There’s always some kind of fun brewing in the Berkshires and that’s particularly true during the holidays. Naumkeag, The Mount, Hancock Shaker Village – everywhere you look there are festive light shows, holiday house tours, and other seasonal events.
While a few of our bigger attractions close for the season, most stay open year ’round, hosting holiday events every year. Notably, many that do close for the season reopen for the holidays. No one wants to miss out on Christmas in the Berkshires!
Winterlights at Naumkeag
Naumkeag is the picturesque, Gilded Age “cottage” of Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917). The estate is famous for its stunning, 44-room mansion, terraced gardens, and lush, sculpted landscape. Winterlights is your chance to experience Naumkeag’s gardens in the glow of thousands of shimmering, colorful holiday lights.
Naumkeag Winterlights is open Wednesdays through Sundays, November 25th, 2022 through January 7th, 2023. The display will be closed December 24th and 25th. Advance tickets required.
Hancock Holiday Nights
Get into the holiday spirit this season with a visit to Hancock Shaker Village! See how Christmas were celebrated through numerous events from the famous, living museum. From late October through to a week before Christmas in December.
Come revel in the beauty of the village’s historic buildings festively decorated and illuminated by artist Joe Wheaton’s spirited light projections. Visit the farm animals in the Round Stone Barn and gather by the fire for holiday cocktails. Delish!
Hancock Holiday Nights is scheduled for December 1st through the 23rd, Thursdays through Sundays, and December 26th through the 31st. 5pm to 8pm, all dates. Advanced purchase of timed tickets required
NightWood at The Mount
Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American author of more than 40 books, designer and the first female recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Mount, designed by the author as her Berkshires home and writer’s retreat, is now a popular historic site. It is open seasonally, May through October, and for special occasions off-season.
NightWood is an annual, non-holiday, outdoor sound and light experience inspired by Edith Wharton’s iconic home and gardens. Attendees follow a 3/4 mile long (1.2 km) path through woods and gardens to each professionally designed display. This year’s show follows a new route and includes three new sound and light elements, including The Pool, The Glass Garden, and The Heart of the Forest. Each tour takes approximately 45 minutes.
NightWood is open evenings, on set days, between November 11th, 2022 and January 1st, 2023. It is closed Christmas weekend. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA, less than 5 minutes from the front door of The Inn at Stockbridge. Learn more at www.edithwharton.org.
And That’s Just For Starters
We’ve barely scratched the surface of all there is to do and see during a Berkshiers holiday getaway. Naumkeag, The Mount, and Hancock Shaker Village are just the beginning.
What are you looking forward to doing during your getaway? Skiing? Shopping? Dining? Sight-seeing or catching a show? Our convenient location in Stockbridge, MA puts all that and much more within very easy reach.