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Festive Frolic holiday market

December 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Opal Raven Cirque will perform with fire as part of First Fridays Artswalk. Press photo courtesy of Downtown Pittsfield Inc.
Opal Raven Cirque

On the final day of the annual Festive Frolic, Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will offer a Festive Frolic Holiday Market and a Krampus Beer Garden, with specialty offerings from Hot Plate Brewing Co. The event will take place outdoors on Dunham Mall at 100 North St., with performances by Opal Raven Cirque, food, music, local vendors, and an opportunity to visit with Santa and Krampus. Vendors include Baked Pastries & More, Clausens Corner, Fandom Forge Creations, Shire Family Roots, St. Eithne Road, and Truffles by Tarah LLC.

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Festive Frolic

Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. (DPI) will host the Downtown Festive Frolic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 1, 2 and 3, opening with the Park Square Tree Lighting Ceremony, The Grinch at Otto’s and free admission to the Festival of Trees, the Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, Pictures with Santa, a Free Kids’ Paint & Sip, a Festive Frolic LEGO® Drop-in and a Festive Frolic Holiday Market with a Krampus Beer Garden.

The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Avenue, will host its annual Wreath Art Auction to benefit the South Community Food Pantry on Friday night, and Dozens of local artists have donated talent, time, and materials to create original holiday wreaths, centerpieces, kissing balls, and more. All of the proceeds from the sale of these original works of art will be donated to the South Community Food Pantry.

Grab and go wreaths will be available starting at 5 p.m., and the top items will be auctioned off at 6:30 after the Tree Lighting at Park Square. The Lit will also hold a raffle for gifts from local businesses, and all of the proceeds from the event will benefit the South Community Food Pantry, which serves more than 1000 families a week in Pittsfield.

Berkshire Art Center (BAC) will also offer a Free Drop-In Holiday Art Activity at 141 North Street for Families, children, and people of all ages, who can join in the activity at their own pace with the guidance and support of a faculty artist.

The Clock Tower Artists at 75 South Church Street will host a Holiday Open Studios on Friday and Saturday with new original small paintings and prints — artists include Deborah H. Carter, Joan Palano Ciolfi, Marion H. Grant, Stacey Healy, Caroline Kelley, Bruce Laird, Mark Mellinger, Linda Petrocine, Sally Tiska Rice, Ilene Richard, Audrey Shachnow, and Stefanie Weber.

Art openings and exhibits continue as part of the December 1 Holiday First Fridays Artswalk, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield, Hotel on North, the Marketplace Cafe, and more.

Saturday’s Downtown Festive Frolic events focus on family events — Santa comes to The Beacon Cinema from noon to 3, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will host a Free Kids’ Paint & Sip with apainting craft on wooden snowflake ornaments and a science activity presented by the Flying Cloud Institute.

The Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, will hold a Holiday Card Making Drop-in on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 pm in the Children’s Library. Kids can make holiday cards for nursing home residents as well as holiday cards for them to take home, while supplies last.

Bottomless Bricks will offer a Festive Frolic LEGO® Drop-in on Saturday, and everyone can build a heart and share a photo — for every heart shared, LEGO® will donate a LEGO® set to a child in need of play this holiday season.

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Date:
December 3, 2023
Time:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Event Location

Downtown Pittsfield
33 Dunham Mall
Pittsfield, MA
413-443-6501

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