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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019
11:15AM / Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

 

Holiday Events

Thursday, Dec. 12

North Adams: Phil Kline's walking symphony experience "Unsilent Night" returns again to North Adams. This year the event will explore the neighborhood just north of River Street, starting at the UNO Community Center and ending at the new Studio venue at Porches Inn. The walk will kickoff promptly at 6 p.m., with a gathering at UNO one half-hour before. Kids and adults of all ages are warmly invited to join in this free and festive community event. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly, to bring a boom box, phone, bluetooth speaker or creative amplified sound device, a flashlight or lantern, and enjoy the creation of this inviting holiday soundscape. Unsilent Night composer Phil Kline will once again join and lead the event in North Adams, one of more than 40 events being performed around the world this December.

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Friday, Dec. 13

North Adams: North Adams mayor Tom Bernard will host Kids 4 Harmony for a holiday concert at City Hall at 4 p.m. All are invited to this free concert to celebrate community and the spirit of the holidays. Kids 4 Harmony, a program of 18 Degrees, is a free, intensive classical music program for youth from some of the most under-resourced communities in Berkshire County. Programs are held at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams and Morningside Community School in Pittsfield.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Great Barrington: The Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll will be held in downtown Great Barrington. All Stroll activities are free and begin with “An Hour of Magic” from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Mason Library, where you can pick up your “Elf Passport” get stamps at the Stroll Activities and enter to win. From 4 to 7 p.m., Stroll activities include Kid’s Crafts at the First Congregational Church Parish Hall, Holiday Market and Fire Pit at the First Congregational Church parking lot, face painting at Lee Bank, letters to Santa at Fuel Coffee Shop, kids games in front of Wheeler & Taylor, "Charlie’s Holiday Model Railroad" and more. Santa’s Character Parade at the base of Railroad Street begins at 4:30 p.m. and visits with Santa begin upon Santa’s arrival to the Berkshire Bank Lobby until 6:45 p.m. Follow the Steiner Carolers through town to the menorah and tree lighting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall and fireworks are at 7:10 p.m. and can be seen throughout town. Last is performance by the Berkshire Children’s Chorus at 7:45 p.m. at Saint James Place.

Lenox: The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to Ventfort Hall with an encore performance of their holiday program "Grandma Got Runned Over by a …Oh Dear!!!!" at 5:30 p.m. In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble appears regularly at Ventfort Hall. The cost is $42 per person, including a full course dinner; reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 413-637-3206.

North Adams: The North Adams Public Library will host a program to allow children to explore Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Educator Jane Shiyah will use storytelling and drama as well as candle lighting and a dreidel game to teach about this ancient winter holiday.  Best suited for children ages 3 and up and their families. Call 413-662-3133, ext. 14 for more information.

Pittsfield: Santa Claus will visit with neighborhood children at Greylock Federal Credit Union’s new Community Empowerment Center at 75 Kellogg St. from 9 a.m. to noon. To make Santa feel more at home, Greylock will have the original chair Santa used when he visited England Brothers Department Store on North Street years ago. Ralph Fontaine of Heritage Auctions Inc. is the current caretaker of Santa’s chair and has loaned it to Greylock to use for the day. Berkshire Mirror Moments will also be on hand to provide free professional photographs of the children sharing their wishes with Santa.

Pittsfield: Celebrate the season at your local Stop & Shop with a day of festive fun for the entire family. Children of all ages are invited to come meet Santa Claus at the two Pittsfield Stop & Shop locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The merriment continues as little ones are also invited to decorate holiday sugar cookies, or for a healthier snack, a snowman cheese stick, with their fellow elves for the day. Cookies and decoration supplies will be provided. Santa Claus will also hand out candy canes to all the children who take photos with him. While in store, don’t forget to take photos with Stop & Shop’s hazard-monitoring robot, Marty, who will be wearing his finest ugly sweater! Make sure to use the hashtag “#MerryMarty” when posting on social media.

Sunday, Dec. 15

Lenox: Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall to decorate one of the many trees that adorn the mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate a tree with them as well as take home some handmade ornaments. The finished decorated tree will remain on display in the mansion until early January. Punch and cookies will be served. Admission is $5 per child (to cover material fees). Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge. Reservations not required but encouraged at 413-637-3206 or by email.

Thursday, Dec. 19

Pittsfield: Berkshire Historical Society will present Holiday Lights at Arrowhead at 6:30 p.m., featuring a candlelight tour of the house and a 19th century holiday experience complete with winter pasttimes, refreshments and readings. Admission is $25. Call 413-442-1793.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Lanesborough: Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, will host a Holiday Nature Crafts Tree Trimming Party from noon to 1:30 p.m. Create your own holiday pinecone ornaments and extras to help us decorate our holiday tree. We will use ingredients found in nature along with colorful art supplies to create our holiday nature craft masterpieces! All craft supplies will be provided, but some items may be limited. Feel free to bring your own pinecones to share. This program is free.

Lanesborough: Mount Greylock State Reservation, 30 Rockwell Road, will host a Solstice, Sunset, Cider-Sip and Sing-Along from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Come out and celebrate the return of the light on the shortest day of the year - the Winter Solstice. We will meet shortly before sunset, gather and warm ourselves by the fire as we sip warm locally made cider from Mount Greylock grown apples, and join our voices together in song. Meet at the Visitor Center and have your camera handy to capture a stunning shortest-day sunset overlooking Pontoosuc Lake. Feel free to bring along your instruments to play as well. This program is free.

Lenox: Two of the Berkshires favorite performers, Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, are filling The Mount with holiday cheer. Talora and Ramsay will be performing holiday favorites throughout the afternoon starting at 2 p.m. Included with admission.

North Adams: A "blue Christmas" service will be held at All Saints Berkshires Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., at 7 p.m. This service is for all who feel a sense of loss; whether it be the loss of a job, or a loved one... whatever the change factor in your life, this is a time to acknowledge it and to find comfort in the fact that you are not alone.

Sunday, Dec. 22

North Adams: Mayor Thomas Bernard invites all members of the North Adams community to mark the first night of Chanukah and to join in the city’s second annual menorah lighting at 5 p.m. The brief ceremony will be held in Dr. Arthur Rosenthal Square on West Main Street across from City Hall. Rabbi Rachel Barenblat  will share a few words.

 

Christmas Tree Lightings

* Lenox Dale: Sunday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Due to the construction on Walker Street, Santa will arrive by fire engine at Furnace Park at the intersection of Crystal Street and Walker Street to light the tree. Following the lighting, Santa will greet the children at the Fire Station on Elm Street, where gifts and refreshments will be distributed. Santa will also pose for photos with the children. The event is sponsored by the Lenox Dale Fire Company.

* North Adams: FRIDAY, DEC. 6 (postponed from Wednesday, Nov. 27) 6 p.m. at Monument Square. Caroling with the Drury Band, hot chocolate and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the Fire Department's antique Mack Fire Engine with treats. Kicks off the annual Hometown Holiday. This year the Downtown Bike Around will join the procession down Main Street with bikes decorated in lights; meet at Peebles/V&V lot at 5:15 p.m. (Raindate Dec. 6.)

* Pittsfield: Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The annual tree lighting will be held at Park Square with music, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Downtown Festive Frolic begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 3 at participating venues. The community is invited to come downtown and enjoy free and low-cost family-friendly activities in honor of the holiday season.

* Williamstown: Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:15 p.m. Caroling and the tree lighting on the Williams Inn front lawn at the foot of Spring Street.

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