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 2016

Friday, December 2nd

9th Annual Chocolate Walk

5:00pm–9:00pm Downtown Bristol

This signature event from Bristol CORE has the downtown businesses in Bristol kicking off the holiday season by offering complimentary chocolate treats to customers! Follow the map (available in participating stores) so you don’t miss any chocolate opportunities.

Free. (802) 453-7378.

Tandem Holiday Market

5:00pm–9:00pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Two dozen fabulous vendors will be selling their wares at three unique locations on Main Street, including the Tandem, Bristol Bakery & Cafe, and Vermont Tree Goods.

Free. (802) 734-4236 or (802) 760-6076

Lu.Lu Chocolate Walk Market

5:00pm–9:00pm Lu Lu, 11 Main Street

Visit Lu.Lu’s Chocolate Walk Market for delicious ice cream, hot sauce from Big Basin Farm, cocktails from Appalachian Gap Distillery, and food courtesy of Mary’s Restaurant.

Free. (802) 318-0883

Bristol Memory Tree Lighting

6:00pm–6:30pm Bristol Town Green

The dedication of Bristol’s 2016 Memory Tree.

Free. (802) 453-5885

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

6:30pm 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

Saturday, December 3rd

Christmas Bazaar

9:00am–2:00pm First Baptist Church of Bristol 8 Park Street

Featuring homemade chocolates, a variety of lovely crafts, silent auction items, Rada cutlery, delicious homemade food items, attic treasures and new this year African curios such as woven baskets, wooden candle holders, soapstone items and much more. Join us for lunch too for homemade soups and a sandwich. (802) 453-6302.

 

ARTSight Holiday Card Making

11:00am–3:00pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. All ages welcome but 16 or under must be accompanied by adult. Come and go as you please.

Suggested donation when you arrive. (802) 989-1333.

Tea With Mrs. Claus

1:00pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Come have tea and cookies with Mrs. Claus, she’ll read stories, sing carols, and have a craft for all the kids. This is a ticketed event.

Kids $15.00 Accompanying adult $10.00. (802) 453-5885

Shacksbury Cider Tasting

2:00pm Almost Home Market, 28 North Street

Try some fantastic adult ciders to present at your next Holiday Party. Sip and Shop!
Free. (802) 453-5775.

Tandem Ethiopian Family Style Dinner

5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8pm seatings Tandem, 26 Main Street

Family style Ethiopian prepared by Alganesh Michael.

$20 Adults, $10 Children. (802) 734-8698

Sunday, December 4th

Mary’s Restaurant Holiday Tea

2pm-4pm 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.

Friday, December 9th

Vermont HoneyLights Trunk Show

5:00pm-8:00pm Vermont HoneyLights, 9 Main Street

Local artist trunk show. Food and beverages available.

Free. (802) 453-3952.

Tandem Pop Up Dinner

6:15pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Lauren Gammon of Nomadic Chef Catering brings a globally inspired palate and a refined farm to table

approach to her pop up dinner series at Tandem on Main Street. Reservations only.

$46 for 6 courses. (802) 734-8698

Saturday, December 10th

Community Breakfast with Santa

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

This delightful event brings the young and young at heart together to celebrate the joys of Christmas.  Santa arrives by fire truck, pancakes and sausages are served to all. The kids will delight in sharing their wishes with Santa as music plays, crafts are made and the elf helpers share candy canes and stickers. This is a ticketed event.

$10 per person. (802) 453-5885.

Holi-Daze Children’s Cooking Class

10am-11am Mary’s at Baldwin Creek 1868 N. Route 116

Children’s cooking class with a focus on holiday foods, including cookies and bars. Geared for ages 7-13, but open to younger students with adult companion. Two hour hands-on class. A perfect way to kick off the holiday season.

$45 per person. (802) 453-2432.

ARTSight Holiday Card Making

11am-3pm ARTSight, 6 South Street

Make your own holiday cards with materials provided. All ages welcome but 16 or under must be accompanied by adult. Come and go as you please.

Suggested donation when you arrive. (802) 989-1333.

Wednesday, December 14th

Santa Calling, Part 1

6pm-8pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Bristol Recreation Dept. has reached an agreement with Santa Claus’ North Pole Headquarters to arrange a phone call from Santa Claus for local children.

$5 per family. 802-453-5885.

Middle School Winter Concert

7pm Mt. Abraham Union High School/Middle 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 15th

Santa Calling, Part 2

6pm-8pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Bristol Recreation Dept. has reached an agreement with Santa Claus’ North Pole Headquarters to arrange a phone call from Santa Claus for local children.

$5 per family. 802-453-5885.

Tandem Polish Dinner with Luiza Bloomberg

5pm-8pm Tandem, 26 Main Street

Luiza Bloomberg brings healthy and creative dishes from her homeland to Bristol. First come, first served, with optional takeaway.

Menu items run $6-$12. (802) 734-8698

High School Winter Concert

7pm Mt. Abraham Union High School/MiddleSchool, 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 16th

Beer and Wine Tasting at Bristol Beverage

4:30pm-6:30pm Bristol Beverage, 21 Prince Lane

Join us for a free beer and wine tasting, with Hogback Mountain Brewery and Calmont Beverage.

(802) 453-3990.

Vermont HoneyLights Trunk Show

5:00pm-8:00pm Vermont HoneyLights, 9 Main Street

Local artist trunk show. Food and beverages available.

Free. (802) 453-3952.

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 17th

Beer and Wine Tasting at Bristol Beverage

2:00pm-4:00pm Bristol Beverage, 21 Prince Lane

Join us for a free beer and wine tasting, with Craft Beer Guild of Vermont and Vermont Wine Merchants.

(802) 453-3990.

Impromptu play, ‘Christmas Eve at Angel School’

4:30pm – 6:30pm First Baptist Church of Bristol 8 Park Street

“Christmas Eve at Angel School” presented by the young people of First Baptist Church of Bristol. Followed by refreshments.

Free. (802) 453-6302.

A Holiday Concert: Songs of the Season

7pm Holley Hall, 1 South Street

Celebrate the music of the season with your friends and neighbors in the tradition started long ago. This concert will feature local musicians, the BES School Chorus, Church Choirs and more.  

Donation encouraged. (802) 453-5885.

Sunday, December 18th

Winter Solstice Fundraiser at The Village Shala

6pm The Village Shala, 14 School Street

Join us for an early Solstice celebration.  We will be learning and chanting the Guyatri Mantra 108 times (a very auspicious number) surrounded by candlelight. Donations will be collected to support a charity working with Syrian refugees. All are welcome.

Donations for charity. (802) 349-2320.

Friday, December 23rd

Lumen: Bristol’s Celebration of Fire & Light

5pm–10pm Town Green and Downtown Bristol

Bristol CORE is teaming up with Tandem with a brand new event featuring Vermont fire performing troupe Cirque de Fuego on the Town Green, a candlelit procession down Main Street, and fire pits and pig roast in the Downtown. An exciting way to wrap up Cool Yule with a unique family event focused on togetherness!

Free. (802) 453-7378.

Saturday, December 24th

Mary’s Christmas Eve Buffet

4pm-8pm 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.

Saturday, December 31st

Bristol Best Night New Year’s Eve Celebration!

5pm 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! Information at www.bestnight.org or (802) 453-4613.

Throughout December

Every Friday in December

Extended hours for holiday shopping. Most stores will stay open until 8pm on Friday evenings.

Five Town Peace Coalition
Every Friday, 5pm-5:30pm Bristol Town Green

Please join us in our effort to promote justice and peace in our community and world!

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