Manchester Vermont is the destination for holiday celebrations, from treetops covered with snow, to lamp posts and doorways wrapped in garlands and bow.
Set among the snowflake covered landscape, families and friends come together during this special time to make memories of a lifetime.
We encourage you to explore our neighborhood holiday happenings below, presented by the Manchester Business Association (MBA).
LIGHTED TRACTOR PARADE, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
Antique and modern tractors adorned in lights and holiday trimmings make their way through town, each uniquely decorated in the spirit of the season. Come and be a spectator! The Parade starts at 5:30 pm. You’ll find more details on our calendar listing.
OUR HOUSE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1-2
The Museum Store at Hildene gets dressed in holiday finery for a fabulous open house weekend. In their 100-year-old carriage barn, sample apple cider, Vermont tastings, and fresh cider while you savor the crisp fragrance of fresh pine boughs & sounds of the season. Browse distinctive items for holiday gift giving that will please young & old.
HOOKED ON THE HOLIDAYS AT AMFF, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
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 is free from open ’til close, and in the afternoon, kids’ activities galore. Decorate cookies, tie “clown flies” for the tree, sip hot cocoa, and roast s’mores on the lawn while mom and dad learn to cast from the experts!
CHANUKAH MENORAH LIGHTING CELEBRATION, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Join Chabad of Manchester on the first eve of Chanukah for a festive menorah lighting on the green at Adams Park including traditional latkes, chocolate gelt, popcorn, and all the joys of gathering together. 4:30pm
TAKE A RIDE ON THE ELF EXPRESS, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15 & 16
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.
MUSIC TO MAKE MERRY, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Counterpoint, under the direction of Nathaniel G. Lew, joins forces with the VSO Brass Quintet to ring in the holidays at Manchester’s First Congregational Church! Under the direction of Nathaniel G. Lew, ring in the holidays in style. The ensemble presents the Vermont premiere of Nancy Tillman’s beloved children’s book, “On the Night You Were Born,” by Vermont composer Travis Ramsey. The program also includes a carol singalong, a brand-new student composition, and traditional favorites arranged by Robert De Cormier. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this seasonal treat—a perfect blend of brass, voices, and good cheer.
EXPERIENCE CHRISTMAS 1912, DECEMBER THROUGH JANUARY
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.
TAYLOR FARM SLEIGH RIDES - 18 Minutes from Aspen
Jon Wright and family invite you to join them for a taste of the past. Sleighs pulled by Belgian draft horses are flanked with cozy blankets. Sleigh rides are 45 minutes long including a fireside stop in the woods with beautiful views of the various ski mountains. Pricing and availability varies, please inquire for further details.