Wentworth hotel’s annual Illumination and Toy Drive to be held Dec. 1

Portsmouth Herald

NEW CASTLE — The Wentworth by the Sea hotel’s annual Illumination and Toy Drive will look a little different this year, but will still be held Dec. 1, beginning at 6 p.m.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, the annual event will be limited to hotel and restaurant guests only, so proper safety and distancing protocols can be met. Despite these necessary changes, Wentworth by the Sea is planning a fun and joyous event for overnight and dining guests of the hotel.

Reservations are sure to fill up quickly so those wishing to attend should book as soon as possible. For overnight guests, the Wentworth has two packages for maximum enjoyment of the festivities:

• The Overnight Family Package includes overnight accommodations on Dec. 1, hot cocoa and cookies upon arrival, and access to the Illumination event. Rates start at $279.

• Date Night Holiday Light Package includes overnight accommodations on Dec. 1, a boozy hot cocoa/coffee and cookies upon arrival, dinner for two at Salt, and access to the Illumination event. Reservations for dining should be made directly with Salt. Rates start at $399.

For reservations, visit https://bit.ly/35wdbBT.

For those wishing only to dine at Salt before or after the Illumination, a reservation is required. Anyone with a dining reservation will be able to stay and see the Illumination. To reserve, call (603) 373-6566.

This special, traditional event at the Wentworth will also include an appearance by Santa in his sleigh, with elves to take Christmas lists from children. There also will be live music and carolers for the enjoyment of guests.

Another favorite tradition of the resort will also continue – the unveiling of the Gingerbread House. This annual creation is always a favorite with hotel guests and locals who look forward to marveling at the over-sized, magical gingerbread house made by the talented chefs of Wentworth by the Sea.

The Wentworth by the Sea will be conducting its annual Toy Drive once again this year. Toy drop off will be Dec. 1-17. Toys can be dropped off only Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone bringing an unwrapped, unopened gift to help support children of the Seacoast will receive 10% off at Salt; alcohol excluded.

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