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Winter Carnivals

Vermont loves to host visitors and its towns welcome you to help add cheer to their winter celebration. For while winter is great and mighty the human soul is desperately in need of a boost during this season of cold, frost and quiet. 

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Stowe Winter Carnival
Stowe, VT 

WHEN: Mid to late  Jan. for 9 days and nights

Go a Little Snow-Crazy at the Stowe Winter Carnival

A fun-filled winter carnival, offering ice carving exhibitions / competitions, zanysports events, kid-friendly activities, costume characters, and magic! The 6 to 10 day festival introduces has 21 events to assist the winter celebration. 
Before the carnival, area businesses create snow sculptures outside their establishments, to be judged on race day. 
The first winter carnival was held in 1921, and featured ski jumping and tobogganing on a hill behind the pubic school. It continued to grow, and by 1935 it included extremely competitive races in both alpine and cross-country skiing. Since its restoration in 1974 thousands have come to experience the fun of a New England  Winter Carnival!

The North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA) in 2002 voted the Stowe Winter Carnival the best winter Carnival in the USA and at a ski resort Carnival and second only to the celebrated Quebec Winter Carnival more

 MORE Info:   800-247-8693

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Burlington Winter Festival
 Waterfront Park & Radisson Hotel

WHEN: 2 days mid Feb. 

A celebration of winter Snow and ice sculpture competitions, family activity expo, dogsled rides, snowshoe course, outdoor playground, entertainment.

More Info: VT Burlington Parks & Recreation
Phone: (802) 864-0123 
The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

Burlington, VT Phone: (802) 863-3489 Toll Free: (877) 686-5253

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Brattleboro Winter Carnival
2 day mid-February 

Sugar on snow party, torchlighting, music, fireworks, skiing, skating, sleigh rides, queen's pageant Winter activities for the whole family

Brattleboro is a lively and progressive New England town home to many who seek refuge from the faster pace of urban areas, yet desire a culturally rich community. You can hike, fish, ski, skate in the morning; visit first-rate shops and book stores in the afternoon; and enjoy a gourmet meal and a concert at night

See Brattleboro Reformer for schedule & details or call 254-4565 for information 802-258-2511

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Middlebury College Winter Carnival
Ripton, Vermont

at Rikert Touring Center and Middlebury College Snow Bowl
3 days mid February 

Getting There: Middlebury College Snow Bowl is located on Route 125 (off Route 7), about 30 miles south of Burlington and 30 miles north of Rutland, Vermont.
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New England Championship Sled Dog Races
2 days mid February

The Waitsfield Sled Dog Race is billed as The New England Championship and is ranked by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a  “Top Ten Winter Event” in the state and a “Top 25 Picks for Kids.” 
(Call 800- 517-4247)

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Mad River Valley Winter Carnival
 Warren, Waits-field, Fayston,  Moretown
, Sugarbush and Mad River Glen
Mad River Valley, VT
10 days late Jan to early Feb

A ten-day winter Carnival that capitalizes on Vermont's famous winter and combines small town fun with big city activity. Lots of food, skiing, snow shoe races, as well as the Jeep King of the mountain Downhill series. 
The Mad River Valley is active Vermont, pastoral, but never passive. The Valley is best seen by doing Sugarbush Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-82-VISIT 

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US Open Snowboarding Championships 
Stratton Mountain,

 4 days mid March 

The world's best snowboarders compete in the sport's oldest, biggest and most prestigious contest, drawing international attention to a sport born and raised here in Vermont. Olympic medalists and talented amateurs compete for the sport's oldest trophy. Events include the Superpipe, Slopestyle competitions and Quarterpipe contest. junior halfpipe jam to showcase the talents of snowboarders ages 15 and younger

Free to spectators.

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 Woodstock Wassail Celebration 

3 days mid December

Woodstock is often called "the prettiest villages in America"; this quintessential New England Village and thriving Vermont resort community highlights its community spirit each December with the Wassail Celebration. 
The classic and spectacular parade of horses, riders, sleighs and carriages is the cornerstone of this annual weekend of memorable holiday activities for the entire family. Visit some of Woodstock's historic homes decorated for the holidays, Christmas Visions" - A Child's Magical Wonderland; Christmas at Billings Farm & Museum; visit with "Ghosts of Christmas Past" during historic walking tours of the village, and much more. 

Admission varies. 802-457-3555 or 888-496-6378 || wassail 
Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock

Woodstock, VT 802-457-6674, or 802-457-2355

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