Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls

Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls
Friday, November 26th, 2010

The annual Moonlight Magic kicks off the holiday season in the Village of Shelburne Falls on Nov. 26th, home of the historic Bridge of Flowers and the Glacial Potholes of the Deerfield River.  (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Moonlight Magic happens again this year on Friday, November 26th, from 4:30-10pm. A terrific family event, the annual Moonlight Magic in Shelburne Falls, MA will begins with the Lighting of the Village at approximately 4:30 pm. Hot drinks, food, baked goods and more will be sold on the streets and stores, galleries and restaurants will stay open late.

A town parade follows the Lighting of the Village, crossing over the Iron bridge from Buckland to Shelburne. The town will be all aglow with 1,800 luminary candles lining the street and throughout the village, provide by Mole Hollow Candle Company. Santa, the Grinch, Shriners Clowns, the Snow Princess and many others will be strolling through the village bringing a bit of holiday magic into your little ones evening.

The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum will offer rides all night in a restored trolley built in 1896 in Springfield Massachusetts, and throughout the evening local vocal and instrumental groups will fill the evening air with music. At Memorial Hall Theater, children and their families can watch cartoons on the big screen from 5:30-8pm courtesy of the Memorial Hall Association.  A cookie shop will be at the Visitor’s Center, and Santa’s Workshop will be at the Shelburne-Buckland Senior Center.

A shuttle service will be provided by the Academy at Charlemont from 4:30-8pm, and the Iron Bridge will be open to only foot traffic so families can stroll back and forth enjoying both sides of the river.

The Shelburne Falls Area Business Association sponsors Moonlight Magic and many local businesses make this annual event such a great family destination, including Greenfield Savings Bank, Berkshire Bank – Mass One Insurance, Franklin Regional Transit Authority, Greenfield Cooperative Bank, and McCusker’s Market.

2 Comments on “Moonlight Magic in the Village of Shelburne Falls

  1. Please stop by Vävstuga Weaving School at 16 Water Street during Moonlight Magic! We’ll have looms set up for you to enjoy a bit of weaving – even if you’ve never done it before! We’ll also have hot cider, Swedish treats and music to warm you up. Come see examples of the beautiful Swedish hand weaving techniques that are taught here and learn more about this premier weaving school right here in your neighborhood!

  2. Jane Beatrice of Shelburne Falls writes:

    Hello all and Happy Preparations for Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

    Shelburne Falls has a yearly event on the night after Thanksgiving called Moonlight Magic (or Moonlight Madness, depending on your inclination.) It is a lovely, small-town, ‘shopping’ event that includes street vendors and hot cider and wandering musicians and more people on the streets than actually live here…and you can enjoy it even if you don’t want to buy anything, in part because of hundreds of luminaries placed along the sidewalks…and if there is a light snow, it is almost a scene from It’s a Wonderful Life.

    So, in keeping with the ‘shopping’ theme, and, in an effort to support local artists, The Art Garden is hosting its first ever Bizarre Bazaar (modeled after the Bizarre Bazaar of Lawrence, Kansas that I was a part of when Zeek and I lived there…started by artists whose work didn’t quite fit into the standard craft fair venue, as well as artists who made stuff here and there, but didn’t have a regular venue for selling it.)

    The Art Garden’s BIZARRE BAZAAR will host eight local artist vendors (and possibly a few more) who will be selling their paintings, drawings, collages, mixed-media pieces, cards, prints, jewelry, wearable art, candles, ornaments, south-east Asian imports, etc. Really fun, funky, interesting stuff to give as gifts or buy for yourself! We’ll also have free refreshments, hot tea and holiday cheer!

    The trolley will be running between the Salmon Falls Artisan Showroom and The Art Garden, with a great view of the lit-up village below.

    If you have never been to The Art Garden and would like to walk or drive, please see the Directions page on the website:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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