Cool Yule

The 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 breakfast with Santa, Community Caroling, the Chocolate Walk, and a trio of church bazaars.  Check out the community calendar on this website for information on Cool Yule events.  The event is coordinated by the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership (BDCP).


Cool Yule Calendar of Events 2013


Every Friday in December – Extended hours for holiday shopping. Most stores will stay open until 8 p.m. on Friday evenings.


Every Friday 5-5:30 p.m. Five Town Peace Coalition – Please join us in our effort to promote justice and peace in our community and world!! Vigil on the Bristol Town Green, corner of North St. and West St., for the 11th year.


Friday, December 6

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Store Window Puppet Show - Come to The Enchanted Closet, 22 Main St. and few a puppet show from the sidewalk. Diane Mortier, puppeteer. Free.   453-3167.

5:00-8:00 p.m. Sixth Annual Chocolate Walk - Businesses in downtown Bristol will be open until 8 p.m. and will offer a complimentary chocolate treat to customers. Follow the map (available in participating stores) so you don’t miss any chocolate opportunities. The Gateway Players will also be performing short scenes from favorite plays in various locations throughout downtown. The locations will also be noted on the Chocolate Walk map. Sponsored by Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. Free! 453-7378.

 5:00-8:00 p.m. Chocolate Walk Child Care - Bristol Rec. Dept. in partnership with BDCP is offering free childcare for Chocolate Walk Night in Bristol. Childcare with our Red Cross Certified sitters along with their instructor will be offered in the store front next to HoneyLights on Main St. Drop the kids off while you shop. Free to all. 453-5885.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Memory Tree Lighting - The Bristol Recreation Department is sponsoring a MEMORIAL TREE on the Town Green this holiday season. If you would like to purchase a memory tree bulb as a symbol of loved ones present or past the cost is $5.00 per bulb. The deadline to order tree bulbs is December 2. You can purchase bulbs at area merchants, the Town Clerk’s office and Bristol Recreation Dept. office or, you can mail your names and payment (checks made payable to Bristol Recreation Dept.) to Bristol Recreation Dept. P.O. Box 249, Bristol, VT 05443. Please print clearly the names as they should appear on the Memorial Tree sign. 453-5885

7:00 p.m. Middlebury Winds Holiday Concert – Approximately 40 members from Addison County draw from classical wind ensemble and concert band repertoire. Music of the season will be part of the concert. Holley Hall – Admission is free, but donations to the Middlebury Winds Scholarship Fund are gladly accepted.  453-5885.


Sunday, December 8

2:00 p.m. Holiday Tea - A three course luncheon and soft music; classic ingredients for a wonderful holiday afternoon to share with your family and friends. Admission $25 adults/$15 child. Mary’s Restaurant. 453-2432 for reservations.


Wednesday, December 11

6:00-7:30 p.m. Spice it up!! Adult Cooking Class - Have you ever wondered what to do with that spice? Wondered what spice to add to this or that to add flavor or give your dish a little zip? This class is designed to answer those unknowns. At Mt. Abe. $25, 453-5885.


Friday, December 13

5:00-7:00 p.m. Recycled ReadingVermont Wild author Megan Price will be speaking about and signing her new book, Maine Wild. Pick up her latest volume of Warden Service stories. This time around, enjoy the adventures of retired Chief Warden Parker Trip of Maine. Biting bears, bloody brawls, dodging poachers’ bullets while barefoot, wearing only his briefs, and a bear cub attack are just of few of the true and wacky warden stories in his new collection. Vermont Wild I, II, and III and Maine Wild are available for purchase. Recycled Reading, 453-5982.

5:30-7:00 p.m. Artists’ Reception – Meet the artists at a reception to celebrate Elegance. Our holiday season exhibit features elegant hand-painted and dyed silk wearables by Ellen Spring of Starksboro and delicate nature-inspired sterling silver jewelry by Middlebury jeweler Bruce Baker. Exhibit on display November 18 through December 31.

Art on Main, 453-4032. Free.


Saturday, December 14

Community Breakfast with Santa - This annual event is just about sold out. If you are planning to attend please contact Bristol Rec. for ticket information. 453-5885. 

12:30-4:00 p.m. Open Sky Studio Holiday Wellness Break – Holiday stress? Give yourself the gift of self-nourishment while supporting your local food shelf. Sampler classes of Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Mantra Meditation; individual mini-sessions of massage, reiki, or ear acupuncture, accompanied by a hypnotic live soundscape of voice, crystal singing bowl and bells.

See schedule of events at Open Sky or on our website, Drop-ins welcome for classes or just to bathe in the healing sounds. Fee is by donation. Sign up for mini-sessions at Open Sky or email:
Open Sky Studio (above Cubber’s), 453 2916.                                                       


Sunday, December 15

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Community Holiday Benefit Dinner - Traditional Christmas dinner offered to the community’s seniors and lower income families, with live music, children’s activities, and a visit from Santa Claus. Celebrating our 31st year of this great event. Free. The Inn at Baldwin Creek and Mary’s Restaurant. 453-2432.


Monday, December 16

7:30 p.m. Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant – The community has an opportunity to attend the inaugural Young Life Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant.  Six senior boys will be competing at Holley Hall to be crowned 2013 Mr. Christmas Tree. Free. 349-0498.


Wednesday, December 18

3:15-4:15 p.m. Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!!! Kid’s Cook - We’ll make cookies, bake cookies, decorate and eat cookies! Bristol Elementary School kitchen.  $25.00. 453-5885.


Wednesday, December 18 & Thursday, December 19

6:00-8:00 p.m. Phone Calls from Santa - We’ve reached an agreement with the North Pole Headquarters to arrange a phone call from Santa to local children. You’ll find a link to download an informational form on our website or you can stop by our office to register. $5.00 per family. 453-5885


Friday, December 20

6:00 p.m. Community Christmas Caroling - Meet in front of Holley Hall. Dress warmly as we’ll be out for a couple of hours. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served in Holley Hall when we return. 453-5885.


Tuesday, December 24

4:00, 6:00, 8:00 p.m. seatings, Christmas Eve Buffet – The Inn looks its most beautiful and the food the most delectable. Annual traditions are the highlight of the season. $48 adults; $25 child. Mary’s Restaurant. 453-2432 for reservations.


Tuesday, December 31

5:00-11:00 p.m. Bristol Best Night – New Year’s Eve Celebration! Three venues with music, dance and children’s activities. Bristol Holley Hall, Walkover and Baptist Church. $10.00. For more information call Rick Ceballos, 453-4613.