Holiday Guide: The Quintessential Thanksgiving in Vermont
In the rustic and historic state of Vermont, we celebrate Thanksgiving classically. It’s about fresh turkey, homemade pies, reunions with friends, turkey trots, and most of all, being thankful for what you have and the ones you love. Here’s how to have the quintessential Thanksgiving in the Green Mountain State!
The Prohibition Pig makes for a wonderful spot to meet up with high school or college friends in town for the holidays! It’s one of the biggest bar nights of the year, given that everyone is home and everyone has off from work for the holiday the next day. Check out their extensive selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and more.
Round here, there’s only one place to get fresh poultry. Their turkeys are renowned as juicy and delicious, and antibiotic free, and the chicken is used in restaurants and home the state over. By allowing their poultry to roam in an un-crowded environment, they are afforded a natural, stress-free life and healthy diet full of natural proteins and untreated grains.
High-quality products, organic farmers, and talented cooks exist in pretty much in every corner of the state Green Mountain State, so don’t be surprised if you have to drive a bit to find a specialist. And there is no better pie-makers in all of Vermont than Poorhouse Pies. Often called a “magical pie shed” whose motto is “Thank God for pie,” the ladies who run this hole-in-the-wall pie shack make everything from scratch, and it is a difference you can taste.
Founded in 2006, Zack’s features their annual Zack's Place Turkey Trot, a 5K run and walk held on Thanksgiving Day. All of the proceeds of the race are dedicated to the operational costs of the facility. Consistently topping the charts as one of the most towns in America, idyllic fields, picturesque covered bridges, and pastoral rolling hills are just some of the sites you will see along the way.
Dedicate a tree to celebrate your family or the memory of someone special at this swanky Stratton Resort Village event. For a donation, the folks at Stratton will light your special Christmas tree on their common, put on a private donor cocktail reception, and provide a special donor plaque at your tree acknowledging your family’s message and gift. And it is all for a good cause as proceeds go to “benefit families in-need throughout the holidays, and all year long.”
Church Street Marketplace will be presenting its annual Santa Claus Parade on Thanksgiving Day to help kick off the holiday season. Children are invited to join in and follow Santa into Burlington Town Center, where he will be posing for photos and hearing holiday wishes all afternoon.
At the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the ABB presents a production choreographed by Artistic Director Madeline Cantarella Culpo, featuring local dance students alongside its professional dancers. “The Nutcracker” tells the story of a young girl, Clara, and the magical dream she has one Christmas Eve.
While the kids are enjoying Santa’s company, you can shop early and stay late. Church Street Marketplace and the Burlington Town Center opens early on Black Friday featuring many sales and promotions at stores including Macy's and L.L. Bean! Don’t miss the tree lighting or the more than 50 stores will be open at Midnight on Black Friday at the University Mall up the road.
The annual Jingle Bell Express is presented by Keurig Green Mountain. A festive train ride takes place the weekend following Thanksgiving, the loop starts on Main Street Landing in Burlington and continues to Charlotte and back again, featuring singing carols, reading holiday stories, and enjoying holiday treats. All proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Burlington.
Finish off your holiday with a trip up the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to enjoy the wares of over 50 craft vendors. You’ll find such unique items as felted hats, hand-made jewelry, home décor, Vermont photos, paintings by local artist, specialty food items and maple products. Plus, get American Girl Doll clothes, puppets, quilted items, wreaths, ornaments, and more.