Manchester Merriment

November 25-December 31, 2017lighted tractor parade

Six weeks of holiday charm to embrace the spirit of the season. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in Manchester that means welcoming the winter holidays in festive style. Look for new additions to the list of Manchester Merriment events as the season approaches.


Community Tree Lighting Celebration
With Caroling and a Visit from Santa
Nov. 25
Factory Point Town Green
Tree Lighting by Northshire Special Olympics


Lighted Tractor Parade
Dec. 2
Parade will loop from Manchester Elementary Middle School along School Street, south on Bonnet Street, east on Main Street, and turn down Memorial Avenue to return to the start. Judges and viewing stand in front of Factory Point Place on Main Street.
Tractor Registration Forms [Deadline Extended to Dec. 1]


Holiday Historic Inn Tours
Dec. 2 & 9
The Arlington Inn
Arlington’s West Mountain Inn
Equinox Resort
Hill Farm Inn (12/9 only)
Inn on Covered Bridge Green
The Inn at Manchester (12/2 only)
The Inn at Ormsby Hill
Ira Allen House
Kimpton Taconic Hotel
The Marble West Inn
The Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
The Squire House Bed & Breakfast (12/9 only)
Wilburton Inn (12/9 only)

Manchester, Dorset, Arlington
$15 per person or $25 per couple with all proceeds going to the food cupboards in Arlington and Manchester.
Call 802-362-6313 or email [email protected] for more information.

Manchester Lions Elf Express Train

Dec. 16 & 17
r.k. Miles Depot Station
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Holiday Open House
November 25 and 26
Equinox Valley Nursery
Santa and his elves alongside plenty of holiday spirit. Kids, share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus both Saturday and Sunday.

Santa Claus Visits Orvis
November 25 and 26
Manchester Orvis Flagship Store
Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Taconic Chamber Players Thanksgiving Concert
November 25
4:00 p.m.
Manchester Community Library
Deborah Buck and Joana Genova, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; and Nathaniel Parke, cello.

Christmas 1912 at Hildene
December 1 – January 2
Festive holiday décor with weekend caroling on the Aeolian pipe organ and piano.

Hildene’s Our House for the Holidays
December 2–3
Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in our 100-year-old carriage barn! Apple cider, Vermont tastings, and fresh cider doughnuts with the crisp fragrance of pine boughs and sounds of the season. 802-362-1788 or

Gingerbread House Making Workshops
December 5 and 13
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery
This is a great family holiday activity for children of all ages. All supplies provided, $25 for 1–2 people, each additional $8. Preregistration required. 802-768-8593 or

Studio Uncorked
December 6
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Southern Vermont Arts Center
“Holly” paint and sip with instructor Anharad Llewelyn.

Homemade Holiday Gift Workshops
December 9, 10, 16 and 17
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery
Families will have the opportunity to create holiday crafts: gifts, decorations, ornaments, cards, gift tags, and package toppers. Projects suitable for all ages; instruction and assistance provided. Each project priced separately. 802-768-8593 or

Celebrate Chanukah Among Friends
December 15
Israel Congregation of Manchester
The annual Chanukah service includes a communal lighting of our Chanukiot and a delicious, festive meal featuring a latke contest, dreidel games, and sufganiyot, the special donuts for Chanukah. 802-362-4578 or

Hooked on The Holidays
December 16
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
American Museum of Fly Fishing
Family friendly activities all afternoon. Decorate cookies, tie “clown flies” for the holiday tree, sip hot cocoa, and roast s’mores on the lawn while mom and dad learn to cast from the experts.

Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet/Counterpoint
December 17
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church
The VSO Holiday Brass Quintet and Counterpoint concert combines shining brass with brilliant voices.

An Evening of Holiday Music
December 20
6:30 p.m.
Manchester Community Library
The evening begins with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory foods donated by local fine restaurants. A lively string quartet will play a varied program. 802-362-2607 or

New Year’s Family Concert
December 30
3:00 p.m.
Manchester Community Library
Music from Taconic Chamber Players and students from Strings for Kids.

New Year’s Celebration With Taconic Music
December 31
5:00 p.m.
Inn at Manchester
From light classical to jazz and folk, enjoy a musical feast from around the world with the Taconic Chamber Players 11-member string band, joined by Matthew Gold on drums and percussion.