Holiday events

Happy Hanukkah!

December 12 - December 20, 2017

Hanukkah candles gleam in the dusk. Chag sameach!

Wrap Up in Song: Music to Warm a Winter Heart

Tavern at The Williams Inn

December 15, 2017 7:00 PM

An evening of original music by the fire: Berkshires singer-songwriters Izzy Heltai, Rachel Laitman, Sarah McNair with Jackie Sedlock and David Edge, and Amrita Lash and Karl Mullen will conjure the power of song to lift spirits and warm winter hearts.

Hancock Holidays

December 16, 2017

The village celebrates with wreaths on doors and lights glowing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday tea with sweet and savory bites and Shaker tea cakes, 1:30 and 4 p.m.

Holiday marketplace

Great Barrington Arts Market

December 15 - December 17, 2017

Art, crafts and artisanal food from ukuleles to jewelry and hand-turned wood — opening Friday with a ticketed preview 5 to 8 p.m.; free admission 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Shakespeare & Company

December 15 - December 17, 2017

Soon after the end of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the Bennet family spends the holidays at Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s country home, and Mary Bennet comes looking for life and adventure in this new play.

Festival of Trees After Dark

Berkshire Museum

December 16, 2017 5:00 PM

Discover the Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees after hours, when the twinkling lights are lit on every tree but the galleries are dark. This year’s quizzical treasure hunt, discovering hidden objects on each tree, becomes more of a challenge at night.

A Christmas Carol

Berkshire Theatre Group

December 13 - December 17, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story by Charles Dickens, filled with holiday carols.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

William Cullen Bryant Homestead

December 16 - December 17, 2017

Tour the 19th century writer and conservationist’s home with holiday treats, a marketplace of gifts made by artists in the hilltowns, carolers and readings and visits from Father Christmas, 4 to 8 p.m.

Nutcracker Holiday Tea

Clark Art Institute

December 16, 2017 1:00 PM

Encore presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet production of The Nutcracker screened in HD, 1 p.m. Nutcracker Sweets Tea follows from 3 to 5 p.m. with gourmet tea and elegant desserts.

Hancock Holidays

Hancock Shaker Village

December 17, 2017

The village celebrates with wreaths on doors and lights glowing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., children’s holiday craft workshop 11 to 3 and Shaker Peg Rail worlshop 1 to 3 p.m.

Seasons Greetings

December 12, 2017 - February 4, 2018

The annual holiday exhibit explores Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and winter through artworks and objects from the Norman Rockwell Museum Collection: Original Rockwell paintings and drawings, and illustrations by fellow artists from Golden Age through today.

Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas

Troy Music Hall

December 14, 2017 7:30 PM

Holiday concert with Grammy awardwinner and All-Ireland Fiddle Champion who has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops, Riverdance, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola and more.

This Wondrous Night

Berkshire Lyric

December 15, 2017 7:30 PM

Sacred Christmas Concert with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Melodious Accord and the Blafield Children’s Chorus, 7:30 p.m.

Mozart Vespers

Northern Berkshire Chorale

December 15, 2017 8:00 PM

Concert of choral music : Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, with soprano Sylvia Stoner; Handel’s Chandos Anthem, O Sing Unto the Lord; Tenor Alexander Turpin sings The Waves of the Sea, and Ann Marie Adamick, mezzo, and Keith Kibler, bass, will solo.

Holiday Farmers Market

Berkshire Grown

December 16, 2017

Cheeses, meats, fruits and vegetables, baked goods and more for a holiday meal, with crafts and live music; admission is free and SNAP/EBT is welcome, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Comical Mystery Tour ensemble

Ventfort Hall

December 16, 2017 5:30 PM

Can’t Toy with Death, a murder mystery dinner theater performance: In the Elfsecutive Board Room, inside the Main Lodge on the Island Of Nitwit Toys, five toys are vying to get into Santa’s bag this year …

Tinseliner Express

Berkshire Scenic Railway

December 16 - December 17, 2017

Historic and holdiay train rides on the Hoosac Valley Line with a visit from the man dressed in red himself. One hour round trip with a 20 minute stop at a Christmas tree sale, and cocoa and a fire in North Adams.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Sheffield Historical Society

December 16 - December 17, 2017

18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Holiday Farmers Market

Berkshire Grown

December 17, 2017

Cheeses, meats, fruits, vegetables, baked goods for a holiday meal, crafts and more, with live music; admission is free and SNAP/EBT is welcome, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Family Christmas

Berkshire Lyric

December 17, 2017 3:00 PM

Popular Christmas Music, with Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Melodious Accord and the Blafield Children’s Chorus

Winter Solstice Celebration

Trustees of Reservations

December 21, 2017 5:00 PM

Welcome the turning of the sun – Yuletide – at Notchview with tales from many cultures including the history of the Christmas Tree, Henry David Thoreau’s winter experience, poems by William Cullen Bryant, stories of nature and more, all followed by a bonfire and s’mores.

1753 House carol sing

1753 House

December 21, 2017 7:00 PM

Deborah Burns will lead the 44th annual a cappella sing-along beside a blaze in the fireplace, with carol books and hot mulled cider. Dress warmly and bring a light to see by. (Snow date is Friday, Dec. 22.) Free and open to all.

A Christmas Carol

Berkshire Theatre Group

December 20 - December 22, 2017

Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story by Charles Dickens, filled with holiday carols.

It’s a Wonderful Life

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

December 22, 2017 5:00 PM

Frank Capra’s 1946 holiday drama is a love story starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed and a seasonal favorite. In Mahaiwe tradition, this will be a free screening for the community.

A Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater

December 21 8:00 PM - December 23, 2017

Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story in a one-man show performed by artistic director David Anderson, who moves fluidly between characters, performing the story as Dickens wrote it. 8 p.m. All performances are free.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

William Cullen Bryant Homestead

December 22 - December 23, 2017

Tour the 19th century writer and conservationist’s home with holiday treats, a marketplace of gifts made by artists in the hilltowns, carolers and readings and visits from Father Christmas, 4 to 8 p.m.

Billie and Blue Eyes

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

December 23, 2017 8:00 PM

Catherine Russell’s Grammy Award-winning vocals and John Pizzarelli’s smooth quartet pair to evoke the glory days of jazz, taking on two of the greats: Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Sheffield Historical Society

December 23 - December 24, 2017

18th Annual marketplace of art, craft and food: Hand-crafted products by local artisans, from leatherwork to fiber art to baskets to glass, with new work throughout the holidays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Holiday Tea with Mrs. Morgan

Ventfort Hall

December 27, 2017 3:00 PM

Step back in time to Christmas 1894. Mrs. George Morgan, the chatelaine of one of Lenox’s greatest cottages and known as Sarah to her family and closest friends, will host a sumptuous and historically accurate tea.

Annual Holiday Festival

Bennington Museum

November 24 - December 28, 2017

Regional artists respond to Nichols Goddard’s Musical Tall Case Clock, ca. 1810, one of the centerpieces of the Museum’s new Early Vermont exhibition, with collage art, paintings, woodwork, textiles, sculpture and more.

Holiday Tea with Mrs. Morgan

Ventfort Hall

December 29, 2017 3:00 PM

Step back in time to Christmas 1894. Mrs. George Morgan, the chatelaine of one of Lenox’s greatest cottages and known as Sarah to her family and closest friends, will host a sumptuous and historically accurate tea.

Three Wise Kings Follow a Star

Crescendo

December 29, 2017 6:00 PM

Crescendo vocal ensemble with soprano Baroque guitarist Salome Sandoval and Latin American and Baroque period instruments. Works by Morales, Enzina, Guerrero and Araujo.

New Years Eve Comedy

First Night of Funny

December 31, 2017 8:00 PM

Stand-up with Ross Bennett, featured on The Late Show with David Letterman; Eddie Clark, featured on House of Cards; Kevin Bartini, a Lee native who has worked with the Daily Show; and Jennifer McMullen, who has performed with Comedy Supermoms.

Whimsical, Wonderful Festival of Trees

November 18, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Holiday exhibit opens with more than 100 trees decorated with imagination and tales of fantasy and whimsy, strange juxtapositions and marvelous scenes, and a quizzical treasure hunt for hidden objects.

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Community events

Destination Williamstown names new director

KATE ABBOTT NAMED DIRECTOR OF DESTINATION WILLIAMSTOWN For immediate release October 3, 2017 [Digital image available upon request] Destination Williamstown (destinationwilliamstown.org) today announced the appointment of Kate Abbott to serve as its director. She will lead the content and growth of Williamstown’s digital presence for arts, events, and all things interesting in and around the […]

Annual volunteer dinner

One World Concervation Center

December 21, 2017 12:00 PM

Celebration to honor Volunteers of the Year Bill and Lois Davis and  Junior Volunteers of the Year-Sophia Lyn and Hayden Schmidt — donors, volunteers and community partners and anyone interested in volunteering at OWWC are welcome.

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Festivals

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Family events

Kids Can Cook

Clark Art Institute

December 29, 2017 10:30 AM

Starr Catering Executive Chef Dan Hardy invites kids to learn how to make the most important meal of the day: breakfast. The menu includes pancakes, French toast and fruit skewers.

Holiday Electronics Camp

Berkshire Museum

December 26 - December 27, 2017

Spend the holidays learning how to wire and assemble colorful LED decorations.,9 a.m. to noon. No electronic experience is necessary. Space is limited to 10 campers in grades 3 to 6.

Owl Prowl

Bartholomew’s Cobble

December 27, 2017 4:00 PM

Storytelling and night walk to learn about owls in the woods: Listen to reading of Jane Yolen’s children’s story, Owl Moon, and then head off into the fields and forests of the cobble to try and call the owls.

Peter Pan in HD

Clark Art Institute

December 28, 2017 1:00 PM

Peter Pan in HD, an encore performance from the National Theatre of London on the big screen: When the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, Wendy comes to Neverland to help.

Night-time walk

Bartholomew’s Cobble

December 29, 2017 5:00 PM

Learn to recognize the different creatures that choose to come out at night and what they sound like. Bring a lantern to help illuminate the way. Return to the visitor’s center for a warm fire outside and s’mores.

Flights of Fantasy

Norman Rockwell Museum

December 26 - December 30, 2017

December School Vacation Week Drop-In Art Program: Design fantasy characters and environments and build fairy houses alongside Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi.

New Year’s Eve Magic Show

Berkshire Museum

December 31, 2017 11:00 AM

The Magic of David Hall, a morning family show with the Boston-based enchanger and illusionist. Refreshments served in the Crane Room at noon.

New Parents Gallery Talk

The Clark Art Institute

January 5, 2018 10:15 AM

On selected Friday mornings through March, the Clark warmly welcomes new parents and their infants into the galleries for an informal guided gallery talk.

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Classes & Workshops

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Well-being

Yoga Matt

BeFit Company

Matt Neely is “Yoga Matt,” bringing Strala Yoga to the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

In Touch Massage & Day Spa

A full-service spa along the Green river. Massage therapy, facials, skin care, full service hair salon, private outdoor hot tub, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Jen Messer, LMT

Williamstown Wellness

Intregrative body work including deep tissue, myofascial release, prenatal, and sports massage.

Nicole Methot, LMT

Williamstown Wellness

Massage therapy including pregnancy massage, deep tissue and sports massage, and Thai massage.

Night Sky Yoga

Mindful yoga for every body and soul with Mary Edgerton. Classes of all levels at Williams College and other locations in the community.

Nutrition Center

North Adams

Mission is to to inspire a healthy relationship with food through counseling, nutrition and culinary demonstrations.

Salon 290

A hair, skin, and nail lounge in a Victorian building.

Empire Cutz

A Williamstown landmark since 1908 and “Only 3 hours from Fenway Park.”

Tasha Yoga

Embody Yourself with Finely Tuned Alignment and Heartfelt Expression: Yoga Classes, Private Classes, Workshops, Teacher Training in Williamstown.

Tsubo Massage

An integrative wellness center that offers massage and other body work modalities that support health and vitality.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Stockbridge

A nonprofit educational organization dedicated to empowering people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.

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Parks & Playgrounds

Margaret Lindley Park

Williamstown

Manmade pond that’s fed by the Hemlock Brook has sandy beach and shallow areas for the little ones.

Sand Springs Pool

Williamstown

Sand Springs Pool is the perfect bucolic setting for relaxation in natural spring waters, outdoor recreation and fitness.

Broad Brook Playground

Large grassy, shady area. Playground with swings, toddler areas with climbers and riders. Mulch under surfaces,fenced in. Basketball court, picnic table.

Field Farm

Picnic tables over looking the pond are located just off the hiking trail parking lot next to the Folly.

Mount Hope Park

Picnic and cool your toes where the Roaring Brook and the Green River meet.

Linear Park

Located on Water Street (behind In Touch Day Spa) has a picnic area and playground available at all hours.

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Civic

Town Hall Talk

A monthly conversation with Town Manager Jason Hoch and WilliNet’s Debby Dane.

Town of Williamstown

Visit the Town’s website for meeting information, road status, voting information, and more.

Williamstown Cultural District

Williamstown’s cultural assets run deep, from historic homes, to family-owned farms, four outstanding libraries, and one of the few remaining single-screen, independent movie theaters still in operation.

Williamstown Chamber of Commerce

Serves Williamstown and neighboring communities by supporting efforts in communication, education and coordination of our members, our residents, and our visitors.

WilliNet

View our civic & cultural life through locally produced television programs.

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Camps

Art Ninja Camps

MASS MoCA

Art Ninjas embark on daily missions filled with art, adventure, and intrigue. Sign up early as space is limited and goes quickly.

Barrington Stage’s KidsAct!

Barrington Stage

Students ages 7-14 the opportunity to create their own original theatre productions under the guidance of experienced theatre teaching artists.

Baseball Camp

The Cages at the Mill @ the Williamstown Youth Center

Pack your glove, bat and cleats and spend the morning with Livingstone Speed Academy at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Berkshire Basketball Clinic

Williams College

This program runs clinics for boys ages 7-15 and girls, ages 7-17 by Williams Coach Kevin App.

Berkshire Museum Summer Camps

Pittsfield

The Berkshire Museum presents many summer camps, including hands-on experiences in robotics, natural science, theater, forensics, film, animation, and more.

Buxton School Summer Camps

Williamstown

A variety of summer camps for children, ages 6-13 that foster a depth of curiosity, active engagement, hands-on creativity, and group play.

Camp Discovery

Williamstown Community Preschool @ the Williamstown Youth Center

The camp for children entering grades 1-6 includes swimming, field trips, biking, sports, games, crafts, science, and nature activities.

Camp Sarsaparilla

Pownal, VT

Children enjoy art, outdoor exploration and camp craft, swimming, singing, read aloud games, riding the zip line, snacks, picnic lunches, and journal writing.

Clever Notions

Williamstown

Learn how to sew using a sewing machine, cut out patterns, upcycle old clothes, mend and alter clothes and more.

Codemakers Club

Williamstown

Basic introduction to programming through a combination of class- room instruction and hands-on exercises that are designed to be fun and engaging.

Gaming Week

Williamstown Elementary School

This fun-filled week for 7-13 year olds will feature the popular networked computer game Minecraft®. Lessons, co-op projects, and daily challenges.

Global Premier Soccer

GPS Stateline @ Williamstown Elementary School

A soccer program aimed at young players aged 4-14 years.

Green Mountain Music Camp

North Bennington, VT

Founded in 1989, it is a week-long celebration of choral, orchestra & theater ensembles.

J*Star Gymnastics

North Adams

Camps are for ages 5 and up and they will be participating in gymnastics, crafts, games and so much more!

KidsAct

Pittsfield

Barrington Stage Company’s Kids Act! gives young performers, ages 7-14, the opportunity to work with experienced theatre instructors as they create, rehearse and perform their own original plays and musicals.

Magic Camp

Williamstown

Learn the secrets behind magic tricks and perfect their performance skills for a performance for family and friends.

MCLA Summer Camps

North Adams, MA

MCLA hosts Young Hacks, Science & Robotics, Creative Writing, and Sports Clinics

NIKE Tennis Camp

Williams College

Week-long tennis camp for boys and girls ages 9-18.

Overland

Williamstown & Around the World

Small groups, inspiring leadership, carefully crafted summer camp program that captures imagination, stretches abilities, strengthens bonds for 4th-12th graders.

Pine Cobble Summer Programs

Williamstown

Offers a summer of fun for young children, sports enthusiasts, and children who want a mix of outdoor games and mental challenges.

Rock On!

Pittsfield

Explore rock, blues, and jazz with a great faculty. All levels welcome from Beginners to Advanced players.

Softball Academy at Williams

Comprehensive instruction in all phases of the game and the opportunity to showcase their abilities through various drills and game scenarios.

Softball Camp

The Cages at the Mill @ the Williamstown Youth Center

Pack your glove, bat and cleats and spend the morning with us!

Squash and Beyond Camp

Williams College

Competitive squash training, outdoor recreation, and educational activity for teens ages 10 to 18

Starlight Stage Youth Theater

Williamstown

Since being founded in 1976, hundreds of young people from the Berkshire County, southern Vermont and eastern New York state area have participated in the programs.

Summer Programs at Sheep Hill

Williamstown

WRLF Summer Programs at Sheep Hill offer children different camps to encourage them to get out and experience the land firsthand.

Tennis Clinics at Williams

Williams College

Williams tennis coaches Alison Swain and Dan Greenberg run clinics for high school aged tennis players.

Tim Duncan Pottery

Williamstown

Each 5 day session will include pinch, coil, slab and hand building, as well as sculpting and wheel throwing.

Undermountain Farm Camp

Lenox

Each day includes a horseback riding lesson as well as many horse and farm related games and educational activities.

Vermont Voltage Pro Soccer Academy

Bennington, VT

An opportunity to learn and enjoy many aspects of the game of soccer in a competitive environment from a current professional player.

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