Winter in Montpelier is pure magic. Autumn’s leaves give way to a blanket of pristine white snow. Twinkling holiday lights cast a merry glow on downtown streets. Winter is the favorite season of many locals, with abundant outdoor activity, and plenty of cozy restaurants and cafes in which to tuck away in and watch the snow fall. Here are some of our winter favorites:
- Skate under the dome
- Enjoy a concert in the State House chamber
- Attend the Spice on Snow music festival
- Shop at one of the many holiday craft festivals
- Find the perfect gift at one of our downtown boutiques. Montpelier was named "Number One Best Small Town for Shopping in America" by USA Today 10Best.
Skating Rink Winter Parties!
Celebrate the beginning of winter at the State House Lawn Skating Rink!
At each of the upcoming winter parties, there will be food, hot cocoa, music, and special guests.
Mark your calendar for our Valentine’s Day February 14th winter party from 4-7pm, sponsored by Dunkin', Heney Realtors, and Fidium Fiber. Dunkin will offer free samples of hot cocoa and donuts, and Heney will be providing samples of chocolate. Join Let's Grow Kids for winter games and activities on the State House Lawn!
Special Guests from the UVM Women's Hockey Team plan to join us to sign autographs and give tips on skating (even if the rink is closed due to the warm weather), 5:30-6:30. And even Skip, our trusty Mountaineers mascot, will make a special appearance at 5pm. Don't miss a chance for a photo with Skip!
Enjoy discounts at particpating downtown shops and restaurants apres skating, all week long! Just pick up a coupon at the skating event before you go:
10% off at Splash Naturals! Wed, Feb 15th - Friday 17th
10% at Capital Kitchen! Wed, Feb 15th - Friday 17th
10% off at Althea's Attic! Wed, Feb 15th-Friday 17th
This event is also supported by the Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Partners in Education (MRPS PIE) and the Central Vermont Youth Service Bureau. We are happy to announce that New Horizons After School program and Let's Grow Kids will also be tabling at the winter event! Keep an eye on this website for updates, as the event is weather dependant!
The Montpelier outdoor skating rink is operated by the city of Montpelier, and provides people with free open skating any day of the week. Enjoy a day of shopping, ice skating or playing under the Golden Dome, followed by a hot meal at a local restaurant!