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.

Family Photographs & Portraits

For the Holidays
Equinox resort and surrounding area
Have your family photographed in the beautiful Equinox resort and spa in historic Manchester, Vermont. Family portraits, individual portraits, scenic backgrounds, and/ or casual candid shots are possible. Please contact the concierge desk at (802) 362 4700 for additional information regarding the photographers we suggest.

Hooked on the Holidays

Saturday, December 5th
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 or by calling the museum at 802 362 3300.

Manchester Merriment -- Lighted Tractor Parade and Float

Friday, Dec. 4th and Saturday, Dec. 5th
Around Manchester
First Friday Christmas Stroll Retailers staying open until 9:00 p.m.
“LED Light Up!” Commercial business light up to be judged -Judging until 9:00 p.m.
Downtown Pub Crawl – Gringo Jack’s, Mulligan’s, Spiral Press, Christos, Seasons’, Ponce Bistro, Ye Olde Tavern & Firefly Lounge will be offering holiday fare until 10:00 p.m.
Christmas 1912 at Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home December 4 – January 3, Christmas Eve 1912. Festive holiday décor, musicians play carols on Aeolian pipe organ and piano on many weekends

10:00am – 4:00 pm Hooked on the Holidays – celebration at the American Museum of Fly Fishing
Christmas in Weston, VT – 10am-4:30pm. Experience an Old Fashioned Vermont Christmas. Visit our shops, galleries and restaurants. There will be museum tours, horse drawn wagon rides, caroling, petting zoo, Santa, crafts and activities for the whole family. 802-362-5950
6th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade featuring dozens of floats from non-profit organizations

Holiday Warehouse Sale

Saturday, December 5th, 9am to 2pm
Chandler Four Corners, Manchester
Save up to 80% off! A huge selection of rugs, decorative pillows, footstools, totebags and samples! From Chandler Four Corners interior home furnishings. Located in Manchester off of Richville Road.

Our House for the Holidays -- Hildene

December 5th and 6th
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.

Manchester Merriment -- Inn Tour Weekend

Friday, Dec. 11th and Saturday, Dec.12th
Throughout Manchester
Friday December 11
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Historic Walking Tours – Manchester’s Historical Society providing free walking tours of Bonnet Street and Main Street, and leaving from the Visitor Welcome Center (Tours on the hour)

9 a.m. til 9:00 p.m. Shop Manchester – Exceptional Opening with Merriment Specials

6:30 – 10:00 p.m Route 11/30 Pub Crawl

Saturday – December 12

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Historic Walking Tours Manchester’s Historical Society providing free walking tours of Bonnet Street and Main Street, and Manchester Village Route 7A leaving from The Equinox Hotel (Tours on the hour)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Inn Tours – our inns/lodgings each uniquely decorated for the holiday welcome visitors for the afternoon (13 inns participating!) Buy Tickets for the Inn Tours and/or the Community Potluck Supper HERE.
4:00 pm – Tree Lighting in Arlington with Caroling & Holiday Treats, hosted by the Arlington Garden Club
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Christmas Community Potluck – Manchester Publi

Holiday Open House Inn tour

Saturday, December 12th
Local inns of Southern Vermont
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Inn Tours – our inns/lodgings each uniquely decorated for the holiday welcome visitors for the afternoon (13 inns participating!) Buy Tickets for the Inn Tours and/or the Community Potluck Supper HERE. Tickets 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

Author Events

December 2015 -- 7:00 pm
Northshire Bookstore
Join noted authors as they discuss their works at local owned and operated Northshire Bookstore.

Dorset Players -- "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

Dec 4-5 &11-12 at 7:30pm, 6 & 13 at 2pm
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset, VT
Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman who engage in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas Story in a non conventional fashion.

Please call for (802) 867 5777 for tickets and for more information.

Bird Walk

Saturday, December 5th, 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 Meet at the Welcome Center Parking Lot, Free.

Elf Express Train ride

December 19th and 20th only!
Manchester, Vermont
This whimsical 2015 holiday train will leave r.k. Miles Depot Station on December 19th and 20th, 2015, 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

VSO Brass Quintet and Counterpoint -- A Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 20th -- 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

Dorset Players -- A Christmas Carol: Readers Style

Sat. Dec.19th and Sun. Dec.20th
Dorset Playhouse, Dorset VT
Shakespeare on Main Street present this timeless holiday classic in intimate Readers Theatre style Performances are Saturday, Dec 19 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Dec 20 at 2 pm

Charles Dickens explores the morality of the love of money over the love of family and people. Scrooge sees the way his life has slipped into a basically unhappy and lonely old age where he has lost the possibility of love and friendship. This holiday masterwork is a story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

Director Gary Meitrott adapts Readers Theater to include costuming and movement by the actors, adding a dramatic element to the performance. With simple, yet elegant, Victorian furniture and costuming, five actors bring all of the characters to life using Dickens’ original words.

The cast features Martin Bones, Jonathan White, Meg Wood, Lawrence Zupan and Zachary Zupan.

Tickets: $15 Adults, $13 Members, $9 Youth 18 & Under. For tickets, call 802-867-5570 or 802-867-5777.

Stratton's NYE Celebration and Fireworks

Thursday, 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

Manchester Music Festival -- NYE Concert

Thursday, December 31st
Manchester, VT
Family Concert at 3:30pm; Full Program at 5:30pm
First Congregational Church, Manchester, VT
For tickets or more information, please call (802) 362-1956

Annual Winter Members' Exhibition

November 14th to January 3rd
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
Join us for the free opening reception for the Annual Winter Members' Exhibition, Saturday, November 14th from 2 - 4 pm in Yester House Galleries.

Magic Trunk Show

Saturday, January 16th, 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Bromley Ski Resort
Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk join us for an extra special Kids Lounge!

Wounded Military Heroes Weekend

January 30th to 31st
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

February 6th and 7th
Bromley Mountain Ski resort
Scouts will have the opportunity to work on their snow sports merit badge over the weekend.

Bromley's February Festival & Fireworks Display

Saturday, February 13th
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Hey everybody, it's February Festival time! It all starts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday the 13th, 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 13th
Stratton Mountain ski resort
Don't miss the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks starting at 8:30pm in the Main Base Area.

Harris Hill Ski Jumping Tournament

Saturday, February 20th and 21st
Brattleboro, VT
Not only is it the Pepsi Challenge and Fred Harris Memorial Tournament, but our 2016 event is the ONLY US stop on the FIS tournament and the finals of the USA Ski Jumping tournament. The best of the best will be in Brattleboro!

Harris Hill Ski Jump of Brattleboro, Vermont is the only 90 meter ski jump in New England and one of only six in the USA of our size and caliber. We have completed an extensive renovation of the jump in order to continue its reputation of a first-class venue in the sport of ski jumping. Harris Hill is a symbol of pride for the Brattleboro community and throughout the Northeast.