Holiday Season Celebrations Highlight Vermont’s December Calendar

MONTPELIER, Vt. – With the holiday season fast approaching, travelers can look to Vermont to find heartwarming festivals and events that celebrate one of the most cheerful times of year. Vermont’s downtowns, villages and ski resorts provide picturesque backdrops for memorable winter vacations and holiday celebrations.

Below are some of Vermont’s top events for December, 2016:

Vermont Holiday Festival
Killington, December 2-3
The 2016 Vermont Holiday Festival is two days of holiday fun and entertainment for all ages. Enjoy the sights of the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Workshop, enchanting sleigh rides and the Jack Frost Marketplace offering hand-crafted, Vermont-made gifts.

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe
Stowe, December 2-3
Voted by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a Top 10 Vermont Winter Event, this beloved annual alpine-style Christmas festival embodies the quintessential Vermont village experience for all guests. Enjoy holiday traditions and new twists, including a lantern parade, Main Street tree lighting and alpine holiday artisan market. The festival also features real-life reindeer and an ugly sweater party.

Vermont International Festival
Essex Junction, December 2-4
The Vermont Performing Arts League proudly presents its 24th Vermont International Festival, an annual celebration of cultures from around the world, bringing their crafts, foods, music and dance to Essex Junction.

Woodstock Wassail Weekend
Woodstock, December 9-11
The Town of Woodstock celebrates its 33rd Annual Wassail Weekend, highlighted by the Equestrian Parade on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The best location to watch the parade is on the Village Green located in the center of Woodstock. Visitors can also enjoy Christmas at the Farm at Billings Farm & Museum on Sunday.

Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market
Montpelier, December 10
Now in its 12th year, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is the spot to buy gifts from some of the best makers in Vermont. From clay to quilts, and sweets to balms, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market has crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your gift list.

Coolidge Holiday Open House
Plymouth, December 10
Step back in time and enjoy the traditions of the season in one of Vermont’s most scenic villages. Sleigh rides, old-time music, and craft demonstrations are all part of the fun, as well as winter exhibits at the Museum & Education Center, Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and 1924 Summer White House Office.

Queer Circus Weekend
Brattleboro, December 16-18
Join the LGBTQI circus community in workshops, discussions, and shared meals, as they explore and express queer identity through circus, in a safe and inclusive setting. This weekend is open to all who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex.

Vermont Ballet Theater’s Production of The Nutcracker
Burlington, December 17-18
Vermont Ballet Theater is returning with its full-length production of The Nutcracker ballet. A show for all ages, Vermont Ballet Theater company director Alexander Nagiba’s stellar choreography is set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and performed by extraordinary dancers.

December Weekends and Christmas at the Farm
Woodstock, December 24 – January 1
Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse, and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the wood stove. Holiday programs and the making of historic ornaments are part of the fun.

Light the Night Public Menorah Lighting
Burlington, December 25
Join Chabad of Vermont as they celebrate 33 years of sharing the light of Chanukah with Burlington by the traditional lighting of the grand menorah on the UVM Green. Public Menorah Lighting events will also be held in Montpelier and St. Albans. Visit Chabad of Vermont throughout Chanukah at their Church Street Marketplace table in Burlington.

First Night Burlington
Burlington, December 31
Now in its 33rd year, this is the longest-standing, private New Year’s Eve celebration of its kind anywhere in the United States. First Night Burlington is Vermont’s largest, single-day arts festival, providing a healthy, accessible, and affordable New Year’s Eve celebration to thousands of people throughout the day and evening.

Okemo’s Family New Year’s Eve
Okemo, December 31
Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a variety of activities. Following early evening ice skating, snow tubing, mountain coaster rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, party hat decorating, bingo games and a trivia tournament. Families can ring in the New Year early with a DJ dance party.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Belmont, December 31
Welcome in the New Year with good friends, good cheer, fireworks, a bonfire and skating at this free event in central Vermont.