The countdown to Christmas has officially begun, and that means it’s time to start making your holiday plans! Why not start a new tradition this year, and plan a relaxing winter escape to the Shires of Vermont? From lighted parades and caroling to home tours and festivals, there are endless ways to celebrate Christmas in Southern Vermont. Here are some of our favorite ways to get into the holiday spirit!
If you’re planning to spend Christmas in Southern Vermont, make sure to get a copy of our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of tips about the best holiday events, winter activities, and local happenings to help you enjoy your getaway to the fullest. Vacation planning has never been easier!
How to Have the Best Christmas in Vermont in 2019
1. Take a Holiday Tour of Historic Inns
When it comes to Southern Vermont Christmas festivities, the Holiday Tour of Historic Inns should be at the top of your list! Held on December 7th and December 14th, the event allows visitors the rare opportunity to tour Southern Vermont’s most historic inns. Each property will be decked out for the holidays. Enjoy wonderful refreshments along the way of this self-guided tour!
Are you looking for the best Christmas in Vermont packages? Make sure to take advantage of our Holiday Tour of Historic Inns package! It includes two nights lodging at The Arlington Inn, a full country breakfast each day, a four-course candlelight dinner, AND tickets to tour 16 historic inns, B&Bs, and hotels. Cheers!
2. Watch the Annual Lighted Tractor Parade
Don’t miss the 8th Annual Lighted Tractor Parade in Manchester! Watch the procession of antique and modern tractors pass by, all decked out for the holidays. The parade will take place on December 7th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s parade will begin at Manchester Elementary Middle School, continue south on Bonnet Street, and continue east on Main Street before turning down Memorial Avenue.
3. Visit Christmas Days
While you’re in Manchester, make sure to stop by Christmas Days in Manchester, VT. This year-round signature holiday store has the best selection of ornaments, decorations, and collectibles. From Nativities and Santa figurines to snowglobes, nutcrackers, and more, they have all your Christmas needs.
4. Take a Holiday Tour of Hildene
Hildene, also known as the Lincoln Family Home, is a must-see during your visit to The Shires of Vermont. While this historical museum a magnificent sight to behold any time of year, it’s especially beautiful during the holiday season.
If you’re planning to tour Hildene this December, make sure to book our Victorian Yuletide Weekends Package! Stay at The Arlington Inn from December 14th-16th and enjoy a holiday tour of Hildene, a full country breakfast each day, a Yuletide Candlelit Dinner, and a fresh Vermont Christmas Wreath.
5. Shop the Snowball Bazaar in Bennington
Mark your calendar now for the 71st Annual Snowball Bazaar in Bennington. This year’s event will be held December 7th-8th at the Second Congregational Church. Take your time browsing the beautiful handmade wreaths, do your last-minute holiday shopping, bid on goods at the silent auction, and enjoy delicious homemade baked goods.
6. Attend The Festival Gala in Bennington
As one of the most anticipated events of the season, you definitely won’t want to miss the Festival Gala at the Bennington Museum. This year’s event, A Snowy Evening, will take place on December 14th from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The festival is the museum’s biggest annual fundraiser and celebrates famous late poet Robert Frost, who wrote “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”
Come enjoy a magical exhibition of original artwork and bid for your favorite masterpieces. Enjoy delicious cuisine and cocktails at the full cash bar. Celebrate the season as the sounds of holiday music and jazz fills the air. This winter festival is a black and white affair, so come dressed to impress!
Celebrate Christmas at The Arlington Inn
Now that you know about some of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Southern Vermont, it’s time to find the perfect accommodations for your stay! If you’d like to experience your winter break to the fullest, we invite you to book your stay at The Arlington Inn. Our historic bed and breakfast is located near all of these amazing festivals, ski resorts, and winter activities. Each of our accommodations features top-notch amenities and comfortable furnishings. Many of them also have fireplaces to keep you warm during the cold winter months!
Make it a Christmas to remember when you book your stay in Marshall’s Library. This large room features a king bed, a twin sofa sleeper, fireplace, and a delicious full breakfast each morning. Check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to welcome you.