Saturday, December 9
Ring in the holiday season with Victorian charm as St. Johnsbury celebrates our 19th Century traditions with contemporary twists. We love the look of our elegant architecture — the swirls and scrolls and fine attention to detail — and we like to reflect this craft and attention to detail in our every day. During the Victorian Holiday Celebration, past and present come together for an all-day community-wide event that mixes music, crafts, sweets, and holiday cheer … with plenty of spirit in the air!
Festivities at the Welcome Center (51 Depot Square)
Santa arrives by horse drawn carriage to greet children of all ages and inspire the spirit of giving this holiday season. Have your photo taken with Santa beside the lit tree in the Welcome Center.
Simple Gifts – Students, teachers, and parents from the Thaddeus Stevens School provide materials to make gifts for the holiday season. Stations are set up with the materials so you can make bird feeders, jewelry, paper decorations, or other simple gifts. Children move from one station to another accompanied by a Thaddeus Stevens School student and finish at the wrapping table.
Cookies and Cocoa (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) Learn about how local families can help local kids through their fostering program, compliments of the Department of Children and Families.
Hanukkah Crafts and Games – Create and learn fascinating and fun holiday traditions with members of our local Beth El Synagogue community.
St. Johsbury Brass Band will perform from 11:30-12:30
Don’t forget to take a stroll down Railroad Street to shop for something special for friends and family on your holiday shopping list. Follow the scent of hot roasted chestnuts to warm you up!
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides – Hop on the charming wagon led by two horses for a spin through downtown St. Johnsbury. These free rides are sponsored by Discover St. Johnsbury.
Good Shepherd Catholic School (121 Maple Street)
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Good Shepherd Christmas Bazaar
You are welcome to come experience our amazing cookie walk, choose your freshly cut tree, bid on one of our incredible gift baskets and other raffles, find the perfect gift from 30 vendors and enjoy lunch and a warm drink at our Food cafe!
Catamount Arts (115 Eastern Ave)
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Family Make and Take Workshop
Come and make traditional Victorian-style golden stars and folded round fans. Your decorations after folding make them unique. Great for trees, hanging in windows, and topping packages any time of year.
St. Johnsbury House (1207 Main Street)
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Cookie Walk
Great selection of seasonal sweets to benefit the Good Living Senior Center.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum (1171 Main Street)
- 11:00 AM: A Reading of the Polar Express in the Gallery, followed by Holiday Crafts in the Youth Room
- 1:00 PM: Music by area schools, Bill Tobin, and the acapela group, Cantate!
- Director Bob Joly will conclude the program with a Christmas Reading.
Refreshments will be served.
Hosted by the Friends of the Athenaeum
St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center (421 Summer Street)
1:00 – 4:00 PM Holiday Open House
Don’t miss the St. Johnsbury Players in costume at the History & Heritage Center, highlighting the current display celebrating the group’s 80th anniversary of entertaining the town. Children will enjoy a special holiday craft, and everyone can compete to identify the strange tools and objects from the past on the What’s It table. The Carriage Barn will be open, with sleds and sleighs of yesteryear, ice cutting tools, and, of course, the Fairbanks Scale display. Refreshments will be served.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium (1302 Main Street)
1:30 – 4:00 PM Victorian Holiday
Crafts for giving and decorating herald the holidays in this Victorian gem, at the heart of St. Johnsbury’s historic Main Street District. Music, stars, and sweet treats invite the joy of the season with the warmth of good friends. This is the Museum’s “Thank you” to our neighbors for your support!