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Holiday Events Along the Green Mountain Byway

November 1, 2015
Submitted by Margo Sayah, Waterbury Tourism Council

I love November and December along the Green Mountain Byway. The towns of Stowe and Waterbury have wonderful events for the entire family to enjoy.

Laughing Moon Chocolates candy cane demos have become a holiday tradition. They will be offering free demonstrations on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 25 through December 23. If you wish to make your own candy canes, you can register ahead.

The Stowe Festival of Trees & Lights and the Helen Day Members Art Show opens on December 4 and runs through January 3. The art show is an annual exhibition of members' artwork at Helen Day Art Center. Over 100 artists participate to cover the walls and floors with new works for sale. The galleries also show multiple live trees decorated by local organizations for the Festival of Trees and Lights. Very festive!

Saturday, December 5 at 5:00 PM the Waterbury River of Light parade will begin. This joyful family-friendly event features hand-made paper lanterns, many made by the local primary school students. To make things a little more interesting, marchers will be leaving from two different locations this year, Thatcher Brook Primary School on Stowe Street and the Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Main Street, Waterbury. This year's theme is BUGS! Everyone is invited to march in the parade (with a flashlight or lit lantern) but I love to stand on the sidewalk and watch all the great creations go by. Music will be provided by the amazing Sambatucada, Brass Balagan, and the Crossett Brook Middle School Junk Band. Fiery entertainment will be provided by Ingis Solus, together with bonfires and hot chocolate at Dac Rowe field.

From 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, December 13 go to Stowe and enjoy the Family Day at the Helen Day Art Center. Family members can create holiday decorations, play dreidel games and decorate gingerbread houses with students for the New England Culinary Institute. This free event is great fun for the family.

Bring your family to Rusty Parker Park on Main Street in Waterbury on Sunday, December 13. Santa will be there from 3:00 to 5:00. Stay for the tree lighting in the park gazebo at 5:00.

No matter where you find yourself along the Green Mountain Byway this holiday season, there will be plenty of events to keep you busy!

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