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Middlebury is home for the holidays

Saturday, Dec. 18

•Santa Claus will be in downtown Middlebury, 10 a.m.-noon, at a variety of locations. Always call and confirm Santa's appearance: 802-388-4126.

Sunday, Dec. 19

•New York Metropolitan Opera Live H.D. television broadcast on the giant screen: "Don Carlo", 1 p.m., at Town Hall Theater. For prices and details, call 802-382-9222. Box office open Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24 • Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas...

Saturday, Dec. 25 • Christmas Day

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and his quiet home! (Charles Dickens)

•Celebrate the season and enjoy a brisk walk through downtown Middlebury to see all the store lights and holiday decorations. From the festive lights of the Middlebury Inn to the historic Marbleworks shops and eateries, located along the falls of Otter Creek, Middlebury is the holiday and winter destination in Vermont.

Friday, Dec. 31 • New Year's Eve

•"Ring in the New Year with Fireworks": End the old year with a dazzling display of pyrotechnics above the skies of Middlebury, 7:30 p.m., Middlebury Union High School soccer/baseball fields on Creek Road off Route 7.

•"Sinatra in Vermont": Be a part of the Rat Pack with the swinging music of Old Blue Eyes, played by the Vermont Big Band, at the Town Hall Theater in downtown Middlebury. Music from the Great American Songbook. For prices and details, call 802-382-9222. Box office open Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Jan. 1 • New Year's Day

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? For auld lang syne, my dear. We'll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Saturday, Feb. 27. 2011

•The Middlebury Winter Carnival and Chili Contest is 2 -4 p.m. The event was voted one of the ten best winter events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce after its debut in 2009. It features a community wide professional and amateur chili contest on the sidewalks of the historic downtown. Popular vote determines the contest winners in a variety of categories. Compliments Middlebury College's Winter Carnival and NCAA athletic events.

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