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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

 

Holiday Events

Thursday, Dec. 5

North Adams: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 will host an opening reception for its “Made By Hand Holiday Art Show,” which celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, cards, collages, fiber, book arts, photography, and printmaking, from 5 to 7 p.m. The show will run at Gallery 51 from Dec. 5 through Dec. 28. Those who can’t make the opening celebration can shop the gallery during its regular business hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Gallery 51 will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 6

Pittsfield: Downtown Pittsfield Inc. will present the inaugural North Pole Pub Crawl as part of the second annual Downtown Festive Frolic. Visitors can travel to five downtown bars and restaurants and dress as their favorite holiday character for a chance to win a prize for best costume. This event is free and for ages 21+. Crawlers are responsible for their own food and drinks at each location. For a list of all Downtown Festive Frolic events and times, visit the website.

Pittsfield: Hancock Holidays at Hancock Shaker Village kicks off with Yule Jam at 7 p.m., featuring live music with American roots band Moonshine Holler accompanies cool holiday cocktails and local beer, games, and food for sale. Ugly sweater-wearers get $2 off the cover charge. For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.

Stockbridge: The 30th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration kicks off with "Readings Around the Hearth," readings of classic stories of the season at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Complete schedule online.

Williamstown: The 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk weekend kicks off with a concert by the Cassatt Quartet at the Clark Art Institute at 7 p.m. In addition to premiering new works that are inspired by objects in our collection, they will be performing selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons. Find the complete schedule online.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Lenox: The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work "A Christmas Carol" at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age at 3:30 p.m. An elegant Victorian tea will follow. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, "A Christmas Carol," inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere. Tickets are $50 per person; reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Lenox: Gather inspiration from The Mount’s holiday decorations and then make your own holiday ornament to take home with you between noon and 4 p.m. Included with admission.

North Adams: Norad Mill on Roberts Drive will host a Holiday Open House for visitors to explore the shops, studios and businesses in the Mill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pittsfield: Santa Claus will make a stop at The Beacon Cinema (57 North St.) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s second annual Downtown Festive Frolic. At the event, you will meet Santa and have your child's picture taken with Santa by a professional photographer. You will take a 4x6 photo away with you AND have the image emailed to you. In exchange, please come prepared to donate a brand-new item of warm clothing to the Berkshire Community Action Council’s Warm Clothing Program. Needed items in children's sizes: winter coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, pajamas, children's books, large gift bags, gift wrap, and gift boxes. Donated items should be unwrapped. If you are unable to bring a donated item, there is a suggested donation of $5 to the Berkshire Community Action Council, who will be present at The Beacon for this event to take all donated items and monetary gifts.

Pittsfield: Hancock Holidays at Hancock Shaker Village continued with brunch with Santa (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a Service of Lessons and Carols (4 and 6 p.m.) and gingerbread house contest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.

Stockbridge: The 30th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration continues with the Holiday House Tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($20; purchase tickets at the Red Lion Inn); a Children's Holiday Sing-Along at 11 a.m. at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives (free); and a Caroline Luminaria Walk from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning at the Red Lion Inn. Complete schedule online.

Williamstown: The 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk weekend continues, starting at 9 a.m. with the  Reindeer 5K Fun Run, a free screening of "Elf" at 11 a.m. at Images Cinema, the Habitat for Humanity Christmas Tree Showcase from 1 to 6 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, the Williamstown Community Chest Penny Social from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Lasell Gym, the Reindog Parade at 3 p.m., a visit with Santa at 3:30 p.m. at the Williams Bookstore, a reading of "A Christmas Carol" at the Log at 4 p.m., a Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols at Thompson Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m., caroling and the tree lighting on the Williams Inn front lawn at 5:15 p.m., and activities and entertainment all day in locations along Spring Street. Find the complete schedule online.

Williamstown: The annual "Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols" at Williams College will be held in Thompson Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. The identical services feature choral music by the College’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of familiar carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. There is no admission charge for either service, but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. The service offers a rich array of seasonal music. The repertoire of the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs includes both traditional arrangements as well as fresh new settings of Christmas texts under the direction of Lindsay Pope, director of Choral/Vocal Activities. Chaplain to the college, the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, will give the meditation. The Williams Handbell Choir will play a festive Postlude after each service.

Williamstown: Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Christmas Tree Showcase and Raffle at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown from 1 to 6 p.m. Come and enjoy the trees and bid on a tree to win and take home with you.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Lenox: The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work "A Christmas Carol" at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age at 3:30 p.m. An elegant Victorian tea will follow. Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, "A Christmas Carol," inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere. Tickets are $50 per person; reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. Call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Pittsfield: Hancock Shaker Village and Pittsfield florist Township Four present a holiday wreath-making workshop at the Village from 2 to 4 p.m. Floral designer Jed Thompson leads the session with a creative twist, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials—some foraged from Hancock Shaker Village’s property. While crafting, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks. Tickets are $80 and may be purchased online or by calling 413-443-0188.

Pittsfield: Hancock Holidays at Hancock Shaker Village continued with brunch with Santa (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), a Service of Lessons and Carols (4 and 6 p.m.) and gingerbread house contest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). For a complete schedule of events, visit the website.

Pittsfield: The Eagles Band will perform a free holiday concert at the First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St., at 3 p.m. On the program are selections including "A Chanukah Celebration," "Fantasia on A Hymn by Praetorius" and a medley from "Frozen" The Eagles Band Trombone Ensemble will prelude the concert starting at 2:15.

Stockbridge: The 30th annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas celebration continues with the Main Street at Christmas Re-creation from noon to 2 p.m. See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Main Street becomes a magical New England village with over 50 antique cars parked along the street (weather permitting) and a full range of festive activities, including Roger the Jester at the Red Lion Inn Christmas Food Booth; holiday music by Monument Mountain Regional High School and the Berkshire Victorian Carolers; holiday fun at Santa’s workshop sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum; and a visit from Santa. Commemorative Buttons offering admittance to Sunday’s Main Street activities are $5 per person and are available at the Red Lion Inn. Children under 12 free. Horse drawn wagon rides by Clay Hill Farm will also be available for an additional fee. Complete schedule online.

Williamstown: The 36th annual Williamstown Holiday Walk weekend concludes with a pancake breakfast benefiting the sixth-grade class at the Williamstown Elementary School Cafeteria from 9 a.m. to noon, the annual Williamstown Elementary School Craft Show at the Williamstown Elementary School Gymnasium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a Christmas Service of Lessons & Carols, Thompson Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. Find the complete schedule online.

Williamstown: The annual "Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols" at Williams College will be held in Thompson Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. The identical services feature choral music by the College’s Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of familiar carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. There is no admission charge for either service, but all are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. The service offers a rich array of seasonal music. The repertoire of the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs includes both traditional arrangements as well as fresh new settings of Christmas texts under the direction of Lindsay Pope, director of Choral/Vocal Activities. Chaplain to the college, the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer, will give the meditation. The Williams Handbell Choir will play a festive Postlude after each service.

Thursday, Dec. 12

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Lenox: Two of the Berkshires favorite performers, Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, are filling The Mount with holiday cheer. Talora and Ramsay will be performing holiday favorites throughout the afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Included with admission.

 

Christmas Tree Lightings

* Lenox Dale: Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Due to the construction on Walker Street, Santa will arrive by fire engine at Furnace Park at the intersection of Crystal Street and Walker Street to light the tree. Following the lighting, Santa will greet the children at the Fire Station on Elm Street, where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Santa will also pose for photos with the children. The event is sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company.

* North Adams: FRIDAY, DEC. 6 (postponed from Wednesday, Nov. 27) 6 p.m. at Monument Square. Caroling with the Drury Band, hot chocolate and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the Fire Department's antique Mack Fire Engine with treats. Kicks off the annual Hometown Holiday. This year the Downtown Bike Around will join the procession down Main Street with bikes decorated in lights; meet at Peebles/V&V lot at 5:15 p.m. (Raindate Dec. 6.)

* Pittsfield: Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The annual tree lighting will be held at Park Square with music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Downtown Festive Frolic begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 3 at participating venues. The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season.

* Williamstown: Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m. Caroling and the tree lighting on the Williams Inn front lawn at the foot of Spring Street.

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