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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 sugarbush.com.
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.