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.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner Buffet

Thursday, November 27th, Seatings 12pm to 6pm
Colonnade dining room
Join us in our Colonnade dining room. Buffet dinner includes a full selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes such as roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing. Our hot selection 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. For reservations or additional information, call the concierge desk (802) 362 4700.

Equinox Preserve Naturalist Hike

Saturday, Nov. 29th - 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.

Manchester Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 29th
Manchester Town Green
Saturday, November 29th, Manchester Park & Rec Center. Inside tree lighting with an appearance by Santa! Festivities begin at 2PM. Free and open to the public. Join us on the Green in downtown Manchester at 5PM for the Tree Lighting in conjunction with Manchester Designer Outlet’s lighting at The Marble Mill (next to the Green).

Ice Skating

Winter Season Hours
Riley Rink at Hunter Park
The Indoor rink will be open for public skating times. Skate rental, pro shop and concession stand available.

Please refer to website for hours of operation.

November Solo Exhibitions

November 1st through 30th
Southern Vermont Art Center
Solo Exhibitions, Opening Reception, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, free and open to the public. Seven solo artists will be exhibiting works in Yester House Galleries at the Southern Vermont Arts Center from November 1st to 30th, and most will be present at an opening reception on Saturday the 18th from 2:00 to 4:00PM. The reception is free and open to the public.

Featuring the Art of Claire Fauquier, Mary Iselin, Alison Nicholls and Jim Schlessinger.

Manchester Merriment -- 6 weeks of celebration!

Starting, Saturday, November 29th
Town of Manchester
Saturday, November 29th, Manchester Park & Rec Center. Inside tree lighting with an appearance by Santa! Festivities begin at 2PM. Free and open to the public. Join us on the Green in downtown Manchester at 5PM for the Tree Lighting in conjunction with Manchester Designer Outlet’s lighting at The Marble Mill (next to the Green).

Christmas in Weston

Saturday, December 6th, 10am to 5:30pm
Weston, VT
“An Old Fashioned Christmas Festival”; tours, rides, Santa, caroling and more. At the Vermont Country Store, the Museums, the Old Parish Church and many other locations throughout Weston.

Santa arrives at 10am at the Vermont Country Store to greet his young friends and to kick off Christmas in Weston, a day long celebration that's fun for all ages, ushering in the Holiday season.

Weston's old-fashioned Christmas begins with a tour of the village by foot or by horse drawn wagon, with stops at may of the open galleries, museums and inns. Children waiting for the wagon ride will enjoy seeing live farm animals while adults can partake of a bake sale.

Hooked on the Holidays

Saturday, December 6th
American Musuem of Fly Fishing
The American Museum of Fly Fishing will host a special event -- Hooked on the Holidays -- 1pm to 4 pm. kids can decorate trout cookies, create ornaments and tie clown flies. FREE, refreshements served.

Confirm your spot by emailing kmurphyWamff.com or by calling the museum at 802 362 3300.

Wreathmaking Workshop

Saturday, December 6th, 1 to 4 PM
Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Boughs collected onsite, ribbons and some adornments included in the cost; can bring your wown ornaments to add. Hot drinks and snacks served. Reservations limited; call at least 24 hours before. Call (802) 394 7836 or visit www.merckforest.org.

Our House for the Holidays -- Hildene

December 6th and 7th
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home
The Museum Store Welcomes Neighbors & New Friends. Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in our 100 year old Carriage Barn! Apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts. The crisp fragrance of pine boughs & sounds of the season. All conspire to create a unique Holiday Shopping experience. Distinctive items for Holiday Gift Giving sure to please young & old. Lincoln, Gilded Age, Gardens, History, Nature and Vermont.
Bring this ad & our gift to you - 20% off purchase
For more information, please call (802) 362 1788.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

Saturday, December 6th and 13th
Equinox resort
This popular event is always sold out- please call the Chamber today to reserve your spot! 802-362-6313. 11:30AM and 2:30PM, $10/per person (15 person maximum per ride). December 6th at 11:30 is sold out.

Holiday Open House Inn tour

Saturday, December 6th and 13th
Local inns of Southern Vermont
As the holidays unfold, visitors and community members can enjoy two weeks of holiday open houses at 15 lodgings showcasing holiday decorations, special foods, music and activities. Tickets good for both weekends, for the inn tours are $15/person or $25/per couple and may be purchased at the Manchester Chamber and participating inns and resorts.

Participating lodgings:

Arlington Inn
The Barrows House
The Dorset Inn
The Equinox Resort and Spa
Hill Farm Inn
The Inn at Manchester
The Inn at Ormsby Hill
Inn at West View Farm
Ira Allen House
Marble West Inn
Olympia Lodge
The Reluctant Panther
Squire House Bed & Breakfast
West Mountain Inn
The Wilburton Inn

Bird Walk

Saturday, December 6th, 8:00 am
Hildene Welcome Center
The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please call Randy Schmidt at (802) 362-2270 or email randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free.

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

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.

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.

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.