December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014 (Sunday)
Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Presents Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Snow Globes and Japanese Prints

The exhibit will be on view from October 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The exhibit includes approximately 65 Japanese woodblock prints from the Springfield Museums’ famed Raymond Bidwell Collection, one of the largest holdings of Japanese prints in the United States and among the finest of any public collection in the world. In addition, the exhibit will feature approximately 75 snow globes from a private New England collection, including antique domes made by the Atlas Toy Company, travel souvenirs, holiday scenes and popular culture-themed snow globes manufactured in the United States, Paris and Austria.

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents Home for the Holidays

through February 8, 2015. During the holiday season, Norman Rockwell’s anxiously awaited illustrations brought good cheer to millions of Americans who encountered his images that brought the spirit of the holidays home. His memorable, enduring images are on view in this special holiday installation of original artworks and objects. Also on view at the Museum is Norman Rockwell’s painted tribute to the town where he lived and worked for the past 25 years—Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas (Home for Christmas) (1967) is a holiday portrait of the town center.

Forest Park, Springfield MA

Bright Nights at Forest Park - 20th Season!

November 26 - January 4. Closed December 1 & 2. Sunday to Thursday -- 5PM to 9PM Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays -- 5PM to 11PM. Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Fridays and Saturdays. More than 650,000 lights along a three-mile path! Peace, Lights, and Happiness!

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Annual Gingerbread Exhibit

The Springfield Science Museum’s annual gingerbread exhibit has become one of the region’s best-loved traditions. This year’s theme is Adventures in Gingerbread, and is inspired by the popular tale of a brave princess and her search for her sister who has trapped their kingdom in an eternal winter. Adventures in Gingerbread opens at the Museums’ “Holiday Wonderland” event on Friday, November 28, and runs through December 31.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

Connecticut Science Center Presents Dino Encounters: Live Experience

November 28, 29, 30. December 6, 13, 20, 26, 27, 28 - January 1. Journey back in time with a unique live dinosaur encounter, featuring a state of the art, walking, roaring, juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex. Don’t worry- he’s friendly! You can even “feed” him to see what he likes! There are three shows daily; 11AM, 12:30PM and 1:30PM. Dino Encounters: Live Experience is FREE with General Admission.

Deerfield Inn/Champney's Restaurant & Tavern Deerfield MA

Deerfield Inn Presents Winter Specials!

Dec 7-23, 27-29, 2014-Jan 27, 2015 Snowfall Special S'no joke! Stay one night, get the second night for what the temperature is at noon from 40◦ and up. Wed-Sun, Nov 28-Dec 21, Price per couple: $205.00. Cut Your Own Tree For the snowy days forecast ahead - pack up your boots, your fleece, and your home companion, and we'll send you out to a tree farm in the hills to cut down and bring home the best tree ever. Come on back for hot toddies by the fire, and enjoy a great breakfast after a sweet night's sleep.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge Presents Brunch with Santa

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa. Adults $19.95; seniors $17.95, $8.95 for children ages 10 and under. Reservations Required.

Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst MA

Lord Jeffrey Inn Presents Sunday Brunch with Santa

November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm.

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Tower Square Presents Holiday Lunchtime Concerts

December 1st-22nd, Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Location: Food Court. Enjoy a fun holiday concert with some local musicians and local school groups weekdays in December leading up to Christmas!

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory Presents Arsenals Under Attack!

Springfield Armory National Historic Site welcomes the public to the special exhibit Arsenals Under Attack! Daniel Shays’ Assault on Springfield & John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry, from now through March 22, 2015.  Admission is free. The exhibit draws visitor’s in to view images and objects, and make sense of period quotes that challenge them to better understand the controversial men, their actions and the consequences. Several thought provoking exhibit panels set the reader up to compare and contrast both men.

Springfield, MA

The Western New England University School of Law Offers Mini-Law School

A five-week program focused on demystifying the law. The Mini-Law School will be held from Feb. 10 to March 10 on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuition is $35 for all five sessions, or $10 for each individual session. The program is free of charge for any high-school, college, or graduate student with a valid student ID. Mini-Law School offers non-lawyers an understanding of legal topics that impact their everyday lives. Registration will continue through Jan. 19.

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge Presents Christmas by Candlelight

December 5-7, December 12-14, December 19-21 Village historians explain the origins of Father Christmas, sugarplums, yule logs, Christmas trees, mistletoe and more. Costumed interpreters sing 19th-century carols and demonstrate popular seasonal dishes of the time period. Visitors can stroll the candlelit Village, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, sip hot cider, see chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and meet both Santa Claus and Father Christmas.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield Presents Heritage Holiday events

The holiday spirit continues with the return of Heritage Holiday at Historic Deerfield. From December 6-28, visitors can join Historic Deerfield hearth cooks, guides and educators in a month-long series of traditional festive activities. Wreath Making, Gift Making, Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides. See Schedule....

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Monthly "mini" Tours

The Springfield Museums’ informal half-hour “mini-tours” every Sunday at 1 PM by volunteer docent educators. The tours highlight a different element of the unique collections of one of the four museums, and are free with Museum admission. Topics for this month are: December 7 - Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Japanese Prints by Richard O’Brien. December 14 - Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Snow Globes. December 21- same mini-tour as 12/14.

Look Memorial Park, Florence MA

Look Memorial Park Presents Santa’s Trains

Open Daily December 10 – 23 (Garden House), 4:00pm-8:00pm. December 24 10am-2pm. The Garden House is transformed into a Victorian style train station to offer all the sights and sounds of the holiday season. Santa’s Trains; step aboard our train on wheels and take a one mile ride around the Park aboard The Look Park Holiday Express and view our over 50 holiday light displays made by our Grounds and Maintenance staff. Cost is $5/pp.

Yankee Candle Village, S Deerfield MA

Yankee Candle Presents Photos with The Clauses

Come tell Santa and Mrs. Claus all of your holiday wishes! Be sure to check the schedule; Santa is very busy getting ready for Christmas so sometimes he has to go back to the North Pole to check on the elves & reindeer! Photos with The Clauses by Andrea York Photography. Until Dec 23! See Current Package Offerings....

Northampton MA

PaintBox Theatre's Presents The Santa Show

Santa Claus is coming to town! PaintBox Theatre—Northampton’s theatre of imagination and improvisation for all ages—makes a December appearance with The Santa Show! This year’s all-new show stars Santa, Mrs. Claus, a bunch of elves, and Blitzen the reindeer. Single Tickets $10. General Seating.

Yiddish Book Center, Amherst MA

Yiddish Book Center Presents Expulsion and Memory: Descendants of the Hidden Jews

December 21, at 2 PM. Shot in Spain, Portugal, Israel, the U.S., and Canada, this beautifully photographed documentary tells the story of the Conversos, the 15th century Spanish Jews who, faced with persecution, publicly converted to Christianity while secretly continuing to practice Judaism. The lyrical Spanish/Sephardic soundtrack features Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield MA

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Birth Date of Basketball Free Event

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today in celebration of the 123rd birth date of the invention of basketball, they will be opening their doors to all children ages 18 and under for free admission into the Hall of Fame on December 21, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. All local youth organization members are encouraged to attend.

Easthampton MA

Solstice Celebration

Throughout time, people have come together to celebrate the shortest day of the year and welcome the lengthening days ahead. At Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary we also have a tradition: we gather at sundown from 6-8:30 pm for music and community unity. Ward off the cold with the warmth of the bonfire, sip hot cider, and listen to music. This is a free event, however, please bring a nonperishable food item for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Registration is not required for this program.