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Annual Events


Winter Lights:


Enjoy the magical display of lights on Church Street this winter, from December to April!


Discover Jazz Festival: 


Vermont has celebrated amazing live music since the first annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. In 1983 the Festival gave Vermont's flourishing jazz community the recognition it deserved – a celebration combining incredible local talent with jazz legends from every corner of the globe.Throughout the event the city comes alive. Music resonates from every corner of Downtown Burlington — from the region’s premier performing arts facility, the Flynn Center, to the Church Street Marketplace stages, to Waterfront and City Hall Parks, to neighborhood clubs and restaurants. This 10-day event has become a tradition, a chance for the community to revel in jazz’s spectrum of different forms and an opportunity for fans to learn from and meet the world-renowned artists who have inspired them for years. Learn more about the festival HERE


Festival of Fools: 

A festival of street theater devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music and comedy for family audiences. The festival features the best international street performers from around the globe. Audiences of all ages will feast their eyes on some of the zaniest comic performers as downtown Burlington becomes an epicenter for laughter and spirited entertainment.


Sidewalk Sale:  

One of Burlington’s great traditions, the Downtown and Church Street Marketplace Annual Sidewalk Sale. Starting as early as 8AM, merchants display their wares both in front of and inside their stores. Great bargains abound and friends, neighbors and visitors to our region fill the Marketplace from dawn to dusk. Some merchants extend their sales through the weekend.


Church Street Santa Parade and Lighting Ceremony:  


Santa makes a quick trip to the Marketplace during his busy season to kick off the annual Holiday Parade on the Church Street Marketplace. All children and those who are young-at-heart are welcome.

We officially and joyfully begin the holiday season with a classic rendition of the stage production, “Twas the Night Before Christmas." Beautifully costumed and professionally presented, this humorous and delightful performance brightens the eyes of children and gladdens the hearts of young and old alike.

Carolers will sing on the Marketplace prior to the show and all are invited to sing along. The performance culminates with the illumination of 250,000 LCD lights on Church Street, a cherished tradition. Our 50-foot holiday tree is lit with thousands of colored LED lights in shades of red, gold, tangerine, blue and green. It shines the full length of the Marketplace, a beacon to all lovers of the holiday season.


Small Business Saturday


The Church Street Marketplace is proud to support Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local merchants in our community. Whether you’re looking for a new blouse, home décor, ski gear or jewelry, SHOP SMALL and celebrate local merchants. 

With more than 70% of Church Street’s stores and restaurants locally owned, our unique businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of the Church Street Marketplace. Thank you for supporting our local merchants. Remember - when millions shop small, it could be huge!