SHELBURNE, Vt. (November 14, 2023) — Winter Lights, Shelburne Museum’s popular holiday light extravaganza, begins on November 24 and runs through January 6. The museum’s 45-acre campus will be aglow in a spectacular visual display of lights accompanied throughout by musical selections.
Shelburne Museum’s iconic landmarks including the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga and its companion 1871 Lighthouse as well as the magical Beach Woods and beautiful Bostwick Garden are all festooned with thousands of lights that make for a breathtaking walking tour of the museum campus in the evening hours.
In all, Shelburne Museum will decorate 18 of its buildings and gardens for the event, which takes place starting on Thanksgiving weekend and is extended through January 6, an addition of an extra weekend for this season. Other new offerings this year include lighting the Locomotive 220 and Grand Isle Rail Car at the Train Station, and visitors can hear the sounds of the Ticonderoga plying the waters of Lake Champlain while gazing upon the brilliantly lit massive steamboat. This season, special Wednesday evening hours are offered for drive-through tours of the display, available with advance ticket purchase online.
Winter Lights will run Thursday evenings through Sunday evenings starting Friday, November 24 through Saturday, January 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and for the holiday week of December 26 through January 1, with drive-through evenings on Wednesdays. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance on the museum’s website www.shelburnemuseum.org/winterlights. Tickets are non-refundable and non-changeable.
Winter Lights Schedule
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on each date:
Friday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 26
Thursday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 3
Thursday, Dec. 7* – Sunday, Dec. 10
Thursday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 17
Thursday, Dec. 21 – Saturday, Dec. 23
Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Monday, Jan. 1
Thursday, Jan. 4 – Saturday, Jan. 6
*Hours and ticket pricing differ this night. See Special Events below for more information.
Winter Lights Ticket Prices
$15 per adult
$10 per child, ages 3-17
Free for children under 3
For more information, visit: https://shelburnemuseum.org/winter-lights
Special Winter Lights Events
Thursday, December 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Shelburne Museum Members explore the expanded Winter Lights and receive a sweet treat from sponsor Lake Champlain Chocolates.
Ice Bar at Winter Lights
Thursday, December 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Shelburne Museum has mixed its fantastic Winter Lights extravaganza with spirits for the perfect night out with a twist that’s sure to spark the holiday spirit! This special evening of merriment features outdoor bars along with snacks to savor from local food trucks, all within the magical wonderland of Winter Lights. Tickets are $85 for the general public and $75 for Members, and prices increase on November 25. All tickets include tokens for food trucks and drinks. Must be 21 or older.
Winter Lights is sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates, Radiance Medical Aesthetics & Wellness Spa with additional support from Global Foundries and Vermont Mutual.
Image credit: The iconic 1871 Lighthouse featured on Shelburne Museum’s 45-acre campus is adorned with festive lights for the museum’s Winter Lights extravaganza. Photography by Adam Silverman.
Hi-resolution images available HERE.
About Shelburne Museum
Founded in 1947 by trailblazing folk art collector Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888–1960), Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, is the largest art and history museum in northern New England and Vermont’s foremost public resource for visual art and material culture. The Museum’s 45-acre campus is comprised of 39 buildings including the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education and Webb Gallery featuring important American paintings by Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Grandma Moses, John Singleton Copley and many more. For more information, please visit shelburnemuseum.org.