Lenox to get in holiday spirit this weekend with 'Making Spirits Bright' celebration

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LENOX — The three-day "Making Spirits Bright" holiday celebration is set for this weekend in the downtown historic district, organized by the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.

The third festival promises to be "bigger and better, with more businesses and members of the community becoming involved" said Jamie Trie, marketing director for the chamber. "There's something for everyone, and it's a wonderful way for the whole family to get into the holiday spirit, all while supporting our friends and neighbors — local businesses."

Highlights include the town's traditional Christmas tree-lighting gathering with Santa Claus in Lilac Park off Main Street at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by cookies and hot chocolate at the Lenox Community Center, 65 Walker St.

The three-hour "Santa Pub Crawl" follows at 8 p.m., offering a $15 ticket for "special drinks and noshes" at participating downtown bars and restaurants.

Saturday's events include a holiday tour to nine destinations decorated from the season, and roving downtown carolers by the Wahconah Regional High School Chorus and the Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

On Sunday, the Lenox Library is hosting a cookie-decorating contest from 1 to 3 p.m.. The cookies are baked by Loeb's Foodtown, and the library will provide the fixings for decorations. The activity replaces the previously scheduled Gingerbread House Contest, which was canceled because of lack of entries.

Also on Sunday, the holiday tour is offered again at the same locations.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir performs "The World's Best Christmas Carols" at Trinity Episcopal Church on Walker Street on Sunday afternoon. The final event of the town's 250th anniversary celebration includes the premiere of "The Lenox Suite" for piano, violin and choir. The program is narrated by Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows.

During the weekend, The Mount at 2 Plunkett St., author Edith Wharton's home, will be open, decorated for the holidays.

Downtown businesses will be open until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 6 p.m. Sunday.


If you go . . .

Highlights of the third annual "Making Spirits Bright" pre-Christmas events this weekend in downtown Lenox, organized by the town's Chamber of Commerce. Events are free except as indicated. Find links for tickets at https://tinyurl.com/spiritsbright. For information, 

visit https://tinyurl.com/spiritsbright or e-mail jamie@lenox.org.

FRIDAY

6 p.m.: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Lilac Park on Main Street, followed by refreshments at the Lenox Community Center, both with Santa.

8-11 p.m.: Santa Pub Crawl: Special drinks and food tastings at participating downtown bars and restaurants. Tickets: $15.

SATURDAY

Noon to 4 p.m.: Holiday Tour, with stops at Birchwood Inn, Brook Farm Inn, Garden Gables Inn, Gateways Inn, Church on the Hill Festival of Creches, Kemble Inn, Rookwood Inn, The Summer White House Inn, and Ventfort Hall Gilded Age Mansion. Tickets: $25, portion of proceeds to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, at The Lenox Visitors Center, 4 Housatonic St. and from businesses on Church Street: MacKimmie Co, Purple Plume and Laurie Donovan Designs. Additional sites for tickets on the day of event only: Brook Farm Inn, Birchwood Inn and the Rookwood Inn.

12:30-2 p.m.: Wahconah Regional High School Chorus performs along Church St., first in front of Purple Plume, then at 1 p.m. on the porch at MacKimmie Co, and at 1:30 p.m. on the porch of Hoadley Gallery.

1-3 p.m.: Lenox Library Holiday Cookie Decorating: Children can take the cookies baked by Loeb's Foodtown home or eat them at the event. Donations to the library accepted (sponsored by Purple Plume).

2 p.m.: Berkshire Hills Chorus of Sweet Adelines, caroling first at the Lenox Visitors Center, at 2:30 p.m. at Casablanca (Housatonic Street) and at 3 p.m. at Nejaime's Wine Cellar (Main Street).

SUNDAY

Noon to 4: Holiday Tour at nine locations (see Saturday listing). Tickets $25, a portion of proceeds to the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

3 p.m.: The World's Best Christmas Carols at Trinity Episcopal Church, 88 Walker St. performed by Cantilena Chamber Choir with violinist Laura Goldberg. Narrator: Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. Final event of Lenox 250th anniversary celebration. Tickets: $25 ($20 for seniors, children under 12 free) at the door or online at cantilenachoir.org.

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