The festive season is here and this year the snow came with it! It’s a perfect time to head to the mountains in Vermont for a few runs with the family. When you’re done making turns, Vermont’s mountain resorts are putting on some great holiday events for the family through the new year. Here are just a few. Check out your favorite resort’s event calendar for more. 

Wintershine at Jay Peak Resort

December 16, 24, 2023

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle, we forget what it is to gather around the fire and just enjoy the season. So Jay Peak is starting a new tradition, they’ve lit up the entire base area with hundreds of thousand of twinkle lights. (I’ve been fortunate to see this in person and I must say, it’s beautiful.) Every weekend you can join the Jay Peak community around the fire, enjoy free s’mores, live music, and on the 23rd, a fireworks show!

Skiing Santas at Bolton Valley

Santa Sunday at Bolton Valley Resort

December 17, 2023 

Join in the annual tradition. Dress from head to toe in a Santa Claus costume and ski or ride for free at Bolton Valley on December 17. This challenge is not for the faint of heart, a red jacket won’t cut it, but if your kid loves costumes as much as mine it may be a worthwhile challenge! Take part in the Santa group photo at the base lodge and then enjoy a day of holiday turns.

Fireworks at Smuggs

Winter Solstice Celebration at Smuggler’s Notch

December 21, 2023

It’s the shortest day of the year and Smuggler’s Notch is celebrating with a bonfire, s’mores, hot chocolate, glow sticks, and more. The Drum Theater and Cirque De Fuego will be performing before a fireworks display officially kicks off the winter season.

Ice skating at Stowe

Glow Skate Party at Stowe Mountain Resort

December 22, 2023

Skate under the stars with glow lights and a DJ at the outdoor village ice rink at Stowe. The evening wouldn’t be complete without a light show! Skates will be available for rent at the Adventure Center.

kids activity at Killington

Kids Corner Holiday Activities at Killington

December 28-30, 2023

After a day on the hill, bring the family to the Snowshed Base Lodge for cookie decorating, board games, arts & crafts, and more. And for the big kids, there will be live music at the Long Trail Pub. 


Grommet Jam at Mount Snow

Grommet Jam at Mount Snow

December 29, 2023

Is your little shredder in the park all day? Let them learn a few things and then show off their skills at Mount Snow’s Grommet Jam. The first in a series, the Grommet Jam is a great way for kids ages 7-12 to get out and learn a few park skills from Mount Snow’s coaches and instructors before competing in a fun park competition.


Event at Sugarbush

Blizzard Boogie Sugarbush Resort

December 30, 2023

Dance mode! Get your groove on during the Blizzard Boogie in the courtyard at Sugarbush Resort. This family-friendly dance party is a great way to shake the sillies out during a winter ski day. 

Fireworks at Okemo

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Okemo Mountain Resort

December 31, 2023

Celebrate the new year without staying up until midnight. Enjoy music, games, food, and more at the Jackson Gore Courtyard and Roundhouse form 5-8pm. Round out the evening with a fireworks display with enough time for a good rest before new years turns the next day.


Snowshoeing at Stratton

Recovery of the Bears at Stratton Mountain

January 1, 2024

Ready to kick off the new year? Recovery of the Bears is an uphill snowshoe race from the Stratton base lodge to Mid-Mountain and back down. Snowshoe rentals are available to work off the New Year’s revelry. Register in advance for this one!

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