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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018

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'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at (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.

The city of Pittsfield is offering free downtown parking for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28. There will also be a week of free parking starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. Parking is always free in the evenings and weekends.


Holiday Events


Thursday, Dec. 13

North Adams: Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night returns to North Adams in the historic village of Blackinton on the west end of North Adams. Starting and ending at Tourists at 6 p.m., all are welcome to dress warmly, bring a boom box or amplified sound device, a flashlight or lantern, and join in the creation of an inviting holiday soundscape for a 45-minute walk. Unsilent Night composer Phil Kline will once again join and lead the event in Blackinton Village, one of more than 40 events being performed around the world this December.

Pittsfield: UNICO will sponsoring a pasta dinner to benefit the Eagle Santa Fund at Hillcrest Academy, 400 Columbus Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for a family and $5 for senior citizens and children.

Pittsfield: State Sen. Adam G. Hinds is hosting a Holiday Open House at his Pittsfield office, located at 100 North St., Suite 410, from 4 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend, mix and mingle with the senator and his staff and spread holiday cheer. During the event, Hinds will announce the winner of his Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest, which he sponsored this fall. More than 300 students in grades three through six across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District submitted creative and cheery drawings, which are on display in the senator's office.  The winning drawing is the featured art on Hinds' holiday greeting card this year, which will be mailed to hundreds of friends, family, colleagues and constituents. Hinds' office is also a drop site for donations of unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots; local members of the U.S. Marine Corps. will be in attendance during to accept donations.

Friday, Dec. 14

Lenox: The Lenox Library will host a Holiday Pajama Night from 6 to 7 p.m. Kids can wear their pajamas for storytelling and a holiday singalong.

Stockbridge: The Berkshires own folk duo, Oakes & Smith, will perform a free holiday season concert at St. Paul’s Church, 29 Main St., at 7 p.m. Joining together a decade ago, Katherine Smith and Robert Oakes have produced six recordings, and performed locally at The Guthrie Center, Canyon Ranch and Kripalu, as well as on the national music stage. Voluntary contributions will benefit the historic Stockbridge church.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Great Barrington: The Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market will be held at Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road, 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Lenox: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home will host a Santa’s Hat Knitting Workshop at 11 a.m. With the holidays just around the corner, The Mount invites knitters of all skill levels to an intensive workshop with Sheepish Creations founder Susie Harding. This workshop will feature one-on-one attention for those just starting out or for those looking to hone their skills. Tickets are $60 and include materials, hot cider, and a tour of the Main House. Reservations are required online.

North Adams: The Wigman on the Mohawk Trail will hold Christmas at the Wigwam from 3, featuring wine tasting at sunset, live music and more.

North Adams: North Adams Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center invites children in the area to have cocoa and cookies with Santa at North Adams Commons, 175 Franklin St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include cookies and cocoa, cookie decorating, and a photo with Santa. RSVPs are not required but may be made to Jessica at 413-441-7392 by Dec. 14. The event is free.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Cheshire: Cheshire Church Christmas brings the four churches  Baptist Church, St. Mary's Church, the Berkshire Chapel and Methodist Church  together at 6 p.m. for a night of celebration, including music, Scripture and stories of Christmas. The event will be held in the sanctuary of the Methodist Church, 197 Church St., to be followed by hot chocolate and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. 

Lenox: Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. 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. 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.

Lenox: The Gospel Gang, a contemporary Christian/gospel choir, along with The Messengers, a gospel trio, will present "Christmas Gospel" at  4 p.m. United Methodist Church of Lenox, 8 Holmes Road, to benefit the PACC Emergency Fuel Fund (Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations) and The Emergency Assistance Fund of Construct Inc., Great Barrington. There is a suggested donation of $10 admission fee to the concerts.

North Adams: The Wigman on the Mohawk Trail will hold Christmas at the Wigwam from 3, featuring wine tasting at sunset, live music and more.

Pittsfield: The sixth annual Yule for Fuel, co-hosted by the Berkshire Concert Choir and Zion Lutheran Church, will be held in the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church, 74 First St., at 3 p.m. Yule for Fuel is a free community sing-along, backed by a large choir, and complete with beautiful piano accompaniment and majestic organ playing. Paula Nuss will conduct the Berkshire Concert Choir, and Amy Renak and The Rev. Timothy Weisman from Zion Lutheran Church will accompany the carols. A free-will offering will be collected to support the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations Emergency Fuel Fund.

Williamstown: The Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market will be held in the red barn at Sweetwood of Williamstown, 1611 Cold Spring Road, 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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free.


Christmas Tree Lightings

* Adams: Sunday, Nov. 25, 2-5 p.m., at the Adams Town Common. The tree-lighting ceremony will include free carriage rides and music, hot cocoa and coffee, and a visit from Santa.

* Lanesborough: Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at Memorial Park, next to the police station. Refreshments and entertainment by the Lanesborough Elementary School chorus.

* Lenox: Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m., Lilac Park, featuring a performance by the LCC chorus group and cookies, hot chocolate and visits with Santa at the Lenox Community Center.

* Lenox Dale: Sunday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker and Crystal streets 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.

* North Adams: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 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 at 5:15 p.m. (Raindate Nov. 30.)

* Pittsfield: Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. The Park Square tree lighting ceremony will feature carols performed by the Taconic High School Chorus and hot chocolate provided by Patrick’s Pub. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive after the tree is lit.

* South Williamstown: Sunday, Dec. 9, 5-7 p.m. The South Williamstown Community Association will host its tree lighting at The Store at Five Corners. There will be carol singing and refreshments; bring a flashlight to see the words on the song sheets. Santa is planning to come.

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