What Is Highlight?

Highlight is Burlington’s new citywide New Year’s Eve celebration, produced by Signal Kitchen & Burlington City Arts. The festival brings Vermont’s leading artists, doers, and thinkers together to showcase our community’s creativity through lively festivities for all to enjoy. Click to check out all of the events!

Parking & Shuttles

Our shuttle sponsors of Green Mountain Transit, Farrell Distributing and Bud Light provide three free shuttles for Highlight. All shuttle lines meet at the Waterfront where you can transfer between routes. If you’d rather not drive into the downtown, you can use the shuttles for off-site parking at either the DoubleTree Hotel off of Williston Road or at Champlain College’s Miller Center on Lake Street, just off of Pine Street. You can also use these shuttles throughout the event to get around town to the various venues. Hop on, hop off!

Shuttle Routes
-All three routes meet at the Waterfront, where you can transfer between routes.
-All shuttles operate from noon to 12:30am and are free to anyone with or without a Highlight button.
-The North/South route stops at the Downtown Transit Center, for connections to the greater GMT network.

EAST/WEST runs from the DoubleTree Hotel, down Main Street to the Waterfront and then back. It makes stops at the Edmunds Middle School and lower Church Street. This shuttle runs every 15 to 20 minutes.

NORTH/SOUTH runs from the parking lot at Champlain College’s Miller Center, up Pine Street, to the Waterfront, north to the Downtown Transit Center and then out to the Old North End via Elmwood Avenue. It then loops back to the Waterfront and south to Pine Street. This shuttle runs every 25 to 30 minutes.

COLLEGE STREET SHUTTLE runs on College Street, from the Waterfront to the hospital, stopping at the Fletcher Free Library and Church Street. This shuttle runs every 15 to 20 minutes.

Remote Parking

From the East & I-89

Park in the rear lot of the DoubleTree Hotel, near their Event & Conference Center (not near the main guest check-in.) Rendezvous at the Highlight Shuttle Stop sign near the main door of the Event Center. An East/West GMT Shuttle will pick you up and bring you downtown via Main Street.

From the South 

Park in the South End at Champlain College’s Miller Center off on Lake Street, just off of Pine Street. Meet at the Highlight Shuttle Stop sign in the parking lot. Here, a North/South GMT Shuttle will pick you up.

Park Downtown: All City garages will be accessible and open. We encourage people to park in the Lakeview and College Street garages, which generally have the most availability and are centrally located. To see all of the parking options, use this link to Park Burlington’s interactive map.

What Is The Bright Ideas Project?

Many of Highlight’s events are designed and built by your friends and neighbors. The Bright Ideas Project crowdsources ideas from talented Vermonters for all kinds of NYE happenings. Through an open call for proposals in the fall, we grant funds and support to select ideas that come to life at Highlight. Click to read more about The Bright Idea Project and our partners at VSECU.

Highlight’s Bright Idea Project is proudly Powered By VSECU. VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. Click here to learn more about our friends at VSECU.