Events & Festivals

There’s always something of interest going on in Manchester and its environs. When you stay at the Equinox you’re sure to find exciting diversions to suit every interest. If you are interested in any of these area events, we would be happy to make arrangements for you through our concierge at 800.362.4747.

VSO Brass Quintet and Counterpoint -- A Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 21st -- 4:00pm
First Congregational Church, Manchester
A Holiday concert performed by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. The perfect mix of brass and voices to ring in the sesaon. Conductor, Nathaniel G. Lew and Music Direcor, Jaime Laredo. Tickets: $21 adults; $18 seniors and students: free under 18 with adult purchase. Tickets available at: Northshire Bookstore (802) 362-3565

Elf Express Train ride

December 20th and 21st only!
Manchester, Vermont
This whimsical 2014 holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 20th and 21st, 2014, taking its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains.

Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by the elves of the theater and dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man Jim Raposa. Hot chocolate and button cookies will be served in decorated trains. Adding to the memories of this holiday ride, the elves will be reading a special story about Christopher Pop-In-Kins, who will also be hidden on every train in the greenery peeking to see who’s been naughty and nice! Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will make a surprise visit to provide every child with a special gift.

Trains will depart each day at: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
WHERE: r.k. Miles; 670 Depot Station; Manchester Center, VT 05255
COST: Adults (13 and over): $25.00; Children (2-12): $20

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Monday, December 22nd
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00am – 9:00pm Game Room in the Manchester Room: Enjoy puzzles and board games in a cozy setting.
8:00am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room: Unwind after a long day of skiing or shopping with coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider, and homemade treats from the Equinox Bake Shop.
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room “Theater.” Popcorn supplied.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Tuesday, December 23rd
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 8:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00am – 9:00pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room: Unwind after a long day of skiing or shopping with coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider, and homemade treats from the Equinox Bake Shop.
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room “Theater.” Popcorn supplied.

Christmas Eve -- Dinner with Santa

Wednesday, December 24th, Seatings between 5:30pm and 8pm
Colonnade Ballroom, Equinox Resort
Enjoy your Christmas Eve dinner at the family-friendly buffet. Santa will be on hand to listen to your last-minute Christmas wishes, but he can’t stay long. He has many places to visit tonight, so be sure to come early to the Colonnade Room if you want to visit him. This buffet dinner includes many great hot selection items and more than 30 selections to choose from. Reservations taken for seatings between 5:30pm and 8:00 pm. Cost is $40 per person ages 12 and older, $16 per person ages 6 to 11 and $11 per child ages 5 and under (does not include tax or gratuity). For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Wednesday, December 24th
Equinox resort and spa
6:00am – 8:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00am – 9:00pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.

4:00pm -- Come sit by the fire and listen to a reading of the Christmas classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
4:00pm SHARP Visit from Santa Claus: Santa will be here, but he can’t stay long. He has many places to visit tonight, so be sure to come early to the Manchester Room if you want to visit him.
5:30pm – Dinner with Santa in the Colonnade
8:00pm - Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room "Theater" Popcorn supplied.

Christmas Day Dinner Buffet

Thursday, December 25th, Seatings between 2pm and 7 pm
Colonnade Ballroom, Equinox resort and spa
Join us on Christmas Day in our Colonnade dining room. This grand buffet dinner includes hot selection items like includes Roasted Leg of lamb, Prime Rib and Cedar Plank Scottish Salmon. More than 50 selections to choose from. Lastly, you’ll need to save room for our sumptuous dessert table. Reservations taken for seatings between 2pm and 7 pm. Cost is $69 per person ages 12 and older, $29 per person ages 6 to 11 and $15 per child ages 5 and under (does not include tax or gratuity). For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

Annual Winter Members' Exhibition

December 6th to January 11th
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
Join us for the free opening reception for the Annual Winter Members' Exhibition, Saturday, December 6 from 2 - 4 pm in Yester House Galleries.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Thursday, December 25th
Equinox Resort and Spa
7:00am – 8:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00am – 9:00pm Game Room in the Manchester Room: Enjoy puzzles and board games in a cozy setting.
8:00am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.
1:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing of in the Dorset Room “Theater.” Popcorn supplied.
2:00pm – 7:00pm Christmas Day Feast in the Colonnade: Enjoy the Equinox Grand Buffet in the Colonnade ballroom on Christmas Day. Contact the concierge for details and reservations.
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room

8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room “Theater.” Popcorn supplied.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Friday, December 26th
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00 am – 11:00 pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room: Unwind after a long day of skiing or shopping with coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider, and homemade treats from the Equinox Bake Shop.
4:00pm – 5:00pm Ornament Craft making in the Manchester Room.
5:00pm – 8:00pm Family Dinner in the Colonnade: Bring the kids along for a tasty dinner in a family-oriented atmosphere.
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing of Atlantis: Milo’s Return in the Dorset Room “Theater.”

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Saturday, December 27th
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room
4:00pm – 5:00pm Bingo in the Manchester Room
5:00pm – 8:00pm Family Dinner in the Colonnade: Bring the kids along for a tasty dinner in a family-oriented atmosphere.
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room “Theater". Popcorn supplied.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Sunday, December 28th
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room
4:00pm – 5:00pm Decorating Cookies in the Manchester Room
5:30pm – 6:30pm Manager’s Cocktail Reception in the Rockwell C Room: Come and mingle with the managers of the Equinox, and enjoy a complimentary cocktail before dinner. Magician David Hall will be performing walk around magic.
7:00pm – 7:45pm The Magic of David Hall in Rockwell AB: Be mystified and mesmerized by the magician David Hall.
5:00pm – 8:00pm Family Dinner in the Colonnade: Bring the kids along for a tasty dinner in a family-oriented atmosphere.
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a sho

Author Events

Decmeber 2014 -- 7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Join noted authors as they discuss their works at local owned and operated Northshire Bookstore.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Monday, December 29th
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.

4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room
4:00pm – 5:00pm Bingo in the Manchester Room
5:00pm – 8:00pm Family Dinner in the Colonnade
8:00pm – Family Movie in the Dorset Room: Join us for a showing in the Dorset Room “Theater.” Popcorn supplied.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily AM Events

Tuesday, December 30th
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 10:00pm The Spa at the Equinox: Immerse yourself in the enriching atmosphere of the Spa.
8:00 am – 9:00 pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room.
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination. The shuttle departs from the front circle of the hotel. Contact the Front Desk to reserve.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily PM Events

Tuesday, December 30th
Equinox Resort and Spa
4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room
4:00pm – 5:00pm Craft time in the Manchester Room: Decorate your own cookie
4:30pm – 6:30pm Fran Flynn’s Walk-Around Magic: Get a taste of Fran Flynn’s astounding magic as he travels around the lobby and library.
5:00pm – 8:00pm Family Dinner in the Colonnade: Bring the kids along for a tasty dinner in a family-oriented atmosphere. Contact the concierge for details and reservations.
7:30pm – 8:15pm The Magic of Fran Flynn in Rockwell AB: Be mystified and mesmerized by the magician.

Holidays at the Equinox -- Daily Events

Tuesday, December 31st
Equinox Resort and Spa
6:00am – 8:00pm The Spa at the Equinox
8:00 am – 9:00pm Game Room in the Manchester Room
8:00 am – 9:00pm Arcade in the Bennington Room
8:00am – 11:00pm In-Town Shuttle: Be it shopping or dinner, let us take you to your Manchester destination.

4:00pm – 5:00pm The Warming Hut in the Manchester Room
6:00pm - 10:00pm NYE Family Celebration in the Rockwell Room. Advance reservation through concierge desk required.
SOLD OUT -- SOLD OUT -- SOLD OUT
8:00pm Family Movie in the Dorset Room

Stratton's NYE Celebration and Fireworks

Wednesday, December 31st
Stratton Mountain Ski Area
From 6 to 10 pm the base area will be New Year's Eve Central with Fireworks (9:00pm), a torchlihgt parade (8:30pm), fun family activities, live music and much more.

Call STRATTON at 800-Stratton or visit www.stratton.com.

Christmas Music by Manchester Festival Strings

Wednesday, December 31st
First Congregational Church, Manchester
The Manchester Music Festival’s New Years Eve Concert at the Manchester Congregational Church
4PM -- Family Concert -- $13 for adults; children 18 and under are free.
6PM -- Full Program -- $ 30 for adults; $13 for students with ID; Followed by chocolates and bubbly.

Green Mountain Falconry School

Season Starts May1st 2015
Equinox Resort-- Manchester, Vermont
Experience the exhilaration of flying a trained Harris Hawk in the beautiful setting of Vermont's Green Mountains.

Click link for website or call the Equinox concierge at (800) 362 4747 for more information. 2015 lessons can be booked starting February 1st, 2015

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, Dec 27th - 9:00 am
Equinox Preserve -- Entrance to spa
Join Rick LaDue, Forest and Trails Steward for the Equinox Preservation Trust, for a guided hike on the 914 acre Equinox Preserve. Hike to the Equinox Pond followed by an optional visit to Robin's Lookout, with a splendid view of the Valley of Vermont. Along the way we will explore the cultural history of the Preserve lands, the natural history of the rich northern hardwood forests and the geologic history of the mountain.

The hike features a 500 foot elevation gain. Dress warmly, in layers, and bring along a drink, camera, questions and your sense of adventure. We will meet at 9:00 am at the Entrance to the Equinox spa.

Wounded Military Heroes Weekend

January 24th to 25th
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Please join the Bart J. Ruggiere Adaptive Sports Center for a fun-filled family weekend to honor our country's injured veterans. For more information, call (802) 824 5522 x430

Boy Scout Weekend

January 31st to February 1st
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Scouts will have the opportunity to work on their snow sports merit badge over the weekend.

Vermont Sugar House

Saturday, February 7th
Bromley Ski Resort
On-site at Bromley with Vermont specialty food samples, including Maple Syrup on Snow, Cabot cheese and more. YUM! Bromley Mountain

Bromley's February Festival & Fireworks Display

Saturday, February 14th
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Hey everybody, it's February Festival time! It all starts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday the 14th, the torchlight parade goes off at 7:15 p.m. followed at 7:30ish by the fireworks. Then it's dancing in the Wild Boar, the silent auction, vacation raffle, dessert tasting and all of the other frivolity from 8-11:00 p.m. in the base lodge.
For more information, call (802) 824 5522

Stratton Torchlight Parade and Fireworks

Saturday, February 14th
Stratton Mountain ski resort
Don't miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks starting at 8:30pm in the Main Base Area.

The Vermont Open

March 12th to 15th
Stratton Mountain Ski Resort
Stratton and snowboarding have a long history together, dating all the way back to the very beginnings of the sport. Legend says that Jake Burton developed his boards here at Stratton, hiking Suntanner and riding Stratton by moonlight. Stratton was one of the first resorts to formally welcome snowboards on the hill, later becoming the home of the US Open and Olympic medalists Ross Powers and Lindsay Jacobellis.

Join us this year as we celebrate the sport, the culture, and the launch of Burton's new learning program, Experience Snowboarding with a week of on-snow demos, clinics with pros and movies.

See link for daily events and schedule of activities.

Bromley's Spring Fling

Saturday, March 21st
Bromley Ski Resort
Live music and fun family events both Saturday & Sunday. The Trampoline Things will be on hand from VT's Summer Adventure to liven up the weekend both days! Saturday features a waffle eating contest on the deck and the Pond skimming contest on School Slope, and you won't want to miss the Duct Tape Derby on Sunday where some cardboard and duct tape can be your ticket to glory (and awesome prizes)! For more information, please call 802 824 5522.

Maple Open House weekend

March 28th and 29th
Local Area Maple Syrp makers
Visit Vermont sugarhouses and restaurants across the state and watch as maple syrup is being made.