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Christmas Tree Lighting at Church Street

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Church Street
2 Church Street
BurlingtonVT 05401
(802) 863-1648

Ages: 0 and up

Cost: Free

Parking: Yes - http://churchstmarketplace.com/parking.html

Features: Restrooms

At 5:30pm sharp The Night Before Christmas will be performed by Open Stage Theater Company at the Top Block. This classic holiday story will brighten the eyes of children and gladden the hearts of young and old alike. Carolers will be on the Marketplace prior to the show and all are invited to sing along. The show culminates with the illumination of more than 250,000 lights on Church Street, a cherished tradition. Official lighting is 6:02 p.m. sharp.

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missmagpie

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Reviewed on 11/27/2010

This is the most crowded you will ever see downtown Burlington. Proper planning will make all the difference in the world to make this event enjoyable for your family.

Arrive early with kids so they can get upfront and in the middle otherwise they will never get to see anything. Steer clear of the sides closest to the stores. They are the main arteries by which people jostle for position and it seems no one ever stays put there. Ditch the stroller. No way, no how are you pushing it through this crowd. Dress warmly, you will be waiting around for a while. A thermos of Hot chocolate wouldn't be a bad call.

Next year I think I will give my kids glow necklaces. It will be easier to pick them out in the crowd. It is pretty dark until they "light up" Church Street.

Lastly, know your post tree lighting plan. Pretty much everyone heads for a restaurant. We make a tradition out of going to American Flatbread. The wait for 4 people is easily 45 to an hour. I am pretty sure it is the same at most places around town. Knowing that, you might want to feed your kids a little snack before heading out.
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justjack

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Reviewed on 12/28/2011

Although crowded, this is a great event in Burlington and great way to start the holiday season. Like the others said, arrive early to get a good spot and leave the stroller at home and bring the backpack- too many people to try to navigate through.

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ceb

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Reviewed on 11/29/2008

Both kids and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves...this is a classic event and very family-friendly. It does get a bit crowded, but we arrived at 5:10pm and easily managed a spot up front. It's worth coming a bit early for this convenience. Also, there was a spot right in front reserved for kids...it was hard to see with the crowd, but we just pointed our kids in the right direction and they squirmed in there. Tom Messner (the happy weather man) kept the kids entertained as they waited for the performance to begin. If you plan to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant afterwards, you'll want to make a reservation in advance or plan to wait at least an hour....more

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kapfairy

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Reviewed on 11/28/2008

This tree-lighting event is a "bright spot" in Burlington. Crowded but family-friendly, the community is at its finest as young and old, toddlers and school-age kids, enjoy the festive season kick-off. If you're going to brave just one of the Church Street crowds, this is definitely one to consider.

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