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December 16, 2015

Full Festival Lineup Proves Vermonters Know How to Celebrate Winter

Summer may be prime festival season, but the fun never ends in Vermont! We love to celebrate our winter wonder. Here are just a few of 2016's winter festivals. Find more events at

Wild Lights Festival, Through Jan. 3, Burlington

ECHO is aglow with winter light. Holiday trees, decorations, and giant snowflakes celebrate the winter solstice.

Winterfest, Jan. 16, Bennington

The highlight of this winterfest is the ice sculpture contest at the North Bennington Train Depot. There's also a penguin plunge for the brave and hardy.

Stowe Winter Carnival, Jan. 16-30, Stowe

More than twenty activities for all ages, from zany sports events to ice carving competitions. Don't miss the ski movies, kids' carnival, broomball tourney and beer garden.

Wintervale, Jan. 17, Burlington

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, plus music, local hot food and drinks, and activities for the little ones. Skis and snowshoes will be available for free.

Winterfest, Jan. 23, Shelburne Farms

Sledding, sleigh rides, crafts, music and food. An indoor/outdoor family-friendly event.

Waterbury Winterfest, Jan. 29-Feb. 7

Sponsored by Waterbury Parks and Recreation. Past years have included snow volleyball, snow art, midnight snowshoeing, sledding, snowball contest, craft beer sampling, chess tournament, poetry, and wassailing.

Burlington Beer Festival, Jan. 29-30, Burlington

Twenty dollars gets you three four-ounce samples and a festival glass.

Heritage Winterfest, Jan. 30, Jeffersonville

Jeffersonville celebrates winter with a 5K cross-country ski ramble, story hour, Pie for Breakfast, lasagna dinner, sledding, bonfire, balloon glow, fireworks, primitive biathlon and more.

Ice on Fire Winter Festival, Jan. 31, Montpelier

Local performers offer theater, dance, storytelling, poetry and music. Activities for children and adults.

Great Ice, Feb. 5, North Hero

Celebrating everything ice: public skating, bonfire, sled dog rides, kids' ice fishing derby, ice bike racing, extreme Frisbee and more.

Winter Lights, Feb. 5-7, Burlington

New installations will light up Church Street, while families enjoy discounts, a health and wellness expo, ice sculpture gardens and demos, ice games, a penguin plunge and more.

Snowshoe Festival, Feb. 7, Cambridge

An exciting day of treks, walks, and races on snowshoes.

Vermont Flurry: Snow Sculpture Festival, Feb. 12, Woodstock

Professional snow sculptors transform the Woodstock Village Green into a celebration of winter.

Brattleboro Winter Carnival, Feb. 12-21, Brattleboro

Snowmobile rides, skating, skiing, sugar-on-snow, sleigh rides, pancake breakfast, chili cook-off and more at this 60th annual event.

Essex Winter Carnival and Chili Cook-off, Feb. 27, Essex

Music, performances, winter activities, and a chili cook-off warm up this February day.

Ben & Jerry's Winter Festival, Feb. 27, Waterbury

A family-friendly event celebrating ice cream. Previous years have included flavor samples, free factory tours, outdoor games, sugar-on-snow, snow sculptures, and gift shop discounts.

Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend, March 4-6, Burlington

A three-day celebration is capped off by a magnificent parade through downtown Burlington. Grab a moon pie and some beads.

Vermont Open Snowboard & Music Fest, March 13, Stratton

Snowboarders of all ages can compete in Vermont's only Open competition, with retro pipe, slopestyle and rail jam.

Vermont Chili Festival, March 12, Middlebury

The 8th annual chili festival promises to be the best ever. Thousands of hardy souls taste their way through the closed-off streets of Middlebury.

Green Mountain Film Festival, March 18-27, Montpelier

Public film showings of cultural, social and historic interest, plus discussions.

Media Contact: Laura Peterson, Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing;;; Twitter: Vermont Tourism; Facebook: Vermont Tourism; 802.522.7323

Source: Department of Tourism and Marketing
Last Updated at: December 16, 2015 16:09:39