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We encourage you to give the gift of the MRV this Holiday Season. Shop our local retailers, gift of an experience or donate to a local non-profit in the name of a loved one

Retail

4orty Bridge Boutique
Addison West
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Art in the Village
Atelier101
Artisan’s Gallery
Bisbees Hardware
Blockhouse Studio
Clearwater Sports
East Warren Community Market
Forage & Finery
Green Closet
Irasville Country Store
Kenyon’s Variety
Lawson’s Finest Liquids
Mad River Distillers
Mad River Eyecare
Mad River Fiber Arts Mill
Mad River Glen General Store
Mad River Massage
Mad River Outfitters
Mad River Taste Place
Mehuron’s Supermarket
Moosewalk Studios
Mountain Rose
Paradise Provisions
Product Think Tank
Someday Boutique
Splinters Board Shop
Sugarbush General Store
Tempest Book Shop
The Collection
The Tempest Book Shop
Three Mountain Cafe
Three Buds Apothecary
Umiak Outfitters
Vee’s Flower
Vermont North Ski Shop
Vermont Photographic Services
Village Grocery
vonTrapp Farmstead
Warren Store
Waitsfield Farmer’s Market
Whippletree Designs

Experiences

Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center
Bridges Resort & Racket Club
Country Mile Vermont
Clearwater Sports
Luke Iannuzzi Pottery
Mad River Glen
Mad River Massage
Madsonian Museum
Mountain Rose Yoga
Ole’s Cross Country Center
Skatium
Sugarbush Resort
Sugarbush Health & Racquet Club
Sugarbush Soaring
Salt & Sand Studios
Umiak Outfitters
Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm
Yestermorrow Design School
Zoe’s Pliates

Non-Profits

Friends of the Mad River
Hannah’s House
Mad River Path
Mad River Riders
Mad River Valley Ambulance Service
Mad River Valley Arts
Mad River Valley Community Fund
Mad River Valley Libraries
Mad River Valley Television
Spring Hill School
Stark Mountain Foundation
Valley Players
Vermont Adaptive Sports
Waitsfield Children’s Center

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11 Beautiful Christmas Tree Farms in Vermont Where You Can Cut Your Own

‘Tis the season of twinkly lights, snowstorms, and wooly mittens.

It’s also the season for freshly cut Vermont Christmas trees, ready and waiting to bring their heady fragrance and stately grace to your living room for the holiday season.

A collage of photos featuring Christmas tree farms in Vermont.
Make new memories at these beautiful Christmas tree farms in Vermont

Is there anything as Vermonty as cutting your own Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate as the snow gently falls around you?

Ask most Vermonters and they will be quick to tell you about their favorite Christmas tree farm, along with their delightful memories of picking out a special tree every year with their families.

The farm we visited every year near Newport is no longer in operation, but I still remember traipsing up the hill through the snow looking for the most magical Christmas tree and arguing with my brother about which one would come home with us.

There are dozens of Christmas tree farms in Vermont, where you can find all sizes of beautiful fir trees, along with wreaths, garland, and other types of all-natural decor.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, bringing home a freshly cut Vermont Christmas tree is a great way to start the holiday season!

Cutting your tree makes for a memorable experience, but you can also find trees that are pre-cut and ready to go. Here are 11 beautiful Christmas tree farms in Vermont where you can kick off the holidays with your own perfect tree.

Vermont Christmas Tree Farms Map

No matter where you happen to be in Vermont, there’s a beautiful Christmas tree farm nearby. All of the Vermont Christmas tree farms in this post are listed on the map below.

Mt. Anthony Tree Farms in Pownal, Vermont

Specializing in cut-your-own and wholesale trees, Mt. Anthony Tree Farms in Pownal is southern Vermont’s largest producer of Christmas trees with two locations and more than 60,000 Christmas trees in production.

At Mt. Anthony Tree Farms, you can cut your own Fraser or balsam fir tree, or choose one of the beautiful pre-cut trees. Hand saws and netting are provided. There is plenty of parking and the land is flat and easily accessible.

Mt. Anthony Tree Farms
3583 VT-346
North Pownal, VT

Hours:

Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm (beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving)


JAC Frost Family Tree Farm in Bennington, Vermont

Sign out in front of Christmas trees that says JAC Frost Family Tree Farm.
JAC Frost Family Tree Farm is a women-owned farm in Bennington. Photo credit: JAC Frost Family Tree Farm

Bennington’s newest Christmas tree venture is located just outside of the downtown area on Morgan Street. JAC Frost is a family-run tree farm where you can tag a tree as early as October 1st and come back to cut it when you’ve got Christmas fever (after November 19th).

Not only does JAC Frost sell beautiful cut-your-own Christmas trees, but you can also warm up with hot cider and candy canes, purchase locally-made baked goods, and leave behind your letters for Santa. Wreaths and garland are also available, as well as Christmas gifts and decor.

JAC Frost Family Tree Farm
1378 Morgan Street
Bennington, Vermont

Hours:

10/1/22-11/18/22 for tagging

Every day from 9 am – 5 pm

11/19/22-12/21/22 for cutting

Monday – Thursday: 12 pm – 4 pm (closed Thanksgiving Day)

Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm


Walker Farm’s Elysian Hills in Dummerston, Vermont

Elysian Hills Tree Farm is a certified organic farm in Dummerston, Vermont, and part of the larger Walker Farm. The Manix family currently manages 20 acres of Christmas trees as well as another 100+ acres of conserved land. 1,500 new Christmas trees are planted each year.

Selling both balsam and Cannan fir trees for cut-your-own, as well as pre-cut trees in a variety of sizes. You can also pick up hand-crafted wreaths, kissing balls, garland, fresh produce, cheese, and maple syrup – basically everything you need for a festive Vermont Christmas.

Walker Farm’s Elysian Hills
223 Knapp Road
Dummerston, Vermont

Hours:

Open for the season on Saturday, November 26, 2022, until Christmas Eve or they are sold-out

Monday – Friday: 12 – 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm


Christmas Trees of Vermont in Springfield

A little boy looks for the perfect tree at a Christmas tree farm.
Choosing the perfect Vermont Christmas tree!

Find your perfect Christmas tree, convene with Santa Claus, and enjoy a ride on the “Jolly Trolly at Christmas Trees of Vermont in Springfield.

This certified organic tree farm grows more than 60 acres of fragrant Fraser fir trees. Located between the Connecticut River and Skitchewaug Mountain, not only is this a beautiful location to make holiday memories, but the fertile soil is ideal for Christmas Tree production.

Christmas Trees of Vermont offers cut-your-own and pre-cut trees of various sizes, and leashed dogs are welcome.

Christmas Trees of Vermont
987 Connecticut River Road (Route 5)
Springfield, Vermont

Hours:

Open for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve

7 days a week: 10 am – 4 pm


L.H. Stowell and Son in Brookfield, Vermont

Why drive all the way to Brookfield, Vermont to cut your own Vermont Christmas tree? There are many good reasons!

L.H. Stowell and Son has been selling freshly cut Christmas trees since 1925, and they’ve got no intention of stopping. Make a day of your tree-hunting adventure – warm up by the wood furnace in the Christmas barn, indulge in a few baked goods from the charity bake sale, and stock up on maple products and Christmas greenery.

There’s even an electric train display that kiddos (and kids at heart) will love.

One thing that sets L.H. Stowell and Son apart is the variety of trees they grow and sell. Choose from a traditional balsam or Fraser fir, or go rogue and cut a red, white, blue, or Norway spruce.

L.H. Stowell and Son
1591 Twin Pond Road
Brookfield, Vermont

Hours:

Check the Facebook page for up-to-date information

Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm


Werner Tree Farm in Middlebury, Vermont

a man carries a chrismtas tree in front of a firewood pile at Werner Tree Farm.
Werner Tree Farm. Photo credit: Amanda Werner

Werner Tree Farm is a gorgeous solar-powered, family-run Christmas Tree Farm on the outskirts of Middlebury, Vermont. The Werners have been selling cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees for 40 years, along with wreaths, garland, hay, honey, and maple syrup.

Choose from a variety of different trees, including balsam firs, Canaan firs, balsam/Fraser crosses, balsam/Veitch crosses, white pines, blue spruce, and white spruce.

A trip to Werner Tree Farm is about more than just scoring the perfect Christmas tree. You can also sip a complimentary hot chocolate while checking out the model trains or pay a visit to Twister the Christmas pony.

Werner Tree Farm
429 Painter Road
Middlebury Vermont

Hours:

Open for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve

Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 5 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm

Closed Mondays


Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm in Waterville, Vermont

What’s not to love about a Vermont Christmas tree farm that also happens to be home to a herd of adorable llamas?

Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm offer choose-and-cut Christmas trees as well as a selection of precut trees, which they’ve been growing on their farm since 1988.

A beautiful gift shop features a model train set, beautiful llama-fiber hats, scarves, ornaments, and stuffed animals. as well as a selection of hand-crafted wreaths.

Be sure to Visit the “Island of Misfit Trees” for less-than-perfect trees that may be just right for your family!

Northern Vermont Llama Co and Christmas Tree Farm
766 Lapland Road
Waterville, Vermont

Hours:

Opening for the season on Friday, November 25, 2022

Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm


Murray Hill Farm in Waterbury Center, Vermont

Murray Hill Farm - a beautiful Vermont Christmas Tree Farm.
Photo credit: Murray Hill Farm

Established in 1976, Murray Hill Farm is a family-run Christmas tree farm on 86 gorgeous acres in Waterbury with more than 20,000 trees in production. Choose from popular balsam or Fraser fir trees or opt for the less common white pine or Colorado spruce.

Families return to Murray Hill Farm year after year to choose the perfect tree and catch up with friends and neighbors while sipping hot cocoa or mulled cider on the porch.

Murray Hill Farm
865 Guptil Road
Waterbury Center, Vermont

Hours:

Opening day is Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve

7 days a week, 9 am until dark


Pineberry Farm in Wheelock, Vermont

Located on the side of Wheelock Mountain, Pineberry Farm’s rugged landscape is the perfect habitat for balsam fir trees, better known as the quintessential Vermont Christmas tree. Visitors have been coming to harvest their Christmas tree at Pineberry for more than 50 years, and generation after generation fall in love with this beautiful mountain farm on 200 acres.

Visit Pineberry Farm seven days a week for your perfect Christmas tree, and don’t forget a beautiful hand-crafted wreath to add to the holiday cheer!

Pineberry Farm
1514 Vertical Mile Road
Wheelock, Vermont

Hours:

7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm


Purinton Family Tree Farm in Huntington, Vermont

A grove of Christmas trees with a sign that says Farm Fresh Christmas Trees.
Beautiful Vermont Christmas trees!

The Purintons have been producing maple syrup on their farm in Hungtington since 1979. Not only does the family tap 17,000 sugar maple trees on 350 acres of land, but they also run a robust choose-and-cut Christmas tree operation. Purninton Family Tree Farm currently manages 14,000 balsam fir trees on 14 acres of land.

If you head out to this beautiful Vermont Christmas tree farm, be sure to stock up on maple products while you’re there, including the famous maple cotton candy. The Purnintons also sell hand-crafted wreaths and kissing balls.

Purinton Family Tree Farm
190 Pond Road
Huntington, Vermont

Hours:

Open Friday, November 25, 2022, until Christmas Eve

Monday – Friday: 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 4:30 pm


Russell Christmas Tree Farm in Starksboro, Vermont

Your journey to find the perfect Christmas tree at Russell Farm begins with a horse-drawn sleigh or carriage ride across a snowy field to a small lot of balsam and Fraser firs. Or, for easier access, you can head to the nearby “south lot” where you will find a larger selection of trees, as well as handmade wreaths and maple syrup.

Russell Christmas Tree Farm
1248 VT Route 116
Starksboro, VT

Hours:

Friday, November 25, 2022, until December 11, 2022

Thursday and Fridays: 12 – 4 pm

Saturdays & Sundays: 10 am – 4 pm


Tips for Cutting Your Perfect Tree at a Vermont Christmas Tree Farm

A decorated Christmas tree in Vermont in front of a window.
All decorated and ready for the festivities!

Whether you’ve been visiting Vermont Christmas tree farms for years to cut your tree, or this is your very first time, here are a few reminders to make your adventure memorable for all the right reasons.

Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear cozy merino wool layers, a warm coat, thick wool socks, and snow boots.

Hand warmers are great to keep in your pockets!

Keep your tree and family safe – bring more robust rope, bungees, ratchet straps, etc. than you think you need.

Protect the roof or inside of your car from sticky pitch and needles. Bring a tarp, sheet, or blanket to go underneath your tree.

Verify the method of payment that the farm you are visiting accepts before making the trip to get your tree.

Visit early enough in the day to enjoy your tree-hunting adventure before dark.

Call the farm ahead if you are looking for a tree larger than 12′.

Ensure dogs are allowed before bringing them to the tree farm, and always keep them on a leash and clean up after them.

Most Vermont Christmas tree farms have saws that you can use, but it’s not guaranteed. Bring your own, just in case.

Snow tires with adequate tread on at least the drive wheels are a good idea.


Not only are Vermont Christmas tree farms an important part of the state’s rural economy and heritage, but they’ve come to embrace a timeless and almost mythical tradition that has been shared by families across Vermont for generations.

Do you choose and cut a tree from one of these Vermont Christmas tree farms? We’d love to hear about your favorite memories in the comments!

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A collage of photos featuring Christmas tree farms in Vermont. Text overlay: Beautiful Vermont Christmas Tree Farms.

Tara Schatz is a freelance writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Vermont Explored and Back Road Ramblers, an American road trip blog. She is also the co-author of the 3rd edition of AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont (pre-order your copy for the 2023 release date in May).

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Manchester, VT Holiday Season

 

The holiday season is here, and Manchester is ready to celebrate! Restaurants are planning their special holiday menus and seasonal offerings, while the Inns and hotels are “decking the halls” to prepare for the return of the Shires’ Holiday Inn Tours! Learn about upcoming events (and more!) as we get closer to Manchester Merriment!

On The Town

This Saturday and Sunday (November 12 and 13), get into the holiday spirit with the Holiday Craft Market at SVAC! You will find various arts and crafts, including baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. The SVAC Holiday Craft Market is the perfect place to find handmade, local gift items this holiday season. Admission to the Holiday Craft Market is FREE!

While in Manchester for the Holiday Craft Market don’t forget to take a stroll around downtown. Many of our local shops, boutiques, designer outlets, and artisan galleries are offering incredible deals throughout the weekend. Come celebrate with us and Shop Early, Shop Local, and Save. If this weekend doesn’t work into your schedule, plan on visiting during our Black Friday shopping sales. Many of our stores are opening early and staying open later which provides you with more time to find great deals.

On Saturday, November 12, be sure to join the Northshire Community Center and “party on” at Riley Rink’s 25th Anniversary Celebration! Enjoy this throwback to the 90’s from 6:30 pm-9 pm. Celebrate 25 years of Riley Rink with ice skating, raffles, and more!

Holiday Planning

Hungry for the Holidays? With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all just around the corner, it’s time to start planning. Make your reservations now at your local favorite, or order ahead for take-home meals and some special dessert, or shop for the needed supplies to make your favorite holiday meal at home. Planning ahead will help take the stress out of your holiday festivities.

Dining Out for the Holiday

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful meal or need a place to entertain friends or family, our local restaurants have you covered. Not only can they quench your appetite, but they have incredible accommodations on site, to boot. Don’t have an extra bed for your visiting guests? Too stuffed to get in your car and drive? Had that one-too-many holiday cocktail? Not to worry, book a room at any one of these lodging properties and eat and drink to your heart’s content!

In the heart of Manchester Village is The Equinox Golf Resort and Spa. Welcoming guests from near and far for over a century, they have become masters at the art of food and hospitality. This Thanksgiving, locals and visitors alike can feast on their Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm in the Colonnade. Enjoy chef-attended stations including made-to-order omelets and pancakes, too. Chef’s carvings stations will be serving up Wilcox Farms Pork Loin, Local Tom Turkey, or Roasted Prime Rib. Of course, all the other fixings will be available to complete your meal, capping it off with a “to die for” selection of desserts. Enjoy a slice of pumpkin cheesecake, or try their delectable maple donut bread pudding, perhaps their dark chocolate mousse is in your future, or better yet, try them all! Reservations are required. (And looking ahead – join them on December 11 for Breakfast with Santa, and on December 25 for a Christmas Day Brunch!)

Just a short drive from downtown Manchester you will discover the quintessential Vermont town of Dorset. This town features two distinct Inns, both with their own unique and outstanding bar and restaurant.

Barrows House Inn & Restaurant will also be hosting some holiday festivities that are sure to be a blast! Under the creative direction of owner Lauren Bryant, the Dorset Inn, Dorset Bakery, and Barrows House are all transformed into magical wonderlands during the holiday season. Decorated inside and out by a team of local designers, craftsmen, and artisans, all three properties are filled to the brim with Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands, and charming ornaments. The Dorset Inn alone has no less than three fully decorated trees throughout the public areas. The newly decorated Inns will be on display to the public Saturday, December 10, during the Shires of Southwestern Vermont Holiday Inn Tours. Both the Dorset Inn and Barrows House can host end-of-year celebrations of any size – from a table for two in the restaurant to a large corporate dinner for 100 or more.

The Dorset Inn has served traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to visiting guests and local families over the past 225 years. Each year, the chefs assemble a special menu of American favorites including Roasted Misty Knoll Turkey, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, and classic New England Baked Cod. Set in the elegantly appointed dining room, and complemented by an award-winning wine cellar, a holiday dinner at the Dorset Inn is truly an exceptional Vermont experience. Similarly, Barrows House will be celebrating the holidays with special menus, but with a slightly more contemporary flair. Dishes like Chilean Sea Bass and Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin, along with vegetarian specialties, highlight the menus, including with the Barrows House version of the traditional Turkey dinner. And be sure not to miss a visit to Dorset from Santa Claus!

Reservations are required and guests are urged to book as early as possible. Dates and times for seatings are as follows:
Dorset Inn ~ Thanksgiving Day from 12 to 4 pm; Christmas Eve from 5 to 8 pm; and Christmas Day from 4 to 7 pm
Barrows House ~ Thanksgiving Day from 2 to 6 pm; Times for other holidays can be found on their website at barrowshouse.com.

Kimpton Taconic Hotel is a boutique hotel that brings to mind grand leisure inns of days past, while artfully bringing to life all your modern hospitality whims. Surrounded by mountains in this Manchester Village, Kimpton Taconic offers couples, families, and wedding parties a free-spirited take on a New England escape that’s both classic and highly curated to your preferences. Call it quintessential Vermont with a fresh twist. Their restaurant, The Copper Grouse, will be serving up a 3 course pre-fixe Thanksgiving menu from 12 pm – 8 pm. Reservations are required. For a complete list of our restaurant’s Holiday Offerings and hours, find out more here.

A Home-Cooked Meal

For those of you that are dedicated to preparing your home-cooked holiday meal, you can find plenty of helpful places around town offering anything and everything that you may need.

Before you head to the local grocer or farmers market to secure the ingredients needed for your favorite holiday recipe, take a trip to Vermont Kitchen Supply. Whether this is your first time cooking a holiday meal or you’re a master chef, the Vermont Kitchen Supply store offers everything you need to make the preparation, cooking, serving, and cleanup a breeze. They are a one-stop shop for cookware, kitchen tools, gadgets, small kitchen appliances, glassware, tableware, and more. While you are there, pick up one of their many cookbooks to find a new favorite recipe. The friendly staff at Vermont Kitchen Supply are waiting and eager to help you find what you need and discover your hidden chef.  Don’t forget, this is the perfect time to check items of your holiday shopping list. With a wide selection of some of your favorite brands like Staub, DeBuyer, Bodum, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Wusthof, and more you’ll find that perfect hard to find gift.  Not sure what your culinary loved one needs? Gift certificates to the store are a wonderful holiday surprise.

No holiday meal is complete without dessert! Stop by Mother Myrick’s Confectionery to satisfy your sweet tooth. They offer all your seasonal favorites from pies (ranging from apple, pecan, and pumpkin – to chocolate walnut, caramel apple, & cherry blueberry apple combo), cheesecakes, chocolate turkeys, decorated cookies & more! Be sure to plan and order ahead, as they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Want to avoid a crowded restaurant, but don’t feel like cooking a Thanksgiving meal? Reach out to Pearls Place and Pantry or Amy’s on the Road. Pearl’s Place and Pantry is offering a family-style Southern Thanksgiving feast for 4-6 people that includes all the fixings – slow-roasted turkey breast, house-smoked ham with a brown sugar molasses glaze, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, biscuits, salad, green bean casserole, and right down to the homestyle pie where you can choose between apple and pumpkin. Wash it all down with a gallon of sweet tea. YUM! Order by no later than Fri November 18, and pick up on Wednesday, November 23 from 2 pm – 6 pm. Amy’s on the Road offers a menu of sides and apps for you to help complete your feast! Pickup for these items is from 9 am to 12 pm on Wednesday, November 23rd. Please make sure to pick a time that you would like to pick up your order. If you have any special requests, please email them at [email protected]

Manchester Merriment

The Holiday Season would not be complete without taking the time to enjoy one or all of the events during Manchester Merriment. Merriment kicks off with the town’s Tree Lighting and Menorah Lighting at the Factory Point Green on November 26! Stop by for festivities and fun – and stay for a visit from Santa!

On December 3 and 4, Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home is offering its Annual Holiday Sale at The Museum Store! The Museum Store welcomes neighbors and new friends to kick off the holidays with its annual 20% off weekend. Dressed in all its finery, the spirit of the season abounds in the 116-year-old Carriage Barn. The crisp fragrance of pine boughs and the sounds of the season offer an abundance of holiday spirit. Also, for the entire month of December, take a tour of Hildene to see how the Lincoln Family would have decorated for “Christmas Eve in 1912”.

Stock up on your own holiday supplies at The Barn at Center Hill’s Holiday Craft Fair on December 10! Stop by from 10 am–2 pm to browse holiday wares made by local artists and craftspeople. There is nothing like receiving a handmade gift during the holidays!

tractor parade

You certainly won’t want to miss Manchester’s annual Lighted Tractor Parade happening on December 3rd! This popular event brings a crowd to downtown Manchester as families and friends gather to enjoy the holiday splendor. Decorate your own tractor and join in the fun – or stand with the Judges as the parade rolls through Main Street. Plus, rumor has it that Santa and Mrs. Claus might be making a special appearance!

Continuing over a three-decade-long tradition, The Shires Holiday Inn Tours returns on Saturday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 10th. This popular event provides our lodging partners the opportunity to showcase their unique properties, while those visiting will enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere. Stop in one of the participating Inns to taste a local treat and sip a local beverage. ‘Tis the season for giving and it couldn’t be a better time to help those in need, as each ticket sold makes an impact on food insecurity. Once again, 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will once again be presented to the Manchester Community Food Cupboard, the Arlington Food Shelf, and Bennington Meals on Wheels.

For more details on the Lighted Tractor Parade, The Shires Holiday Inn Tours, the return of (newly-named) 2022 Santa Express, and more fun with Manchester Merriment CLICK HERE!

 

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MRV Star Kits On Sale Now

Order Your Star Kit!

Over the past 15 years or so beautifully lit stars have become a ubiquitous feature around the Mad River Valley. It all started when some local businesses owners in Waitsfield Village had an idea. Learn more about the history of the star phenomenon in the MRV. They assembled simple stars made of tree saplings creating a whimsical tableau which charmed people in the MRV. Over the years, momentum for the stars grew organically and the numbers increased. After a tragic accident took the lives of five local kids in 2016, the stars took on a more special meaning as they began appearing in groups of five.  Two years ago we began an initiative to sell “Star Kits” to benefit the foundations created for the kids we lost and it was a huge success. This year we are at it again with a few new options. This is a collaborative of local students, businesses, citizens and the Chamber of Commerce coming together to create and sell “Star Kits” with all proceeds going to a great cause.

Each kit has everything necessary to create either a 3′ or 6′ tall star. The kits includes five sturdy, pre-drilled cross sticks, all necessary hardware, a set of lights and a wicked cool MRV sticker . See this directions video to see how easy they are to build!   

“Star Kits” must be purchased on-line and picked up  at theMRV Chamber Office starting on December 6th:

Contact the Chamber to set up a pick-up time

All proceeds going to non-profits involved in honoring and remembering the five lives lost.

  • Cyrus Zschau L.I.F.T.– The goal of L.I.F.T. is to inspire students and create lasting change by broadening their horizons through world travel and to foster a strong connection with other cultures.
  • Janie Cozzi Foundation -The Janie Chase Cozzi Foundation promotes mentoring programs and provides financial support for middle school and high school girls in the areas of education, leadership, global awareness, arts, and athletics.
  • Eli Brookens Memorial Fund – The Eli Brookens Memorial Fund is used to fund scholarships for middle schoolers to participate in a ski and ride program, something that meant so much to Eli
  • Mary Harris’ Fund for Mad River Park – Mary was an avid soccer player and she honed her skills at Mad River Park.  A donation will be made to the Mad River Recreation District directed to the Mad River Park in Mary Harris’ name.
  • Liam Hale Adventure Scholarship – Offers unlimited skiing and riding, golf, mountain biking, health and recreation center access at Sugarbush Resort

This has been a tremendous, community-wide project. We’d like to thank;

Order Your Star Kit!

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