7 Places to See Holiday Lights in Vermont


Are you looking for some more holiday cheer in your life? It’s dark and gloomy way too early these days so why don’t you grab your hot cocoa, hop in the car, get the Christmas music on, and go see some holiday lights in Vermont!

winter holiday lights
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Winter Lights in the Park – Maple Street Park, Essex Junction
When: November 23 – January 1
Cost: Free
What to know: There’s a QR code you can scan that will send you on a scavenger hunt to find hidden ornaments in the trees throughout the park.
Website: Winter Lights in the Park – Essex Junction Recreation & Parks (ejrp.org)

Festival of Trees – St. Albans
When: November 25 – December 31
Cost: Free
What to know: Activities are scheduled on different dates and times. Please refer to their website for details.
Website: Vermont Festival of Trees (vtfestivaloftrees.com)

Downtown Holiday Window Content – Rutland
When: Now through December 22
Cost: Free
What to know: Get your votes in before December 22, at the link below. Winners will be announced on December 28, on the Downtown Rutland, Vermont Facebook page.
Website: Window Contest — Downtown Rutland

A Forest of Lights – Quechee (Vermont Institute of Natural Science)
When: Selected dates from November 24 – January 3 – see website for a full list.
Cost: Adults $13, Children $7 (under 3 are free).
What to know: Tickets must be purchased in advance. No admittance after 6:30. See website for additional disclaimers including wheelchair accessibility and more.
Website: A Forest of Lights – Vermont Institute of Natural Science (vinsweb.org)

Winter Lights at Shelburne Museum – Shelburne
When: Selected dates from November 24 – January 6
Cost: Adults $15, Children $10 (under 3 are free)
What to know: The ground can be slushy and slippery so wear appropriate footwear.
Website: Winter Lights – Shelburne Museum

05452 Holiday Lights Contest – Essex
When: December 8, – December 22
Cost: Free
What to know: Go to the 05452 Holiday Lights Contest | Essex, VT website (essexvt.org) to view the map of participating houses. Keep an eye out for light-bedazzled pedestrians!

Spark the Park – Veterans Memorial Park, South Burlington
When: December 1 – January 7 from 4:30 pm-8:00 pm
Cost: Free
What to know: This gorgeous display of lights offers something for those who prefer to stay in their cozy vehicles and those who prefer to explore the outdoors.
Website: South Burlington Recreation & Parks (rec1.com)

Do you know of other holiday lights in Vermont worth visiting? Do we have anything wrong? Please remember that dates and locations can change so please double-check before you get your toddler into car seat-safe cozies! Please let us know in the comments and we will update this list of holiday lights in Vermont as frequently as possible.

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