Williamstown Holiday Walk, Reindog Parade Returns for 2021

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November 24, 2021
Holiday Walk - Special Edition

When out, please remember to wear your mask and observe social distancing. Check venues for specific COVID policies.

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Saturday, December 4
Breakfast with Santa
8am-12pm
Ioka Valley Farm

Start your weekend with a delicious meal and special guest.
 
Holiday Card Printmaking for Kids
10:30am-12pm
Milne Public Library

Head to the library for a morning of creativity!

 
Recycled T-Shirt Wreath Making & Holiday Sale
10am-4pm  
ABC Clothing Sale Pop-Up 

Pick up a wreath kit with instructions ($5), and shop the holiday clothing and jewelry sale!

 
Gingerbread House Exhibition
10am-5pm

On view through the Purple Pub Annex windows. Vote for your favorite at The Smoothie Spot!  Sponsored by Sweetwood of Williamstown.

 
Winter Celebration
10am-5pm
Williams College Museum of Art

Drop-in throughout the day for family art activities, plus take 35% off everything in the gift shop!  Music and refreshments served 2-5pm.  Admission is free.  
 
Photo Booth
10am-5pm
Paresky Park (across from Images Cinema)

Take your best selfie and post it to #WilliamstownHolidayWalk
 
Open House & Holiday Sale
10am-6pm
Amy's Cottage

 Find special discounts throughout the store, plus; 
  • FREE samples of Beekman skin care products
  • FREE gift with a $100 Vera Bradley purchase
  • FREE gift with a Swig drink-ware purchase
  • FREE cosmetic bag with the purchase of 2-Luca + Danni items
  • FREE jewelry box with a $100 Luca + Danni purchase
 
Create-Your-Own Gifts & Wrapping Paper
11am-2pm
The Print Shop Williamstown

Let your creativity flow! (purchase required)
 
"What is community to you?" 
11:30am-2:30pm
Paresky Park (across from Images Cinema)

Discuss "What is community to you?"  Enjoy mulled cider and fireside chat.  Hosted by Williamstown Rural Lands.
 
Live Music - Williams' A Capella Groups 
2-4pm       
Post Office Steps
  • Aristocows: 2:00 – 2:20pm
  • Ephoria: 2:20 – 2:40pm
  • The Springstreets: 2:40 – 3:00pm
  • Ephlats:  3:20 – 3:40pm (after the Reindog Parade)
  • GQ (Good Question):  3:40-4pm
 
FREE Hot Chocolate & Cookies
2-4pm       

In the driveway next to The Log by Ramunto’s. Sponsored by MountainOne

 
Photo Booth & Food Pantry Collection
2-4pm
Williamstown Community Chest
Porch at 84 Spring Street

Donate a Non-Perishable Festive Food item (i.e. cake, brownie and cookie mixes, frosting, baking supplies, and dried fruits) to benefit local food pantries and take a selfie with Holiday props.

 
Mt. Greylock Regional High School Basketball Fundraiser
2-4pm
Walden Street    

Join in a benefit for the basketball team.

 
Williamstown Elementary School 6th Grade Bake Sale
2-4pm  
Walden Street      

Purchase a treat and help the 6th graders afford their trip to Cape Cod! This fundraiser will be held in lieu of the Annual Pancake Breakfast.

 
ReinDog Parade with Santa & Mrs. Claus
3pm
Spring Street

Dog line-up and judging at 2:30pm on Chapin Lawn, followed by the most fun holiday parade ever on Spring Street. Sponsored by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center   

 
FREE Hot Cider & Fireside Chat
3-5pm
Paresky Park (across from Images Cinema)

Take part, get warm, and enjoy free hot cider.  Sponsored by the Williamstown D.I.R.E. Committee.

 
Gently Used Stuffed Toy Drive
3-5pm 
Outside Amy’s Cottage      

Bring gently used stuffed toys to donate to our local First Responders. Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 11626.

 
Garlic Knot Wreath Making
3-8pm
The Log by Ramunto’s

Make your own kits with instructions (purchase required).

 

 
Candlelight Yoga
4pm
Tasha Yoga.  Registration Required.

Join Tasha either in-person OR Livestream. Proceeds benefit local food pantries.

 
FREE Williams Gospel Choir Concert
4pm
Chapin Hall

Please visit the Williams College event page for more information and indoor COVID policies.

 
Chanukah Bonfire & Sing-a-long
4:30pm
Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams

Sit around the fire, sing Chanukah songs led by Rabbi Rachel (with her guitar), sip hot apple cider (so bring a mug/travel cup). Please bring your own camp chair/folding chair and dress warmly! All are welcome.

 
Tree Lighting & Caroling
5pm

Williams Inn Lawn        

Watch the Williamstown holiday tree come alive with light and join in singing carols! Sponsored by The Williams Inn.

 
Follow the Star: Stations of the Nativity
5:15-7:30pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church

Stop by anytime for a journey around the outside of the church to different Nativity stations. Bundle up the family and bring a flashlight.

 
Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols
7pm
Thompson Memorial Chapel

Please bring a non-perishable food item to benefit local food pantries and come together for a Christmas service. Please visit the Williams College event listing for more information and indoor COVID policies.

Sunday, December 5
Breakfast with Santa
8am-12pm
Ioka Valley Farm

Start your Sunday with a delicious meal and special guest.
 
First Sunday FREE: In for the Winter
10am-5pm
The Clark.  Registration Required.

Explore indoor and outdoor spaces with a special self-guide map. Walk the trails to take in winter's beauty. From 1–4pm, stop by the Conforti Pavilion to make giftable keepsakes to brighten up your home . . . or someone else's!

Family programs at the Clark are generously supported by the officers and employees of Allen & Company, Inc

 
Opening Reception: “Children and Schools in Williamstown Through the Years”
12-2pm
Williamstown Historical Museum

Celebrate the new exhibit and check out five dollhouses created by former resident Lynn Laitman, donated to the Museum by her family. 

 
Winter Splash
1pm
Green River at Linear Park
Registration Required.

In support of Sand Springs Pool, the only public outdoor pool in Berkshire County, take the Green River plunge!

 
Light in the Darkness - A Chanukah Experience
4:30pm
WilliNet.org & Specturn TV Channel 1303

Join Rabbi Seth Wax, the Williams College Jewish Chaplain, & Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Congregation Beth Israel, as they kindle & bless the holiday lights on the last night of Chanukah, December 5 by visiting https://vimeo.com/647446773,

You can also join them on the 1st night of Chanukah, Sunday, November 28 as they light the 1st candle, by visiting https://vimeo.com/647446961
On-Going Though December
The Snowy Day - StoryWalk
Windows of Spring Street Merchants

The whole family will enjoy The Snowy Day - StoryWalk.  Sponsored by The Family Center, Child Care of the Berkshires.
 
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON SHOP SMALL, SUPPORT LOCAL!

In addition, our downtown businesses will be collecting necessary items in December to help our Berkshire communities-in-need.  Support local shops AND pay it forward:

DECEMBER 4-10:   NON-PERISHABLE FESTIVE FOOD DRIVE!
Please donate cake, brownie and cookie mixes, frosting, baking supplies, and dried fruits to benefit local food pantries.

DECEMBER 11-17:   CHILDREN & TEENS GIFT DRIVE!  
Please donate NEW unwrapped toys, crafts, books, and games to benefit local families.

DECEMBER 18-24:  WINTER CLOTHES DRIVE! 
Please donate NEW coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens to benefit local residents-in-need. 

Donation items can be dropped off at the following Spring Street locations:
ABC Clothing Pop-Up
Amy’s Cottage 
Chapter Two Books 
Goodman’s Jewelers 
Nature’s Closet 
The Print Shop 
The Williams Bookstore 
Spring Street Market & Café 
Where’d You Get That!? 
Williams Shop 
Williamstown Apothecary 

Visit DestinationWilliamstown.org to learn more
about this year’s programming and for a full list of events.

The Williamstown Holiday Walk Community Planning Committee wishes to thank this year's event sponsors:
The ClarkCITGreylock Federal Credit UnionMountainOneSouthwestern Vermont Medical CenterWilliamstown Chamber of Commerce

 
 
 
 
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