The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Celebrate the Season on The Other Side of Massachusetts

Holiday Happenings
Celebrate "the most wonderful time of the year" at one of our festive events.
- Arcadia Mass Audubon’s Winter Solstice & Forest Luminaria Walk
- Winter Wonderland Light Display at Look Memorial Park
- All aboard! Ride Santa's Trains at Look Memorial Park, a Holiday Tradition for the Whole Family
- Dress in your seasonal…worst? Ugly Sweater Party at Amherst Farm Winery on Sunday, December 16
- Ring in the New Year with fireworks, music, and a whole lot of fun with First Night Northampton

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‘Tis the Season for Shopping

The first flakes have fallen, and we say: "let it snow!" Our "city sidewalks, busy sidewalks" are lined with unique shops and artists' studios, filled with treasures. Don’t miss these hot spots for holiday shopping.

- Check out our blog on holiday shopping for more unique places to find one-of-a-kind gifts
- A2Z Science & Learning Store was recently ranked as one of the best independent toy stores in New England
- FLAIR Holiday Market, a unique pop-up-shop dedicated to showcasing local artisans and craftspeople
- The perfect gift is right here! Give them an experience with the Northampton Gift Card.

Do you hear what I hear? Live Music in Downtown Northampton
- Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Sing-along spectacular! on Saturday, December 22
- Don’t miss legendary Dar Williams at Iron Horse Music Hall on Friday, December 28
- Berkshire Bach presents BACH @ NEW YEAR'S on Sunday, December 30
- We prefer our music live. Explore performances and venues here.

Celebrate Culture
- "Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas," are you? Come out for a film screening at the Yiddish Book Center
- Learn about Old Fashioned Christmas at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead on Saturday, December 8
- You and your family are cordially invited to celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 188thBirthday on Saturday, December 8 at the Emily Dickinson Museum
- Enjoy It's a Wonderful Life on the big screen again at Amherst Cinema, December 21-23

Explore our region’s wealth of arts & culture offerings this season.

Ring in 2019 on The Other Side of Massachusetts!

“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Planning a trip to the city-wide celebration, First Night Northampton, of course! Complete with fireworks, musical performances, and oodles of holiday cheer, this city-wide celebration of the turning of the year is unlike any other!

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