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Thursday

Dec. 19

COMMUNITY

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

FILM

The Linda

Food for Thought, featuring "Xmas Without China." This monthly evening of food, film and discussion will explore the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture. 7 p.m., 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. Tickets visit thelinda.org.

MUSIC

Beer & Carols

The second installment of Zion Lutheran's already popular, "Beer & Hymns" series of sing-alongs is intended to gather many people together in a non-church space for a loud and lively night of popular Christmas carols and songs. 7 p.m. in the back room of Baba Louie's, 34 Depot St., Pittsfield.

Haflinger Haus

Christmas Show with BlueBerry Buckle -- a family affair with Cate Byrne on violin, Savannah Byrne on drums, and their father Tom Byrne on guitar, bass and the occasional wind instrument. 6-7:30 p.m., 17 Commercial St., Adams.

THEATER

'The Long Christmas Dinner'

Walking the Dog Theater's after school drama program presents a 90-year Christmas epic by Thornton wilder with Neil simon shorts based on Chekhov stories. 7 p.m., Hawthrone Valley School.

Friday

Dec. 20

MUSIC

Christmas Concert

Holiday music under the direction of Jim Morrison, 7 p.m. 25 Park Place, First Congregational Church of Lee. Free. www.ucc-lee.org or (413) 243-1033.

A Christmas Vocal Celebration

Judy Gray soprano and Jack Brown baritone with Lee Dixon pianist, 4 p.m. Red Lion Inn parlor, Main Street Stockbridge.

Haflinger Haus

Tom Corrigan: Acoustic guitar and classic rock songs. 7-10 p.m., Adams.

The Linda

The West Point Bands Jazz Knights performing big band holiday favorites. 7 p.m., free. Make a reservation by emailing Graeme McKenna at gmckenna@wamc.org. 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY. thelinda.org.

OUTDOORS

Taconic Hiking Club

Snowshoe to Hour Pond, North Creek, NY. Trip starts at the end of Thirteenth Lake Road. There are quite a few ups and downs with at least one stream crossing. This is considered an intermediate snowshoe trip and will require full winter gear. Contact Mary for details at mmacdonald003@nycap.rr.com.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.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

Saturday

Dec. 21

Happy Solstice!

COMMUNITY

Berkshire Museum

Holiday Flash Mob concerts Saturdays and Sundays in December, string quartets and carolers with Berkshire Music School. ‘Festival of Trees' Inspired by the celebration of the Museum's 110th anniversary. 39 South St., Pittsfield, (413) 443-7171, www.berkshiremuseum.org

Kwanzaa Umoja Celebration

Crafts for children, a candle lighting ceremony and the sharing of the Nguzo Sabam the seven principles of Kwanzaa, by community members. Performances include dancers from the HOH/OUNY Hip Hop workshops. After the celebration, participants will be invited to stay for a light "Karamu" supper, by Hazel's Kitchen, followed by the giving of Zawadi (gifts for children). Free. Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y.

'Polar Express'

Free screening 11 a.m. at North Adams Movieplex, Route 8. Donations of nonperishable food accepted.

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

Solstice celebration

Sunset campfire with stories and songs, dancing, marshmallows and cocoa to welcome the longest night of the year and watch for the first stars. Sledding and snowshoing earlier in the day if snow lasts. Bartholomew's Cobble, Wheatogque Road, Sheffield. (413) 229-8600.

DANCE

Albany Berkshire Ballet

Tchaikovsky's ‘The Nutcracker,' 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. The EGG, Empire State Plaza, Albany, N.Y. (518) 473-1845 berkshireballet.org

Lenox Holiday Contradance

Join in the dance: Lenox Holiday Contradance and potluck. Early session 5 to 7 p.m., Community potluck 7 to 8 p.m. (bring dish to share, plate/utensils), Evening dance to 11:30 p.m. Calling by Nils Fredland, Music by Arigana Highway: Alden Robinson fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, Mary Cay Brass piano, Matthew Kenney percussion. Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St., (413) 528-4007, www.lenoxcontradance.org

MUSIC

Berkshire Lyric

Berkshire Lyric Chorus, Blafield Children's Chorus perform Christmas favorites with organ, harp and soloists. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Park Square, Pittsfield. www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org

Eagles Brass Ensemble

Holiday concert, 1 p.m. Berkshire Mall, Lanesborough.

Haflinger Haus

Miss Guided: a musical duo specializing in music of the 60's, 70's and 80's mixing in some newer songs, a little country, blues, originals and fun tunes. 6-9 p.m., Adams.

Close Encounters

Close Encounters with Music Presents: "The Miraculous Violin: An Evening with Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe." 6 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. (413) 528-0100.

OUTDOORS

Christmas bird count

North berkshire Audubon birdwatchers join in the 114th national Christmas bird count. midnight Friday to midnight Saturday. Teams of at least two will visit as many habitats as possible in Adams, North Adams and Williamstown. Volunteers, families, students welcome. Bring binoculars. Leslie Reed-Evans, (413) 458-5150, lre@wrlf.org

Tamarack Hollow

Balsam Fir Tree Seasonal Wild Crafting: Make simple crafts for seasonal gifts with fresh fir needles and sap you can harvest yourself. Participants will learn how to identify balsam fir and will take a short walk to harvest fresh branches and tree sap and make simple craft projects to take home such as a small wreath, door hanging, balsam balm, fir needle satchels & tea bags. 11 a.m., 1516 Savoy Hollow Road, Windsor.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 7 p.m. Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christ. Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser, is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.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. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater's David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 8 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909

Sunday

Dec. 22

COMMUNITY

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

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

FILM

Mahaiwe

"It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), 7 p.m., free. Classic holiday film with Jimmy Stewart. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

MUSIC

Mahaiwe

The Met: Live in HD, Verdi's "Falstaff." Met Music Director James Levine leads this new production directed by Robert Carsen. 1 p.m., Great Barrington.

Union College

Boston Camerata: Celebrate the holidays with this program highlighting the French tradition of Christmas through the Medieval ages. Called "America's foremost early music ensemble" by Le Monde, the Camerata's annual appearances have become a mainstay of the holiday season in the Capital Region. 3 p.m., 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY.

OUTDOORS

Berkshire Knapsackers

Lenox Mountain Trails: Hike some mountain biking trails and include the Burbank Trails of the BNRC, stopping at a nice overlook for lunch. Information contact Kathy Lee at (413) 443-9562 or Klee@nycap.rr.com.

THEATER

A Christmas Carol

Classic story by Charles Dickens, adapted and directed by Eric Hill at The Colonial Theatre, 2 p.m. Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music. 111 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.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. 2 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater's David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 8 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909

Monday

Dec. 23

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Picture Books!" workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Invent story lines and design characters, plots, and settings inspired by the picture book art on display during this creative series of drop-in art workshops for children of all ages. Share your children's book with family and friends. Free with Museum admission, Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. (413) 298-4100, www.nrm.org

THEATER

WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater's David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 8 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909

Tuesday

Dec. 24

ART

Norman Rockwell Museum

"Picture Books!" workshop 1 to 4 p.m. Invent story lines and design characters, plots, and settings inspired by the picture book art on display during this creative series of drop-in art workshops for children of all ages. Share your children's book with family and friends. Free with Museum admission, Norman Rockwell Museum, Route 183, Stockbridge. (413) 298-4100, www.nrm.org

THEATER

WTD Christmas Carol

Walking the Dog Theater's David Anderson performs a one-man classic, 3 p.m. Solaris, 360 Warren St., Hudson, N.Y. Free. (518) 610-0909

Wednesday

Dec. 25

Merry Christmas!