-- In Vernon: The Annual Vermont Yankee Home for the Holidays Craft Fair and Vernon Elementary School Basket Raffle, Book Fair and Luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Vernon Elementary School, Governor Hunt Road, Vernon.
Fifty regional artisans will offer beautifully-crafted items for sale. Proceeds will benefit Terril Watson/Linda Watson Masters Scholarship Fund and Vernon Elementary Spirit Club. Admission is free.
-- In Brattleboro: Building a Better Brattleboro is hosting its annual Tree Lighting in Pliny Park on Nov. 30, at 5:30 pm. Families can welcome Santa to town and enjoy the downtown light displays, windows, and decorations including special lights for the Brooks House. Seasonal music will be supplied.
-- In Brattleboro: Santa Claus will visit the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street at 1:00 p.m. on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the Brattleboro Police and Fire Departments. Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa’s Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at Brattleboro Union High School. Also, the BUHS Band will be there playing Christmas tunes.
For more information, call 802-254-5808.
-- In Brattleboro: On Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Big Holiday Toy Sale will be held at Academy School. This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to sell toys they are no longer using -- and purchase some nice, used toys that they would like to have. To reserve space for $20, please contact Jill Stahl Tyler at email@example.com or 257-2411.
-- In Brattleboro: The Gingerbread Man will be touring downtown stores and streets to greet kids, parents, and grandparents.
Kids competing in the Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Competition will be able to meet at the Brattleboro Coop to decorate pre-baked cookies from 10:30 p.m. to noon. Register by calling 802-246-2842 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gingerbread Man will be stopping by at the end of the workshop to lead a parade of decorated gingerbread cookie entries to the River Garden for the contest, with judging beginning at 2 p.m. Prizes from King Arthur Flour.
If you like to bake, but don’t want to compete, you can bring homemade cookies for the Cookie Sale Benefit table and help raise money for Youth Services Big Brother Big Sister Program.
-- In Hinsdale, N.H.: The North Hinsdale Community Church will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Millstream Community Center on Main Street in Hinsdale. The bazaar will feature area crafters, a Chinese auction, raffle, bake sale, and lunch items. There will also be a game for the children with prizes. Santa will visit with the children and pictures will be taken. For more information, call Tina McCosker at 802-579-5475.
-- In Halifax: The Halifax PTG will host a Holiday Vendor and Craft Fair in the Halifax School gym at 246 Branch Road in Halifax on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Many local crafters, artisans and consultants will be featuring handmade jewelry, maple syrup, decorated desserts, handmade clocks, candles and accessories, Christmas decorations, doll clothes and accessories, and more. There will be a ticket auction for various prizes from the participating vendors.
A snack booth supporting the 8th grade class trip will be feature breakfast, snacks and lunch items. Proceeds of the craft fair will benefit the Halifax PTG.
-- In Guilford: "Tis the season to be jolly" at the Guilford Community Church’s festive annual Christmas Bazaar, to be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. An array of handmade crafts, fragrant balsam holiday wreaths, white elephant items, stocking stuffers, and homemade jams, baked goods, and specialty cookie platters will be on sale. A special raffle table will feature a variety of items such as gift baskets, an American Girl doll, and more.
Coffee and sweets will be for sale in addition to a delicious lunch of homemade corn chowder, chili, sandwiches, and quiches.
All proceeds from the Bazaar benefit the church, which actively supports over 20 local programs and organizations that serve the wider community. Directions: 1-91 to Vermont Exit 1 (Brattleboro), south on Route 5 to just past the Guilford Country Store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.
-- In Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center, 18 Tuttle Street, will hold its annual Noel Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features knitted and hand-sewn items, homemade food sale, white elephant tables, raffles and the Elf Cafe, which opens at 9 a.m., serving New England coffee, tea and donuts; a light lunch of homemade corn chowder, sandwich rolls and homemade pies is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Raffle includes a hand-made 90-by-82-inch quilt made by the Center’s quilting group and quilted by Julie Patrick; Christmas Cash; a handmade afghan, made by the Center’s Knit & Stitchers and an Apple Basket full of apple goodies of all kinds. Tickets for the quilt, afghan and apple basket are available at $1 each or six for $5. The Christmas Cash raffle tickets are $20 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. All raffles will be drawn the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Center’s office which is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
-- In West Brattleboro: The Annual Holiday Bazaar at the All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church will once again offer their unique artisan wreaths and greens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.
Beautiful holiday handmade swags, wreaths, table arrangements made from locally cut fresh greens and natural wonders to decorate the largest and smallest of spaces will be available for sale. Berries, cones and other natural contributions adorn the wreaths to make an artistic statement celebrating the beauty of the Vermont environment.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., with a menu offering soups, bread and desserts. There will be baked goods including traditional holiday pastries and breads, cakes, cookies, and candies.
Children can make their own natural wonders for gifts at the Elves’ Workshop for Kids, and enjoy a visit from Santa at noon.
The popular and fun auction will be open with many gifts such as dinners, a basket of homemade goodies, maple syrup, a hand-crocheted bedspread and more.
All proceeds benefit the All Souls Church Unitarian-Universalist at West Village Meeting House whose building is also used for the Garland School and as a gathering for special occasions, community events, and conferences. For more information, call 802-254-9377.
-- In Wardsboro: The Friends of the Wardsboro Library will sponsor its 12th Annual Holiday Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street. Admission and parking are free.
This was the very first community event the Friends sponsored and has remained one of the most popular in the community. Kids and families visiting Santa, homemade holiday cookies, ornaments, fresh balsam wreaths and decorations -- all perfect ingredients to usher in the holiday season.
At noon Santa Claus will arrive at Town Hall and visit until 2 p.m. Santa’s visitors will all receive a free souvenir photo and a special gift.
A coffee shop adjacent to the bake shop will be open throughout the bazaar, where visitors can relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea along with treats from the bake shop. Shoppers can purchase homemade baked goods including holiday cookies and candies, individually or by the dozen, jellies, relishes and more holiday treats.
A large selection of handcrafted holiday ornaments, fresh balsam wreaths, and holiday decorations will again be a highlight of the bazaar. New, reasonably priced gifts will round out the merchandise available in Santa’s Gift Shop. A large selection of new and nearly new books exclusively for kids will be featured in the Children’s Book Shop.
All proceeds from the bazaar will benefit the Friends of the Wardsboro Library to support the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library.
For more information, call 802-896-3416 or visit www.friendsofwardsborolibrary.org.
-- In Jacksonville: The annual Jacksonville Cookie Exchange will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jacksonville Municipal Center.
Those attending should bring three dozen cookies to swap and some for eating. Coffee and juice will be provided.
The Secret Pal Party will follow at 2:30 p.m. There will be an exchange of gifts and names drawn for next year. For further information, call Jan at 802-368-2947 or Liz at 802-368-7173.
-- In Westminster: The Westmoreland Town Band will present a Christmas Musial Extravaganza on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Route 5, Westminster. The band is known throughout New England for its excellence and will kick off the Christmas Season at the Church. A selection of Christmas music will be performed upstairs in the church. After the concert refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to meet the band, purchase a CD and visit with friends and neighbors.
-- In Brattleboro: Pine Heights at Brattleboro is hosting a Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting with caroling and light refreshments on Dec. 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. Pine Heights is located at 187 Oak Grove Avenue, Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-257-0307 or visit www.PineHeightsBrattleboro.com
-- In Brattleboro: The Annual Kids’ Craft Fair will take place during Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main Street. This is a fun and festive community event. All children under 18 are invited to show and sell their creations. To register in advance, contact Gia Neswald at 802-869-3062, ext. 2, or at email@example.com.
This event is sponsored by Oak Meadow and Vermont Wilderness School.
In Brattleboro -- On Friday, Dec. 7 during Gallery Walk From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Santa Claus is coming to downtown Brattleboro. Taking a break from his busy holiday schedule, he will be visiting KidsPLAYce to spend time with the kids of Brattleboro at the Visit With Santa event. Children will have a chance to chat with Santa, sit on his lap and have their picture taken with him.
Admission is free, and it’s free for children to sit on Santa’s lap and chat with him. Hot cocoa and holiday baked treats will be sold. Photos with Santa will be available for $10. This fundraising event will help cover KidsPLAYce’s basic operating costs.
Volunteers are needed for this event, they are in need of Santa’s elves and decoration makers. Donations of one-serving baked goods are needed as well.
KidsPLAYce is located on 20 Elliot St. in Downtown Brattleboro, downstairs from Hotel Pharmacy.
-- In Saxtons River: The arrival of Santa on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. will signal the start of the holiday celebrations in Saxtons River, as the Jolly Elf leads the oohs and aahs when the village Christmas tree is lit in front of the historical society.
After the lighting, Santa will visit with the children and hear Christmas wishes at The Dish on Main restaurant. There will also be a wagon ride around the village.
This year’s event is sponsored by Main Street Arts, the community arts center. Also participating is Christ’s Church, whose Saxtons River Ringers will offer a free hand bell concert at 4 p.m., followed by a soup and bread supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Both events are free, with donations for the supper benefitting the Greater Falls Warming Shelter.
-- In Brattleboro: The First Baptist Church at 190 Main Street welcomes children and adults to attend its Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar will be held in the first-floor rooms where the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center’s Emergency Overflow Shelter is open every night this winter. Parking is available in the church’s rear lot as well as at meters on the street and at High-Grove Parking Area.
Special attractions include homemade baked beans, donuts, pies, fudge, Christmas cookies, and spicy salsa. Children will be able to decorate Christmas cookies to take home free of charge.
The church will raffle off a variety of attractive items including an Italian gourmet food basket, a handmade prayer shawl, and gift cards from local businesses, at one ticket for $1 or six for $5. The winning names will be drawn at 2 p.m.; absent winners will be notified by telephone.
Luncheon items available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. will feature corn chowder, a selection of fresh sandwiches, delectable pies, and hot beverages, each priced separately.
Locally handmade crafts will be for sale such as knitted socks, scarves, hats, cotton cleaning cloths, hand-sewn seasonal articles, decorations, and apparel. Tabletop evergreen arrangements, potted paperwhite narcissus flowers, and house plants will be available. Other tables will hold assorted holiday decorations and Grandma’s Attic Treasures.
All are welcome to attend. Proceeds will go toward fuel and utility costs to keep the church open for services, concerts, AA, the Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center, and the Emergency Overflow Shelter. Call 802-254-9566.