Soon the snow is going to start falling and that festive feel will be in the air. The Mini City Holiday Guide will have all the info on the upcoming local holiday and winter events so you won't miss a thing! If you have an event you’d like to share, click here to see our events calendar!
Breakfast With Santa at Wilton Mall 11/17
The magic of the season is enjoyed best during this special event with Santa at the Wilton Mall on Saturday, November 17th from 8-10am. Pre-register by calling (518) 583-2138 and enjoy a great breakfast, festive music, have the kids write letters to Santa, and listen to holiday stories read aloud. Space is limited, to reserve today! Breakfast With Santa is brought to you by B95.5 and Market 32.
6th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in Greenwich 11/17
Join in the fun at the 6th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in Greenwich on Saturday, Nov 17th starting at 6pm. Choose your favorite tractor as they parade through the historic village. These tractors are sure to catch your eye as each one must have a minimum of 1,000 lights! In addition, each tractor with a float/trailer must have a minimum of 2,000 lights. They will truly be a sight to see! More information coming soon!
Victorian Streetwalk with the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony 11/29
Thursday night, November 29th, 2018 is the 32nd Annual Victorian Streetwalk brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Broadway will close from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection.
CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side, Silver Sponsor NYRA’s Oklahoma track just off Exit 14 of I-87, Gate 21 on the corner of East Ave and Union Ave, the National Museum of Dance on South Broadway, and the Weibel Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown from 4:30 until 10:00.
Saratoga Central Catholic choir will serenade the crowd beginning at 5:45 pm as the children wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive on horse and carriage (Saratoga Horse & Carriage) escorted in by Santa’s elves and the Saratoga City Ballet Company.
The Honorable Mayor Meg Kelly will light the tree at 6:00 p.m. followed by the CBA Marching Band kicking off the evening starting at the city center, playing all the way down Broadway.
Santa, Clara, elves and Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage which will be in the center of Broadway, Santa will visit with children on November 29th and throughout the month of December.
Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Saratoga Springs Fire Department fire truck, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Saratoga City Ballet Dancers along with a special appearance by mother ginger, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Sax-O-Claus, the Saratoga County 4-H clubs gingerbread house display at various locations, The Ice Man, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special DBA local Coupon Books, face painting, and Newfoundland Dog Club, Octavo Singers.
Stop by the Post Office with your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the specially designed 32nd Anniversary Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them.
The festivities continue until 10:00 pm throughout downtown Saratoga Springs. Don't miss out on the wonderful holiday event for the whole family! We love your dogs as much as you, but please leave them home; a Saratoga Springs City Ordinance for all large events.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Comes To Upstate NY & The Adirondacks 11/26
The Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train will set out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, celebrating 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America.
Beginning in Montreal on Nov. 25 and 27 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, traveling through both the U.S. and Canada to bring holiday cheer to 164 communities along CP's network. Each event is free, with CP encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help address hunger needs in their communities. Local food banks will be accepting donations at each stop to ensure those less fortunate have enough healthy food this holiday season. At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a lineup of great musical talents, and a corporate contribution to the local food bank.
Attendees, in turn, are encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.
Train Schedule in New York's Capital Region & Adirondacks
Monday, November 26, 2018
Mechanicville - Parking Lot adjacent to CP tracks, corner of Park and Railroad Street at 5:45 pm
Saratoga Springs - Amtrak Station at 7:20 pm
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Fort Edward - Amtrak Station at 12:35 pm
Ticonderoga - Pell's crossing, Amtrak waiting area, Route 74 (Fort Ti Rd) at 3:10 pm
Port Henry - Amtrak Station at 4:30 pm
Plattsburgh - Amtrak Station at 7:00 pm
Rouses Point - Rouses Point Station at 8:45 pm
2018 Saratoga Festival of Trees 11/28 to 12/2
From November 28th - December 2nd, 2018, the city of Saratoga Springs will come together to celebrate the holiday season. The Saratoga Springs City Center will be transformed into a winter fantasy filled with the bright colors and twinkling lights we all adore.
Between the many events, including Family Day Breakfast and Sundaes with Santa and the Preview Reception, the Festival is a joyously fun way to kick off the holiday season for children and adults alike.
The Festival’s main attraction is a wonderland of over 250 delightfully decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces all donated and designed by community sponsors. Visitors are encouraged to savor in this visual feast and experience the magical moments that fill our spirit with hope and gladness every holiday season. For all the festival information click the button below:
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Northeast Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Proctors 12/1 and 12/2
Making its annual return to the MainStage is everyone’s favorite holiday ballet. Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in this whimsical celebration of the season.
Joining the 2018 Northeast Ballet production are New York City Ballet principal dancers: Lauren Lovette and Taylor Stanley.
Choreographer and teacher Darlene Myers began her professional career with Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She toured the United States, dancing works of Balanchine, Butler and Sokolow. Ms. Myers went on to teach classical ballet, modern, jazz and choreography at Union College for 20 years, and at the State University of New York at Albany for five years, prior to opening her own ballet school.
In 1990 Darlene Myers founded Northeast Ballet Company, the resident ballet company of Proctors, and continues to serve as Artistic Director. photos by Dave Clark Imaging
Tickets are selling out fast so get yours today by clicking the button below:
Holiday Open House at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be offering free admission for its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature numerous artists, authors, photographers, crafters and other vendors with goods for sale in a holiday marketplace setting.
Special holiday-themed events will take place throughout the day, including an appearance by legendary racecaller Tom Durkin as Santa Claus. Durkin will be available for photos with children and families beginning at 11 a.m. and will also lead a special children’s book reading. Durkin will be reading the book “Upset: The Original Dark Horse” by author Maddy Zanetti and illustrator Gretchen Tisch. Children and families will also have an opportunity to meet the miniature horse Upset, one of the story’s inspirations, as part of the festivities. The book will also be available for purchase. Additionally, there will be special sales on select items in the Museum gift shop and free posters to all in attendance. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and doughnuts will be available.
Family Day at the Saratoga Festival of Trees 12/1
Family Festival Fun! A favorite Festival tradition, Family Day on Saturday, December 1st is the perfect way to celebrate the start of season of kindness and cheer. Choose between Breakfast with Santa or Sundaes with Santa while also touring through the hundreds of decorated trees or making crafts at Santa's Workshop. Costumed characters like Frosty the Snowman and Mrs. Claus, Nutcracker ballerinas, and more will all be there and every event ticket also includes a photo with Santa! Tickets $8: includes admission to continental breakfast or sundaes, festival tour and photo with Santa. Purchase tickets online or call 587-5000. The Saratoga Springs City Center is located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs.
Santa's Workshop at the Saratoga Festival of Trees 12/1
Enjoy children's Christmas crafts and goodies, costumed characters, storytelling and photos with Santa at the Saratoga Festival of Trees at the Saratoga City Center from 8am to 2pm. Click the button below for more info. Cost is $1 per activity.
Breakfast with Santa at the Saratoga Festival of Trees 12/1
Enjoy a continental breakfast with Santa, Mrs. Claus and other Holiday friends as part of the Saratoga Festival of Trees at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway Saratoga Springs on Saturday, December 1st from 8-11am. Adults must accompany children. Reservations and tickets required for both adults and children.
Seatings at 8:00AM, 9:30AM, and 11:00AM
Call for reservations: 518-587-5000
Sundaes with Santa at the Saratoga Festival of Trees 12/1
Make your own ice cream sundae and meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and other Holiday friends at the Saratoga Festival of Trees on Saturday, December 1st at 12:30. Adults must accompany children. Reservations and tickets required for both adults and children. Seating at 12:30PM. Call 518-587-5000 for tickets or click the button below. Cost is $8 per person (Adults must accompany children).
Sunnyside Gardens Winter Wonderland Festival 12/1 and 12/2
Sunnyside Gardens will be hosting a "Winter Wonderland" Festival on December 1st and 2nd. This Wonderland will provide activities for the whole family as we kick off our winter season!
Activities will include:
- Santa's Sleigh Ride (Hayride)
- Polar Express (Train Ride)
- Authentic Model Train Set
- Build Your Own Hot Chocolate Bar
- Holiday Selfie Station w/ Festive Props
- Roasted Chestnuts
- Full Winter Wonderland Village
- Ugly Christmas Sweater Giveaways
- Homemade Christmas Cookies & Punch
- Meet Santa, Santa's Elves, and The Grinch
In addition to the festivities we'll have our normal availability of Christmas tree's, wreaths, kissing balls, garland, greens, poinsettias, holiday decorations, and more!
Food by: Something Different -Food Trailer
Beer Tastings by: R S Taylor & Sons Brewery
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Elf the Musical Jr at the Saratoga Springs High School 11/30 12/1 and 12/2
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
Friday, November 30th at 7pm
Saturday, December 1st at 7pm
Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm
Saratoga Springs High School Teaching Auditorium - park by the Tennis Courts
All tickets sold at the door!
Kids 10 and under: FREE
It’s almost Christmas and more than anything in the world Ralphie wants a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Range Model Air Rifle, but his parents don’t seem to think it’s a good idea. His mother warns, “You’ll shoot your eye out,” and his father is too busy tinkering with the family’s furnace and evading the dogs from next door to pay much attention. Weekends December 7 – 16. HMT at The Spa Little Theater is located at 19 Roosevelt Drive Saratoga Springs. Cost: Tickets: $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Click the button below for more info:
A Christmas Story at HMT at the Spa Little Theater Dec 7-16
SANTA at The Saratoga Winery 12/8
HO-HO-HO! The Saratoga SANTA is back at The Saratoga Winery on Saturday, December 8th from 10am-4pm!
- Pictures with Santa. Bring your camera!
- Christmas music by Pat Decker
- Cookies & Cocoa available for the kids
- Parents can enjoy festive Holiday cocktails, chocolate pairings, Bourbon Cream Coffee and more seasonal favorites!
- Wood Fired Pizza & Warm Apps
- Special discounts on our Santa wine and gift packs!
***No fee to attend this event!
Pick the perfect Christmas Tree while you are here! Trees for sale starting November 23rd.
18th Annual Santa's Play Land Open House 12/7 and 12/8
Join Quick Response for their 18th Annual Santa's Play Land! This free event is open to the public and truly is a great way to kick off the holiday season. Santa will be onsite, as well as several other costume characters including Scooby Doo, Cat in the Hat, Tigger and many more. Take a ride on one of their "Quick Express" tractor drawn trains, or enjoy a horse and wagon ride. Refreshments of coffee, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Parking is offsite at the Corpus Christi Church and Sysco Foods. Round trip bus transportation is provided.
Friday, Dec 7th until Saturday, Dec 8th - 4:30 PM at Quick Response Restoration, 2077 Route 9 Round Lake.
Ballston Spa Village Christmas Caroling Night 12/14
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear. This is my absolute favorite time of year, and I’d like to start a tradition with family, friends, and new friends that will help me love the season even more. Please join us in singing some of our favorite Christmas carols through the village of Ballston Spa.
(Due to growing interest, this route is subject to change, and if attendance reaches a certain volume, we may need to divide into smaller groups due to safety)
We will all meet and begin in Wiswall Park and continue on our caroling journey on front street headed West, then cross at the Bath Street intersection and head back East on Front Street. We’ll then head North on Milton Ave and cross to the other side at Hamilton Street, continuing South and ending at Pizza Works.
This is intended to be a fun and joyful event, and I ask that anyone who partakes be kind, courteous, and safe. We will be using crosswalks and sidewalks, and all children must be accompanied by an attentive adult.
Friday, December 14th at 5:30 PM – 7 PM at Wiswall Park, 39 Front St, Ballston Spa.
Children's Gingerbread House Workshop 12/16
Join us at The Adelphi Hotel for our Children’s Gingerbread House Workshop! Upon arrival, each child will receive their own pre-built gingerbread house to decorate however they please in our workshop!
Enjoy holiday photos, sing alongs & story telling, with hot chocolate & soft drinks. Coffee, tea & cash bar will be available for parents.
$30 Per Child | Free For Parents. Click the button below to purchase tickets now: