Scenic VT holiday events calendar.

Excited for the holiday season? Check out these holiday events happening in your area.

Friday, Nov. 25

Holiday Artisans Market, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph. Chandler’s annual holiday artisans market offers shoppers a wide array of fine gifts for the holidays. The market will be open 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21. For more information: 802-431-0204 or outreach@chandler-arts.org.

Ninth Annual Holiday Show of Original Work by Local Artists, noon – 5 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St., Middlebury. The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand-printed art, fine crafts and jewelry. This exhibition will be open daily through Dec. 21 and feature twenty-two regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. In addition, there will be stained glass panels by New York State guest artist Michael Hart as well as a special display of handcrafted items from Mongolia presented by documentary filmmaker Sas Carey. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and an hour before any public events in the building. For further information, call 802-382-9222 or consult the web site: www.townhalltheater.org.

Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Show, 5:30 p.m., Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Join us as we begin the holiday season with classic stage production, “The Night Before Christmas,” performed by Bag O’ Chips Productions. Beautifully costumed and professionally presented, the show will brighten the eyes of children and gladden the hearts of young and old alike. Carolers will be on the Marketplace prior to the presentation singing holiday favorites. The show culminates with the illumination of 250,000 lights on Church Street, a cherished tradition. Official lighting time is 6 p.m. sharp!

Saturday, Nov. 26

2016 Jingle Bell Express, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., also occurring on Nov. 27, Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington. All aboard for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington’s 4th annual Jingle Bell Express! The Jingle Bell Express is a fun, festive, Holiday train ride from Main Street Landing in Burlington to Charlotte and back. Guests receive a Goodie Bag loaded with items from participating local businesses and will be treated to a sing-a-long, visits from Santa and Frosty and others. Proceeds received stay right here in Burlington allowing us to serve hundreds of families with seriously ill children seeking medical assistance at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Check out www.flynntix.org for more information.

Women’s Festival of Crafts, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., also occurring on Nov. 27, Burlington Town Center, Burlington. The 27th-annual Women’s Festival of Crafts moves from its now-closed home at Memorial Auditorium to the former Gap location at the Burlington Town Center. The event will host more than 80 booths featuring jewelry, artwork, pottery, greeting cards, clothing and more. Free. www.womensfestivalofcrafts.com.

Up-close with Sled Dogs, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College St., Burlington. Celebrate the start of the holiday season as we welcome the October Siberian Sled Dogs to ECHO. Learn about this incredible team of huskies before meeting them up-close on our terrace. Cost: ECHO members and toddlers age 2 and under: free; Children (ages 3-17): $10.50; Seniors & students: $11.50; Adults: $13.50. Parking, restrooms, changing tables and snack stand available.

Miniature Horse Rides, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Join us on the top block of Church Street for delightful rides in holiday-bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions – from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker,” 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., also occurring at 1 p.m. on Nov. 27, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) presents its annual tour of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” The production was choreographed by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. Sets and scenery were created by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague of Stockbridge and costumes were designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue. “The Nutcracker” will feature local dance students in children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as Brazil and Japan.

Festival of Trees, 5 p.m., downtown St. Albans. The St. Albans Festival of Trees is a family event with activities, Christmas movies, music, and more in downtown St. Albans. The concept of the festival is simple: create a Christmas tree and donate it. Any person or group can create a tree in their own style, which will be auctioned at the popular and highly attended Friday night gala. No tree is turned away. Each year, proceeds go to various nonprofit groups in Franklin County. This year’s recipient is Franklin-Grand Isle United Way and the St. Albans Recreation Department.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Women’s Festival of Crafts, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Burlington Town Center, Burlington. The 27th-annual Women’s Festival of Crafts moves from its now-closed home at Memorial Auditorium to the former Gap location at the Burlington Town Center. The event will host more than 80 booths featuring jewelry, artwork, pottery, greeting cards, clothing and more. Free. www.womensfestivalofcrafts.com.

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, 1 p.m., Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The Albany Berkshire Ballet (ABB) presents its annual tour of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”. The production was choreographed by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo. Sets and scenery were created by theater and movie set designer Carl Sprague of Stockbridge and costumes were designed by Rita Watson and Victile Donahue. The Nutcracker will feature local dance students in children’s roles alongside the professional dancers of the ABB. This year’s company includes dancers from around the United States, as well as Brazil and Japan.

2016 Jingle Bell Express, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington. All aboard for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Burlington’s fourth annual Jingle Bell Express. The Jingle Bell Express is a fun, festive, holiday train ride from Main Street Landing in Burlington to Charlotte and back. Guests receive a Goodie Bag loaded with items from participating local businesses and will be treated to a sing-a-long, visits from Santa and Frosty and others. Proceeds received stay right here in Burlington allowing us to serve hundreds of families with seriously ill children seeking medical assistance at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Check out www.flynntix.org for more information.

Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., also occurring Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season! Ring in the holidays with a visit to festive trees and holiday villages, participate in art activities, explore the grounds by horse and wagon and view the museum in a new light. Full schedule at shelburnemusem.org. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children 5-18; Kids 5 and under are free.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions — from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

Pet Night with Santa, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 11, University Mall, 155 Dorset St., South Burlington. It’s not just the kids who enjoy a visit with Santa Claus. Bring your pets in for photos with Santa. Ages 0-10. Free, handicap accessible, snack stand, changing tables, restrooms available. No personal photography permitted. Kindly, cats, dogs, and reindeer only.

“A Christmas Carol” will be performed at the Flynn
“A Christmas Carol” will be performed at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Dec. 1 and Dec. 9, 2016. (Photo: Courtesy photo)
Monday, Nov. 28

Cider Monday, all day, Phoenix Books, 181 Bank St., Burlington. We’d like to invite you to join us in person at Phoenix Books to enjoy a free cup of delicious, hot apple cider! (While supplies last.) Cider Monday is a new tradition being started by lots of small businesses in New England, and it’s our way of thanking you for choosing to shop indie and support a strong local economy this holiday season. This event will take place at all four Phoenix locations, in Essex, Burlington, Rutland, and Chester.

Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., also occurring Nov. 29 and Dec. 5-6, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season. Ring in the holidays with a visit to festive trees and holiday villages, participate in art activities, explore the grounds by horse and wagon and view the museum in a new light. Full Schedule at shelburnemusem.org. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children 5-18; Kids 5 and under are free.

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., also occurring Dec. 5-6, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season! Ring in the holidays with a visit to festive trees and holiday villages, participate in art activities, explore the grounds by horse and wagon and view the Museum in a new light. Full Schedule at shelburnemusem.org. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children ages 5-18; kids 5 and under are free.

Thursday, Dec. 1

“A Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m., also occurring at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that “A Christmas Carol” was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. Weaving together traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, this holiday favorite, which has played the Flynn every year for over 30 years, returns with a 24-member ensemble and Broadway-style scenery to spirit you away to Christmastime in the snowy cobblestone streets of Dickensian London. Visit www.flynntix.com for tickets.

Friday, Dec. 2

Vermont author Willem Lange reads his children’s classic, “Favor Johnson,” 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Stowe Library, 90 Pond St., Stowe. The Friends of the Stowe Free Library are proud to present Vermont Author Willem Lange in a book reading of his children’s classic, “Favor Johnson,” a heart-warming holiday tale that has been a Vermont Public Radio favorite for 25 years. Join us for this free family event that shares an important message of neighborliness and generosity in a Vermont village. Copies of this book will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be provided.

Lake Champlain Waldorf School’s Evening Artisan Market, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne. Adults and older teens are invited to our Artisan Market. Come for a shopping experience like no other. Browse for all your holiday gifts from over 60 artisans, decorate your own wreath, and enjoy savory treats and live music. Parking and restrooms available.

Shelburne Annual Tree Lighting and Christmas Caroling on the Village Green, 5:45 p.m., Shelburne Village Green, Shelburne. Caroling begins at 5:45 p.m. and the Tree Lighting followed by Santa’s arrival is at 6 p.m. After the tree lighting, kids can visit with Santa and enjoy hot beverages and refreshments in the Town Hall. A craft for kids will be offered by the Pierson Library Staff. Watch for the S.D. Ireland Truck of Lights and special sales and events at local businesses. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Breakfast with Santa, seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., also occurring on Dec. 4 and Dec. 10, at the Williston Gardener’s Supply Company store. Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will sing-along to Christmas carols, decorate holiday cookies and make ornaments. Cost: $15. Each seating is limited to 25 children – please make a reservation – (802) 658-3505.

Annual Christmas Sale, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., St. Anthony’s Church, Bethel. Features crafts, bake sale, white elephant and a raffle. Sponsored by The Catholic Daughters. For information please call Lorraine Durfee at (802) 234-5605.

Grand Isle School Holiday Craft Show & Scholastic Book Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Shop Local and Support Your Neighbors! Featuring a wonderful variety of crafters and vendors, several raffles, the Scholastic Book Fair in the library with a great selection of new books for sale and the 8th grade class will be selling breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria!

Craft Show and Luncheon, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans.

Stowe Community Church Christmas Fair, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Stowe Community Church, Stowe. Featuring hand decorated Christmas Wreaths, needlecraft, baked goods, ornaments and decorations, Hearts & Crafts, Rada cutlery, a Treasures and Trinkets room, the Pocket Lady and books by our pastor, Will Vaus. Lots of great gift ideas!

Lake Champlain Waldorf School’s Annual Holiday Fair, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne. Bring your family early because you’ll want to stay the whole day! Huge artisan market, holiday singing, children’s craft making, storytelling, magical activities, games, African drumming, homemade bistro food and more! Parking and restrooms available.

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Village of Stowe. The community of Stowe and all of their visitors will kick off the holiday season in their unique way. Expect tree lighting, a children’s lantern parade, festive holiday decorations, wagon rides, reindeer, Santa & Mrs. Claus, carolers, candy cane pulling, holiday cookie decorating, family entertainment (puppet show & ice skating), holiday food & beverages, and much more. Stowevibrancy.com or contact shari@stowevibrancy.com. Free. All ages. Dog friendly. Snack stand, changing stations, restrooms and parking available.

Winter Holidays Party, 10:30 a.m., Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston. Help us kick off the winter holiday season. Kids can make a gingerbread house while adults help us decorate the library. Sponsored by Friends of the Library. Pre-register for Gingerbread Houses. All ages are welcome. Election of Friends Officers at 10 am.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Storytime, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 102 Dorset St., South Burlington. “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!” and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow.

Miniature Horse Rides, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., also occurring Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Join us on the top block of Church Street for delightful rides in holiday bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, noon – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions – from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

15th Annual Festival of Choirs, 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 73 Essex Way, Essex Junction. Several local church choirs of different faiths will come together for a musical performance to usher in the spirit of Christmas. Free. Open to all.

Bella Voce Holiday Concert, 8 p.m., also occurring at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington. Bella Voce women’s choir performs “Glorious Sounds of the Season,” in their annual holiday concert. The concerts feature beloved carols and holiday selections from England, Italy, France, the West Indies and the U.S., and feature guest artists the Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Visit flynntix.org for tickets.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Breakfast with Santa, seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., also occurring Dec. 10, at the Williston Gardener’s Supply Company store. Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will sing-along to Christmas carols, decorate holiday cookies and make ornaments. Cost: $15. Each seating is limited to 25 children – please make a reservation – (802) 658-3505.

Winter Gifts at Shelburne Farms, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne. Learn how to make easy, holiday goodies to give as gifts, and create “green” crafts with natural and recycled materials. You’ll have fun and be inspired to make more handmade gifts! Children ages 5 and up. Registration is required. Cost: Members: $20/adult & child, $15 each additional child; non-member: $23/$17. Parking available.

Santa 5K Fun Run, 10 a.m., Ri Ra the Irish Pub on Church Street, Burlington. The 2016 RiRa Sierra Trading Post Santa 5K Run is a proud supporter of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for kids with cancer. We encourage all runners to help us with this great cause by collecting pledges for your run. The Santa who raises the most money will win a $1,000 gift certificate to Von Bargen’s jewelry store on Church Street, so start raising money today! Enjoy a free Irish breakfast at Ri Ra Irish Pub after the race. Supporting Camp Ta-Kum-Ta has never been easier! The Santa Run provides you with all the resources you will need to create a personal home page to raise funds for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Email your family and friends with donation requests, track your donation goal and much more. Visit www.santa5k.ca for details.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, noon – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions – from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

Meet the Grinch at Phoenix Books, 12 p.m., Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way, Essex. Children and kids at heart will get to meet Dr. Seuss’s meanest and greenest creation when the Grinch himself visits Phoenix Books. All ages are welcome to bring a camera and get a photo taken with the Grinch. Grow your heart three sizes by bringing a nonperishable donation for our local food shelf.

Full Circle: Music for Winter Holidays, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Phoenix Books, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Browse for gifts while you enjoy live holiday music from many countries and many times. Full Circle is a group of five women who play a mixture of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, folk, and holiday music on recorders, tin whistle, harp, guitar, hammered dulcimer, percussion and voices. Their recordings will be offered for sale at the store.

Bella Voce Holiday Concert, 8 p.m., also occurring at 3 p.m. on Dec. 4, First Baptist Church, 81 St. Paul St., Burlington. Bella Voce women’s choir performs “Glorious Sounds of the Season,” in their annual holiday concert. The concerts feature beloved carols and holiday selections from England, Italy, France, the West Indies and the U.S., and feature guest artists the Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. Visit flynntix.org for tickets.

Holiday Tractor Parade, 4 p.m., 138 Federal St., St. Albans. Drink some free hot chocolate, use the photo booth, visit with Santa and check out the holiday tractors on display! From 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. visit Santa, get your face painted and pose in the photo booth. The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Parade route will start at St. Albans Co-op store and go up Main Street by Taylor Park. Support our neighbors with donations of nonperishable food items. Collected at the entrance of the co-op.

Monday, Dec. 5

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., St. John Vianney Community Center, South Burlington. Photos with Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, manicures, letters to Santa and storytelling with Mrs. Claus. Chinese raffle with great prizes. You can also make a holiday ornament and design a Christmas card. Reservations Required: Limited seating at each session. All proceeds benefit Joseph’s House located on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington. Cost: $15 per person. Ages 1 year old and under free.

Richmond Holiday Market, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Street, Richmond. Enjoy shopping, Santa, live music, food and more in four locations offering a European feel to a holiday-festive event. This event includes: holiday market hours with 70 vendors: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in 4 locations; Santa arrives by horse and wagon at Richmond Free Library 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free horse/wagon rides – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (start in front of the library); silent auction to benefit the WSBA MMU Scholarship fund – bidding ends at 2 p.m.

Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 6, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season! Ring in the holidays with a visit to festive trees and holiday villages, participate in art activities, explore the grounds by horse and wagon and view the Museum in a new light. Full Schedule at shelburnemusem.org. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children 5-18; kids 5 and under are free.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Deck the Halls at the Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shelburne Museum, Shelburne. Celebrate the creative spirit of the holiday season! Ring in the holidays with a visit to festive trees and holiday villages, participate in art activities, explore the grounds by horse and wagon and view the Museum in a new light. Full Schedule at shelburnemusem.org. Cost: $10 adults; $5 children 5-18; Kids 5 and under are free.

Colchester Christmas Tree Lighting, 4 p.m., Colchester Meeting House, Colchester. It’s that time of year again! Gather for crafts, songs, cocoa, cookies, and lights on the tree. At 4 p.m., children can make a holiday craft in the library. Around 4:30 p.m., we’ll all sing with the Colchester Community Chorus at the Meeting House. The annual tree lighting follows outside around 5 p.m. No sign-up required. Free. Parking next to library.

Williston Community Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Williston Town Gazebo, Williston. Please join your neighbors at the Williston Town Gazebo in front of Williston Central School. They’ll be lighting the town tree and enjoying hot cocoa and baked goods by the Williston Girl Scouts. The Williston Central School Varietones will be performing favorite songs and they hope to have a visit from the popular S.D. Ireland Christmas Truck. Free. Parking available.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Make a Holiday Floral Arrangement, 6:30 p.m., Dorothy Alling memorial Library, 21 Library Lane, Williston. Sharon Niquette of Williston’s Buds and Roses will lead a group on making a holiday floral arrangement. All materials are provided. Open to 10 adults. Pre-registration is required – 802-878-4918.

Winter Tales: Vermont Stage, 7:30 p.m., also occurring Dec. 8-11, FlynnSpace, 110 Main St., Burlington. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies, and join us for our 12th annual holiday tradition filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Featuring brand new stories by Philip Baruth, Stephen Kiernan, and Kathryn Blume, poetry brought to you by the Young Writers Project, and songs written and performed by Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland. Stay tuned for more details. Conceived by Mark Nash, directed by Cristina Alicea.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Winter Tales: Vermont Stage, 7:30 p.m., also occurring Dec. 9-11, FlynnSpace, 110 Main St., Burlington. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies, and join us for our 12th annual holiday tradition filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Featuring brand new stories by Philip Baruth, Stephen Kiernan, and Kathryn Blume, poetry brought to you by the Young Writers Project, and songs written and performed by Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland. Stay tuned for more details. Conceived by Mark Nash, directed by Cristina Alicea.

Friday, Dec. 9

Woodstock Wassail Weekend, all day, also occurring on Dec. 10, The Green, Woodstock. Kick off the holidays at Woodstock Wassail Weekend. Music events, holiday house tours, twinkling lights, yule log and the Wassail Parade of Horses.

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball at Barnes & Noble, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 102 Dorset St., South Burlington. Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best, or come as you are to join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways.

“A Christmas Carol”, 7 p.m., Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that “A Christmas Carol” was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan, the professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse, has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979. Weaving together traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative, this holiday favorite, which has played the Flynn every year for over 30 years, returns with a 24-member ensemble and Broadway-style scenery to spirit you away to Christmastime in the snowy cobblestone streets of Dickensian London. Visit www.flynntix.com for tickets.

Winter Tales: Vermont Stage, 7:30 p.m., also occurring Dec. 10-11, FlynnSpace, 110 Main St., Burlington. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies, and join us for our 12th annual holiday tradition filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Featuring brand new stories by Philip Baruth, Stephen Kiernan, and Kathryn Blume, poetry brought to you by the Young Writers Project, and songs written and performed by Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland. Stay tuned for more details. Conceived by Mark Nash, directed by Cristina Alicea.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, 7:30 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St., Middlebury. Middlebury Actors Workshop, Middlebury’s own professional theater company brings this beloved American holiday classic to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast. A stellar ensemble of five actors play over 40 roles as they tell the story of idealistic George Bailey, who considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. A feel-good show for the whole family, “It’s a Wonderful Life” features live sound effects and music. $22/ $10 students. Rated G. Tickets are available at the THT Box Office: 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org, or in person Monday – Saturday noon – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Woodstock Wassail Weekend, all day, The Green, Woodstock. Kick off the holidays at Woodstock Wassail Weekend. Music events, holiday house tours, twinkling lights, yule log and the Wassail Parade of Horses.

Breakfast with Santa, seatings at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Williston Gardener’s Supply Company store. Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children will sing-along to Christmas carols, decorate holiday cookies and make ornaments. Cost: $15. Each seating is limited to 25 children – please make a reservation – 802-658-3505.

Holiday Craft Show, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Montgomery Elementary School, Montgomery Center. Baked goods, jams, jellies, walking sticks, jewelry, maple products, knitted, felted and crocheted items, homemade candies, photography, custom iron works, honey, handcrafted soaps, pottery, quilted crafts, infinity scarves, doll clothes, Christmas wreaths and trees, locally raised pork and beef, fleece-lined vests and jackets, Lilla Rose, dog bandanas, chainsaw-carved sculptures, bird houses and feeders. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Benefits Montgomery Elementary School students.

12th Annual Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, Montpelier. With nearly 50 Vermont artisans, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is a must-see. Buy your holiday gifts from Vermont craftspeople while helping to raise money with an amazing raffle benefiting the Family Center of Washington County. There are raffle prizes from every single vendor as well as wonderful grand prizes. The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is fully accessible and admission is free to all. http://www.touchofvt.org.

Miniature Horse Rides, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 17, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Join us on the top block of Church Street for delightful rides in holiday bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

Live Reindeer, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., also occurring on Dec. 17, Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Meet Prancer on loan to us from Santa and the North Pole. Helpers will be available to answer questions about reindeer’s diet, hooves, fur and antlers right in front of Homeport, 52 Church St.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions – from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

Victorian Holiday Open House, 1:30 p.m., Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. Ring in the holidays with your neighbors and friends at this festive house party. There will be crafts to make and take, for giving or for decorating, and special planetarium presentations that celebrate the season. Plus, lots of sweets and good cheer.

Winter Tales: Vermont Stage, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., also occurring Dec. 11, FlynnSpace, 110 Main St., Burlington. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies, and join us for our 12th annual holiday tradition filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Featuring brand new stories by Philip Baruth, Stephen Kiernan, and Kathryn Blume, poetry brought to you by the Young Writers Project, and songs written and performed by Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland. Stay tuned for more details. Conceived by Mark Nash, directed by Cristina Alicea.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., also occurring Dec. 11, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury. Middlebury Actors Workshop, Middlebury’s own professional theater company brings this beloved American holiday classic to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast. A stellar ensemble of five actors play over 40 roles as they tell the story of idealistic George Bailey, who considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. A feel-good show for the whole family, “It’s a Wonderful Life” features live sound effects and music. $22/ $10 students. Rated G. Tickets are available at the THT Box Office: 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org, or in person Monday – Saturday noon – 5 p.m.

Holiday Barn Lighting at Moonrise Farm, 4 p.m., Moonrise Farm, Essex. Join Sweet Pea & Friends for the 2nd Annual Barn Lighting and Flock Move-In-Day at Moonrise Farm. There will be hot chocolate, cider and a seasonal bonfire to keep you warm. Enjoy Farmer John and Laddie, the Sheepdog read Sweet Pea’s book “The SheepOver” and Finn’s book, “Brave Little Finn.” You can even have pictures with your favorite animal character! Be sure to “Sign the Barn Wall” with a message to Sweet Pea, Finn and all their friend. At 5 p.m. we will light the barn for the holidays. Parking and restrooms available.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Kids Holiday Sewing Workshop, 10 a.m., also occurring on Dec. 18, Nido, 209 College St., Burlington. Looking for a kids’ class full of creativity, making and fun? Nido’s Kids Holiday Sewing Workshops offer beginners the basics of sewing while constructing fun projects. Learn how to thread/use a sewing machine and create basic stitches to craft holiday gifts. Cost: $58 (materials included). Ages 9-14.

Maple Tree Place Holiday Events on the Green, noon – 4 p.m., occurring every weekend through Dec. 25, Maple Tree Place, Williston. Maple Tree Place will host a series of free weekend events for the community to help celebrate the holiday season. Starting on Black Friday and running through Christmas Eve, Williston’s popular retail destination will entertain families and shoppers with festive holiday performances and attractions – from live ice carvings to horse drawn trolley rides.

Holiday Fairy Houses, 1 p.m., Gardener’s Supply, Burlington. Come create a fairy house with natural objects gathered from outdoors. With sticks, bark, moss, and other found objects, we will create magical fairy house structures. With products and plants from Gardener’s Supply collection you can then enhance your structure to give it more life and whimsy. This is an all ages workshop, kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $20 + materials. Class size: 8.

Winter Tales: Vermont Stage, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., special gala at 6 p.m., FlynnSpace, 110 Main St., Burlington. Pour yourself a cup of hot cider, grab a plate of molasses cookies, and join us for our 12th annual holiday tradition filled with funny and heartfelt stories and songs to shine a bit of sunlight on the dark days of winter. Featuring brand new stories by Philip Baruth, Stephen Kiernan, and Kathryn Blume, poetry brought to you by the Young Writers Project, and songs written and performed by Patti Casey and Pete Sutherland. Stay tuned for more details. Conceived by Mark Nash, directed by Cristina Alicea. Tickets available through flynntix.org.

It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury. Middlebury Actors Workshop, Middlebury’s own professional theater company brings this beloved American holiday classic to life as a 1940’s radio broadcast. A stellar ensemble of five actors play over 40 roles as they tell the story of idealistic George Bailey, who considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. A feel-good show for the whole family, “It’s a Wonderful Life” features live sound effects and music. $22/ $10 students. Rated G. Tickets are available at the THT Box Office: 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org, or in person Monday – Saturday noon – 5 p.m.

Pet Night with Santa, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., University Mall, 155 Dorset St., South Burlington. It’s not just the kids who enjoy a visit with Santa Claus! Bring your pets in for photos with Santa. Ages 0-10. Free, handicap accessible, snack stand, changing tables, restrooms available. No personal photography permitted. Kindly, cats, dogs, and reindeer only.

Light the Village and Train Hop, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Main Street, Essex Junction. Village tree lighting at 6:15 p.m. Santa will be at the Teen Center and the Roaming Railroad and model train displays will be in participating businesses and community partners. Grab a map and tour train hop stations for a chance to win amazing raffle prizes! And you won’t want to miss our new attractions – catch the free trolley shuttle to Maple Street Park for the festive lighted trees and music. Free. All ages.

Nolan Simon waits for his turn at bat during a communityBuy Photo
Nolan Simon waits for his turn at bat during a community Christmas-Eve baseball game at Callahan Park in December 2015. Temperatures were climbing over 60 degrees as players took the field, many wearing shorts and T-shirts.
Friday, Dec. 16

BCA Holiday Artist Market, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. also occurring 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Dec. 17, Contois Auditorium at City Hall, Burlington. Artists from the BCA Summer Artist Market in City Hall Park join with other fantastic local artists for a truly unique holiday shopping experience. Free admission.

Dinner with Santa, 6:15 p.m., Colchester Meeting House, 830 Main St., Colchester. Santa has once again agreed to stop in Colchester on his way up to the North Pole to get ready for the holiday season. This year, Santa is going to read the children a bedtime story! Join all the elves in the Colchester Parks & Recreation Department and Colchester Lions Club as they cook you a delicious breakfast dinner. Then you will go upstairs where Santa will be waiting to read you his favorite holiday story. Wear your PJ’s if you want! Dinner will be breakfast! Come for pancakes, eggs, and sausage. Pre-registration is required – space is limited! $10 Adults | $5 Children | 2 & Under Free.

Saturday, Dec. 17

BCA Holiday Artist Market, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Contois Auditorium at City Hall, Burlington. Artists from the BCA Summer Artist Market in City Hall Park join with other fantastic local artists for a truly unique holiday shopping experience. Free admission.

A Solstice Craft, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Fletcher Free Library, College Street, Burlington. Celebrate the return of the sun! Come to our open craft table and learn how to transform a clear glass jar into a colorful candleholder! Materials and instruction provided, but feel free to bring your own clean de-labeled glass jar. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Winter Farmers’ Market & Aromatherapy Activity, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., UVM Davis Center, Main Street, Burlington. The Burlington Farmers’ Market goes indoors from November through April and features seasonal meats, produce, and handmade crafts from dozens of local producers. Once a month, stop by our activity table for fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Our December activity is all about aromatherapy! We’ll make our own “Comfort and Joy” or “Forest Fresh” room spray using simple essential oils – a great gift for the holidays!

“Santa’s Sleigh Is On Its Way” Storytime, 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 102 Dorset St., South Burlington. It’s a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Santa’s Sleigh Is on Its Way!

Miniature Horse Rides, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church Street Marketplace, Burlington. Join us on the top block of Church Street for delightful rides in holiday bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

Live Reindeer, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Church Street, Burlington. Meet Prancer on loan to us from Santa and the North Pole. Helpers will be available to answer questions about reindeer’s diet, hooves, fur and antlers right in front of Homeport, 52 Church St.

Vermont Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker”, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., also occurring at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 18, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. Vermont Ballet Theater is returning with the luxurious full length production of The Nutcracker ballet. Now performing exclusively at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, it has quickly become a Christmas tradition for Vermont families. All ages will be enthralled with VBT’s Nutcracker, from the spectacular start to the resounding conclusion, with VBT company director Alexander Nagiba’s stellar choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and performed by VBT’s extraordinary dancers and special guest artist Samuel Wilson of the Washington Ballet, Washington, DC.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Kids Holiday Sewing Workshop, 10 a.m., Nido, 209 College St., Burlington. Looking for a kids’ class full of creativity, making and fun? Nido’s Kids Holiday Sewing Workshops offer beginners the basics of sewing while constructing fun projects. Learn how to thread/use a sewing machine and create basic stitches to craft holiday gifts. Cost: $58 (materials included). Ages 9-14.

German Holiday Baking, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., McClure Multigenerational Center, 241 N Winooski Ave., Burlington. This class looks at baking traditions in Germany and Central Europe, but also new ways to do this—using natural fermentation or preparing the familiar classics like Stollen, Lebkuchen, and Christmas Cookies vegan, raw, or with nut flours! It’s a fun class with lots of tasting and exploring. No baking skills are required to attend! This class is taught by Heike Meyer, the owner and founder of Brotbakery (www.brotbakery.com), a small artisan bakery and education project, focusing on hand-made breads and pastries, traditional baking techniques, and baking with all-natural leavening. Pre-Register: $5 City Market Members, $10 non-members. Tickets through Eventbrite.

Vermont Ballet Theater’s “The Nutcracker”, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington. Vermont Ballet Theater is returning with the luxurious full length production of The Nutcracker ballet. Now performing exclusively at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, it has quickly become a Christmas tradition for Vermont families. All ages will be enthralled with VBT’s Nutcracker, from the spectacular start to the resounding conclusion, with VBT company director Alexander Nagiba’s stellar choreography set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score and performed by VBT’s extraordinary dancers and special guest artist Samuel Wilson of the Washington Ballet, Washington, DC.

Friday, Dec. 23

Holiday Cookie Decorating: Kid Friendly!, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., City Market, 82 South Winooski Ave., Burlington. Join us for a fun morning of cookie-decorating! We will have winter-themed sugar cookies and homemade frosting available for kids of all ages. This is a drop-in event, so no need to sign up. We’ll also have coffee and music to enjoy. Feel free to drop in for a few minutes, or stay for the morning. The entrance for this event will be through the door just to the west of our outdoor café (near the outdoor café trash station). Look for a sandwich board and volunteer to guide you!

Saturday, Dec. 31

Retronome: New Year’s Eve Edition, 9 p.m., Club Metronome, Main Street, Burlington. It’s Retronome 80s Night featuring local DJ Fattie B. Bring in 2017 with style as you dance the night away to your favorite classics.