Holidays are here! And, since I am an enormous proponent of anything celebratory, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the next few blog posts will be holiday-centric. For ease, I am categorizing the holiday event schedules by state. Enjoy!
Vermont Holiday Events
On Sunday, December 23, visit the Holiday Artisan Showcase for arts and crafts. Other activities happening around Stowe include ice carving, live music, henna tattoos, arts and crafts, and Dux the Balloon Man - just a few of the festive events during the Christmas Week holiday programming. Finish the holiday with bottle cap art, winter photo workshop, and a Summit Series Winter Wonderland Dinner.
Jay Peak Resort
On the evening of December 14, you may delight in an evening of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Brass Quintet & Counterpoint Chorale Group. This festive program will range from medieval to modern, and includes Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, the Canadian Brass’s bravura arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas, Bizet’s March of Kings, and some other traditional carols. On December 31, ring in the New Year with a Tramside New Year’s Eve Party & Fireworks.
On November 30, the New York Ballet presents The Nutcracker. Then, on December 1, Killington kicks off the December month with a train ride through Santa’s Village, Old Fashioned Christmas Festival, Annual Festival of Trees, and a Tap Dogs production. Finally, you may celebrate at the Vermont Holiday Festival at Killington Grand Resort Hotel on December 9 – 10. Experience the holiday magic: 100 individually decorated trees are on display for your viewing pleasure, live holiday music performances, horse-drawn sleigh rides, beverages to warm the spirit and the Jack Frost Marketplace, a great place to do your holiday shopping and a visit from Santa himself!
The Mad River Valley hosts a number of joyous holiday events in December. On December 1, it’s the 14th Annual Country Christmas Open House to kick-off your holiday shopping. Then shopping continues on December 8th with the Annual Bazaar - 29th Mad River Valley International Boutique. The activities continue with the Festival of Lights, Community party, Family Snowman Building competition, and more. Additionally, on December 22, there is a live cooking demonstration with Ski Town Soups featured Head Chef Gerry Nooney.
At Okemo Mountain Resort, on December 22, Santa Claus makes a pre-Christmas visit with the children. And, Santa returns, on December 25, with his merry crew and will be cruising the slopes with a sack full of sweets for good little skiers and riders. Between Christmas and New Year’s, you can celebrate with a scavenger hunt, parade and fireworks display, as well as a Shake ‘n Skate night. The grand finale will be a Family New Year’s Eve celebration.
Happy Holiday at Smuggs! On December 1 and 2, The Lamoille County Players present Irving Berlin's classical musical White Christmas. Then, on Christmas, Santa will arrive at Smugglers'! The evening events include carols and wish list sharing with Santa at the Resort Gazebo and a holiday service in the Meeting House. A torchlight parade by Snow Sport University instructors and fireworks light up the Green Mountains. Then, on New Year’s Eve, Smugglers’ Notch caps off 2012 with a Holiday Celebration.
Our House for the Holidays, December 1 and 2, at The Museum Store welcomes neighbors and friends dressed in holiday finery. The spirit of the season abounds in the 100 year old Carriage Barn with apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts. On December 15, get dressed up and enjoy an elegant evening at The Winter Gala. Also, on December 15 and 16, the Elf Express Train rolls into town. This whimsical 2012 holiday train will leave R.K. Miles Depot Station and take its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains. Entertainment will include holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy. Hot chocolate and button cookies will be served and the elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will also be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who’s been naughty and nice! Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift.
More events, such as horse-drawn wagon rides and a holiday social can be found here.
Finally, at Stratton, enjoy fireworks, a torchlight parade and 21 Jump Salute, fun family activities, live music and much more to make New Year’s the highlight of the season.