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Southern Vermont Area Events

So much to do… How do you choose? We have the answers to your questions as part of our Next Up section.

Stratton Magazine is proud to support area events and activities throughout Manchester and The Mountains. Add these upcoming events to your calendar and we’ll see you there!



Manchester Merriment

merriment tractor paradeNovember 24–December 16

As the snow falls, winter in Vermont doesn’t get much more picturesque than when the Manchester area is filled with holiday cheer. Manchester Merriment showcases this spirit, bringing the brightest lights and jolliest bellies to the area for fun-filled family events.

Town Green Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 24

Local Inn Holiday Tours
Dec. 1 & 8

Lighted Tractor Parade
Dec. 8

Manchester Lions Elf Express Train
Dec. 15–16

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December 14-16

There’s a certain kind of magic that happens when skiing meets music, and that magic will come to Stratton Mountain this December as the three-day outdoor music festival WinterWonderGrass makes its way east for the first time.

Historically taking place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and California’s Squaw Valley, the Stratton festival will feature performers such as Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Keller and the Keels in a one-of-a-kind lineup. Augmented by craft beverages from local producers including Fiddlehead Brewing and Citizen Cider (with switchel available for those who prefer their drinks sans alcohol), WinterWonderGrass’s eastern iteration will bear a distinct Vermont atmosphere while maintaining the universal vibe that festival regulars have come to know and love.

“What’s wonderful about WinterWonderGrass is that you could be at Stratton, or Steamboat Springs, or Squaw Valley,” said WWG Marketing Director Ariel Rosemberg, “but when you walk through those gates, you’re at WinterWonderGrass. There’s an element of familiarity.” For diehard WinterWonderGrass fans, attending all three festivals—and skiing all three mountains—becomes even easier thanks to Alterra’s new Ikon Pass. And whether you’re shredding powder or dancing the night away, the festival promises to deliver an enchanting weekend of music, brews, and camaraderie in classic Stratton style.

The inaugural WinterWonderGrass Stratton will kick off on Friday, Dec. 14 and run until Sunday, Dec. 16. For more information and a full lineup, visit

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7th Annual Vermont Open

vermont open stratton mountainMarch 8-11

Named one of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Winter Events, the 7th annual Vermont Open and music festival will be held at Stratton on Mar. 8–10. Riders of all ages compete with current and past pros. Come enjoy as a participant or be a spectator at this snowboard competition that never disappoints. The weekend is filled with live music and parties. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Ross Powers Foundation founded to provide financial support to athletes with financial need.

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7th Annual 24 Hours of Stratton

24 hours of stratton eventMarch 15-16

“Rock around the clock” on the slopes for The Stratton Foundation and local families in need. The event kicks off with a party on Friday night, Mar. 15. Then, be prepared for a 9am morning start with a team or test your individual 24 hour stamina. You will be skiing or riding on the slopes all day and through the night on Mar. 16 and into sunrise on Sunday morning all for a good cause.

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