Winter Wonderland Light Display

November 25 – Jan 1

Look Memorial Park, Northampton


Santa Arrives by Firetruck @ The Hotel Northampton

November 25, 10 a.m. to noon

The Hotel Northampton

Includes fun activities for the kids including arts and crafts, meeting Santa and complimentary refreshments. No reservations needed.


Shelburne Falls Moonlight Magic

November 25, 4 p.m.

Shelburne Falls

The annual Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls will be kicking off the holiday season! Join us for the lighting of the Village where stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late for special holiday promotions. Vendors will be offering a rich assortment of items, including baked goods, crafts, delicious food, hot drinks and entertainment!


Saturday Holiday Teas

November 26, December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; 1:30-4:30 PM

Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

Enjoy classical harp music while enjoying a traditional afternoon cup of tea and biscuits


Santa Arrives by Helicopter

November 26

Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield

A can’t-miss event for kids of all ages. The excitement builds as Santa’s Elves provide special entertainment beginning at 9 a.m. All eyes will turn to the sky as the whirr of the helicopter is heard at 10 a.m. When Santa and Mrs. Claus step out of the helicopter to cheers of delight, the holiday season will have truly begun.
Sunday Brunches with Santa

November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 25

10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst

Decorate gingerbread cookies and draw with Santa


Friday Live Holiday Jazz

December 2, 9, 16, 23; 6:30-9 PM

Lord Jeffery Inn, Amherst


Santa’s Holiday Parade

December 3. 10:00 am

Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield

Help Santa welcome the holiday season as he leads a parade to Yankee Candle Village!


Merry Maple Celebration of Lights

December 2, 4-6:30 p.m.

Amherst Town Common

The annual tree lighting of the Merry Maple is at 4:45 pm followed by Santa’s arrival accompanied by the UMass Minutemen Marching Band and visits with Santa at the Amherst History museum.


Christmas Vespers

December 4 at 4 and 7 p.m.
Smith College, Northampton

Featuring the Smith College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. The annual holiday service of lessons and carols has been delighting audiences for decades. Featuring music by Hildegard von Bingen and works based on her melodies by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Ronald Perera and Alice Parker ’47, and others. Come ring in the holiday season!


Holiday Stroll

December 9, 5 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Northampton

To celebrate the holiday season, Main Street in Northampton will be closed to vehicular traffic from the Academy of Music down to Strong Avenue for the first annual Holiday Stroll. Holiday lights will be lit and programming will include music throughout the downtown area, sleigh rides, food and drink, community group involvement, vendors and more!


Santa’s Trains

December 9-24

Garden House, Look Memorial Park


Pioneer Valley Ballet’s “Nutcracker”

December 11-13

Academy of Music, Northampton


Hanukkah Celebration

December 18, 10 am to 4 p.m.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst


Yankee Candle Village Tree Lighting

December 19

Yankee Candle Village, South Deerfield

Santa lights the wondrous Yankee Candle Christmas Tree at dark (5 p.m.). The whole family will enjoy singing along with our holiday carolers as they present your seasonal favorites. Hot chocolate and Christmas cookies from Chandler’s make this a magical memory. This is a free event.


First Night

December 31

Downtown Northampton

The Center for the Arts is delighted to present Northampton’s 32nd annual New Year’s Eve festival of the performing arts on December 31, 2016. First Night continues to be a special opportunity to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of our community while sharing time with friends, neighbors and visitors.