Winter Carnival

35th Annual Winter Carnival
February 2, 3 & 4, 2018

Theme: "Wacky World of Science"
All activities take place at the Colchester High School, except for Sunday's Open Skate (at Leddy Park in Burlington).

The annual Colchester Winter Carnival is a winter tradition that brings hundreds of families out to the Colchester High School campus for a weekend packed with activities, food concessions, arts & crafts, and other family fun, both inside and outside.  Each year, a theme is chosen by the Winter Carnival committee, and visitors are encouraged to join in the fun by dressing up to match the theme!  The most popular event of the weekend is the Friday night Colchester's Got Talent show, which puts Colchester's most talented residents on the stage for a night of music, dance, and performance!  Auditions are held in January.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top three performances in each age group!
Sound like fun?  Join our Winter Carnival Planning Committee and help us organize a truly stunning event!  Email Mike, our Committee Chair for more info, or visit our "Volunteer Opportunities" webpage.

Friday, February 2, 2018: Colchester's Got Talent!
Sponsored by: Sheppard Custom Homes
Location: CHS Theatre  |  Show Starts: 6:00pm


ONE NIGHT ONLY! Auditions for Colchester's Got Talent will be Thursday, January 18, 2018.  We will schedule an audition every 4 minutes.  

Registration Form:

2018 Colchester's Got Talent Entry Form (PDF)

Please read all rules & regulations (p.2) carefully, and be sure to print clearly.  Paper copies can be obtained from the Parks & Rec office and Colchester Schools.  To submit: mail or drop off at the Rec Office, or email it to Mike.
Deadline for Entries: Thursday, January 18 by NOON.


Cash prizes for top three finishers in each category!
1st place = $150; 2nd place = $75; 3rd place = $50

Admission Tickets:

$7.00 per person (ages 2 and under = FREE)
The Winter Carnival information booth will be open 5:00 - 7:00pm on Friday night for ticket sales.  All visitors who wish to view the show must purchase a Winter Carnival bracelet for $7.00, which will also grant entry to all events and activities on Saturday.


FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE THEATRE.  The Colchester High School Theatre recently had a major renovation, so we must stress that food and beverages are not to be brought into the theatre.  Concessions will not be for sale this year.

Overflow Seating:

Spectators who are not able to find a seat in the theatre, or prefer a more flexible space for young children, are welcome to view the show from the CHS Cafeteria, where a live stream video will be set up.  You won't miss any of the action!

Saturday, February 3, 2018: Winter Carnival @ Colchester High School

A full schedule will be posted here when finalized.

Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont:

A registration form will be posted here when available.

Judging at 10:30am.  Leftovers will be sold as concessions and all proceeds will be donated to the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont.  Location: CHS Cafeteria.

Performances: Studio 3 Dance Show (10:00 AM)
Dancers from Studio 3 in Colchester will perform a number of original routines in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, and modern dance styles.  All are welcome to enjoy the show.  Please note: food and drink are NOT allowed in the Colchester High School theatre!

Sunday, February 4, 2018: Open Skate @ Leddy Park (Burlington)

Join officers from the Colchester Police Department for an Open Skate at Leddy Park!  Your Winter Carnival bracelet covers your admission, so don't forget to bring it with you!  Skate rentals are available at the rink for $3.00 per pair.  

Hours: 11:20 AM - 12:50 PM
Location: Studio Ice, Leddy Park
(216 Leddy Park Road, Burlington).

Sponsored by The Colchester Police Department.