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Thanksgiving initiates holiday cheer

On the third Thursday of November Americans gather with friends and family to gorge ourselves on copious amounts of food, give thanks for our many blessings, watch football, run or walk in a local Turkey Trot and enjoy a day off work. These traditions have taken on important significance in family life, even if the historical narrative that is over-complimentary of the pilgrims settling native lands.
But there is another significance to Thanksgiving as well, it gives the green light to all holiday festivities. How this became celebration etiquette we will probably never know, but the day after the turkey is carved, also known as Black Friday, the Christmas lights and trees go up across town, radio stations are dedicated to holiday songs and every store is bursting with the newest trends and steep sales to jump-start the holiday spending.

For the next five weeks there will be festivals of trees, wreaths, parades, Santa's workshops, caroling and holiday parties. The excitement grows and spreads as neighbors wish each other a happy holiday.

This year, Killington is introducing a new celebration: the inaugural Festival of Lights, organized in partnership by Killington Town, Mountain Times and the Killington Chamber of Commerce.

"Business owners are encouraged to show their holiday spirit by decorating their businesses," says Amy Morrison, events and marketing coordinator for the Town of Killington. "The Town plans to show off their holiday spirit by enhancing decorations throughout town at the West Hill intersection, lamp posts on the Killington Road, Municipal Offices, and at the base of the Killington Access Road on the Killington Region sign," she adds.

Participating businesses will be judged by a panel Dec. 9-13, the week prior to the Holiday Festival. The winner will be announced at the Holiday Festival, Dec. 14-15, and, in addition to bragging rights, will receive front page coverage in The Mountain Times, a $1,000 advertising package, a plaque to display at their business and a Blackout Ski Pass donated by Killington Resort.

Additionally, all decorated businesses will be listed on a map and in promotional materials encouraging spectators to see Killington Festival of Lights and judge for themselves, which deserves the top award for their holiday spirit décor.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, is the deadline for businesses to sign up as participants in the Festival of Lights and by Dec. 8 the décor must be completed. 

For more information, contact Amy Morrison at or 802-422-2105.