Manchester Merriment

November 24- December 31

Six weeks of small town charm, snow-capped mountains, and the spirit of the season. Manchester Merriment kicks off Thanksgiving Weekend and continues through New Year’s Day. Highlights include tree lighting, tractor parade, historic inn tours, and Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home decked in her Victorian finery. Plus, festive and fun holiday markets, visit from Santa, and the Elf Express train ride for kids!

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Hooked On The Holidays 

Saturday, December 3
American Museum of Fly Fishing , Manchester

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 was FREE from open ’til close today, and in the afternoon, kids’ activities galore!


Holiday Inn Tours

Saturday, December 10

A twenty-year tradition marries history, creativity, festivity, and eats … all wrapped up with a bow. From 12-4 on Saturday 12/10, tour participating lodging properties the Arlington Inn, the West Mountain Inn, the Ira Allen House, Casablanca Motel, the Equinox Resort, the Inn at Manchester, the Inn at Ormsby Hill, the Reluctant Panther, the Dorset Inn, Barrows House, Kimpton’s Taconic, and the Wilburton Inn,


The Elf Express

Saturday and Sunday,  December 17 & 18
R.K Manchester

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.


Experience Christmas 1912 

December 2 - January 2
The Hildene, Manchester

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.