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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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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!


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Ski-QX Winter Music Festival 

Dec. 8, 2017 8:00 p.m. — Dec. 9, 2017 11:59 p.m.
Stratton Mountain Resort

Stratton Mountain Resort and WEQX are partnering to bring the resort our first ever alternative rock music festival in an effort to properly kick off the season! Bands will play both indoor and outdoor venues. 

For more information see: https://www.stratton.com/things-to-do/events/skiqx 


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Holiday Inn Tours

Saturday, December 10
Manchester

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,


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Spirits of the Season 

December 16, 4:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Base Lodge, Upper East Wing of Stratton Mountain

Mark your calendars for the premier Spirits of the Season celebration at Stratton Mountain on Saturday, December 16 from 4-7 pm. Sample some of Vermont’s winter brews from 14th Star, Goodwater, Von Trapp, Citizen Cider and Otter Creek and enjoy signature spirits. Be inspired by artisan cocktails created exclusively for this event. As a bonus, you can pick up holiday gifts from Barr Hill, Silo Distillery and more notable Vermont makers. Try them all in the Upper East Wing with live music from The Audiostars next door in Grizzly’s. 

The 10 tasting-ticket pack is available for $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Additional tickets will be available at the event. Adults 21+ only. 


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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.


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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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BEER PAIRING DINNER WITH ZERO GRAVITY BREWING

December 22, 6:00 pm
Grizzly's, Stratton Mountain
 

Stratton Mountain Resort is proud to present a beer pairing dinner with Zero Gravity Brewing. The master Stratton culinary team will entertain your taste buds with a delectable four-course meal complemented by local beers from Zero Gravity Brewing in Burlington,VT. Our chef will speak about the food and a brewery representative will speak about the beverages.

Only 50 tickets available! Seating is at 6pm and this is a 21+ event only.

Price: $50 per person plus tax


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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