Winter in Washington

Top Photo by: Kristen Atlas


Washington becomes a true winter wonderland during the colder months in New England! Some say it looks like a snow globe village in winter, with the town greens and church steeples dusted with snow. Winter is a glorious time to enjoy our beautiful town, so we invite you to explore our favorite and iconic spots around town and the one-of-a-kind experiences that the five villages of Washington have to offer. Let your magical winter adventure begin!

Explore the Winter Wonderland

Take a winter stroll, hike, or snowshoe trek along one of Steep Rock Association’s beautiful trails and experience the splendor of nature and bucolic views. In nearby Cornwall, Mohawk Mountain also offers downhill skiing and snowboarding! And nothing says winter like donning ice skates and channeling your inner Olympian, so hit the ice at Rumsey Hall School on Saturdays or Frederick Gunn School on Sundays for public open skate.


Cozy & Festive Experiences

Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter season is a great time to cozy up by a fireplace and have a warm drink or hearty meal at one of our notable taverns like historic G.W. Tavern or the White Horse Country Pub. Then snuggle up with a book from the beloved Hickory Stick Bookshop or explore the stacks at the Gunn Memorial Library. When it’s time to come in from the cold, nothing beats Washington’s romantic inns or the luxury experiences at the Mayflower Inn & Spa.

The White Horse

Unique Shopping Experiences

Enjoy the world-class shopping experience at our shops and boutiques in New Preston Village and Washington Depot. You will surely get in the holiday spirit as you enjoy the magical decorations and beautiful window displays! Find a curated selection of clothing, accessories, decor items, home goods, and much more while you browse the latest inventories. View all our wonderful shops in Washington


Celebrate Holiday Joy

The holiday season is full of joy, cheer, and festive celebrations! One of the highlights of the winter season is Holiday in the Depot, a beloved family-friendly event that features holiday caroling, sweet treats, holiday shopping, and a special appearance by Santa. You can also find beautiful twinkling light displays all around Washington during the holidays, including at the Washington Green, the Depot, and New Preston Village. See the map of all the locations to view the magical winter lights


For more festive events and holiday joy, visit our Events Calendar.

Holiday in the Depot
Washington Green by @amygoossens17


On behalf of Explore Washington CT, we wish you a wonderful winter in Washington!


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