Despite being one of the smallest and least-populated states in the U.S., Vermont sure knows how to throw a party come New Year’s Eve. The Green Mountain State is a wonderful place to celebrate with First Night events, ski resort parties, and torchlight parades. Here are the best New Year’s Eve events for families to enjoy in Vermont!
First Night Burlington is Vermont’s premier alcohol-free New Year’s Eve and one-day arts celebration. By far the largest in the Green Mountain State, the event attracts upwards of 20,000 people to downtown Burlington each year. With diverse programming that includes musical performances, dance, theater, circus arts, puppetry, visual arts, storytelling, comedy, and more.
Circus Smirkus returns with another big top performance! The Vermont-based, internationally acclaimed youth organization is dedicated to promoting the circus arts and the traditions of the traveling circus. These young performers awe and inspire audiences of all ages with wire walking, aerial arts, clowning, juggling, and acrobatics. Reconnect with Circus Smirkus or witness the troupe's extraordinary artistry for the first time and you'll understand why Family Fun Magazine calls this circus "one of America's best." Buy your ticket and buttons before these shows sell out! First Night Schedule for Circus Smirkus: Flynn Center MainStage from 1-2 p.m. Flynn Center MainStage from 3-4 p.m.
This annual New Year's Eve celebration of the arts features thousands of people coming together in the cold to celebrate 2018 in an alcohol-free way. Bright, illuminated "First Night North" are hung at each of the sites that host the 18 performance venues. Plus, the First Night North ball of lights will inspire awe as it hangs in suspension 100 feet in the air.
Join Vermont’s capital city as they bring New Year’s Eve downtown. The festivities start with great deals around town, a 5k run, a chili cook-off, and a magic show at 4:30 p.m. Next, have a fantastic prix fixe meal at any of the many participating restaurants, and finish off the night with Dave Keller's New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Montpelier City Hall.
Bristol Best Night is a New Year’s Eve celebration that promotes family and community. Sponsored by the Watershed Center, the price of admission includes a button that gets you access to three venues—Holley Hall, Bristol Baptist Church, and the Walkover Gallery & Concert Hall—and a slew of activities on the town green. Find musicians, magicians, drum sessions, freestyle jam sessions, and more.
New Year’s Eve at Stratton starts off with a snowshoe hike to the mid-mountain lodge for a spectacular view of the fireworks from above. And the walk ends with a campfire, hot cocoa, and marshmallows for roasting. Then, there is a torchlight parade which culminates in a “21-jump salute,” and more fireworks at the Main Base area.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with resort packages that start with an hors d'oeuvres followed by a Gala Dinner Buffet. Keep on rocking throughout the evening with non-stop music, and party favors. Then at midnight toast the New Year with champagne and midnight snack. Plus packages also include overnight accommodations and a brunch buffet feast on New Year’s Day.
Ring in the New Year at Hotel Vermont. This new, modern hotel has ties to rich and vital history in Vermont’s Queen City, so it is the perfect spot to break in 2018 with your family. The New Year’s package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast for two each morning, and tickets to the semi-formal celebration in Juniper Bar and Lounge. You’ll get music & dancing, hors-d'oeuvres, dessert & coffee, and a champagne toast at midnight.
Come to Okemo for a night of activities! Plus, don’t miss magic shows, wagon rides, party hat decorating, bingo games and trivia. Get grooving at a DJ dance, and pizza party at 6:30 p.m. Balloons, noisemakers, photo booth, and Dux the balloon man are all included in the New Year’s Eve celebration.
Join Sugarbush for their all-day New Year’s festivities. Start off with the Annual Dog Parade at the Lincoln Peak Courtyard from 2-4 p.m., and then enjoy an exquisite Italian Dinner at Gate House Lodge before joining in on a festive torchlight parade that culminates with 7 p.m. fireworks viewed from atop Lincoln Peak.