Berkshires Holiday House Tours and Holiday Light Shows

There’s always some kind of fun brewing here in the Berkshires and that’s particularly true as we approach the end of the year. Everywhere you look there are festive decorations, holiday sales, and a calendar’s worth of Christmas light shows, holiday house tours, and other seasonal events.

The Berkshires are home to a wide variety of wonderful museums, historic homes, and places of cultural interest. Worthy attractions like Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Naumkeag, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and so many others.

While a few of our bigger attractions close for the season, most stay open year ’round and many present annual holiday events. Even those that do close for the season often reopen to present special holiday events. Events and attractions that are centerpieces for Christmas in the Berkshires.

While the 2021 Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend has been cancelled, there are still plenty of other fun holiday events to attend.

Holiday Lights Holiday House Tours at Arrowhead

Arrowhead Holiday Lights holiday house tours 2021

Arrowhead was once the home of Herman Melville, famous American author of “Moby Dick,” among other titles. Melville penned his classic novel here, as well as others, and Arrowhead has become a popular, Berkshires historic house museum.

Holiday House Tours at Arrowhead show the house decorated for the holidays. The event also includes seasonal readings, 19th century holiday recipes, and a peek at rarely displayed, holiday-themed objects from the museum’s collection.

Holiday Lights at Arrowhead is scheduled for December 8th, 2021 – 5pm to 7pm.

Arrowhead is located at 780 Holmes Road, in Pittsfield, MA, only 15 minutes from Applegate Inn. Visit for more information and tickets before they sell out!

Naumkeag Winterlights

Winterlights at Naumkeag 2021

Naumkeag is the picturesque, Gilded Age “cottage” of Joseph Hodges Choate (1832–1917). The estate is famous for its stunning, 44-room mansion, terraced gardens, and lush, sculpted landscape. Winterlights is your chance to experience Naumkeag’s gardens in the glow of thousands of shimmering, colorful holiday lights.

Naumkeag Winterlights is open Wednesdays through Sundays, November 6th, 2021 through January 9th, 2022. Advance tickets required. Visit for more information.

Naumkeag is located at 5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA, less than 10 minutes from our Berkshires bed and breakfast.

NightWood & Holiday House Tours at The Mount

Edith Wharton (1832-1937) was an American author of more than 40 books, designer and the first female recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Mount, designed by the author as her Berkshires home and writer’s retreat, is now a popular historic site. It is open seasonally, May through October, and for special occasions off-season.

Holiday House Tours at The Mount 2021

NightWood at The Mount
NightWood is an annual, non-holiday, outdoor sound and light experience inspired by Edith Wharton’s iconic home and gardens. The attraction includes 7 different, professionally designed scenes to enjoy. Attendees follow a 3/4 mile long (1.2 km) path through woods and gardens to each display. Each tour takes approximately 45 minutes.

NightWood 2021 is open evenings, Thursday through Sunday, November 4th through December 31st. Closed Christmas weekend.

Holiday House Tours at The Mount
Come to The Mount and see it dressed up for the holidays! Though the Whartons didn’t spend their Christmases at The Mount, this is what it might have looked like if they had.

Holiday House Tours of The Mount are schedueld for Saturdays and Sundays, November 27th, 2021 through January 2nd, 2022. The house is closed Christmas weekend.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street, Lenox, MA, less than 10 minutes from the front door of Applegate Inn. Learn more at

And That’s Just For Starters

There’s so much to do during a Berkshires holiday and Applegate Inn would love to be your home base. What are you looking forward to doing during your getaway? Skiing? Shopping? Dining? Sight-seeing or catching a show? Our convenient location in Lee, MA puts all that and much more within very easy reach.

And of course the inn will be decorated for the holidays, too. Come spend them with us. Happy Holidays!