On weekends, after Thanksgiving and in December, we have special programming. Crafts, live music, story times, performances, great food, spirited drinks, and more. The grounds are open for select hours. Get your tickets and explore at your leisure.
WORKSHOP: WREATH ‘N SIP
Join us for a relaxing evening as you design and craft a fragrant seasonal wreath to take home. Grab a drink, take a seat, and we’ll guide you step-by-step in using natural greens and cones to make a wreath to celebrate the season and enjoy its aroma. Perfect to do with friends! Registration includes materials, snacks, and wine. Reservations required.
Beginning November 23, shop for the holidays Wednesday – Sunday 10am-5pm. On Saturdays we’re open ‘til 7pm.
On weekends, free gift-wrapping (and cocoa), artisan demonstrations, book signings, and tastings.
Spend $100 and take home a Shaker Mercantile tote bag ($10 value).
Monday and Tuesday shopping by appointment. Call 413.443.0188 x0.
THANKSGIVING ON THE FARM
Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys (the ones who got away) in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.
INCLUDED IN ADMISSION/FREE TO MEMBERS
SHOP SMALL SATURDAY
Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local artisans and your favorite Shaker museum. Find health and beauty products, gifts for kitchen and home, homemade jewelry, Shaker boxes, knitting supplies, and more. Our shop is filled to the brim with new merchandise for the holidays.
GRATEFUL SHAKER SUPPER
Savor a candlelit harvest dinner in the Brick Dwelling, where Shakers ate communally beginning in 1830. The menu reflects that the harvest is in – from the garden just steps away – and autumn’s bounty is at its peak. Meet our farmer, Bill Mangiardi. He’ll share his farming secrets. (Plus, who wants to cook?) Tonight’s dinner benefits our farm internship program.
WORKSHOP: WREATH ‘N SIP
Join us for a relaxing afternoon as you design and craft a fragrant seasonal wreath to take home. Grab a drink, take a seat, and we’ll guide you step-by-step in using natural greens and cones to make a wreath to celebrate the season and enjoy its aroma. Perfect to do with friends! Registration includes materials, snacks, and wine. Reservations required.
SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Join us for readings by noted Berkshire residents, choral music, and singing of familiar carols in the Brick Dwelling. 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.” Admission is free; a free-will offering will be received at the end of the service to benefit those in need. Doors and grounds open at 5pm. Cash bar in adjacent dining room.
Saturday, December 8, 3-7pm
Experience the magic of an enchanted evening at a Shaker village filled with New England traditions, live music, storytelling, festive foods, candlelight, and caroling. The landscape takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by twinkling lights. Stroll by lantern light to the historic 1910 Barn for live music. Meander into the Round Stone Barn to see our young calves (bring your cameras for the cutest photo opportunities), not to mention goats, lambs, pigs, rams, donkeys, and chickens. Wander into the Brick Dwelling for a holiday reading, followed by appetizers, cocktails, and punch for the kids. End by luminaria caroling through the historic village.
Sunday, December 9, noon-4pm
Experience afternoon tea in the historic Brick Dwelling, decorated festively for the holidays. Tea includes sweet and savory bites (you’ll love the Shaker tea cakes), ending with a behind-the-scenes peek at the upstairs rooms in this beautiful 19th-century dwelling. Communal seating.
SHOP ‘N SIP
Pop in to Shaker Mercantile. Doesn’t shopping over wine sound fun?
Sunday, December 16, 2pm
(Grounds and buildings open noon-4pm)
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Walking the dog Theater’s production of a Charles Dickens classic and beloved story continues to inspire the spirit of the holiday season. Now in its 10th year, this family favorite is directed by Ted Pugh and dramatized by David Anderson with original music by Jonathan Talbott. “Amazing one-man show…what Dickens intended all along.” ~The Independent
Sunday, December 23, 10am-2pm
BRUNCH WITH SANTA CLAUS
Here’s a quintessential holiday activity. Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and have fun with other seasonal activities such as crafts, music, story time, and visiting our animals in the Round Stone Barn. Tasty foods include eggs (from our chickens), pastries, and even mac ‘n cheese. Fun for the young and young at heart.