Holiday Events


Enjoy downtown Montpelier this holiday season! Avoid the traffic and hassles of the mall and head toward the festive glow of our historic downtown. Enjoy fun events and shop at our dozens of locally-owned retailers, with gift options you can't find anywhere else. With free two-hour parking for the holidays (runs 12/9 through Christmas, at designated meters only), we make it easy for you to Shop Local this holiday season!

Season of Giving in Downtown Montpelier
Monday, December 9 thru Christmas Day

In this Season of Giving, Montpelier Alive, the City of Montpelier, and Montpelier's downtown merchants are teaming up with YOU to give back to our community! 

Free two-hour holiday parking (at marked meters only!) starts on Monday, December 9 and runs through Christmas. But this year, if you choose to feed the meter, you can help feed a neighbor in need. All meter receipts will go to an organization doing important work in the community via the Montpelier Community Fund. 

Additionally, downtown merchants will be collecting donations via jars at the counter for the Community Fund. 

Click here to learn more.

Lost Nation Theater's Stories for the Season
Wednesday, December 18, 7:30pm | City Hall Performing Arts Center, 39 Main Street | Free

Join favorite LNT artists and fans for cozy dramatic readings of stories from around the world that celebrate the return of the light from a host of traditions. Presentations include Solstice stories, some Dr Seuss, Jewish tales, merry music, Native American lore, and a little Charles Dickens. Stories suitable for all ages and fun for the whole family.

Shine a Light
Sunday, December 22-Sunday, December 29 | Location Varies

This year on each of the eight nights of Chanukah, members of the Beth Jacob Synagogue community who have volunteered to be “lighting leaders” will light a menorah in one downtown Montpelier business to “shine a light” on one social justice issue. We invite the Montpelier community to join us for these lightings and stand in solidarity with the marginalized people in our country.

State House Menorah Lighting
Monday, December 23, 4:30-6:30pm | State House Steps

Everyone is invited to join together to celebrate the festival of lights on the State House steps. The Vermont Jewish community and Rabbi Tobie Weisman will light the Chanukah Menorah.  Latkes and jelly donuts will be served afterward inside the State House. The Menorah will be lit each night of Chanukah, and can be viewed through New Year's.

Annual Movie and Asian Food Event
Wednesday, December 25, 2-5pm | Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave.

Join us for the well loved tradition of showing a movie and eating Asian food together on Dec. 25th at Beth Jacob! This year's movie is 'Full Court Miracle', a Disney film inspired by the true story of basketball star Lamont Carr. After we will light the Chanukah candles and enjoy food from Pho Capital. Please pre-register so that we can have enough food for everyone. 

Beth Jacob's Brass Balagan Chanukah Bash!
Sunday, December 29, 1-3pm | Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave.

Celebrate Chanukah with free fun for all ages!  Live music performed by the Brass Balagan band, latkes, crafts and more!  

New Year's Eve in Downtown Montpelier
Tuesday, December 31 | Various Locations

New Year's Eve is always an exciting celebration in Downtown Montpelier. Come downtown for great restaurant specials, live music events, and more! 

Amahl and the Night Visitors
Saturday, January 4, 2020, 7-9:30pm | City Hall Arts Center

Start a new family holiday tradition with Amahl and the Night Visitors! A one-act opera featuring puppeteers from All Together Now, dancers from Moving Light Dance, vocalists and the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra.