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New 1ST Annual Vermont Holiday Festival
Celebrates Seasonal Spirit in Killington

Weekend event Dec. 8-11 includes tree lighting ceremony, festival of trees, Santa’s workshop, and special story readings
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KILLINGTON, Vt. (Sept. 1, 2004) - For those looking for a new way to celebrate the holiday season this year, the 1st annual Vermont Holiday Festival promises to put everyone in the holiday spirit with snow-covered fir trees with white holiday lights, the smell of balsam in the air, and themed events geared toward this special time of year.

The weekend event, created by a group of business owners in Killington, was designed to provide a festive weekend for families and friends alike to celebrate the upcoming holidays together, before the seasonal rush. Business owners throughout the region participate by either sponsoring a tree for the Festival of Lights and/or decorating their local business in a plethora of white lights. The White Lights of Killington is a December tradition with business owners, where shops, restaurants and area business compete to win the prestigious Best White Lights display.
 
. "There’s no question that snow puts you in the holiday mood so we have created a series of events, all with a holiday theme, to celebrate the season. With the Festival of Trees kicking off the weekend with nearly 100 decorated trees on display, it will be like having an early white Christmas, and the event will set the mood for the days leading up to Dec. 25."
 
The Vermont Holiday Festival includes a Lighting of the Tree ceremony with a 40-foot tree at the Killington Grand Resort and Conference Center, an unannounced Santa arrival complete with reindeer, and a holiday cocktail party with live music. The Festival of Trees viewing opens Wed., Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, kids will enjoy Santa’s Workshop, where they can see Santa’s helpers building toys and also help in the workshop and take home a craft as well. The evening ends with a Christmas story reading. In addition to these activities, free cider and hot chocolate for kids and winter warmers for those ages 21 and older plus other goodies will be available throughout the weekend.

With admission, festival goers will receive an "arms length" of raffle tickets, which can be used to bid on their favorite trees at the Festival of Trees. A drawing will be held on Saturday night for each tree, and the winner will take home a completely decorated Christmas tree. Guests may purchase tickets throughout the weekend to boost their chances of winning.

In addition to the activities at The Vermont Holiday Festival, guests may enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Killington, the largest ski and snowboard resort in eastern North America. With the most extensive snowmaking system in North America, Killington typically offers two and three times more open terrain than most resorts in the East in early December.
Lodging packages are available at select properties in the Killington region starting from $ 75 per night. The package includes lodging, weekend family admission to the Festival of Trees for two adults and unlimited number of children, plus a Vermont holiday ornament.
 
Admission at the door costs $5/adult and $3/child ages 4-12 to the Festival of Trees, which includes 10 tree bid tickets per admission. Santa’s Workshop is $5/child, based on availability. Reservations are required for Santa’s Workshop and are reserved first for those with lodging packages.

For more information, a weekend schedule of events or for reservations, guests may visit vermontholidayfestival.com or email info@vermontholidayfestival.com.

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