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Vermont’s Winter Festivals

In January, Stowe will host a ten-day winter carnival with ice carving, sports, kid friendly activities, and village night. Festive costumes, vibrant colors, and family events fill the town to celebrate winter.

Brattleboro stages a week-long carnival that started as a one-day ski-jump competition 40 years ago, but has grown to include a parade, snow sculpting, competitive skiing and an outdoor evening of fireworks.

In February, Middlebury College Winter Carnival, the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the country, has fireworks, a cultural gala, an ice show, and ski competitions.

The Burlington Winter Festival, also in February, has Vermont's own sanctioned snow sculpture competition, a family activity expo, snowshoe obstacle course, outdoor playground, and entertainment. These are just a few of the events listed on

Celebration in the Snow: New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras in Vermont

Vermont’s First Night is an affordable, substance-free New Year’s Eve festival welcoming all ages. With over 1000 artists and 30 sites, the streets come alive with artistry.

There is something for everyone at First Night with music, theater, magic, comedy, dance, and family activities. There are First Night events held in Burlington, Montpelier, and Rutland.

Mardi Gras parties quickly follow in February and March with two of the largest celebrations in Burlington and Rutland. Ludlow has a one-day carnival with a snow sculpture contest, street parade, bonfires and marshmallow toasting, and a short fireworks display.

Winter Traditions: Finding the Perfect Christmas Tree

From Thanksgiving weekend until Christmas, visit over 20 Vermont tree farms to find the perfect Christmas tree. Load the family in the car, head off into a winter wonderland of strong Balsam Firs and snow covered White Pines.

Select from pre-cut wintergreens or walk down the rows to discover the perfect addition to the holiday season. Choose from Scotch Pines and Blue Spruces to handmade garlands and wreaths as a way to take home a unique piece of Vermont.

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