Holiday magic is once again coming to Middlebury, beginning on December 1st with A Very Merry Middlebury!
We are planning a festive and fun-filled month of December, complete with visits from Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, Stag and Doe night, a breakfast with holiday characters, an “I Spy” contest with prizes, the Hot Chocolate Hut and free gift wrap for items purchased in Middlebury.
December 1-31: I Spy
Try to find the ten tiny chickens hidden in ten store windows in downtown Middlebury and be entered to win $100 in Middlebury Money. Rules and contest details will be displayed in the window of the Vermont Bookshop beginning December 1st. This year’s characters are miniature framed original illustrations by renowned children’s author Ashley Wolff. Ten entrants will be drawn at random to win the illustrations at the conclusion of the contest. The contest is free.
Be Your Favorite Christmas Character
Ever wonder what you’d look like as a snowman? Or a gingerbread girl? Your family can pose for pictures with an assortment of adorable character cut-outs around town, including Santa, a nutcracker, gingerbread siblings, and snowmen (or ladies!). Posing with the character cut-outs is free.
Kick the holiday season off with a fun-filled morning in Middlebury. At 9:15am, welcome Santa to Middlebury as he arrives via fire truck. Then, enjoy a visit with the right jolly old elf himself at the Middlebury Inn from 9:30-12:00pm. Families can take an old fashioned horse drawn wagon ride through downtown Middlebury, boarding in front of the Community House. Visits with Santa and the horse drawn wagon rides are both free.
Don’t leave Middlebury without doing a bit of holiday shopping. Anything purchased in Middlebury can be wrapped for free at 44 Main from 12:00-4:00pm—just show your receipt! And, of course, make time for a cozy cup of hot cocoa from the always-popular Hot Cocoa Hut in Cannon Park; just 25 cents for a cup with all the fixings! The Hot Cocoa Hut will be open from 9:30am-2:00pm.
Midd Night Stroll: Dec 7th
Your favorite Middlebury shops will be open late for extended shopping. In addition to great shopping, you can enjoy restaurant and drink specials and tastings of local hard cider, spirits and beer during your night out! To really make it festive, the SD Ireland Cement Truck will be on hand downtown to wow with their display of holiday lights. Check out the full list of promotions for this year: Midd Night Stroll Promotions
The Hot Cocoa Hut (Cannon Park) and Gift Wrap Station (44 Main) will both offer extended hours as well—everything is open from 5:00-8:00pm.
Gather your family for a delicious pancake breakfast, complete with a cast of characters all sure to entertain the little ones. This event will also include balloons, a placemat to color featuring all of the Very Merry Middlebury characters and plenty of photo ops. There will be two seatings, at 8:30am and 10:00am. Tickets are on sale now, click here!
And, remember: anything purchased in Middlebury can be wrapped for free at 44 Main from 12:00-4:00pm—just show your receipt! The Hot Cocoa Hut in Cannon Park will be open from 10:00am-2:00pm; just 25 cents for a cup with all the fixings.
Visit with Santa
This is it—your last chance to visit Santa before he heads back to the North Pole to get things ready for the big day! See Santa one final time at Maple Landmark from 10:00am-12:00pm. This is a free event.
And, finish up any last minute shopping in Middlebury, with free gift wrapping from 12:00-4:00pm at 44 Main for items purchased in town. (Don’t forget your receipt!) The Hot Cocoa Hut (Cannon Park) will be open from 10:00am-2:00pm, 25 cents/cup with all the fixings.
Check out the Very Merry Middlebury Calendar of Events with all of the local happenings: The Very Merry Middlebury Calendar 2017
All of the events and activities of Very Merry Middlebury are 100% funded by local individuals and small businesses. We are happily still accepting donations to put toward the cost of this wonderful event series. Thank you for your consideration!!