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Check back for pricing
A festive Easter Brunch buffet will be served in the Wentworth Ballroom. Features include chef made to order omelets, live carving stations, a freshly made assortment baked pastries and desserts, and of course, a raw bar! Reservations are strongly recommended.

 

Mother's Day | TBA

It's a perfect time of commoration and celebration for Mom or that unique woman in your life. It is a time of family gathers and crayon scribbled "I Love Yous." We wish you time to relax and laugh a little...and all the little pleasures you deserve on such a special day. May it be filled with sunshine and each hour unfold with joy.

Mother's Day Dinner
Make this Mother's Day one that she'll never forget. For everything that she does, allow us to indulge her in an elegant three course will be served in SALT Restaurant and the Grand Ballroom. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Mother's Day Brunch Buffet

Our Mother's Day Brunch buffet will be served in the Wentworth Ballroom. Features include chef made to order omelets, live carving stations, a freshly made assortment baked pastries and desserts, and of course, a raw bar!
 

 

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