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December 16, 1980

The Hanover Inn in New Hampshire is inviting guests to spend the holiday with them, promising the most homelike Christmas celebration one can find away from home. The Inn, which just celebrated its 200th birthday, fronts on the Dartmouth Green. On winter nights at Christmastime a large Christmas tree gleams before the brightly lighted bell tower of Baker Library.

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Special Christmas package-plan rates will be available for guests heading for Hanover and the Inn at Christmas. The holidays begin on Tuesday, December 23 with a Wassailing party in the lounge at 5:30 p.m. A Yule Log ceremony will be held on the green at 6:00 with members of the North Country Community Theatre players in period costume leading the ceremonial lighting of the log. Everyone will have sprigs of green to toss into the fire.

On Wednesday, December 24, Inn-keeper Merrow will show everyone how to make stained glass cookies. Design your own and the bakery chef will bake and deliver them to your room. The Inn kitchens will be baking more than 25,000 cookies for guests and townspeople alike.

Tobagganing and snow-tubing are planned for the afternoon that ends with tea in Webster Cottage, where Daniel Webster lived during his years at Dartmouth. Christmas eve holds a candlelight dinner and carol sing around the piano. In the wee hours, Santa is expected to leave a small gift at guests' doors. Christmas Day at the Inn starts with a continental breakfast at 10 a.m. Dinner with all the trimmings, and the turkey passed so guests can select their favorite parts, is set for 12:30. On Christmas evening at 8:00 the turkey and fixings will be put out so guests can make sandwiches or nibble just as they would at home.

A variety of sports -- downhill and cross-country skiing, skating, sledding are minutes from the Inn's door. A display of old toys is scheduled for the Hopkins Center, and Paul Revere silver is also on display. For more information or reservations write The Hanover Inn, Box 8, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, or call 603-646-4300.

Christmas in Newport is well-known to New Englanders and visitors to this charming seaport. The city's tenth annual celebration will include bazaars, choral programs, tree trimming parties, bell ringers, candlelight house tours, and a holly ball.

Chateau-sur-mer, one of the Newport mansions, and a fine example of lavish Victorian architecture, will be decorated for the holiday season with fresh-cut greens and poinsettias. In the ballroom a 16-foot evergreen tree will be traditionally adorned with candles, candy, christmas cards, and ribbons and bows. Beneath the tree, Victorian toys will be displayed. Arrangements of greens will decorate the mantels, with laurel roping and ribbons winding up the stairways. Eggnog and Christmas cookies will be served in the marble hall on December 14 from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., but the house will be open daily from December 13 to 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In the ballroom of the Elms, another mansion, a ceiling-high tree decorated with satin balls, garlands, and lights all of gold will be on display. The ballroom at Marble House will feature a tree with red satin balls and gold garlands and lights. On the lawn of the latter mansion, a 25-foot evergreen will be lit by hundreds of white lights. To receive the 1980 Christmas in Newport calendar and more information on the Newport mansions, write the Preservation Society of Newport County, 118 Mill Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840.