When: Sat., Jan. 23, 2-5 p.m. 2016
In the old English tradition of toasting one’s health, Champlain Orchards hosts its fourth annual Winter Wassail. Set on the orchard’s sprawling, picturesque grounds, this community celebration features fun for the whole family. Adventurous types who come bearing sleds, snowshoes and skis can explore the scenery on foot, while others go dashing through the snow on sleigh and wagon rides. Hand-warming soup, bread and mulled cider find their way to frozen fingers around a crackling bonfire, where acoustic music sets a merry mood. The revelry culminates in a ceremonial toasting of the trees, during which guests offer gifts of apple-cider doughnuts to the orchard spirits in hopes of a fruitful autumn harvest.