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Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend is one of Vermont’s top winter events. The village of Woodstock is beautifully decorated and welcomes visitors to its many shops and fine restaurants. It is the perfect time to escape before the rush of holiday preparations, and it will put you in the festive spirit!

Here are some of the events scheduled for the weekend at Pentangle. 

  • First is a concert titled “An Irish Christmas in America” which takes place on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm at the Town Hall Theater. 
  • On Saturday, December 14, you can take a holiday house tour and get the chance to visit some of the lovely historic homes in the village decorated for the season. 
  • Also on Saturday a traditional British afternoon tea takes place at St. James Church with two seatings. 

Tickets for all of these events are available at pentanglearts.org. 

The annual Messiah Sing will take place on Sunday, December 15 at 4 PM at Our Lady of the Snows church (free with donations welcome). This is a hugely popular event and seats are limited so be sure to get there early!

Other Wassail Weekend events include the Woodstock Historical Society evening celebration on Friday evening, December 13 where visitors can see the beautifully decorated Dana House. 

Billings Farm is open for tours and sleigh or wagon rides, depending on weather. 

A highlight of the weekend is Saturday’s Parade of Horses and riders dressed in 19th century period dress which takes place around the Village Green. It is truly a magnificent sight. 

There is music and carol singing on the Green after the parade. 

A myriad of additional activities will take place during Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend including a crafts bazaar, concerts, poetry readings and music in the streets. More information about this very special celebration can be found at woodstockvt.com.

 

We admit it. November’s weather in Vermont can be cloudy with a chance of meatballs. It can also be sunny, frosty and invigorating!

There is much to see and do in Woodstock and the surrounding areas even in November.

First, there is the shopping. Lots of it. Woodstock is fortunate to have quaint family-owned stores and markets where you can buy all sorts of unique and unusual items. You’ll discover local artists and their art, clothing, books, gifts and crafts. You also want to taste artisan foods such as local maple syrup, maple candies and cookies, local beer, honey, mustards, barbeque sauces and salsas, etc. It’s great finding items for sale that are made in the U.S.A. — many local to Vermont.  They make fantastic holiday gifts too!

Then there is the dining. Many area restaurants have farm to table menus inspired by the season. At the Simon Pearce restaurant in Quechee there are two special dining events, a Farm to Table Thanksgiving on November 5 and a Wine Dinner featuring Austrian wines on November 15. Details and information can be found at www.simonpearce.com.

Here is a sampling of upcoming cultural events. 

The Pentangle Arts Center presents a live production of The Wizard of Oz at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 13, the Green, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic film. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 on the day of the show; $12 for children. The schedule is November 1 and 2 at 7:30PM and a 2:30 matinee on November 3.

 

For those who love Shakespeare, the National Theatre Live from London will present MacBeth starring Kenneth Branagh at the Town Hall Theatre on November 14 and 21 at 7:30PM; tickets are $20. See the best of British theatre on Woodstock’s biggest movie screen!

In addition, a special concert will take place on November 2 at the Norman Williams Library in Woodstock from 4-5:30 PM. Music at the Mezz presents Wrensong, an acapella group who perform traditional Rennaisance Music. We saw them last year and thought they were fantastic. This event is free, with donations gratefully accepted.On November 22  at 7:30 there will be a salon-style concert at the Blue Horse Inn featuring Choro Da Manha, Brazilian music at its best. This event, sponsored by Pentangle Arts, features an evening of music, wine and conversation in a delightful setting.

Billings Farm and Museum is open on weekends in November from 10-3:30 for Wagon Ride Weekends. They also have a special Thanksgiving weekend celebration on November 29, 30 and December 1 with demonstrations including cider pressing, food preserving, and history. Billings Farm also sponsors a film festival with acclaimed international films showing on November 2, 16 and 30. Information on films and tickets can be found at billingsfarm.org/filmfest.

The Woodstock Inn has a spectacular log fire in the lobby, a lovely gift shop, and a fantastic spa where you can pamper yourself before the holiday rush. They also serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner should you be here for the holiday; advance reservations required.

This is just a small sampling of all that is happening in November in and around Woodstock!