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Vermonters Make Merry With These Festive Holiday Happenings


Published December 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
Updated December 22, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! taught us all that the holiday spirit comes not from fancy parties and grand feasts, but from the bonds between loved ones. (What it didn't teach us: WTF is roast beast?)

This season, Vermonters are adapting to challenging circumstances and finding novel ways to share good cheer. We've compiled a sampling of holiday events presented by area organizations, from a drive-in menorah lighting to virtual productions of A Christmas Carol to an ugly sweater-making meetup. This list is not comprehensive; visit our online calendar for more festivities or to list your own event.

Holiday Music Festival: To replace traditional in-person recitals, Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, N.H., offers online concerts, caroling, a Messiah sing and more. Online, through Tuesday, December 15. Free. Info, 603-448-1642,

Virtual Festival of Trees Benefit Auction: Electronics, gift certificates, home furnishings and other prizes find new owners during 12 days of bidding benefiting Rutland's Paramount Theatre. Online, through Thursday, December 17. Free; preregister. Info, 775-0903,

'The Christmas Revels: All Shall Be Well Again': An animated short film provides an entertaining and safe alternative to Hanover, N.H.-based Revels North's annual live spectacular highlighting holiday customs from around the world. Online, through Saturday, January 2. $2.99-9.99. Info,,

It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play: A guardian angel saves a hopeless man from despair in Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic, reimagined as a 1940s radio broadcast. Presented by Northern Stage of White River Junction for on-demand streaming. Online, through Sunday, January 3. $13.75-23.75. Info, 296-7000,

Christmas at the Farm: Families celebrate the holidays 19th-century-style with cooking demos, warm cider doughnuts and snowshoe rambles in farm fields. Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, select dates through Sunday, January 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 457-2355,

Winter Tales: Folk singers Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland join Kathryn Blume, Marianne DiMascio and other raconteurs in Burlington-based Vermont Stage's annual seasonal celebration of stories and songs. Online, Wednesday, December 9, through Wednesday, December 16. $25; free for kids. Info,,

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Shine a Light for Social Justice: On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, members of the Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier community light a menorah to illuminate urgent issues such as food security and LGBTQ rights. Online, Thursday, December 10, through Thursday, December 17. Free; preregister. Info,,

Wassail Weekend: An authentically decorated Victorian farmhouse parlor sets a merry mood for holiday stories, candle dipping and gingerbread ornament demos. Hitch a ride on a tractor-drawn wagon between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Friday, December 11, through Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-16; free for members and kids under 3. Info, 457-2355,

Wassail 2020: Holiday cheer warms Woodstock hearts during this annualfête adapted for COVID-19. Expect snowshoeing, shopping, Santa sightings and a virtual parade. Various Woodstock locations, Saturday, December 12, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Prices vary. Info, 457-3555,

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Taylor Mac: In Holiday Sauce...Pandemic!, the award-winning drag performer combines music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe holiday traditions. Presented by the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Online, Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m. Pick your price. Info, 603-646-2422,

Vermont Jewish Community Hanukkah Celebration: Music, performances and candle lighting enliven a statewide Zoom party put on by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Online, Saturday, December 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-1800,

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: 'A Celtic Family Christmas at Home': The First Family of Celtic Music invites audience members into their home for a pretaped revamping of their annual yuletide concert. Online, presented by Chandler Center for the Arts, Saturday, December 12, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 728-9878, Presented by KCP Presents, Saturday, December 12, 7 p.m. $20. Info, 748-2600, Presented by the Flynn, Saturday, December 12, 8 p.m. $20. Info, 863-5966,

Hanukkah Cooking Class With Chef Nadav: Home chefs learn to make a festive meal of peas, schnitzel and rustic mashed potatoes. Online, Sunday, December 13, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,,

Menorah Car Parade: Vehicles adorned with LED window menorahs and other embellishments spread light, music and Hanukkah cheer through Queen City streets. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, Sunday, December 13, 3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

Drive-In Hanukkah Candle Lighting: Families celebrate the Festival of Lights from the comfort of their cars. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, Sunday, December 13, 4:45 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 864-0218,

Dan + Claudia Zanes Holiday Sing Along: Christmas and Hanukkah classics sung in English, Hebrew and Ladino, as well as holiday songs from Korea, Tunisia and Haiti, ring out on guitar, mandolin, flute and trombone, courtesy of the Baltimore-based musical couple and Lebanon Opera House in New Hampshire. Online, Tuesday, December 15, 6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-448-0400,

Livestream: Latkes & the Foods of Hanukkah: An introduction to the Jewish Festival of Lights sets the table for Richard Witting's demonstration of fried potato pancake preparation. Offered by City Market, Onion River Co-op. Online, Thursday, December 17, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 861-9700,

Ugly Holiday Sweater-Making Party: The uglier the better! Adults design ironically unattractive holiday tops. Pick up materials from Fairfax Community Library on Thursday, December 17, between 3-7 p.m. Online, Friday, December 18, 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,,

A Christmas Carol: Spirits of Christmas past, present and future visit the miserly Mr. Scrooge in online theatrical retellings of Charles Dickens' classic tale. Presented by Vermont Stage and TBD Pictures, through Sunday, January 3. $50 per household. Info,, Presented by the Valley Players, Thursday, December 17, through Saturday, December 19. Donations. Info,, Presented by Lost Nation Theater, Friday, December 18, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-0492,

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A Holiday Concert With Còig: Streaming from Prince Edward Island, the JUNO Award-winning quartet performs holiday favorites with a fiery Celtic twist as part of the University of Vermont Lane Series. Online, Friday, December 18, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 656-4455,

Vermont's Own (Virtual) Nutcracker: Two casts of Vermont Ballet Theater dancers leap and twirl across the screen in selected pieces from The Nutcracker, including "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy." Online, Saturday, December 19, noon. Donations; preregister. Info,,

Italian Holiday Takeout: Hearty sides accompany the traditional Italian New Year's dish cotechino con lenticchie. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. BYO bag to this Vermont Performing Arts League to-go event. O'Brien Community Center, Winooski, Saturday, December 19, 4-6 p.m. $18-43; preregister. Info,,

Christmas Bird Count: Birders leave no feathered flier unseen during this annual avian census organized by the National Audubon Society. Plainfield area: Saturday, December 19, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Hunger Mountain area: Sunday, December 20, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info,,

Miracle on Green Tree Drive: A Lyric Family Christmas Special: Lyric Theatre shares its take on a 1960s variety show, serving up songs, sketches, costumes and special effects. Sunday, December 20, through Wednesday, January 20. $20-45. Info,,

Holiday Dinner for Seniors: Hot plates of ham dinner or vegetarian lasagna find their place on Vermonters' tables, thanks to Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors and other area organizations. For delivery only. Friday, December 25. Free; preregister. Info, 864-7528 or 865-0360,

The original print version of this article was headlined "Holiday Happenings | Vermonters make merry with these festive events"