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One of the most magical activities you can do in New Hampshire during the winter is a sleigh ride! New Hampshire is one of the best states for enjoying winter, and there’s nothing like being bundled up under a pile of blankets, snuggled in with your loved ones, listening to the clop-clop-clop through the forest.
As for winter in New Hampshire, sleigh rides are something that everyone can enjoy. And for good reason — it’s a lovely throwback that’s stood the test of time. You don’t need to be an athlete or buy special gear. And afterward, you can head inside and get a hot beverage!
Whether you’re looking to book a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride for two, or a big sleigh for your extended family to enjoy you’ll find plenty of options here in the Granite State. We’ve got options in the White Mountains, in southern New Hampshire, and in the Monadnock region.And don’t forget to check out our favorite things to do in New Hampshire in the winter!
2022 UPDATE: You should know that Farm by the River Bed and Breakfast in North Conway, Heritage Farm in Sanbornton, Ragged View Farm in Andover, and King Pine at Purity Spring Resort are NOT offering sleigh rides this year.
It’s been a tough few years, and we hope to see them return in the future. However, read on for several places that ARE running sleigh rides in New Hampshire this winter!
This post was most recently updated in May 2023.
In the White Mountains we love Nestlenook Farm in Jackson and the Bretton Woods Stables at the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
In Southern New Hampshire we recommend Charmingfare Farm in Candia, near Manchester, or Coppal House Farm in Lee.
Stonewall Farm in Keene is one of our favorite sleigh rides in the Monadnock region.
Some places are not operating in winter 2022, but we know six places that are DEFINITELY open.
NH Sleigh Rides Map
The nice thing about sleigh rides in New Hampshire is that you can find them everywhere. If you’re going to the White Mountains for a winter getaway, you can easily find sleigh rides near North Conway or Jackson.
Live near Manchester, or in the Boston area? You’ll find plenty of options in southern New Hampshire, too!
Read on for the best options.
Nestlenook Farm, Jackson, NH
If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned NH sleigh ride in the White Mountains, Nestlenook Farm in Jackson is the place to be. Jackson is one of our favorite New Hampshire winter getaways, with the beauty of the White Mountains, plenty of snow, and a much quieter atmosphere than North Conway.
Nestlenook Farm offers 30-minute sleigh rides in custom-made Austrian sleighs. You can join a group ride with other visitors, or book a private ride for 2 to 15 people. They also offer a “semi-private” sleigh ride option, which might have two people join in the rumble seat.
In addition to NH sleigh rides, Nestlenook Farm offers ice skating on picturesque Emerald Lake and access to snowshoeing trail throughout the area. Santa hosts visits in the outdoor gazebo during the holidays. This season, Smokin’ Jay’s barbecue has a food truck on site by the rink and gazebo.
Learn more about Nestlenook Farm and book sleigh rides here.
Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
A wonderful place for sleigh rides in New Hampshire is Stonewall Farm near Keene in southwest New Hampshire. Whether you’re a student at Keene State College, a fifth-generation Monadnock resident, or a curious visitor from nearby Vermont or Massachusetts, Stonewall Farm is a wonderful place for a horse-drawn sleigh ride.
Stonewall Farm offers 30-minute group sleigh rides for up to 10 people, and they also offer private sleigh rides (including a Valentine’s Day sleigh ride with champagne). The sleigh needs two feet of snow in order to ride safely; if there isn’t enough snow, they take you on a ride in their wagon instead.
Stonewall Farm has a variety of activities throughout the year. In the winter, they also offer winter wonderland tours and snowshoe tours. In warmer months, you can enjoy hay rides, Cinderella coach rides, and several different farm tours and pasture walks.
Learn more about Stonewall Farm and book NH sleigh rides here.
Read More: Best Things to Do in Keene, NH
Bretton Woods Stables, Bretton Woods, NH
The winter wonderland of Bretton Woods might as well be synonymous with the Omni Mount Washington Resort, an icon of the Granite State. Whatever you want to do in winter, you can do it here! At the Bretton Woods Stables, NH sleigh rides are the standout winter offering.
Bretton Woods Stables offers sleigh rides when the snow is deep enough. If not, there are carriage rides around the resort, as well as year-round horseback riding.
And when it comes to activities, you have everything from skiing and snowboarding to snow tubing, snowshoeing, fat tire biking in the snow, canopy zipline tours, and more!
Learn more about Bretton Woods and book sleigh rides in New Hampshire here.
Charmingfare Farm, Candia, NH
Charmingfare Farm in Candia, NH, just outside Manchester, is our top choice for sleigh rides in Southern New Hampshire. This is truly a farm to behold. Unlike most of the other resorts, Charmingfare Farm is a farm first, complete with animals and chores and so much to do and see, making it a popular year-round destination.
Charmingfare Farm offers several kinds of sleigh rides in NH in the winter, including group sleigh rides, romantic sleigh rides for two, and rides in a logging sled. If there isn’t enough snow, no problem — they can easily switch to a wheeled vehicle. They even put on sleigh ride socials with a campfire afterward.
In the winter months, you can have a visit with Santa or come to visit the sugar shack. In warmer months, you can visit animals and go horseback riding. And if you’re local, they have year-round meat, vegetable, and egg shares.
Learn more about Charmingfare Farm and book New Hampshire sleigh rides here.
Silver Ranch Stables, Jaffrey, NH
Jaffrey is one of our favorite winter towns in New Hampshire, close to Keene and an easy journey from Boston. Head west of downtown to Jaffrey Center and you’ll enjoy long country roads with farmhouses, all blanketed underneath fresh snow.
Silver Ranch Stables in Jaffrey is a wonderful way to enjoy this winter wonderland in a horse-drawn sleigh.Here you can book sleigh rides that travel about 2.5 miles and last 45 minutes to an hour.
In addition to sleigh rides, Silver Ranch Stables offers horseback riding lessons, carriage rides, and trail rides. It’s also a popular wedding venue. In warmer months there are hay rides on offer as well.
Learn more about Silver Ranch Stables and book some of the best sleigh rides NH has to offer here.
Coppal House Farm, Lee, NH
If you’re looking for a New Hampshire sleigh ride near the Seacoast, southern Maine, and northeast Massachusetts, take a look at Coppal House Farm in Lee, NH. This working farm has quite a bit going on, but the winters are all about horse-drawn sleighs!
In 2022, Coppal House Farm is offering exclusively private sleigh rides for up to 12 people (they may return to group sleigh rides in the future). The rides take in the magical landscape and conclude with a fun bonfire.
This isn’t all they have to offer — in warmer times of year, Coppal Farm is famous for its corn maze, sunflower festival, and farm camp. Be sure to try their local produce, which they sell on-site.
Learn more about Coppal House Farm and book some excellent sleigh rides New Hampshire has to offer here.
Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour, Jackson, NH
If you’re heading up to Jackson on a weekend from mid-November through mid-December, see if you can get tickets for the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour! This fun and tasty event combines the majesty of Austrian horse-drawn sleighs with lots of tasty chocolate treats!
It’s often hard to get snow at this time of year, but don’t worry — these sleighs are outfitted with wheels, just in case. Get into your sleigh and you’ll take a tour all around Jackson Village, stopping to visit several local inns. Ring your jingle bells and the innkeepers will bring you chocolate treats!
By the end of the hourlong tour, you’ll have a bag bursting with chocolate treasures — and a greater appreciation for how lovely Jackson is.
You can get tickets through the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. More details on that in our review of the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour.
New Hampshire winters are best by sleigh!
Conclusively speaking, these areas are much more enjoyable when and if you have more people alongside you. It’s imperative that you grab someone along for the ride, whether it’s just to take snaps of the trip itself.
The winters barely last over 3 to 4 months, due to which you might not always be able to experience a sleigh ride. For that reason, don’t look back if you ever get the chance to go on a sleigh ride, especially if it’s at any of the resorts mentioned above.
We hope you have the most magical New Hampshire winter yet!
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