Who's ready to experience Christmas in the Berkshires? Holiday magic comes to Hancock Shaker Village this December with the annual unveiling of a 20-evening event known as Hancock Holiday Nights! Spanning 20 dates between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, this wonder-filled extravaganza of quaint pleasures offers a treat for the senses in the beautiful, timeless Hancock Shaker Village.
Experience the wholesome fun of an antique American village; all decked out with festive décor for the holidays. A highlight of the experience is a journey to Round Stone Barn to see live farm animals that call to mind the animals present at the stable on the first Christmas. Another highlight is a stop called Timber Frame of Wishes. Providing an enchanted spot for a photo, the rustically framed entrance for the stroll is transformed into a wonderland of glowing trees that capture guests' holiday wishes! Next, the Luminous Wonder art installation featuring illuminated projections created by Joe Wheaton transforms the village into a magical destination that even locals can barely recognize.
Next up is a charming lantern-light stroll that allows attendees to experience the beauty of Hancock Shaker Village by the glow of lanterns. The time-bending experience brings travelers past candlelit buildings that brim with the luminescence of yesteryear.
As discussed earlier, the Goodnight Barn offers cozy glimpses of nativity animals tucked into their stalls on a winter night. Finally, guests can stop at Shaker Mercantile to shop for Shaker-inspired gifts and décor that make perfect Christmas presents. The store will maintain the same hours of operation as the rest of the event. Guests can also finish the night by enjoying the Hancock Holiday Nights Fire and Bar. Get cozy by a fire pit to warm up with an assortment of adult and kid-friendly beverages during this perfect ending to a perfect December night. Visitors can go at their own pace when exploring the paths that lead to wonders within Hancock Shaker Village. Most people complete the entire path in 45 to 60 minutes.
Preparing to Visit Hancock Holiday Nights This December
Always dress for classic winter weather in the Northeast when visiting the Pittsfield, MA area! Coats, scarves, and gloves are encouraged. In addition, guests should "boot up" in footwear that will be both comfortable and stable on uneven terrain as they trek through a rustically lit farm and village. Dustings of snow and ice are not uncommon in Massachusetts during the month of December. Why precipitation can make the experience even more magical, it's important to dress appropriately in order to safely and comfortably enjoy this excursion. While kids are invited, parents should know that paths are not accessible for strollers.
December is truly the best time to experience the old-fashioned, wholesome beauty of Hancock Shaker Village. During the holiday season, many families and couples plan weddings and celebrations in the Pittsfield area to tap into the holiday spirit that permeates this corner of the Berkshires. Others simply book quiet getaways for some much-needed end-of-the-year rest. Don't miss holiday fun in the Berkshires this year!