White Christmas – West Brookfield, MA
Join us on Sunday December 8th at the beautiful and historic West Brookfield common for our annual White Christmas celebration. Take in the sights of the New England Winter from a horse drawn wagon or stroll Main Street and beyond to enjoy a day filled with local tradition, family entertainment, and the warmth and spirit of the Holiday Season.
The day’s festivities begin with a free puppet show by the Pumpernickel Puppets in the Great Hall, the upper level of our Town Hall, at 11:00am.
Beginning at noon local shops, churches, banks, the elementary school, library, Senior Center, Fire Department, and Quaboag Historical Museum will host Open Houses designated by white flags. Free raffles and refreshments will be available. Craft shows can be found at Ye Olde Tavern and Quaboag Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center featuring many local artisans. Keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he is known to make his way through town during the festival.
The kids won’t want to miss our Elf Hunt. Search for elves at some of the open houses and get your card stamped. Find all the elves and collect a prize! Elf Hunt cards can be picked up at the puppet show or at participating open houses. Kids will also enjoy taking part in decorating gingerbread men at the West Brookfield Senior Center from 12:00pm-3:00pm. Refreshments will also be available for purchase at the Senior Center.
In addition, the West Brookfield Elementary School will have their “Elves ‘R’ Us” gift sale from 12:00pm-3:00pm. You can also stop in at the Merriam-Gilbert Library to try your luck in their Friends of the Library raffle table and warm up with some refreshments.
Food will be available at the West Brookfield Fire Department from 12:00pm-5:00pm where you can also check out the fire engines. Refreshments will also be available at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a luncheon will be offered at the First Congregational Church beginning at 12:00pm. You can also try some cider and donuts while browsing the craft corner at The George Whitefield Methodist Church from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
The celebration will wind down with the much anticipated tree lighting on the common at 5:45pm accompanied by a sing-along led by Rob Adams. The music will continue with a concert in the Great Hall at 6:15pm presented by the Quaboag Choral Society under the direction of Eric von Bleiken. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted to benefit the local food pantry.
A program of events, including the location of open houses, will be available at local businesses. Support of this community event comes from area merchants advertising in the booklet, as well as individual donations made to the “Adopt-a-light” campaign. The Annual White Christmas festival is an event that the community is especially proud of and will surely warm your hearts.