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November 18, 2013

Vermont Tourism Calendar: December's Holiday, Sports and Shopping Events

Downtowns and ski villages are all decked out for the holiday season. Choose from slopeside events and special offers at ski resorts, plus festive holiday lodging deals at inns statewide. Enjoy bustling shops and vibrant galleries in Vermont’s 24 Designated Downtowns. Several towns host the 50/50 Challenge, a series of holiday events and sales that ensure a jolly good time for shoppers filling hard-to-stuff stockings! Here’s a sampler of 140 upcoming events in the Travel Planner:

Festival of Trees (Nov. 24 - Dec. 30, Bennington): Festival of Trees "Around the World" is a community created exhibit of 20 uniquely designed and decorated holiday trees. Additional items from the museum’s collection produce a perfect blend of current design with historical elements. There’s also several traditional and tabletop trees created by local schoolchildren to admire.

Chandler Gallery Holiday Bazaar (Wednesdays, now – Dec. 23, Randolph): Quality, fine and functional arts and crafts and local specialty food products by 40 artisans will be showcased in a festive holiday setting. Shoppers find a wide array of affordable fine gifts for the holidays, open Wednesdays 6-8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Candy Cane Making (Nov. 27 - Dec. 22, Stowe): Fun, family-friendly demonstrations begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional 2 p.m. demos take place on Saturdays. Watch for free or register ahead to make your own candy cane for $6.00. The folks at Laughing Moon do their best to accommodate everyone but please note registering ensures a lesson.

Bellows Falls & Walpole Artisan Tour (Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Bellows Falls): Studio artists open their studios and sell their wares on Thanksgiving weekend. Several artists will have work for sale and demonstrations at 33 Bridge Street in Bellows Falls.

35th Annual Putney Craft Tour (Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Putney): Demos, food, handcrafted shopping along scenic back roads. Blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers – even artisan cheesemakers.

Manchester Merriment (Nov. 29 - Jan. 1, Manchester): Come enjoy the dozens of events happening in Manchester all holiday season! Lighted tractor parade, wine tastings, inn tours, tree lightings, horsedrawn wagon rides and world-class shopping are how Manchester & the Mountains celebrates the holiday season!

Ri Ra's Santa 5k Run (Dec. 1, Burlington): The Ri Ra's Santa 5k Run in Burlington is Vermont's first and only all Santa Race! The course starts on historic Church Street and features a rolling course with one tough hill on Battery Street. All participants receive a full Santa suit and a great Irish breakfast after the race at Ri Ra Irish pub.

Star Party (Dec. 6, Peacham): Join fellow stargazers for an evening of observing under clear skies using the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation’s main 17" and portable telescopes. Learn with neighbors, newcomers and amateur astronomers.

Holiday Celebrations at Shelburne Museum (Dec. 3-8, Shelburne): The new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education will be humming with holiday-themed art activities, games and live music. The Center will be a sight to behold bedecked with 10 holiday trees, each decorated in a different theme inspired by the museum’s collections.

Holiday Stroll (Dec. 7, Vergennes): Eat breakfast with Santa, shop at the craft fair, find rare gifts at the Bixby Library silent auction, grab your rotary wreath and sing carols as you stroll. Read with Mrs. Claus; make cookies and decorations in Santa's workshop. Enjoy the music of Champlain Brass Quintet, Victory Baptist Church Choir, Dickens carolers and Addison County Gospel Choir.

Capital City Farmers Market (Dec. 7 & 21, Montpelier): 35 farmers, food producers, and craftspeople sell local fare. Also enjoy live music and ready-to-eat foods. Join us at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Gym at the corner of E. State St. and College St.

Stowe Community Church Christmas Fair (Dec. 7, Stowe): The Christmas Fair features decorated wreaths, needlecrafts, baked goods, and our original mugs, cookbooks, puzzles and historic Stowe afghans. The Trinkets & Treasures Room contains jewelry and other surprises. This year's quilt raffle features a queen-sized, "Crazy Quilt" pattern.

19th Annual Brewfest (Dec. 7, Smugglers' Notch Resort): Enjoy a day of outdoor fun on the mountain and a night of savoring the region’s finest libations. Sample local & regional beers and wines, with music, munchies and prizes.

Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum (Dec. 7 - Jan. 1, Woodstock): Discover the simplicity of a 19th century Vermont Christmas in an authentically decorated farmhouse and working dairy farm. Partake in horse-drawn sleigh ride and children’s activities. Open every weekend and December 26 - Jan. 1. GPS: 69 Old River Road

Classic Films of the 1950s (Dec. 8, Stowe): The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. Several directors who began their careers in the silent era were in their prime and new stars such as Marlon Brando, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn were making their mark. Films addressed vital issues of the time such as juvenile delinquency, conformity, and racial attitudes, while the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist loomed. A Vermont Humanities Council event at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe.

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock (Dec. 13 – 15, Woodstock): Voted one of Vermont's Top Ten Winter events, the term has its roots in Medieval England referring to the Norse, "ves heill" meaning "to drink to the health." Ale brewed with spiced apples and sugar was the warm drink given to the singers who went door to door during the Solstice. Parades, theatre, dining events and carolers’ songs of the season fill the air.

Holidays on the Newbury Common (Dec. 14, Newbury): An old-fashioned winter party with music, traditional craft demonstrations, winter games, bonfire, tree lighting, hot chocolate, cookies, a visit from Santa and more! Enjoy a community supper and join the moonlight snowshoe and square dance after the fireworks show!

Winter's Eve (Dec. 14, Burlington): Come calling on Ethan and Fanny Allen for a Winter's Eve celebration! Begin your experience in the 18th Century Tavern; take part in group dances, hear live music, or watch historical craft demonstrations. Come along for a lantern tour of the Allen House where historical re-enactors will entertain you!

22nd Annual Coolidge Holiday Open House (Dec. 15, Plymouth Notch): The Coolidge Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in 1872, the year the future president was born. Holiday music will fill the village. Sleigh rides, children’s activities, crafts, foods and the Plymouth Memory Tree lighting ceremony enliven this holiday celebration.

Solstice Snowshoe over Moose Mountain (Dec. 21, East Charleston): Hike four miles along the Moose Mountain Trail. This beautiful trail runs through hardwood forest and rolling terrain. The journey to the 2,339’ peak offers scenic vistas of the northern range of the Green Mountains, Lake Willoughby and Wheeler Pond. Bring lunch, a hot drink and warm layers. Registration is required and snowshoes are available.

Celebrate Annual Holiday Show (Dec. 23- 28, Barre): Celebrate, the annual holiday show includes a wide variety of fine art and crafts. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists are exhibited on three floors of Barre’s beloved downtown gallery.

Contact: Jen Butson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing,, 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: November 18, 2013 13:57:15
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