Come to the Berkshires this holiday season and step into a scene from one of Norman Rockwell’s most famous paintings! The 29th annual Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend is scheduled for November 30th through December 2nd, 2018!
Norman Rockwell loved the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Stockbridge. Rockwell spent his last years here, leaving his collection in trust to the Stockbridge Historical Society who used it to establish The Norman Rockwell Museum.
The quintessential, New England ambiance of the Berkshires inspired many of the artist’s later works. This is most demonstrably true in his work “Home for Christmas,” also known as Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas.
The painting, though not characteristic of Rockwell’s other work, became one of his most recognizable pieces and has come to symbolize Christmas in America. The painting takes you along Stockbridge’s main street on Christmas Eve. You can see the public library, antiques and gift shops, the old town office, and the Victorian hotel, now the Red Lion Inn.
Stockbridge has changed very little since the painting was completed in 1967. Consequently, recreating the scene every year was an obvious choice – and one that you have to experience to believe.
Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas is three days of festivities celebrating the holidays, Rockwell’s famous painting, and the town, itself. Activities include holiday readings, house tours, caroling, and a holiday concert.
The reenactment of the Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas painting caps off the weekend on Sunday. Attractions include horse drawn rides, Santa, Roger the Jester, a Christmas Food Booth, and vintage automobiles parked as depicted in the painting.
Visit stockbridgechamber.orgfor tickets and more details.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Events
Friday, November 30th –
Readings Around The Hearth – 5pm to 6:30pm
Held at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.
Saturday, December 1st –
Holiday House Tour – 11am to 4pm
Enjoy a self-guided tour of some of the area’s historic properties, including: Naumkeag, Whitney House, Windermere, Applegate Inn, Devonfield Inn, National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, and High Lawn Farm Museum.
Children’s Holiday Sing Along – 11am to 11:30am
A fun, winter themed sing along at the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.
Caroling Luminaria Walk – 6pm to 7pm
Join the festive caroling with your candle or flashlight in front of The Red Lion Inn, followed by a Luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church.
Holiday Concert – 7:30pm
This joyful, holiday musical program at the First Congregational Church is so popular, it’s already sold out!
Saturday, December 2nd –
Norman Rockwell Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Recreation ~ 12pm to 2pm
Berkshires Lodging at a Historic Inn
As mentioned above, our historic Berkshires B&B, Applegate Inn is part of this year’s Holiday House Tour. Get a jump on the tours by booking your lodging with us! Our convenient location makes exploring the Berkshires a snap – and our top tier amenities will have you feeling like royalty. Choose your guestroom at Applegate Inn now!