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November 20, 2014

Vermont Tourism Calendar: December 2014 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. Several towns host holiday events and sales that ensure a jolly good time for shoppers filling hard-to-stuff stockings! Here’s a sampler of upcoming events in the VermontVacation.com Travel Planner:

What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life (Dec. 3, Norwich): How do we develop not only mindfulness, but a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life. www.vermonthumanities.org

The Costumes of Downton Abbey (Dec. 3, Brattleboro): Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jules Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. www.vermonthumanities.org

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe (Dec. 5-6, Stowe): Friday evening enjoy caroling and the tree lighting during the Children’s Lantern Parade along Main Street in Stowe Village. Saturday is a day full of winter festivities—watch for the arrival of Santa at Stowe Mercantile, enjoy holiday food and get in some holiday shopping at the Alpine Christmas Market. www.stowevibrancy.com

20th Annual Brewfest (Dec. 6, 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. www.smuggs.com

Global Fat Bike Day (Dec. 6, Williston): It’s never too cold or snowy to bike! The first annual Global Fat Bike Day celebration will be hosted by the Catamount Outdoor Family Center. Festivities include a scavenger hunt-style competition for competitive racers and novices alike. Demos, group rides, local food and drink round out the day. www.mtbvt.com

16th Annual Cotton Mill Open Studios & Holiday Sale (Dec. 6-7, Brattleboro): This annual event celebrates the work and creations of artists, musicians, bakers, cooks, circus performers, and craftspeople of the Cotton Mill, and many other talented, juried artists and artisans from surrounding communities. Experience a variety of tasty culinary delights, exhilarating circus acts, music and media presentations, dance performances and more. www.thecottonmill.org/2014-open-studio/

Holiday Stroll (Dec. 6, 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. www.addisoncounty.com/holidaystroll

Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum (Dec. 6 - 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 www.billingsfarm.org

Colonial Cocktails (Dec. 6, Perkinsville): Eat and drink like it’s 1699! Learn about the early blends of rum, cider, spices and eggs. Learn to make a favorite colonial light meal to go with colonial drinks—a shrub, switchel, and Stone Fences—with author Corin Hirsch at the Inn at Weathersfield. www.weathersfieldinn.com

22nd Annual Coolidge Holiday Open House (Dec. 6, Plymouth): The Coolidge Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in the late 19th century. Holiday music will fill the village. Sleigh rides, children’s activities, crafts, foods and a special cancellation at the historic Plymouth post office enliven this holiday celebration. http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/coolidge

Winter Tales (Dec. 10-14, Burlington): In this annual event, local storytellers bring life to brand new, funny, and heartfelt stories crafted by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop. Interspersed with poetry from the Young Writers Project and folk songs written and performed by the incomparable Patti Casey, the evening is guaranteed to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. www.vtstage.org/winter-tales.html

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops (Dec. 12, Barre Opera House; Dec. 13, Flynn Center, Burlington; Dec. 14 Paramount Theatre, Rutland): Two sleigh rides, a skating party, and a sojourn through the Twelve Days of Christmas (cleverly adapted to various musical styles) are part of our joyful holiday journey with the VSO and VSO Chorus. The concert will include “Lightning Galop,” a fanfare by Burlington composer T.L. Read, excerpts from Messiah and the Nutcracker, traditional carols, a singalong, and a celestial harp. http://vso.org/eventview.php?id139

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock (Dec. 12 – 14, 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. http://www.woodstockvt.com/wassail.php

Winter's Eve (Dec. 13, 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! www.ethanallenhomestead.org

Candlelight Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, Canaan): Over 200 candles light the 140 year old Grace Church. www.TheGraceCommunityChurch.org

Contact: Laura Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing; laura.peterson@state.vt.us; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: November 20, 2014 12:47:51