Winterlude 2022

Old East End Schmanska Barn Detail in Snow

Burlington’s Old East End Neighborhood Coalition is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Winterlude Festival to help you chase away those winter blues! Break the isolation of winter and visit Schmanska Park in a COVID-safe way.

Enjoy outdoor activities throughout February including snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, nature walks, and a kid’s Story Walk®. We encourage everyone to join us for this fun, free winter celebration.

I know you wish you were here…

Special Events

Friday, February 4
5 – 8 pm

Bundle up, bring a headlamp, and join your friends and neighbors for an evening at Schmanska Park in Burlington’s Old East End. Enjoy the magic of a warmly lit barn, 150 hand-crafted lanterns, and beautiful ice luminaries as we celebrate mid-winter. We’ll keep you nourished with free hot cider and baked goods, and toasty with our fire-pit warming area. Did someone say cider doughnuts? Yes, they certainly did!

Saturday and Sunday, February 5-6
10 am – 2 pm

Take advantage of free loaner equipment for adults and kids! Pick out a pair of cross-county skis, snowshoes, or a sled to use in the park. Ramble through the nature trails from Schmanska Park to Greenmount Cemetery, shred the best sledding hill in Burlington, participate in our lantern scavenger hunt, and check our StoryWalk®* featuring Change Sings by poet Amanda Gorman. Afterwards, grab a free hot cider, cider doughnut, or fresh-baked cookie and relax in the warming area. Come join the fun!

On Saturday, enjoy live local music from Sambatucada!, Brass Balagan, and Lola Houston between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm (weather permitting – we don’t want lips freezing to instruments).

Want to help with festival planning or activities?

Need a little historic inspiration? Check out this story from VT Digger about Burlington’s 1886 Carnival of Winter Sports. These Victorians, without a shred of GORE-TEX in sight, threw open their doors in search of a snowy adventure to chase their blues away! Be like the Victorians.

Photo courtesy of Special Collections, UVM Library

* The Story Walk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Winterlude 2022 is brought to you by the Old East End Neighborhood Coalition with generous support from Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, University of Vermont Office of Student and Community Relations, and AARP Vermont. We will observe all current COVID-19 protocols. If necessary, weather-related backup dates for the special events will be February 11-13.