The North Adams holiday tree lighting will have a different look this year. The annual event, which kicks off the holiday season in the city,
The North Adams holiday tree lighting will have a different look this year. The annual event, which kicks off the holiday season in the city, will be held virtually beginning at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25. We respectfully ask that instead of gathering downtown, community members join the celebration by tuning into a special broadcast event in order to limit public gathering as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virtual tree lighting event will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television (NBCTC) channel 1301 and livestreamed on iberkshires.com. North Adams mayor Tom Bernard will kick off the event with an in-studio holiday message, joined by a special guest. Afterward, the ceremonial switch will be thrown, lighting up the holiday trees and Main Street. Following the tree lighting local favorite Rebel Beat Sound System will spin holiday music to lift everyone’s spirits.
“The public health guidance is clear and consistent – public gatherings, whether indoors or outdoors can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu,” said North Adams mayor Tom Bernard. “A virtual celebration lets us all see and enjoy the spectacle of lighting up our downtown while ensuring social distancing and safety for everyone. It also allows family and friends who are unable to travel this year to get a taste of hometown North Adams spirit by tuning into the livestream event.”
A very special thank you to Beth and Marcus Webb of Windsor, Massachusetts, for donating the beautiful tree at the top of Main Street, and to Debbie Sullivan of North Adams for donating the lovely tree at City Hall in memory of Elizabeth Lavigne Patterson. Thanks also to the city Department of Public Services, Wire & Alarm, and the North Adams Fire and Police Departments for getting our beautiful trees downtown and set up, as well as to National Grid, Arbortech Tree Company, Atlantis Equipment, and Moresi and Associates for their assistance in the tree installation.
While this celebration looks a bit different this year we are grateful to Berkshire Bank, Cascade School Supplies, the First Baptist Church, the Drury High School Band, MountainOne, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and MASS MoCA for their many years of support for this special event. We can’t wait to gather in person next year to celebrate the 2021 holiday season!
(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm