New Year’s Eve celebrations in the region

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – The New Years Eve celebrations are held in Burlington.

The Highlight Burlington Festival went online last year to help Vermonters celebrate virtually during the pandemic, and it’s back. This year it’s a mix of virtual and personal events.

There are all kinds of activities including music, fireworks on the waterfront at 8:00 p.m., and more.

Several other communities across the state are also ushering in the new year. Here are a few ideas in case you still need some inspiration.


The Montpelier New Year’s Eve fireworks are tonight. It’s been five years since you were in the capital. These start at 6 p.m. and will be visible throughout Montpelier.


Middlebury has New Year’s Eve fireworks and free shows tonight. The fireworks start at 6.30 p.m. and the free skating follows from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. in the sports center memorial.


Several ski areas are fun. Sugarbush ushers in the new year with a torchlight procession. It’s 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Peak Courtyard, followed by fireworks.


Also hosted a torch parade and fireworks – Stowe Mountain Resort. It’s part of their New Year’s Eve party, which lasts until 7.30 p.m.


Mount Snow’s ski and driving school instructors will descend the Canyon Trail to the Torch River at 5:45 pm tonight. It is best seen between the clock tower and the Cape House.


Bolton also hosts a torch parade. This is a little later at 9 p.m. from the Buche Seal Trail under the low mountain range lift. And a few minutes later at 9:05 p.m. a fireworks display is set off.


Would you like to see the bright lights with no pops and flashes? Essex Junction’s Winter Lights in the Park event goes on last night. You can see these in Maple Street Park from 5pm to 10pm tonight.


The “Spark the Park” light show in South Burlington will also be on tonight. This starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m.


If you want to stay, St. Johnsbury is hosting its virtual First Night North online. Their website has an event schedule with music, storytelling, a raffle, and some stand-up comedy.

Many spots recommend checking their websites ahead of time to make sure nothing has changed due to the pandemic. Whichever you choose, a Happy and Safe New Year!

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