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When one thinks of Killington, typically the first thought that comes to mind is skiing and snowboarding. In addition to enjoying the trails, there are many other activities to get out and enjoy – even in 2020!

Killington and its surrounding communities offer fun, family-friendly and festive things to do throughout the winter and holiday season when you aren’t skiing or riding.  It is no surprise that due to COVID-19, some if not most of these activities will look different this year in order to maintain social distancing and follow state guidelines. While driving up the access road, you will notice a lot of outdoor dining areas set up.  This is the perfect way to enjoy Killington’s new, unique (and safe!) outdoor dining – in some cases with a mountain view!

Here are just a few local activities you can enjoy when taking a break from the slopes:

 

Fun for the whole family

The Vermont Holiday Festival at Killington is happening for the 16th consecutive year during the weekend of December 4th and has been converted into a COVID-safe, drive-through light show! A holiday themed light show projected on Snowshed Base Lodge and Killington Grand Hotel is synched up to your car radio.

Wassail Weekend in Woodstock, VT:  In 2020 fashion, the annual Wassail parade will appear a bit different since it will be viewed virtually on Saturday, December 12th.  You can still get outside and take a stroll through the picturesque village of Woodstock and enjoy the beautifully decorated streets.  Remember to set aside time to peruse through the many shops in town – you won’t be disappointed as there is something for everyone on your list.

Wassail Scavenger Hunt, 12/12 – You are not going to want to miss this!  New to the Wassail weekend schedule this year, you’ll discover festive finds while walking around the village and enjoying the scenery. You may even find Santa Clause!  This link has the whole Wassail weekend schedule and lots of helpful information.

Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, VT: Christmas at the Farm is a reoccurring event throughout the month of December and is a safe way to get outside and learn about Victorian Christmas traditions.  While you are there you can watch live cooking demonstrations, create holiday crafts, and discover the fields by snowshoe (weather permitting).

Ice Skating on Summit Pond – Conveniently located right on the access road.  Enjoy mountain views while skating right outside of the Foundry.

 

For the outdoor enthusiasts

Nordic Center at the Woodstock inn & Resort offers more than 25 miles of groomed cross-country skiing trails that can also be used for fat bikes or snowshoeing. Everything needed to enjoy these activities can conveniently be rented on site. Lessons and tours are offered.

The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden, VT: This stunning Vermont resort really has it all.  Get outside and enjoy snowshoeing, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowmobiling (they are directly accessible via Vermont Area Snowmobile Trails), and ice skating. They even offer a horse-drawn sleigh ride and 3-course dinner for two!

Killington Resort also has a tubing park, snowmobile tours with Snowmobile Vermont and Snowshoe Tours. Visit Killington’s winter activities page for details.

 

It’s always a good idea to check the Vermont Department of Health’s travel and quarantine guidelines, which is updated regularly.  You can also check the Mountain Times or the Rutland Herald for information on local happenings.

Happy Holidays and Be Well!

Article by Liz Pulsifer Sailer

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