view of harbor from lodge lawn
view of harbor from lodge lawn
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New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Vermont

While Basin Harbor isn’t open for New Year’s Eve—we’re busy celebrating with family and doing the work necessary to kick off our 2020 season with a bang—there are, of course, many reasons to mark the holiday in the great state of Vermont.

Rather than provide a comprehensive overview of NYE happenings around the state, we’ll throw just a few ideas out there. Read on for some inspiration!

Highlight Burlington

New Year’s Eve in Vermont’s biggest city will come marked by the community-wide Highlight Burlington festival, presented by Burlington City Arts and Signal Kitchen. This is an awesome, multifaceted, all-ages occasion encompassing everything from a parade down Church Street to some spectacular fireworks along the Burlington waterfront.

Among the many other attractions on the Highlight Burlington schedule this year are musical performances by, for example, the Hokum Bros. (“Get Happy Hour” on the Echo Center Main Stage at noon), a jamboree of Vermont bluegrass and roots musicians (starting 4 PM at the Soda Plant’s Brio Coffeeworks), and Vermont native Jennifer Hartswick at Skinny Pancake beginning at 9 PM.

Then there’s storytelling via The Moth at Unitarian Universalist, the Nochevieja Festival celebrating Latin-American culture in Vermont at the Contois Auditorium, the “Horizon Lines” party over at Foam Brewers, ice skating at the Leddy Arena, a circus arts workshop at the Edmunds Elementary School gym, and the “Around the World in the O.N.E.,” which marks the dawn of 2020 on the hour at different corners of the globe with live music, dance, food, and drink. Oh, and did we mention the flapper-style soiree of the “2020 Twenties Ball” at the Echo Center, which kicks off at 7:45 PM?

Good times are guaranteed: Highlight Burlington’s a heck of a way to bid 2019 a fond farewell and extend the old welcome mat for 2020 in one of the most dynamic small cities in America.

Outdoor Recreation on a New Year’s Visit to Vermont

The New Year’s holiday is also, of course, a great time to sample some of the winter outdoor recreation for which Vermont is famous. We’ve covered the subject here at the Basin Harbor blog before: Check out, for instance, our roundup of snowshoeing in the Green Mountain State and our profile of some of the fantastic ski hills within our big backyard here at Basin Harbor, including the Stowe Mountain Resort, Mad River Glen, and Sugarbush.

Happy New Year From Basin Harbor

We hope you celebrate safely and happily this New Year’s Eve, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to Basin Harbor in 2020!