Berkshire Family Fun for Early December, 2012

Berkshire County Highlights for Families:
December 1st-14th, 2012

Experience Main Street in Stockbridge just like Norman Rockwell did during the Stockbridge Holiday Stroll on Sun., Dec. 2nd from 12noon-2pm. Downtown Stockbridge will be filled with antique cars, carolers will perform all over town, and there will be fun family activities for all! The re-creation is a unique opportunity to experience Norman Rockwell’s work in real life!

The holidays are here and they’re celebrating in the Berkshires!  Holiday strolls are taking place in Williamstown, Great Barrington and Stockbridge during these first two weeks of December. Santa’s making his rounds visiting Crane & Company’s Model Farm, Dalton CRA, Lilac Park, Lenox Fire Department, and the Berkshire Museum.  Gingerbread houses are being built at Hops & Vines and the Lenox Library, and latkes are being fried up at Wild Oats… and people and chorus groups are singing and performing all over the region!

Find out about these events and other community events and learning opportunities happening throughout Berkshire County through Dec 14th, 2012:

North Berkshire
Central Berkshire
South Berkshire

To find out what’s happening throughout the four counties of Western MA, check our comprehensive list of Weekly Suggested Events, published every Thursday! There you will also find our list of ongoing weekday playgroups, storyhours and events both in Berkshire County and throughout the region.

List of Weekly Suggested Events

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Four Holiday Strolls in the Berkshires

Holiday Strolls in the Berkshires

Four Holiday Strolls and town celebrations are planned for the Berkshires, including the towns of North Adams, Williamstown and Stockbridge.  A fourth Holiday Stroll will happen in Great Barrington on Saturday, December 8th from 4-7:30pm. Take the family and stroll downtown, alive with holiday spirit!  Find out more about the Great Barrington Holiday Stroll on the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce website.

As the temperature slowly drops and the skies become increasingly more grey, towns across Western Massachusetts are beginning to look more and more festive by the minute!  Leafless trees now don coats of twinkling lights, streetlights are wrapped cozily in strands of deep green garland, and bright red bows decorate wreaths – welcoming both visitors and the holiday season.  Begin your family’s holiday season this weekend by visiting one of the holiday strolls being offered!

Downtown North Adams’ Hometown Holidays series continues on Thursday, November 29th from 5-8pm.  Local businesses will have extended hours and special deals for holiday shopping, and there will be fun family activities taking place throughout town.  Kids can get holiday masterpieces painted on their chilly pink cheeks, exercise their creativity making holiday crafts (which might also make great gifts!), and sing along to live holiday music.  More information available on the City of North Adams website.

Carolers, theatrical performers, horses, and even Santa Claus himself will be in Williamstown on Saturday, December 1st, for the town’s annual Holiday Walk!  The event takes place from 4-7pm, and features everything from holiday crafts and a bake-off to sleigh rides and a parade.  There will be live music throughout town for the duration of the event, including performances by jazz groups, a bell choir, and community chorus groups.  “A Christmas Carol,” will be performed at 5:45pm at The Log, the Reindog Parade will march down Spring Street at 4:15pm, and the Williamstown Cub Scouts will be collecting toys at 69 Spring Street all night!  The event ends with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree, done by Santa himself.  A full list of events is available on the Williamstown Chamber’s website.

The town of Stockbridge will be celebrating the holidays all weekend – all over town!  On Saturday, December 1st, families can explore local historic properties on the Holiday House Tour.  The tour, which is self-guided and takes place from 11am-4pm, includes historic gems such as Naumkeag, The Mount, and Elms Cottage, and is a great way for older students to learn about local history.  That evening, downtown Stockbridge will be lit by candlelight during the annual Caroling Luminaria Walk, beginning at the Red Lion Inn (BYO candle or flashlight!).  The walk ends at the First Congregational Church, where Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus will perform holiday music.  Sunday, December 2nd, brings a second set of exciting holiday events in Stockbridge – including Main Street at Christmas, a re-creation of Norman Rockwell’s famous painting of the same name.  The town’s main street will be filled with antique cars and holiday decorations – transforming Stockbridge into a vintage wonderland!  There will be caroling, crafts, and sleigh rides, too.  For more information on locations and ticketing, visit the Stockbridge Chamber’s website.

Annual Holiday Stroll in Shelburne Falls the Day After Thanksgiving

Moonlight Magic Kicks off the Holiday Season in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 23rd, 2012

This annual holiday event begins with the “Lighting of the Village” at approximately 4pm.  At 5:15pm, the annual Parade of Lights will cross over the Iron Bridge spanning across the Deerfield River from Buckland to Shelburne. Mole Hollow Candle Co. will again be providing 1,200 luminary candles which will line both sides of the streets throughout the village as Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and many more make their way through town. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Moonlight Magic is a community tradition held annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving coinciding with the annual “Holiday Lighting of the Village” in Shelburne Falls, MA. Many special features add to the traditional festive evening of family fun and holiday spirit in this classic New England village on the Mohawk Trail. The streets are filled with luminary candles, caroling, sidewalk sales, art events and craft demonstrations; Vendor tables are set along the sidewalks with local non-profit group’s holiday wreaths, baked goods and crafts; Live music and roving performers will be present on both sides of the river throughout the evening.; and Stores, galleries and restaurants stay open late for special holiday promotions.

The streets and local venues will be filled with music too. Many local vocal and instrumental groups will perform at designated sites and along the streets, including Uncle Hal’s Crabgrass Band, Last Night’s Fun Celtic Band, and the Expandable Brass Band. If your in need to warm up, stop in anytime at Memorial Hall Theater where children and their families can watch cartoons (traditionally Looney Tunes) on the big screen from 5:30-8pm, and families can stop into Santa’s Workshop at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be open too. This will be a rare opportunity to ride the brightly lit and beautifully restored Trolley No. 10 after dark. While you wait for the Trolley, warm up by the potbelly stove and enjoy a cup of warm cider in the museum’s classic restored wooden caboose.  Take the Trolley to the Museum’s visitor center for interesting historic period displays of life in the area one hundred years ago. The kids will love the operating displays of toy trains.

Thanks to the Academy at Charlemont, a shuttle service will be provided with stops at Eddie’s Wheels, Christopher’s Grinders, the Trolley Museum, Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, and Arms Academy from 4-8pm. The Iron Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic so that folks can stroll back and forth enjoying events and open shops on both sides of the river.

6th Annual Holiday Celebration in Northfield

A Special Day in Northfield
6th Annual Holiday Celebration

A Special Day in Northfield (pdf)

Several stops through out Northfield to MYO holiday crafts. Mim’s Market will offer gingerbread cookie decorating with banjo and acoustic music from 1-3pm. Children and adults welcome! Click on the image to download a schedule of events.

This Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10am-6:15pm, enjoy a day long Holiday Stroll in Northfield, MA during the 6th Annual A Special Day in Northfield.

Start your day with a horse-drawn hayride. When you’re finished, warm up with hot chocolate from a local cafe and then enjoy Victorian Carolers. Mrs. Claus will be reading stories by the fire at Centennial House Bed & Breakfast at lunchtime, and the Northfield Historical Society will have their historical exhibit, Made In Northfield on display at the Northfield Mountain Antiques. Kids can decorate gingerbread cookies and enjoy acoustic music with their parents in the afternoon at Mim’s Market, and print holiday cards and make pinecone bird feeders at the Green Trees Gallery

All of these great activities (and more!) are available to families this Saturday at A Special Day in Northfield! The event is a non-commercial community holiday celebration that offers families an opportunity to explore, be creative, and enjoy what Northfield has to offer! Local artists and antiques stores will be open, too, so if you want to do any holiday shopping, you can shop locally and/or handmade.

Free parking available behind 105 Main Street.  Look for establishments displaying a snowflake sign for maps. For more information download A Special Day in Northfield schedule of events, or call 413-498-5921 or 413-498-2414.

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