During the holiday season, many communities and neighborhoods host special events that gather everyone together in the spirit of friendship, community and wonder. It’s a great way to discover the unique identity of a place and its traditions. In Western Massachusetts, each community has a distinct character and its own way to commemorate the holiday spirit. By participating in these events, not only do you have the opportunity to engage your community, but you also help to preserve local history and culture.
Towns across the region host an extended evening of activities with shops open late to encourage support of local merchants while connecting with neighbors as the days get shorter, including Shelburne Falls, Williamstown, Stockbridge and Amherst. Download our Nov/Dec issue of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts to discover more about these annual events.
Here is a list of holiday strolls happening this week:
Friday, December 9, 2016 from 3-9pm
Turners Falls 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, 2016 from 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)