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NewEnglandville's Favorite Winter Events

NewEnglandville’s Favorite Winter Events
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JAN. 19-27: STOWE, VERMONT (pop. 4,339)
Stowe Winter Carnival. Winter fun, just when you need it most. Now in its 39th year, this lively event continues to offer a roster of fun-filled, zany, and entertaining activities, such as snow volleyball and snow golf, plus ski races, a kids’ carnival, an ice-sculpting competition, a family block party with live music, and more. 802-253-7321;

JAN. 26: BROOKFIELD, VERMONT (pop. 1,222)
Ice Harvest Festival. Try a little history to go along with your family fun. See how ice was harvested on Sunset Lake at the turn of the century, watch ice-cutting and ice-boom demonstrations, try your hand at the ice-hauling contest, and see how well you can maneuver on handmade snowshoes. Admission is free. 802-276-3959;

JAN. 27: ROCKLAND, MAINE (pop. 7,291)
Pies on Parade. Who doesn’t love pie? Don your stretchy pants and puffy jacket, shelve the diet, and enjoy your walk through town, sampling more than 45 varieties as you go along: sweet and delicious fruit pies, savory meat pies, and everything in between, all provided by area restaurants, inns, and businesses. Reserve your ticket early–pie is popular. 207-596-6611;

Monadnock Arts Auction. Going once, going twice … Raise your paddle to get in on the action, or just enjoy watching the back-and-forth–and viewing all the fine art up for auction. It’s a reason to get all dressed up (black tie optional), so head to Shattuck Golf Club for a night of delectable appetizers, desserts, champagne, and some very lively bidding. 603-532-4549;

FEB. 8-10: CAMDEN, MAINE (pop. 5,254)
National Toboggan Championships. Two-, three-, and four-person teams, most folks dressed in creative costumes, add to the festive atmosphere of this competition on the wooden Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at Camden Snow Bowl. Come watch their daredevil antics, or put a team of your own together to compete for the crown. 207-236-3438;

FEB. 9-10: MEREDITH, NEW HAMPSHIRE (pop. 5,943)
Ice Fishing Derby. For those hardy souls who love the sport and love to compete, it’s a weekend of ice fishing when both bragging rights and cash prizes are on the line. Get in on the fun and camaraderie and your chance to reel in the biggest catch. Purchase your derby pass, and hit the area lakes! 603-279-7600;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Debbie Despres


Debbie Despres


Debbie Despres is an associate editor for the magazine. Deb is the primary fact checker for Yankee Magazine and also contributes content to each issue. A member of YPI’s corporate staff since 2000, Deb joined Yankee’s editorial team in 2011. A native of New Hampshire, with a work history that includes several years in the travel industry, she enjoys discovering new destinations, and the myriad of road trip opportunities unique to New England.
Updated Friday, December 14th, 2012

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