Our festival starts on a Friday night, January 24, and finishes more than a week later on a Sunday, February 2. We have a lot of events over a lot of days. There’s snowshoeing, skating, and skiing, as you might expect. We also offer warm venues. Try a blind beer test at one of Waterbury’s local pubs. A game show at the American Legion. Activities at the library. Or let the kids heat up outside at the Youth Snow Soccer game. Get the details on each event (including what Wassailing, and Drone Racing actually entail) by visiting our Schedule/Registration page and clicking on the more info button. On that page, you’ll also be able to sign up for our premiere events that require tickets and/or registration, and RSVP for other events that are free or by donation.

Friday, January 24

Family Skate, Ice Games and Opening Ceremonies
  • 5pm  •  Anderson Outdoor Skating Rink

Join Elsa and Anna from the cast of Frozen 2 at the opening night of Waterbury Winterfest 2020! Hosted by the Waterbury Recreation Department, family and friends of all ages are sure to enjoy an evening outdoors with skating, music, and games on the ice!

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Saturday, January 25

Waterbury Public Library Snowshoe Loaner Program
  • 9am-1:45pm  •  Waterbury Public Library

Check out the new snowshoe lending program at the Waterbury Public Library! Snowshoe to your favorite Winterfest event or make your way along one of the many local snow-covered trails. Use your library card to loan a pair of snowshoes for your next adventure. 10 pairs available in sizes ranging from children’s to adult large.

  • 10am-2pm  •  Anderson Outdoor Skating Rink

Winterfest is excited to host the annual Family Broomball Tournament! Gather your team for this family-friendly game for people of all ages and abilities. Played on the ice, broomball is a lot like hockey, but no skates required! Wear your own winter boots or shoes, and helmets are recommended but not required. We’ll provide the goals, sticks and balls. Teams need to be a mix of adults and children with a minimum of 6 players and a maximum of 11. On-ice games include 5 team players plus a goalie and your team must have 1 male, 1 female, and one child in the game at all times. Registration fees are $10/adult, $5/child, or $80 per team. All players must have a signed waiver to participate. We’ll have a team captain’s meeting at 9am and games begin at 10am. Pre-registration is not required but preferred.

A snowy story time
  • 10:30am  •  The Tiny Acorn

Bring your little ones to a snow themed story time at The Tiny Acorn where all participants can enjoy prizes, activities, snowflake candy, and snowball cookies. Story time at 10:30 and appropriate for all ages.

Jungle beat with musical munchkins
  • 11:30am-12:30pm  •  Green Mountain Performing Arts

Join Miss Andrea of Musical Munchkins for a musical program of singing, movement, stories, puppets, and instrumental play revolving around a jungle beat theme. Activities for families and children 0-5 years old however, all ages welcome.

Ice jug curling
  • 12-2pm  •  Anderson Outdoor Skating Rink

Bowling meets marbles…on ICE! This non-competitive, all ages, home-grown curling event involves boot sliding, precision aiming a frozen milk jug, and lots of fun!

Drone races
  • Registration: 12pm, Races: 1-3pm  •  Thatcher Brook Primary School Gymnasium
Come experience the excitement of Drone Racing on an indoor course! Competitors from the Northern New England Drone User Group (NNEDUG) and Multirotor Vermont will be racing their micro and nano drones through an obstacle course throughout the gym to win prizes donated by Waterbury area merchants. New competitors are welcome and spectators and amateur drone users can learn tricks from the masters. 
Hockey Triple header
  • Girls Varsity at 3pm, Boys Varisty at 5pm, Enforcers vs HYHA coaches at 7:15pm • Ice Rink

Experience the excitement of a hockey triple-header at the 3rd annual Harwood Youth Hockey Association fundraiser at the Waterbury Ice Center! The competition kicks off at 3pm with a match between the Harwood girls varsity vs. U-32. At 5pm the Harwood boys varsity team takes the ice to compete against. Burr and Burton Academy. The third and final match is a fan favorite beginning at 7:15pm with the Enforcers taking on the HYHA coaches.

Game show

7-9pm  •  American Legion

Is trivia your jam? Assemble a think tank team of 5 – 6 friends and colleagues to compete for prizes in our trivia game show. We’ll challenge your general knowledge with questions, riddles, puzzles and more! You will also be able to bid on Silent Auction items generously donated by Waterbury and Stowe businesses. Registration limited to 11 teams. $120 per team includes snacks, cashbar and lots of prizes. Pre-registration required for this very popular event.

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Sunday, January 26

5K fun run-As the village turns

  • Registration: 10:30am, Race start: 11am  •  Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Cafe and Visitor Center

A flat 5K for all ages starting and finishing at Thatcher Brook Primary School. After several scenic turns in the village streets finish with a pleasant jaunt through the recently updated state office complex. Great prizes in a number of categories and delicious snacks at the end. A great event for spectators to cheer runners on at the finish line. Suggested donation $5. To participate in this event a signed release waiver is required.

Connector trail – 8th descent
  • 11-3pm  •  Blush Hill Country Club

Strap on your snowshoes or backcountry skis for the eighth descent of the Village to Little River Connector Trail. This delightful tour departs from the Blush Hill Country Club parking lot and winds through pristine woods to a lovely rolling finish with scenic views of the Little River. Cross the snow-machine bridge to a warm shuttle bus waiting to bring you back to the start. Bring water, snacks and extra layers. Suggested donation of $10 to support VAST Green Mountain Roamers.

Waterbury winterfest film screening

Details to come

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Monday, January 27

Winterfest poker night

  • Details to come

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Tuesday, January 28

vermont beer quiz

  • 7:30-9pm  •  Blackback Pub  •  $15 for a flight of 6 Vermont beers

Bring your taste buds and hop downtown to Waterbury’s friendly beer pub to enjoy this exciting event. The evening promises a bevy of bountiful brews, bound to create a lingering taste sensation to last throughout the Winterfest season. Blackback Pub will have six Vermont beers to blind taste. Participants write down the correct beer and the winner receives a $5o gift certificate to Blackback Pub. In the event of a tie you will be placed into a drawing to choose the winner.

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Wednesday, January 29

  • 6-8pm  • Six downtown businesses to be announced

What is Winterfest Wassailing? This signature event is great fun for spectators and participants alike! A handful of pre-registered teams visit 6 participating downtown venues from 6-8 PM, sing a couple of songs at each stop, and inject music, laughter, and camaraderie into the dark days of winter. A great evening to share with family and friends at your favorite downtown Waterbury establishment! Finale at 8pm location TBD.

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Thursday, January 30

starlight XC ski, Snowshoe and vintage vinyl

  • Ski: 6:30-8pm, Vintage vinyl: 7-10pm  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Cafe & Visitor Center

Back by popular demand! Come cross country ski or snowshoe under a January starlit sky. Join us at Pilgrim Park and later at the Green Mountain Cafe and Visitors Center to listen to vintage vinyl spun by DJ Weebs from 7-9pm. Bring your own equipment and a headlamp for the XC ski and snowshoe, and a change of clothes for the vinyl party. Don’t ski or snowshoe? No worries, join us in the Cafe and Visitors Center for the afterparty, which will include a beer pour hosted by Vermont Beer Shepherd. Bring your vintage vinyl and join the fun!

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Friday, January 31

beer tasting

  • 5-7pm   •  Craft Beer Cellar

Come discover the heartbeat of Vermont’s craft beer phenomenon for a free beer tasting from Vermont Beer Shepherd at the Craft Beer Cellar just off Main Street across from the Prohibition Pig Brewery. Beer brewing experts will feature a variety of styles and allow you, your buddies and your newest best friends to find the hidden secrets between the malted and hoppy flavors. All featured beer plus hundreds of other hard-to-find craft brews will be available for sale as your explore this refurbished store dating back to 1880’s Vermont. Get the final weekend of Waterbury Winterfest started in style.

Frozen Dance Party & Hot Cocoa Bar

  • 5:30-7pm   •  Green Mountain Performing Arts

Details to come.

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Saturday, February 1

Art Walk and studio tours
  • 11am-3pm • Multiple locations TBD

Details to come.

Snow soccer olympics
  • 11am-1pm  •  Soccer fields at the Ice Center

Snow Soccer Olympics, including five (5) family-friendly events for all ages. Test your skills at the Soccer Slalom, Soccer Javelin, Snowman Shoot-out or Soccer Biathlon. Medals and raffle tickets for all Olympians! Raffle winners picked every 30 minutes. Warm-up with hot chocolate and roast marshmallows by the bonfire. Get your photo taken with Regal, the Snow Eagle! Join a pick-up game of  Super Size Soccer. Cheer on your Olympians or watch Capital Soccer play in a game of coed snow soccer.

Capital Soccer Club Winter Soccer – U14 Friendly Matches
  • 12-2pm  •  Soccer fields at the Ice Center

Capital Soccer Club will host some friendly U14 boys and girls soccer matches.

Fat tire bike demo and group ride
  • Demo: 11am-2pm, Group Rides: 1-4pm, Alchemist pour 4-6pm

Have you ever wanted to try out a fat tire bike in the winter? Are you already an avid fat tire biker? Waterbury Area Trails Alliance (WATA) and Bike Express will be on hand with demo bikes and equipment. There will be a demo loop, guided rides, and more!

Big toy night (up to age 6)
  • 4-6pm  •  Thatcher Brook Primary School Gymnasium

Are your littles a little stir crazy? The Thatcher Brook Gymnasium will be open for them to cruise around on their favorite bikes, trikes, scooters, and push toys at this FREE, high-energy, family event geared towards young children (up to age 6). Our indoor track is for toddler-friendly traffic speeds. An infant area will be set up for those little ones who can’t yet ride. Helmets recommended. Free pizza dinner. Bring a side or dessert for the family-style potluck.

Waterbury Winterfest Snow Ball Dance and Silent Auction
  • 7-11pm •  Country Club of Vermont, Waterbury Center

This wildly popular fundraiser features the music of Still Kickin’ and renowned sax man, Joe Moore! Enjoy a great night and support a great cause. Ticket sales for this fundraiser help support Waterbury recreational opportunities. More details to come.

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Sunday, February 2

Snowmobile Rides from Snowmobile Vermont
  • 12pm  •  Fields at the Ice Center

Snowmobile Vermont is offering free snowmobile rides for kids during Waterbury Winterfest. Meet their expert guides outside the Ice Center for a thrill of a lifetime ride.

snow football
  • Registration: 12:30pm, Game: 1pm  •  Fields at the Ice Center

Join family and friends in a fun-filled game of pick-up football in the snow! This friendly game of two-hand touch is for kids and kids-at-heart, ages 8 and up. Hot chocolate provided. Dress for warmth and action to have some football fun before the start of the Superbowl!

History Snowshoe/hike of Camp Smith
  • 12-2pm  •  Little River State Park

Details to come.

Women’s Intro to Hockey
  • 3:30-4:30pm  •  Ice Center

Details to come.

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