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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!

For additional information see:

http://www.manchestervermont.com/manchester-vt-holiday-events/ 


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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.


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Evening Hike at Merck Forest 

6 - 9 pm, Dec. 30th
Merck Forest, Rupert, VT

Let’s send off 2017 with an evening hike in the winter landscape. If the sky is clear, we’ll see a waxing gibbous moon (only days before it’s full). Dress for the weather, and come equipped with a headlamp, water and snacks. 


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Full Moon Snowshoe Hike 

7:00 pm - 9:00, Dec. 30th, Feb. 3rd, March 3rd
Nordic Center, Stratton Mountain

Snowshoe Stratton's Nordic Center by the light of each month's full moon. Tours are led through rolling New England terrain for beginner and experts, where you'll see moonlit snow, landmarks around the Nordic Center and Vermont's legendary stars. Please dress in warm layers, wear sturdy snow boots and bring a headlamp.

Price: $50 per person. $60 per person with rentals.

DETAILS:
7-9pm, meeting at the Nordic Center at 6:30pm
Max 30 people per tour
1 ½ hour guided tour
Headlamps are required for safety
Ends with a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows for roasting
Cancellations must be made by 5pm the day before the tour for full refund. Cancellations after that are subject to full forfeiture
Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian


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New Years Eve Celebration 

Dec. 31, 2017 — Jan. 1, 2018
Stratton Mountain

Spend the evening with family and friends, celebrating the New Year with fun events and activities plus a spectacular fireworks display. 

7-9pm Snowshoe Hike to Mid-Mountain Lodge for an unique opportunity to view the fireworks above. Hike ends with a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows for                                                                                                                                                         roasting. 

                                                                                                                                          8:30pm Torchlight Parade, 21 jump salute, fireworks in the                                                                                                                                             Main Base Area


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Stargazer Snowshoe Hike at Stratton

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, winter season  
Nordic Center, Stratton Mountain

Take this off-grid opportunity to hike Stratton's Nordic Center and enjoy the night sky. Tours are led through rolling New England terrain for beginner and experts, where you'll see Vermont's legendary stars. Please dress in warm layers, wear sturdy snow boots and bring a headlamp.

Price: $50 per person. $60 per person with rentals.

DETAILS:
7-9pm, meeting at the Nordic Center at 6:30pm
Max 30 people per tour
1 ½ hour guided tour
Headlamps are required for safety
Ends with a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows for roasting
Cancellations must be made by 5pm the day before the tour for full refund. Cancellations after that are subject to full forfeiture
Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian