We’ve Got That Festive Feeling

We’ve got that festive feeling. Holiday Picks for you!

Small town charm. Snow-capped mountains. The spirit of the season. You’ll find it all in Manchester! Plus, six weeks of festive events to celebrate in style. “Merriment” kicked off Thanksgiving Weekend and continues now through New Year’s Eve. Bromley and Stratton are open at last, and our shops are at the ready. As you sip, stroll, and savor your way from Main Street to the Depot, spoil your peeps with these holiday favorites…

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 was FREE from open ’til close today, and in the afternoon, kids’ activities galore!

A Very Merry Holiday. Photo Courtesy AMFF.

We decorated cookies, tied “clown flies” for the tree, sipped hot cocoa, and roasted s’mores on the lawn. And mom and dad learned to cast from the experts! It was a ton of fun, and enjoyed by all. If you missed it this year, put it on your 2017 agenda!

Tour a Holiday Inn

Saturday, December 10

A twenty-year tradition marries history, creativity, festivity, and eats … all wrapped up with a bow. From 12-4 on Saturday 12/10, 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.

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

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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