Winter Festivals: Come One, Come All!

Winters in Vermont can be long for some folks. Vermonters have a condition known as cabin fever, which seems to strike right around February. All the holidays are over, the days are still short, and some folks just get the blues. To offset cabin fever we have mid-winter celebrations that bring us outside, having fun with neighbors and friends. Here are some winter festivals worth checking out:

Burlington Winter Festival

Plunge right in and enjoy yourself… literally. The Penguin Plunge takes place every year down at the waterfront, when hardy individuals raise money by plunging into the icy waters of Lake Champlain. It’s all great fun. I am not sure who has more fun, the plungers or the spectators.

Vermont State Snow Sculpture CompetitionVermont State Snow Sculpting Competition

Five teams of carvers compete on the Burlington Waterfront to win the opportunity to compete in the US Nationals competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, in 2013. WOW, who knew?

Church Street’s Lighting Show

Accompanied by music, the facades of buildings on City Hall Block will dance with color. Shows every hour starting February 3, 6 p.m., ending 24 hours later.

Outdoor Ice Bar

On February 3 and 4, the new Hotel Vermont Ice Bar has its grand opening at the Courtyard Marriot, 25 Cherry Street. Festivities go from 6 to 9 p.m. Chill outdoors with a frosted brew or a custom cocktail that has been run through the ICE LUGE! Great food, DJ, and good times.

Spirit WeekVermont Cabin Fever

Mount Mansfield Union High School is featuring their Spirit Week, from February 6 through February 10. Monday is hip hop day, Tuesday is neon day (eew no one liked those days), and so on. Come support the MMU team at the Penguin Plunge, this weekend down at the lake front.

So Come One, Come All, join us down at the Burlington Waterfront this weekend to enjoy and celebrate winter festivities. Shake off that cabin fever!



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