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
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
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
"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
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
For more information, contact Amy Morrison at
email@example.com or 802-422-2105.