Winter Carnival

High School Volunteers

The Winter Carnival is a huge event that takes place at the High School campus, and we welcome as much help from high school students as possible!  This is a great opportunity to gain experience, get creative, and earn community service hours.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Winter Carnival, please review the High School Volunteer Application (PDF), complete, and email to Jenn Turmel.  A committee member will be in touch prior to the event with details about your task.  

Artists who would like to help decorate the hallways are encouraged to apply as well!  We are trying to make this event a more immersive experience.

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: TBD
Location: CHS Theatre  |  Show Starts: 6:00pm


Auditions for Colchester's Got Talent will be Thursday & Friday, January 19 & 20, 2017.  A registration form will be posted here in December!

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

A full listing of events will be posted here when finalized.

Chili Cook-Off, hosted by the Blue Star Mothers of Vermont
[2017 form posted here when finalized]
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.

Performances and Times TBD
Location: CHS Theatre.