Winter carnivals

Brattleboro’s Winter Carnival offers a long tradition of fun for the whole family.

Bennington Winterfest

Various locations in North Bennington

Jan 27

The Village of North Bennington is thrilled to announce its Annual Winterfest and Penguin Plunge. Start your day off with a dip in the frigid waters of Lake Paran at the Penguin Plunge. You can opt out of the swim by cheering on the brave souls raising money for the Special Olympics at the Lake Paran Boat Launch. The Vermont Arts Exchange once again hosts the After Plunge Party at Sage Street Mill, around the corner from Lake Paran. Walk or take a hayride up to the North Bennington Train Station to cheer on local novices at the annual ice sculpture competition as they transform blocks of ice into works of art. Sculpture judging and prizes awarded at 3p. Also at the station, create your own hot chocolate masterpiece benefiting Bennington Dollars for Scholars and enjoy fun and games led by area Girl Scouts—who will be taking orders for their world-famous Girl Scout cookies.

Brattleboro Winter Carnival

Various locations throughout Brattleboro

Feb 17–25

Every year, the town of Brattleboro comes together for Winter Carnival. There will be music, karaoke, ice fishing derby, a queen’s pageant, pancake breakfast, ice skating show, sleigh rides, petting zoo, Country Western jamboree, and more. Always a fun party in downtown Brattleboro.

Chester Winter Carnival

Various locations in Chester

Feb 18

A perfect family winter event in a picturesque Vermont setting: chili tasting, ice carving, street performers, face painting, and a tractor parade. Nestled amid Bromley, Magic, Stratton, and Okemo, Chester is the southern gateway to the Okemo Valley. This event includes dogsled rides, skating outdoors, and broom hockey that warms one’s heart and evokes laughter on the coldest winter days.

Grafton Winter Carnival

Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, Grafton

Feb 3

Visit the Sixth Annual Winter Carnival to enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and ice skating. Our ice bar event was such a success that we’re extending it for 2018. You’ll be able to join us for local libations 2–7p.

Mardi Gras at Mount Snow

Main Base Area, Mount Snow, West Dover

Feb 10

Join us as Mount Snow transforms into Bourbon Street. There will be fun Bud Light-sponsored après-ski parties going on inside Cuzzins from 11a to close with live music in the afternoon, plus family friendly entertainment at Snow Barn! And what would Mardi Gras be without beads? We will have more than 12,000 to give away in lift lines, lodges, parties and other locations all day long. Get out your purple, green, and gold and join Mount Snow and Bud Light for this epic party!

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