November in Vermont. Locals call it “Stick Season” — the time when we transition from fall into winter. Halloween and Harvest Festivals are over, but the holidays haven’t quite yet arrived. It feels like a time when you want to cozy up with the family by the fireplace and fill your bellies with comfort food. But alas there is still plenty to be enjoyed in the Green Mountain State both inside and out!
Pull on an extra layer, a warm hat and some mittens and take a late season hike. Try Mount Philo State Park in Charlotte. Having a paved road makes it a great hike with kids because you don’t have to worry about a muddy trail or slippery leaves. Of course there are trails if you do want to go off-road. Or brave the evening chill with a moonlit wagon ride at Shelburne Farms.
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science center will be celebrating the Harvest and Native American Heritage Month during Thanksgiving Week. This nine-day Harvest Festival has storytelling events, Indigenous film shorts, and presentations that focus on the heritage crops of “three sisters” food: corn, beans and squash. Their restaurant, Sugarsnap, will feature a special dish on their menu all week long.
It may not be Rockefeller Center, but in Burlington the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Church Street symbolizes the kick-off of the Vermont Holiday Season. The day after Thanksgiving, Santa parades down Church Street at noon. Children can take free mini horse and buggy rides in holiday-decorated carriages all afternoon. Then in the evening families can enjoy a performance of The Night before Christmas, caroling and at 6:02pm sharp Church Street will be illuminated with more than 250,000 lights!