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
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 | For reservations, please call 603.373.6566 or 603.422.7322

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 Brunch 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.
Thanksgiving Day Dinner, SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Ballroom
Enjoy an elegant three-course prix-fixe plated Thanksgiving dinner prepared by our team of award winning chefs.
Reservations are strongly recommended.

Wentworth's Annual Illumination

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. A free, family event, typically scheduled for the beginning of December, welcomes strolling carolers, a horse-drawn carriage with Santa, the Portsmouth High School Marching Band Ensemble, glittering ice sculptures, costumed members of the Great Bay Ballet "An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker" cast and complimentary holiday refreshments.
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.

Christmas Celebrations

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 Brunch, Wentworth Ballroom
If you are looking for a spectacular setting to have a Christmas Day Brunch with all the holiday trimmings, then don't miss this one! Enjoy a seemingly endless display of mouth-watering delicacies, glimmering lights, sparkling fountains, crystalline ice sculptures, complimentary champagne, and much more.
Reservations are required.
Festive Christmas Dinner, SALT Kitchen & Bar and the Grand Dining Room
Enjoy an elegant three-course prix-fixe plated Christmas dinner prepared by our team of award-winning chefs...Click here to view a sample menu!
Reservations are strongly recommended.

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