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Downtown Rutland welcomes crowds for Holiday Stroll, tree lighting

Courtesy Downtown Rutland Partnership

A snow globe-worthy downtown Rutland gets a snow fall, as seen looking up Center Street from Depot Park.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.—RUTLAND— ’Tis the season in Downtown Rutland! Take to the streets of the shopping district along Center Street, Merchants Row, West Street, Wales Street, Strongs Avenue, and surrounding areas from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for a day of sales, treats and activities leading up to the annual Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. in Depot Park.

At 10 a.m., catch a free movie showing of “The Polar Express on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre (30 Center St.). After, meet Santa in the lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Snacks will be available to purchase and candy canes are free!

Then, kick off the holidays by shopping local on Small Business Saturday, when many area businesses will have sales and specials, and a few refreshments and samples, as well. From 9-10 a.m., get a free coffee at The Bakery. From

9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., stop by for hot chocolate and cookies, free gift wrapping and draw a discount from the magic hat at Diamonds and More. From 10 a.m-2 p.m., sample CBD products and see demonstrations by Mansfield Provisions at Grow Vermont. The Winter Indoor Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Vermont Farmers Food Center. Fruition and Raw Honey will offer champagne, goodies, and free gift wrapping from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., during the same time as Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum’s holiday art activities. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., enjoy a free eggnog or pumpkin truffle with any purchase at The Vermont Truffle Company. At 2:30 p.m., meet Santa for a photo opportunity and make your own paper snowman at the Rutland Free Library.

Mission City Church will offer free hot chocolate in Depot Park during the Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a night of caroling and goodies. This is a wonderful community event that helps to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Stick around for The Logger’s Holiday Variety Show at the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. These are just a few of the special events taking place in downtown Rutland.  For a full list, visit

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