December, 2017: Holiday Fun In and Around Burlington


As I sit here eating my kids’ Halloween candy, I am reminded that my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are just around the corner. Most of all, I get excited thinking about the holiday fun my family and I can participate in between now and Christmas, so I thought I could share my family’s holiday wishes with the BVTMB community.

Holiday Family Fun in VermontPlaces to See Santa/Tree Lightings

Seeing Santa is a Holiday Must

Takes place at the Church Street Marketplace. The parade starts at noon, and there are live reindeer, miniature horse rides, shopping and the holiday tree lighting promptly at 6pm. Make sure to grab a hot cocoa, dress warmly, and enjoy.

  • Photos with Santa: December 1st (3pm-7pm), December 2nd (12pm-7pm), and December 3rd (1pm-6pm)

Have a photo taken with Santa at Maple Tree Place in Williston and purchase a photo package to remember the holiday.

Caroling starts at 5:45pm and the tree lighting is at 6pm. You can visit with Santa while also enjoying a hot beverage and craft in the Town Hall and if you are lucky, you may spot the SD Ireland truck decorated with lights.

Burlington Vermont Moms Blog, Davis Studio, and pictures with Santa all combine to make a fantastic kid party that includes crafts, snacks, Santa, and fun! December 2nd, 8:30am- 2:30pm at the Davis Studio in South Burlington.

Make ornaments, visit with Santa, sing holiday songs, and decorate cookies. This is a fun opportunity to see Santa. Please purchase tickets in advance on the Gardener’s website.

This event runs from 6- 8pm and features model trains, Santa, music, and lights with the tree lighting at 6:15pm. The Essex Junction tree is located at the Village Center, additionally, there are free trolley rides to Maple Street Park.

Fun holiday activities beginning at 4pm at the Co-op. Visit with Santa, and enjoy some hot chocolate. The tractor parade begins at 6pm and starts and ends at the Co-op store. This event is free, please bring non-perishable food donations to help feed those in need.

Serving traditional breakfast fare for dinner from 6:15- 7:15pm. Wear your pajamas, come for a delicious meal, visit with Santa and enjoy a book reading. Sign up through the Colchester Parks and Rec department.

Holiday Performances

Red Nutcracker

  • A Christmas Story: The Musical: November 9th and 10th (7:30pm,) November 11th (2pm and 7:30pm,) and November 12th (2pm and 6:30pm).

Presented by The Lyric Theater at The Flynn Mainstage. A wonderful and comical remake of the classic movie. Best to purchase tickets in advance.

The classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol is performed at 7pm at the Flynn Theater for one night only. Purchase tickets in advance.

Guaranteed to be a great show, and a wonderful opportunity to support local performers in a classic holiday performance. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance through the Flynn.

Holiday Shopping Opportunities

Outdoor Holiday Shopping
Holiday Shopping

Hosted by the Sheraton Conference Center, and featuring over 160 local artists and vendors, this show will be a great way to complete your holiday shopping list. Runs Friday 10-8, Saturday, 10-6, and also Sunday 10-5.

This holiday fair features crafts, food, and vendors.

Contois Auditorium in Burlington City Hall hosts the Vermont Artists and Crafters Market with many local products to choose from. This market is a great way to spend a weekend and wrap up your holiday shopping.

Held from 9am-4pm at the City Hall of Montpelier, featuring over 45 local artists and vendors, it is a wonderful opportunity to complete your shopping list.

Shop local and enter to win some amazing giveaways!


Holiday Gift Making

Kids get to make and wrap gifts to take home for friends and family. 9am-noon, $75 per child grades 1-6.

With two sessions to choose from, 9:30- 11:30 and 12:30- 2:30. Design and create green gifts this holiday season. Pre-registration is required.

Other Holiday Fun Community Events

Train Ride with Santa

Head over to Maple Tree Place in Williston between noon and 4pm for a free ride on a cool train. If you can’t make it on the 24th, check out the train on weekends through December 23rd. This holiday fun is sure to delight!

In addition to the Big Blue Express Train, there will also be complimentary horse-drawn trolley rides at Maple Tree Place in Williston. Rides offered from 1pm to 4pm, and if you can’t make it on the 24th, check out the Horse Drawn Trolley Rides on weekends through December 23rd.

Have fun boarding a train in Burlington and riding to Charlotte and back. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald house. Kids enjoy goodies, stories and singing on a fun holiday train ride. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in advance.

Spend the day walking the museum grounds, enjoying arts and crafts, visiting the decorated trees and enjoying music by local musicians. Open 11am-4pm.

This festive sea of light parade begins at 5pm at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury. This is a community lantern procession where you are free to bring a lantern and participate in the parade or watch from the sidelines as the river of light floods the streets of Waterbury.

Held at Leddy Arena in Burlington, this wonderful ice performance features local skaters and is a great family event. This show runs from 3pm-5pm and is by donation.

From 3pm-6pm at Moonrise Farm in Essex. Join Sweetpea the sheep and friends for wool crafts, hot chocolate sipping, and the barn lighting at 4pm.

Maybe you need to take a break from large crowds and scheduled activities, how about some local sledding or ice skating? And please, do not forget to pick up a Christmas tree!

Picking a Christmas tree is a Holiday Must!

Where to Buy or Cut Your Own Christmas Tree In and Around Burlington

Vermont Charities to Support During the Holidays

However you plan on celebrating the holidays, I hope you have fun and make new family traditions. Tell me about your favorite holiday event!

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I was born in California, and moved to Vermont when I was two, so I consider myself a native Vermonter. Married to one heck of a guy, Kelvin, who deals with all my crazy shenanigans and almost always goes along with my off the wall ideas. We live in Jericho with our two daughters, Munashe age 9, and Kuziva age 5. In life before kids, I worked in the non-profit sector working in public schools with children and families. These days you can find me chauffeuring, playing, cooking, gardening, attempting to run, cleaning or spending time with family and friends. Family time is key, and we strive to have as much play time as possible. Traveling, skiing, hiking, swimming, and eating maple creemees are some of our favorite activities. Personally, I love setting goals, writing lists, reading, gardening, organizing and dreaming of far off lands.


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