Holiday Events & Festivities

Holiday Events & Festivities

Small town charm. Snow-capped mountains. The spirit of the season. No one does it quite like Manchester. Merriment kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend with a tree lighting on the green — come for cookies, caroling, and a visit with Santa! And then six weeks of festive events unfold.

These are a few of our favorites…


Lighted Tractor Parade

Saturday, December 2

Antique and modern tractors adorned in lights and holiday trimmings make their way through town, each uniquely decorated in the spirit of the season. Come and be a spectator!


Photo Courtesy Hubert Schreibl

Tour a Holiday Inn

Two Saturdays, December 2 & 9

A twenty-year tradition marries history, creativity, festivity, and eats … all wrapped up with a bow. From 12-4, tour participating lodging properties the Arlington Inn, the West Mountain Inn, the Ira Allen House, Casablanca Motel, the Equinox Resort, the Inn at Manchester, the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the Reluctant Panther, the Dorset Inn, Barrows House, Kimpton’s Taconic, and the Wilburton Inn, pictured below.


Holiday Splendor at the Wilburton Inn © Jeff Fox

Decked to the hilt, offering light bites and good cheer, each address showcases unique holiday charm. Discover new digs, give the gift of a getaway, and be inspired by their celebrations! You can buy a ticket at your first stop, $15 per person or $25 per couple. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Community Food Cupboard. Click here for a handy map.

Hooked on the Holidays at AMFF

Saturday, December 3

One of the prettiest buildings in Manchester Village is home to an unmatched collection (the largest in the world, in fact) of rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and more. Exhibits document the evolution of fly fishing in the United States and abroad, dating as far back as the sixteenth century. In the spirit of Manchester Merriment, admission is free from open ’til close, and in the afternoon, kids’ activities galore!

A Very Merry Holiday. Photo Courtesy AMFF.

Decorate cookies, tie “clown flies” for the tree, sip hot cocoa, and roast s’mores on the lawn while mom and dad learn to cast from the experts!

Take a ride on the Elf Express

Saturday and Sunday, December 17 & 18

The magical, musical Elf Express is just what little ones dream of. On the hour long journey, singing and dancing elves tell the story of Christopher Pop-In-Kins while pint-sized passengers can enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Plus, a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus! The whole experience takes place aboard vintage Green Mountain Flyers, with five departures from the r.k. Miles Depot Station each day. Make sure to check the FAQs which have all the important details; where to park, when to arrive, bathroom breaks, etc.


All Aboard for Holiday Fun! Photo Credit: Manchester Lions Club

Experience Christmas 1912

December 2 through January 2

A trip to Hildene during December will fill any Scrooge with wonder. Robert and Mary’s country estate is festooned with Victorian finery, just as it might have been when they stayed for the holidays so many years ago. Take the self-guided tour at your pace with an eye out for the beautiful, careful details; a gift for Robert at the foot of the bed, Christmas crackers on the table, vintage ornaments on the freshly cut, formal tree. Throughout the month, talented musicians play Mary Lincoln’s Steinway and the vintage Aeolian organ.

Winter Scene © Hildene, the Lincoln Estate

Winter Scene © Hildene, the Lincoln Estate

Where else can you find such a festive mix of family events, small-town traditions, world-class shopping and dining, and stunning scenery? A trip to Manchester is a definite “must” to celebrate – and savor – the season! For more #MerryMVT check out our online calendar. And don’t forget to tag your pics and share your Manchester magic with us!

Curated content brought to you by Kate Pace and Riley Moore. Questions, comments, and suggestions welcome about anything and everything Manchester VT!

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