Cool Yule

Cool Yule is an annual holiday celebration held the entire month of December and includes a series of events, bazaars, concerts, activities and late night shopping for the month of December.

Favorite events include the Chocolate Walk, Breakfast with Santa, Community Caroling, Christmas Bazaars, and Winter Concerts.

Cool Yule Calendar of Events 2017

Friday, December 1st

10th Annual Chocolate Walk
5:00pm–9:00pm Downtown Bristol

This signature event from Bristol CORE has your favorite Bristol businesses open late for extended shopping and free chocolate treats. Spend your evening browsing the stores, nibbling a delicious chocolate treat (or two!), and getting your holiday shop on.
FREE. (802) 760-6076.

Tandem Holiday Market
5:00pm–9:00pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Two dozen fabulous vendors will be selling their wares at Tandem, the Bristol Bakery & Cafe, and Vermont Tree Goods. The best of area growers and crafters will be there with unique, handmade wares. Come shop, sip and nosh!
(802) 734-4236 or (802) 760-6076 Chocolate Walk Market
5:00pm–9:00pm Lu Lu, 11 Main Street

Visit for delicious ice cream, pickles, salsas, and hot sauce from Big Basin Farm, sweet and savory buns from Haymaker, cocktails from Stonecutter Spirits, and lobster poutine courtesy of Mary’s Restaurant.
(802) 318-0883

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
6:00pm Bristol Town Green

Santa’s helpers have hidden candy canes all around the park. Bring your flashlight and help us find them. You may even find a special candy cane with a prize winning ribbon!
FREE. (802) 453-5885

Bristol Memory Tree Lighting
6:30pm Bristol Town Green

The dedication of Bristol’s 2017 Memory Tree. A beautiful tree will be lit for the holiday season, with the lights on the tree representing memories of loved ones who are remembered at this special time of year.
FREE. (802) 453-5885

ARTSight Opening Reception for “Fire and Light” exhibit
5:00pm–9:00pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Opening reception for the new exhibit “Fire and Light,” chocolate treats and warm beverages served, and Celtic Harpist, Bo Price, playing in the gallery.
FREE. (802) 989-1333.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble Winter Concert
7pm Mt. Abraham Union High School, 220 Airport Drive

Ken Weston’s arrangement of Verdi’s music: the Prelude to I Masnadieri, featuring daughter Alice as euphonium soloist. Also featuring music by Clifton Williams, Duke Ellington, and a salute to Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. Jerome Shedd conducts.

Saturday, December 2nd

Christmas Bazaar
8:00am–3:00pm Bristol Federated Church, 37 North Street

Baked goods sale, homemade crafts, attic treasures, assorted gift baskets, silent auction, and Santa Claus visit starts at 10:00am. Also a wonderful luncheon menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and cookies, our special silver teapot tea, coffee, and regular tea.
(802) 453-2379

ARTSight Holiday Cardmaking for Adults
11:00am–3:00pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. For ages 18 and up. Come and go as you please.
FREE. (802) 989-1333.

Harry Potter Great Winter Ball
6:00pm–8:00pm Mary’s at Baldwin Creek 1868 N. Route 116

Hogwarts in the Red Barn – Enjoy Harry Potter inspired food and speciality cocktails created by Stonecutter Spirits. Muggles and wizards alike are invited to wear their finest robes and gowns. Just $75/ticket (must be 21 to drink) or just $50/ticket for a non-drinker. (802) 453-2432

Sunday, December 3rd

Christmas Coffee House
6:30pm Bristol Christian Fellowship, 400 Rockydale Road

A relaxed evening of Christmas music and holiday treats. FREE

Saturday, December 9th

Breakfast with Santa
8:30am, 9:30am, and 10:30am seatings Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Come and enjoy carriage rides, arts & crafts, live music, and of course, Santa! Pancakes and sausages are served to all. Carriage rides available from 8:30am-10:30am. Tickets are available at
$10 per person. BRISTOLREC.ORG (802) 453-5885

ARTSight Holiday Cardmaking for Adults
11:00am–3:00pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. For ages 18 and up. Come and go as you please. FREE. (802) 989-1333.

Sunday, December 10th

Mary’s Restaurant Holiday Tea
2:00pm–4:00pm Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, 1868 N. Route 116

A three-course afternoon tea, with fancy tea cups and elegant decorations. A perfect time to connect with family and friends during the holiday season. Reservations recommended.
$28 ADULTS, $18 CHILDREN. (802) 453-2432.

Wednesday, December 13th

Middle School Winter Concert
7:00pm Mt. Abraham Union High School, 220 Airport Drive

Come and listen to the middle school music ensembles perform a variety of songs to celebrate the winter season. FREE.

Thursday, December 14th

High School Winter Concert
7:00pm Mt. Abraham Union High School, 220 Airport Drive

Come and listen to the high school music ensembles perform a variety of songs to celebrate the winter season. FREE.

Friday, December 15th

Eat, Drink & Be Merry!
5:00pm–9:00pm Downtown Bristol

Shopping and festivities in Downtown Bristol! Music at three unique locations on Main Street, with accompanying wines, ciders, and delicious eats. Starting at 6:00pm, join the Bristol Session Players for a selection of folk, Irish, and traditional music at the Bristol Bakery & Cafe, brothers Lyn and John Elder for a selection of Christmas music using hurdy-gurdy, small pipes, guitar, Irish flute and recorder, plus voices, at Vermont Tree Goods, and Old Bones for live bluegrass music at ARTSight.
FREE. (802) 760-6076.

Art on Main Book Signing
5:00pm-7:00pm Art on Main, 25 Main Street

Book signing by Lincoln resident Carol Talmage, author of the delightful book A Possum in My Pantry. All are invited.
FREE. (802) 453-4032

Vermont HoneyLights Trunk Show with Island Girl Jewelry
5:00pm-8:00pm Vermont HoneyLights, 9 Main Street

Join us as we feature the beautiful jewelry from Island Girl Jewelry (Audrey Beckwith).
FREE. (802) 453-3952.

ARTSight “Merry, Mary” Exhibit by Rachel Elion Baird
5:00pm–9:00pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Featuring live bluegrass music with the local band, “Old Bones” from 6:00pm-7:00pm.
FREE. (802) 989-1333.

Bristol Suites Open House
5:00pm–8:00pm Bristol Suites, 19 Main Street

Come sit in our cozy Old English library lobby, tour our six rooms and suites, enjoy light refreshments and discover Bristol’s only downtown inn.
FREE. (802) 453-4065

Community Christmas Caroling
6:00pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Join us in front of Holley Hall where we will go out to sing to our community. We’ll have hot chocolate and cookies at Holley Hall after. All are welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
FREE. (802) 453-5885.

Saturday, December 16th

Tandem Ethiopian Night with Alganesh
5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8pm seatings Tandem, 26 Main Street

Family style Ethiopian prepared by Alganesh Michael. Vegetarian and omnivore options, with take out upon request. Reservations recommended.
$20 ADULTS, $10 CHILDREN. (802) 734-8698

A Holiday Concert: Songs of the Season
7:00pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Celebrate the music of the season with your friends and neighbors in the tradition started long ago.
SUGGESTED DONATION $5. (802) 453-5885

2017 Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant
7:00pm Mt. Abraham Union High School, 220 Airport Drive

Six senior boys compete for the crown of Mr. Christmas Tree in a very funny pageant format. Formal wear, interviews, talent and bathing suit portions have entertained the community since 2013.
FREE FOR ALL AGES. (802) 349-0498

Sunday, December 17th

Mary’s 35th Annual Community Holiday Dinner
11:30am-2:30pm Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, 1868 N. Route 116

Our 35th annual holiday celebration for local residents. We offer a free dinner, music and entertainment – plus a visit from Santa! It’s our way of giving back to the community.
FREE. (802) 453-2432

Outdoor Live Nativity
4:00pm–5:00pm Town Green

Take a guided tour through various scenes depicting the events of the Christmas story, portrayed by members of area churches. Concludes with music, bell ringers, and refreshments at the First Baptist Church of Bristol. Poor weather conditions will move the event indoors. Watch FPF for announcements or call 453-6302 to verify.

Winter Solstice Fundraiser at The Village Shala
5:00pm The Village Shala, 14 School Street

Surrounded by candlelight, learn the Gayatri mantra, known for calling on the light. We will be accepting donations to support a local organization. All are welcome.
SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10-$20. (802) 349-2320

Thursday, December 21st

Winter Solstice Celebration at the Watershed
4:00pm–6:00pm Norton Brook Reservoir, 4783 Plank Road
The Watershed Center hosts its annual Winter Solstice celebration at the Waterworks property on Plank Road in Bristol. Bring food and drink to share and dress warmly.
FREE. (802) 453-7728

Friday, December 22nd

Lantern Making Workshop
4:00pm–5:00pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Create your own holiday lanterns in this special, free workshop, then use them at the Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light event! All ages welcome, and all supplies provided!
FREE. (802) 760-6076

2nd Annual Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light
5:00pm–9:00pm Town Green and Downtown Bristol

Bristol CORE and Tandem host this unique event featuring Vermont fire performing troupe Cirque de Fuego on the Town Green, a procession down Main Street, and fire pits and food and drink in the Downtown.
FREE. (802) 760-6076

Saturday, December 23rd

Wine Tasting at Bristol Beverage
1:00pm–4:00pm Bristol Beverage, 21 Prince Lane

Join us for a free wine tasting, with Joerg Klauck of Vermont Wine Merchants.
(802) 453-3990.

Sunday, December 24th

Mary’s Christmas Eve Buffet
4:00pm–8:00pm Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, 1868 N. Route 116

Christmas Eve at Baldwin Creek is something special — a bountiful buffet of seasonal food. All with a beautifully decorated farmhouse, endless local products, the glow of our fireplaces, and a warm hospitality await you; it’s the perfect way to share the holiday with whomever.
$58 ADULTS, $26 CHILDREN. (802) 453-2432.

Christmas Eve Service
6:30pm Bristol Federated Church, 37 North Street, Bristol
(802) 453-2321

Saturday, December 30th

Traditional Moroccan Night
5:00pm–8:00pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Authentic Moroccan family-style cuisine; eat in or take out; vegetarian, meat and gluten free options.
(802) 734-8698

Sunday, December 31st

Bristol Best Night New Year’s Eve Celebration!
3:30pm Holley Hall, Walkover Gallery, & Baptist Church

Come out to enjoy this community celebration of the New Year ahead! Three venues with music, dancing and children’s activities. $10 before 12/25, $12 at the door, children under 12 and seniors over 75 are free!
WWW.BESTNIGHT.ORG OR (802) 453-4613.

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