Celebrate the Holidays
at Billings Farm & Museum
WOODSTOCK, VERMONT… Experience the traditions of a late 19th-century Vermont Christmas with a visit to the Billings Farm & Museum this holiday season. Christmas at the Farm will be featured December 4 & 5, 10, 11 & 12, and daily Dec. 18 – Jan. 2, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed Christmas Day).
Festive holiday trees and decorations will fill the Visitor Center and historic barn. Visitors can learn about a Victorian Christmas, experience the authentically decorated parlor of the 1890 Farm Manager’s House, and dip candles. Be sure to vote for the best staff-made gingerbread house on display beginning December 10. Don’t miss the to-scale 1890 Farm Manager’s House recreated in gingerbread in the Visitor Center lobby!
On the farm, guests can meet Jersey cows, draft horses, chickens, sheep, and goats in the barns. Visitors can gather around the fire pits and warm up with hot chocolate, coffee and s’mores, available for purchase. Light adventure can be found on a snowshoe hike along the Ottauquechee River, weather permitting.
Christmas shopping is a delight in the Museum Gift Shop where shoppers will find unique holiday gifts and Billings Farm cheese. Select items, including cheeses, are also available online at billingsfarm.org.
Kick off the holiday season with Chef Emery’s Holiday Gifts From Your Kitchen baking class live on Zoom, December 4 from 10-11:30. This class is part of the Billings Backyard Series and will step through recipes that are both delicious and easy to ship to family and friends. Register by December 1 at billingsfarm.org.
Santa is coming to Billings Farm! Take an unforgettable family photo with Santa next to the historic sleigh and 10-foot Christmas Tree in the historic barn. Santa will visit Billings Farm 10am-3pm on December 12, 18 & 19.
Billings Farm will celebrate Wassail Weekend, Dec. 10-12 as part of the Woodstock festivities. Wassail special programs include:
What is Wassail? History Program: 12 & 2PM
Vote for your favorite gingerbread house: 10am-4pm (no admission required)
Purchase Wassail Punch and Cider Donuts: 10am-4pm (In the lobby – no admission required)
SUNDAY ONLY: Horse-Drawn Wagon or Sleigh Rides, 11am-2pm. Conditions permitting. 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.
Enjoy these timed activities throughout December (offered daily unless otherwise noted):
Victorian Christmas program: 12 and 2pm
Meet our Gentle Jerseys: 11am & 1pm
Daily Milking: 3:15-4pm
Dec. 18-Jan 2: Make your own Mini-Mince Pie: 10am-3:30pm
Dec. 27-Jan 2: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11am-3pm. Conditions permitting. 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.
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/.