Pittsfield—Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) is hosting the Downtown Festive Frolic on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3. Activities include the Park Square Tree Lighting, Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, Elf Invasion Pub Crawl, Pictures with Santa, Free Kids’ Paint & Sip, and other free arts and crafts opportunities.
The Park Square Tree Lighting Ceremony returns in person on Friday, December 2, starting at 6 p.m. Those planning to attend the ceremony are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Christian Center’s food supply.
The Wreath Art Auction will also return to the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, on Friday, December 2. Dozens of local artists and members of the Springside Greenhouse Group have donated their talent, time, and materials to create one-of-a-kind, original Christmas wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, and more. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these original artworks will be donated to the South Congregational Church’s food supply. The preview party starts at 5pm and the live auction will take place after the Park Square Tree Lighting at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. Light food and drink will be available.
Otto’s Kitchen & Comfort, 95 East Street, is hosting a free Hot Chocolate Bar with all the essentials and a Photo Booth on December 2 from 5-7 PM.
Join Berkshire Art Center (BAC), 141 North Street, for a free family drop-in holiday art activity from 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 from 10:30am to 7:30pm. 12.30pm Families are welcome to participate at their own pace under the guidance and support of a faculty artist. Free Family Drop-Ins are open to the public and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.
Lee Bank, 75 North Street, is offering free hot chocolate and ornament making on December 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The performers in the historic Clock Tower will be hosting a Holiday Open Studios event on Friday, December 2nd from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th from 10am to 4pm. The Clock Tower Studios are located on the third floor of the Clock Tower at 75 South Church Street. The Clock Tower Artists have created new original small paintings and have printed items that are perfect for gifting. Visit for a festive holiday experience!
The artists hosting open studios at the Clock Tower during Festive Frolic include Joan Palano Ciolfi, Marion Grant, Caroline Kelley, Bruce Laird, Mark Mellinger, Linda Petrocine, Shany Porras, Ilene Richard and Sally Tiska Rice. For more information, visit https://clocktowerartists.com.
Artists of the Guild Berkshire Artists will bring moderately priced treasures from their studios to TKG Real Estate, 137 North Street, on December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Find unique, original gifts at amazing prices: earrings, cards, small paintings, prints, and more.
There will be additional art openings and exhibitions as part of the December 2 Holiday First Fridays Artswalk at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, 175 Wendell Avenue; Hotel on North, 297 North Street; and Soma’s Aromas, 81 East Street, among others. Download the Downtown Pittsfield app from the App Store or Google Play and take a virtual art walk on your mobile phone.
On Friday, December 2, Witch Slapped, 78 North Street, will remain open until 8 p.m. with The Emerald Phoenix as a pop-up and a free children’s event from 5-8 p.m. where they can make their own ornament. At 6:30 PM there is a Drag Storytime as Island Fawn reads a holiday story for kids. Free Blue Q gift with every in-store purchase!
Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness, 55 North Street, Suite 201, will host a special healing sound bath with Antoinette Simms on Friday, December 2 from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Listen and receive resonant sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls, a crystal harp, chimes and your own sound to align the chakra system. Participants are guided into a natural state of relaxation, harmony and bliss where deep self-healing and transformation can take place. The Sound Bath costs $22 and pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. has teamed up with Berkshire Mountain Distillers for an Elf Invasion Pub Crawl starting Friday, December 2nd at 7pm in downtown Pittsfield. Crawl locations include Patrick’s Pub, 101 Restaurant & Bar, Flat Burger Society, Thistle & Mirth, and Methuselah Bar & Lounge. Crawlers can pre-purchase a $20 “Elf ID” ticket that allows them to “taste” a specific Berkshire Mountain Distillers product at each location, plus some fun elf accessories. Tickets are limited and an announcement will be made when they are available for purchase.
The Downtown Festive Frolic events on Saturday will be headlined by Santa Claus at The Beacon Cinema from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All children are welcome to take a free photo with Santa, which will be made available for download after the event. If you are able, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. you bring a new pair of socks to donate in exchange for the photo. Thank you to the RSVP volunteers who will be on hand to assist in this wonderful event.
Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. presents a free Holiday Kids’ Paint & Sip sponsored by Adams Community Bank on Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 67 East Street. This free event is best suited for children ages 5 to 12, although older children are welcome. All materials, instruction, snacks and juice are provided. Children can walk in at any time during the event. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Berkshire Family YMCA and Action Sports and Travel will host their annual “Splashmas with Santa” on Saturday, December 3 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Pittsfield Branch of the YMCA at 292 North Street. Visit with an underwater Santa and take part in kayaking, canoeing and underwater Christmas tree decorations. Outside of the pool, there will also be cookie and wreath decorations and refreshments. Registration for this event is required and is free for YMCA members and $5 for non-members.
The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, is hosting a free winter-themed drop-in craft for kids ages 4-10 at the Children’s Library on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last. The Berkshire Art Center, 141 North Street, is hosting a free family drop-in holiday art activity from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Berkshire Art Center is also offering an Image Transfer Totes Workshop with artist Diane Firtell on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-3pm. This workshop costs $44 and you can register at berkshireartcenter.org/classes. Using the image transfer technique, students learn to transform a canvas tote bag into a work of art. Students are provided with images of flowers, animals, geometric designs, etc. to use or are welcome to bring their own laser-printed image for a more personalized design.
On Saturday, December 3, all classes at Berkshire Fitness and Wellness Center, 137 North Street, are free, and anyone who comes in a festive outfit will receive a free 1-month membership!
Soma’s Aromas, 81 East Street, will host a Shop & Sip on Saturday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Berkshire Box Co. pop-up; and Witch Slapped, 78 North Street, open early at 10 a.m. with Love, Auntie Liz popped up, a Witch Slapped Penny Sale, and a free Blue Q gift with any in-store purchase. Come on in to make your own witch ball or Christmas ornament for $20 (a $5 savings).
The Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, will be presenting “Wingmasters’ World of Owls” on Saturday, December 3 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Featuring a variety of live owls, this engaging and informative program demonstrates how owls use their specialized sight, hearing, and flight abilities to survive and thrive.
This educational program is presented by Wingmasters, a partnership of two licensed raptor rehabilitators dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation for North American raptors.
A ticket for this program also gives access to two new exhibitions Hoot’s Holiday: A Solstice Storyand Santa classics by Philadelphia-based artist Ed Wheeler. In Hoot’s vacationfollow Hoot, an owl who lives on the roof of the museum, and prepare for a Winter Solstice celebration by traveling through time and visiting historic sites around the Berkshires. Santa classics features a selection of 31 works from Ed Wheeler’s catalog, along with the museum’s 15-foot-tall, decorated tree at the center of the Ellen Crane Memorial Room.