iBrattleboro Animated Christmas Calendar

Time once again for the animated, interactive, Brattleboro-centric, advent-ish calendar, featuring different scenes and local facts, sponsored by no one. The iBrattleboro Christmas Calendar.

While it is continually popular, we were debating whether to bring this back again this year. The Christmas Calendar is built in Flash, an ancient programming tool that is fading away. iPads and many other devices just don’t allow it anymore.

Still, Flash works for some people, and the calendar will continue to work just fine for those who have it installed. If you still use it, you’ll have a fun month. Check back daily and watch as the scene gets more and more involved.

Also, note this isn’t a true advent calendar – it goes right up until the end of the month.

Enjoy, and help us figure out what we should do to replace this in the future. Any ideas?

Comments | 25

  • Calender

    It took a bit of work. Download the flash player .exe file, save , close mozilla and install. Didn’t work if you start with mozilla open. All on a windows 10 desktop.

    But worth it. Now it feels like Christmas.

    Thanks iBratt

    Gary King

  • Christmas Calendar

    I love the Christmas Calendar…it’s the simple things that makes Christmas fun.

  • Bratt at Xmas

    I’ve loved this calendar since you started it all those years ago. I hope you’ll build a new one to replace the Flash. We could start a GoFundMe to sponsor it!

  • Chrome

    Works in Chrome for me! Thanks, I enjoy the calendar!

  • Ho Ho Ho

    Glad it is still able to be enjoyed! Works for me in Safari on a Mac, too, if I allow Flash to do its thing. It still makes me laugh.

    Re: next version:

    What if we came up with some sort of group project? Would any of you supply art/photos? We can look into programming options and what’s possible these days that would be fun. Maybe HTML 5 is up to the task.

  • It's over here

    … adding a comment to boost this back up for easy finding on the home page.

  • And a small advertisement

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    A Centre Church watch? Check. A Vermont Wheel Club flask? Check. Tons of Brattleboro T-shirts, posters and postcards? Check.

    Enjoy the calendar!

  • Still tickin'

    Getting more animated each day!

  • A bit more to go...

    Filling in nicely, and lots of local history and old photos to explore.

  • Christmas Calendar

    My comment — mid-sentence — flew away into cyber space, so will try again. To repeat: while undoubtedly the tech-talented have a deja vu, “been there, done that” feeling about your Calendar, those of us who are less cyber-gifted still find it magical to see activities appear on Main St., culminating in Santa’s fly-over above the silhouettes of Brattleboro houses, to disappear over the horizon for another year. As a holiday institution, it has replaced Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the ever-burning yule log, and is rivaled only by the loop broadcast of “A Christmas Story”.

    Like Santa Claus himself, your Christmas Calendar can’t be improved upon — so just feel rewarded by the knowledge that you have created a new tradition — something that very few of us will ever be able to do.

  • Christmas Calendar

    Chris and Lise, you probably feel deja vu — you’ve “been there, done that” — about your Christmas Calendar, and are ready to move on. But for many of the Calendar’s fans, it has become an institution, and can’t be improved upon — any more than people can improve on Jean Shepherd’s “A Christmas Story”. It has become a family tradition. Most of us never create family traditions, so you both should feel very proud of what you’ve accomplished. Your Christmas Calendar has evolved into a tradition for many more people than you can ever know.


    Arthur & Danna Jackson
    Between The Lines Books
    Bloomington, Ind.

  • Animated Advent Calendar

    Your advent calendar seems to have taken on a life of its own, gathering a far larger following than you probably ever imagined. It has also been incorporated into family traditions, just as much as watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.

    Bottom line: it isn’t broken; don’t fix it…

    Bloomington, Indiana

  • Now it's Xmas in Brattleboro

    When the iBratt calendar starts, tis the season!

  • Animated Christmas Calendar

    So glad to see the lady in the red coat exiting Brown & Roberts with her package and heading up Main Street again! Is there any chance she’ll reappear in future panoramas of, say, Brattleboro’s July 4th parade, waving a flag?

  • All the buildings still standing...

    When we made this – it was the “old” Brooks House with Mole’s Eye in the basement. First Baptist was still a church, the Masonic Center had no history rooms, the stone church had optics labs in the basement, and the Library hadn’t been renovated.

    Glad to know it is still being enjoyed. I still like it. (And the selectboard xmas puppet special, of course…)

  • Hooray!

    It’s back! And Flash is still with us!

  • snowy Bratt

    In other years I’ve seen the snow falling on the calendar and wished it would for real. This year we have over a foot of white already. Bratt’s even prettier in the snow.

  • Thanks for the Advent Calendar

    I really like the old photos. Life is so much better now, right? Well, maybe not. Have a merry!

  • Bumping

    So I don’t have to search for it. 🙂

    • OR

      If you turn off ad-blocking for iBrattleboro (which everyone SHOULD do because all we have are local, useful ads that don’t track you, blink, move, play audio or anything…), you’ll see a big image at the top that takes you directly to the calendar!

      (There are also nice ads for the Heat Fund, MuseArts, BHS, WVEW, Peter Havens and more.)

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