Engage in your community this season

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – There are many ways to engage in your community this holiday season that are based in community values rather than consumption.
Sienna Wildfield, Founder of HilltownFamilies.org joined us with more.

Commercial-Free Holidays

Make Your Own Gifts
Many schools, libraries and community organizations have opportunities for kids to make their own gifts for gift giving. Great opportunity to support creativity with a personalized gift.

Holiday Strolls
Towns across the region host an extended evening of activities with shops open late to encourage support of local merchants while connecting with neighbors as the days get shorter.

Caroling & Tree Lighting
Many towns and recreation departments organize community caroling opportunities and the annual lighting of the town tree.

Outdoor Adventures
Annual Gorge Apres Gorge brings families together at the Chesterfield Gorge for a walk/run along the Westfield River.

For an outdoor holiday activity that’s truly off the beaten path, there is the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, December 14 to January 5. The society uses information collected by volunteer “citizen scientists” to gauge the health of the nation’s bird populations.

Annual Winter Holiday Celebrations

Katz Family Chanukah Breakfast (Longmeadow, MA)

Berkshire Theatre Group annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial Theatre (Pittsfield, MA)

Malcolm X Cultural Center will host the Annual Kwanzaa Celebration (Amherst, MA)

Winter Solstice Storytelling and Songfest at the Roundhouse (Colrain)

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary annual winter solstice celebration (Easthampton)

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