Annual Holiday Stroll in Shelburne Falls the Day After Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 26th, 2010

The annual Moonlight Magic kicks off the holiday season in the Village of Shelburne Falls on Nov. 26th, home of the historic Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Moonlight Magic happens again this year on Friday, November 26th, from 4:30-10pm. A terrific family event, the annual Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls, MA will begins with the Lighting of the Village at approximately 4:30 pm. Hot drinks, food, baked goods and more will be sold on the streets and stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late.

A town parade follows the Lighting of the Village, crossing over the Iron bridge from Buckland to Shelburne. The town will be all aglow with 1,800 luminary candles lining the street and throughout the village, provide by Mole Hollow Candle Company. Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns, the Snow Princess and many others will be strolling through the village bringing a bit of holiday magic into your little ones evening.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will offer rides all night in a restored trolley built in 1896 in Springfield Massachusetts, and throughout the evening local vocal and instrumental groups will fill the evening air with music. At Memorial Hall Theater, children and their families can watch cartoons on the big screen from 5:30-8pm courtesy of the Memorial Hall Association.  A cookie shop will be at the Visitor’s Center, and Santa’s Workshop will be at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center.

A shuttle service will be provided by the Academy at Charlemont from 4:30-8pm, and the Iron Bridge will be open to only foot traffic so families can stroll back and forth enjoying both sides of the river.

The Shelburne Falls Area Business Association sponsors Moonlight Magic and many local businesses make this annual event such a great family destination, including Greenfield Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank – Mass One Insurance, Franklin Regional Transit Authority, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, and McCusker’s Market.

Moonlight Magic in the Hilltowns

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 27th, 2009

Moonlight Magic 2008 (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

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

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

Mole Hollow Candle Company, a local candle company, provides 1500 luminary candles to line the village streets and sidewalks. The town lights up about 4:45 pm with the help of many volunteers. Bridge Street, the main thoroughfare, will become a pedestrian walkway to allow space for street performers and holiday strollers.  Singing and instrumental groups will perform about town.

There will be family fun and children’s activities too, such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and candle dipping.

Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls, 2008

Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls on November 28th, 2008

It’s exciting and magical! Moonlight Magic takes over Shelburne Falls on Friday, November 28, 2008 from 4:30 – 10:00 PM.

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

 

  • The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will be open. This will be a rare opportunity to ride the brightly lit and beautifully restored Trolley No. 10 after dark. While you wait for the Trolley, warm up by the potbelly stove and enjoy a cup of warm cider in the museums classic restored wooden caboose. Take the Trolley to the Museum’s visitor center for interesting historic period displays of life in the area one hundred years ago. The kids will love the operating displays of toy trains.
  • Mole Hollow Candle Company, a local candle company, provides 1500 luminary candles to line the village streets and sidewalks. The town lights up about 4:45 pm with the help of many volunteers. Bridge Street,
    the main thoroughfare, will become a pedestrian walkway to allow space for street performers and holiday strollers.
  • Santa will arrive about 4:45 PM on Deerfield Avenue and will be serenaded to his workshop at the Shelburne Senior Center. Children will be greeted at Santa’s Workshop for the first part of the evening.
  • Cartoons will be shown on the big screen in the Memorial Hall Theater.
  • Singing and instrumental groups will perform about town.
  • There will be family fun and children’s activities such as cookie decorating, ornament making, and candle dipping. Knights in armor will greet people at Wandering Moon. Many of the village merchants will have in-store promotions and specials. Shelburne Falls is a great place to find one-of-a-kind and hand-made gift items.
  • At the Shelburne Senior Center there will be a craft sale and the Mountain Lodge.
  • A. F. & A. M.’s will offer soups and other items from their kitchen.
  • Around the corner at the Village Information Center, Shelburne Falls Women’s Club will hold their annual Cookie Shoppe. The Friends of Arms Library will be holding their annual holiday book sale. Craft fairs will be held in the Eagles Hall and at the VFW. Many other private and non-profit groups will be offering items at sidewalk sales throughout the village.
  • The Village Information Center, open throughout the evening, will provide accessible public restrooms.

 

 

More information online at www.sftm.org or www.shelburnefalls.com


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