Vermont Chamber of Commerce names Top Ten Winter 2010-2011 Events
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the highly anticipated 2010 – 2011 Top Ten Winter Events. The 2010 - 2011 award recipients display a wide variety of unique Vermont activities that will provide something fun for everyone in all corners of the Green Mountain State. The winners, in chronological order are:
Vermont Holiday Festival
Killington, December 9 - 12
Enter into a world of magical holiday fun! Take in the smell of fresh balsam and create special memories with family and friends. Events include the Festival of Trees, where more than 100 themed trees decorated by local businesses will be on display for viewing, horsedrawn sleigh rides, and Santa’s workshop, a satellite workshop of the North Pole, where children can help Santa build toys. Fees vary by event. www.killingtonchamber.com/HolidayFestival.php, 800-337-1928.
Woodstock Wassail Weekend
Woodstock, December 10 - 12, events from 10 am - 7:30 pm each day, horse parade at 2 pm on December 11.
Wassail Weekend in Woodstock celebrates the twinkling holidays in the quintessential New England village. A festive holiday weekend with a spectacular horse parade and caroling around the village green, holiday house tour, musical events, yule log, luminarias at twilight on the green, Santa’s visit to the winter wonderland. Shop, dine, stay - find gifts for everyone in unique shops or relax in a cozy inn and dine on fine cuisine. Experience the magic of the holidays in Woodstock, Vermont! Many, but not all, events are free. www.woodstockvt.com, 888-496-6378.
Stowe Winter Carnival
Stowe, January 17 - 29, hours vary for events.
Stowe Winter Carnival 2011 will be a fun-filled, zany winter festival of entertaining events, such as snow volleyball, snow golf, ski races, a kids carnival, ice carving, a village night family block party and live music throughout the last two weeks of January. What better way to celebrate winter, than in picturesque Stowe, VT during the 37th Stowe Winter Carnival! At the Stowe Winter Carnival, there is a winter event for everyone to enjoy! Free for all spectators. www.stowewintercarnival.com, 802-253-7321.
2011 TD Bank Craftsbury Marathon
Craftsbury Common, January 29, 9 am - 3 pm.
The Craftsbury Marathon is the premier cross-country ski event of the East: a twenty-five kilometer loop course classic technique event traversing Vermont’s spectacular Northeast Kingdom. The marathon features 25 and 50 kilometer races. www.craftsbury.com, 802-586-7767.
Sleigh Ride Week at Billings Farm & Museum
Woodstock, February 19 - 27, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Climb aboard the Billings Farm sleigh for a ride through the frosty farm fields and take a turn with a jack jumper sled. On the weekends, in commemoration of Presidents Day, sample favorite cookies of the presidents. On Monday, Feb. 20th at 3 pm, Billings Farm will host the Vermont Humanities Council program “John Quincy Adams: Spirit Unconquerable.” (Free admission to program, reservations recommended.) Sleigh rides: $12 adults, $11 seniors, $6 children 5-15, $3 children 3 & 4. www.billingsfarm.org, 802-457-2355.
Vermont Flower Show
Essex Junction, March 4 - 6, Friday 10 am - 8 pm, Saturday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.
Vermont’s premier flower show offers three days of spring the first weekend in March. Visitors see a grand central display filled with flowering plants, bulbs, water features, and stonework. The 2011 theme is “Sweet Dreams” with a focus on relaxing the mind, body, and spirit as well as stirring up wistful memories, and engaging the fantasies of what you are dreaming of. Three days of seminars and educational workshops are held. There is a professional floral competition and amateur floral competition through the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont. Cooking from the Garden demonstrations will be held all three days. Kids will find a special room all their own devoted to hands-on activities and scheduled performers to entertain them. Vermont Certified Horticulturists are on hand all three days to answer any gardening or landscaping questions. Adults $15, seniors (60+) $12, students (13-17) $6, kids (3-12) $3. www.greenworksvermont.org, 888-518-6484.
Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili Contest
Middlebury, March 5, 2 - 4 pm.
The Better Middlebury Partnership presents the 3rd Annual Middlebury Winter Carnival & Chili Contest. Last year, 43 vendors served 76 different kinds of chili - and this year, you can expect that number to grow! Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to enter - the public votes! Join downtown Middlebury’s beautiful Main Street for chili, live music, dog sled demonstrations, and more. This quintessential Vermont festival is fun for the whole family! Free admission, unlimited chili samples: $1 kids, $2 adults. www.bettermiddleburypartnership.org, 802-388-4126.
9th Annual Mardi Gras
Jay, March 7 – 13
Celebrate the 9th Annual Mardi Gras Week! A week filled with authentic New Orleans food, music, events for kids and adults, ice skating at the new rink, and great spring skiing and riding. New Orleans Chef Marc Uddo will be back in town, and beads will be flying. Laissez les bons temps rouler! www.jaypeakresort.com, 800-451-4449.
U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships
Stratton Mountain, March 14 - 20
The U.S. Open is the longest running snowboard event on the planet, attracting the world’s best athletes and Vermont’s finest riders. The event’s open format allows qualifiers the chance to compete against Shaun White, Hannah Teter, and Kelly Clark on the same 22-foot pipe. Free admission. www.stratton.com, www.ttrworldtour.com, 800-STRATTON.
Green Mountain Film Festival
Montpelier, March 18 - 27
One of the best film festivals in the region, the growing popularity of the Green Mountain Film Festival derives from the quality of the programming, the caliber of the guests, and the devotion of an audience that knows it will be educated, entertained, and informed. Feature films, documentaries, and short films from around the world are presented in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at numerous venues throughout this vibrant Vermont community. Basic admission $8.50, discounts available, some events are free. www.greenmountainfilmfestival.org, 802-262-3423.
Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont’s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. This year’s winners display a wide-range of family-friendly activities and represent many different parts of the state.
"Vermont is known for its engaging and unique events. The high quality of events hosted in our state help influence visitors to choose Vermont as a vacation destination," noted Vicky Tebbetts, Senior Vice President of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. "Each of our Top Ten Winter Events helps set Vermont apart as a great place to visit as well as live."
In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters; appeal to a diverse audience, including children and families; and due to the additional attention a Top Ten Event Award garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.
Source: VCC. 6.23.2010. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, not-for-profit business organization represents nearly every sector of the state's corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.