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Holiday 2015

Holiday Happenings

Great Barrington — The Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll Saturday, Dec. 8, will be holiday fun for everyone. The Stroll, which begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m., is the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce‘s largest community event of the year. All activities are free and open to the public.

Children and their families can count on seasonal favorites such as a story hour at Mason Library; a holiday model railroad at Saint James Place; letters to Santa (there’s a special mailbox that goes straight to the North Pole!); crafts and games; face painting; and the character parade at 4:30 p.m. from the base of Railroad Street through Main Street to Santa’s home, where they can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. New this year will be decorate-your-own gingerbread houses.

For the adult crowd, one of the most popular components of the Stroll is shopping and sipping at merchant locations, which always makes holiday shopping more enjoyable. Starting at 4 p.m., the store-to-store raffle will begin. Holiday Stroll vendors will be in full swing—adults can make boxwood wreaths, and everyone is welcome to ride the holiday hayride. Stop for food or shopping at the vendor area in the First Congregational Church parking lot, 251 Main St. New this year: Visit Salisbury Bank at the base of Railroad Street and stroll up, grab a Stroll program, and continue up to visit nonprofits spreading holiday cheer going up the left side of Railroad Street. Immediately following the fireworks, don’t miss the Berkshire Children’s Chorus at Saint James Place.

Attendees can warm themselves at one of the bonfires while listening to WSBS playing holiday music, and stroll the town to look at the holiday tree walk or over a dozen live windows. Join in with one of the caroling groups, walk down Rudolph’s Way or the North Pole Lane and purchase a luminary in memory of a loved one, and meet at Town Hall, 334 Main St., for the lighting of the town menorah and Christmas tree, which leads up to the holiday fireworks.

Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays

November 4th – January 8th
Norman Rockwell Museum 

During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell’s anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encountered his images on the covers and pages of their favorite magazines, and on holiday cards that brought the spirit of the holidays home. His memorable, enduring images, which reflected the best in us, are on view in this special holiday installation of original artworks and objects. Original drawings for Hallmark cards, paintings inspired by Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, a point-of-purchase Coca-Cola Santa, and costumes and props featured in Rockwell’s artwork will be on view. See on calendar

Festival of Trees

November 13- January 3
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield 

Round up your co-workers because this year’s Festival of Trees: Westward Ho Ho Ho! is going to be a foot-stompin’, hee-hawin’ good time. So get in your covered wagon and come with us as we travel to the western frontier, with cowboys, cowgirls, saloons, cacti, and of course some fun! We are pleased that this year, Festival of Trees will be presented throughout our exciting exhibitions – National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West and Go West. See on Calendar

Marketplace Menagerie and & Craft Fair 

November 21st from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                           Berkshire South Regional Community Center 

Choose from a wide array of gift items from Berkshire artisans, bakers, crafters and more, just in time for the holidays! See on calendar

Holiday Farmers Market

November 21, December 19, January 16 and February 13 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Monument Valley Middle School, Great Barrington

Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers’ Market featuring locally grown and produced foods and gifts, including fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, yarn, and more, plus live music, lunch fare, and children’s activities. See on calendar

Holiday Farmers Market

Sunday, November 22 and December 20th from 10:00 – 2:00 PM
Williamstown College Towne Field House , Latham Street

These popular events feature locally grown and produced foods and gifts, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children, during months when most farmers’ markets are not open in the region. Admission is free. See on calendar

Berkshire South Holiday Dance

Monday, December 4  from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Berkshire South Regional Community Center 

Join us as we get ready to ring in the holiday seasons at Berkshire South! Come boogie down with all your friends! Snacks and drinks will be provided. For grades 5 through 8. See on calendar

Holiday Concert and Supper

Monday, December 4 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                   The Clark, Williamstown 

Kick off Williamstown’s Holiday Walk Weekend with an evening of the festive sounds of the season. Williams College alumnus Jonathan Dely leads a jazz ensemble performing a wide selection of holiday favorites. Stay after the concert to enjoy a seasonal, three-course supper prepared by the Clark’s executive chef Dan Hardy of STARR Events. Following dinner, take a spin on the dance floor to the sound of Dely’s quintet. See on calendar

Holiday Marketplace Cocktail Reception                    

Monday, December 4 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM                                                                                                                                                              Berkshire Botanical Gardens, Stockbridge

An evening of food, cocktails, raffles, wreaths and entertainment, plus a chance to preview the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 2015 Holiday Marketplace.Naumkeag Open House and Holiday Shop. See on calendar.

Naumkeag Open House and Holiday Shop

Tuesday, December 5 from 10:00 – 5:00 PM                                                                                                                                                        Naumkeag House, 5 Prospect Hill Road Stockbridge 

Step back in time for a seasonal open house and shop at Naumkeag, a Gilded Age “cottage” — dressed out for the holidays. Enjoy hot chocolate and get your holiday shopping done early! See on calendar 

A Very Special Holiday Tea

Sunday, December 6th @ 3:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                          Ventfort Hall, Walker St., Lenox

An elegant Victorian tea featuring assorted tea sandwiches, tea cakes and cookies made from recipes in our Tea at the Mansion cookbook.Entertainment will feature pianist Karen Tchougourian, playing classical and contemporary music. The mansion will be decorated for the holidays. See on calendar 

Evergreen Craft Making at Notchview 

Saturday, December 12th from Noon – 3:00 PM                                                                                                                                                               Notchview, Windsor MA 

Cut your own balsam or Fraser fir tree, carefully grown for the occasion. Arrive early and stay on for a balsam holiday crafts workshop happening in the Visitor Center. See on calendar

A Christmas Carol

December 12 – December 22                                                                                                                                                                                                Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield                                                                                                                

Celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season. See on calendar 

Christmas is Here: Songs of the Season with Samantha Talora and and Ron Ramsay

Friday, December 18th at 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                       Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave Pittsfield                                 

NYC Cabaret singer & pianist Ron Ramsay and vocalist Samantha Talora, celebrate the season with an evening of our favorite holiday songs, blended with some not-so-familiar gems that are sure to enliven the holiday spirit. See on calendar

Behold a Star, A Concert of Christmas Music

Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                              St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield 

Sunday, December 20th at 7:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                   St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, Great Barrington     

Berkshire Lyric presents “Behold a Star, a Concert of Christmas Music.” The 85 voice Berkshire Lyric Chorus will be joined by the 35 voice Blafield Children’s Chorus with some of the most beloved music of the season. See on calendar

Bolshoi Ballet in HD : The Nutcracker 

Sunday, December 20th at 1:00                                                                                                                                                                                         Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington                                                                                                                                              

The Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker has a unique and beautiful sense of romance and philosophy, danced by the heroic Denis Rodkin as the courageous Prince and the magical Anna Nikulina as Marie. This event is broadcast in HD. See on calendar