Lenox Library hosts its annual Gingerbread House Competition on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 3. This year's theme is "Hobbits and Ogres and Elves, Oh My!"
PITTSFIELD: Air Force Medic Carmen Provenzano lights the tree at Park Square on Friday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. The Taconic High School chorus will perform carols, Santa Claus will arrive afterward, and free hot chocolate will be provided by Patrick's Pub. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food for the Christian Center food pantry.
STOCKBRIDGE: Norman Rockwell's iconic painting of the village at Christmas comes to life on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, with the 23rd annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Readings, house tours, caroling and concerts during the weekend with the finale from noon to 2 on Sunday featuring the recreation of the painting. Some events require paid admission: more information here.
WILLIAMSTOWN: The annual Holiday Walk takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 4 p.m. with the popular Reindog Parade from Chapin Hall to Spring Street. The evening continues with music, caroling and a lighting of the tree at 7 p.m. During the day, check out the Alternative Gift Fair (1 to 7) and the Habitate for Humanity Tree Showcase (1 to 8) both at First Congregational Church.
Performances & Readings
LENOX: The 2nd annual Lenox Caroling Festival runs Friday-Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Kicks off on Friday night at the Christmas tree lighting in Lilac Park. Choirs from around the region will compete at public performances on Saturday, culminating in awards at Shakespeare & Company beginning at 6:45 p.m.
"The Santaland Diaries" returns for a run at Shakespeare & Company from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30. More information and pricing here.
NORTH ADAMS: Mill City Productions offers "Fireside Yuletide," a dramatic reading of classic Christmas stories on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 and 2 and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.Holiday refreshments will be served. Cost is $4 at the door; Building 4N (next to the Visitors Center), Western Gateway Heritage State Park.
PITTSFIELD: The Colonial Theatre features "Christmas at the Colonial with Mary Verdi" on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 and 7 p.m.; the Albany Berkshire Ballet's "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 and 7, and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 and 4:30; and "A Christmas Carol" at various times from Saturday, Dec. 15, through Sunday, Dec. 30. More times and ticket information here.
NEW LEBANON, N.Y.: Darrow School's annual solstice celebration, Winter Revels, on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4:30 p.m. features Renaissance costumes and traditional madrigals and folk tunes and other performances, including a sword dance and pantomime performance. Both performances are free and open to the public.
Religious Services & Events
WILLIAMSTOWN: The annual Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols at Williams College will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, in Thompson Memorial Chapel. Admission is free; attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local pantries.
Shopping & Events
GREAT BARRINGTON: Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers Market will be held at Muddy Brook Elementary School on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 2.
The annual Holiday Stroll sponsored by the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce takes placeSaturday, Dec. 8, from 4 to 7:30.
STOCKBRIDGE: Berkshire Botanical Gardens holds its Holiday Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 to 5. Wreaths, swags and decorations and locally made holiday gifts.
Third annual Holiday Craft Fair, sponsored by Berkshire Made, at the Town Offices on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 to 4, and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 to 3.
WILLIAMSTOWN: Berkshire Grown's Holiday Farmers Market will be held at Williams College's Towne Field House on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 to 2.
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