Reluctant PantherSpecial Events

Holiday Parties at the Reluctant Panther

At Panther Pub, On November through January

Book your holiday party at the Reluctant Panther! Enjoy private use of the Panther Pub, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with your colleagues or friends. Holiday Party Packages start at $500. Email for more information and availability.

ManchesterSpecial Events

A Christmas Carol

At Dorset Playhouse, On December 20

A theatrical reading of the classic Charles Dickens tale. Presented by Shakespeare on Main Street. Tickets: 802-867-5777 or

The Elf Express

At RK Miles, Manchester, On December 21 & 22

A very popular family event featuring Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Santa's first Christmas Elf. Ticket do sell out. Call the Chamber to purchase yours: 802-362-6313

Vermont Wine & Cider Tasting

At The Vermont Country Store, Weston, On December 22

Complimentary wine and cider tasting from 2-4pm at the Flagship Vermont Country Store, Weston. 802-362-5950

Deck the Halls for 1912 Christmas

At Hildene, The Lincoln Family Estate, On December 5 to January 1

Christmas Eve 1912: Festive d├ęcor, carols on Aeolian pipe organ, musicians on many weekend days. Annual "Our Home for the Holidays" open house at The Museum Store, Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. 802.362.1788.

Miracle on 34th Street

At Dorset Playhouse, On December 5, 6, 7 & 12, 13, 14

Adapted by the Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine David. A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really belive. Show times: 7:30pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays Tickets: 802-867-5777 or

Holiday Inn Tours

At Reluctant Panther & area Inns, On December 6 & 13, Noon to 4pm

Tour local Inns dressed in their Holiday Finery! Complimentary cookies and hot cider. Tickets available at the Manchester Chamber and Reluctant Panther.

Snowlight inVermont Tree Lighting Ceremony

At Stratton Mountain Village, On Friday, November 28 at 4pm

Dedicate a tree to celebrate your family or in memory of someone special. Proceeds benefit local families in need. For more info: 802-297-2096.

An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan

At Dorset Playhouse, On January 16 & 17

All time Gilbert & Sullivan favorites, directed by Jeff Linebeck. Show time 7:30pm each night. Tickets: 802-867-5777 or

Holiday Open House Weekend

At 3 Pears Gallery, Dorset, On Nov 28 to Nov 30, 11am-6pm

Welcome the season with a selection of fine holiday gifts, heirloom treasures, stocking stuffers and of course: ART! Complimentary hot cider and fresh baked goods.

4th Annual Craft Fair

At The Dorset School, On Saturday, December 6

Over 40 artisan vendors, unique, locally made gift items including: jewelry, scarves, hats, wraps, handbags; beaded, sewn, felted, woolen & Alpaca knits, leather & beaded accessories; ornaments, wreaths & Christmas trees & much more! 802-362-2606.

Wreath Making Workshop

At Merck Forest & Farmland Center, On Saturday, December 6

The annual wreathmaking workshop is a popular event! The workshop is family-friendly. Merck Forest supplies guests with a wreath-making frame, tools, the boughs to place in the frame, and limited ribbons to adorn the wreaths. One wreath per guest. $20/person/wreath. RSVP at 802-394-7836.

Deck the Halls with Trout & Holly

At American Museum of Fly Fishing, On Saturday, December 6

Stop by to frost a Trout Cookie, make an ornament, create a Christmas card and more! 802-362-3300

Taylor Farm Cheese Tasting

At The Vermont Country Store, Weston, On Saturday, December 6

Come sample an assortment of award winning gouda cheese from Taylor Farm in Londonderry. Taylor Farm is family owned and operated and is Vermont's only gouda producer. 802.362.5950

Christmas Open House & Santa Visit

At Equinox Valley Nursery, On Saturday, November 29

Open house from 8:30 to 5 on Saturday and 9 to 4 on Sunday. Santa visits from 11:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday.

Small Business Saturday

At Manchester & surrounding area, On Saturday, November 29

Support you local small businesses this holiday season. Bypass the big box stores and keep it local for your gifts! Specials at many local businesses on Saturday, November 29.

Explore Beethoven's Creativity

At First Congregational Chruch, Manchester, On Wednesday, December 3

Renowned pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan will discuss Beethoven's creative influences and illustrate these with a performance: "Beethoven's Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph". 802-362-2709.