Dec. 6-8—KILLINGTON—The Killington-Pico Area Association will be hosting its annual Vermont Holiday Festival, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8 at the Killington Grand Hotel. On Thursday, Dec. 6, the KPAA will hold its sponsor party and mixer, catered by Preston’s from 5:30-8:30 p.m., to include a silent auction.
At the holiday festival, guests can enjoy the Festival of Trees, Santa’s Workshop, sleigh rides and live music, plus hot cocoa and snacks.
The centerpiece of the Vermont Holiday Festival is the Festival of Trees, featuring a unique collection of one-of-a kind Christmas trees decorated by local businesses and raffled off at the conclusion of the festival. Festival attendees may purchase raffle tickets throughout the weekend for a chance to win their favorite tree. Winners are drawn at the end of the festival, Saturday evening.
Children are invited to attend Santa’s Workshop, which will be hosted at multiple times each day. Each workshop is one hour long and includes a handcrafted toy, a Christmas story reading and a visit from Santa and his elves. Admission to Santa’s Workshop is an additional cost of $10 per child.
A magical part of the event is the horse-drawn wagon rides around the grounds. See the resort lit up with snow guns creating a glistening storm, from aboard a hay bale-lined wagon. Sleigh rides leave every 15 minutes during most of the festival.
Admission to the Vermont Holiday Festival is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children ages 11 and under. Festival hours are Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 1-7 p.m.
Several local elementary schools will perform Friday night, singing holiday songs. On Friday only, admission is free with the donation of non-perishable food items.
For more information, a detailed schedule of events, or to buy advanced tickets, visit vtholidayfestival.com.