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Wassail Weekend luminaries

From The Blog Weekend Fun: Come wassailing with us, from a holiday house tour to Christmas at the Farm, luminaries, Santa sightings & more

Holiday magic awaits at every turn...

Christmas at the Billings Farm
Christmas at the Billings Farm


December 13-15: Immerse yourself in a winter wonderland from the history pages during Christmas at the Farm! Tour the authentically decorated farmhouse, meet all the friendly animals in their cozy barns, dip candles, create your own ornament, and even partake in a jaunty sleigh ride (December 15th only – conditions permitting)! It’s all happening at Billings Farm & Museum.

December 13-15: No bah humbugs here! Experience the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, presented by the WUHSMS Yoh Theatre Players with your choice of performances at 7 PM on the 13th and 14th, plus 3 PM on the 15th!

December 14-15: When you're not stepping inside the charming shops in Woodstock village, shop till you drop at the Woodstock Wassail Holiday Fair! You’ll find holiday treats and wares perfect for gift-giving (to others or yourself!), happening from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Sunday at the Masonic Lodge.

December 14-15: Warm up in the kitchen with a round of the hands-on cooking class, Name that Fish Stew, presented by Odyssey Events in Bridgewater.

December 14-15: Christmas has come early because the season begins at Suicide Six Ski Area now!

Aerial View of Saskadena Six Ski Area
Skye Reno
The Whiffenpoofs
The Whiffenpoofs


9:30 AM – 2 PM: Get cozy at the Woodstock History Center Open House with decorations, seasonal treats, hot cider, and live harp music that’ll warm your heart. Free for one and all!

4 PM: Then, the free fun continues! Gather round for storytelling by Peter Mendes at the historic Norman Williams Public Library.

7:30 – 9 PM: Finally, you can’t miss this performance from Yale University’s internationally acclaimed a cappella singers: tonight only, the Wiffenpoofs brings their melodic tunes to Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Click here for pricing and details.

Holiday House Tour

10 AM – 12 PM: Within view of the village green, the Historic St. James Church beckons with tours, music, and more.

10 AM – 4 PM: It's a Wassail Open Studio at Farmhouse Pottery, featuring a wassail tasting from 2 to 4 PM.

Then, beginning at 11 AM, prepare your taste-buds for a treat:

12 & 1 PM: Let Ham Gillett regale you with the tale of a Child’s Christmas in Wales at the Norman Williams Public Library (free).

12:45 – 1:45 PM: Next up, you can harmonize with friends and neighbors during the Community Holiday Sing at the First Congregational Church.

2 PM: What’s that sound? Why, it’s the clip-clop of hooves and the jingle of holiday bells of the 35th Annual Wassail Parade! Find your place along the village center for a front-row seat at the show of top hats and petticoats, musical marching, mighty Percherons and petite ponies, and Santa, of course!

Wassail Parade Weeekend in Woodstock
Billings Farm & Museum

2 – 5 PM: Step inside out of the cold and explore the wonders of the Collective gallery during their cheese and cookie reception, right in the village center!

Then, at 3 PM, choose your own holiday adventure from four concurrent options:

4 PM: As the sun sets on the village, watch as the village green comes to life as over 400 luminaries are lit on its path.

5 – 9 PM: SOLD OUT: You’ll uncover a feast fit for a king when you join the Woodstock Inn & Resort for their Wassail Celebration Feast at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.


Dreaming of dashing through the snow? Then get ready for a spectacular Sleighing Sunday with the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock!


11:35 AM – 12:50 PM: The whole family can have an ice day out on the rink at Union Arena – and you might even run in to Santa in skates! $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 5 to 14, kids 4 and under are free.

1:30 - 4 PM: See robots made by local students in action during the Robotics Showcase at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

2 – 4:30 PM: You’ve got another chance to rub elbows with Old Saint Nick! Before a showing of the movie, The Grinch, partake in tasty cookies with Santa at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

3 – 5 PM: Take two! For a different take on a pre-Grinch screening, head to Pomfret for a craft workshop and showing of the film, The Grinch, at Artistree.

4 – 6 PM: Hark, hear the songs of a world-class ensemble as they perform Christmas portions of Handel’s Messiah, then lend your voice to the chorus during a Community Messiah Sing at Our Lady of the Snows Roman Catholic Church.

Messiah 2016
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7:30 – 9:30 PM: Get one last dose of Wassail Weekend cheer with a goodbye showing of the classic 1954 film, White Christmas, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre for only $5 per person.