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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2022

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This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Some events have been canceled or are being held virtually. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at Reminder that many of these events and activities do require face coverings and social distancing. 

Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs and markets.

Christmas Tree Lightings

Adams: Tree lighting and a visit from Santa at the annual Holly Days on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree will be lit at 5; rides, refreshments and activities. 
Cheshire: Annual tree lighting is Sunday, Dec. 4, at 6 at Town Hall. A hayride begins at 5:30 at the community center; Santa and refreshments will be available at the community center afterward. A Festival of Trees will be held in the Cheshire School from Dec. 4 to Dec. 23 from 9 to 2 Monday through Thursday and Fridays from 9 to 9. 
Clarksburg: Peter A. Cook VFW Post 9144 sponsors this year's tree lighting ceremony at PFC Peter A. Cook Veterans Memorial Field on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. The Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Compnay will be bringing Santa Claus to the event to greet the children. The post will be making its annual donations at this time. 
Dalton: Grow Dalton is presenting a Light Up the Holidays Parade 2022 in memory of Todd Walton on Saturday, Dec. 10 that begins at 4:30 and concludes with the tree lighting at 8. It will start at L.P. Adams and includes a range of offerings and activities from local businesses and organizations.  A full list of events can be found here

On Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m., the Santa Parade of emergency vehicles will take off from LP Adams and travel through neighborhoods to the Dalton CRA. The full parade route can be found here.

Great Barrington: Lightings of the town tree and menorah on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall followed by fireworks. Part of the Shop, Sip & Stroll in the downtown that features crafts, music, hayrides and Santa. 
Lanesborough: The tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the old Lanesborough Police Department on the corner of Church Street and Route 7. The school chorus will perform and there will be a free concession stand. 

Lenox: Tree lighting in Lilac Park takes place Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. hosted by the Lenox Community Center. Come early for caroling with the LCC chorus at 5:45 and stay for pictures with Santa Claus in the gazebo. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available and bring a letter for Santa. Letters can be dropped off at the center through Sunday, Dec. 11.  

North Adams: Annual event returns on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at Monument Square. Santa Claus will arrive on the fire engine and give out goody bags. Drury band will perform. 

North Adams: The annual menorah lighting will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. The brief ceremony will be held in the City Hall lobby with Rabbi Rachel Barenblat sharing a few words to mark the start of the Hanukkah.

Pittsfield: The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with some short speeches and performances by the Berkshire Hills Chorus and the Taconic High School chorus. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to ring in the holiday season. More information here.

Williamstown: the tree at the Williams Inn will be lighted on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m., accompanied by caroling. Part of the annual Holiday Walk. 

South Williamstown Community Association hosts a tree lighting on Saturday, Dec. 10, at  5 p.m. at the Store at Five Corners. There will be carol singing, refreshments provided by the store and Santa. Bring a flashlight to read the song sheets that will be provided.

West Stockbridge: A "Sparkles" event hosted by the town's Parks & Recreation, with help from the police and fire departments, will be held on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Join the parade from Congregational Church to Town Hall for music, the tree lighting, and gifts from Santa. 

Stephentown, N.Y.: Lighted parade and tree lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26. Lighted tractors, side-by-sides, floats, fire trucks and cars, and marching groups step off at 5:30 from the Fire Hall to the Veterans Park for the tree lighting. 

Popcorn and hot cocoa will be available at the fire station on NY 43, which will also accept unwrapped toys for the annual toy drive

Holiday Events

Great Barrington: Southern Berkshire Chamber's Holiday Shop, Sip & Stroll runs Saturday, Dec. 10, in downtown Great Barrington from 3 to 7 p.m. and concludes with the tree lighting, followed by fireworks and a free performance at 7:30 by the Vocalis Youth Choir at St. James Place. See the full list of activities and times here. 

Lenox: NightWood, a light, sound, and color event, runs at The Mount through Dec. 31. Admission is $10 to $20 per person; register here.

Stockbridge: Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas runs Friday to Sunday, Dec. 2-4, with a range of holiday activities including live performances, historic property tours, holiday markets, shops, restaurants and Santa. On Sunday, the town re-enacts the spirit of Norman Rockwell's famous holiday scene.
Naumkeag's Winterlights runs through Jan. 7; tickets are limited here. Berkshire Botanical holds its annual Holiday Market on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. More information here.

Williamstown: The Williamstown Chamber's annual Holiday Walk runs Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, with the popular Reindog Parade at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Activities include breakfast with Santa in the Williams Inn ballroom, card and wreath making, a gingerbread house exhibit, caroling, hot chocolate, photo booths, and others. Some events have admission fees or require registration. See the full list here

Wednesday, Dec. 25:

North Adams: Be Our Guest Christmas Dinner at the American Legion, 11:30 to 1, featuring ham dinner with sides, soup and dessert. All are welcome; for delivery, call 413-664-9004.


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Pittsfield Subcommittee OKs Draft Chicken Ordinance

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky speaks in favor of the ordinance change for chickens. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is closer to having an affordable fee for chicken keeping.

On Monday, the Ordinances and Rules subcommittee supported a drafted ordinance that brings the cost of keeping six chickens from more than $500 to $25. 

The ordinance takes the process out of the Zoning Board of Appeals purview and requires a license similar to that of a dog.

"We've really come a long way from having to have a cost of around $500 to get chickens where this will bring it to a more equitable opportunity for anyone in the City of Pittsfield who meets the setback guidelines," Councilor at Large Peter White said.

"And those setback guidelines will be very similar to what would have been approved, to begin with, in the permit that is currently in place right now."

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