We have many fantastic major Events happening in our region. Be sure to also review our Daily Happenings Calendar to discover what is going just about any day of the week.
Stratton Mountain Resort
November 26, 2015 – 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume this Thanksgiving for Stratton’s Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K. Start time is 9am. Register now on runsignup.com for $35 or register at the race for $55. Did we mention there’s a purse prize of $2,000?
St. Paul’s Parish Hall
November 26, 2015 – 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Be Our Guest! Christ Our Savior Parish invites all to a Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner. 802-362-1380.
Manchester Chamber of Commerce
November 27, 2015 - January 1, 2016 – All Day
Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce Presents Manchester Merriment “Home for the Holidays”. November 27 – January 1. Enjoy Inn Tours, Tree Lightings, The Elf Express, Children’s Concert, Lighted Tractor Parade, Christmas Community Pot Luck, Holiday Cookie Contest, Historic Walking Tours, First Friday Christmas Stroll & Much More!
Main Street Location
November 27, 2015 - November 28, 2015 – All Day
Friday November 27th: Black Friday Manchester’s shops open the holiday shopping season (some as early as 6:00 a.m.). Dorset Gingerbread Houses – displayed throughout the community at participating retailers. Hildene Welcome Center – “Guess the Lincoln Pennies in the Jar” at The Museum Store, Nov. 23 -Dec. 6. In 1863, President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving. Prize for the closest guess.
Saturday November 28th: Small Business Saturday – independent retailers will participate in the promotion of Small Business Saturday. Holiday Tree Lighting with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Manchester’s festively decorated Town Green. 4:30 p.m. Holiday Cookie Contest. Cookies must be delivered to the Green by 4:30 to be judged (Judges are Kerry Comollo, Connie Blatchford, Frank Hanes). 5:00 p.m. – Carols and singing with Bruce White. 5:30 p.m. – Town Illumination and Special Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Hot Chocolate, Cider and Coffee and cookies will be served)
Equinox Valley Nursery
November 28, 2015 - November 29, 2015 – All Day
Annual Christmas Open House & Santa Visit. The date for Santa’s Visit is Saturday November 28th from 11:30 to 2:30. Don’t forget the camera to capture a wonderful family photo! The Christmas Open House is Saturday November 28th from 8:30am to 5:00pm & Sunday November 29th from 9am to 4pm. Partake in this Christmas tradition of selecting your perfect Christmas Tree, Decorative Holiday Wreaths and all the extra trimmings! Complimentary Hot Cocoa, Cookies, Popcorn & S’mores by the fire. 802-362-2610.
United Church of Dorset and East Rupert
November 28, 2015 – 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
November brings a return to chamber music with the Manchester Music Festival at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, in Dorset. On Saturday, November 28th at 4p.m. Chamber works by Haydn and Boccherini performed by the Manchester Festival String Quartet (Deborah Buck and Joana Genova, violins, Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Benjamin Capps, cello) with special guest Brett Grigsby, guitar. Tickets are $25 for Adults and $8 for students and children. Tickets available at mmfvt.org, by calling 802-362-1956 and at the Northshire Bookstore.
United Church of Dorset and East Rupert
December 2, 2015 – 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
DORSET COMMUNITY TREE LIGHTING, POT-LUCK SUPPER ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2015 AT 5:00 PM AT THE DORSET GREEN . Again this year we will be joined by the faculty, students, and families of Long Trail School. We’ll all begin at the Christmas tree on the Dorset Green for a Christmas Carol Sing-a-long. Then we will head over to the church for a Chili and Soup Potluck. Please bring a pot of your favorite chili or soup. We’ll provide the bread & drinks. Long Trail School will provide the salad. The Christian Education Committee will provide cookies and brownies. 802-867-2260
Main Street Location
December 4, 2015 - December 5, 2015 – All Day
Friday December 4th: First Friday Christmas Stroll Retailers staying open until 9:00 p.m. with live music and “treats on the street”. “LED Light Up!” Commercial business light up to be judged -Judging until 9:00 p.m. Downtown Pub Crawl with Ye Olde Tavern, Gringo Jacks, Thai Basil, Depot 62, Ponce, Al Duccis, Mulligans, Spiral Press, Christos and Seasons’ offering holiday fare until 10:00 p.m. Christmas 1912 at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home: Dec 4 – Jan. 3. Christmas Eve 1912, festive holiday décor, musicians play carols on Aeolian pipe organ & piano on many weekends.
Saturday December 5th: Hooked on the Holidays – celebration at the American Museum of Fly Fishing from l0-4. 6th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade featuring dozens of floats from non-profit organizations and lighted tractors – parade departs the Dorr Farm at 5pm. LED Light Up! Commercial Businesses will enter to be judged for creative illumination of their storefronts! Winner announced during the Tractor Parade. The Museum Store at Hildene – Annual Open House, Dec. 5 & Dec. 6.
Village of Weston
December 5, 2015 – 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Come to the Village of Weston, Vt. and experience an Old Fashioned Vermont Christmas. Visit our shops, galleries and restaurants. There will be museum tours, horse drawn wagon rides, caroling, petting zoo, Santa, crafts and activities for the whole family. All proceeds from the Weston Business Council raffle and our Sponsors contributions will be donated to the Weston Fire Department. Saturday, December 5th, 10-4.30pm. Rt. 100, Weston, Vt. 05161. 802.362.5950 westonvt.com
Windham Hill Inn
December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015 – 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend will be hosting their annual German Christmas Market on December 5th, 2015 (noon to 5pm) and Sunday, December 6th (11am to 4pm). Local Artisans will be on hand selling their crafts as well as authentic imported Germany Christmas Decorations and table linen from the Erzgebirge region of Germany. The Windham Hill Restaurant will be open for lunch both days serving traditional German cuisine from noon until 3pm; reservations are requested. Homemade Gluehwein and traditional Stollen will be available for purchase throughout the day. For additional information please call the Inn (802)874-4080.
American Museum of Fly Fishing
December 5, 2015 – 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The American Museum of Fly Fishing will host their annual celebration, Hooked on the Holidays, on December 5, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. Fifty people stopped in to ring in the season at the Museum last year and we have even more fun activities planned for 2015. The town of Manchester really comes alive in December, and the AMFF is proud to partner with Southwestern Vermont Trout Unlimited to offer an event like Hooked on the Holidays to educate and engage our wonderful community during this special season.
Create! : The Museum staff will teach children important fly-tying basics with our timeless teaching tool, the clown fly. With gaudy feathers and big, bold colors the clown fly is sure to inspire a few future fly anglers and it is the perfect decoration for the holidays. There will also be a table for parents and older children with a full gamut of fly tying materials to get you ready for the next fishing season.
Decorate! : Children of all ages can decorate trout cookies upstairs in our Gardner L. Grant Library. Whether you like a little frosting or a lot, all the toppings will be there to make your very own delicious masterpiece. Hot cocoa will also be served and s’mores will be available to roast on our fire pit outside.
Celebrate! : This is what it is all about. The snow is falling, jingle bells are ringing, and even Ebeneezer Scrooge can find a reason to smile. Get into the holiday spirit with your family at the AMFF and experience fly-fishing history with FREE admission to the Museum gallery throughout the day. Weather permitting, guests will also be able to cast vintage fly rods made by Leonard, Granger, and some of history’s most well-known rod makers.
Federated Church of East Arlington
December 6, 2015 – 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Federated Church of East Arlington Advent Workshop. Holiday Crafts for kids.
Main Street Location
December 11, 2015 - December 12, 2015 – 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday December 11th: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Historic Walking Tours – Manchester’s Historical Society providing free walking tours of Bonnet Street and Main Street, and leaving from the Visitor Welcome Center (Tours on the hour). Shop Manchester – 9 a.m. til 9:00 p.m. – Exceptional Opening with Merriment Specials. Route 11/30 Pub Crawl – 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. with The Perfect Wife, Ravens Den, Bistro Henry, Garlic John’s, Zoey’s Double Hex and Brasserie Ousteau offering holiday pub fare until 10:00 p.m.
Saturday – December 12th: 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Historic Walking Tours – Manchester’s Historical Society providing free walking tours of Bonnet Street and Main Street, and Manchester Village Route 7A leaving from The Equinox Hotel (Tours on the hour). 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Inn Tours – our inns/lodgings each uniquely decorated for the holiday welcome visitors for the afternoon. Participating Inns are: The Arlington Inn, Arlington’s West Mountain Inn, The Barrows House, The Dorset Inn, The Equinox Resort & Spa, Hill Farm Inn, The Inn at Manchester, The Inn at Ormsby Hill, Ira Allen House, Olympia Lodge, The Reluctant Panther, Taconic, The Wilburton Inn. $15/person or 2 for $25. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Christmas Community Potluck – Manchester Public Library – Savoring community favorites – Roast Beef, Turkey and Stuffing and Seafood Bisque – at an old fashioned Vermont Community Christmas Pot Luck Dinner in Manchester’s beautiful new Community Library. Dinner will be sponsored by Olympia Lodge, The Perfect Wife, Vermont.com – Entertainment for the whole family.
December 12, 2015 – 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tree lighting, Caroling and Holiday Treats! Hosted by the Arlington Garden Club.
December 19, 2015 - December 20, 2015 – All Day
This whimsical holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 19th and 20st, 2015, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont.
Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man Jim Raposa. Refreshments will be served on decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, 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. Buy tickets now! www.manchesterlionselftrain.com or call the Manchester Visitor Center 802-362-6313.
January 30, 2016 - January 31, 2016 – All Day
The Bart Center for special needs will host the tenth annual Wounded Military Heroes weekend. This weekend is dedicated to our service veterans who have been wounded in action. It gives them an opportunity to experience the sport of skiing or snowboarding with some of the best instructors in the business! Learn more, or how you can participate at www.bartcenter.com.