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

Thank you to all the performers for a great show!  If you'd like to watch it again, check out LCATV's Livestream of the event:

Congratulations to all of the finalists from this year's show:

Youth Division: Grades 2 - 4
1st Place: Sawyer Cyphers, Gunnar Perren, & Jacob Robare
2nd Place: Aaliyah Metzger
3rd Place:  Isabella Chicoine

Junior Division: Grades 5 - 7
1st Place: Tiko Bedrosian
2nd Place: Aurora Barella
3rd Place: Isabella Maestas

Young Adult Division: Grades 8 - 12
1st Place: Sam Burgess, Bella Lopez, & Henry Lopez
2nd Place: Renee Brouillette & Elysia Way
3rd Place: Jennifer Martel

Adult Category: Ages 18+
1st Place: Upscale (quartet): Carol Hollenbeck, April Knight, Carolynn O’Donnell, & Trecia Pallman-Hamilton
2nd Place: Megan Wallace
3rd Place: Lake Effect (band): Mollie Coons, Brian Costello, JP Farineau, Michele Grimm, & Rachael Straub

REMINDER: All spectators must purchase a Winter Carnival bracelet to gain admission to the show.  Performers only need a bracelet if they plan to attend more attractions throughout the weekend.


  • YOUTH: Grades 2 - 4
  • JUNIOR: Grades 5 - 7
  • YOUNG ADULT: Grades 8 - 12
  • ADULT: Ages 18+
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

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the full schedule.

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

2018 Chili Cook-Off Registration Form

2018 judges include: Governor Phil Scott, Senator Dick Mazza, CPD Chief Jennifer Morrison, and Becky Holt from COTS.  Judging will be at 10:30am.  Prizes include gift cards Dick Mazza's General Store, Rozzi's Tavern, and McGillicuddy's On the Green.  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!

Charity Ice Golf Tournament:
New this year: Play a round of ice golf at Lower Bayside Park.  Teams of 4 only: $100/team.  All proceeds benefit Vermont's Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.  Check-in at 11:00 AM; Shotgun start begins at 12:00 PM.  Click here for details or register online here.

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.

Thank You Winter Carnival Sponsors!

The Winter Carnival Committee would like to express its sincere thanks to the businesses, organizations, and individuals that helped make this year's event possible.  Your continued support and generosity is greatly appreciated!  We could not do it without you!

Bauer, Gravel, FarnhamBevins' Door, LLCBevo Catering, LLC
Bibens Lakeshore ACE HardwareChamberlain ConstructionChamplain Cable Corp.
Champlain Chiropractic ServicesCoates Island MarinaColchester Contracting Services
Crowley ConstructionCummings ElectricDanform Shoes
Family DentistryFuture EinsteinsGreen Mountain Acupuncture
Gregory Clairmont AssociatesHayward TylerHazelett Corporation
Kent Booraem InsuranceLCATVMarina at Marble Island
Mazza's General StoreMike's Auto PartsPension Works
Pepin MemorialsPetit Brook Vet ClinicRebecca Collman, MD
Red Leaf SoftwareSaba Marine, LLCSeaway Car Wash
Shadow Cross FarmSheppard Custom HomesThree Brothers Pizza
Vermont Information Processing