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Woodstock village holiday lights

From The Blog Visual tour: A magical light display in Woodstock

Oh, do glow on!

Walk with us, won't you? We're taking a photo tour of Woodstock at night when the streets are quiet and the trees and shops are ablaze with thousands of spectacular lights—to share a little magic with those who can't join us this holiday season.

A special thank you to Chippers Inc. and Timber Tenders for their donation of personnel and trucks to light up our village!

We start our stroll at the eastern gateway to Woodstock Village, the historic Tribou Park!

There, the path and granite Civil War monument are bathed in a soft, golden glow from the lights strung overhead—and as we head west down Central Street, deeper into town, the lights grow brighter in front of First Impressions Salon, Soulfully Good Cafe (thanks to its collection of charming Christmas trees), and beyond.

Tribou Park holiday lights
Tribou park bedecked with beautiful lights
First Impressions Salon holiday decor
See First Impressions Salon all lit up!
Christmas trees at Soulfully Good Cafe
A bounty of Christmas Trees at Soulfully Good Cafe
Holiday lights shops December
Then look further down the street for trees strung with lights

The night is dark as we amble further, but the bright, cheery window of Woodstock Sports lights the way toward Mon Vert Cafe's garland-wrapped columns and the soft glow from the heart of the village just a few steps ahead.

Woodstock Sports holiday lights
Mon Vert Cafe holiday decor
Feel holly jolly while admiring the decor at Mon Vert Cafe
Who is Sylvia and Primrose Garden December lights
Just next door, step back for a grand view of Who is Sylvia? & Primrose Garden
Historic shop in holiday decor
Then, turn around to see Collective: The Art of Craft looking cozy

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

Meredith Willson
Central Street lights holiday
Let the Central Street lights wash over you in the quiet December night

Stars and lights cast their calming luminescence from above as we trek the silent streets over Kedron Brook and into the center of town.

RT Home Window Display holidays shop
The RT Home holiday window display is not to be missed!

There, mom-and-pop shops like Yankee Bookshop, 37 Central Clothiers, and Unicorn have decked their windows with garland, bows, and eye-catching items available within.

When we look a little closer, together we find enchanting holiday scenes like a Christmas tree already visited by Santa, with presents overflowing below at RT Home and a scene of Woodstock's stores and landmarks made miniature and cushioned with cottony snow.

Linger with us a moment, then continue on the twinkling path.

Village shop decorated for the holidays
It won't just be the yellow awnings that catch your eye at The Yankee Bookshop
Yankee Bookshop, VT Eclectic Co, Ellaway's, and Sudie's holiday lights
Twinkle, twinkle little lights
Village shop with holiday lights
Let the luminous show go on!
Unicorn shop holiday lights
Unicorn can be seen shining inside & out!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in ev'ry store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

Meredith Willson
Christmas tree and festive window display
Even in the nooks & crannies, a bit of holiday magic lingers

In corners and alcoves, Christmas trees declare their presence with gleaming shades of red, green, blue, and yellow while wreaths add a dash of tradition charm to nearly every other door!

With each new discovery, we find ourselves humming, "oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!" But we must amble on.

From there, we send a longing glance down Central Street past the sparkling facade of Ferro Jewelers, Danforth Pewter, and one of our village's newest shops, Woody's Mercantile, before crossing the road to Elm Street.

Central Street shops holiday lights

Lights reach far and wide overhead, illuminating the road and our smiles as we're greeted by dangling ornaments and window displays crammed with curated goodies on Elm Street.

Elm Street shops in holiday lights
Curve around the corner of Dr Coburn's Tonic for a sparkling surprise

Here, we pause. Let's warm ourselves before the soft blaze of lights coming from The Woodstock Gallery, Clover Gift Shop, Gillingham's, and The Village Butcher.

Then, there's plenty of time to glance in all directions to admire The Vermont Flannel Co's cozy display, Dr Coburn's Tonic, and The Prince & The Pauper's newly expanded space all decked out for the holidays!

Gillingham's decorated for the holidays
Clover Gift Shop window holidays
The always-charming displays at Clover Gift Shop get an extra dose of cheer
Vermont Flannel Company in November
Across the street come promises of warm & cozy perfection from the Vermont Flannel Co.
Prince & the Pauper Restaurant Wassail decor holiday
The Prince & The Pauper
The Prince & The Pauper Restaurant dressed to the nines

Now it's time to drift back around to Central Street and continue west.

Woodstock decked in holiday lights
A quiet night's the perfect time to stop & admire the view
Focus Vermont Gallery holiday decor
The Focus Vermont gallery demands your full attention

We pass the Focus Vermont Gallery, its doors, walls, and fences festooned with all the trimmings that bring holiday joy to our hearts.

Woodstock village holiday lights

And when we meet the green, we can't help but glance back at the holly jolly scene we just passed through.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well
It's the sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow

Meredith Willson

Now, our journey's nearly complete—and there's no question we have to end with a few of our favorite things (snowflakes that stay on our noses and eyelashes included!): The Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, Middle Covered Bridge sending good cheer to all while the Mt Tom Star twinkles from above, The Woodstock Inn & Resort, and last but never least, The Memory Tree, its towering light-draped branches reaching far above other trees in sight.

Middle Covered Bridge lights November
The Mt Tom Star spreading cheer to Middle Covered Bridge below
Woodstock Inn holiday lights
Let yourself be dazzled at the Woodstock Inn & Resort
Memory Tree lit in Woodstock
The Memory Tree on the green is lit to honor those gone but not forgotten
Holiday decorations at the Woostock Town Hall Theatre
Let your eye drift up, up, up to the beautiful wreath-decked columns at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that'll make 'em ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart

Meredith Willson