December 8, 2016

December 8, 2016 (Thursday)
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge MA

Norman Rockwell Museum, Exhibition Hanna-Barbera

November 12, 2016 to May 29, 2017. Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning is the first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership. The exhibit provides a glimpse of the extraordinary story of how two astute businessmen reacted to a dying film animation industry and revolutionized a new format for their product, while hiring the best talent in the business. Explore the creation of beloved characters and television programming that spans generations.

Forest Park, Springfield MA

Bright Nights at Forest Park

November 23 - January 1. Closed November 28-29. Sunday to Thursday -- 5PM to 9PM Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays -- 5PM to 11PM. On weekends, kettle corn will be freshly popped and s'mores melting over open fire. Through December 23, horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered Fridays and Sundays. Romantic horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered Fridays and Saturdays. More than 650,000 lights along a three-mile path!

Florence MA

Look Park Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Light Display. Novemeber 25th-Jan 1st.

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Tower Square Presents Annual Festival of Trees

November 25 - Sunday, December 11 Wed: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Thu - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tower Square Meeting Room. Take a stroll thru the Springfield Boys & Girls Club's wonderfully festive forest of more than 100 decorated Christmas trees. Visitors can purchase raffle tickets to win the trees, which includes everything on and under it. These items are often worth hundreds of dollars, and can include electronics, gift certificates and more.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Annual Gingerbread Exhibit

Gingerbread HousesNovember 25, and runs through December 31. The Springfield Museum’s annual gingerbread exhibit has become one of the region’s best-loved traditions. This year’s theme is “Holiday Magic.” The gingerbread creations will be displayed against a backdrop of murals created by Museums staff to celebrate the adventures of the world’s most famous boy wizard.

Springfield MA

Springfield BID Downtown Holiday Market

Nov 25-Dec 23. You'll find the Holiday Market located between 1331-1391 Main Street (The Marketplace) and throughout Tower Square. We'll be open Monday-Wednesday 11AM-6PM and Thursday-Friday 7PM, Saturday 10AM-2PM and will run until Christmas Eve. The month long shopping event is filled with dozens of local retailers that sell a wide variety of gifts for everyone’s taste. Not only will there be amazing holiday shopping available but tons of exciting events planned as well.

Tower Square, Springfield MA

Tower Square Lunchtime Concerts

Weekdays at noon. Grab some lunch from the Tower Square food court and sit down to enjoy some festive holiday music week days in December featuring choral groups and bands from local schools with a few professional performers thrown into the mix!

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums à la Carte Lectures

The popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures are held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. This month’s lectures includes: December 1 - The Works of William Shakespeare. December 8 - New England Takes Flight: One Hundred Years of Aerospace History. December 15- The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England. (There are no lectures on December 22 or 29 due to the holiday season).

East Windsor CT

Connecticut Trolley Museum Winterfest

The Connecticut Trolley Museum presents Winterfest 2016 and “The Tunnel of Lights." Winterfest will be open from 5PM until 9PM on Dec. 2nd-4th, Dec. 9th-11th, Dec 16th-18th and Dec 23rd. Santa will be onsite until he heads back to the North Pole after closing on Dec. 23rd. Additionally, meet and pose for a picture with Santa inside one of the historic trolleys, Santa will also have a gift for each child. The event will also be held Dec. 26th -30th from 6PM-9PM for School Vacation Break.

Eastern States Exposition, W Springfield MA

Storrowton Village Museum Presents Yuletide at Storrowton

Dec. 3-4, 11am - 4pm. Our annual FREE winter holiday festival. Tour Storrowton's 18th & 19th century buildings, seasonally decorated by area garden clubs, florists and decorators. Join us for musical performances, storytelling, old-fashioned craft demonstrations, ice sculpting, Sweet Shoppe, kids' crafts, an old-fashioned Santa and much more. Yuletide Open House Tours - Dec. 6-10, 1 - 3pm. Yuletide Lantern Light Tours - Dec. 7, 6 to 8pm. $5.

Historic Deerfield MA

Historic Deerfield, Holiday Fun

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides December 3, 4, 10, 11. Gift Making Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-18. Make progress on your gift list by making a special gift by hand. Tavern Games Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-18. Sit down and enjoy a game of checkers, fox and geese or merelles. Sugar and Spice: Holiday Baking Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-18 Join our Hearth Cooks as they explore the sugar and spice that make the holidays nice. December 10 Letterpress Printing: Holiday Cards with Carl Darrow.

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA

Springfield Technical Community College Annual Student Exhibition

Exhibition on view Tuesday, December 6 through Friday, December 16, 2016. Reception with student artists: Thursday, December 8, 11:30am-12:30pm. Each year, the Annual Student Fall Exhibition invites the Fine Arts faculty to select work to showcase their students' finest portfolios. From colorful paintings to intricate prints, charcoal drawings to tradition gelatin silver photographs, and many other outstanding design projects, all artwork represents the culmination of a semester’s work in the Fine Arts Department at STCC.

The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant, Springfield MA

The Student Prince and Fort Restaurant Caroling Season

December 7-24. It’s the best time of the year on Fort Street. For some people, coming here for the carolers is a tradition that goes back to childhood. For others, it’s something brand new. Whether it’s your first time or your fortieth, this year’s holiday season will not be complete without a visit to The Fort.

Amherst MA

Atkins Farms Gingerbread House Decorating

December 7 &9. Decorate a MINI ($25) or SMALL ($35) gingerbread house! Limit of 2 children, per house. Stop by Atkins anytime between 5pm & 7pm to decorate a house. No Registration Necessary. First Come, First Served....SPACE & QUANTITY IS LIMITED!

Greenfield MA

Greenfield Community College Artists Opening Reception

Opening Reception of an Exhibition of Works by Local Artists Affiliated with Greenfield Community College on Dec 9, 2016 from 5 PM to 7 PM. The exhibit runs from Dec 8, to Dec 20, 2016. There is no charge to attend. Gallery Hours: Mon.- Fri. 12:00pm-2:30pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm. Closed on weekends.

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Artists Go To Work!

December 8, 2016 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Come read and listen to the poems we need right now - your own or other people's. Featured readers include Alix Olson, Lynn Xu, and more. Come early to sign up for the open mic and explore a political pop-up exhibition featuring works by Faith Ringgold, Eric Avery, Edward Burtynsky, and others. Refreshments provided. 

Eastern States Exposition, W Springfield MA

Eastern States Exposition Presents Eastern Dog Club Dog Show

Dec 8-11, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. ADMISSION: Free. If you love dogs, you’ll be in heaven at this 4-day cluster sponsored by the Champlain Valley Kennel Club and the Eastern Dog Club. Visitors will be permitted to wander throughout the backstage grooming areas, where they can watch as canine participants are expertly groomed for their turn in the ring, and ask questions of professional handlers and breeders.

Springfield MA

Springfield Ride to Remember Holiday Fundraiser

6-9 p.m. at the Shops at Marketplace. The Springfield Police's Ride to Remember is gearing up for its fifth year with a holiday party and fund-raising event. Interested participants who attend the party have the opportunity to sign up for $200, a savings of $100 from the usual registration fee. There will also be dozens of retailers open for Christmas shopping, as well as food and drinks, and music by DJ Ricky Pelchar. Children will also have a chance to meet with Santa.

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield MA

Springfield Technical Community College Presents “Alice in Wonderland"

Dec. 8-Dec. 12. General admission tickets are available at the door: $10 (adults) and $5 (students). This visually exciting production combines the best moments and characters from both of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass.' Our student cast of 12 brings to life over 30 of your favorite characters from throughout the magical world of Wonderland.

Old Sturbridge Village Sturbridge MA

Old Sturbridge Village Annual Holiday Concert

Thursday, December 8, 6:00pm. Experience an exquisite evening of music and fine dining. Sip seasonal cocktails when the evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with a cash bar, and move into the Oliver Wight Tavern at 6:30 for a menu to warm the winter night.

Log Cabin, Holyoke MA

Log Cabin Holiday Spirits

Over the holidays, it's time to raise a glass and have some fun. Whiskey & Martini Cocktail Party, 12/8/16, 6:00pm - 11:00pm. & 12/22/16, 6:00pm - 11:00pm. $47. Wine Dinner SOLD OUT 12/10/16, 6:00pm - Midnight & 12/16/16, 6:00pm - Midnight. $47. Holiday Comedy Night 12/14/16, 6:00pm - 10:00pm. $37.  Wine Tasting & Tapas Food Stations. 12/18/16, 5:00pm - 11:00pm. $47. Come celebrate with old friends and make some new ones.

Springfield Museums, Springfield MA

Springfield Museums Culture & Cocktails

The Springfield Museums will be hosting Gingerbread, Magic & Merriment as part of their ongoing "Culture & Cocktails" series on Dec 8 from 5-8 pm at the Springfield Science Museum. Guests can view the entries in this year’s gingerbread competition.