Holiday Season Celebrations and Performances Slated for Vermont in December
MONTPELIER, Vt. – People traveling in Vermont this December will have plenty of seasonal celebrations, events and performances to enjoy. Some of the uniquely Vermont attractions on the calendar include the Okemo Valley region’s INNdulgence Tour, Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend and the annual First Night Burlington celebration.
Visitors can browse the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing’s online Events Calendar at VermontVacation.com for suggestions on attractions throughout the state. Skiers and riders who intend on making trips to the Green Mountain State can reference the Ski Vermont website for happenings on the ski slopes and trails.
Below are many of the top events and performances taking place in Vermont this December:
A Traditional Christmas in Stowe
Dec. 1-3, Multiple venues, Stowe
This pre-holiday festival features the Main Street lantern parade with carols, a tree lighting, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Stowe Mercantile, Vermont's own Root7 acapella group, Santa's reindeer on the Village Green, wagon rides, the Helen Day Art Center Festival of Trees & Light, and more.
Coolidge Holiday Open House
Dec. 2, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch
The Coolidge Holiday Open House celebrates the traditions of the season in one of Vermont’s most scenic villages, Plymouth Notch, the birthplace and boyhood home of Calvin Coolidge, the 30th U.S. president. Sleigh rides, caroling, craft demonstrations, lunch and children’s holiday activities are among the festivities.
Dec. 2-3, Multiple inns, Okemo Valley region
Ten unique inns of the Okemo Valley region are partnering together for another weekend of welcoming locals and travelers to a self-guided two-day open house with festive food and drinks. Guests can see the inside of these country inns, delight in the holiday decorations, and taste the indulgent treats that each inn has to offer.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Concert
Dec. 8-10, Multiple venues (Barre, Burlington, Rutland)
VSO’s Holiday Pops features festive music from around the world, a carol singalong, and a special appearance by the award-winning student bell choir from Newport. Syrian composer Suad Bushnaq will present a performance of “Tomorrow,” bringing a message of hope and peace. The VSO will be led by Guest Conductor Anne Decker.
A Christmas Carol
Dec. 8 -10 & 14-16, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro
Vermont Theatre Company presents “A Christmas Carol”, based on the novella by Charles Dickens. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser whose life is forever changed when visited by spirits of Christmases past, present, and yet to come, resonates as much today as it did when first published 174 years ago.
Woodstock Wassail Parade & Holiday House Tour
Dec. 9, Woodstock Village
Visitors can delight in the jingle of sleigh bells and the clip-clop of hooves as riders dressed in Victorian Era Costumes ride around the Village Green. Guests will experience the warm hospitality of New England when Woodstock’s most charming houses deck their halls and open their doors for what has become a quintessential holiday tradition.
St. Johnsbury Victorian Holiday Celebration
Dec. 9, Multiple venues, St. Johnsbury
This annual event showcases the rich downtown arts and culture scene, with much to see and do for the entire family. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, winter-themed arts and crafts activities at Catamount Arts, a planetarium show at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, and story time at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum are among the family-friendly activities.
Chabad of Vermont’s Light Up the Night
Dec. 12, University of Vermont Green, Burlington
Join Chabad of Vermont and the Jewish community for music, latkes, donuts and hot drinks during their annual public menorah lighting that marks the beginning of Hanukkah. The event is free and open to the public. Public menorah lightings will also be held in Montpelier, Saint Albans, and Jericho.
Vermont Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker
Dec. 16-17, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington
All ages will be enthralled with VBT’s production of “The Nutcracker” ballet. Audiences will follow the adventures of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they conquer the evil Mouse King and travel on a mystical journey to The Land of Sweets where the enchanting Sugarplum Fairy reigns.
Dec. 16, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow
Okemo kicks off the season of the popular Vertical Challenge race series. The free, fun race is open to all ages and abilities and is a series of casual ski and snowboard races held at ski resorts throughout the Northeast during each winter season. The Vertical Challenge will also include stops at other Vermont resorts Bolton Valley, Suicide Six, and Bromley Mountain later in the season.
Dec. 22-23, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington
New York-based dance and music company Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dances portray cultural diversities of over 50 ethnic groups throughout China. The dances are enhanced by original music compositions performed by its East-meets-West live orchestra, brilliant custom-made costumes, state-of-the-art digital backdrops, and world-class soloists.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 24-25, Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial, South Royalton
Visit the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the first latter-day prophet and President of the Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Christmas tree lighting and nativity scene re-enactments. Christmas lights will be on display through Jan. 1.
First Night Burlington
Dec. 31, Multiple venues, Downtown Burlington
Celebrate New Year’s Eve all day long in Vermont’s largest city. With family-friendly events, live music, arts, and attractions, First Night Burlington is now the longest-standing, private New Year’s Eve celebration of its kind anywhere in the United States.
Disney's The Little Mermaid
Through Jan. 7, Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction
Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will entertain audiences of all ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful tale of love will capture your heart with its irresistible songs.
Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light
Through Dec. 30; Helen Day Art Center, Stowe
The Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees & Light bring together the community to share and celebrate the season through decorated evergreens, a Hanukkah display, and over 100 art works by Helen Day Art Center members.