Thursday

Dec. 5

ART

MCLA Gallery 51

Annual holiday show, ‘99 Sense,' artwork in a range of styles and media from 99 cents to $99.99, opening 5 to 7 p.m. Show through Dec. 30. Gallery hours daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 51 Main St., North Adams. MCLA student and alumni show also opens at Branch Gallery tonight, 18 Holden St. www.mcla.edu

COMMUNITY

Hildene Holidays

‘A 1912 Victorian Christmas' opens. Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln's home is decorated throughout the month, through Jan. 1, as tit might have been for the holidays in 1912, with festive greens, carols on the organ and piano on weekends, and carolers. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788, www.hildene.org

Hometown Holidays

Head downtown each Thursday in December -- stores in downtown North Adams open late with holiday-themed activities like visits from Santa, ornament making workshops, roving carolers. Main Street, Eagle Street, Holden Street, Ashland Street, downtown North Adams. www.ExploreNorthAdams.com

Wildlife and climate change

Susan Morse of Keeping Track presents "What will climate change mean for wildlife in the North?" A look at Canada lynx, moose, American marten, caribou, polar bears, arctic fox and arctic sea birds, 6:30 p.m., paterson Field House, Berkshire Community Collete, West Street, Pittsfield.Berkshire Wildlife Trackers program seeks new members.(413) 230-7321.

MUSIC

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents The Lysander Jaffe, 7 p.m., Williamstown.

Friday

Dec. 6

ART

Artswalk

Art exhibits and work for sale aby local artists at two dozen venues on North and South streets, Pittsfield.

IS183

‘Tablescapes,' curated by Ben Evans, functional objects relating to the table: functional work in clay, glass, fiber, metal, wood, and mixed media. 305 North St. Pittsfield, opening 5 to 8 p.m. during Pittsfield's Artswalk. 305 North St., Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell Museum

Todd Burdick, director of interpretation and public programs at Hancock Shaker Village, who modeled for Wendell Minor's "Shaker Hearts Book," will speak with Minor about his illustrations. Free with museum admission. 2:30 p.m., Stockbridge.

HOLIDAYS

Annual Community Crib

Celebrate Hanukkah with a Winter Shabbat Dinner and special Shabbat worship service 5:30 to 8 p.m. led by the Religious School and Youth Group, followed by a chicken and latke dinner. All asked to donate new clothing, books, toys, diapers, and baby formula to benefit the Christian Center. Reservations for dinner required; RSVP before Dec. 4. (413) 442-5910.

Berkshire Museum

‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary year, trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013, and the futuristic potential of 2113 - when the Museum will mark another 110 years. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.
berkshiremuseum.org

Deck the Halls

Caroling 6:30 p.m. and Tree Lighting 7 to 7:30 p.m. the Spencertown Green, County Route 7, Spencertown, N.Y. Refreshments to follow. Hometown holiday celebration, Spencertown and Austerlitz, N.Y. www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Lenox Tree Lighting

Tree Lighting and Santa's arrival, 6 p.m., Lilac Park, downtown Lenox.

Main Street at Christmas

Readings Around the Hearth, 5 p.m. Gather around the Stockbridge Library hearth to hear classic stories of the season. Free. Holiday wreaths and festive lights on Stockbridge Main Street, Route 7. (413) 298-5200, stockbridgechamber.org

Pittsfield Tree Lighting

Ceremony 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music in the Museum before the tree lighting in Pittsfield's Park Square. The Taconic High School Honors Choir will perform traditional carols and holiday songs. Half-price museum admission from 5 to 8 p.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.
berkshiremuseum.org

COMMUNITY

The Bookstore

Professor Peter Filkins to speak on his translation of "Traveling in Place: A History of Armchair Travel," by Bernd Stieglar, 5 p.m. 11 Housatonic St., Lenox.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

"Museum Adventures" songs, stories, scavenger hunts, for children 18 months to 3 years. 11 to 11:30 a.m., 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Berkshire Jazz

Jay Messer Quintet performs for First Friday Artswalk in Pittsfield, 7 p.m. Baba Louie's 34 Depot St., Pittsfield. www.berkshirejazz.com

Clark Art Institute

Holiday Concert with Irish-American band Solas. 4 p.m. Fresh arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship. Seamus Egan on flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, low whistle, guitars, bodhran; Winifred Horan on violins and vocals; Mick McAuley on accordians, contertina, low whistle and vocals; Eamon McElholm on guitars, keyboards, vocals; and Niamh Varian-Barry on vocals offer high-energy, engaging performance with holiday standards. 225 South St., Williamstown. clarkart.edu

A Renaissance Christmas

Bard College at Simon's Rock Collegium and vocal ensemble Tapestry, program of Renaissance Christmas Music, 7 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 12 Main St, Salisbury, Conn. Free. (413) 298-5365.

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Piano Studio Recital, 4 p.m. and the Wind Ensemble, 7 p.m., Williamstown.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

'Willy Wonka'

Undermountain elementary school play, 7 p.m. at Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield.

Saturday

Dec. 7

ART

Alchemy Initiative

Handmade Holiday Festival: 30 juried artisans, designers and food producers from greater New England. Handmade wares from jewelry, ceramics and watercolors to silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards and glass ornaments. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masonic Lodge, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Holiday Craft Fair

Fourth annual fair sponsored by Berkshire Made: hand crafted gifts by Berkshire Artisans -- semi-precious stone jewelry, hair enhancements, photographs, silk pocketbooks and jackets, Christmas ornaments, dolls, handbags, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, aprons, bibs, quilts, placemats, poetry collage and pillows. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

IS183

Needlefelted Holiday Ornaments workshop with Julia Morgan-Leamon, 9 a.m. to noon. Use luscious colors of merino sheep fiber to create holiday ornaments or magnets with needlefelting. Little Red Schoolhouse, Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown. Gift Making with Clay workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, also Dec. 14. Families welcome in the studio to make ornaments for the table or tree or handmade gifts for family and friends. Citizen's Hall, Route 183, Stockbridge. www.is183.org

Lenox Library

Art Sale to benefit thelibrary. Donated artwork, prints, and art books, 1 to 3 p.m. (413) 637-2630 or info@lenoxlib.org

Mass MoCA

Izhar Patkin's ‘The Wandering Veil,' survey of work by Israeli-born New York artist, includes ‘Don Quixote Segunda Parte' aluminum sculpture, and paintings on rubber and gossamer tuile. Openingtoday. North Adams.

MCLA

Opening of the Israeli-born, New York-based artist Izhar Patkin's exhibition "The Wandering Evil." 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. massmoca.org.

Monterey Makers

Fifth annual Monterey Makers Studio Tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open doors all day, to visit local artists' studios: pottery, silver, quilts, paintings, bow ties, baskets, timber framing, maple syrup, goat cheese and more. Start from the Monterey General Store or Roadside Café, both on Route 23. Pick up a map to all locations, or find one online. www.montereymacc.org

Norman Rockwell Museum

‘Dancing Princess: The Picture Book Art of Ruth Sanderson' opens, 4 to 7 p.m., with the artist. Renowned fantasy artist Ruth Sanderson has created imagery for more than seventy-five picture books, including ‘Papa Gatto,' ‘Cinderella,' ‘The Golden Mare,' ‘The Firebird' and ‘The Snow Princess,' and ‘The Enchanted Wood.' Route 183 Stockbridge. (413) 298-4100, www.nrm.org

Windsor Holiday Fair

Windsor Mountain Holiday Crafters present hilltown crafts by the Windsor Church Mice, windsor Mountain Crafters and Knitters, Tamarack Hollow, Martha Emerson Crafts and many more, 9 am. to 3 p.m. Lunch available and admission free. Windsor Town Hall, Route 9.

HOLIDAYS

Adams Youth Center

Make It and Take It: Join the Adams YC (and Santa) for a morning of arts and crafts: reindeer, stufed dolls, pine cone swag, clay pot snowmen, cokkies and more. Some crafts are free. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Santa at noon. 20 East St., Adams.

Becket Athenaeum

Becket-Washington Community Library annual gala, 7 to 11 p.m. Desserts, music and dancing and a silent auction of goods and services from local businesses and artisans. Black tie optional, B.Y.O.B. Becket Chimney Corners Dining Hall on YMCA Road in Becket. All proceeds support the Becket Athenaeum's programs. www.becketathenaeum.org

Bennington Museum

Family Day and Children's Shopping Day, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family day with reduced admission; any child under 18 who brings a personal care item for an adult or child gets in free. Items will go to BROC in Bennington -- Community Action in Southwestern Vermont since 1947. Visit with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery hunt, crafts and more. Children's Shopping Boutique with gifts from $1 to $7 and volunteers to help children choose gifts for friends and family. 17th annual Community-created exhibit of designed and decorated holiday trees, each in a beautiful, and sometimes whimsical, vignette. This year, each designer selected an item from the museum's collection that is rarely on exhibit. Nov. 29 through Dec. 30. 75 Main St. Bennington, Vt., (802) 447-1571, benningtonmuseum.org.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Holiday Marketplace: Garden transforms into a festive market. Gallery of Wreaths created by Garden volunteers and guest designers, and a juried group of regional artisans. Holiday blooms, fresh centerpieces, swags, boxwood topiaries, boxwood kits, herb baskets and more -- from traditional to contemporary designs. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Free admission. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary year, trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013, and the futuristic potential of 2113 - when the Museum will mark another 110 years. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Board Game Swap

Hilltown Families annual Board Game Swap, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meekers Library, Williamsburg, Free. www.HilltownFamilies.org

Christmas Bazaar

St. Peter's Christmas Bazaar, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wreathes, greens, beeswax candles, silk, aprons. Cookie walk. Lunch available. St. Peter's Presbyterian Church, County Route 7, Spencertown, N.Y. Hometown holidays, Spencertown and Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3386, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Cookie Walk

Undermountain Elementary School auction, book sale, plant sale, performers and vendors -- and cookies, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll

Townwide holiday with lights and music, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Holiday story hour at Mason Library, 3 p.m. Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, southernberkshirechamber.com

Hildene for the Holidays

Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in a 100-year-old carriage barn, with apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts, pine boughs and sounds of the season. Live music by Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble. Museum shop at the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788, www.hildene.org

Holiday Fair

First Congregational Church of Lee's annual holiday fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the proceeds goes to the Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Boy Scouts will sell Christmas Trees. 25 Park Place, Lee. www.ucc-lee.org or (413) 243-1033.

Holly Fair

First Congretaional Church fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked Goods, Greenery, Toys & Gifts, Grandma's Attic, Hand knits, Raffle, Luncheon, Santa Claus Stockbridge.

Humane Society Boutique

Café Chic: Pop-Up Boutique for Ladies to benefit Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise cat shelter. Pre-owned designer and and classy new clothing and accessories: Clothing by Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Tahari and Tory Burch, among others. Early Bird shopping 10 a.m. to noon. Free admission noon to 6 p.m. All proceeds will help the homeless animals. Berkshire Functional Fitness: 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lebanon Valley Farmers Market

Holiday market with local vegetables, meats, baked goods, flowers, handcrafted furniture, local musicians including Mountain Road Singers, and visits from Santa and Kobe the alligator. (413) 884-3446.

Lessons and Carols

Annual concert and reading of the Biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. with organist Edwin Lawrence. Icelandic music from Williams College Concert and Chamber choirs. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown. www.williams.edu

Light up the Holidays

Dalton Civic Arts Committee presents 18th light up the holidays parade, 5 to 8 p.m. Santa arrives on Depot St. at 5 p.m. to kick off the holiday block party. Santa with his elves will make his way down main st. to the CRA/Union Block, where Santa will light the tree. Visit the new home of the Berkshire Carousel with its handcarved wooden horses, 6 to 8 p.m., for cookies shaped liked horses and apple cider. Music by David Grover 6 to 7 p.m. and by Central Berkshire Regional School District Elementary fifth-grade band, 7 to 8 p.m. Downtown Dalton.www.daltoncra.org

Main Street at Christmas

Holiday House Tour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit some of the area's Historic Properties, B&Bs, and Inns. This self-guided tour is one of our most popular events. This year's tour spans Windermere, Naumkeag, Merwin House, 1862 Seasons on Main B&B, October Mountain Farm and Southmayd. Children's Holiday Story Time, 11 a.m. Come listen to tales of the season at the Stockbridge Library, free. Caroling Luminaria Walk, 6 to7 p.m. Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn with a candle or flashlight and join the caroling. Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the season with a joyful holiday musical program at the First Congregational Church with the the Berkshire Lyric Chorus and the Blafield Children's Chorus. Holiday wreaths and festive lights on Stockbridge Main Street, Route 7. (413) 298-5200, stockbridgechamber.org

Meet Santa

Meet and greet for children at Spencertown Fire House, 3 to 5 p.m., free. 1 Memorial Drive, Spencertown, N.Y. Hometown holiday celebration, Spencertown and Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3386, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

The Mount

Pride and Prejudice Book Release and High Tea, 4 p.m. Celebrate Jane Austen's birthday and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" with narrator Alison Larkin, who will present excerpts of her new recording of Pride and Prejudice along with Austen trivia and other fun. Presented in partnership with BMA Studios. Open for the holidays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with new Backstairs tour, noon and 2 p.m. Learn about the daily routines and the men and women who ran The Mount. Gift shop will be open. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. www.edithwharton.org

New Marlborough Fair

New Marlborough Central School and Monterey School fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Silent auction, Christmas Tree Sale, book and bake sale, crafts, games, horse-drawn carriage rides, children's-only shopping room. New Marlborough Central School, Mill River.

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, home and kitchen items, candies, and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays by local designers, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

Wreath Making

Annual Wreath-Making Workshop at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 1 to 4 p.m. Boughs from the MFFC farm, and ribbons are provided. Feel free to bring ornaments to add as well. Drink tea and enjoy the glow from our masonry woodstove. All ages are welcome. at 3270 Route 315, Rupert, Vt. Fee for materials, but admission to 30 miles of trails is free. Register (802) 394-7836, www.merckforest.org

Williamstown Holiday Walk

30th annual town-wide celebration. Reindog parade on Spring Street, 3 p.m. Santa and elves visit the Log with cookie bake-off and hot cocoa provided by North Adams Regional Hospital, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Music and entertainment -- Williams a capella groups, marching band and Gospel choir, northern Berkshire choirs, Minerva Arts Center students and Mount Greylock Regional High School performing arts, the Grizzlies, local jugglers, and the Performing Arts Club MUSE. Williamstown Community Chest Penny Social in Lasell Gym, 3 to 6. Reading of "A Christmas Carol" with Jeffery Welch and Drew Gibson in The Log at 4:45 p.m. Habitat for Humanity Tree Showcase will be held at the First Congregational Church, 2 to 5 p.m. Candlelight caroling and tree lighting 5:45 to 6 p.m. Williams College Museum of Art annual sale 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on kits, jigsaws, games, jewelry etc. www.williamstownchamber.com

Winter Walk

Hosted by the Hudson Opera House. Carolers, Horse-Drawn Carriages, Musicians, Performers, Festive Lights, Fireworks, Santa Claus, and much more. 5-8 p.m., 327 Warren St., Hudson, NY.

DANCE

Albany Berkshire Ballet

Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,' 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Colonial Theater, 111 South St. Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, berkshireballet.org

Cornwall Community Contra

Holiday contradance, 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Town Hall, Cornwall, Conn. Live old timey music by Still, the Homegrown Band with teaching and calling by Patricia Campbell. All ages welcome, no partner or experience necessary. Donation requested to pay the caller. (860) 672-6101.

MUSIC

Berkshire Music

Free Family Holiday Concert by Berkshire Music School ensembles, 1 p.m. Berkshire Athenaeum. 1 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Voice recital 3 p.m., Berkshire Music School Taft Recital Hall, 30 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. Free (413) 442-1411, berkshiremusicschool.org

OMI

Candlelight Concert: jazz vocalist Fay Victor & Anders Nilsson. Reception and refreshments to follow. 6:30 p.m., 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY. (518) 392-4747.

Spencertown Sing

Good Globe Singing School and Sheri Mayorga will lead an "all welcome" audience in a Community Sing at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center, 1 to 2:30 p.m. "Fiddlers,Too", the fiddling duo of Memrie Kelly and Erika Ludwig. Free. Hometown holidays, Spencertown and Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3693, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Williams College

The Williams College Department of Music presents the Vocal Studio Recital, 1 p.m.; Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m.; Williams Student Symphony, 8 p.m., Williamstown.

Winter Revels

Winter solstice celebration with Renaissance costumes, folk tunes, music, drama and comedy, 4:30 p.m. Historic Tannery at the Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 8 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a poignant, funny and unique play-within-a-play. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Mass MoCA

Sundance Institute presents ‘First Daughter Suite' by lyricist John LaChiusa, 8 p.m., exploring mother-and-daughter relationships. Nort Adams. www.massmoca.org

'Willy Wonka'

Undermountain elementary school play, 7 p.m. at Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield.

Sunday

Dec. 8

ART

Alchemy Initiative

Handmade Holiday Festival: 30 juried artisans, designers and food producers from greater New England. Handmade wares from jewelry, ceramics and watercolors to silk-screened apparel, wooden cutting boards and glass ornaments. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masonic Lodge, 116 South St., Pittsfield.

Holiday Craft Fair

Fourth annual fair sponsored by Berkshire Made: hand crafted gifts by Berkshire Artisans -- semi-precious stone jewelry, hair enhancements, photographs, silk pocketbooks and jackets, Christmas ornaments, dolls, handbags, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, aprons, bibs, quilts, placemats, poetry collage and pillows. Free admission, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stockbridge Town Offices, 50 Main St., Stockbridge. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Williamstown Holiday Fair

Artisans from silversmiths to jewelers to fiber artists and more, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ceramics, stained glass, silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, quilting, wood working, knitted items of all kinds, food vendors, painting. Sixth-graders hold Pancake breakfast, and is lunch available. Williamstown Elementary School, 115 Church St., Williamstown.

COMMUNITY

Middle East Update

Internationally acclaimed historian Ralph Numberger to speak, 7:30 p.m., on American foreign policy and current events. Free. Jewish Federation of the Berkshries event at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, 270 State Road, Great Barrington. (413) 442-4360, ext. 15.

HOLIDAYS

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Holiday Marketplace: Garden is transformed into a beautiful, festive market with hundreds gifts. Gallery of Wreaths created by Garden volunteers and guest designers, and a juried group of exceptional artisans and vendors. Holiday blooms, fresh centerpieces, swags, and more -- from traditional to contemporary designs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Routes 102 and 183, Stockbridge. Free admission. (413) 298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' -- 200 trees throughout the galleries. Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary year, trees decorated to reflect the retro style of 1903, the creative energy of 2013, and the futuristic potential of 2113 - when the Museum will mark another 110 years. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Hildene for the Holidays

Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in a 100-year-old carriage barn, with apple cider, Vermont tastings and fresh cider doughnuts, pine boughs and sounds of the season. Live music by Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble. Museum shop at the historic home of Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788, www.hildene.org

Holiday Benefit Community Dinner

Third annual community gathering, dinner and music, will benefit Construct Inc., The Watson Fund and Volunteers in Medicine, 4 to 7 p.m. Holiday Buffet Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m. music and dancing with the Lucky 4 and The BTUS. All proceeds will be donated. Castle Street Cafe, 10 Castle Street, Great Barrington. (413) 528-5244, info@castlestreetcafe.com

Humane Society boutique

Café Chic: Pop-Up Boutique for Ladies to benefit Berkshire Humane Society and Purradise cat shelter. Pre-owned designer and and classy new clothing and accessories: Clothing by Diane Von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Tahari and Tory Burch, among others. Free admission 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will help the homeless animals. Berkshire Functional Fitness: 325 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington.

Lenox Library

Ninth Annual Gingerbread House Competition, judge the delectable houses with theme ‘Berkshire Gingerbread Cottages' and bid on one to take home. Refreshments, Kid's Korner craft. Art Sale to benefit thelibrary. Donated artwork, prints, and art books, 1 to 3 p.m. (413) 637-2630 or info@lenoxlib.org

Lessons and Carols

Annual concert and reading of the Biblical Christmas story, 4 p.m. with organist Edwin Lawrence. Icelandic music from Williams College Concert and Chamber choirs. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown. www.williams.edu

Main Street at Christmas

See Main Street as Norman Rockwell did when he painted the famous Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas. Main Street becomes a magical New England village with antique cars parked along the street. Roger the Jester, Christmas Food Booth, holiday music by Monument Mountain Regional High School, First Congregational Church of Stockbridge Handbell Choir and the Londontown Carolers. Santa's workshop sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Visit from Santa, horse-drawn wagon and carriage rides. Holiday wreaths and festive lights on Stockbridge Main Street, Route 7. (413) 298-5200, stockbridgechamber.org

Santa Breakfast

Join Santa for pancakes, 8 to 11 a.m., Building Blocks EEC, 457 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 885-0131

Sheffield Festival of Holidays

Shop at the Old Stone Store open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Work by local artisans, jams, jellies, nuts, stocking stuffers and ornaments, home and kitchen items, candies, and more. Holiday House, 1 to 5 p.m.: 18th-century Dan Raymond House, decorated for the holidays by local designers, opens for tours. Sheffield Historical Society, 161 Main St., Route 7, Sheffield. www.sheffieldhistory.org

South Williamstown Tree Lighting

Tree lighting and open house at Little Red Schoolhouse (now housing IS183 art programs), 5 p.m. Routes 7 and 43, Williamstown. www.williamstownchamber.com

Winterfest

Historic Chatham Village winter wonderland, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Window displays, lights, cookiestainers on th and seasonal treats. Entere streets, carolers, rides in horse-drawn wagons and visits with Santa. Chatham Area Business Alliance afternoon, (518) 392-5848, www.visitchathamny.com

DANCE

Albany Berkshire Ballet

Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,' 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Colonial Theater, 111 South St. Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, berkshireballet.org

FILM

Images Cinema

‘Nightmare before Christmas,' 1 p.m. Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy. Admission is free. 50 Spring St. www.imagescinema.org

MUSIC

Close Encounters with Music

Annual Luncheon Musicale Benefit: luncheon followed by a light-hearted program of music. 12:30 p.m., Blantyre, Lenox.

Community Sing

Austerlitz Historical Society hosts a community sing with stories, 2 p.m. Refreshments to follow. Austerlitz Community Church, (518) 392-0062. Hometown holiday celebration, Spencertown and Austerlitz, N.Y. (518) 392-3693, www.spencertownausterlitz.org

Eagles Concert Band

Holiday concert, 3 p.m. First United Church, 55 Fenn St., Pittsfield. Free. (413) 499-2071.

OMI

Master Class with Fay Victor: vocalist Fay Victor and guitarist Anders Nilsson will host a Master Class with an emphasis on fusing songs seamlessly with relaxed improvisation. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ledig House, 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, N.Y.

A Renaissance Christmas

Bard College at Simon's Rock Collegium and vocal ensemble Tapestry, program of Renaissance Christmas Music, 2 p.m. Kellogg Music Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Alford Road, Great Barrington. Free. (413) 298-5365.

Tony DeBlois

Pianist and musucian on 19 instruments, internationally touring musician Tony DeBlois is blind and autistic. Concert to benefit Dalton Senior Center, 2 p.m. at the center at 40 Front St. ext. in Dalton. Free-will donation. (413) 684-2000.

Union College Concert Series

Sophie Shao and Friends; Cellist Sophie Shao will be joined by violinist Frank Huang and renowned pianist Gilles Vonsattel. The program features two piano trio materworks of Brahms and Schumann preceded by a charming trio of Haydn. 3 p.m., Schenectady, NY.

Whitney Center for the Arts

Boston Public Quartet performs Ravel, Shostakovich, Haydn, 4 p.m. 42 Wendell Ave., Pittsfield. (413) 443-0289

Winter Revels

Winter solstice celebration with Renaissance costumes, folk tunes, music, drama and comedy, 4:30 p.m. Historic Tannery at the Darrow School, Route 20, New Lebanon, N.Y.

THEATER

Ghent Playhouse

Annual Christmas pantomime: ‘SleepFrog,' merging fairy tales with spells, songs and schtick in a Comic British tradition. 2 p.m. (800) 838-3006, GhentPlayhoiuse.org

'It's a Wonderful Life'

Live Radio Play inspired by Frank Capra's classic 1946 film starring Donna Reed and James Stewart brings back to the Golden Age of radio with a play-within-a-play. 2 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

'Willy Wonka'

Undermountain elementary school play, 3 p.m. at Consolati Performing Arts Center, Sheffield.

Monday

Dec. 9

COMMUNITY

Railroad Street Youth

RSYP annual Culinary Arts Dinner and apprenticeship celebration, 5:30 p.m., Route 7 Grill, Great Barrington. rsyp.org

Tuesday

Dec. 10

ART

Clark Art Institute

Robert Sterling Clark Professor Lecture: "Nature Imitates Nature: Paradoxes of Intention and Artifice in Early Modern Europe." 5:30 p.m. with Rebecca Zorach. 225 South St., Williamstown.

THEATER

'Lysistrata'

Aristohanes' classic play, 7:30 p.m. Riggs Theatre, 37 Main St., Stockbridge.

Wednesday

Dec. 11

THEATER

'Lysistrata'

Aristohanes' classic play, 7:30 p.m. Riggs Theatre, 37 Main St., Stockbridge.