The leaves are gone, and there’s frost on our pumpkins now so it can only mean that the holiday’s are close at hand. Here at the Casablanca Motel we are anxiously awaiting the start of “Manchester Merriment” – 6 weeks of delightful fun beginning on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and culminating with the New Year’s Celebrations here in the beautiful Shires of Vermont.
The festivities begin Saturday November 25th with the Tree Lighting ceremony on the town green. Santa will arrive courtesy of the Manchester Fire Department (he has to let his reindeer rest till the big night ) and will be ready to hear the wishes of all the children as the big day approaches.
Candlelight for Canines-Tuesday November 28th at Ye Old Tavern-celebrates our four legged friends and is a fundraising event for the Manchester Dog Park. Ye Old Tavern on Main Street will host a candlelight dinner, 5pm-9pm with signature drinks and their full menu AND 100% of the proceeds will benefit the MDP Foundation- a 501(c)3 that is a group of volunteers who manage the Dog Park with NO TAX PAYER funds. They rely solely on donations and if you’ve been to the park-you’ll see the new agility course, water (thanks to the Town of Manchester), a new shelter for inclement weather and as always, 3 separate fenced in areas for dogs to romp and play.
Next up check out the lead tractor driver (Casablanca’s own- Linda “Richard Petty Driver” ) at the annual Tractor Parade on Saturday Dec. 2nd . Be sure to scope out a spot by the round-about , warm up with some hot cocoa from Spiral Press and cheer on the colorful and creatively designed tractors as they vie for your applause.
On December 2nd and December 9th, be sure to get a ticket for the annual Holiday Inn Tours where designated inns dress in their holiday finest and welcome guests and visitors to tour their grounds and sample some home made holiday goodies.
The Lion’s Club Elf Express rolls into town on December 16th & 17th. All aboard! The magic of Christmas comes alive on the Green Mountain train as you carol and sip hot cocoa while enjoying the elves and friends put on a holiday show.
These are just some of the holiday magic that happens here in the Northshire! Events at the Northshire Bookstore, concerts, Holiday happenings at Hildene-the Lincoln Family Home, craft fairs and so much more. The Southshire events such as Festival of Trees at the Bennington Museum are among the many delights just minutes south of us.
Our Gingerbread cabins are toasty warm and waiting for your family to come and RELAX..REFRESH..EXPLORE. You might even spot some snow folks enjoying our grounds as well.
Call to book now (we guarantee you’ll get our very best rate!) and every child 12 and under staying with us during Manchester Merriment will receive a Mary Meyer stuffed toy to begin their holiday cheer. (while supplies last). Don’t forget-your four legged friends are welcome in select cabins! Please be sure to let us know at time of booking if your fur baby(s) are joining you.