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Holiday week at Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen offer many events

Sugarbush and Mad River Glen have full holiday calendars for the coming days.

At Sugarbush there are numerous culinary events available including a Beer Dinner with von Trapp Brewery, a family-friendly pig roast, a Timbers Wine Dinner featuring the wines of Italy, a family Italian dinner with street performers and much more.

Win Smith, president of Sugarbush Resort, will be hosting a Q&A and book signing for his new book Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World on Monday, December 30.

For kids there are kids' pizza and movie nights, sunset groomer rides, holiday cookie decorating, a dog sled demonstration and a kids' cooking class among others.

Additional events include photography exhibits, art showings, wine tastings, a Birds of Prey presentation by the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences and a 4orty Bridge Boutique trunk show. There are guided snowshoe hikes, family snowman-building contests, guided nature photography tours and much more.

Dog owners and lovers alike can partake in the fourth annual dog parade at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, with their K9 friend in his or her most festive costume and parade through the Gate House Courtyard. The registration fee goes towards PAWSitive Pantry, a nonprofit helping pets whose owners have fallen on hard times.

The holiday celebration caps off with fireworks and a torchlight parade at 7 p.m. followed by the annual New Year's Eve soiree featuring dinner and dancing at Timbers Restaurant starting at 9 p.m. The fun continues across the courtyard in Castlerock Pub where The Detonators will be playing through midnight as well.

A full calendar of events including times and pricing can be found at

At Mad River Glen there are naturalist programs slated every day during the holiday week with a new program offered on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. when the staff naturalist will pose a weekly challenge question. The following Saturday, the person with the first right answer will receive a voucher for a free naturalist program. All others with the right answer will get a Mad River Glen bumper sticker.

On New Year's Eve, Mad River Glen will host a family potluck, show movies and have a bonfire. The event is geared to families. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m.


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