Thursday

Dec. 26

Happy Kwanzaa! HOLIDAYS

Mass MoCA

December Break for Art, 10 a.m. Kidspace hosts the "One-Minute Art-Making Festival" -- kids make 15 art projects for 60 seconds each, in tribute to the "One Minute Film Festival" exhibition. (413) 662-2111, www.
massmoca.org

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

Ventfort Hall

Gilded Age mansion decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www. gildedage.org

THEATER

'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

Friday

Dec. 27

ART

Mass MoCA

December Break for Art, 10 a.m. Kidspace hosts the "One-Minute Art-Making Festival" -- kids make 15 art projects for 60 seconds each, in tribute to the "One Minute Film Festival" exhibition. (413) 662-2111, www.massmoca.org

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

HOLIDAYS

Mahaiwe

"Polar Express" 5 p.m. Animated fantasy film based on children's book by Chris Van Allsberg, directed by Robert Zemackis and narrated by Tom Hanks 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

Ventfort Hall

"The Curious Abduction of the Mona Lisa" dramatic reading, 7 p.m. Gilded Age mansion decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www. gildedage.org

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Kitchen Ka-Boom: Perform exciting -- and fun -- science experiments, all kid-safe, that can be re-created using items found in almost any kitchen. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Adult must accompany child. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

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. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Saturday

Dec. 28

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

HOLIDAYS

Bennington Museum

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.

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 Holidays

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

Ventfort Hall

"Cindarella" marionette show with Carl Sprague and his family's Czech handmade puppet theater, 3:30 p.m. with refreshments. Gilded Age mansion decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www. gildedage.org

Winter contradance

Sheffield danc with caller Katheryn Wedderburn and Paul Rice on fiddle, Mark Vincent on bass and Alan Thompson on piano. Beatles sing-in with Neal Chamberlain at 5:30 p.m., potluck supper at 6:30, family dance from 7:30 to 8 p.m., traditional and rock n' roll contras 8 to 11 p.m. (860) 672-6101.

DANCE

The Egg

Savion Glover, the world's most celebrated tap dancer & Jack DeJohnette, a legendary jazz drummer, do a one of a kind performance of dance and music. 8 p.m., Albany, N.Y.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Children's Theater presents "Peter Rabbit and the Bunny Hop," 11 a.m. young performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 years will perform an original musical adaptation: Put on a poodle skirt and grab a chocolate malt for a 1950s twist on the classic tale by Beatrix Potter. Kitchen Ka-Boom: Perform exciting -- and fun -- science experiments, all kid-safe, that can be re-created using items found in almost any kitchen. 11 a.m. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171, berkshiremuseum.org

MUSIC

Annual Messiah Sing-In

Berkshire Lyric with orchestra and soloists, 2 p.m. You are the chorus, scores available at the door. Jack Brown, director. www.BerkshireLyricInfo.org.

Mahaiwe

John Pizzarelli and Jessica Mo laskey with special guest Bucky Pizzarelli, 8 p.m. Rich, original interpretations of songs from the Great American Songbook mixed with contemporary classics. 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, (413) 528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org

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 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 and 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St. Lenox. (413) 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

Sunday

Dec. 29

HOLIDAYS

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. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

Hinsdale Holidays

‘A 1912 Victorian Christmas' opens. Robert Todd and Mary Lincoln's home is decorated throughout the month, through Jan. 1 as they might have done when they stayed at Hildene through the holidays in 1912, with festive greens, carols on Robert and Mary's organ and piano on weekends, and carolers in the Welcome Center. Holiday programs throughout the month. 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, Vt. (802) 362-1788.

Ventfort Hall

"Christmas with an Edwardian Lady" talk and tea, 3:30 p.m. Gilded Age mansion decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www. gildedage.org

KID STUFF

Mahaiwe

Classic Cartoons/Looney Tunes Part 2 (G). 4 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office (413) 528-0100.

MUSIC

Winter concert

West Stockbridge Historical Society presents West Stockbridge Chamber Players in "Gypsies and Angels," a concert of music by Haydn and Messaien, 3 p.m. West Stockbridge Congregational Church. (413) 232-4270, www.weststockbridgehistory.org

THEATER

Berkshire Museum

"Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: 10 years of Berkshire Children's Theater." 3:30 p.m. In celebration of 10 years of children's theater, enjoy a medley of past and present troupe members performing some of their favorite musical memories. Reception following, 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

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

Monday

Dec. 30

ART

Mass MoCA

December Break for Art, 10 a.m. Kidspace hosts "Rockin' Art Countdown," an art-making countdown of the top 10 hits from more than 14 years of Kidspace art projects. Jello sculpture, anyone? (413) 662-2111.

HOLIDAYS

Bennington Museum

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. Through Dec 30. 75 Main St., Bennington, VT. (802) 447-1571.

Ventfort Hall

"Cindarella" marionette show with Carl Sprague and his family's Czech handmade puppet theater, 3:30 p.m. with refreshments. Gilded Age mansion decorated for the holidays: Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206, www. gildedage.org

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Children's Theater presents "Peter Rabbit and the Bunny Hop," 11 a.m., young performers ranging in age from 5 to 19 years will perform an original musical adaptation: Put on a poodle skirt and grab a chocolate malt for a 1950s twist on the classic tale by Beatrix Potter. 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

Tuesday

Dec. 31

ART

Mass MoCA

December Break for Art, 10 a.m. Kidspace hosts "Rockin' Art Countdown," an art-making countdown of the top 10 hits from more than 14 years of Kidspace art projects. Jello sculpture, anyone? (413) 662-2111.

HOLIDAYS

Ventfort Hall

Mansion and Guilded Age Museum, mansion house decorated for the holidays; Second floor now open, tours through New Year's Eve. 104 Walker St., Lenox. (413) 637-3206.

KID STUFF

Berkshire Museum

New Year's Eve Event: "The Pirate, the Princess, and the Pea" presented by Crabgrass Puppet Theatre. 11 a.m. It's hard work searchin' for treasure, what with avoidin' the sea monsters, keepin' those crabs from eatin' your nose, and fallin' overboard just in time to meet a giant octopus. But its worth it when ya haul in that treasure chest.. but the treasure in the chest happens to be a princes... a princess who doesn't even believe you are a pirate! And how do you prove you're a pirate? Arrgh! At noon head up to the Crane Room for refreshments, 39 South St., Pittsfield. (413) 443-7171.

MUSIC

Mahaiwe

Berkshire Bach Society Presents "Bach at New Year's," 6 p.m., 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. Box Office (413) 528-0100.

Wednesday

Jan. 1

MUSIC

Bach at New Year's

The Six Brandenburg Concerti in reverse order, Berkshire Bach Ensemble, 3 p.m., with strings, oboes, flutes, bassoon, harpsichord, horns, trumpet and timpani. Academy of Music, Northampton.

OUTDOORS

First Day Hike

Ranger-guided hike 1 p.m. on Bradley Farm Trail. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Meet at Mount Greylock State Reservation Visitors center, 30 Rockwell Road, Lanesborough. (413) 499-4262.

First Day in Monterey

New Years Hike in beartown State Forest, 12:30 p.m. Free. 1.7 easy miles on Pond Loop Trail. Dress warmly and wear winter boots. If weather allows, bring snowshoes. Meet at trailhead for Benedict Pond off Blue Hill Road in Monterey. (413) 528-0904.

Hoffman Bird Club

South Berkshire Christmas Count: Join a team and welcome the new year with some winter birding. Contact Rene Laubach to sign up or for more information, (413) 637-0320 or rlaubach@massaudubon.org.