Holiday Event Guide: Vermont + New Hampshire

Southern New Hampshire

13th Annual “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party”

December 22nd – December 23rd– Manchester, NH

Cost: Donation

This is the “13th Annual” Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – “The party that keeps growing and growing…” Last 3 years over 1,000 people were in attendance.

Since this party made the decision to donate its proceeds approximately $100,000+ has been given to charity – of that total $90V,000 has been given to Make A Wish NH alone! Even more impressive, that decision to give was only made seven years ago. That’s $90,000 raised in six years! Keep in mind this party only raises money through an admission fee and by sponsors. There’s no raffle, auction etc… It’s so impressive that a party with an age group primarily made up of 21-35 year olds can make such a powerful difference.

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Amherst Open Air Market– Sundays, Year Round

December 24, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm– Amherst, NH

Indoor farm and craft market featuring  NH businesses. They offer a range of goods from locally raised dairy, meats and eggs, spices and seasonings, baked goods, jams, baking mixes and microgreens to handmade soaps, balms, lotions, candles, home decor, teas and more! They are always looking for more vendors, interested parties should check the link for more details.

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New Hampshire Lakes Region

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Presents…

December 18th – 30th– Meredith, NH

Cost: $10 – $19

Snow White A Traditional English “Panto” Mirror, mirror, on the wall, don’t miss the fairest pantomime of them all!  “Boo” the villain, “cheer” the hero and join us for an English tradition that has been a holiday staple since the nineteenth century! We’re proud to bring a little old England to New England!

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The Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

November 24th – 30th– New London, NH

Cost: $20

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights features over 60 holiday scenes, 400 light displays, and two million LED bulbs.  The course winds around the outside of the track’s grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.  It also includes a trip through the infield tunnel with the famous Tunnel of Lights before rolling down VIP Street.

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Santa’s Hut

December 24th, 9am-1pm– Wolfeboro, NH

Cost: Free

Come visit Santa for one of Wolfeboro’s unique tradition: Santa’s Hut!
Santa’s hut is located in downtown Wolfeboro. Please bring your own camera. No charge to attend!

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Upper Valley Vermont + New Hampshire

Ray School Student Art Show in Hanover

December 23 – 30– Hanover, NH


A three-story display featuring the work of students from the Ray School in Hanover, from kindergarten through fifth grade. Exhibit runs through Dec. 30.

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Christmas Show and Sale

December 23 – 24– West Lebanon, NH

A selection of handmade gifts by members of the Lebanon Art and Crafts Association. This year’s location is the same as last year: in the Staples Plaza on Route 12A, in the former Encore Books location between Ziggy’s Pizza and Staples.

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Champlain Valley Vermont

More Light: Small Works Exhibit

December 23, 2017 – January 28, 2018– Vergennes, VT


Northern Daughters is excited to announce “more light” a group exhibit on view at the gallery’s 221 Main Street location in Vergennes. The show features small works by Anne Cady, Edward Holland, Julia Jensen, Molly Bosley, Pamela Smith & Sobelman Cortapega. Work is in a range of media, including watercolor, encaustic, oil painting and collage.

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Ski Dance  Weekend 2018

January 25-28, 2018– Fairlee, VT

A festive weekend of dancing, fiddling, skiing, and socializing… Workshops will feature dances from Valdres and music from Telemark. Dance parties will include sets with music from Telemark, Numedal and Valdres, traditional Gammaldans and music from Sweden.

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New Year’s Eve Speakeasy

January 31st, 2018– Burlington, VT

The Whiskey Room at Ri-Ra: Avoid the crowded clubs this New Years Eve and partake in Burlington’s only New Years Eve Speakeasy event. Featuring specialty concoctions crafted by Alice & the Magician, a time-travel-inspired toast for Irish midnight, light bites, and exclusive gift bags. Join us 6pm-midnight for this ticketed event, or keep the night alive and stay until 2am to mingle.

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The Northeast Kingdom

The Nutcracker

December 25, 2017– St. Johnsbury, VT

Cost: Adults – $18, Members – $15, Students – $6

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure.

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First Night 2018

December 31, 2017– St. Johnsbury, VT

Welcome to our 25th annual New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts! Yes, when fireworks light up the sky over St. Johnsbury at midnight on December 31, First Night North will mark a quarter century of first-class entertainment for thousands of revelers of all ages to greet the New Year in a festive and alcohol-free way.

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What’s Up?! Your Sky, Tonight

December 23, 2017–  St. Johnsbury, VT

Our night sky changes from night to night, revealing new mysteries with every rotation of the Earth. From the earliest humans projecting the stories of their people into the sky to modern day robotic explorers venturing to far away worlds, we’ve looked at the night sky and wondered. During this 25 minute live presentation in our fulldome theatre, you can expect to be introduced to constellations, planets, moons, and the latest discoveries from space, all projected in crystal clear resolution featuring cutting edge graphics and sound.

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Central Vermont

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – Green Mountain Mahler Festival

December 30, 2017– Stowe, VT

Cost: $10 – $25

Considered by many to be the finest achievements of western music, Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “the Choral,” is one of Beethoven’s greatest works. Join us as conductor Daniel Bruce and the Green Mountain Mahler Festival orchestra and chorus expertly bring this powerful music to life. The Green Mountain Mahler Festival, founded in 2002, is dedicated to providing an opportunity for local area musicians to experience and enjoy the works of Gustav Mahler and other great Romantic composers, and to bring this music to the public.

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Vibram Demo Days

December 29-30, 2017– Killington,  VT

Discover a whole new world of grip and performance on slippery, wet ice. Vibram Arctic Grip is the most advanced cold weather gripping system Vibram has ever created. Now you can tread everywhere in confidence.

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A Very Merry Middlebury

December 1-31, 2017– Middlebury, Vermont

We are planning a festive and fun-filled month of December, complete with visits from Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, Stag and Doe night, a breakfast with holiday characters, an “I Spy” contest with prizes, the Hot Chocolate Hut and free gift wrap for items purchased in Middlebury.

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Southern Vermont

Christmas Eve Dinner

December 24, 2017, 4pm-7pm– Manchester Village, VT

Cost: $50 per person plus tax and gratuity

This year the Wilburton Inn is happy to announce that it will be hosting a Christmas Eve Dinner. Lodge with us for three nights and receive two free dinners at our delicious Christmas Eve dining event, served in the magnificent, historic setting of 1902 mansion! Carol with innkeeper Melissa on Christmas Eve from 4-5 pm prior to dinner, which is held from 5-7 pm. Enjoy holiday shopping at the Manchester Designer Outlets too! Lodging package applies to bed and breakfast rooms only.

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Tuck It!

December 31, 2017, 1pm-3:30pm– Londonderry, VT

Cost: $40

You better get ready to yell “TUCK IT!” because this is all about throwing caution to the wind and seeing how fast you can go. No gates, just straight down the course where you will hit the radar-gunned section at max speeds. All entrants are speed-timed by radar over the course (Lower Black Line to Hocus Pocus) with the top 3 overall highest (mph) speeds receiving cash and prizes. It’s a New Year’s Eve Dash for Cash!

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New Year’s Eve Celebration at Stratton

December 31 2017 – January 1, 2018– Stratton, VT

Spend the evening with family and friends, celebrating the New Year with fun events and activities plus a spectacular fireworks display. 7-9pm Snowshoe Hike to Mid-Mountain Lodge for an unique opportunity to view the fireworks above. Hike ends with a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows for roasting. 8:30pm Torchlight Parade, 21 jump salute, fireworks in the Main Base Area

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NYE Torchlight and Fireworks at Mount Snow 2017

December 31, 2017– Dover, VT

Kick off your New Year’s Eve celebration with us as our Mount Snow Ski & Snowboard School instructors will descend the Canyon ski trail in a beautiful torchlight glow. Immediately following we’ll light up the sky with a huge fireworks display. The best place to watch our instructors descend Canyon is between the Clocktower and the Cape House.

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Ski and Ride with Calvin the Catamount and Friends

December 25, 2017– Okemo, VT

Okemo’s mascot and his merry crew will be cruising the slopes. He’s one fast cat, so catch him if you can!

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