Get into the holiday spirit in Stowe, Vermont

For me the holiday season is about simple pleasures like skiing in Vermont, seeing friends and family, and making special meals. But it’s also time to bring on those once-a-year treats including one of my favorites: Candy canes.

At Laughing Moon Chocolates in Stowe, Vermont, you can make your very own candy cane or just watch as trays of this special holiday treat are prepared by hand before your eyes.

The shop is small, so be prepared to squish in a little. What’s really fun is that the warm candy can be twisted into shapes – my son made his own candy cane bracelet.

Watching is free; it costs six dollars to make your own. And you need a reservation because this is a very popular activity. Demonstrations take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Friday through Sunday between now and December 23; on Saturdays there is also a demonstration at 2 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation, please visit the Laughing Moon Chocolates website.

Want some other ways to get into the holiday spirit in Stowe?

Shop at many local merchants through December 24 and pick up Reindeer Cards when you make a purchase. Collect four different cards and you can enter weekly drawings for prizes like snowshoe tours and skiing packages. Drawings are held on Monday afternoons.

Stowe Mountain Lodge offers free hot chocolate and s’mores every afternoon during holiday weeks and every Saturday and Sunday throughout the rest of ski season starting the day after Christmas. They also ring in the New Year with a torchlit parade, fireworks, and more.

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