16 December Festivals in Vermont and New Hampshire


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Mitzi Cunningham

The holiday celebrations are in full swing! Across the twin states, you will find some of the most classic and magical holiday activities. From caroling, sleigh rides, tree to lightings and wine tastings, these events have it all! Here are 16 of the best December festivals around Vermont and New Hampshire. 

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December 2nd

  • Visit the Dartmouth Green to listen to the Revels sing carols as they light the Christmas tree. The events begins at 5pm. Hanover, NH
  • A Traditional Christmas in Stowe will feature a parade, sleigh rides, candy cane making, Santa, hay rides and more! The event will run from December 2nd-3rd. Stowe, VT
  • The Stowe Festival of Trees and Lights will run from 5-7pm at the Helen Day Art Center and will feature cookie decorating and ornament making. Stowe, VT
  • The Vermont International Festival is a celebration of crafts and culture! The events will run though the weekend and you will be sure to enjoy food, crafts, dance and music from around the world! Essex Junction, VT

December 3rd

December 4th

  • Watch them light the large tree in front of the State House @ 4:30pm. Refreshments will follow. Montpelier, VT

December 10th

December 17th

  • Christmas on the Farm at East Hill Farm will being at 9am. Feed the animals, make an edible tree, create an ornament, ride ponies and much more! Troy, NH

Ongoing Festivals

  • From December 2nd - December 22nd you can visit the Gingerbread House Exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center. Middlebury, VT
  • Ride the Santa Express Trains at The Hobo Railroad. Santa and his elves will be there with cookies and a special present. Lincoln, NH
  • Drive through the light at the Gifts of Lights from 4:30-9pm at the NH Motor Speedway. The lights will beep from November 25th-December 31st. Loudon, NH
  • Beginning December 3rd, you can visit Charmingfare Farm for Santa's Big Party every Saturday and Sunday through December 18th (also on the 24th). There will be music, treats, a tractor train ride, reindeer and more! Candia, NH
  • Beginning December 3rd, you can take a Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry Banke. Weekends from December 3rd-18th. Portsmouth, NH

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