Here are some activities coming up that I think are particularly fun:
The holidays are here! It is time to celebrate! The Annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade in Downtown Schenectady will be held on November 17th at 5:00 p.m. This will be the 50th anniversary of the Capital Region tradition. The Daily Gazette, The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Schenectady will be coming together for this wonderful occasion. This year’s theme is “Golden Anniversary 1968 – 2018.” Shine, sparkle, and light the way into the Holiday Season with this parade. It’s a great time for you and your family. Come celebrate with us!
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The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.
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And here’s what else is coming up:
Fri, Nov 16: LEARN TO SWIM- PRIVATE LESSONS at Serrago’s Swimmers Serrago’s Swimmers FALL 2018 Learn to Swim program! Join us Monday – Friday swim lessons in Albany NY. PRIVATE swim lessons and expert instruction are the key to learning how to swim!
Fri, Nov 16: Find Elfie – Take a Selfie at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Want an extra $1,000 at the holidays? Of course you do! Every week our Elfie will be stashed somewhere in the center. He could be in a store or somewhere in the common area!
Sat, Nov 17: Annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade at Schenectady Chamber of Commerce The holidays are here! It is time to celebrate! The Annual Daily Gazette Holiday Parade in Downtown Schenectady will be held on November 17th at 5:00 p.m. This will be the 50th anniversary of the Capital Region tradition. The Daily Gazette, The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Schenectady will be coming together for this wonderful occasion. This year’s theme is “Golden Anniversary 1968 – 2018.” Shine, sparkle, and light the way into the Holiday Season with this parade. It’s a great time for you and your family. Come celebrate with us!
Sat, Nov 17: Breakfast with Santa at Wilton Mall at Wilton Mall The magic of the season is enjoyed best during this special event with Santa. 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, so reserve today! Breakfast with Santa is brought to you by: B95.5 and Market32
Sat, Nov 17: Holiday Parade Royal Send Off at Via Aquarium Start your holidays off in Royal fashion! Before Princess Beauty and Princess Rapunzel go to the Schenectady Holiday Parade, come see them in person! Beauty and Rapunzel will be outside of VIA Aquarium meeting and greeting their friends and spreading some golden Holiday Cheer! Then join us at 5 pm in Downtown Schenectady as VIA Aquarium sponsors the gorgeous Hill City Ice Queen float in this year’s parade!
Sat, Nov 17: Celebration 5K for Girls on the Run Capital Region at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady Join our girls for the happiest and most inspiring race you’ll run this fall! Women, men and youth welcome!
Sat, Nov 17: Stained Glass Candle Holder Workshop (Ages 12 & up) | 11/17/18 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region Create a beautiful stained glass candle holder in an afternoon! No experience needed!
Sat, Nov 17: Friends of CPL Barnes & Noble Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Colonie Center Location: Barnes & Noble, Colonie Center, 131 Colonie Center, Albany, NY 12205 Do your holiday shopping and support your local library at the same time. The day will also include stories read aloud and special presentations!
Sat, Nov 17: Autumn Discovery Walks at Camp Saratoga, Parking Lot 1 Join us for a nature walk to learn about the transformative autumn months and how plants and animals adapt and prepare for the winter season.
Sat, Nov 17: Story Time with Rob Broder & Jenn Kocsmiersky at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Join us for a special story time with Robert Broder and Jenn Kocsmiersky as they tell the story of Paul and His Ukelele on Saturday, November 17th at 11:00 a.m.
Sat, Nov 17: Special Storytime: Randall de Sève and Pamela Zagarenski at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art In Zola’s Elephant, New York Times bestselling author Randall de Sève and two-time Caldecott-honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski tell a tender, witty friendship story of imagination gone wild, and show how assumptions often cause up to misjudge–and miss out. But with a little courage, new opportunities and new friendships can be made.
Sat, Nov 17: Happier Family Comedy Show at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art The Happier Family Comedy show is all about letting creativity flourish in an accepting atmosphere. Each improv show is an hour-long, all new, and created on the spot based on audience members’ suggestions and participation. Geared for kids ages 5-12, you won’t want to miss this program packed full of high energy and family-friendly funnies.
Sat, Nov 17: Double Dare Live at Proctors On your mark, get set, GO! The messiest game show on TV is now the messiest game show on the road. Double Dare Live is coming to your town and will bring all the action and excitement of Nickelodeon’s hugely popular TV show to the stage. All the Slime soaking, pie plastering, and booger busting will be hosted by the Double Dare legend himself Marc Summers! Bring your whole family to the show you loved as a child. You might even get chosen to compete to win by answering brain-bending trivia questions, complete messy physical stunts and even run the legendary obstacle course!
Sat, Nov 17: Let’s Talk Turkey at Grafton Lakes State Park Drop in program where you can learn about the Turkey, who’ll be active all winter in the park. Touch a turkey feather, make a turkey craft and check out our display about this forest bird.
Sat, Nov 17: Mandala Water Color Painting at Mandala Water Color Painting Wonderful afternoon of mindful and relaxing creativity based on painting your own Mandala design. taught by Natalie Klein-Raymond for 4th -8th graders and parents, guardians, special adults ( if adults which to attend). Class begins and ends with a short breath work stress-reduction activity.
Sun, Nov 18: Curious George: The Golden Meatball at Cohoes Music Hall Join Park Playhouse’s new division, Playhouse Stage Company, at the Cohoes Music Hall for our CHILDREN’S THEATRE SERIES. Appropriate for kids of all ages, come see Curious George LIVE! as he travels to Rome in hopes of winning the Golden Meatball Contest.
Sun, Nov 18: Grease at Schenectady Light Opera Company (SLOC) Join the “Burger Palace Boys” and “Pink Ladies” at Rydell High as they navigate friendships, romances, and the peer pressures of 1950’s youth. Considered one of the most successful movie musicals of all time, Grease will have audiences singing along to songs like “Summer Loving” and “Greased Lightnin’.” Grease is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tue, Nov 20: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Palace Theatre at Palace Theatre The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.
Thu, Nov 22: Thanksgiving at Bear Mountain Inn at Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge Thanksgiving reminds us to give thanks for the things around us, including you. You are a part of our Bear Mountain Inn family and we invite you to join us for our Thanksgiving feast. Imagine a picture-perfect table, family atmosphere, and lots of laughs on this special holiday and you don’t have to prepare or clean up anything! Reserve a spot at our Thanksgiving table, then just enjoy your family. Celebrate Thanksgiving at Bear Mountain Inn! Reservations are required. Call 845-786-2731 ext. 1000. Space is limited.
Fri, Nov 23: City of Amsterdam Tree Lighting at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook at City of Amsterdam Recreation Department Tree Lighting Service, SANTA! – Pictures with Mr. Claus, Horse Carriage Rides, Kids Train Rides, Yummy Goodies, Holiday Music, Family Fun For Everyone
Fri, Nov 23: Mandy’s Tree Family Night Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Fri, Nov 23: The Art of Wrapping Paper – OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE at OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE Making your own holiday wrapping paper is so fun and easy. Drop-in and have a go at our four decorating stations including paper marbling, potato and apple block printing, stencils, and paint splattering. Learn techniques that you can continue at home!
Fri, Nov 23: Miniature Theater: The Pumpernickel Puppets Present Peter Rabbit – OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE at OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE Olana is excited to share the holiday weekend with you. Join us at the Wagon House for a puppet show to thrill all ages from 2-102 years! Family and friends of theater and storytelling will love Pumpernickel Puppets from Worcester, MA as they perform 2 shows of Peter Rabbit. For nearly forty years the Pumpernickel Puppets have captivated audiences of all ages with humorous and colorful adaptations of classic folk and fairy tales. The Pumpernickel Puppets have had the honor of appearing at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The Center for Puppetry Arts, and the prestigious International Festival of Puppetry sponsored by the Jim Henson Foundation in New York.
Sat, Nov 24: Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration, Kingston, New York at Sinterklaas Sinterklaas departs from the historic Kingston Waterfront (aka “Spain”) after a full day of open houses, musical performances, workshops creating beautiful crowns and branches, and a Children’s Maritime Parade down Broadway, with stars and puppets galore. Kingston sends off Sinterklaas and his white horse on a tugboat across the river to his destination there. After his send off, there will be a Sinterklaas Soiree and plenty of specials at all of the local restaurants.
Sat, Nov 24: Small Business Saturday and Holiday Tree Lighting on Upper Union Street at Upper Union Street Join us for our annual Tree Lighting at 5:00 pm at Trustco (1620 Union Street).
Sat, Nov 24: Tinsel Tree Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project!
Sat, Nov 24: Knitting 101: Start a Scarf – OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE at OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE Learn the basics of knitting with fiber artist and teacher Erin von Holdt-Gilbert, owner of the studio The Modern Dream located in Woodstock, NY. She will teach us the basic knitting patterns and then get students started on creating their own scarf just in time for the winter season – either to give as a gift or to adorn themselves! All materials included. Tea and cake will be served.
Sat, Nov 24: The Art of Henna: Body Adornment, Ornamentation, and Middle Eastern Traditions – OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE at OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE Join celebrated henna artist Robin Rickard to learn the application of henna body adornment. Participants will learn a general history and use of henna, and will have the opportunity to apply their own henna! Participants can either bring their own designs for a freehand creation or can choose from an array of henna stencils. This is a great program, to get yourself in the holiday decorating spirit! Sign up with a friend or family member who may be in town for the holiday weekend. Workshop includes an abridged tour inside Olana after the workshop.
Sat, Nov 24: Story Time with Grace Lin at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga On Saturday, November 24th, we have a special story time with Newberry Honor author Grace Lin reading her book A Big Mooncake for Little Star, a stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky. Her book creates a heartwarming original story that explains the phases of the moon.
Sat, Nov 24: Picture Book Theatre presents The Littlest Matryoshka, by Corinne Demas and illustrator Kathryn Brown at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art See Corinne Demas’ story of The Littlest Matryoshka (with illustrations by Kathryn Brown) come to life with large string puppets worked by Margaret Arsenault, Frances Caporello, and Joan Hanson. This 40-minute family program is recommended for ages 5 and up.
Sat, Nov 24: The Klezmatics at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Woody Guthrie, father of American folk music, writer of “This Land Is Your Land,” also wrote Hanukkah songs! Deftly intermingling Klezmer with American folk and bluegrass,Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah is destined to become a holiday classic for generations to come. This delightful collection of songs, including ‘Hanuka’s Flame”, “Hanuka Gelt”, “Spin Dreydl Spin”, “(Do the) Latke Flip-Flip” and others, is among the best of Guthrie’s work, and the Klezmatics playful renditions cast a new light on the Hanukkah tradition. Since their emergence more than 30 years ago, the Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music, made aesthetically, politically and musically interesting recordings, inspired future generations, created a large body of work that is enduring, and helped to change the face of contemporary Yiddish culture. Often called a “Jewish roots band,” the Klezmatics have led a popular revival of this ages-old, nearly forgotten art form. Dec 1 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Sat, Nov 24: Thanksgiving with Tom the Turkey at New York State Museum Join us to celebrate Thanksgiving with Tom the Turkey and his friends! Enjoy fun crafts, games, storytelling, and much more with your favorite animals found in New York State.
Sat, Nov 24: Wreath Making Program at Moreau Lake State Park Are you looking for a perfect wreath for your chimney or front door? Perhaps you just want to get together with some friends and work on an awesome craft project? Come to Moreau and join Jean, a friend’s member, while she teaches you, assists you and creates some of her own beautiful creations. Spaces are very limited so please sign up in advance, call 518-793-0511 for a reservation.
Sat, Nov 24: Family Fun: Naturalists as Reading Partners at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Join us as we discover the coming of winter, both in the pages of books and outdoors. A naturalist will read a story, and then we’ll go walk outdoors to explore some of the themes in the book. We’ll end by completing a craft in the visitor center. All are welcome, but the program is most appropriate for children ages 4-7. Adults must accompany children.
Sat, Nov 24: Guided Hike: Wild Turkey Trail at Five Rivers at NYS DEC- Five Rivers Environmental Education Center A two-mile round-trip will take us along field edges and into the woods. We may see wintering birds flying over the fields or grazing deer. We’ll experience both expansive views of open sky and the intimacy of dense forest. As a bonus, we will explore the beginning stages of our new trail connecting to other parts of the property. The terrain is flat but sometimes uneven. Wear appropriate footwear.
Sun, Nov 25: Home for the Holidays: Free Thanksgiving Weekend at Albany Institute of History and Art Come to the Albany Institute this Thanksgiving weekend for a variety of holiday themed programs and events. We’ll be decked out in winter wonder and ready to welcome you and your out-of-town guests!
Sun, Nov 25: Santa & S’mores at Faddegon’s Nursery Get in the holiday spirit with Faddegon’s Nursery! Join us on Sunday, November 25th from 11am-3pm for Santa and S’mores! Greet Santa in our festive greenhouse then head outside to enjoy a homemade s’more by our fire pit! Don’t forget your camera!
Mon, Nov 26: CP Holiday Train-New York at CP Holiday Train Beginning in Montreal on Nov. 25 and 27 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling 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.
Tue, Nov 27: Holiday Open House at Albany Institute of History and Art Pay-as-you-wish on this festive evening as the Albany Institute celebrates #GivingTuesday. Admire the museum decorated for the holidays, sip hot chocolate, and enjoy Cider Belly doughnuts. Get a sneak preview of our 2019 exhibitions through the eyes of our curators, who will bring out collection items that will be shown next year. Tour the galleries with Executive Director Tammis K. Groft, or enjoy coloring in the Art Studio with our education department. Reservations requested. Reserve your spot by contacting Nicki Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 463-4478 ext. 437.
Wed, Nov 28: Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Times Union Center Debut performance with a full progressive orchestra, synchronized to a spectacular light show, lasers and the latest pyrotecnics
Wed, Nov 28: Character Design & Storytelling for Comics at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Join us at our Glenville, NY art studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun & creative kids class!
Thu, Nov 29: The Art of Seasonal Greens: 19th Century Wreath Making – OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE at OLANA STATE HISTORIC SITE Mary Hughes, Olana’s Master Gardener, will teach the art of creating seasonal evergreen wreaths in these hands-on workshops. Please bring a pair of pruning shears. All other supplies and refreshments will be provided.
Thu, Nov 29: Nutcracker’s Kingdom of the Sweets Family Fun Night at National Museum of Dance To kick off the holiday season the National Museum of Dance will host Nutcracker’s Kingdom of the Sweets Family Fun Night on Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. In conjunction with the annual Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs.
Thu, Nov 29: Children’s Author Eric Luper at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Eric will be talking about his books and about being a children’s book author. After the talk he’ll be signing books.
Thu, Nov 29: Victorian Streetwalk and Tree Lighting in Saratoga Springs at Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Thursday, November 29, 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, and the Weibel Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs, and from the National Museum of Dance, 99 S Broadway to downtown from 4:30 until 10:00. Christmas Carols 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 a CBA Marching Band, and Santa’s elves and the Saratoga City Ballet Company. The Honorable Mayor Kelly will light the tree at 6:00 p.m. Santa, Clara, elves and Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage. Enjoy over 40 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Sax-O-Claus, The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts ballet dancers and Mother Ginger, 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, Newfoundland Dog Club. The Saratoga City Ballet will perform at the Saratoga Arts Center and Octavo Singers will delight audiences of all ages as they sing in the lobby of the newly renovated Adelphi Hotel.
Fri, Nov 30: Johnstown Holiday Parade & Colonial Stroll at Capital Region Toys for Tots Floats, marching bands, and fun for the whole family! Begins at East & West Main Street Toys for Tots will proudly collect your toys. Santa Claus has been set to be in the West Main Street Park after the parade for the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Fri, Nov 30: Night of Lights at Schenectady County Historical Society Our Festival of Trees is back, lighting up Schenectady! Come celebrate the beginning of this wintertide enchantment with the Night of Lights, an exclusive evening of radiant fir trees, live music, great food from Wagon Train BBQ and Villa Italia Bakery, a raffle, a cash bar, and more! Join us on November 30th at 7 pm at our 32 Washington Ave. location.!
Fri, Nov 30: Wetland Hike at Moreau Lake Park at Moreau Lake State Park A beautiful walk around a small wetland is sure to impress. While enjoying an easy hike you will have the opportunity to listen and look for wild animals. Our Park Naturalist will be leading the hike and will be sure to slip in some educational facts. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, 518-793-0511.
Fri, Nov 30: PASSPORT SERIES: EDMAR CASTANEDA TRIO at Proctors Since arriving in the United States in 1994, Colombian-born harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda has forged his own distinctive path in music. He brings not only an unfamiliar instrument but a wholly original voice to jazz, branching out into a world of different styles and genres. His wide-ranging career has been remarkable for discovering a brilliant role for the harp in jazz, then continuing to innovate and spark creativity from a wealth of formidable collaborations. His latest CD, Live in Montreal, features the latest in an ever-growing history of thrilling partnerships, an utterly unique duo with the electrifying Japanese pianist Hiromi.
Sat, Dec 01: Family Festival Fun at Saratoga Festival of Trees at Saratoga Springs City Center A favorite Festival tradition, Family Day 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!
Sat, Dec 01: SINTERKLAAS FESTIVAL DAY IN RHINEBECK at Sinterklaas A day-long, colorful celebration that features children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music all over the village of Rhinebeck. Don’t miss the Dancing Bear, the Pocket Lady, and Mother Holly. The spectacular Children’s Starlight Parade at 6:00 pm, featuring two-story tall, animated puppets carried by hundreds of volunteers, closes the day at twilight. A non-denominational event, Sinterklaas joins residents and visitors alike, people of all ages and backgrounds, in a memorable celebration of children, art, and the light of the winter season.
Sat, Dec 01: Holiday Crafting Exchange at Grafton Lakes State Park We invite you in to make gifts & drink hot cocoa for the afternoon with the welcome center decorated for the winter season. Bring your own craft to share for free entry, or simply pay a materials fee of $5/person.
Sat, Dec 01: Girl Scout Workshop: Collage Creations at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Morning program: 10:00am – 12:30pm Afternoon program: 2:00pm – 4:30pm Open to troops and girls with an adult. Register at www.gscwm.org/en/events/event-list.html.
Sat, Dec 01: Dashin’ and Dancin’ 2 with The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall Rockin’ and Funkin’ venues across the Northeast for almost three decades, the REFRIGERATORS are back for Dashin’ & Dancin’ 2, to benefit the Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center. First formed in 1992, THE REFRIGERATORS have become one of the most sought after bands to ever hit the Northeast music circuit! Consistently voted “Best Band” by their large regional following, THE REFRIGERATORS in-fuse funk, rock, and R&B with a pumping rhythm section, powerhouse horn section and kinetic stage presence. The result is something you need to hear and see for yourself. Especially in a venue as special as the Cohoes Music Hall.
Sat, Dec 01: Pictures with Santa on His Fire Truck at Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting Come have your picture taken with Santa on his Fire truck and then complete the Museum scavenger hunt!
Sat, Dec 01: Build-a-Bauble Day at Schenectady County Historical Society at Schenectady County Historical Society We’ll provide the materials needed to make your very own tree ornament, plus plenty of historic ornaments on display for inspiration. When done, kids can take their crafts home, and admire them throughout the holiday season.
Sat, Dec 01: Winter Walk Special Event at Hudson Opera House On Saturday, December 1 from 5 – 8pm, Winter Walk lights up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, Mr. Claus, street performers, and a magical firework display from the Hudson River. In its 22nd year, the 2018 Winter Walk is the perfect way to celebrate the creative economy re-energizing Hudson. So layer up and join our radiant community for a night of warm hearts and festive cheer! Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year,” in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, Winter Walk attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors to the City to kick off the holiday season. Although Hudson Hall coordinates the festival, it’s truly an event that comes together with the cooperation and support of the City of Hudson and with generous support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Harney and Sons Tea, Five Star Urgent Care, Taconic Biosciences and so many of our local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity.
Sat, Dec 01: Holiday Bazaar at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Shop for unique hand-crafted gifts made by local artisans and crafters, including jewelry, wooden wares, fleece and woolen items, pine needle baskets, honey and maple products, wildlife photography, delicious cheese spreads, artisan baked goods, and much more. Find nature books, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers in our gift shop, too. Enjoy live music that’ll put you in the holiday spirit. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.
Sun, Dec 02: Holiday on the Avenue: A Village of Scotia Holiday Tradition at Scotia Business Improvement District Santa & Mrs. Claus, Chili Tasting, Puppet People, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Gingerbread Contest, Choral Performances, and more!
Sun, Dec 02: Handel’s Messiah with The Octavo Singers at Union College at Union College Memorial Chapel Join us as we present what is undoubtedly Handel’s greatest masterpiece. Composed in 24 sleepless days and nights, this oratorio is a favorite of audiences world-wide, made all the more enjoyable by the wonderful acoustics of Union College’s marvelous Chapel. For our December 2nd “Messiah” concert at Union College there will be a shuttle to take concert-goers directly to the Memorial Chapel from the Nott-Seward parking lot on the Union College campus.
Sun, Dec 02: Troy Victorian Stroll at Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Join in the merriment as the historic streets of downtown Troy transforms into a magical stage offering more than 100 free attractions, including the region’s top performers, musicians, dancers, magicians and storytellers. There will be rides, refreshments, an arts & crafts show and much more! Need to finish your holiday shopping? Throughout the afternoon, Troy’s fine shops, boutiques and galleries will be open for shopping. If you’re hungry, make sure to stop into many of Troy’s best eateries or for a quick bite, or visit our food court located at Monument Square.are.
Sun, Dec 02: Tree Lighting at the Empire State Plaza at Empire State Plaza This family-fun annual event has something for everyone with a full day of indoor and outdoor activities! A chance to meet Santa Claus! Holiday arts and crafts show, Skating demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club, Train rides on the Concourse, Horse and carriage rides on the Plaza, Caricatures by Rich Conley, Musical performances by Moriah Formica of the Voice, Tuba Christmas and the Rusty Pipes, and FIREWORKS!
Sun, Dec 02: Holidays on the Hudson at Castleton Public Library Join us as we celebrate the holidays with storytime and a craft, a special visit from Santa, and light refreshments! Presented in cooperation with the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson.
Sun, Dec 02: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Great for ages 8-adults. Event begins at 1pm and is followed by a book signing. No registration required, bring a beach towel.
Sun, Dec 02: The Victorian Stroll Concert at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Troy’s favorite musical tradition, the annual Victorian Stroll Concert! This year featuring performances by the Troy Children’s Choir, The Sage Singers, Albany Pro Musica, and Planet Light – a new take on the Holidays! Also watch our special Lighting show and take self-guided tours of the beautiful and historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. You’ll want to check out the wonderful new exhibit by the Rennselaer County Historical Society on the 2nd & 3rd levels!
Sun, Dec 02: Mad Science Chanukah! at Boscov’s Clifton Park Center Dream, create, build. Anything is possible in the Maccabee Makerspace! Make a spinning robot dreidel, Help build a jumbo public menorah. Watch an awesome Mad Science show. Enjoy a Latke bar, donuts, music, Fun for the whole family!
Mon, Dec 03: KEITH LOCKHART & THE BOSTON POPS ON TOUR at Proctors Proctors presents a Holiday Pops Concert with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along, and a visit from Santa Claus himself! Capturing the magic of the Christmas season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature Sleigh Ride, as well as other Holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites.
Tue, Dec 04: The Messiah- The Cathedral of All Saints at The Cathedral of All Saints Woodrow Bynum leads The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men & Boys, and The Cathedral Consort in a performance of Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah.
Tue, Dec 04: Hanukkah Bingo & Dinner at Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Menorah lighting, bingo with prizes, homemade dinner with latkes and more! Come celebrate with us! RSVP by November 30.
Tue, Dec 04: Making Scents of the Season Craft Night at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library An opportunity for crafters ages 5 – 105 to create a pomander or another special scented something for a family member or friend for the holidays this year.
Wed, Dec 05: Play Date at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us at Colonie Center on the first Wednesday of Every Month for Play Date! Located on the upper level between Christmas Tree Shop & Nordstrom Rack | 10-11 am
Wed, Dec 05: The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace Theatre at Palace Theatre Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!
Wed, Dec 05: Artful Playgroup for Toddlers (free!) at OMI International Arts Center Learn about Art Omi through the eyes of your little artist! Gather with other families of our growing Omi community for a morning of play, exploration, and art making as we learn about ourselves and the world around us.
Wed, Dec 05: Kids Club at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us for KIDS CLUB This is a monthly event that is the 1st Wednesday of every month on the upper level in front of Nordstrom Rack.
Wed, Dec 05: 107.7 GNA Presents Jingle Jam 2018 Featuring Rodney Atkins at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall It’s a 107-7 GNA tradition ; our annual Jingle Jam holiday concert! This year’s show features one of Country music’s most authentic artists, Rodney Atkins. Rodney has had a slew of hits including six #1 songs: “Take A Back Road,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell.” Craig Campbell is one of Country’s rising stars with hits like “Outta My Head,” “Family Man,” and his current single “See You Try.”
Thu, Dec 06: Soweto Gospel Choir: Songs of the Free – in honor of Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall “Meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular” – The New York Times The Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir was formed in Soweto, South Africa, in 2002. The more than 30-member ensemble blends elements of African gospel, Negro spirituals, reggae and American popular music. The choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music and draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The group sings in English and eight South African languages, including Xhosa, famous for its clicking sounds, and they are dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.
Fri, Dec 07: Story Art at New York State Museum Free: Pick up tickets at the main lobby desk Enjoy the Museum by listening to a story, exploring objects from the teaching collection, and creating a fun art project. Themes will be announced on the day of the program.
Fri, Dec 07: Ballston Spa Holiday Parade at Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 7. Parade step off time is 6:30 pm, proceeding on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the Christmas tree. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. The parade headlines a holiday-themed “First Friday”. Ballston Spa’s unique shops, museums, and popular restaurants will be open, filling the village with a merry atmosphere. Ballston Spa High School singers and musicians and Union Fire Company band members perform carols on the street corners. After lighting the tree, Santa Claus heads to Ballston Spa National Bank where he visits with kids of all ages.
Fri, Dec 07: Family Movie Night: Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (PG) at Castleton Public Library Movie lovers of all ages are welcome! This month’s movie is Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (PG).
Fri, Dec 07: Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Enjoy an interactive storytime in the Reading Library, followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.
Fri, Dec 07: THE GIBSON BROTHERS NORTH CHRISTMAS SHOW at Proctors THE GIBSON BROTHERS’ BRAND of bluegrass is a visceral mix of heritage and soaring harmony, making them the premiere brother duet of the genre, following in the footsteps of legendary brother acts such as the Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. Their first-ever album of entirely original songs, In the Ground sees the Gibson Brothers taking on their own roots as the sixth generation to grow up on their family farm. The two-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainers of the Year follow up their stellar, 5-times nominated tribute to brother harmonies, Brotherhood, with this latest effort, which digs even deeper into their commitment to family and their history. The themes come from the farm, their childhood, and the region in which they were raised. One can hear their dedication to the songs, from the lighthearted to the profound; in the modernity of the lyrics, matched with a virtuosity that feels somehow both traditional and revelatory. Featuring celebrated, award-winning Dobro player Rob Ickes, In the Ground reaches into new territory for the Gibson Brothers as they reflect on their past.
Sat, Dec 08: Christmas In The Air at Empire State Aerosciences Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum celebrates the Holidays with their annual “Christmas in the Air” when Santa flies in from the North Pole by plane on Saturday, December 8th. Gates open at 10 am at the Museum at 250 Rudy Chase Drive (off Route 50) in Glenville. Following arrival at 11:30 am, Santa will be available for pictures which can be purchased on site. Hot dogs, pizza and assorted baked goods will be available for purchase as well as hot beverages. Entry includes visiting with Santa and access to all the Museum buildings, including the sensational Air Park with over 20 aircraft. Join in the fun!
Sat, Dec 08: Candlelight Evening at the Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening. The landscape of the museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles.
Sat, Dec 08: Children’s Holiday Story Hour at Ten Broeck Mansion at Albany County Historical Association Bring your children to hear Holiday stories read by Sinterklaas, take photos with Sinterklaas, and decorate cookies. (Recommended ages 3 to 10). Free admission.
Sat, Dec 08: Downtown Schenectady’s City Hall-iday at Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. Join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation for FREE and FUN activities for the entire family. Stop by Schenectady’s City Hall and enjoy hands-on activities and kids crafts, then visit with Santa and have a FREE family picture taken. And much much more!
Sat, Dec 08: Albany Last Run 5K at Washington Park The 22nd Annual St. Peters Cardiac and Vascular Center Albany Last Run 5K is a great race for all ages, featuring a beautiful course through Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park and a spectacular fireworks show! A post-race party for all registered runners takes place at the Empire State Plaza Concourse at the base of the Egg, featuring age-based divisional awards and random prize drawings. This race also features chip timing! All registered runners will receive a Last Run 5K wicking fabric shirt. Bibs will be available based on the last name of registrant.
Sat, Dec 08: Breakfast with Santa at St. Mary’s School in Ballston Spa The BSBPA presents the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 8 in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa. The event will take place from 8 to 11 am and will include pancake breakfast, provided by the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Companies, treats for children and a chance to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person and reservations are not necessary. Family activities at the breakfast include a craft table, a reading corner with a free book for each child and face painting. Enjoy live musical performances and be sure to bring your cameras to capture a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of our festive holiday backdrop. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish. Toys for Tots volunteers will also be there accepting donations. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to make a child’s Christmas merrier.
Sat, Dec 08: Live Nativity at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Following the Live Nativity will be a free BBQ for all who attend. In conjunction with the dinner is an Open House of our new construction for anyone who is interested.
Sat, Dec 08: Holiday American Girl Tea with Samantha Parkington at Schenectady County Historical Society at Schenectady County Historical Society Our hostess will be Samantha Parkington who grew up at the turn of the 20th century. The parlor will be decked with holiday decor and festive trees. We’ll enjoy an elegant tea with tasty cookies. Children will make ornaments to take home. All dolls welcome!
Sat, Dec 08: The Nutcracker, Act II, Kingdom of the Sweets at Maple Avenue Middle School One of the most anticipated events of the holiday season, the Lewis A. Swyer School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance will present its Fifth Annual production of The Nutcracker, Act II, Kingdom of the Sweets on Saturday, December 8. Seventy students age six to eighteen from the School of the Arts, this year celebrating its tenth anniversary, will dance favorite Nutcracker roles such as Snow, Flowers, Angels, Spanish, Russian, Arabian, Chinese, and Marzipan. Other highlights of this spectacular production include the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, enchanting Polichinelles, and Mother Ginger, performed once again by School of the Arts instructor William Otto. A former New York City Ballet Dancer, Otto starred as Mother Ginger in the 1993 film version of this beloved holiday classic. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit our Facebook page or call (518) 584-2225 x 3008. Don’t miss your chance to see this exciting holiday favorite!
Sat, Dec 08: Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland at the Palace at Palace Theatre Cirque Musica presents Wonderland is a concert and visual experience where audiences will journey into a world of high-flying adventure with amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer that is Wonderland. The show blends the spellbinding grace and daredevil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of a symphony orchestra performing the greatest holiday music of all time. Cirque Musica presents Wonderland is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to experience great holiday music LIVE while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.
Sat, Dec 08: Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening, on Saturday, December 8, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Dec 08: Special Storytime: Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Join award-winning authors Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple for this program all about birds!
Sat, Dec 08: Free Workshop: Make a Website Using HTML/CSS at Denver Library – Hadley Branch In this workshop, students will learn the elements of HTML and CSS and use them to create a website. Using a text editor and web browser, students will edit web page templates and use them to make their own website.
Sun, Dec 09: Annual Victorian Holiday Celebration, Altamont NY at Altamont, Village of (Albany Co. NY) Annual Victorian Holiday Celebration with House Tours, Village Stroll, Festival of Trees, Living Nativity, Arrival of the Holiday Train, and more!
Sun, Dec 09: Lunch with Santa at Proctors Theatre at Proctors Santa’s making his list and checking it twice…will YOU be on it? Whether you’re attending Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical or looking for a fun family afternoon, Lunch with Santa delights young and old. Having lunch with jolly old St. Nick is sure to get you on the “nice” list. This annual holiday tradition is one of our most popular and seating is limited, so make sure to get your tickets today!
Sun, Dec 09: The Many Moods of Christmas at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall An annual holiday tradition for families across the Capital Region, this year’s program will feature the sounds of Christmas from across the globe as well as traditional holiday favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker and The Many Moods of Christmas Suite IV by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett. This concert is designed to inspire, celebrate, help us reflect, and unite us in the spirit of the season. Join us and sing along to traditional carols with the APM Concert Chorus and Orchestra Pro Musica!
Sun, Dec 09: Brunch with Santa and Friends at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Latham Ho ho ho, hello children, Kris Kringle here, I want to let you all know that I will be having brunch with my good friend Frosty at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Latham on December 9th! Enjoy a delicious brunch, get plenty of photos with your favorite holiday characters and shop some holiday craft vendors wares.
Sun, Dec 09: Breakfast or Lunch with Santa at The Century House at The Century House, Latham NY Treat your family to a special holiday tradition – Brunch with Santa at The Century House!
Sun, Dec 09: DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL at Proctors Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season. Don’t miss what The New York Times calls “AN EXTRAORDINARY PERFORMANCE! 100 times better than any bedtime story.” The 5 pm performance on Sunday, December 9 will feature a sign language interpreter. To request access to this section, please call our box office at 518.346.6204 Run Time: 85 minutes; no intermission
Sun, Dec 09: Girls World Expo Albany at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE GIRLS EVERYWHERE TO REACH HIGHER, GO FURTHER, AND DO MORE. Girls World Expo is a national movement of one-day events for teenage girls. Each Expo is diversely designed to connect girls with their community, empowering them to discover their potential, find their best path to personal and professional success, meet new people, try new things and have fun! Come join us for this great FREE event!
Sun, Dec 09: Special Storytime: Ryan T. Higgins at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Join award-winning author-illustrator Ryan T. Higgins as he reads from his most recent book about Bruce the bear.
Sun, Dec 09: Snow Sisters Holiday Meet & Greet at West Glens Falls Fire Department Join your favorite “Snow Sisters” for a holiday celebration! There will be cookies and crafts, a meet and greet, sing along and more! You will be blown away by the Hill City Ice Queens attention to detail! Your little one will truly Let it all goooo and have a ball! This event is fun for all ages!
Wed, Dec 12: ‘A Sensational Seasonal Show’ Featuring Former Rockette Abigail Gatlin at Cohoes Music Hall The Future of Talent Co. presents ‘A Sensational Seasonal Show’ Featuring Former Rockette – Abigail GatlinHall.
Wed, Dec 12: Santa Pet Photo Night – Colonie Center Shopping Mall at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Grab your furry bestie and bring them down for photos with Santa!
Thu, Dec 13: Winter Decorations Workshop at Mine Kill State Park Join Mine Kill State Park to create seasonal kissing balls, made from clippings of Eastern White Cedar, found on the grounds of the New York Power Authority Visitors Center. Kissing balls, orbs of evergreen, make a beautiful addition to your front porch in the snowy season, and it is most satisfying to craft these decorations yourself. The workshop will be offered for a $10 fee, and pre-registration is required. Please call the Park at (518) 827-8690 to reserve your spot, as space is limited.
Fri, Dec 14: Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour with Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher at Palace Theatre The fan favorite Handmade Holiday Tour returns this Holiday season for a one of a kind tour, performing Holiday classics, Holiday originals and classic Jewel songs alongside Special Guests and family members Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher (Alaska: The Last Frontier). Of the tour, Grammy-nominated songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author and poet exclaims, “I am so honored to share some of the traditions I was raised with in Alaska on our family Homestead. Building memories by sharing handmade moments. Creating unique gifts and sharing songs is a Kilcher family tradition we can’t wait to share with others on this tour. “
Fri, Dec 14: Special Story Time with a Craft at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga We have partnered with Katrina Trask Nursery School for a special story time once a month. One of their teachers will read a story than make a simple craft with the children. We hope you can join us for this special event!
Fri, Dec 14: Storytime Paint with Santa at Arts & Glass Santa Claus is coming to Arts & Glass! Includes: -Story time with Santa -One Cookies for Santa plate to decorate (new this year!) -One ornament to paint in any design you like -FREE personalization for your ornament -Snacks and beverages -Individual visit with Santa All ages welcome! Space is limited, pre-payment required. Due to space constraints, we ask that no more than one parent join each child signed up for this event.
Fri, Dec 14: Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Playing traditional Celtic and Christmas music. Bring the family and celebrate this holiday season at the Hall! Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide…this is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.
Sat, Dec 15: Saturday Star Shows at Henry Hudson Planetarium at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Public astronomy programs are held the third Saturday of each month. Interactive programs exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. $3 all seats 11:00 am – Children’s Star Sighting: Appropriate for children pre-K – 2nd grades and their families 1:00 pm – Albany Star Sighting: Geared toward skywatchers ages 8 and above PLEASE NOTE: Based on the nature of our programming, once the star program has begun and the planetarium doors are closed, there is no admittance. Best policy is to arrive before the scheduled program time to be assured admittance.
Sat, Dec 15: Holiday Happiness Ice Show at Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club Bring the family for a joyous holiday show! Enjoy performances by talented area skaters, including the Houstonettes synchronized teams, and solos by regional and national-level skaters. Raffles for gift baskets and an American Girl doll, too!
Sat, Dec 15: Kwanzaa Umoja Community Celebration at Hudson Opera House Presented in partnership with Operation Unite NY, come celebrate African-American culture and unity with friends and family. Join us for an afternoon of arts and crafts for children, dancing, drumming, a candle-lighting ceremony, and the sharing of Nguzo Saba, the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Sat, Dec 15: Little Wonders of Science at miSci at miSci Little Wonders of Science inspires curiosity through stories, play, and special hands-on activities specifically created for children ages 3-5. Held on the third Saturday morning of every month, the Little Wonders of Science program introduces new STEM topics monthly. Preregister online.
Sat, Dec 15: Create a Holiday Stained Glass Suncatcher (Ages 12 & up) | 12/15/18 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region Create a beautiful stained glass holiday themed suncatcher! No experience needed!
Sat, Dec 15: The Mopco Family Improv Show at Mopco Improv Theatre An all-ages improv comedy show for kids, teens, and adults. Interactive comedy show with fun intermission dance party for kids. Snacks and drinks available at our cafe.
Sat, Dec 15: Holiday Open House at Thacher Visitor Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Take a break from the hustle and bustle to enjoy the peaceful beauty of Thacher Park. Join friends around the fireplace, enjoy live music, make a holiday craft, and relax with hot drinks and sweet treats. Please call 518-872-1237 for information.
Sat, Dec 15: Holiday Inspirational Quote Water Color Painting at Soluna Yoga Studio Ages 8-16. We welcome Natalie Klein-Raymond back to instruct this mindful workshop where the end results would make wonderful holiday presents or keepsakes for the family, Truly mindful, relaxing, and enjoyable., An afternoon of art, community, and creativity. Bring some favorite quotes that would make great holiday gifts or family keepsakes. We will have many quote books to use also. Great chance to relax, be mindful,reduce stress and make a great holiday present for others or yourself
Sun, Dec 16: A Christmas Carol at the Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum *** The Farmers’ Museum’s beloved holiday tradition returns for its sixth year! *** This December, The Farmers’ Museum will present four live performances of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic A Christmas Carol. Rediscover the fabled tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts arrive to show him the error of his ways. Glimmer Globe Theatre’s production of this classic story embodies the spirit of the season and is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends during the holidays. Performances will be held in The Farmers’ Museum’s Louis C. Jones Center and will run less than two hours, including a brief intermission.
Sun, Dec 16: Rudolph’s Runway – Arts, Crafts & Lifestyle Show at Colonie Center Shopping Mall at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Take advantage of excellent shopping opportunities at the Arts, Crafts & Lifestyle Show as well as Colonie Center’s merchants.
Sun, Dec 16: A Saratoga Christmas with The McKrells at HMT at Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater Home Made Theater continues their tradition of hosting Christmas shows with Kevin McKrell and his merry musicians.
Sun, Dec 16: Candlelight Tours of Clermont at Clermont State Historic Site Tableaux Vivant of Christmas traditions through the ages, glittering decorations, wassail, and traditional holiday goodies served in the historic kitchen.
Sun, Dec 16: Stained Glass Ornament Workshop (Ages 12 & up) | 12/16/18 at The Arts Center of the Capital Region Decorate your home with a beautiful hanging ornament in just one afternoon! You’ll learn basic stained glass techniques and gain a new appreciation for the art form. No experience needed.
Sun, Dec 16: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Proctors In this hilarious popular Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple! McCall’s Magazine has called it, “An American Classic.” Laugh along with us as the neighborhood’s “worst children” bring out the best in the spirit and joy of Christmas! Run Time: 90 minutes
Sun, Dec 16: Meditation, Yoga, Sketch, Write the stories that bind us at Soluna Yoga Studio for Middle and high school students- 3 Sundays 12/2, 12/9,12/16 3:00-4:45. We all hold life stories and illustrations we can bring out via yoga, meditation, writing and drawing. Loose clothes for yoga. Bring journal or lap top for writing, sketching. Please bring art supplies if you wish to sketch. The Meditation and Yoga will lead us into the drawing / writing portion. Dress comfy, yoga supplies (if you have) and a blanket to be comfy on floor while sketch/ write. Pure Mindfulness
Mon, Dec 17: Monday Mile Community Walk at Castleton Public Library Let’s walk the Main Street Mile together every Monday (weather permitting)! We’ll meet at the intersection of Main & Scott. All ages welcome (children age 10 and under must be accompanied by adult).
Mon, Dec 17: Mini-holiday session at Tiny Tots The Holiday Mini Session will have a special class on mindfulness to celebrate being thankful and a special class for the Holidays. We will be dancing the ballet, The Nutcracker, learning dances from many cultures! Find us on Facebook to see what parents are saying!
Tue, Dec 18: Teen Writing Club at Schenectady County Public Library-Niskayuna Branch Do you like to write? Like to share your stories, poems, prose or thoughts?
Tue, Dec 18: STEM Science classes at Club Scientific Camp Location – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church After School Science Clubs begin soon! We are now offering afternoon classes open to the public at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These classes are open to students from all schools. Classes meet on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 510 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 1221 Classes begin October 16th! Register today! Science was never this much fun! Colonie.clubscientific.com
Tue, Dec 18: STEM Science classes at Robert & Dorothy Ludwig Schenectady Jewish Community Center After School Science Clubs in Niskayuna. We are now offering afternoon classes open to the public at the Schenectady Jewish Community Center. These classes are open to students from all schools. Classes Meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 at Schenectady Jewish Community Center 2565 Balltown Rd, Schenectady, NY 12309 Register today! You won’t want to miss out on all the fun! Colonie.clubscientific.com
Tue, Dec 18: Tent Tales for Tykes at LL Bean at Colonie Center! at LL Bean Store at Colonie Center Bring your kids for story time on Tuesdays at the LL Bean store.
Wed, Dec 19: WONDER TIME at The Wonder Room Wonder Time is a playgroup for our youngest visitors (ages 2-3) and their accompanying adult. We have a new theme each week. Each week ends with a song, a story and an opportunity for show and tell.
Wed, Dec 19: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE at Proctors It’s Christmas Eve in 1945, and only a handful of WVL Radio’s actors have braved the blizzard to perform that evening’s broadcast of It’s a Wonderful Life and keep the station afloat. This clever stage adaptation breathes new life into the poignant story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls. When Frank Capra and his co-writers were working on the original screenplay of It’s a Wonderful Life, the Great Depression was a vivid memory. The story of George Bailey and Bedford Falls is juxtaposed against a time of failing banks, devastatingly high unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing. The circumstances are eerily familiar, and over 60 years later, this story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. Its message of hope and optimism is the perfect antidote to holiday cynicism.
Wed, Dec 19: Shaker Christmas Craft Fair at Shaker Heritage Society Skip the mall and find one of a kind gifts hand-made by local and regional artisans. This craft fair takes place in the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House. Each purchase supports the Shaker Heritage Society and a local small business! Over 75 booths including pottery and jewelry, yummy treats, and beautiful hand made brooms. Find gifts for everyone on your list! Open Monday through Saturday October 27 through December 19th from 10am-4pm. Now Open until 8pm on Thursdays! Closed Sunday.
Fri, Dec 21: It’s a Wonderful Life at the Palace Theatre at Palace Theatre An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.
Fri, Dec 21: The Nutcracker at Hart Theatre at The Egg Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Saratoga City Ballet for its spectacular 25th Anniversary full production of The Nutcracker, with Artistic Director Beth Fecteau. Kids 5 and under FREE!
Sat, Dec 22: Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at Ellms Family Farm Ellms’ Christmas Trees is a family-run Christmas tree farm near Saratoga at the Ellms Farms which began about 30 years ago when the first field was planted. The farm consists of 200 acres of ponds, forests and Christmas tree fields. We invite you to come and enjoy the picturesque scenery at this festive time of the year!
Sat, Dec 22: The Nutcracker at Hart Theatre at The Egg Celebrate the holidays with the whole family and join Saratoga City Ballet for its spectacular 25th Anniversary full production of The Nutcracker, with Artistic Director Beth Fecteau. Kids 5 and under FREE!
Sat, Dec 22: Electric City Christmas at Proctors Don’t miss your chance to experience the 2018 production of, “An Electric City Christmas”! Directed by Steven Musso, “An Electric City Christmas”, features a live choir and band comprised of local artists and church communities throughout the Capital Region. The ensemble will be leading us in familiar melodies to usher in the Christmas spirit. Steven Musso, a Capital Region native and award winning song writer, has lead worship and directed choirs for numerous churches and events nation-wide. He currently serves as the Worship Pastor for Redemption Church and is an artist with People and Songs, a community of writers and worship leaders from across the country.
Sun, Dec 23: Santa’s Magical Express at Yankee Trails World Travel oin Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves in a quest to save Christmas. Hop on the Magical Express where we warm Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart and dance with Frosty the Snowman. Along the ride through town, we’ll sing and search for clues as to where Jack Frost has taken Santa’s Magical Hat, stopping for milk and cookies along the way. Shows every Thurs., Fri., Sat., and Sun. Shows run in the evening from 11/25 to 12/23. Recommended for kids 4 & up!
Sun, Dec 23: Opening weekend for cut your own Christmas Trees at River Bend Christmas Tree Farm at River Bend Christmas Tree Farm 20+ Acres of Choose and Cut and precut Christmas Trees. We grow Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, Cannan Fir, and Spruce. Our award winning, handmade wreaths and Christmas novelty decorations are also available at the farm. We have a good selection of trees taller than 10′ and offer tree netting.
Sun, Dec 23: Choose and cut Christmas trees at Van Buren Tree Farm at Van Buren Tree Farm Cut your own Christmas trees, available Black Friday, running weekends only through the weekend before Christmas. Warming area available with complimentary hot chocolate and hot mulled cider. Restrooms available!
Sun, Dec 23: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly at Proctors Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters, as they gather at Pemberley, the stately home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. In this charmingly imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family visits for Christmas, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match — and possibly even love? This unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited play will delight Austen aficionados and new-comers alike — just the kind of experience multiple generations can enjoy together!
Mon, Dec 24: Santa Land is NOW OPEN – Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Start making those lists! He’ll be checking them twice. Visit Santa on the lower level near the Apple store now through Christmas Eve.
Mon, Dec 24: Photos with Santa + Free Gift at Wilton Mall at Wilton Mall Visit Santa for photos and a free gift! Santa will be available for photos and visits at his winter home located in the Food Court. Reservations are available, but not required! PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA: We’ve reserved these special times for your furry friends to visit Santa!* Wednesdays from 5-7 pm on Nov. 28, Dec. 5 & 12 *Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier. * * MAKE YOUR RESERVATION & PURCHASE TODAY*
Wed, Dec 26: Tween/Teen Sewing Class: Make a Pillowcase! at Castleton Public Library For ages 10-18. Want to learn to sew? Learn the basics with Pat Wood while you make a pillowcase to take home! Registration required; call 518-732-0879 to register.
Thu, Dec 27: A Very Mabee Christmas at Mabee Farm Historic Site Zalig Kerstmas! This program welcomes all families to share in Dutch holiday traditions. Our historic house will be warm, cozy and decked for the season. With riddles and clues to guide them, kids will hunt for small gifts to take home. Of course, we’ll enjoy some Dutch sweets.
Thu, Dec 27: The Princess and the Frog – Family Fun Day at the Palace Theatre at Palace Theatre A Palace Family Fun Day, featuring pre-film games and activities! All Kids 12 & Under get FREE POPCORN! Doors open at NOON for Activities / Movie starts at 1:00PM.
Thu, Dec 27: Teen Time: Record-Breaking Challenge! at Castleton Public Library Have you ever wondered if you could break a world record? Join us to attempt fun challenges for prizes (even if you don’t break a record!). For teens in 6th-12th grades.
Thu, Dec 27: ‘Paint a Snowy Owl’ workshop at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Join our favorite artist and teacher Noreen Powell for a fun, guided painting class!
Thu, Dec 27: Night Owls PJ Party at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Hoot! Hoot! Explore the Museum — and our special exhibition Illustrated Owls: A Who’s Hoo from the Vault — under the cover of night!
Thu, Dec 27: HOLIDAY VACATION WEEK: Erie Canal for Kids at New York State Museum Let’s take an adventure on the Erie Canal! Use hands-on mystery items and a 1903 Erie Canal map as you imagine yourself steering or towing a canal boat, often at night, from town to town and through the many locks of the Erie Canal. Take a kids’ tour through the canal exhibit with a scavenger hunt.
Thu, Dec 27: HOLIDAY VACATION WEEK: Starlab Seasonal Sky Tour at New York State Museum Join us in our inflatable planetarium, Starlab! Crawl inside and experience a guided tour of the winter sky. Free tickets will be available at the main lobby desk one hour before each show time, but note that space within the Starlab is limited and tickets are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Starlab presentations are approximately 35 minutes long, located in the Huxley Theater.
Thu, Dec 27: HOLIDAY VACATION WEEK: On the Lookout for Whales at New York State Museum Come to Open Spaces (the whale skeleton) in Metropolis Hall to learn about the wonderful world of whales as well as the history of whalers and whaling in New York with hands on objects and activities.
Fri, Dec 28: CactusHead Puppets Present: The Bremen Town Musicians at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Join CactusHead Puppets for a fun production of The Bremen Town Musicians!
Fri, Dec 28: HOLIDAY VACATION WEEK: Fabulous Fire Engines at New York State Museum Explore the NYS Museum’s Fire Engine Hall. Visitors can try on firefighting equipment, roll a fire hose, try to guess the ages of the fire engines, and more!
Fri, Dec 28: The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Condolence Cane, and the Great Law of Peace at New York State Museum Explore stories that explain the Great Law of Peace of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
Sat, Dec 29: New Year’s Mid-Day Celebration at New York State Museum Ring in the new year with friends at the NYS Museum. Create a party hat, take a fun photo, or dance in celebration of 2019! The Museum’s New Year Countdown will be held at 3 p.m. at Colvin Tower in Adirondack Hall.
Sat, Dec 29: Art for All 2018-2019 at Albany Institute of History and Art Saturdays from 10am to 4:30pm Oct. 20 to May 11 Bring your family to the museum and spend the day being creative! Join us in the Albany Institute of History & Art studio for drop in art making!
Sat, Dec 29: Evergreen Walk at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park While the aroma of balsam is still in the air, take time to appreciate the season’s color – green!
Sun, Dec 30: TOYS: The Inside Story at miSci If your parents never let you break open your Etch A Sketch® to find out how it works, or if you’ve been wondering how to stop your toddler’s push-toy from making such an infernal racket, you’ll love TOYS: The Inside Story, on exhibit at miSci from September 22, 2018 through January 6, 2019. TOYS includes 12 different hands-on stations illustrating the simple mechanisms commonly found in toys, and lets visitors create their own toy-like combinations of gears, pulleys, linkages, cams, and circuits. “Who doesn’t like toys? From the time we can open our eyes, we are memorized by mobiles, rattles, and stuffed animals,” says miSci President, Dr. Gina Gould. “And as we grow up, our toys become even more complicated (and expensive)… but we don’t often give much thought to the science behind creating these toys, which involves designers, engineers, and fabricators who turn an idea into something that is fun and safe and captures your attention and sense of play. At TOYS: The Inside Story, visitors will have the chance to play with the gadgets and gizmos inside various playthings and see classic toys they’ve enjoyed over the years. This exhibit will surely inspire fun and a sense of nostalgia for children of all ages.”
Sun, Dec 30: Number the Stars at Steamer No. 10 Theatre Steamer No.10 Theatre’s CAST program has produced the award-winning children’s story centered around adult themes. “Number the Stars” takes a unique perspective from many of the stories about the Holocaust – this is a story about avoiding the camps. The play is based on a fictional story written by Lois Lowry about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II. Annemarie Johansen (played by Lauren Wicks) becomes a part of the events related to the rescue of the Danish Jews avoiding relocation to concentration camps. She risks her life in order to help her best friend, Ellen Rosen (Sivan Adler), by pretending that Ellen is Annemarie’s late, older sister.
Mon, Dec 31: First Night Saratoga 2019 at Saratoga Arts As one of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country, Saratoga Arts is proud to present this affordable, accessible, safe and exciting New Year’s Eve tradition. On Monday, December 31st join over 15,000 revelers in downtown Saratoga Springs to enjoy your pick of over seventy regional acts performing in thirty different venues. The theme for First Night Saratoga 2019 is “Let’s Celebrate!”, and we have events planned that will appeal to everyone’s eclectic tastes be it comedy and contra-dancing or magic and music. Beginning with the 5k roadrace at Skidmore College at 5:30pm and culminating with the fireworks in Congress Park at midnight, First Night Saratoga is sure to be a highlight of your outgoing year.
Mon, Dec 31: Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights In The Park at Washington Park Lakehouse The 2018 edition of the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights is an all-new, drive-through spectacular with more than 125 displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. Presented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, the people of the City of Albany and Albany PAL, this year’s show depicts holiday scenes of yesteryear and many new & exciting lighting displays. At the end of your drive through the Lights, the Washington Park Lake House comes alive. Join your favorite reindeer and friends as they bring fun and mystery to the holiday season. The Lake House is filled with crafts and refreshments. Santa will be there through Dec. 23 to hear the holiday wishes of the little ones.
Mon, Dec 31: Family New Year’s Eve at Okemo Mountain Resort AN OKEMO FAMILY TRADITION! Midnight arrives early for friends and family enjoying a whole host of activities. Magic show, horse wagon rides, bingo games and trivia. Families can ring in the New Year early with a DJ dance party and still get the kids to bed in time for a full day on the slopes the next day. Balloons, photo booth, and fireworks add to the New Year celebration, complete with a kid’s dinner party including pizza, mac and cheese and a few other chef selections in the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore.
Mon, Dec 31: First Night Bethlehem at Town of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department Bethlehem’s First Night 2019 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31 and will start off with fireworks at the Four Corners at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment and activities will follow at various nearby venues, all within walking distance of the Four Corners.