Holiday Events for Families in Western MA: 2016

Find out about family holiday events in Western MA!
We’ll be adding to this list as the month progresses, so be sure to
check back each week!

Saturday, November 26th — Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Saturday, December 3rd — Friday, December 9th, 2016
Saturday, December 10th — Friday, December 16th, 2016
Saturday, December 17th — Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Tree LightingSantaHoliday StrollsMYO GiftsCaroling/Choral MusicHanukkahChristmasKwanzaaWinter Solstice

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Saturday, November 26th —
Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 10am-4pm
MYO GIFT
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 60′s that glassblowing was raised to the level of art. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. This program is suitable for ages eight and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Saturday, November 26, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 4pm
PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING
Kick off the holiday season with your family at the Whately Library’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be music, hot chocolate, candy canes and homemade baked goods. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, November 26, 5pm-9pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Tuesday, November 29, 7pm-8:30pm
MYO GIFT
Some make-your-own holiday gift ideas are educational as well as creative. Learn the science behind soap making at this workshop at the Westhampton Public Library. Participants will learn about cold process soap making, safety precautions, the use of fragrances and more. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 2, 6:30pm
HOLIDAY STROLL
The first weekend in December Williamstown kicks off their holiday celebration with the Williamstown Holiday Walk. Friday evening, you can bring your kids to enjoy family friendly music from award-winner and popular children’s music artist Mister G. at the Clark Art Institute. Mister G is a former teacher with a Masters of Education, and won the 2015 Latin Grammy award for Best Children’s Album! He will be performing original songs as well as holiday classics. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adult $$; Child <$)

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Saturday, December 3rd —
Friday, December 9th, 2016

Saturday, December 3, 8:30am and 10:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL/CHRISTMAS
Westfield State University’s 33rd annual Breakfast With Santa event combines a community meal with entertainment, giving, and pictures with Santa! Proceeds from the event will support various charities including local senior citizen home visits, the New England Pediatric Trauma Institute and the Paul Newman “Hole in the Wall Gang” organization, which sponsors terminally ill children for summer camp. Admission includes face painting and a gift for each child. Entertainment will be provided by the Melha clowns from Shriners Hospital. Connect with your community while engaging in cultural traditions, and supporting local charities! The event will be held in Scanlon Banquet Hall. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 3, 9am-7pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY STROLL
The 32nd Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk offers families opportunities to learn, engage in crafts, get some exercise, socialize, shop, listen to local music, and more. The community tag sale offers an alternative, collaborative gift buying opportunity. There will be carols and community meals, with the event culminating in the evening tree lighting ceremony. Visit the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce website for a full schedule of events. Downtown. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 10am-12pm
PLACEMAKING/WAGON RIDES
Introduce your children to Santa in person this year! Santa will be arriving at Atkins Farms Country Market by wagon and wagon rides with Santa will be available! Children ages eight and under ride free with an adult. Adults are also invited to donate a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to receive a free ride. These donations will go to the Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry and Brightside for Families and Children Toy Drive. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 3, 10am-4pm; Sunday, December 4, 10am-3pm
CHRISTMAS/KINDNESS
Teach your children about giving this holiday season by contributing to a toy drive. The 5th annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Festival at Palmer Historical and Cultural Center will provide this opportunity. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Lions Club of Palmer Toy Drive and you will receive one raffle ticket. The festival, taking place December 3-4 and 10-11, will feature musical entertainment, activities for kids and of course, trees and wreaths for raffle. On December 4, be sure to see Santa at the Three Rivers Common from 4-6 pm after visiting the festival. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 10:30am-12pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CAROLS
Christmas music lovers are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a free performance of holiday and winter themed music performed by the Berkshire Music School. Singing along is encouraged! No registration required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 11am-4pm; Sunday, December 4, 11am-4pm
YULETIDE/LIVING HISTORY
“Yuletide” at Storrowton Village Museum offers families a chance to celebrate the winter season and holidays with activities, entertainment and shopping in the historic Village. Gather inspiration from the village’s decorations. There will be lectures and live music. Demonstrations will provide the opportunity to learn about blacksmithing, ice sculpting, and 19th century crafts. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$; children under six FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 11am-6pm
PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING
The Holyoke tree lighting ceremony will include a full day of events for families. Parents of young children who want to meet Santa should arrive early for pictures at City Hall, from 11am-1pm. Then hayrides will take place, followed by the arrival of Santa by train at 3pm and the tree lighting at 6pm. Visit the Holyoke town website for more details. 536 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 1pm-4pm
GINGERBREAD HOUSES
Creative crafts, sweet treats, and generosity are three important components of the holiday season. This fundraiser for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity will have all three! All ages are welcome to the Gingerbread Build at Eastworks. Gingerbread and icing will be provided. You are also welcome to bring any of your own decorations. Please register online prior to the event. For more information or questions about registration, call 413-586-5430 or email amy@pvhabitat.org. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (FUNDRAISER)

Saturday, December 3, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm; Sunday, December 4, 1pm-4pm; Saturday, December 10, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm; Sunday, December 11, 1pm-4pm
OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS/LIVING HISTORY
Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 1:30pm-2:30pm
ART STUDIES/HOILDAY
Do you look forward to the enchanting appearance of your town covered in snow? You might enjoy exploring the exhibition, Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays, at the Norman Rockwell Museum. In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum is hosting holiday themed family programming which will include painting demonstrations, a musical performance by Mary Jo Maichak, a Christmas train display, and festive treats! All programs are free with museum admission. 413-298-4100. 9 Glendale Road. Stockbridge, MA. ($. College students with ID <$. Ages 6-18 <$. Under 5 and museum members FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 5pm-9pm; Sunday, December 4, 5pm-9pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm; Sunday, December 4, 4pm
CHORAL MUSIC
Do you enjoy hymns and Christmas music? Come be a part of the Hilltown Choral Society’s Christmas Concert as the group celebrates their 60th year! The Choral Society will be singing under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt, at the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg. You have two chances to see them, on December 3 and December 4. 413-268-7557. 4 North Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 4, 8am-11:30am
COMMUNITY MEAL
Bring your kids to breakfast with Santa! Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and more. Join Santa and other families at the Berkshire Lodge of Masons. 63 Center Street. Adams, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 4, 4pm and 7:30pm
CHORAL MUSIC
The holiday season is never complete without singing! This year, the annual Amherst College celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Christmas Vespers. Families are invited to participate in lessons and carols, culminating in traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah to be performed with the congregation, the community, and various choral groups from Amherst College. The event will take place in Johnson Chapel. 413-542-5000. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 4, 6pm
PLACEMAKING/TREE LIGHTING
Bring your kids to see Santa in Lenox Dale! Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker and Crystal Streets for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Following the lighting, Santa will greet children at the Fire Station on Elm Street where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Take a photo of your child with Santa and see your friends and neighbors. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 4, 6pm-9pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY
Want to give back to your community this year? Visit Millside Park for the 4th Annual Easthampton Holiday Whobalation! Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped to to be donated. Toys will be distributed to low income families in the Pioneer Valley by the Easthampton Community Center. There will be live music, caroling, and free hot chocolate. 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA. (DONATION)

Tuesday, December 6, 7pm-8:30pm
CRAFTS/WREATH MAKING
Wreaths, decorative rings of leaves, twigs, flowers or other natural elements, are used in various ceremonial events across the globe. Wreaths have historically been used as crowns, as memorial items, and as festive holiday decorations. You can participate in this tradition, this winter season, by creating your own wreath. Wreath making workshops will take place December 6, 9, and 11. All materials are included and experts will walk you through the process of creating a wreath to last until Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Location will be given upon registration. Call 413-369-6016 and specify which evening you would like to attend. Montague, MA. ($$)

Wednesday, December 7, 5pm-6pm
HOLIDAY/GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread house decorating is a fun activity for people of all ages. This gingerbread house event is just for teens! Bring your teen to the Sunderland Public Library for this creative craft. Graham crackers and candy will be provided. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 7, 5pm-7pm
HOLIDAY/GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread houses combine two festive, kid-friendly things: candy and crafts! Bring your kids to Atkins Farms County Market to decorate a miniature or small gingerbread house. All supplies will be included in the price. A limit of two children can work on a single gingerbread house. Space is limited. No registration is necessary. First come, first served. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($ – $$)

Wednesday, December 7, 7pm
PLACEMAKING/HOLIDAY
Seeing local homes decorated with lights and wreaths is, for some, a beloved aspect of the holiday season. The West Springfield Park and Recreation Department invited residents on a Free Family Bright Nights Bus Tour to explore these beautiful lit-up homes together. Residents can obtain their bus voucher at the Parks and Recreation Department office. Visit the Parks and Recreation website for more information. Parental supervision is required for children under 18. West Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm
HOLIDAY/CHORAL CONCERT
There is a rich, musical community in the pioneer valley including choral groups of all ages and ability levels. You can hear eight local choral groups perform at the 14th annual holiday choral festival at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Smith college campus. The event brings choirs from schools as well as the larger community. Proceeds to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center’s scholarship fund. 123 Elms Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Friday, December 9, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Friday, December 9, 3-9pm
HOLIDAY STROLL
RiverCulture presents “It’s A Wonderful Night in Turners Falls.” Holiday activities for the whole family are planned throughout downtown: art exhibitions, live music, restaurant specials, performances and unique gift buying opportunities. Learn how to build a bird feeder, create a holiday card for an elder in your community, join your neighbors for the annual lighting of the town evergreen, and shop local for the holidays! 413-835-1390. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

Friday, December 9, 4pm and 7:30pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The Nutcracker.Pioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker for a total of six shows between December 9 and December 11. Performances take place at the Academy of Music Theatre, and tickets can be purchased in advance through their website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 9, 5pm-7pm
HOLIDAY/GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread houses combine two festive, kid-friendly things: candy and crafts! Bring your kids to Atkins Farms County Market to decorate a miniature or small gingerbread house. All supplies will be included in the price. A limit of two children can work on a single gingerbread house. Space is limited. No registration is necessary. First come, first served. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($ – $$)

Friday, December 9, 5pm-8pm
HOLIDAY/PLACEMAKING
Don’t let the cold keep you inside! Explore downtown Northampton with friends and neighbors for the Holiday Stroll. Downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Academy of Music down to Strong Avenue (Local burger) to make way for visitors. Programming will include live music, face painting, hot chocolate, food, crafts, a fire pit, and sleigh rides! Main Street. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, December 9, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Friday, December 9, 7pm
THEATER/HISTORY
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Arts Block. 413-774-0150. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Friday, December 9, 7pm-8:30pm
CRAFTS/WREATH MAKING
Wreaths, decorative rings of leaves, twigs, flowers or other natural elements, are used in various ceremonial events across the globe. Wreaths have historically been used as crowns, as memorial items, and as festive holiday decorations. You can participate in this tradition, this winter season, by creating your own wreath. Wreath making workshops will take place December 6, 9, and 11. All materials are included and experts will walk you through the process of creating a wreath to last until Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Location will be given upon registration. Call 413-369-6016 and specify which evening you would like to attend.Montague, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 9, 7:30pm
THEATER/WINTER CELEBRATION
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

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Saturday, December 10th —
Friday, December 16th, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 9am and 11am
COMMUNITY MEAL/SANTA
Gather with other families for Breakfast with Santa at Pulaski Club! The buffet will include breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast sticks, sausage, a pancake topping bar with chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and syrup; along with coffee, and juice. Every child in attendance will receive a small gift from Santa. Reservations are required. This event is a fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program. Tickets are available at Pulaski Club. 79 Maple Street. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 10, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-1:45
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES/DENDROLOGY
This year, if you plan on buying a Christmas tree, you can combine this with time spent in nature and education about trees. Kids and their parents are invited to learn about conifer trees on a guided walk with a Trustees naturalist. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Christmas Tree sale to cut down their own Balsam or Fraser Fir. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 ext 3. Notchview. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Non member <$; Member FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm
HOLIDAY
Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm and 4pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The Nutcracker.Pioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker for a total of six shows through December 11. Performances take place at the Academy of Music Theatre, and tickets can be purchased in advance through their website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 10, 2pm
CHRISTMAS/HISTORY
Holiday celebrations often bring community members together by throwing events which bring people together in common, outdoor spaces. Even in the cold winter months people gather in downtowns and parks, including national parks. This program, “Christmas In Our National Parks” will teach you a little about the history of events celebrating Christmas in National Parks, including light displays, decorated houses, and polar express themed train rides. There will also be holiday music and light refreshments during this program, at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 2:30pm
HOLIDAY/MUSIC STUDIES
Holiday traditions, including songs, lend insight into the values of a culture. Have you ever wondered about the deeper meaning of Christmas carols? Dr. Thomas Bernard, professor emeritus of psychology at Springfield College, has done extensive research into the hidden symbolic meanings of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” He compiled his research into the carol’s lyrics into a book, titled, The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning. He will be discussing his findings in this talk at the Jones Library. This is a great opportunity to add some historic learning to your holiday season. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 4pm
CAROLS
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-8pm
HOLIDAY/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION
Kids grow up fast, their interests change, and they often grow out of old toys. If you have extra gifts around your house this season, bring them to the 6th annual Holiday Toy Exchange! Some examples of what to give include musical instruments, dolls, sports equipment, bicycles, books, games, puzzles, cars, trucks, electronic toys, baby and preschool toys. Make sure your donations are clean, in working order, and have all their pieces. The exchange will be held at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-11pm
CHRISTMAS/LIGHT DISPLAY
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7pm
THEATER/HISTORY
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Centennial House. 94 Main Street. Northfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm
THEATER/WINTER CELEBRATION
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 8am-11am
COMMUNITY MEAL/SANTA
Enjoy a meal with your family, and introduce your children to the real life Santa Claus! Operation Santa Pancake Breakfast will take place at the West Springfield Senior Center. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Operation Santa, a community program for residents of West Springfield. 128 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 11, 10am-12pm
CHRISTMAS
Scavenger hunts and puzzle games help children practice their critical thinking skills while having fun! Bartholomew’s Cobble needs your family’s help finding Santa! He is lost at the cobble and you need to find him so that Christmas doesn’t get cancelled this year. Participants will hear the story of how Santa got lost and will be given tools to help find him. This program is ideal for children ages five and up. For more information please call 413-298-3239 ext 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 11, 10am-3pm
CHRISTMAS
Teach your children about giving this holiday season by contributing to a toy drive. The 5th annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Festival at Palmer Historical and Cultural Center will provide this opportunity. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Lions Club of Palmer Toy Drive and you will receive one raffle ticket. The festival, taking place December 3-4 and 10-11, will feature musical entertainment, activities for kids and of course, trees and wreaths for raffle. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm and 4:30pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The Nutcracker.Pioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music TheatreTickets can be purchased in advance through the Academy’s website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm-4pm
HOLIDAY
Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
THEATER/WINTER CELEBRATION
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
CHRISTMAS/CHORAL
The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is all dressed up for the holidays! Visit the festive mansion and hear a performance by the eighteen woman choral ensemble, The Berkshire Concert Choir. The group will be singing a wide range of songs including “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz,”“Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, “Silent Night” by David Haas and Lori True, and many more. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm-5:30pm
CRAFTS/HOLIDAY GIVING
In Massachusetts, the “season of giving” is also a frigid one. That’s why donations of warm clothing is so important, and why this is a great time of year to sew! The Bagshare Project invites you to its Holiday Sewcial to enjoy a community meal and sew hats or scarves. Please bring your own silverware, plates, and cups if you can, as this is a plastic free event. If you have fleece fabric you are willing to donate for the sewing please bring that as well. The event will take place in Eastworks, Studio #330. 413-527-1000. 116 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA (DONATION)

Sunday, December 11, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
CAROLS
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
THEATER/HISTORY
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Deerfield Inn. 81 Old Main Street. Deerfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5pm-8pm
LOCOMOTIVE/SANTA
Trains are often incorporated into Christmas village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to Christmas since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular Christmas gift. You can celebrate the history of these symbolic ties to the holidays by visiting Santa’s Trains at Look Park. The Garden House has been transformed into a historic railway station, complete with decorated trees and model trains. Chat with the conductor, meet Santa’s helpers, and enjoy festive treats. Santa’s Trains at Look Park is open to the public daily through December 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on December 24th from 10am-2pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 6pm
HOLIDAY/MUSIC STUDIES
Spread holiday cheer through music! You are invited to the 27th annual Holiday Brass Concert and Carol Sing, featuring holiday favorites and a chance to sing along. The 22-member Valley Festival Brass, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Westgate. Richard S. Matteson, Minister of Music at First Church will join the brass providing organ accompaniment for the carol sing portion of the concert. Donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 11, 7pm-8:30pm
CRAFTS/WREATH MAKING
Wreaths, decorative rings of leaves, twigs, flowers or other natural elements, are used in various ceremonial events across the globe. Wreaths have historically been used as crowns, as memorial items, and as festive holiday decorations. You can participate in this tradition, this winter season, by creating your own wreath. All materials are included and experts will walk you through the process of creating a wreath to last until Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Location will be given upon registration. Call 413-369-6016.Montague, MA. ($$)

Monday, December 12, 3:30pm
HOLIDAYS/CAROLS
Stop in at the Westhampton Public Library for a free musical performance! The Jolly Jinglers will be spreading holiday cheer for audience members of all ages. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, December 13, 7pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Stockbridge Library. Find out about the history behind such traditions as Christmas trees and Santa Claus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

CHRISTMAS/SANTA
Do your children have a message for Santa? They can tell him in person at the Cushman Library. Santa’s special visit to the library will include a story, snacks, and pictures. 413-648-5402. 28 Church Street. Bernardston, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 14, 5pm-6pm
HOLIDAY/CRAFT
Making your own gifts for the holidays shows how much you care without breaking the bank. It also encourages creativity rather than consumerism. The Sunderland Public Library is offering the chance to create Harry Potter themed ornaments. Please call to register. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 12:15pm-1pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Springfield Museums. Coffee and cookies will be provided; attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, December 15, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 7pm
CULINARY ARTS/BAKING
Do you have a great cookie recipe you want to show off? Bring your favorite holiday cookies to the Cookie Exchange at the Grace Hall Memorial Library, to enjoy a festive celebration with friends and neighbors. Please bring 4 dozen cookies and an empty container to fill. You will leave with lots of different types of cookies. This is a great family activity and a chance to teach your children about the history of your family’s cookie recipe and the wider cultural history of holiday foods. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm
THEATER/CHRISTMAS
Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol remains a holiday favorite, in part because of its messages of childhood innocence, family, charity, and community. CityStage will be bringing their performance of A Christmas Carol. Their original production’s version includes haunting special effects and beloved music. This performance is bound to get you in the holiday spirit and help you reconnect with what is truly important. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 16, 3pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. “Christmas By Candlelight” will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Friday, December 16, 4pm and 6:30pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

December 16, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Friday, December 16, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Friday, December 16, 5pm-11pm
CHRISTMAS/LIGHT DISPLAY
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

Friday, December 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/STORYTELLING
Stories are a bedtime tradition for many families. You and your children are invited to the Lenox Library to enjoy stories at the 2nd Annual Holiday Pajama Night! Refreshments will be served and local community members will read holiday themed stories. There will also be a sing-along. 413-637-0197. 18 Main Street. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 16, 7pm
HOLIDAY/FAMILY THEATER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. There will be audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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Saturday, December 17th —
Sunday, December 25th, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 10am-12pm
CHRISTMAS/FUNDRAISER
The Easthampton Family Center provides families with free programs, field trips, and resources to strengthen our community. You can show your support by attending their annual Cookies With Santa holiday fundraiser. Each child in attendance will receive a free book! For more information call 413-527-5496. 43 Main Street. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 17, 10:30am-11:30am
GINGERBREAD HOUSE
S.T.E.A.M. refers to the important subjects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM programs encourage an interest in both creativity and scientific topics, bringing together kids with an interest in either or both. This STEAM craft program at the Meekins Library will combine scientific learning with the craft of designing a miniature gingerbread house. 413-268-7472. 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 11am-2pm
PELHAM HOLIDAY TEA AND MUSICAL PROGRAM
Join the Pelham Historical Society and Pelham Library for their annual Holiday Tea and Music Program. Santa will be there, along with a performance by That Long Tall Sword, with songs, antler dances, and a mummer’s play and sword dance. Tea, sandwiches, and sweets will be provided. Tea begins at 11:00 am, and the Program begins at noon, at the Pelham library. For more information contact Bruce Klotz, 413-695-1797. 2 South Valley Road.Pelham, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 11:30am and 2pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
LOCOMOTIVE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 1pm and 4pm
HOLIDAY/FAMILY THEATER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. There will be audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 17, 3pm
LITERACY/CHRISTMAS
This holiday season you can teach your child about your seasonal traditions, while modeling the importance of literacy. The Grace Hall Memorial Library invites families to this Holiday Read Along. Participants are invited to either listen or volunteer to read. All levels of readers are welcome. There will be cookies and a visit from Santa. 413-862-3894. 161 Main Road. Montgomery, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 3pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. “Christmas By Candlelight” will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 4pm
MUSIC STUDIES
The winter season is a good time to learn about the holidays and traditions of other cultures. The Greenfield Harmony Holiday Concert will include celebratory songs from South Africa, Belarus, Bosnia, Bulgaria, as well as the United States. Several members of the North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens community will be singing. Proceeds from this event will go towards bringing teens from around the world together to sing at Village Harmony camps. The concert will take place at the Wesley Methodist Church. 98 North Maple Street. Hadley MA. (Adults $; Students and seniors <$)

Saturday, December 17, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There willl also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 6pm-9pm
HOLIDAY/PLACEMAKING
Holiday light displays support placemaking by encouraging community members to gather downtown in common spaces. The Florence Civic and Business Association will be hosting its 15th annual Luminary Display in downtown Florence. In addition to the light display, you can enjoy hayrides, a bonfire, caroling, and live music with “The Paul Collins Quartet.” All proceeds support the the ongoing renovations of the Florence Civic Center. Downtown. Florence, MA. (FREE

Saturday, December 17, 6:30pm
SOLSTICE
As the Winter Solstice approaches, you may feel like you want to reflect on the changing seasons or create new, positive memories with your community. You are invited to the 1st annual Winter Solstice Storytelling and Song Festival to enjoy local entertainment and support organizations in need of funds. Families are alco encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation to the survival center. Teach your kids about giving by getting them involved in the donation process. In addition to storytellers and musicians there will be jugglers. This event is appropriate for both families and single adults. Reservations are encouraged. Round House. 413-624-5140. 68 Van Nuys Road. Colrain, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, December 17, 7pm
HOLIDAY/DANCE STUDIES
A Celtic Nutcracker combines the classic nutcracker story with Irish customs and Celtic Dance! Scottish Sword Dancers, Cornish Cloggers, and Galician Dancers feature in this story of a young Irish girl who is transformed into a princess. This performance is set to the original Tchaikovsky score as well as live Celtic Music. The performance will be held at the Academy of Music Theatre. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 17, 7pm
HOLIDAY/DANCE STUDIES
Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Bring your family to this one showing event at Academy of Music Theatre. ore information can be found at the ACelticNutracker website. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$ – $)

Saturday, December 17, 7pm-11pm
CHANUKAH/PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT
You can support your local Jewish community while celebrating with friends and neighbors at the “Night of a Thousand Lights.” This adult Chanukah party is a school fundraiser for Lander Grinspoon Academy. There will be karaoke, a silent auction, and food from Holyoke Hummus Company. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 17, 5pm-11pm
CHRISTMAS/LIGHT DISPLAY
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 18, 10am-11am
HANUKKAH
Celebrate Hanukkah at Lander Grinspoon Academy with stories, hands-on activities, and crafts! Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will be running a story time. Attendees will have the chance to make their own menorahs. Activities are especially suited for three to five year olds, but all ages are welcome to this community celebration. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 18, 10am-4pm
HANUKKAH
The word “Hanukkah” is derived from a Hebrew verb which translates to the English: “to dedicate.” The holiday celebrates the regaining of Jewish control over Jerusalem. This year, hanukkah takes place from December December 24 to January 1. You can begin your celebration early with family activities at the Yiddish Book Center. There will be a Yiddish holiday song workshop, stories, crafts, and scavenger hunts. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 11am-4pm
HANUKKAH
Want to connect with your Jewish heritage or learn about traditional Hanukkah celebrations? The Springfield Museums will be offering “Illuminating Gallery Activities” including dreidel games, candle rolling, and more. Participants can craft their own Star of David out of frosted paper. Decorate Suf Ganiyot, a round jelly doughnut often eaten in celebration of Hanukkah. These programs are free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 11:30am, 2pm and 4:30pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 1pm and 4pm
HOLIDAY/FAMILY THEATER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. There will be audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 18, 1pm-3pm
HANUKKAH/CRAFT
Want to get your child involved in your Hanukkah traditions? You can teach them about the significance of the menorah at this children’s menorah workshop. Participants will also have the chance to create their own dreidel to take home. The event will feature holiday music and donuts. Space is limited. Call 413-567-8665 to reserve your spot. This event is sponsored by the Aleph Bet Hebrew School and will be held at Lowe’s. 1560 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 3pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. “Christmas By Candlelight” will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 5pm-8pm
LOCOMOTIVE/SANTA
Trains are often incorporated into Christmas village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to Christmas since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular Christmas gift. You can celebrate the history of these symbolic ties to the holidays by visiting Santa’s Trains at Look Park. The Garden House has been transformed into a historic railway station, complete with decorated trees and model trains. Chat with the conductor, meet Santa’s helpers, and enjoy festive treats. Santa’s Trains at Look Park is open to the public daily through December 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on December 24th from 10am-2pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Tuesday, December 20, 4pm-6pm
HOLIDAY/CRAFTS
Your kids may want to give gift to their friends this holiday season. Crafting gifts allows them to give something special to all their loved ones without spending lots of money in the process. You are invited to the Community Action Family Center in Greenfield for a crafting make and take! Kids will be able to choose crafts such as candles, bath scrubs, shrinky dink keychains, hot cocoa and others! This event is free and open to the public. Register by calling 413-835-5553. 90 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 21, 7am and 3:30pm
ASTRONOMY/SOLSTICE
The Umass Amherst Sunwheel has attracted tens of thousands of visitors who wish to learn about solar and lunar cycles. Sunwheels, circular stone structures, are designed such that the stones line up with the locations on the horizon of the rising and setting Sun during solstices and equinoxes. You can witness this event during the Winter Solstice, and also learn about the seasons, the phases of the moon, the story behind the building of the sunwheel, and more. Bring questions and dress appropriately. The gatherings last about one hour and are held in all weather except rain or blizzards. Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Wednesday, December 21, 6pm-8pm
SOLSTICE
You can bring your entire family to celebrate the solstice at Notchview with S’mores by the bonfire. Don’t let early sunsets keep you indoors! 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (<$)

Wednesday, December 21, 6pm-8:30pm
SOLSTICE
The winter solstice is a time of celebration for many because it marks the turning point towards longer days. Like the new calendar year, this astrological event can also be a time of reflecting on the past and thinking towards the future. At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, people will gather at sundown to celebrate the solstice with a bonfire, hot cider, and music. This event will take place unless there is a blizzard. Call Arcadia at 413-584-3009 to inquire about cancellation. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 21, 6:30pm
MUSIC STUDIES/CHRISTMAS
Holiday music connects us with memories and family traditions. You can make holiday memories with your children and introduce them to Christmas songs at the Goodwin Memorial Library Holiday Sing-a-Long. There will be handouts for all of your favorite holiday tunes, and cookies. All ages are welcome to this family event. 413-584-7451. 50 Middle Street. Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 22, 6:30pm
HOLIDAY/CRAFT
Do you know a teen who likes to draw and create? Bring them to the Granby Library for intricate ornament coloring! Participants are invited to create their own designs using the high quality colored pencils and gel pens provided by the library. Cookies and hot cocoa will provided.
413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 22, 7pm
FILM STUDIES/CHRISTMAS
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular American films of all time and a favorite family classic around the holidays. The 1946 film was based on a on short story called “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is also often adapted for the stage. Have you ever seen it on the big screen? This winter, you and your family can attend a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at Amherst Cinema. You can use this film as a launching point to talk to your children about the impact each one of us has on those around us. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Friday, December 23, 10:30am
STORYTELLING/TRAINS
What do trains have to do with the winter season? Trains are often incorporated into decorative village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to the holiday season since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular gift for children. Kids ages four and up are invited to the Granby Library for a Polar Express Storytime event. Hot chocolate and a craft activity will also be provided. Kids are invited to attend in their pajamas! 413-467-3320. 297 East State Street. Granby, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 23, 3pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/NEW ENGLAND HISTORY
Holiday traditions reveal a lot about history and cultural values. You can learn about New England history by attending Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. The evening will include live musical performances, storytelling, sleigh rides, festive foods, a roaring bonfire, and lots of other New England holiday traditions. Families can meet Santa and his elves, attend a craft workshop and attend the nightly tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; Ages 4 through 12 $; Children 3 and under FREE)

Friday, December 23, 5pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS/LOCOMOTIVE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. This event will also be held Dec. 26th-30th from 6pm-9pm for school vacation week. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Saturday, December 24, 1pm
FILM STUDIES/CHRISTMAS
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular American films of all time and a favorite family classic around the holidays. The 1946 film was based on a on short story called “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is also often adapted for the stage. Have you ever seen it on the big screen? This winter, you and your family can attend a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at Amherst Cinema. You can use this film as a launching point to talk to your children about the impact each one of us has on those around us. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 24, 10am-2pm
LOCOMOTIVE/SANTA
Trains are often incorporated into Christmas village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to Christmas since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular Christmas gift. You can celebrate the history of these symbolic ties to the holidays by visiting Santa’s Trains at Look Park. The Garden House has been transformed into a historic railway station, complete with decorated trees and model trains. Chat with the conductor, meet Santa’s helpers, and enjoy festive treats. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 24
CHANUKAH

Looking for something to do on the first night of Chanukah? Join Congregation B’Israel, Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton and PJ Library of the Upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass to celebrate with the lighting of Chanukah candles, the singing of Chanukah songs and playing dreidel under one roof. The festivities will be held at Congregation B’nai Israel and will continue after candle lighting with kosher Chinese food catered by Pengyew Chin, two movies (one for kids and one for teens/adults), and a dance party. Reservations are requested by December 16 and may be made at Chanukah Chinese Food & a Movie. All are welcome to attend. Please also bring an item for the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts Winter Clothing Drive. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 24, 5pm-6:30pm
HANUKKAH
Want to help light the largest menorah in Western Mass? Join the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Western MA, and community synagogues and schools to kick off the Hannukah season. Attendees will gather for havdallah, a prayer ceremony, followed by a community meal of Chinese food and latkes. There will be opportunities to engage in acts of kindness such as making soup cups for a local survival shelter, no-sew blankets for donation to local families, and holiday cards for area elders. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 25, Sunday, December 25, 11am-2pm
CHANUKAH
The olive, olive leaves, and olive oil all share special significance in traditional Jewish culture. In the Bible, Noah is given an olive leaf after the flood, as a symbol of peace. You can connect with your Jewish culture and learn a practical skill at this community Chanukah celebration. The event will include an olive press demonstration along with games and fun activities. A lunch of Chinese food will be available. Walk-ins are welcome to this program at LYA -Jewish Day School Western MA. For more information call 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 30, 12pm-2pm
KWANZAA
On the day after Christmas, for those who celebrate Kwanzaa, the holidays are just beginning! Kwanzaa was created to connect African American communities across the globe and honor these communities’ cultural history. The holiday takes place from December 26 to January 1. The Association of Black Business and Professionals in conjunction with the City of Springfield Mayor’s Office will be hosting a Kwanzaa celebration, inviting community members to participate in a candle lighting ceremony and hear speakers. These speakers will address the present circumstances of the African American community. UMass Center at Springfield. 1500 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3, 11am-6pm
HOLYOKE CITY HALL
The Holyoke tree lighting ceremony will include a full day of events for families. Parents of young children who want to meet Santa should arrive early for pictures at City Hall, from 11am-1pm. Then hayrides will take place, followed by the arrival of Santa by train at 3pm and the tree lighting at 6pm. Visit the Holyoke town website for more details. 536 Dwight Street. Holyoke, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 4pm
WHATELY LIBRARY
Kick off the holiday season with your family at the Whately Library’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be music, hot chocolate, candy canes and homemade baked goods. 413-665-2170. 202 Chestnut Plain Road. Whately, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 4, 6pm
LENOX DALE PARK
Bring your kids to see Santa in Lenox Dale! Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker and Crystal Streets for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Following the lighting, Santa will greet children at the Fire Station on Elm Street where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Take a photo of your child with Santa and see your friends and neighbors. Lenox, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 5pm-11pm; Friday, December 16, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, December 17, 5pm-11pm
BRIGHT NIGHTS
The festive light display, Bright Nights in Forest Park, has been listed as one of the Top 100 Attractions in North America seven times! The light displays creatively celebrate not only the themes of Christmas, Santa, and winter, but also branch into other subjects with displays like the Victorian Village. Bright Nights invites visitors on Friday and Saturday nights through January 1st. For a full list of open hours and other details visit the Bright Nights website. 300 Sumner Avenue. Springfield, MA. ($)

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Santa

Sunday, December 11, 10am-12pm
SANTA
Scavenger hunts and puzzle games help children practice their critical thinking skills while having fun! Bartholomew’s Cobble needs your family’s help finding Santa! He is lost at the cobble and you need to find him so that Christmas doesn’t get cancelled this year. Participants will hear the story of how Santa got lost and will be given tools to help find him. This program is ideal for children ages five and up. For more information please call 413-298-3239 ext 3013. 117 Cooper Hill Road. Sheffield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 3, 8:30am and 10:30am
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Westfield State University’s 33rd annual Breakfast With Santa event combines a community meal with entertainment, giving, and pictures with Santa! Proceeds from the event will support various charities including local senior citizen home visits, the New England Pediatric Trauma Institute and the Paul Newman “Hole in the Wall Gang” organization, which sponsors terminally ill children for summer camp. Admission includes face painting and a gift for each child. Entertainment will be provided by the Melha clowns from Shriners Hospital. Connect with your community while engaging in cultural traditions, and supporting local charities! The event will be held in Scanlon Banquet Hall. 413-572-5300. 577 Western Avenue. Westfield, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 3, 10am-12pm
WAGON RIDES
Introduce your children to Santa in person this year! Santa will be arriving at Atkins Farms Country Market by wagon and wagon rides with Santa will be available! Children ages eight and under ride free with an adult. Adults are also invited to donate a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy to receive a free ride. These donations will go to the Amherst Survival Center Food Pantry and Brightside for Families and Children Toy Drive. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 4, 8am-11:30am
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Bring your kids to breakfast with Santa! Breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and more. Join Santa and other families at the Berkshire Lodge of Masons. 63 Center Street. Adams, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 10, 9am and 11am
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Gather with other families for Breakfast with Santa at Pulaski Club! The buffet will include breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast sticks, sausage, a pancake topping bar with chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and syrup; along with coffee, and juice. Every child in attendance will receive a small gift from Santa. Reservations are required. This event is a fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program. Tickets are available at Pulaski Club. 79 Maple Street. Easthampton, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 10, 5:30pm-7:30pm
HOLIDAY/SANTA
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There will also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 8am-11am
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Enjoy a meal with your family, and introduce your children to the real life Santa Claus! Operation Santa Pancake Breakfast will take place at the West Springfield Senior Center. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Operation Santa, a community program for residents of West Springfield. 128 Park Street. West Springfield, MA. (<$)

Sunday, December 11, 5pm-8pm; Sunday, December 18, 5pm-8pm; Saturday, December 24, 10am-2pm
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
Trains are often incorporated into Christmas village displays. Trains have symbolic ties to Christmas since they are one way for families to travel to one another. Toy trains are also a popular Christmas gift. You can celebrate the history of these symbolic ties to the holidays by visiting Santa’s Trains at Look Park. The Garden House has been transformed into a historic railway station, complete with decorated trees and model trains. Chat with the conductor, meet Santa’s helpers, and enjoy festive treats. Santa’s Trains at Look Park is open to the public daily through December 23 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and on December 24th from 10am-2pm. 413-584-5457. 300 North Main Street. Florence, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 5:30pm-7:30pm; Friday, December 16, 5:30pm-7:30pm; Saturday, December 17, 5:30pm-7:30pm
SANTA AT THE PARK
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Get out to Buttery Brook Park with your friends and neighbors and your child will have the chance to meet Santa! There will also be hot chocolate, a train ride, and a lights display. Please donate five dollars for a professional picture with Santa, or take your own for free. 123 Willimansett Street. South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 16, 7pm
PERFORMANCE
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. There will be audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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Holiday Strolls

Friday, December 2, 6:30pm
WILLIAMSTOWN HOLIDAY WALK
The first weekend in December Williamstown kicks off their holiday celebration with the Williamstown Holiday Walk. Friday evening, you can bring your kids to enjoy family friendly music from award-winner and popular children’s music artist Mister G at the Clark Art Institute. Mister G is a former teacher with a Masters of Education, and won the 2015 Latin Grammy award for Best Children’s Album! He will be performing original songs as well as holiday classics. 413-458-2303. 225 South Street. Williamstown, MA. (Adult $$; Child <$)

Saturday, December 3, 9am-7pm
HOLIDAY STROLL
The 32nd Annual Williamstown Holiday Walk offers families opportunities to learn, engage in crafts, get some exercise, socialize, shop, listen to local music, and more. The community tag sale offers an alternative, collaborative gift buying opportunity. There will be carols and community meals, with the event culminating in the evening tree lighting ceremony. Visit the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce website for a full schedule of events. Downtown. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Friday, December 9, 5pm-8pm
NORTHAMPTON HOLIDAY STROLL
Don’t let the cold keep you inside! Explore downtown Northampton with friends and neighbors for the Holiday Stroll. Downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Academy of Music down to Strong Avenue (Local burger) to make way for visitors. Programming will include live music, face painting, hot chocolate, food, crafts, a fire pit, and sleigh rides! Main Street. Northampton, MA. (MARKET/SALE)

Friday, December 9, 3-9pm
HOLIDAY STROLL
RiverCulture presents “It’s A Wonderful Night in Turners Falls.” Holiday activities for the whole family are planned throughout downtown: art exhibitions, live music, restaurant specials, performances and unique gift buying opportunities. Learn how to build a bird feeder, create a holiday card for an elder in your community, join your neighbors for the annual lighting of the town evergreen, and shop local for the holidays! 413-835-1390. Turners Falls, MA (FREE)

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MYO Gifts, Cards & Crafts

Saturday, November 26, 10am-4pm
GLASSBLOWING
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 60′s that glassblowing was raised to the level of art. This weekend families can try glassblowing hands-on at Snow Farm. Make your own glass ornament with the help of a master glass blower in the glass studio. This program is suitable for ages eight and up. 413-268-3101. 5 Clary Road. Williamsburg, MA. ($$)

Tuesday, November 29, 7pm-8:30pm
SOAP
Some make-your-own holiday gift ideas are educational as well as creative. Learn the science behind soap making at this workshop at the Westhampton Public Library. Participants will learn about cold process soap making, safety precautions, the use of fragrances and more. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)


Wednesday, December 7, 5pm-6pm
GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread house decorating is a fun activity for people of all ages. This gingerbread house event is just for teens! Bring your teen to the Sunderland Public Library for this creative craft. Graham crackers and candy will be provided. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 7, 5pm-7pm
GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread houses combine two festive, kid-friendly things: candy and crafts! Bring your kids to Atkins Farms County Market to decorate a miniature or small gingerbread house. All supplies will be included in the price. A limit of two children can work on a single gingerbread house. Space is limited. No registration is necessary. First come, first served. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($ – $$)

Friday, December 9, 5pm-7pm
GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Gingerbread houses combine two festive, kid-friendly things: candy and crafts! Bring your kids to Atkins Farms County Market to decorate a miniature or small gingerbread house. All supplies will be included in the price. A limit of two children can work on a single gingerbread house. Space is limited. No registration is necessary. First come, first served. 413-253-9528. 1150 West Street. Amherst, MA. ($ – $$)

Friday, December 9, 7pm-8:30pm; Sunday, December 11, 7pm-8:30pm
WREATH MAKING
Wreaths, decorative rings of leaves, twigs, flowers or other natural elements, are used in various ceremonial events across the globe. Wreaths have historically been used as crowns, as memorial items, and as festive holiday decorations. You can participate in this tradition, this winter season, by creating your own wreath. Wreath making workshops will take place December 6, 9, and 11. All materials are included and experts will walk you through the process of creating a wreath to last until Valentine’s Day. Registration is required. Location will be given upon registration. Call 413-369-6016 and specify which evening you would like to attend. Montague, MA. ($$)

 

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Caroling/Choral Music

Saturday, December 3, 7:30pm; Sunday, December 4, 4pm
HILLTOWN CHORAL SOCIETY
Do you enjoy hymns and Christmas music? Come be a part of the Hilltown Choral Society’s Christmas Concert as the group celebrates their 60th year! The Choral Society will be singing under the direction of Jeffrey Hunt, at the First Congregational Church of Williamsburg. You have two chances to see them, on December 3 and December 4. 413-268-7557. 4 North Main Street. Williamsburg, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 4, 4pm and 7:30pm
CHRISTMAS VESPERS
The holiday season is never complete without singing! This year, the annual Amherst College celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Christmas Vespers. Families are invited to participate in lessons and carols, culminating in traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah to be performed with the congregation, the community, and various choral groups from Amherst College. The event will take place in Johnson Chapel. 413-542-5000. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 10, 4pm; Sunday, December 11, 4pm
CAROLS/CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Do you enjoy singing Christmas carols? Come to the Thompson Memorial Chapel at Williams College for their annual Christmas service. The service will include choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, singing of carols, and a traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. If you are able, please bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food to donate to local emergency food pantries. 413- 597-4277. 880 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 4, 6pm-9pm
HOLIDAY WHOBALATION
Want to give back to your community this year? Visit Millside Park for the 4th Annual Easthampton Holiday Whobalation! Participants are asked to bring a new, unwrapped to to be donated. Toys will be distributed to low income families in the Pioneer Valley by the Easthampton Community Center. There will be live music, caroling, and free hot chocolate. 2 Ferry Street. Easthampton, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 4, 4pm and 7:30pm
CHRISTMAS VESPERS
The holiday season is never complete without singing! This year, the annual Amherst College celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Christmas Vespers. Families are invited to participate in lessons and carols, culminating in traditional carols and the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah to be performed with the congregation, the community, and various choral groups from Amherst College. The event will take place in Johnson Chapel. 413-542-5000. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 10:30am-12pm
CAROLS
Christmas music lovers are invited to the Berkshire Athenaeum for a free performance of holiday and winter themed music performed by the Berkshire Music School. Singing along is encouraged! No registration required. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm-8:30pm
CHORAL CONCERT
There is a rich, musical community in the pioneer valley including choral groups of all ages and ability levels. You can hear eight local choral groups perform at the 14th annual holiday choral festival at Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Smith college campus. The event brings choirs from schools as well as the larger community. Proceeds to benefit the Northampton Community Music Center’s scholarship fund. 123 Elms Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Saturday, December 10, 2:30pm
HOLIDAY/MUSIC STUDIES
Holiday traditions, including songs, lend insight into the values of a culture. Have you ever wondered about the deeper meaning of Christmas carols? Dr. Thomas Bernard, professor emeritus of psychology at Springfield College, has done extensive research into the hidden symbolic meanings of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” He compiled his research into the carol’s lyrics into a book, titled, The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning. He will be discussing his findings in this talk at the Jones Library. This is a great opportunity to add some historic learning to your holiday season. 413-259-3090. 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 2pm
CHRISTMAS/CHORAL
The Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is all dressed up for the holidays! Visit the festive mansion and hear a performance by the eighteen woman choral ensemble, The Berkshire Concert Choir. The group will be singing a wide range of songs including “Ave Maria” by Jacob Arcadelt, “The Sleigh” by Richard Kountz,”“Santa Baby” by Joan Javits, “Silent Night” by David Haas and Lori True, and many more. 413-637-3206. 104 Walker Street. Lenox, MA. ($)

Sunday, December 11, 6pm
BRASS CONCERT/CAROLING
Spread holiday cheer through music! You are invited to the 27th annual Holiday Brass Concert and Carol Sing, featuring holiday favorites and a chance to sing along. The 22-member Valley Festival Brass, under the direction of Dr. Matthew Westgate. Richard S. Matteson, Minister of Music at First Church will join the brass providing organ accompaniment for the carol sing portion of the concert. Donations will benefit the Amherst Survival Center. This concert will take place at the First Congregational Church. 165 Main Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Monday, December 12, 3:30pm
HOLIDAYS/CAROLS
Stop in at the Westhampton Public Library for a free musical performance! The Jolly Jinglers will be spreading holiday cheer for audience members of all ages. 413-527-5386. 1 North Road. Westhampton, MA. (FREE)

 

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Hanukkah

Sunday, December 18, 10am-4pm
HANUKKAH
The word “Hanukkah” is derived from a Hebrew verb which translates to the English: “to dedicate.” The holiday celebrates the regaining of Jewish control over Jerusalem. This year, hanukkah takes place from December December 24 to January 1. You can begin your celebration early with family activities at the Yiddish Book Center. There will be a Yiddish holiday song workshop, stories, crafts, and scavenger hunts. 413-256-4900. 1021 West Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 10am-11am
HANUKKAH
Celebrate Hanukkah at Lander Grinspoon Academy with stories, hands-on activities, and crafts! Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz will be running a story time. Attendees will have the chance to make their own menorahs. Activities are especially suited for three to five year olds, but all ages are welcome to this community celebration. 413-584-6622. 257 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. (DONATION)

Sunday, December 18, 11am-4pm
HANUKKAH
Want to connect with your Jewish heritage or learn about traditional Hanukkah celebrations? The Springfield Museums will be offering “Illuminating Gallery Activities” including dreidel games, candle rolling, and more. Participants can craft their own Star of David out of frosted paper. Decorate Suf Ganiyot, a round jelly doughnut often eaten in celebration of Hanukkah. These programs are free with museum admission. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. ($. Ages 3-17 <$. Children under two FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 1pm-3pm
HANUKKAH/CRAFT
Want to get your child involved in your Hanukkah traditions? You can teach them about the significance of the menorah at this children’s menorah workshop. Participants will also have the chance to create their own dreidel to take home. The event will feature holiday music and donuts. Space is limited. Call 413-567-8665 to reserve your spot. This event is sponsored by the Aleph Bet Hebrew School and will be held at Lowe’s. 1560 Boston Road. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 24
CHANUKAH

Looking for something to do on the first night of Chanukah? Join Congregation B’Israel, Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Beit Ahavah ~ The Reform Synagogue of Greater Northampton and PJ Library of the Upper Pioneer Valley of Western Mass to celebrate with the lighting of Chanukah candles, the singing of Chanukah songs and playing dreidel under one roof. The festivities will be held at Congregation B’nai Israel and will continue after candle lighting with kosher Chinese food catered by Pengyew Chin, two movies (one for kids and one for teens/adults), and a dance party. Reservations are requested by December 16 and may be made at Chanukah Chinese Food & a Movie. All are welcome to attend. Please also bring an item for the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts Winter Clothing Drive. 253 Prospect Street. Northampton, MA. ($)

Saturday, December 24, 5pm-6:30pm
HANUKKAH
Want to help light the largest menorah in Western Mass? Join the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Western MA, and community synagogues and schools to kick off the Hannukah season. Attendees will gather for havdallah, a prayer ceremony, followed by a community meal of Chinese food and latkes. There will be opportunities to engage in acts of kindness such as making soup cups for a local survival shelter, no-sew blankets for donation to local families, and holiday cards for area elders. 413-739-4715. 1160 Dickinson Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 25, Sunday, December 25, 11am-2pm
CHANUKAH
The olive, olive leaves, and olive oil all share special significance in traditional Jewish culture. In the Bible, Noah is given an olive leaf after the flood, as a symbol of peace. You can connect with your Jewish culture and learn a practical skill at this community Chanukah celebration. The event will include an olive press demonstration along with games and fun activities. A lunch of Chinese food will be available. Walk-ins are welcome to this program at LYA -Jewish Day School Western MA. For more information call 413-567-8665. 1148 Converse Street. Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

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Christmas

Saturday, December 3, 10am-4pm; Sunday, December 4, 10am-3pm; Saturday, December 10, 10am-4pm; Sunday, December 11, 10am-3pm
CHRISTMAS TREE & WREATH FESTIVAL
Teach your children about giving this holiday season by contributing to a toy drive. The 5th annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Festival at Palmer Historical and Cultural Center will provide this opportunity. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Lions Club of Palmer Toy Drive and you will receive one raffle ticket. The festival, taking place December 3-4 and 10-11, will feature musical entertainment, activities for kids and of course, trees and wreaths for raffle. On December 4, be sure to see Santa at the Three Rivers Common from 4-6 pm after visiting the festival. 413-289-9295. 2072 Main Street. Three Rivers, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 11am-4pm; Sunday, December 4, 11am-4pm
YULETIDE/LIVING HISTORY
“Yuletide” at Storrowton Village Museum offers families a chance to celebrate the winter season and holidays with activities, entertainment and shopping in the historic Village. Gather inspiration from the village’s decorations. There will be lectures and live music. Demonstrations will provide the opportunity to learn about blacksmithing, ice sculpting, and 19th century crafts. 413-205-5051. 1305 Memorial Avenue. West Springfield, MA. (<$; children under six FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm; Sunday, December 4, 1pm-4pm; Saturday, December 10, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm; Sunday, December 11, 1pm-4pm
OLD FASHION CHRISTMAS/LIVING HISTORY
Add a dose of history to your holiday celebrating! The historic William Cullen Bryant Homestead will be decorated for an old-fashioned hilltown Christmas celebration, complete with carolers in the parlor, a lighting of the Christmas tree, holiday treats, and an artisan gift shop. Christmas themed celebrations will take place December 3 and 4, and December 10 and 11. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 x3 or email acaluori@thetrustees.org.. 207 Bryant Road. Cummington, MA. (Members <$; Non members $; Children FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
This holiday season you can ride the brand new Christmas themed train ride, The Tinseler. This one hour trip from Berkshire Scenic Railway will emulate Christmas in 1955 – the year the railway’s Budd Rail Diesel Car was built. Celebrate the holiday season with family fun and some historical learning. 10 Willow Creek Road. Lenox, MA. (Adult $; child under 4 FREE)

Saturday, December 3, 5pm-9pm
HOLIDAY TRAIN RIDE
Kick off the holiday season with a ride at the Connecticut Trolley Museum! This winter, the museum will feature a “Tunnel of Lights,” Christmas themed ride. You can choose to ride in a closed car the “electric sleigh.” There will be traditional Christmas carols and a Winter Wonderland full of decorated model trains. Families can enjoy hot cocoa and kids can pose for a picture with Santa. Visit the Connecticut Trolley Museum website for more information. 860-627-6540. 58 North Road. East Windsor, CT. (<$; under two FREE)

Friday, December 9, 3pm-9pm; Sunday, December 10, 3pm-9pm; Sunday, December 11, 3pm-9pm
NEW ENGLAND HISTORY/CHRISTMAS
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Friday, December 9, 7pm
CHRISTMAS CAROL/THEATER
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Arts Block. 413-774-0150. 289 Main Street. Greenfield, MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm-1:45
CHRISTMAS TREE
This year, if you plan on buying a Christmas tree, you can combine this with time spent in nature and education about trees. Kids and their parents are invited to learn about conifer trees on a guided walk with a Trustees naturalist. Afterwards, attendees are invited to the Christmas Tree sale to cut down their own Balsam or Fraser Fir. For information call The Trustees at 413-628-4485 ext 3. Notchview. 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (Non member <$; Member FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7pm
CHRISTMAS CAROL/THEATER
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Centennial House. 94 Main Street. Northfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 4pm
CHRISTMAS/THEATER
A big part of the holiday traditions centers around the stories we tell- from traditional religious tales, to classic movies, to books and plays. This rendition of A Christmas Carol will be performed as a 1930s live radio broadcast, by six actors with standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all. Learn about the early days of sound production and broadcasting through this family-friendly performance at The Deerfield Inn. 81 Old Main Street. Deerfield , MA. (<$; children 9 and under FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 12:15pm-1pm
CHRISTMAS/HISTORY
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Springfield Museums. Coffee and cookies will be provided; attendees are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. 413-263-6800. 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (<$)

Thursday, December 22, 7pm
CHRISTMAS/FILM STUDIES
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular American films of all time and a favorite family classic around the holidays. The 1946 film was based on a on short story called “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is also often adapted for the stage. Have you ever seen it on the big screen? This winter, you and your family can attend a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at Amherst Cinema. You can use this film as a launching point to talk to your children about the impact each one of us has on those around us. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 24, 1pm
CHRISTMAS/FILM STUDIES
It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the most popular American films of all time and a favorite family classic around the holidays. The 1946 film was based on a on short story called “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is also often adapted for the stage. Have you ever seen it on the big screen? This winter, you and your family can attend a screening of It’s A Wonderful Life at Amherst Cinema. You can use this film as a launching point to talk to your children about the impact each one of us has on those around us. 413- 253-2547. 28 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (<$)

Saturday, December 10, 1pm and 4pm
THEATER/BALLET
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The Nutcracker.Pioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker for a total of six shows through December 11. Performances take place at the Academy of Music Theatre, and tickets can be purchased in advance through their website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Saturday, December 10, 2pm
CHRISTMAS HISTORY
Holiday celebrations often bring community members together by throwing events which bring people together in common, outdoor spaces. Even in the cold winter months people gather in downtowns and parks, including national parks. This program, “Christmas In Our National Parks” will teach you a little about the history of events celebrating Christmas in National Parks, including light displays, decorated houses, and polar express themed train rides. There will also be holiday music and light refreshments during this program, at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. 413-734-8551. One Armory Square. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

Saturday, December 10, 7:30pm; Sunday, December 11, 2pm
YULE
Welcome Yule celebrates the return of light with an annual family show of music, dance, song and story to drive the dark away. The show is set in the mythical village with villagers and animals singing of the coming of winter and rebirth of spring as Fox and Rooster chase through the countryside. Songs of animals join the wassails, carols, puppets, horn dance, mummers play, and the passing of the yule log. Tickets can be purchased through the Welcome Yule website. This showing takes place at the Shea Theater Arts Center. 71 Avenue A. Turners Falls, MA. (Adult $; Seniors and children <$; Children 4 and under FREE)

Sunday, December 11, 1pm and 4:30pm
THE NUTCRACKER
Does your family enjoy theater? Celebrate the holiday season by attending a performance of the classic and enchanting tale, The Nutcracker.Pioneer Valley Ballet will be putting on their annual performance of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music Theatre. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Academy’s website. 413-584-9032 ext. 105. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. ($$)

Sunday, December 11, 3pm-9pm; Friday, December 16, 3pm; Saturday, December 17, 3pm; Sunday, December 18, 3pm
NEW ENGLAND CHRISTMAS HISTORY
Celebrate Christmas this year with food, community, music, and historical learning at Old Sturbridge Village. Christmas By Candlelight will include lots of New England holiday traditions such as festive foods, sleigh rides, a bonfire, storytelling, and strolls around the decorated Village Common. Kids can participate in a holiday craft workshop and everyone can gather for the tree lighting. 800-733-1830. 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road. Sturbridge, MA. (Adults $$; ages 4-12 $; 3 and under FREE)

Tuesday, December 13, 7pm
NEW ENGLAND CHRISTMAS HISTORY
Did you know that Christmas celebrations were once outlawed in New England? In the 17th century, the Puritans did not approve of Christmas celebrations which they considered to be pagan holidays, not supported by scripture. You can learn about the history of Christmas celebrations through a local lens in this lecture at the Stockbridge Library. Find out about the history behind such traditions as Christmas trees and Santa Claus. 413-298-5501. 46 Main Street. Stockbridge, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm-9:30pm
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol remains a holiday favorite, in part because of its messages of childhood innocence, family, charity, and community. CityStage will be bringing their performance of A Christmas Carol. Their original production’s version includes haunting special effects and beloved music. This performance is bound to get you in the holiday spirit and help you reconnect with what is truly important. 413-788-7033. 150 Bridge Street. Springfield, MA. ($$)

Friday, December 16, 4pm and 6:30pm; Saturday, December 17, 11:30am and 2pm
BALLET PERFORMANCE
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

Saturday, December 17, 7pm
CELTIC NUTCRACKER/DANCE
Save the Date! This holiday season, experience the beloved story of The Nutcracker told through Celtic Dance. A Celtic Nutcracker will beautifully blend the Tchaikovsky score with Celtic music and original choreography by the Celtic Heels Dance Company Director, Cara Leach. Featuring the Celtic Heels Irish Dance Company and live music this is sure to become a family tradition for anyone who loves the Nutcracker or Celtic Dance! Bring your family to this one showing event at Academy of Music Theatre. ore information can be found at the ACelticNutracker website. 413-584-9032. 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (<$ – $)

Sunday, December 18, 11:30am, 2pm and 4:30pm
HISTORY/THEATER
Wistariahurst brings you a festive, theatrical performance with an added dose of history. Within the historic setting of Wistariahurst, this performance of Nutcracker and Sweets provides a unique, historical interpretation of this classic ballet. This performance is presented through both narration and dance. This interpretation will include local history in addition to elements of the classic performance. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($; Children under four FREE)

Sunday, December 18, 1pm and 4pm
HOLIDAY/FAMILY THEATER
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—when PaintBox Theatre presents its annual holiday extravaganza! The Santa Show: Reindeer to the Rescue—featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, Roscoe the dog, and a bunch of reindeer—takes us back to Santa’s first year delivering toys. The gifts are done, but how will Santa travel around the world in one night? Spoiler alert: the reindeer come to the rescue. There will be audience participation, songs, stories, and hijinks! Northampton High School. 380 Elm Street. Northampton, MA. (<$)

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Kwanzaa

Friday, December 30, 12pm-2pm
KWANZAA
On the day after Christmas, for those who celebrate Kwanzaa, the holidays are just beginning! Kwanzaa was created to connect African American communities across the globe and honor these communities’ cultural history. The holiday takes place from December 26 to January 1. The Association of Black Business and Professionals in conjunction with the City of Springfield Mayor’s Office will be hosting a Kwanzaa celebration, inviting community members to participate in a candle lighting ceremony and hear speakers. These speakers will address the present circumstances of the African American community. UMass Center at Springfield. 1500 Main Street. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

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Winter Solstice

Saturday, December 17, 6:30pm
SOLSTICE
As the Winter Solstice approaches, you may feel like you want to reflect on the changing seasons or create new, positive memories with your community. You are invited to the 1st annual Winter Solstice Storytelling and Song Festival to enjoy local entertainment and support organizations in need of funds. Families are alco encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation to the survival center. Teach your kids about giving by getting them involved in the donation process. In addition to storytellers and musicians there will be jugglers. This event is appropriate for both families and single adults. Reservations are encouraged. Round House. 413-624-5140. 68 Van Nuys Road. Colrain, MA. (DONATION)

Wednesday, December 21, 7am and 3:30pm
ASTRONOMY/SOLSTICE
The Umass Amherst Sunwheel has attracted tens of thousands of visitors who wish to learn about solar and lunar cycles. Sunwheels, circular stone structures, are designed such that the stones line up with the locations on the horizon of the rising and setting Sun during solstices and equinoxes. You can witness this event during the Winter Solstice, and also learn about the seasons, the phases of the moon, the story behind the building of the sunwheel, and more. Bring questions and dress appropriately. The gatherings last about one hour and are held in all weather except rain or blizzards. Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (DONATION)

Wednesday, December 21, 6pm-8:30pm
SOLSTICE
The winter solstice is a time of celebration for many because it marks the turning point towards longer days. Like the new calendar year, this astrological event can also be a time of reflecting on the past and thinking towards the future. At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, people will gather at sundown to celebrate the solstice with a bonfire, hot cider, and music. This event will take place unless there is a blizzard. Call Arcadia at 413-584-3009 to inquire about cancellation. 127 Combs Road. Easthampton, MA. (FREE)

Wednesday, December 21, 6pm-8pm
SOLSTICE
You can bring your entire family to celebrate the solstice at Notchview with S’mores by the bonfire. Don’t let early sunsets keep you indoors! 83 Old Route 9. Windsor, MA. (<$)

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  1. November 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Breakfast with Santa
    Pulaski Club
    79 Maple St
    Easthampton, MA 01027 Saturday December 10th
    Come enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus, The Grinch, and many other holiday characters!!!
    The buffet will include breakfast items such as pancakes, Frenchtoast sticks, sausage, a pancake topping bar with chocolate chips, strawberries, blueberries, whip cream, and syrup; along with coffee, and juice.
    Every child will receive a small gift from Santa Claus
    2 seatings: 9:00 am or 11:00 am
    Adults $9 & Children(12 and under) $7
    (Children 2 and under eat FREE)
    Tickets are available at Pulaski Club or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/breakfast-with-santa-tickets-28401869757
    *ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY*
    Special promotion, RSVP a table for $90 -includes 10 tickets and a table next to Santa! “Only 5 RSVP tables available/ seating”
    *Fundraiser for The Easthampton Toy Program

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  2. Kimberly Schlichting said,

    November 25, 2016 at 6:55 am

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