Christmas in Weston 2017

Christmas in Weston” is a day-long celebration of family fun that ushers in the Holiday Season for the Mountain Communities, residents and visitors alike. Christmas in Weston attracts those looking for a traditional Vermont winter experience as well as great holiday sale opportunities.  But this event is also an opportunity for us to showcase a local charity who works tirelessly for those in our community needed help.  Funds raised through donations, raffle, and food sales at designated vendors from this event will go to Just Neighbors.

Just Neighbors is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing short term assistance to local people who are experiencing a sudden and overwhelming challenge in their living situations. Just Neighbors provides assistance for the basic life necessities to address safety, security and other essential components to support family and housing needs.  They are a valuable asset to our community and we are proud to support them. This organization provides services to residents of Andover, Bondville, Landgrove, Londonderry, South Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Winhall and Windham in Vermont. Come and visit them on the Village Green to learn more about this essential organization to the community.

Now in its 33rd year, “Christmas in Weston” is a day full of free events throughout the town on Saturday, December 2nd 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are fun events and activities for all ages at galleries, shops, museums and inns throughout the scenic village and delicious food at local restaurants.  Have fun while finding unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list – all in the town of Weston.

“This event offers a variety of events and activities for children and adults alike.” says Deane Cooper, the event chairperson. You can start the morning off with a good breakfast at the Colonial House Inn.  Tour the village by foot or two horse-drawn wagons. Children will enjoy visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Petting Zoo at the Vermont Country Store.  For some hands-on activities, the little ones can make a craft at the historic Little School then go and enjoy a reading of The Night Before Christmas with Mimi Neff at the Wilder Memorial Library. The Village Green Gallery will be offering signed copies of “A New Day” by author and illustrator Don Bolognese, a timeless story of the nativity, to the first 25 children who stop by.  Adults can enjoy a hearty lunch at the Bryant House Restaurant, a cappuccino and cannoli at the Village Green Gallery, followed up with an afternoon libation at The Landgrove Inn or sample craft beers and Vermont cheeses at the Inn at Weston.

If you linger into the latter part of the day, the Inn at Weston is offering a special Christmas dinner and night of holiday music.  One-of-a-kind gifts can be purchased at the Vermont Country Store and Weston Village Store, The Weston Village Christmas Shop, and The Village Green Gallery.  With so much going on you might enjoy food on the go.  At the Weston Playhouse we are offering the ever popular Weston Women’s Club Holiday Cookie Sale, as well as chili and soup to warm you up while you view the Quilt display of local needlework.

This year we have a new event location at the Weston Playhouse’s new Walker Farm which will host a few old favorites and some new additions to the day’s events.  A dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol by Munson Hicks and our local finest, a variety of music events, and Magician Doug Eash who is “just plain cool” will amaze the kid in all of us. Walker Farm is also calling all you bakers out there for a Ginger Bread Contest.  We will be having categories for children, adults, and professionals.  Prizes will be awarded for the Best in Show for each category.  “This is an exciting new event for Christmas In Weston.  We have really creative and talented bakers out in the community and we look forward to seeing their beautiful creations.”  Kathy Schoemer, contest coordinator says.

Music is alive in the Village of Weston this year.  The Church on the Hill will have live Christmas caroling featuring Patricia Connelly. The Little School students will be warming our hearts with their caroling before Santa whisks them off to the Village Green and the lighting of the Weston Christmas Tree.

Works from local artists will be raffled as part of the day’s activities along with gift certificates from local businesses including area restaurants and inns as well as theatre tickets to exciting summer Weston Playhouse performances.  The raffle will also benefit Just Neighbors and tickets can be purchased at the Weston Playhouse and businesses in the town. Winners need not be present to win.

Weston, a jewel to be found, is a town for all ages, interests and seasons.  Start the winter with a nostalgic, traditional Vermont Christmas experience. For more detailed information and the schedule of events for Christmas in Weston visit the Village of Weston website at: www.westonvt.com.

 

2017 “CHRISTMAS IN WESTON” SCHEDULE

8:01 – 10:33 am   Kim and Jeff are offering a delicious breakfast at The Colonial House Inn

Starting  @ 11:00  am

  • Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers and all the fixin’s and drinks with the Weston Fire on the Green
  • Jump on a Horse-drawn Wagon ride in the parking lot behind the Vermont Country Store & Walker Farm parking lots
  • Support Just Neighbors by buying delicious treats at the Weston Women’s Club holiday cookie sale at The Weston Playhouse

11:00 – 2:30 pm    Santa & Mrs. Claus visit The Vermont Country Store

11:00 – 3:00 pm    Bring the kids to the Taylor Farm Petting Zoo behind the Bryant House

11:00 – 2:00 pm    Enjoy crafts, hot chocolate and baked goods at the Little School

11:00 – 3:30 pm    Special Holiday Luncheon served at The Bryant House Restaurant

11:00 – 3:00 pm    Tour the Farrar Mansur House Museum & Mill and join in the fun of cookie decorating at an open hearth with warm apple cider

11:00 – 3:00 pm    Visit the Weston Mill and watch a corn-grinding demo. Weather permitting.

11:00 – 3:30 pm    Ginger Bread Contest for children, adults and professional categories of judging at Weston Playhouse

Theater Company’s Walker Farm

11:30 am      Book readings of “Donkey & Carlo” and “Donkey It’s Snowing” by Elaine Raphael & Don Bolognese Read by David Bonanno at the Village Green Gallery

11:00 – 4:00 pm    Quilt Display from local artisans at the Weston Playhouse

12:00 – 2:00 pm    Delicious soup and chili available in The Weston Playhouse lobby to support Just Neighbors

12:00 – 4:00 pm    Vermont beer and cheese tasting at the Inn at Weston

12:00 & 2:30 pm  Magician shows at the Weston Playhouse Theater Company’s Walker Farm

12:45 – 1:15 pm    Reading of  “Twas the Night Before Christmas” at The John Wilder Memorial Library with Mimi Neff

1:00 – 3:00 pm    Taste some of Taylor Farm’s wonderful cheese at The Vermont Country Store

1:15 – 2:00 pm   Performance Reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Munson Hicks at the Weston Playhouse Theater

Company’s Walker Farm with community members and members of WPTC

2:15 – 3:00 pm    Christmas Caroling at the Church on the Hill lead by Patricia Connelly

3:30 – 3:45 pm    Little School Students sing at the Weston Playhouse Theater Company’s Walker Farm and greet Santa

4:00 pm      Visitors walk to the Green for caroling and the lighting of the Weston Village Green Christmas tree

5:30 pm    Special Christmas Dinner with a Night of Christmas Music served at the Inn at Weston

Throughout the day:

  • Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
  • Museum tours and cookie decorating with warm apple cider at The Farrar Mansur House
  • Grain Grinding Demonstrations at Weston Mill Museum
  • One-of-a-kind shopping and cheese tasting from Taylor Farms at the Vermont Country Store
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides and Petting Zoo at the Vermont Country Store
  • Sample delicious homemade fudge and many Vermont cheeses at the Weston Village Store
  • Roast marshmallows with the kids in the Village Green while watching log splitting.
  • Vermont craft beer and cheese tasting at the Inn at Weston
  • Transform your home into a beautiful Christmas wonderland at the Weston Village Christmas Shop with everything you need to decorate your tree and home.