10 Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall in Western MA, 2015

10 Smart Black Friday Alternatives to the Mall
Friday, November 27th, 2015

The annual Moonlight Magic holiday stroll will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls on Black Friday! Stroll the Village with your family and enjoy local shopping and holiday fun!

In Deerfield from 9:30am-4:30pm
Opt-out of Black Friday chaos, and instead let Historic Deerfield be your destination for handmade, heartfelt giving in preparation for the holiday season. On the Day of Giving, every museum visitor will have the opportunity to handcraft a special gift using simple or natural materials. Historic trade demonstrations of paper marbling and redware pottery-making will provide inspiration for handcrafted gifts. Works by paper marblers Regina and Dan St. John and redware potter Stephen Earp will be available for purchase at the Museum Gift Shop and Bookstore.The Day of Giving kicks off the museum’s support of the Community Action Holiday Gift Program. Visitors can bring unwrapped gifts for children up to 18 years old until December 13. 413-774-5581. 84B Old Main Street, ($)

In Sturbridge from 9:30am-5pm
Just in time for your holiday shopping, Old Sturbridge Village‘s Winter Market offers unique items from more than 30 juried craft vendors offering the finest hand-made treasures for the special people on your list. Marvel at diverse creations including pottery, paper goods, arts and crafts, treats for your pets, ornaments, gourmet foods, artisan jewelry, and gorgeous home accessories. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. (FREE Members, <$ Non-members, MARKET/SALE)

In Williamsburg from 10am-4pm
Glassblowing is an ancient art form, dating back at least 2,000 years with origins in Jerusalem, spreading to the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC. Originally, the craft of blowing glass was used for utilitarian purposes, like containers, table wear and window glass. It wasn’t until the late 60s was glassblowing was raised to the level of art, lead by German artist, Hans Godo Frabel. Make your own glass ornament at the Snow Farm. No advance sign up necessary. Check in at the Hot Shop when you arrive to be placed on the list, do a little shopping or have lunch, then come back to the shop when it’s your turn. No experience necessary;ages 8 and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. ($$)

In Lee from 10am-4pm
May the force be with you at the Star Wars Marathon at the Lee Library. Bring your comfy soccer chair; bring lunch. At 10am: A New Hope (PG, 1977). At 12:15: The Empire Strikes Back (PG, 1980). At 2:30: Return of the Jedi (PG, 1983). Children under 12 must be supervised. Brown bag snacks and lunches welcome. 413-243-0385. 100 Main Street. (FREE)

In Springfield from 10am-5pm
Celebrate the season and Dr. Seuss at the opening of “Seussian Holiday,” the Springfield Science Museum‘s sixth annual gingerbread exhibition and competition! See incredible creations by bakery shops, restaurants, schools, and area residents. The gingerbread creations will be displayed until January 3. There will also be festively decorated holiday trees, enchanting lights, and a backdrop of beautifully painted murals representing popular Seussian characters and stories in anticipation of the opening of The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in fall 2016. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. ($$)

In Sunderland at 11am
The Forest Park Zoo’s “Zoo on the Go” program will give a special presentation at the Sunderland Public Library. Educators will bring a variety of zoo animals so children can see them up close and learn all about their behaviors, diets, adaptations, conservation statuses, and natural habitats. Children will be able to ask questions and, in some cases, touch the animals. Perfect for children in pre-school through elementary school. Space is limited, so please pre-register. 413-665 2642. 20 School Street. (FREE)

In Springfield at 11am
Since 1991, the Spirit of Springfield has helped welcome Santa Claus to town with The Parade of the Big Balloons. Springfield’s own 75-foot inflatable “Cat in the Hat,” a few of his inflatable friends, bands, and colorful contingents will promenade down Main Street, entertaining young and old alike. 413-733-3800. Main Street from Lyman Street to Locust Street. (FREE)

In Amherst at 2pm and 3pm
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is pleased to present Picture Book Theatre featuring Eric Carle’s “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth and Rooster’s Off To See The World. Directed by founder Therese Brady Donohue, Picture Book Theatre is now in its 10th season and is known for adapting picture books into puppets and dance productions suitable for all ages, especially the very young. 413-658-1126. 125 West Bay Road. ($)

In Shelburne Falls from 4pm-9pm
The annual Moonlight Magic will be kicking off the holiday season in the village of Shelburne Falls! See the Lighting of the Village, meet Santa, hear local vocalists and instrumental groups, purchase from street vendors, go on trolley rides, and more. A great post Thanksgiving holiday tradition! (FREE)

In Great Barrington from 6:15pm-8:30pm
Children may be little, but their feelings are often anything but! Explore the inner emotional world of a child in Inside Out (PG, 2015). This film, screened as part of the Mason Library‘s Family Films program, tells the story of Riley, an 11-year-old girl who is uprooted from her Midwest life to move to San Francisco. Her emotions –joy, fear, anger, disgust, and sadness– are featured characters in the film, sharing with the audience Riley’s experience with navigating a new city, house, school, and relationships. This movie shares important messages about our healthy, human need to feel and express a wide range of emotions, and provides countless opportunities to exercise empathy. Pre-registration required. 413-528-2403. 231 Main Street. (FREE)

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