Manchester Merriment 2016

manchester merriment

Town Tree Lighting

Nov. 26
Town Green, Depot Street
Gather one and all at the Manchester town green for a holiday tree-lighting ceremony featuring appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot drinks, music from WEQX and family fun.


Manchester Music Festival Thanksgiving Recital

Nov. 27
Snopek Residence, Stratton Mountain
Tom Snopek and Peggie Telscher will host an afternoon recital at their Stratton Mountain home. Hear young violin, viola and piano artists from Juilliard perform works by Bach, Schumann, Stravinsky, Faure and others. Refreshments will be served. More info at


Lighted Tractor Parade

Dec. 3
Town of Manchester
Watch antique and modern tractors as they parade from Route 30 to Equinox Terrace in the heart of Manchester, Vermont. Each one is unique and lit up to celebrate the holidays.


Our House for the Holidays

Dec. 3-4
Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home
Hildene is dressed in holiday finery, and the spirit of the season abounds in the 100-year-old Carriage Barn. Enjoy apple cider, Vermont tastings, fresh cider doughnuts, the crisp fragrance of pine boughs, and the sounds of the season. Admission to Hildene is not required for shopping. 9am-4:30pm each day. 802-362-1788 or


Hooked on the Holidays

Dec. 3
1pm – 4pm
The American Museum of Fly Fishing
Fly-tying class. More information at


Local Inn Holiday Tours

Dec. 10
Walk through history and learn more about some of Southern Vermont’s most famous inns during this magical time of year. Inns throughout Manchester, Dorset, and Arlington will be open for visitors. Each location plays host in a unique way, making for a cozy and fun Saturday afternoon in the country. 12–4pm. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit The Community Food Cupboard. More Information


Manchester Lions Elf Express

Dec. 17-18
r.k. MIles Depot Station
This whimsical holiday train takes its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont. Passengers will be entertained with holiday melodies and dance routines by elves on decorated trains. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will also make a surprise visit. Sponsored by the Manchester Lions.


First Snow Painting Class

Dec. 22
7pm – 9pm
Southern Vermont Arts Center
With wine and brush in hand, you’ll follow along step-by-step in painting a snowy Vermont scene. Wine, snacks, supplies and aprons are all provided so you just need to bring yourself. Sign up at


Manchester Music Festival New Year’s Eve Concert

Dec. 31
3:30pm Family Concert; 5:30pm Evening Concert
First Congregational Church
MMF’s New Year’s Eve concert is a sparkling family-friendly program with Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovksy, and much more.  Hear favorites such as Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Clair de Lune and Auld Lang Syne with featured artists Adam Neiman, Ariella Mak-Neiman, baritone Randall Scarlata and the Haven String Quartet, resident string quartet at Music Haven.  Tickets are $30 for adults, $13 for students.  More info at