Massachusetts Has One of the Most Festive Christmas Towns
Once you’ve finished decorating your living space, crafted some holiday gifts and decorations, and organized your party, you may want to set aside a few days to unwind before Christmas arrives. For many, the holiday season is about spending quality time with friends and family and taking a break.
There are several destinations where you can take a short getaway to recharge, do some Christmas shopping, or relax. These places offer beautiful scenery, charming inns, and a unique small-town atmosphere. This year, if you’re considering a getaway, House Beautiful magazine has compiled a list of festive Christmas towns in the U.S.
Massachusetts’ Stockbridge makes the list.
Stockbridge secures its place at number 13 on the list, earning recognition from the magazine for its role as the real-life inspiration behind Norman Rockwell’s painting, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas (Home for Christmas).” According to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Rockwell crafted the painting in 1967, capturing the “quintessential Christmas spirit” found in small towns across the nation. The town itself, established in 1773 as a stagecoach stop, exudes picturesque charm throughout the winter season, also mentioned by the magazine.
This year, Stockbridge is gearing up for its 34th annual “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas” celebration, running from December 1 to 3. As described by the Stockbridge Chamber, this holiday extravaganza promises a wide array of festive activities suitable for the entire family. Visitors can look forward to live performances, historical property tours, bustling holiday markets, enchanting winter lights, charming boutique shops, delectable dining options, and even a visit from Santa Claus, all within the enchanting setting of this New England town.
The weekend ends with a spectacular reenactment of Norman Rockwell’s beloved holiday scene, “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” complete with vintage automobiles occupying the very spots depicted in the painting. These festivities celebrate Rockwell’s popular portrayal of the quintessential New England small town, evoking nostalgia for a simpler time for many.