5 Festive Annual Stowe Events this Winter

November 7, 2019


Named a “10 Best” ski town by USA Today in 2018, Stowe, Vermont is the ideal winter escape. Along with favorite winter activities, diverse dining options and an award-winning après-skis scene, this winter is sure to be one for the books with our lineup of unforgettable signature events happening throughout town. A snow-covered village and beautiful mountain backdrop set the scene for these 5 magical winter festivals in Stowe you won’t want to miss. 

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30, 2019
Get ready for the holiday season and shop your way through Stowe while supporting small businesses. Small Business Saturday celebrates the more than 50 local boutiques, galleries, sporting goods stores and specialty markets in Stowe. With shops up at the mountain and down through the historic Village and beyond, this is the best day to take care of all your holiday shopping! (Insider tip: Stop by the Stowe Visitor Information Center for a #shopsmall gift).

A Traditional Christmas in Stowe

Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2019
Celebrate all-things Christmas at this  classic Stowe event. From tree lightings and Santa visits to gingerbread house decorating and a Christmas bazaar, there’s simply no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by enjoying this weekend of spirited events with family and friends.

Winter Rendezvous

Wednesday, January 22 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
This five-day whirlwind event features a variety of winter activities and entertainment from downhill and cross country skiing to sleigh rides and dogsledding. The Winter Rendezvous is Stowe’s largest LGBTQ pride celebration in it’s 36th year. The festivities coincide with the Stowe Winter Carnival for a truly colorful experience. 

Stowe Winter Carnival

Thursday, January 23 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
This time-honored winter celebration brings the town and visitors together to watch professional ice carvers create ice sculptures throughout the town that sparkle in the sun by day and glow at night. The 46th Annual Stowe Winter Carnival also features professional ice carving competitions, activities for children and more than 20 other unique activities. This ice festival is sure to create an unforgettable winter escape. 

Stowe Derby

Sunday, February 23, 2020
At the 75th annual Stowe Derby, avid national skiers will compete in a 20 kilometer cross-country ski race through the town of Stowe. This festive race begins by skiing down Stowe Mountain Resort’s Auto Toll Road, along the Stowe Rec Path and into the Stowe Village. The event draws families of ski racers⁠—from children to grandparents—for a true multi-generational celebration on snow. Skiers of all ages are encouraged to wear their best derby hats and join the fun at the after-party. 

There’s nothing like a memorable winter getaway, and these annual events are sure to leave lasting memories. Are you ready to experience winter in Stowe? Whether staying in town or closer to the mountain, be sure to book your stay early to ensure your winter fun! Check for seasonal lodging specials and packages available like Extend Your Weekend.

Images courtesy of: Mark Vandenberg, Larry Asam, Winter Rendezvous, Stowe Winter Carnival and Stowe Derby.