Holiday Events


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, we make it easy for you to Shop Local this holiday season!

Downtown Montpelier - Flannel Friday

Downtown Deals and Events:

  • Alpenglow Fitness: Get a free $15 gift card with purchase of a gift card $84 & up in value ($84 is the cost of a 6-pack of classes). Think Secret Santas, stocking stuffers, etc.! And/or, get 2 classes free when you buy 10! 
  • Artisan's Hand: 20% off your favorite item
  • Bailey Road: Buy one, get one 40% off!; Free wine tasting with Fresh Tracks Farm, Commando Trunk Show
  • Bear Pond Books: 25% off any one item; Book signing with Ed Koren, author of "Koren in the Wild." Capital Kitchen: 15% off storewideCapitol Grounds Cafe: 20% off all bags of 802 Coffee
  • Capitol Stationers: 20% off all Vermont and Vermont-made items
  • Delish: 20% off truffles, Asher's Sea salt Caramels, and chocolate covered pretzels in the cholcolate case and 20% off any $7.95/lb gummies in the bulk section.
  • Fresh Tracks Farm: Wear flannel, get two for one wine tastings!Global Gifts: 20% off storewide. Spend over $50 and get a coupon for 20% off your next purchase
  • J. Langdon: 15% off storewide
  • No. 9 Boutique: 20% off storewide Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • Onion River Outdoors: November 23rd is the annual is Flannel Friday Sale. Stop by and take $10 off for every $50 you spend. November 24th is Sock Saturday, with all socks in store 20% off!
  • Pinky's: 20% off gifts
  • Rebel Heart: 15% of storewide
  • Salaam: 20% off storewide Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
  • Splash: 20% of storewide
  • The Book Garden: 20% off storewide
  • The Drawing Board: 20% off all art supplies
  • The North Branch Cafe: 20% off all cups of tea and selected foods.
  • Vermont History Museum: 25% off regularly priced books and gifts; free hot cider 11am-2pm
  • Woodbury Mountain Toys: 15% off and special giveaways to the first 100 buyers!
  • Yarn: 15% off and a drawing
  • Zutano: 20% off storewide
Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday
Support Montpelier's independently owned businesses.  
Saturday, November 24

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Cider Monday
Monday, November 26

Downtown businesses offer free cider while you shop, courtesy of Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and the Donut Dude churns out fresh cider donuts (first hundred orders free courtesy of Montpelier Alive)!

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State House Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 4:30pm

Ceremonial lighting of the State Christmas tree on the State House Lawn. A reception will be in the lobby of the State House afterwards. The tree this year will be coming from Hartland, VT.


Illumination Night at VCFA
Wednesday, December 5, 5:30pm

Join Vermont College of Fine Arts on Wednesday, December 5, at 5:30 pm to sing holiday songs, enjoy hot cocoa and treats, and share in our annual tree-lighting ceremony, Illumination Night. We'll meet on the College Green first and then gather in the College Hall Gallery for refreshments. All are welcome!


Home for the Holidays
Saturday, December 8, 12pm-5pm

Celebrate the holidays in downtown Montpelier with wagon rides through downtown offered by the Montpelier Parks Department, holiday cookie decorating with New England Culinary Institute (NECI), and a visit from Santa! 

Wagon rides depart from Main Street in front of City Center from 12-4pm. First-come first-served. Holiday cookie decorating and Santa will be located inside City Center from 3-5pm.