Visitors Can Step Back in Time, Cozy Up to an Outdoor Fire,
and Ride a Horse-Drawn Sleigh
WOODSTOCK, VT (November 2, 2021) – Billings Farm & Museum brings old-fashioned cheer to Woodstock, VT, with family-friendly festivities throughout the entire holiday season, including a decked-out historic barn for family photo opportunities, horse-drawn rides, and gingerbread houses.
The town of Woodstock celebrates its annual tradition of Wassail Weekend from December 10-12. At Billings Farm, there will be warm Wassail Punch, cider donuts, a gingerbread recreation of the historic 1890 Farm Manager’s House, horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides on Sunday, and holiday stories. Travelers can warm up by an outdoor fire, take photos in front of Christmas trees in the decorated holiday barn, and learn about Wassail traditions. Voting for the gingerbread house contest begins on December 10.
Throughout December Christmas programming guests can dip candles, make s’mores, and snowshoe, weather permitting, from December 4-5 and December 18 – January 2. (Billings Farm is closed Christmas Day.) Traditional nineteenth century decorations will adorn the 1890 Farm Manager’s House where visitors can take a self-guided tour. Meet Jersey cows, goats and sheep in the barns. Find Billings Farm cheeses and other unique holiday gifts in the Museum Gift Shop. Guests can enjoy daily horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides from December 27-January 2, conditions permitting.
Billings Farm will be transformed by the nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Master Gardener, Benjamin Pauly, who harvests natural materials to handcraft traditional décor. This year’s decorations include 14 outdoor lighted trees, three indoor decorated trees, 100 swags and wreaths with bows, a decorated sleigh, giant grapevine wreaths decorated with dried floral from the local Kelly Way Gardens, 5,000+ lights, and more.
For the continued safety of staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. All guests must wear masks when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances outdoors. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Visit www.billingsfarm.org/safety/ for details.
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is open weekends November – February from 10AM-4PM, and daily, 10AM-5PM April – October. Find the Special Events Calendar, daily schedules, admission pricing and membership information at billingsfarm.org. Celebrate Billings Farm’s 150th Anniversary with a visit this season and support its education mission at www.billingsfarm.org/donate.
About Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on www.billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at www.instagram.com/billingsfarm/.