The holiday season in Woodstock is straight out of a Currier & Ives or Norman Rockwell painting: snow? Check. Wassail Weekend with a parade that looks virtually unchanged from the 19th century? Check. A wealth of community events bringing together young and old in a celebration of the season? Check! Every Woodstock resident has their own favorites among the bevy of reasons to spend the holidays here. For me, it is about being outside and embracing this time of year: the family takes a few ski runs at Suicide Six - the conversations on the chairlift are equal in their reward to the runs down. On New Year’s Day we take a long snowshoe hike to a cabin on Mt. Peg that has a breathtaking, 180 degree view of the surrounding, snow-covered hills and mountains. We toast the New Year with champagne, cashews and oranges. We always take nighttime strolls through the Village, listening to the carillons which play at 6:00pm from a church steeple, and soak in the Christmas lights and the star ablaze on Mt. Tom. It is incredible.
- Charlie Kimbell, Chair, Town of Woodstock Economic Development Committee
Here are three other perspectives from active community members in Woodstock:
Every December, we clear the pond next to our house and have friends and family over for hockey games that often run until it’s too dark to see the puck. We have turned down almost every opportunity to travel at the holidays, because we wanted to be in Woodstock. This place is like a Christmas fantasy: the blanket of snow, a crackling fireplace, glittering decorations….it has a feeling of stepping back in time. We meet up with other families at parties and at the annual Wassail parade, and feel a true sense of community.
- - John Chester, owner, Wild Apple Graphics, Woodstock resident
The lights in the trees, the way they show up against the snow, are very pretty on my evening walks. My guests always enjoy the Wassail Weekend, especially the parade. The holidays are a very busy time of the year for the Charleston House; everyone has a wonderful visit!
- - Dixi Nohl, owner and manager, Charleston House in Woodstock
Nigel’s favorite winter holiday pastime is a walk in the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park on a snowy Christmas morning, round the Pogue, then back home for mince pies and a glass of La Garagista's Cybele by the wood stove. Jill’s favorite is walking to the UU church on Christmas Eve, saying “you are welcomed by a pathway lit by luminarias, then we sing carols and leave with a lit candle which everyone puts into the snow.”
- - Nigel Hollis and Jill Davies, Woodstock residents