The Garlic wins Festival of Trees
KILLINGTON - After a full tour of decorated businesses in
Killington on Dec. 15, all five judges unanimously ranked
Greenbrier with the highest marks. "Theirs had the best 'wow'
factor, it was very impressive and even included holiday music,"
said John Harniman, a judge representing The Mountain
Times. Amy Morrison, a representative judge from the Town of
Killington agreed, "The Greenbrier had the full package and just
As the winner, Greenbrier Inn & Gift Shop received a blackout
pass from Killington Resort, a $1,000 ad package from The Mountain
Times and a plaque to display at their business. When the
votes were tallied, Snowed Inn (who won the contest last year)
received second place, and will also receive a plaque for their
light display. Third place was a tie between North Star Lodge
whose outside display was extensive and Birch Ridge Inn whose tree
inside was stunning.
Although not officially a part of the competition, judges also
wanted to note the outstanding displays at the Killington Deli and
The Festival of Lights was organized in partnership by the Town of
Killington, The Mountain Times and the Killington Chamber of
Commerce, with Killington Resort generously donating the blackout
pass for the winner. The Festival of Lights encourages
business owners to show their holiday spirit and welcome visitors
by decorating for the holidays.
Earlier in the weekend, participants at the Festival of Trees also
ranked businesses according to their holiday spirit, this time on
the cleverness, quality and value of their Christmas tree
decorations on display on the Grand Hotel Ballroom.
The Garlic took the first prize with their "Vintage Skier" themed
tree, while the Snowed in again received second and Domenics
Upscale Pizza Joint took home third.