As temperatures drop late in the year, Thanksgiving launches Stowe into the wonder of the holidays. From looking forward to imminent snowfall, to taking part in festive family events, this time of year is marked by magic and anticipation. Here’s a look at some of our most joyful (and cozy!) traditions for bringing people together in ways that are festive, and distinctly Stowe.

Join in a Local Tradition

Immerse yourself in the enchanting holiday spirit as Stowe transforms into a winter wonderland. A Traditional Christmas In Stowe is Dec 1-3, and was named a Top Ten Winter Event in 2018 and 2019 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce! From dazzling lights to holiday music, this annual festival captures the essence of Stowe’s magic, amplified by the warmth of Christmas. Join the community in timeless celebrations; from tree lighting, to a holiday bazaar, to live holiday carols and more, you can create cherished memories to ring in the season.

Think Outside the Ski

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Stowe is well known as a ski town, but there are numerous ways to get outside and instill the whole family with an appreciation for the landscape. Snowfall typically begins sometime in November, so now is the time to dream up outings for the months to come! Snowshoeing, snowtubing, and even ice skating are all ways to see Stowe and have an active, festive experience. Ok, so these aren’t exactly cozy activities, but the sense of adventure and time spent together is sure to provide a warm and fuzzy feeling, even while you endure the chill.

Craft Memories With Loved Ones

The spirited season is also the crafty season! Local artisans and craftsmen showcase their talents during the holiday season, with a plethora of local shops and events offering unique handmade gifts. Shop downtown to support local business, and take some time to come together and make your own one-of-a-kind treasures. Family Day At the Current is a part of A Traditional Christmas in Stowe, and is a great way to get creative and festive with kids! 

Make it a Movie Night

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With the days continuing to shorten, there’s more need for indoor fun this time of year. Located in the heart of Stowe, Stowe Cinemas is a perfect cozy outing for a chilly day. This classic theater brings the latest movies to town with all the traditional refreshments plus beer, wine, and liquor. And with three screens at any given time, there is bound to be something for everyone!

Ten Pins-a-Pinning 

One way to maximize the momentum of the season is to host an unforgettable holiday party. Whether it's an intimate gathering or a lively affair, Stowe Bowl provides the perfect venue, and there’s still time to book! Enjoy the thrill of bowling with party packages that include food and shoes for all, all within a festive, swanky atmosphere that ensures your holiday celebration is a striking success!


Between our small town traditions and world class food, art, and nature, there is nowhere quite like Stowe for feeling the glow of the holidays. We can’t wait to embrace the magic of the season, and we hope you will come along to forge your own cherished memories within the abundance of Stowe. 




Written by John Rushworth

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