Manchester Merriment – 2022


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“Christmas Eve in 1912” Hildene Holidays

Friday, December 2nd – Monday, January 2nd, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Celebrate the beauty of the holiday season by visiting Robert & Mary’s home during the month of December. The Georgian Revival mansion is decorated to evoke “Christmas Eve in 1912″—one of a handful of Christmas times that the Lincoln family spent in residence at their Vermont home. Visit Hildene Thursday – Monday, 10 – 4:30 pm through December to experience the special display.

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Holiday Craft Fair – The Barn @ Center Hill 

Saturday, December 10, 2022, 10 am – 2 pm

Hand-made makes the best holiday gifts. Join us at the Barn @ Center Hill for our Holiday Craft Fair to find that very special something for your very special someone!

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The Shires Holiday Inn Tours

Saturday, December 10th, 11 am – 3 pm

Continuing over a three decade’s long tradition, The Shires Holiday Inn Tours, coordinated by the Manchester Business Association & The Shires of Southwestern Vermont, invites you to join us on Saturday, December 3 and/or Saturday, December 10 and take a self-guided tour of some of the best lodging establishments in VT.

Sixteen lodging properties throughout the county including historic hotels, quaint inns, charming B & B’s and lodges, will open their doors from 11am – 3pm each Saturday to welcome folks from near and far. This popular event provides our lodging partners the opportunity to showcase their unique properties, while those visiting will enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere, taste a local treat and sip al local beverage. Tis the season for giving and it couldn’t be a better time to help those in need, as each ticket sold makes an impact on food insecurity.

100 % of the proceeds from ticket sales will once again be presented to the Manchester Community Food Cupboard, the Arlington Food Shelf and Bennington Meals on Wheels.

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Yule Ball at the Manchester Community Library

Wednesday, December 14, 5pm – 7pm

Calling all witches, wizards, and muggles alike. You are all cordially invited to the Manchester Community Library’s Yule Ball on Wednesday, December 14th from 5 pm – 7 pm. Fill your glasses with butter beer, feast on some delightful treats, and get sorted into your house during this special evening of magic and whimsy at the Library. This event is for those eligible to get ready to enter their first year at Hogwarts (10+), as well as Hogwarts alumni and staff. 

Dress robes or costumes encouraged.

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Holiday Concert and Celebration

Friday, December 16, 2022, 5 – 7 pm

The Manchester Community Library cordially invites the entire community to celebrate the holiday season with an evening of festivities including mulled cider and wine, tasty treats, a blind book exchange, and, of course, a phenomenal performance by Taconic Music.  Join the MCL team in celebrating the holidays on Friday, December 16th starting at 5 pm.

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2022 Santa Express

Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18

Online sales end December 14 at 6 pm
Tickets will be available at the event for most rides (some will be sold out).


Sat 12/17: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm

Sun 12/18: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm


The Manchester Lions Club is proud to announce: The 2022 Santa Express, formerly known as the Elf Express
This whimsical holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 17 and 18, 2022, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont.

Passengers will be delighted with holiday entertainment and cheer! Refreshments will be served on decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit!

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Chanukah – Menorah Lighting

Sunday, December 18 – 4:30pm

Join the Chabad of Manchester in Adams Park, Manchester, VT and celebrate the annual lighting of the Menorah. Kick off the Festival of Lights with the 1st night of Chanukah -12/18 at 4:30pm.
Enjoy Latkes, Donuts, LED wrist bands and music. It is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to attend.
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Community Chanukah Musical Celebration

Sunday, December 18 at 6pm

Join us at the Israel Congregation of Manchester for a community musical celebration featuring our own Jason Weinberger, the students of the Israel Congregation, along with Cantor Scott and singer-songwriter Ethan Buckner as they perform holiday favorites.

RSVP by December 14th by calling 802-362-4578

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Hanukkah Hot Cocoa and Skating Party

Thursday, December 22

9:30am – 11:30am

Join Chabad of Manchester’s Hanukkah Hot Cocoa & Skating Party

Thursday 12/22 at 9:30am – 11:30am at Riley Rink All are welcome!

$10 admission includes skate rentals

Hot cocoa, coffee, holiday donuts & latkes!

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Chanukah – Menorah Lighting Celebration

Sunday, December 25 – 4:30pm

Join the Chabad of Manchester in Adams Park, Manchester, VT and celebrate the final candle lighting of the Menorah and the Festival of Lights season.
Enjoy Latkes, Donuts, LED wrist bands and music. It is a FREE event and everyone is welcome to attend.
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Taconic Music – New Year’s Family Concert

Friday, December 30th, 3pm- 4pm at the Manchester Community Library

Taconic String Band and String for Kids students perform side-by-side an engaging program for the whole family.

Suggested donation at the door; Adults $10; kids free


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Taconic Music – New Year’s Celebration

Saturday, December 31st, 5:30pm- 6:45pm

Celebration Barn at the Inn at Manchester

Taconic String Band performs festive music from around the world, from Baroque to Broadway, jazz, tangoes and Viennese waltzes. Cash bar opens at 5, concert begins at 5:30.

General admission $30. Cash bar..


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