Join Shelburne Museum for a spectacular new holiday tradition: Winter Lights!

When darkness falls in the evening this winter, Shelburne Museum will light its campus aglow for its inaugural Winter Lights event.

A holiday extravaganza for all ages, Winter Lights invites visitors to see the Museum’s buildings and campus bedecked in beautiful holiday lights. Whether watching the Ticonderoga sail on a sea of light or marveling at the merry majesty of the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, visitors are sure to feel the spirit of the season while viewing our campus in a new “light.”



Dates & Times:

Winter Lights will be open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following 2021–2022 dates:

Friday, November 26
Saturday, November 27

Thursday, December 2
Friday, December 3 – Lake Champlain Chocolates Member Night* 
Saturday, December 4

Thursday, December 9
Friday, December 10 – Cabot Creamery Co-operative Member Night*
Saturday, December 11

Thursday, December 16
Friday, December 17
Saturday, December 18

Thursday, December 23

Sunday, December 26
Monday, December 27
Tuesday, December 28
Wednesday, December 29
Thursday, December 30
Friday, December 31
Saturday, January 1

*Special reservation windows are offered to Members on Member nights.


Tickets will be sold online at 15 minute intervals. 

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

Group Sales for FAQs (for groups of 15 or more)

Looking to purchase Winter Lights tickets for your group of 15 or more? Reach out to Lee Wheeler at or 802-985-0878 for information and assistance.

Questions regarding accessibility can be directed to Bonnie Douglas at

To ensure public health and safety we require all guests to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Member Perks

Shelburne Museum Members will receive early access to purchase Winter Lights tickets before they open to the public. The early access ticket link will only be sent by email and will not be posted on the website.

Member Early Access ticket sales will run from Wednesday, November 3 through Sunday, November 7.

A special gift is available to all Members who present their membership cards at Admissions any night during the 2021 run of Winter Lights. If you do not have a membership card, please email

Member Nights

Shelburne Museum Members are invited to take part in two Winter Lights Member Nights.

  • Friday, December 3 from 5-7pm, sponsored by Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • Friday, December 10 from 5-7pm, sponsored by Cabot Creamery Co-operative

The first 1,000 Members will receive a gift from the Museum’s sponsors on these two evenings. You must present your membership card when checking in at Admissions to receive a redeemable ticket for the gift. If you do not have a membership card, please email

Shelburne Museum thanks our sponsors for their generous support!



Benoit Electric  |  Cabot Creamery Co-operative  |  Greenbacker Capital

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

Your Time at the Museum
  • We advise visitors to dress comfortably for being outdoors and wear footwear appropriate for uneven terrain and varied weather conditions.
  • The Museum Store at Diamond Barn will be open during Winter Lights.
  • The Weathervane Café will be open during Winter Lights, serving hot beverages, panini, grilled cheese, hot dogs, soup and chili, and snacks.
Health and Safety
  • Please help us maintain a healthy and safe environment for all our visitors and staff by observing the following guidelines, based on the current recommendations from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health: 
  • Masks are mandatory. Visitors age 2 and up and all staff must wear masks while inside any building, including admissions, and are encouraged to wear masks outdoors on the grounds. Masks will be available at the Admissions desk for those who require them.   
  • Please postpone your visit if you are feeling unwell in any way.  
  • Please maintain social distancing of 6’ as much as possible.
  • Restrooms are available at the Weathervane Cafe and Admissions.    
  • Hand sanitizing stations are conveniently located throughout the grounds.
General Information
  • Photography and video (for personal use only) are welcome on the Museum grounds. 
  • Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus. 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 on Shelburne Museum property. 
  • The pathways are accessible to wheel chairs, 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; and some of the installations include music.
  • We have limited the number of visitors per 15-minute ticket session to 125, to ensure social distancing and provide a more enjoyable viewing experience for all.
  • 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. Please contact Bonnie Douglas at for any specific accessibility accommodation requests.
  • Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus. However, service animals are always welcome.
Refund Policy
  • Tickets are non-refundable. The event will run rain, snow or shine. In the event of major storms we may need to close for the evening and all ticket holders will receive notification by 12 pm on the day of the event. Please check your email, Museum social media accounts, or call us at 1-802-985-3346 for event status updates. Should we cancel an evening due to weather we will refund the price of your ticket(s). Because our system does not store your credit card information, our customer service team will send you an email reminding you to contact us for either a refund or to reschedule your visit for another available evening. Contact with any refund questions.


We look forward to welcoming you to Winter Lights 2021! Please do not hesitate to let us know if there are steps we can take to improve safety or service.