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Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT

  • 4.5

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Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT
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Saturday, February 2, 2013, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT
Church Street
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 864-0123

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: Some events may charge a fee for entrance

Parking: Yes -

Features: Dog Friendly, Restrooms

  • Vermont State Snow Carving Competition: ongoing Thursday - Saturday.
  • People’s Choice Voting: Saturday | Vote for your favorite sculpture!
  • Award Ceremony: 1:30p.m. Saturday



  • Young Tradition Showcase and Dance: 6-9 p.m. Saturday‚Ä® Presented by Burlington Parks and Recreation and Young Tradition Vermont.  Free pizza at the break! $5 suggested donation ($10 per family).



  • Vermont State Snow Carving Competition - Carving ends at Noon; Judging and Awards Ceremony at 1:30
  • Special Olympics Vermont 17th Annual Burlington Penguin Plunge - Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the plunging starts at 11. 
  • Burlington Parks & Recreation Family Activity Expo -10:00 - 3:00 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center. $4 admission.
  • POPUP Moran - Ice Skating, Bonfire, S'mores.
  • FREE Horse Drawn Wagon rides on the Bike Path from 10:00 - 3:00.
  • Make Your Own Crepe Day @ Skinny Pancake - 11:00 - 3:00 - Free



  • Ice Breaker Button Promotion
  • Winter Dance Party - 10:00 - Midnight on the City Hall Block.  Dance on the bricks for Church Street’s Winter Dance Party in partnership with Hotel Vermont! Featuring BONJOUR-HI
  • Kids VT Camp and School Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel on Battery Street. Parents and kids can tour around the camp and school options and make arrangements for the summer and year. Free admission. All ages welcome
  • Hotel Vermont Ice Bar - Friday and Saturday
    • Friday and Saturday evening 2/1 and 2/2 from 6 - 9 pm
    • 21+ Tickets required


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  • 4

Reviewed on 02/04/2012

This year we went to the Penguin Plunge and the Family Expo at ECHO. Both were great events. We were able to find free parking easily at the lot directly across from the waterfront on Lake Street, despite the fact that we arrived shortly after 11:00am.

We watched 30 brave teams of plungers dive into the icy waters of Lake Champlain. Seeing them all in costumes brave the frigid temps for such a good cause was exhilarating. There were more than 70 teams plunging, so if you are looking to watch someone specifically it is best to try to communicate with them once they get their plunging number so you can determine when to go. For instance the event began at approximately 11:00 and team #56 went at 12:15ish.

Next we walked over to ECHO for the Family Expo. For just $4/person you gained entry to the museum and were able to visit with more than 20 exhibitors. Each of them had some sort of craft or activity to do. We planted seeds, made a painting and buttons. Lots of the folks were from camps so it was a good opportunity to gather some summer information.

Outside there were several ice sculptures. Shelburne Farms also had a petting pen with a sheep from the farm. It was a great day on the waterfront.


Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT


  • 4

Reviewed on 02/06/2011

We, too, only made it to see the ice sculptures on Church Street, but it was fun!

Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT


  • 5

Reviewed on 02/05/2011

Had a great time! The boys loved watching people jump in the lake for The Penguin Plunge, the ice sculptures were really amazing and we LOVED the sled dogs!

Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT


  • 4

Reviewed on 03/03/2010

We only made it to the ice sculptures and really enjoyed looking at all of the creations!

Burlington Winter Festival - Burlington, VT