Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Find winter fun at Billings Farm in January 

WOODSTOCK—Enjoy scenic winter landscapes among the barns and pastures of Billings Farm & Museum in January. Open each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with engaging activities indoors and out for visitors of all ages.

Visit animals and winter fun

Visit the sheep, chickens and goats all cozy in the small animal barn. Don snowshoes—bring your own or rent from the nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Activity Center or the Nordic Center—and venture through the picturesque snow-covered farm fields and along the Ottauquechee River. Bring your sled to speed down the small hill next to the orchard. Gather round the fire pit and warm up with hot cider. Families can also enjoy a Story Walk along the pasture fence featuring “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.

Reserve a sleigh ride  

Billings Farm & Museum will offer private horse-drawn sleigh rides to families (socially distanced)through the rest of the winter, conditions permitting.  One family per sleigh.  Online reservations are required. Call 802-457-5334 for more information.

Vermont’s rural history  

Explore the farm life exhibits to see what life on the farm was like in the 1890s and play the scavenger hunt to find the snow people hidden within the exhibits. Learn about the families and history of Billings Farm in the Upon This Land exhibit. “A Place in the Land,” the Academy Award-nominated film which chronicles the development of Billings Farm is shown throughout the day in the visitor center theater. Guests are invited to view re-creations of the parlor, the dining room and the creamery from the 1890 Farm Manager’s House within the activity barn.

Virtual classes & films 

Join Billings Farm’s Chef Emery Gray for a fun, interactive, pickling class on Zoom, Jan. 23. Follow along in your home kitchen to add flare to heavy winter dishes and international favorites by making quick pickled fruits and veggies!

The Woodstock Vermont Film Series is the perfect time for watching some great films in January. The next film is “Made You Look: The True Story About Fake Art” (Jan. 21-24). Find links to tickets and reservations at billingsfarm.org.

Virtual education programs 

Students can now visit Billings Farm from anywhere. Teachers and schools, register now for virtual school programs for students in grades K-5+. Slots available Jan. 5-29. Winter Then & Now is also available as a virtual homeschool program on Jan. 26 and 28.

Billings Farm & Museum is open weekends in January and February, plus daily Feb. 13-21, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or  online  anytime  at  billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-at-home.

Visiting safely 

Billings Farm & Museum enforces safety standards in compliance with Vermont state guidelines. We take the safety of our staff, animals, and our guests seriously. Each person must answer health screening questions including if they have quarantined according to Vermont guidelines. Contact tracing information and temperatures are taken for each visitor. Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including outdoors. For more about visiting Billings Farm safely, updates on our site capacity,  and to learn which spaces are open,  visit billingsfarm.org/safety.

The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution.  Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through online resources at Billings Farm at Home.

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