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.
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Visitors to our neck of New England often remark that many a view before them looks as if it could have come straight out of a painting. Sometimes they are spot on. Many scenes in the Berkshires have starred in famous works, particularly those of Norman Rockwell. As you may already know, Rockwell spent the last 25 years of his life in Stockbridge and the town is home to the Norman Rockwell Museum.
You’re undoubtedly familiar with Norman Rockwell’s famous “Home for Christmas (Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas)” painting. The 8-foot-long work has come to symbolize Christmas in America and is one of Rockwell’s more famous pieces.
The town of Stockbridge returns the favor of being immortalized with an annual celebration of the painting, the artist, and the town itself!
A big part of Stockbridge’s charm comes from the fact that it has changed so little over the decades. This makes re-enacting the scene from Rockwell’s famous Christmas painting that much easier. The scene is so convincing, in fact, that visitors can be excused for feeling like they’ve accompanied one of Dickens’ ghosts to a Christmas past!
But Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 is so much more than just a simple recreation of a painting. It’s a weekend of fun activities.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017 Schedule
Friday, December 1st –
Readings Around The Hearth – 5pm to 6:30pm
Gather ’round to hear classic stories of the season presented by the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives held at the library. Free Admission.
Saturday, December 2nd –
Holiday House Tour ~ 11am to 4pm
Take self-guided tours of historic homes: Blantyre, Eastover, Naumkeag, Historic Merrell Inn, Charles Owen House, and The Old Rectory. Tickets are available in advance through Stockbridge chamber or on the day of at the Red Lion Inn.
Children’s Holiday Story Time at the Stockbridge Library ~ 11 to 11:30am
Caroling Luminaria Walk ~ 6pm to 7-m
Meet in front of The Red Lion Inn on Main Street with your candle or flashlight and join the festive caroling followed by a Luminaria walk to the First Congregational Church.
Holiday Concert ~ 7:30pm
A joyful holiday musical program by the Berkshire Lyric and the Blafield Children’s Chorus held at the First Congregational Church.
Sunday, December 3rd –
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Recreation ~ 12pm to 2pm
See America’s Main Street at Christmas-time the way Norman Rockwell did, complete with vintage automobiles, costumes, and more.
Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas 2017
Stockbridge Main Street At Christmas Lodging
Applegate Inn is a historic Berkshires B&B located just minutes from Stockbridge and a great many other attractions. In fact, our convenient location makes exploring the Berkshires a snap. Of course, our amenities are so plush and numerous, you may find yourself not wanting to leave! Book your holiday getaway at Applegate Inn now and treat yourself to the best hospitality in the Berkshires!
Norman Rockwell’s painting of the Stockbridge during Christmas season is one of his more famous works. That fame has spread to Stockbridge as well. The town returns the favor every year by recreating the famous scene – and you’re invited!
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