A spectacular holiday tradition — Winter Lights!

When darkness falls on winter evenings from Thanksgiving through early January,  Shelburne Museum’s  campus glows in a bedazzling display of lights and music.

A holiday extravaganza, Winter Lights delights visitors of all ages with imaginatively and wondrously decorated iconic structures and gardens throughout the campus. The 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga and its companion 1871 Lighthouse as well as the magical Beach Woods and beautiful Bostwick Garden are a few of the 18 special installations that are festooned with thousands of lights that make for a breathtaking walking tour of the Museum campus. 

Dates & Times

Winter Lights will be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following 2023–2024 dates:

Friday, November 24 – Sunday, November 26

Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3

Thursday, December 7* – Sunday, December 10

Thursday, December 14 – Sunday, December 17

Thursday, December 21 – Saturday, December 23

Tuesday, December 26 – Monday, January 1

Thursday, January 4 – Saturday, January 6

*Hours and ticket pricing differ this night. See Special Events below for more information.


Wednesday evening drive-through 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates: 

Wednesday, November 29, December 6, December 13, and December 20


Purchase Tickets

Tickets will be sold online at 30 minute intervals.

Adults: $15
Children (ages 3-17): $10
Children (ages 0-2): Free

Wednesday Evening Drive Through: $65 per car

Looking to purchase Winter Lights tickets for your group of 15 or more? Purchase them yourself through the ticket link. Select the date and time of your choice and input the number of tickets. Names do not need to be assigned to individual tickets. 

Questions regarding accessibility can be directed to Bonnie Douglas at bdouglas@shelburnemuseum.org.

Member Perks

Shelburne Museum Members will receive early access to purchase Winter Lights tickets before sales open to the public.

Museum Members are invited to join the Member Night on Thursday, December 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please note: Members are required to purchase a Winter Lights ticket on this date to take part in this special event.

Don’t forget to show your Shelburne Museum Member card at Admissions to receive a small gift to light your way through Winter Lights. One gift per an individual per a visit. 

Special Events

Member Night | Thursday, December 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Shelburne Museum Members are invited to take part in an exclusive Member Night. Members are required to purchase a Winter Lights ticket on this date to take part in this special event. 

Ice Bar at Winter Lights | Thursday, December 7 from 5:30-9:30 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 stocked with local spirits, wine, and beer along with snacks to savor from local food trucks, all within the magical wonderland of Winter Lights. This is a 21+ event. 

Tickets are $85 for the general public and $75 for Members through November 24. On November 25 tickets are $90 for the general public and $80 for Members. Walk up tickets purchased on the night of the event are $100 for the general public and $90 for Members. All tickets include tokens for food from local food trucks and drinks at the bars. Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets. 

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Winter Lights FAQs


Shelburne Museum is delighted to welcome visitors to Winter Lights this holiday season. In order to ensure the most enjoyable and safest visit possible, please review the following information and policies listed below. If you have any questions or concerns prior to your visit, please contact us at info@shelburnemuseum.org

Your Time at the Museum
  • Proof of purchase is required for entry. Please bring a scannable smartphone or physical ticket with you for each member of your group.
  • We advise visitors to dress comfortably for being outdoors and wear footwear appropriate for uneven terrain and varied weather conditions.
  • The Weathervane Café will be open during Winter Lights, serving beverages and snacks.
  • Restrooms are available at the Weathervane Café, near the Train Station, and Admissions.
General Information
  • Photography and video (for personal use only) are welcome on the Museum grounds.
  • The use of sleds for transportation is prohibited.
  • Pets are not permitted on the Museum grounds. Service animals are welcome. 
  • Shelburne Museum is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Museum grounds. 
  • The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff are of the utmost importance. To ensure a secure venue for all, the possession of firearms, fireworks, explosives, incendiary devices, knives, or weapons of any kind is prohibited at Shelburne Museum’s property.
  • The pathways are accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and wagons under normal weather conditions. Please note, however, that paths may be muddy, wet, icy, or snow covered. Pathways are lit, but be aware of lower light levels in certain locations on the grounds.
  • The Winter Lights experience requires approximately a half mile of walking, and there are slight changes in elevation both up and downhill. We advise all visitors to wear appropriate footwear for the weather and the terrain.
  • While none of the light installations use strobe lighting, installations at the entrance to the Museum campus, the south lawn, the Ticonderoga, Beach Woods, and the Weathervane Cafe all include motion lighting; the Ticonderoga installation includes sound, and some of the installations include music.
  • Please arrive at your reserved time to ensure optimal numbers of visitors on the grounds during each ticket session.
  • Grounds transportation will not be available on regular evenings. However, on select Wednesday evenings with reservations the Museum offers a drive-through experience. Tickets for the drive-through nights can be purchased through the Museum web site. Please contact Visitor Services Manager Lee Wheeler at lwheeler@shelburnemuseum.org for any specific accessibility accommodation requests.
Refund Policy
  • There are no refunds or exchanges for tickets. You may transfer tickets via email to a party of your choice.


We look forward to welcoming you to Winter Lights! Please do not hesitate to let us know if there are steps we can take to improve safety or service.