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Pittsfield, Tree Lighting

December 1, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

The City of Pittsfield’s Park Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, December 1 starting at 6 pm. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the City of Pittsfield’s Recreation Department for this festive holiday tradition. Stick around to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus after the tree is lit. Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food pantry.

Otto’s Kitchen & Comfort, 95 East Street, will be providing free hot chocolate and photo ops with the Grinch from 5 to 8 pm on Friday, December 1.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will host its annual Wreath Art Auction to benefit the South Community Food Pantry on Friday, December 1. Dozens of local artists have donated their talent, time, and materials to create one-of-a-kind, original holiday wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, and more. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original works of art will be donated to the South Community Food Pantry. Grab and go wreaths will be available starting at 5 pm, and the top items will be auctioned off at 6:30 pm following the Tree Lighting at Park Square. There will also be a raffle to win some amazing gifts from local businesses, and all of the proceeds from the event will benefit the South Community Food Pantry which serves over 1000 families a week in Pittsfield.

The Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, will offer free admission to the “Festival of Trees: Nostalgia” on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 8 pm. This free event is sponsored by the Berkshire Museum’s Board of Trustees. See trees decorated by community members, businesses, and institutions with ties to the community.

Join Berkshire Art Center (BAC), 141 North Street, for a Free Drop-In Holiday Art Activity from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, December 1. Families, children, and people of all ages are invited to participate in the activity at their own pace, with the guidance and support of a faculty artist. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

The Clock Tower Artists at 75 South Church Street will host a Holiday Open Studios event on Friday, December 1 from 5 to 8 pm, and on Saturday, December 2 from 11 am to 4 pm. Witness the artists’ artistic processes firsthand and be captivated by an eclectic blend of masterpieces that will enchant and inspire you. The Clock Tower Artists have created new original small paintings and have printed items perfect for gift giving. Visit for a festive holiday experience!

Artists with Open Studios in December include Deborah H. Carter, Joan Palano Ciolfi, Marion H. Grant, Stacey Healy, Caroline Kelley, Bruce Laird, Mark Mellinger, Linda Petrocine, Sally Tiska Rice, Ilene Richard, Audrey Shachnow, and Stefanie Weber.

There will be additional art openings and exhibits as part of the December 1 Holiday First Fridays Artswalk at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue; Hotel on North, 297 North Street; the Marketplace Cafe, 53 North Street; among others.