Winter Carnival

34th Annual Winter Carnival
February 3, 4 & 5, 2017

Theme: "Around the World"
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 3, 2017: Colchester's Got Talent!
Sponsored by: Sheppard Custom Homes
Location: CHS Theatre  |  Show Starts: 6:00pm

LCATV will be live streaming the show.  Watch it here:


Auditions for Colchester's Got Talent will be Thursday & Friday, January 19 & 20, 2017.  

Registration Form:

Click here for a fillable PDF of the 2017 Talent Show registration form!  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: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Four Categories:

  • Youth (Grades K - 5)
  • Junior (Grades 6 - 8)
  • High School (Grades 9 - 12)
  • Adult & Families (Ages 18+ or family group acts)
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 4, 2017: Winter Carnival @ Colchester High School

Click here for the full schedule of Saturday events!

Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont:
Click here for a Chili Contest Registration Form.
Deadline for submissions: January 28!  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.

Both performance will be located in the CHS Performing Arts Center
11:00pm - Jon Gailmor
Jon Gailmor is a mainstay among Vermont entertainers and has even performed internationally in France, Italy, Ecuador, and more!  Known for his lively, interactive musical performances for all ages, Jon has been honored as an “Extraordinary Vermonter” by the governor, received the Mayor’s Peace Prize in Burlington, was awarded a Silver Citation by the Vermont Arts Council and the Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award for Arts in Education.  Jon’ s performance is sure to be a highlight at this year’s event.  

1:00pm - Studio 3 Competition Dance Teams Performance

Studio 3 Dance is excited to perform their newest competition dance pieces from 2016 for all to enjoy!  The performers have been working hard and are looking forward to entertaining everyone.  This year’s groups consist of ages as young as 5 all the way through adult and the mix of genres will delight the entire audience.  From soft shoe tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and more!  This wonderful show is the perfect way to end your day at the Carnival.

Sunday, February 5, 2017: 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.  

Location: Studio Ice, Leddy Park
(216 Leddy Park Road, Burlington).

Sponsored by The Colchester Police Department.