Enjoy downtown Montpelier this holiday season! Avoid the traffic and hassles of the mall and head toward the festive glow of our historic downtown. Enjoy fun events and shop at our dozens of locally-owned retailers, with gift options you can't find anywhere else. With free parking for the holidays (starts 12/11), we make it easy for you to Shop Local this holiday season!
Friday, November 29 | All Day in Downtown Montpelier
Flannel Friday offers a cozier way to shop. Shop locally and get great deals at Montpelier stores. Don't forget to wear your flannel! If you're spotted by the Flannel Fairies, you can win gift certificates to downtown businesses!
Monday, December 2 | All Day in Downtown Montpelier
Skip Cyber Monday online in favor of Cider Monday downtown, and shop where you heart is! Free cider will be available at many of your favorite stores. Stop by City Hall Plaza for free cider donuts starting at 10am. Thank you to Cold Hollow Cider Mill!
Montpelier Alive's Art Walk, presented by Magic Hat
Friday, December 6, 4-8pm
Enjoy the magic of downtown Montpelier in the holiday season by browsing more than two dozen art exhibits across town. Start at any venue and enjoy the local art. Guidebooks available at participating venues. Many venues will have refreshments available and the artist on hand.
Home for the Holidays & Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Event: Saturday, December 7, 10am-12pm | The Garage Cultural Center, 58 State Street
Wagon Rides: Saturday, December 7, 10am-4pm | Corner of State and Elm Streets
Join us as we celebrate the holiday season in downtown Montpelier with festive music, cookie decorating with Half Pint Chef and a special visit from Santa! Thank you to SunCommon for supporting this event! The event is free, but we will be collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity as part of SunCommon's Change Starts at Home holiday giving campaign. We will also have horse-drawn wagon rides available through town, departing from the corner of State and Elm Streets between 10am-4pm.
SunCommon Small Business SaturDayCare
Saturday, November 30, 11am-3pm and Monday, December 2, 2-6pm | Bethany Church, UCC, 115 Main Street, Montpelier
It’s the most wonderful time of year, but also the busiest - let SunCommon help!
SunCommon believes that Change Starts at Home and supports small, local Montpelier businesses. As parents, we know it's difficult to find time in this busy season to handle the growing to-do list. Drop your school-aged kids (6+) with SunCommon staff and spend a few peaceful hours visiting a vast selection of local, small retailers and restaurants. Many local shops will be offering special savings & discounts to you, while your child is creating a gingerbread house and enjoying other holiday themed activities with our SunCommon staff.
Please reach out to Maggie with any questions & let Suncommon know you're coming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State House Christmas Tree Lighting
December 5, 4:30pm | State House Lawn
Governor Scott will preside over Vermont’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the steps of the Vermont State House.
The Governor will be joined by the family who donated the tree, and members of his cabinet and the community as he lights the tree. Following the ceremony, light refreshments will be served, and Governor Scott will read a holiday story to children in attendance.
Illumniation Night at VCFA
December 11, 5:30-6:30pm | VCFA College Green
Sing holiday songs, enjoy hot cocoa and treats, and share in our annual tree-lighting ceremony, Illumination Night. Gather on the College Green around the fountain first and then move inside to the College Hall Gallery for refreshments. All are welcome!
Gingerbread Houses and Barr Hill Cocktails
Thursday, December 12, 4-7pm | Barr Hill Distillery
Gingerbread Houses + Barr Hill Cocktails = a festive evening for bakers and non-bakers alike. Sugar and spice and edible solar panels, that’s what gingerbread houses are made of.
Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market
Saturday, December 14, 9am-4pm | Montpelier City Hall
The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is the spot to buy gifts from some of the best makers in Vermont. From booze to booties, clay to quilts and sweets to balms, the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market has crafts from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your gift list.
Solidarity Craft Fair
Saturday, December 14, 9am-4pm | Unitarian Church of Montpelier (130 Main) and Bethany Church, UCC (115 Main)
47 vendors of locally hand-crafted gifts and internationally-made, fairly-traded goods, a HUGE silent auction with donations from central Vermont merchants and beyond, homemade lunch and desserts and coffee with a seating area