January at Billings Farm & Museum is a Winter Wonderland Where Fun & History Meet
Farm animals, outdoor activities, crafts, holiday observances,
sleigh rides, films & more!
Woodstock, Vermont… Enjoy scenic winter landscapes among the barns and pastures of Billings Farm & Museum in January. Open each Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm, visitors of all ages will enjoy engaging activities indoors and out.
Farm Animals & Winter Fun Visit the cows, sheep, chickens and goats all cozy in the Animal Barns. Learn what winter farm work entailed in 1890 in the Winter on the Farm program offered each day at 12 & 2pm.
Don snowshoes – bring your own or rent from the nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center – and venture through the picturesque snow-covered farm fields and along the Ottauquechee River.
Bring your sled to speed down the small hill next to the orchard.
Gather round the fire pit and warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores, available for purchase on site.
Families can enjoy making a dove of peace paper craft, hunt for the snowmen in the Farm Life Exhibits and follow the StoryWalk along the pasture fence, featuring “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend (Jan. 15-17)
Horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered on Friday-Sunday from 11am-3pm. Reservations for rides will be taken upon arrival at the Ticket Desk, on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $5 per person in addition to the purchase of a general admission ticket. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, A Time for Justice, the 38- minute award-winning documentary film by Charles Guggenheim that captures the spirit of the civil rights movement will be shown throughout each day in the museum’s theater. Guests will also enjoy samples of Billings Farm cheeses.
Billings Backyard Workshops on January 8 and January 22
Have some good clean fun as we bring back the popular Making Felted Soap on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10-11:30am onsite at Billings Farm. Using locally made soaps and wool from our own Billings Farm & Museum sheep, Fiber Artist Tiana St. James will walk participants through the processes of both wet felting and needle felting to make a charming and sustainable product. Register by January 7 to reserve a spot.
Expand your knowledge and skill in the kitchen and follow along with Chef Emery as she leads our next cooking workshop, Kimchi, Kraut, and More!, Saturday, Jan. 22 on Zoom from 10-11:30am. In this class Chef Emery will demonstrate how to make your own sauerkraut and kimchi. Learn about other “lacto-fermented” foods, and how they can be used in unique and delicious ways in your everyday kitchen as you make a multi-purpose sauce using Kombucha! Register by January 19 to receive advance instructions, recipes and preparation details. Registered participants will receive a recording following the live presentation. Learn more about the Billings Backyard Workshops and register at billingsfarm.org.
Woodstock Vermont Film Series
The 12th Annual Film Series returns to the Billings Farm Theater with two showings on Saturdays, at 3:00 & 5:30pm. Viewers will enjoy select documentary films that reflect the museum’s vision to share place-based stories of people near and far, to engage our audiences, and to inspire conversations that increase connections with each other and our world.
January Film Series Schedule
Jan. 1 Kedi
Jan. 8 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Jan. 15 The Loneliest Whale
Jan. 22 Try Harder
Reservations are strongly recommended for film series showings as seating is limited. Online and phone ticket sales close at noon on the Friday before the showing. Tickets may be available for purchase at the Ticket Desk on the day of the film if seating allows. Filmgoers must show proof of vaccination to enter and are required to wear a mask during a film viewing. Learn more and purchase tickets at billingsfarm.org/filmseries or call 802.457.5303.
Torchlight Snowshoe Events at Billings Farm
On January 14 from 4:30-6:30PM, snowshoe or walk the Billings Farm trail by torchlight as evening light begins. Gather around the fire pit and warm up with complimentary s’mores and hot drinks. Learn about the wildlife here and the history of the land, guided by National Park rangers. Tickets must be purchased to attend. Adults $10/Youth (4-15) $5; BFM Members $5/Member Youth Free. Children 3 & under are free.
A Torchlight Snowshoe for Billings Farm & Museum members will take place on January 29 from 4:30-6:30PM. As a thank you to members there is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is required at email@example.com.
Reserve a Sleigh Ride Billings Farm & Museum offers private horse-drawn sleigh rides to families throughout the winter. Reservations and payment are required in advance. Reserve online at billingsfarm.org or call 802-457-2355.
Visiting safely. For the continued safety of our 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 billingsfarm.org/safety for details.
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is open weekends Nov – Feb 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 billingsfarm.org/donate.
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 billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.