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Are you a long-time admirer of Montpelier or is this your first rendezvous? Either way, your sure to enjoy seeing first-hand all that our capital city has to offer. Montpelier is truly a four-season destination with outdoor activities, adventure and sports for all. Escape the hectic pace of daily life by exploring the pristine natural beauty of our landscapes, enjoy Montpelier's nightlife and live entertainment, shop in the myriad of options downtown, and then pause to relax over a great meal. Montpelier truly has it all and is sure to have something to please.

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12/4 4pm
12/4 4pm to 5:30pm The Lighting of the 2023 State Christmas Tree at the Vermont State House with Governor Phil Scott and Friends @Vermont State House, Montpelier Kicking off the holiday season on the State House lawn beginning at 4:00 pm on Monday December 4th – there will be wagon rides and opportunities to meet reindeer and farm animals. “Rudolph” the brightly lit plow truck will make another seasonal appearance.

All are welcome to join Governor Phil Scott for the 2023 Lighting of the State Christmas Tree at 4:45 pm in front of the Vermont State House in Montpelier. Joining the Governor on the front steps of the State House will be musicians performing holiday songs. This year there will be a new addition to the traditional program. Emphasizing the need to reduce Vermont’s carbon footprint, Governor Scott will illuminate the tree lights with the help of his Ford “Lighting” electric truck!

The majestic 40-foot blue spruce planted 40 years ago in St. Albans was donated by Matt Durfee. He was moved to offer the tree in the spirit of “Vermont Strong” honoring the resilience of many Vermont communities during the flood recovery.

Following the ceremony, light refreshments and cookies will be served. This will take place inside the State House, around the indoor Victorian Christmas tree adorned with lights and handmade ornaments decorated by the Friends of the Vermont State House. There Governor Scott will read “The Night Before Christmas” for the children who gather there. This seasonal event is free and open for all to enjoy!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Vermont Department of Agriculture
12/5 5:30pm
12/5 5:30pm to 7pm VCFA Illumination Night @College Hall Green (36 College Street, Montpelier) Join the VCFA community on the College Hall Green (36 College Street Montpelier, VT) on Tuesday, December 5th for our annual Illumination Night! We’ll light our campus and enjoy treats, hot chocolate, artwork, and live music in the College Hall Gallery. The event starts at 5:30pm. All friends and families are welcome—let’s gather to kick off the 2023 holiday season with light!

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12/6 12pm
12/6 12pm to 1pm Cosplay, Costuming and Storytelling with Andrew Liptak @Vermont Historical Society How do costumes help us tell and take part in the stories we love? Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a superhero or other fictional character, is a form of expression that allows fans to bring their favorite stories and characters to life. In his book Cosplay: A History, author Andrew Liptak delves into the history of costuming and the modern cosplay movement to explore what it means for the relationships that fans have with properties, th ... Visit Event Page