Best Winter Festivals in Vermont

Sure, summer is when festival season kicks to high gear. But, festival fun doesn’t stop during winter in Vermont. We sure know how to celebrate the allure of winter in the Green Mountain State.

Here are just some of the best winter festivals to look out for in Vermont.

Wild Lights Festival – Burlington, VT
Based in Burlington, Vermont, the Wild Lights Festival usually runs through January 3. During the festival, residents light ECHO, which is a glow with winter light. It encompasses holiday decorations, trees, and a plethora of humongous snowflakes to celebrate the winter solstice.

Winterfest – Bennington, Jan. 28
Winterfest is a tantalizing winter festival that is carried out every mid-January in Bennington. The key highlights of the festival include penguin plunge for those who can withstand the winter chill. Besides the penguin plunge, there’s also an ice sculpture contest that is a big deal.

Stowe Winter Carnival – Stowe, Vermont, Jan. 13-27
It brings together a fabulous blend of more than 20 winter activities for all ages, including ice carving contests, zany events, ski movies, broom ball competition, kid’s carnival, and beer garden. You really don’t want to miss out on this event.

Wintervale – Burlington, Feb. 21
On February 21, all roads lead to Burlington for Wintervale festival – a whole-day event that involves snowshoeing, skiing, kid’s activities, local hot drinks, and food. It’s free for all participants.

Winterfest – Shelburne Farms, Feb. 3
February 3 means Winterfest goes to Shelburne Farms. Enjoy winter activities, including sleigh rides, sledding, music, crafts, and lots of food. It’s a fantastic outdoor/indoor family-oriented winter festival.

Winterfest – Waterbury, Jan. 27 – Feb. 5
Between January 27 and February 5, Winterfest goes to Waterbury. From midnight snowshoeing to snow art to snow volleyball, to sledding to craft beer tasting to chess tourney and wassailing, there’s something for everyone.

Ice on Fire Winter Festival – Montpelier, Jan. 29
This end of January festival brings together local performers for music, poetry, storytelling, dance, and theater.

Great Ice – North Hero, Feb. 18
Celebrate everything snow and ice.

Winter Lights – Burlington, Feb. 3-5
On February 3-5, enjoy ice games, wellness expo, lights on Church Street, a penguin plunge, and so forth.

Snowshoe Festival – Cambridge, Feb. 7
An exciting day of snowshoeing.

Vermont Flurry: Snow Sculpture Festival – Woodstock, Feb. 17
Snow sculpting event in Woodstock.

Essex Winter Carnival and Chili Cookoff – Essex, March 4
Cook-off and tons of winter activities on March 4.

Ben & Jerry’s Winter Festival – Waterbury, March 4
This year’s festival will be held on March 4.

Vermont Open Snowboard & Music Fest – Stratton
Open competition for snowboarders of all ages.

Vermont Chili Festival – Middlebury
The 9th annual chili festival brings together hardy chili lovers to the streets of Middlebury.

Green Mountain Film Festival – Montpelier, March 16-24
Public film showings of social, historic, and cultural importance to the area.