Friday, December 6–Sunday, December 8
Join us for a magical winter weekend, filled with wagon rides, holiday crafting, Shaker baking in the Brick Dwelling, brunch with Santa, a gingerbread house contest, carols, and candlelit strolls throughout the beautifully decorated village. In addition to specially scheduled events, the Village is open all weekend from 10 am–4 pm.
Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center
Friday, December 6, 7 pm
Live music with American roots band Moonshine Holler. A roaring fire. Food trucks. Cool holiday cocktails and local beer. Grab an ugly sweater and kick off the holidays.
$12 cover at the door; wear an ugly sweater and get $2 off
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD DINNER
Saturday, December 7, 6 pm
Chef Brian Alberg spins a contemporary twist on traditional holiday foods. Sample delicacies from countries around the world that will leave you satisfied, curious, and ready to make merry.
TICKETS $65/$58.50 members; children 12 and under $30/27 members.
BRUNCH WITH SANTA
Sunday, December 8, 10 am–2 pm
Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and take part in crafts, music, story time, and visiting with animals in the Round Stone Barn. Fun for the young and young at heart.
TICKETS $45/40.50 members (includes admission); children 12 and under $25/22.50 members.
HOLIDAY WREATH ’N’ SIP
Sunday, December 8, 2–4 pm
If you’ve never made your own wreath, we have the workshop for you. Enjoy a glass of wine and snacks as you craft a gorgeous wreath using fresh fir, juniper, pine, and other natural, locally sourced materials. Jed Thompson from Township Four will help you create the most beautiful wreath for your door.
TICKETS $80/72 members; includes materials, appetizers, and wine.
SERVICE OF LESSONS & CAROLS
Sunday, December 8, 4 pm & 6 pm
Join us in the 1830 Brick Dwelling for choral music, singing of familiar carols, and readings by noted Berkshire residents. The service, modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held in England in 1918, has been described as “an ambience of mystery, splendor, hope and joy.” Led by Rev. Mark Longhurst of the Williamstown First Congregational Church and musician Karl Mullen.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST
Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bakers of all ages and skill levels are invited to enter our Hancock Holidays Gingerbread House Contest. The theme is works of architecture. Show us your interpretation of an architectural masterwork, a fanciful creation from your imagination, or your own dwelling. Or, craft a building from our own Shaker Village. Participation is free and open to the public, and all submissions will be exhibited during Hancock Holidays. Register online by Sunday, December 1. (Or, mail in this form.) Get a list of rules here. Gingerbread houses must be dropped off between Nov. 30–Dec. 5. (Photo: Melodie Dearden, gardenmelodies.blogspot.com)