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Fireworks display permits

Spruce Peak Resort Association, Ski Trail/Spruce Peak Area (no rain dates):

Dec. 21: 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 31: 7:30 p.m.

Friends of the Stowe Free Library: Donations to 2020 Book Sale

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday: noon to 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed Sunday and holidays. 90 Pond St. 253-6145,

Stowe Fire Department: Annual Senior Dinner

Dec. 5: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Park in lower parking lot near “Police” entrance; enter through lobby, take elevator or stairs. Transportation from West Branch provided. Stowe Public Safety Facility, 350 S. Main St. Tony Carniglia, 303-589-9355,

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Dec. 6 to 8: Annual winter festival features tree lightings, Santa and reindeer visits, wagon rides and other family-friendly activities.

  • Friday, Dec. 6

3:30 p.m. Vermont author, Sarah Dillard. Interactive drawing session. Stowe Free Library, 90 Pond St.

4:30 p.m. Children’s lantern parade and tree lighting.

Stowe Elementary School, caroling on steps of Akeley Soldiers Memorial Building, Main Street. Cider and donuts, Gale Recreation Center.

5 to 7 p.m. Helen Day Art Center: Members’ Art Show and Festival of Trees and Lights. 90 Pond St.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Origins: Three Exhibits on Skiing and Riding in Vermont.” Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum, 1 South Main St.

7 p.m. Musical “Big Fish,” Stowe High School, Barrows Road.

  • Saturday, Dec. 7

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Bazaar, Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gingerbread House Decorating, Cork Wine Bar & Market, 35 School St.

Santa Stroll through the Village. Visit local participating businesses for complimentary treats and discounts. Holiday treats at Von Bargen's Jewelry, 35 S. Main St.

11 a.m. Candy-cane twisting and hot chocolate samples, Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main St.

Noon to 3 p.m. Hayrides; Rock Around the Christmas Tree with The Blue Diamonds and The Skeleton Keys, Village Green. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Stowe Mercantile. Holiday cookie decorating, Café on Main. “Welcome to Winter,” Stowe Parks & Recreation at Gale Recreation Center.

2 p.m. Candy-cane twisting and hot chocolate samples, Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main St.

7 p.m. Musical “Big Fish,” Stowe High School, Barrows Road.

  • Sunday, Dec. 8

11 a.m. Candy-cane twisting and hot chocolate samples, Laughing Moon Chocolates, 78 S. Main St.

11:30 a.m. Meet-and-greet with “Frozen 2” film characters, Stowe Cinema, 454 Mountain Road.

12:30 p.m. “Frozen 2,” Stowe Cinema, 454 Mountain Road.

2 p.m. Musical “Big Fish,” Stowe High School, Barrows Road.

This event is hosted by Stowe Vibrancy and is presented by Stowe Mercantile. The tree lighting is sponsored by Ferro Custom & Estate Jewelers. A Traditional Christmas in Stowe is one of several signature events in Stowe this winter.

Shoppers are encouraged to share their finds on social media using the hashtags #smallbizsat, #shopsmall and #shopstowe.

Stowe Community Church: Christmas Fair

Dec. 7: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh, hand-made and decorated wreaths, needlecraft, baked goods, ornaments and decorations, Rada cutlery, Treasures and Trinkets room, gift items, and books by Pastor Will Vaus. 137 Main St. 1253-7257,

Bear Pond Books: Author Signings

Dec. 7: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sam Brakeley, “Skiing with Henry Knox.”

Dec. 14: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Diana D. Dunn, “Pipsqueak’s Adventure: A True Story.”

Dec. 14: 1 to 3 p.m. Judith Henderson, Emmy Award winning composer/author of Big Words/Small Stories series; “Smell the Daisies.”

38 Main St. (Depot Building). 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. 253-8236.

Stowe Parks and Recreation

Dec. 7: noon to 3 p.m. Welcome to Winter. Refreshments, music, games, crafts, round-trip wagon ride to visit Santa at Stowe Mercantile. David Gale Recreation Center. Free.

Dec. 21: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Skate with Santa. Fee.


Stowe Community Church: Blue Christmas Remembrance Service

Dec. 8: 4:30 p.m. All who have experienced loss of loved ones, recently or in the past, are welcome to attend this special service, a chance to pay tribute to loved ones, to support each other and to hear inspirational words and music. Bring a picture of your loved one to hold during the service; leave the names of loved ones at the door and they will be read during a candle lighting ceremony. Share this information with family, friends, neighbors, and the community. 137 Main St., 253-7257.

Stowe Middle High School: Community Night

Dec. 11: 5:45 p.m. Guest speaker Dr. Paul Foxman, Ph.D., psychologist, author, specialist in anxiety disorders in children and adults; how anxiety develops in children and adolescents; practical strategies; cognitive-behavioral, mind-body, solution-oriented, and family system approaches.

Stowe Community Church

Dec. 11: 7 p.m. Annual Christmas Sing-Along; conducted by Greg Morrill; Karen Miller on the Steinway grand piano. Religious and secular music selections. Sheet music provided. All ages welcome. 253-7257.

Dec. 15: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Labyrinth Walk (inside). Free, all welcome. 253-7257.

137 Main St. 253-1942.

Spruce Peak Village Center

Dec. 26: Ice Carving Creations.

Dec. 26 to 30: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free family photos, Jesse Schloff. One print per family per day.

Dec. 28 and 31: Free curling demonstration, Skating Rink.

Dec. 31: 4 to 9 p.m. Live music. 5 p.m. Parade. 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade. 802-760-4634,


Moonlight Madness Craft Fair

Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 21st annual. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa Visit. Items handmade or baked by vendor. Soup and sandwich local school fundraiser. Raffle table, $100 cash prize (one vendor, two customers; no purchase required); drawings at noon and 2 p.m. 1 to 3 p.m. Children's craft area. Booth space $15; sellers can register at 802-525-0084,


Highland Center for the Arts: Trivia Tuesdays

6:30 (sharp) to 7:30 p.m. Teams of up to six. Free. 2875 Hardwick St. Reservations: 533-9399.


Annual Craft Show

Dec. 7: No Community Breakfast; will resume Jan. 4, 2020. Second Congregational Church, Main and Prospect streets. 888-3636,

Annual Christmas Bazaar

Dec. 7: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft tables with local crafters, soup and sandwich luncheon, silent auction, raffle. Sterling View Community Center, Route 15. 888-4420.

Hyde Park Christmas Craft Fair

Dec. 7: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 42nd annual. Hyde Park Elementary School Gym, 50 Main St. Sponsored by the Second Congregational Church. 888-3636 (leave message).

Trinity Assembly of God: Annual Christmas Craft Fair

Dec. 7: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craft tables, Cookie Walk and Bake Sale, Chinese Auction. Lunch (hot dog, choice of two soups, chips, drink) $3.50. 802-888-3201. 627 VT-15.


Craft Show and Flea Market

Dec. 14: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 18th annual. Homemade cookie sale, raffle, soup and sandwich lunch. Table rentals, $25: Sue Perry, 644-2721. Event benefits the Steeple Repair Fund. Second Congregational UCC, 16 Church St.

Let’s Do Lunch! 

Fourth Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Second Congregational UCC, 16 Church St. Nanci Lepsic, 343-2372.


Hotlines/Health Services Numbers

• Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

• Crisis Text Line: VT to 741741

• Lamoille County Mental Health Services Crisis Team: 802-888-5026 (day); 802-888-8888 (after hours).

RSVP Bone Builders

Free exercise class to fight osteoporosis, improve balance.

Hyde Park: Tuesday and Friday, 10 to 11 a.m. Sterling View at Community Hall. Dan: 888-2190.

Johnson: Monday and Thursday, 10 to 11 a.m. Municipal Building. Linda, 635-7362.

Morrisville: Tuesday and Friday, 1 to 2 p.m. 24 Upper Main St. Maxine, 730-7485.


River Arts Photo Co-op

Third Thursday: 6 to 8 p.m. Photography enthusiasts gather, share feedback and knowledge.

74 Pleasant St. 802-888-1261,

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

Dec. 5: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prepare for GED exams (age 16+, not in high school). 52 Portland St. 888-5531,

Lamoille Family Center: Annual Holiday Project

Dec. 6: Recipient registration deadline; call Wendy at 802-888-5229.

Dec. 14: Designated Toys for Tots site for Lamoille County for pre-registered Lamoille County families.

Drop off new, unwrapped games, toys, puzzles, books, and gifts. Donate coins at NAPA Auto Parts and Turning Heads Salon in Morrisville. Send checks: Lamoille Family Center, 480 Cady’s Falls Road.

United Way of Lamoille County: Teen (13 to 18) Gift Card Program

Dec. 6: Deadline (1) to donate $25 gift cards or certificates from local book or clothing stores, Amazon, Walmart, movie theaters, restaurants, at United Way office inside TD Bank or TD Bank drive-through. Deadline (2) for parents of youth 13 to 18 to apply for the program by phone or in person (proof of income required). New participants take priority over families helped in previous years.

Week of Dec. 16: Parents who qualify can pick up cards during normal office hours.

Coral Chapter 16 Order of the Eastern Star: Christmas Cookie Walk

Dec. 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Variety of cookies. $5 per pound. 65 Portland St. (use Brigham Street entrance). Gary Anderson, 888-0034,

The Manor’s Holiday Craft Fair

Dec. 7: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters, vendors, items from Gramma’s Kitchen, all residents; plus items from Pampered Chef, Thirty One, Usborne Books, Quilted Crafts and a White Elephant table of treasures. 1:30 to 2 p.m. Visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. 577 Washington Highway, across from Copley Hospital. Life Enrichment Director, Laurie Shapleigh, 802-888-8735.

20th annual Festival of Lights

Dec. 7: 4:30 p.m. Parade starts at Peoples Academy. Make a float, drive a truck or tractor, walk with a sign, etc. Santa and Mrs. Claus at Oxbow after parade (photo op at Pavilion), hot chocolate, flame throwers, and more. Other events posted soon. Tammy Friedrich, 279-3330.

VFW 9653 Sunday Brunch

Dec. 8: 9 to 10:30 a.m. Bacon and baked beans to scrambled eggs and strata. $10 adults, $5 children under 10. Benefits Auxiliary. VFW Post 9653, Pleasant Street. 888-4919.

Lamoille Chamber of Commerce Mixer

Dec. 10: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Raffle to benefit the new Clarina Howard Nichols Center. Bring donations for the shelter: gift cards for food, gas, etc.; garbage bags, laundry pods, paper towels, toilet paper, towels; postage and copy paper. 120 Northgate Plaza, Suite 3. Register: Tess Milner, 802-888-7607.

Legislative Update

Dec. 16: 9 p.m. Representative Dan Noyes, staff from Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Light refreshments. Green Mountain Support Services, 93 James Road.

United Way of Lamoille County: “Adopt a Senior in Need”

Dec. 13: Gift donation deadline. Local residents and businesses needed to help 40 seniors for the 2019 Holiday Season. To sponsor a senior, call 802-888-3252, ask for Jim.

‘Falls Prevention’ Tai Chi

Mondays: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Improves balance, relieves arthritis pain, gently stretches. Free to seniors. Lamoille County Civic Center, 24 Main St., Morrisville.

Morrisville Alliance for Culture & Commerce: Call to Artists: Mural Project

Professional artist (Vermont resident; preference given to Morristown and Lamoille County residents) to create artistic and welcoming mural on the Portland Street side of the Green Dragon building, representing strong, vibrant and welcoming downtown Morrisville in a creative way.

Dec. 15: Proposal submission deadline: or Heidi Bielenberg, River Arts, P.O. Box 829, Morrisville, VT 05661.

  • 2020 Schedule

Jan. 12: Contract signed; 25 percent payment.

Feb. 12: Delivery of photographs of work in progress; 25 percent payment..

May 15: Mural completion; balance of payment.

Breakfast on Us

Monday to Friday: 7 to 9 a.m. Free. Pizza to go. United Community Church, 84 Upper Main St. 888-2225.

Central Vermont Council on Aging

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday: Helpline assistance only. Suite 1, 109 Professional Drive. Appointments and Helpline: 1-800- 642-5119.

Games at Lamoille Civic Center

Mahjong: Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon.

Card games: Thursday, 1 to 3 p.m.

24 Upper Main St. Nancy Alty, 888-7203; Refreshments. Information: 888-4600.


Downtown Holiday Jubilee

Dec. 6: 4 to 7 p.m. Welcome the holiday season in downtown Johnson. Food, shopping, activities, Santa Claus and much more.


Amurtel International Boutique

Dec. 7 to Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 36th annual; carpets, clothes, jewelry, unusual handicrafts and ornaments. Benefits women and children in Vermont, hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, etc. Masonic Lodge, Route 100.,


Waterbury American Legion Post 59

Dec. 6: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blood Drive. 16 Stowe St. Shirley Dow, Coordinator. 802-244-8442.

Waterbury Area Senior Center

Monday and Friday: 9 to 9:45 a.m. Strength Training Exercise Group for Seniors. Open to anyone over 65, not just residents of Waterbury. Weights and instruction provided. Free. Sue: 244-7909.

Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Very Merry Waterbury – Holiday Artisans’ Boutique & Beef Stew Dinner. Refreshments, silent auction benefits Revitalizing Waterbury.

Dec. 13: 1 p.m. “Postcards from the Area,” Waterbury Historical Society. Come early and enjoy lunch.

14 Stowe St. Jodi: 244-1234,,

Waterbury Winterfest

Dec. 7: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent Auction. Stowe Street corridor (Axel’s Gallery and Frame Shop, Bridgeside Books, Stowe Street Cafe, Stowe Street Emporium, Sunflower Salon and Boutique). Benefits Waterbury recreation. No purchase necessary; no need to be present to win.

Jan. 24 to Feb. 2, 2020: Indoor and outdoor fun.

A River of Light Lantern Parade

Dec. 7: 5 p.m. 10th annual. Starts at Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., then Main to Dac Rowe Park. Bonfires, hot chocolate, fire performance by Cirque de Fuego, music by Burlington’s Sambatucada and Crossett Brook Middle School student drummers and junk band. Free.

Waterbury Public Library

Dec. 16: 6 to 8 p.m. Snacks and cider. Ugly Sweater contest. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter Steve Lotspeich; originals on guitar and banjo. Sing-alongs and song sheets. Cookie swap in the SAL room; bring a dozen, wrapped to swap, and take a dozen home.

Through Dec. 31: “The Summer of 2018,” watercolors by Mimi Clark.

28 N. Main St. Judi Byron, 244-7036.

Waterbury Community Center Feasibility Study

Dec. 17: 6 p.m. Concept presented and discussed. Feb. 4, 2020: 6:30 p.m. Future direction for the project discuss.

May 2020: Completion of feasibility study.

Steele Community Room, Municipal Center, 28 N. Main St. Steve Lotspeich, Waterbury Community Planner, 802-244-1012 or

Bridgeside Books: The Giving Tree & Children’s Literacy Foundation

To Dec. 24: 20 percent discount on children's books purchased for donation to CLiF. New books only (purchased at BB or elsewhere) will be placed under the Giving Tree.

Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 802-244-1441,


Waterbury Center Community Church

Dec. 7: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sale of art and collectibles. Coffee and cookies served. Benefits church projects. Route 100, next to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill. 244-8089.


Winooski Vermont Train Show

Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 adult, $1 age 6 to 12, under 6 free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free appraisals of train items. Winooski Education Center, 80 Normand St.

John Gaworecki, 802-999-7695,

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