Things to be excited about this November

Posted November 4, 2015


With Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not long after that, Burlington and Church Street are getting in the holiday spirit. See below for the most exciting things happening this November and be sure to go to our calendar to keep up to date with all Church Street and downtown Burlington events!

Burlington Winter Farmers Market



The 8th Annual Burlington Winter Farmers Market showcases all that Vermont has to offer all Winter Long! The Market starts Saturday, November 7th and runs on select Saturdays from November to April in Memorial Auditorium from 10am-2pm. Find a wide range of products from farmers selling fresh vegetables, fruits and eggs to meats, cheeses, maple syrup and honey. In addition, they will have wineries and distilleries offering a variety of local wines and spirits. Plus find ethnic foods utilizing local ingredients and crafters selling everything from jewelry, soaps, lotions, pottery and clothing.


White Christmas



Lyric Theatre takes over the Flynn stage from November 12th-15th with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas." Based on the classic film and set just after the close of WWII, two showbiz buddies meet two talented sisters and put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn owned by their former army commander. The timeless score includes wonderful songs such as, “Count Your Blessings," “Sisters” and of course “I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas." The show features glitz, glamour and a dash of patriotic flair making it perfect for all ages! Find tickets at:


Trotting of the Turkeys



The 2nd Annual Trotting of the Turkeys, a benefit for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf and Burlington Sunrise Rotary will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 11am. Grab a frozen turkey and trot it down Church Street. Each turkey will be donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf upon completion of your trot. Your $50 registration donation covers the cost of the turkey and provides the needed resources for the Burlington Sunrise Rotary club’s community support efforts. For more information and to register visit


Santa Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Santa is making a quick trip to Burlington during his busy holiday season to help kick off the annual Holiday Parade on the Church Street Marketplace. The parade starts at 12 noon on City Hall Block and ends on the Mall Block, where children are invited to follow Santa into Burlington Town Center. Also, Mike and Mary from Star 92.9 will broadcast live from the Marketplace from Noon-3pm! Visit their tent on Church Street in front of the mall for prizes and gift cards from your favorite Church Street stores!



Children can enjoy miniature horse rides on The Top Block and can meet Prancer, on loan to us from the North Pole, in front of Homeport from 11am-3pm.



At 5:30pm, we officially begin the holiday season with the classic stage production, “The Night Before Christmas." The show culminates with the illumination of more than 100,000 lights on Church Street, a cherished tradition. Official lighting time is 6pm sharp! If you can’t make it to the Tree Lighting Ceremony in person, make sure to watch from home as WPTZ Newschannel5 broadcasts it live.


Small Business Saturday



Whether you’re looking for a new blouse, home décor, ski gear or jewelry, SHOP SMALL and celebrate local merchants, this Saturday, November 28. The Church Street Marketplace is proud to support Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year. More than 70% of Church Street’s stores and restaurants are locally owned. Our unique, locally-owned businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of the Church Street Marketplace.