Here are 101 Ideas for Holiday Fun in the Capital District. It’s actually 132 ideas, but who’s counting?
Here’s some other stuff that’s happening:
Thu, Nov 14: How To Choose a Preschool at The Wonder Room Will you be looking for a preschool program in the next year? Join me for an informal conversation about the various considerations that families make as they are exploring preschool programs. We will cover the people, the program and the place. You will walk away with information and a checklist that will help you find the “right fit” for your family.
Thu, Nov 14: Homeschool Science Enrichment: Make “Sense” of This at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) A lesson in learning about your five senses and how important they are to your survival. Do you and animals share the same senses? Pre-registration is required for all Home School programs. Participants must be registered by close of business the day prior to the program.
Thu, Nov 14: Teen Time: Bad Art Night at Castleton Public Library Create the most bizarre piece of art that you can using a variety of materials. The creator whose art is deemed the “worst” will win a prize! Plus, we’ll have snacks! For teens in 6th through 12th grade.
Thu, Nov 14: Pumpkin Bread! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! 11/14/19 at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Pumpkin Bread! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! 11/14/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for our Cooking for Kids program! We will be running this program on Thursday evenings with a different food each week. Join in for one class or for all! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Fri, Nov 15: Thankful Paint & Sip Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Thankful Paint & Sip Event 11/15/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sat, Nov 16: Holiday Open House at Faddegon’s Nursery The reasons to put Open House on your calendar are many; Food, Fun, and a drawing for a $100 gift card! And…A FREE gift with purchase of $75 or more! We love this event! Every year we open our doors to begin celebrating the holiday season with inspiration, refreshments, and warm greetings. Come and enjoy this time honored tradition and see what’s up for the coming season!
Sat, Nov 16: RiverRun Open House at RiverRun Community Montessori The public is invited to join us at one of our upcoming events to learn more about Montessori education. We will be hosting a open house on Thursday, October 24 from 5-6:30 pm. In addition, we are offering an extended open house on November 16, from 9 am to 12 pm, in which we will walk you through the unique Montessori math curriculum. RiverRun Montessori offers extraordinary individualized education with community values for preschool children through Grade 8. Founded in 2008, and the only Montessori elementary and middle school in the greater Schenectady area, we serve families from the Capital District of New York State and beyond.
Sat, Nov 16: Art Lab: Magazine Resist Printmaking at University Art Museum Visitors will create prints using a magazine resist technique with a gel printing plate based on the work of Wendy White. White is an exhibiting artist in ‘ACE; art on sports, promise, and selfhood’.
Sat, Nov 16: Cake Bash at the Library! at William K. Sanford Town Library Attention Teen Chefs! Learn how to make turkey and pumpkin cupcakes with us – just in time for Thanksgiving! Contact the library to save your spot.
Sat, Nov 16: Mums! Paint & Sip Event with Guest Artist Noreen Powell 11/16/19 at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Mums! Paint & Sip Event with Guest Artist Noreen Powell 11/16/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! With guest artist Noreen Powell! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza).
Sun, Nov 17: Home Depot Menorah Workshop at Home Depot – Clifton Park Clifton Park Chabad will be partnering with The Home Depot offering a Pre-Chanukah Menorah Workshop on Sunday, November 17th 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Participants will receive a workers apron, craft their own unique Menorah from wood, and enjoy hot latkes & doughnuts. The workshop is free and open to all. RSVP appreciated at www.cliftonparkchabad.com 495-0772 or email@example.com
Sun, Nov 17: Cunning Coyotes at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Did you ever hear a coyote howl? Do you wonder where they are going or what they might be doing? Come find answers to these questions and more at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center.
Sun, Nov 17: Nutcracker Tea Party at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Latham Enjoy Tea, Hot Chocolate and sweet treats with your favorite Nutcracker characters! Silent auction, Nutcracker excerpts, children’s crafts and more! Bring your Camera and take your child’s picture with the Sugar Plum Fairy. || All proceeds Benefit the ABB 2019 Nutcracker Tour.
Sun, Nov 17: Paint a Holiday Light-up Wine Bottle with us at the Saratoga Winery! 11/17/19 12:00 pm class at Saratoga Winery and Tasting Room Paint a Holiday Light-up Wine Bottle with us at the Saratoga Winery! 11/17/19 12:00 pm class Join us at the Saratoga Winery (462 Route 29 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866) for a fun afternoon creating a unique project with Art in Mind’s latest art medium – LIGHT-UP WINE BOTTLES! Limited Space
Mon, Nov 18: Castleton Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting at Castleton Public Library Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
Tue, Nov 19: Afternoon Book Club – “Five-Carat Soul,” by James McBride at Castleton Public Library Join us the third Tuesday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk.
Wed, Nov 20: Wizardfest: A Pop-Up Wizarding Experience at Crossgates Mall at Crossgates Mall Calling all fans of magic! Fans of all things magic, witches, sorcerers and the half blood prince will need to make a special trip to Alley for a fresh pair of dress robes because Wizard Fest is flying into town. The evening will include trivia, cosplay, wizard themed music, games and more. The best dressed will also have a chance to enter into the Costume Contest for cash and prizes.
Wed, Nov 20: Military History Discussion Group at Castleton Public Library Join us to discuss military history. At each meeting, one person will lead by presenting an overview of a book that discusses a topic or era of military history. All eras are open, from ancient times to the present. The topic of the first meeting will be WWI, presented by Michael Hiser.
Wed, Nov 20: Friends of the Castleton Public Library Monthly Meeting at Castleton Public Library Come get involved with the Friends of Castleton Public Library! In addition to funding our summer reading program and our museum pass program, the Friends also coordinate family-friendly events, volunteer, and raise money to donate to the library for materials and equipment. If you are interested in learning more about the Friends, please consider attending the Friends of CPL meeting at the library.
Wed, Nov 20: After School Art Club! 11/6/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio After School Art Club! 11/6/19 **Pre-purchase four classes for less!! Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 20 minutes from Saratoga) for our fun & educational Art Club Classes! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Wed, Nov 20: Comics Club! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Comics Club! Character Design & Storytelling for Comics with Jerad Gribben! Students will learn new and imaginative ways to create characters and narratives while designing comics!
Thu, Nov 21: HOMESCHOOL DAY Schuyler Sisters and the Age of Revolution at Albany Institute of History and Art Join us for a special program just for homeschoolers, and explore the age of revolution through the Schuyler Sisters & their Circle exhibition.
Thu, Nov 21: Apple Pie! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! 11/21/19 at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Apple Pie! – *NEW Cooking for Kids Program! 11/21/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for our Cooking for Kids program! We will be running this program on Thursday evenings with a different food each week. Join in for one class or for all! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Thu, Nov 21: Paint a Holiday Light-up Wine Bottle! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Paint a Holiday Light-up Wine Bottle! 11/21/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project with Art in Mind’s latest art medium! Come Paint a LIGHT-UP WINE BOTTLE! Limited Space *Making reservations for classes at least 24 hours in advance is highly recommended to ensure you will have a seat. It will also enable our staff to be prepared to give you the best experience! Walk-ins and late registrations may b
Fri, Nov 22: Willow Jar Paint & Sip Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Willow Jar Paint & Sip Event 11/22/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sat, Nov 23: 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 Disney’s FROZEN 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! General admission tickets only $15, get them before they sell out! 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!
Sat, Nov 23: Kicker Arenacross & Freestyle Motocross Show at Times Union Center As seen on Fox Sports, the Kicker Arenacross, the nation’s top arenacross race series, will ride into the Times Union Center on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.
Sat, Nov 23: Snow Sisters Sequel Adventure Brunch at Bellevue Cafe Are you HUNGRY for ADVENTURE!? Join the Snow Sisters from Hill City Ice Queen as they celebrate the newest chapter in their story with food, fun and friendship!
Sat, Nov 23: 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! Call the library for complete listing of the day’s events.
Sat, Nov 23: Annual Schenectady Holiday Parade at Schenectady Chamber of Commerce This will be the 51st edition of the Capital Region tradition. The Daily Gazette, The Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Schenectady will be coming together again for this wonderful occasion. This year’s theme will be “Sugar Rush”! The parade’s floats, dancers, bands, vehicles, and even the attendees will be ready to sparkle and make this the sweetest parade ever. Get ready to enjoy everything sweet – candyland, gingerbread houses, candy canes, desserts and more! Come celebrate with your family at Schenectady’s “Sweetest” parade.
Sat, Nov 23: Holiday Truckin’ Paint & Sip Event 11/23/19 *New Size! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Holiday Truckin’ Paint & Sip Event 11/23/19 *New Size! Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sun, Nov 24: Wildlife Thanksgiving at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Do animals celebrate Thanksgiving? If they do, is turkey on the menu? Join CMOST staff and some members of our living collection and find out the answers to these questions. Meet the animals and create a treat for the wildlife in your neighborhood.
Mon, Nov 25: A Magical Cirque Christmas at Palace Theatre The producers of Broadway’s smash hit “The Illusionists” have brought together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spell-binding and incredible new holiday production – A Magical Cirque Christmas! Experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.
Mon, Nov 25: The Wonder Room Drop In Play! at The Wonder Room Drop in play is a time for children and caregivers to explore our activities. Our sensory activities, block room and dramatic play areas are open. Our art room is open. Our yard is available when the weather cooperates! Come play with us!
Wed, Nov 27: Turkey Inspired Art at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Learn about these fabulous feathered friends and create beautiful turkey art to take home.
Thu, Nov 28: Foundation for Ellis Medicine’s Cardiac Classic at Central Park Pavilion The 5K Road Race, Wellness Walk, and Fun Run draws more than 1,500 runners and walkers to Schenectady’s Central Park each year. Join the tradition and the fun, while supporting Ellis Medicine.
Thu, Nov 28: St George’s 7th Annual Turkey Trot Antonio “Tony” Lauria Memorial 5K at St. George’s Elementary School- Clifton Park, NY This is a fun event held in Clifton Park. If you want to avoid the crowds at Saratoga and Troy then this race is for you. Tshirts will be given to all those who register by 11/6. Packet pick up is available on Wednedsay night from 5 to 7 and starts again on race day at 7:15. Don’t forget that this event is also family and a stroller friendly course. A special visit will be made by the infamous St. George’s Turkey.
Thu, Nov 28: Chris Dailey Turkey Trot at Saratoga Hilton Christopher Dailey was an active and spirited 8 year old “boy next door,” a third grade student at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School, and the beloved son of Mark and Maria Dailey of Wilton, NY. On November 23, 2001, the day after Thanksgiving, Christopher died suddenly in the hospital. His sudden and tragic departure left a devastating void not only in his family, but also with his playmates, friends, neighbors and fellow students. Within weeks after Chris’ passing, members of Chris’ family and some close friends reflected on how to make something positive out of such a heartbreaking turn of events. A foundation was established with a goal to build a lasting and living memory of Christopher through the construction of a youth recreational facility somewhere in the Greater Saratoga Area. The stipulations were simple: To enrich the children of our community with a place to play, learn and enhance their lives through team and individual sports activities in a facility that bears his name.
Fri, Nov 29: Waddle Walk at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Looking for a way to work off those yummy holiday treats? Our “waddle walk” is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and vigorous exercise. We will hike 2.6 miles over rolling terrain through the Karner Barrens East region of the Albany Pine Bush, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants. Ages 8+.
Fri, Nov 29: City of Amsterdam Tree Lighting at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook at City of Amsterdam Recreation Department Live music, caroling, warm food & drinks, goodies, Santa & friends, free holiday train rides, free horse drawn carriage rides, free kids’ activities, vendors, & more!
Fri, Nov 29: “Happy Birthday Sesame Street! Celebrating 50 years!” at New York State Museum Join the New York State Museum and WMHT to celebrate the colorful characters, entertaining videos, and magical music of Sesame Street.
Fri, Nov 29: Dinosaur Day at Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) Are you looking for a fun way to spend the day? CMOST will spend the day exploring the world of dinosaurs. Visit out Ceoleophysis skeleton, compare mammoth and mastodon teeth and join us in a variety of hands on activities. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events.
Fri, Nov 29: Open Art Studio November Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Fridays at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Open Art Studio November Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Fridays Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $14! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages!* *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Fri, Nov 29: Berry Quiet Paint & Sip Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Berry Quiet Paint & Sip Event 11/29/19 Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sat, Nov 30: 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 30: Wonder Walk at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.” – Rachel Carson. Join us for this 0.9 mile walk in the Pine Bush. We will use our senses to explore the big and the small, the living and non-living and the seasonal surprises around us. We will use Rachel Carson as inspiration, taking in everything around us, searching for a sense of wonder. All ages.
Sat, Nov 30: 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. $20 each person.
Sat, Nov 30: Decorating with Native Greenery at Landis Arboretum Nothing says the holidays like the look and smell of gorgeous greenery styled into wreaths and swags. If you’ve always wanted to learn the secrets of creating holiday decorations using native greenery, join us for a make-and- take adventure.
Sat, Nov 30: Open Art Studio November Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Saturdays at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Open Art Studio November Canvas Painting Special $14 / Board Art Special $22- Saturdays Special during Open Art Studio this month: Paint one of the featured CANVAS PAINTINGS for only $14! Paint a BOARD ART with one of the featured quotes for only $22! All ages!* *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sat, Nov 30: Cozy Camping Paint & Sip Event 11/30/19 *New Size! at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio Cozy Camping Paint & Sip Event 11/30/19 *New Size! Join us at our Glenville, NY Paint and Sip Art Studio (just 25 minutes from Saratoga) for a fun night creating a unique project! *PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE AT OUR NEW LOCATION FOR THIS EVENT: 123 SARATOGA RD, GLENVILLE (in SOCHA PLAZA next door to Ruggiero’s Pizza)
Sat, Nov 30: FILM: A CHRISTMAS PAST: SILENT W/LIVE MUSIC BY AVERY TUNNINGLEY ON GOLDIE at Proctors A CHRISTMAS PAST SILENT w/Live accompaniment by Avery Tunningley on GOLDIE, Proctors’ mighty Wurlitzer organ! Proctors proudly presents this nostalgic peek into the Yuletide pleasures of the early 1900s. Evoking Victorian charm, these picturesque comedies and tender dramas were produced as cinematic Christmas cards offered to moviegoers of the silent era. Included in this collection of archival rarities, most of which were produced at Thomas Edison’s studios, are the 1910 version of Dickens’s immortal A Christmas Carol, a heartwarming melodrama by D. W. Griffith titled A Trap For Santa, and the first screen version of Clement Moore’s 1822 poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
Sun, Dec 01: Home for the Holidays: Free Thanksgiving Weekend at Albany Institute of History and Art Celebrate the start of the holiday season at the Albany Institute! Bring friends and family to take your photograph with Santa; discover decorated trees and mantelpieces; admire a special exhibition of miniature dioramas by Joan Steiner, the award-winning illustrator and creator of the Look-Alikes® books; make crafts; shop for handmade items and one-of-a-kind gifts in our Museum Shop; savor exquisite treats from the Museum Shop; explore our current exhibitions; and more!
Sun, Dec 01: 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 01: Thanksgiving 2019 – Rocking Horse Ranch Resort at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Let us take care of planning the perfect Thanksgiving holiday this year. At Rocking Horse Ranch, we’ll make sure you spend less time worrying about making your own feast and more time making family memories that will last forever!
Sun, Dec 01: Discover the Pine Bush at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center An extraordinary journey into the Albany Pine Bush – a globally rare, nationally significant and locally distinct inland pine barrens.
Sun, Dec 01: Bestselling Children’s Author, Andrea Beaty – “Sofia Valdez: Future Prez” at Oblong Books & Music Calling all Questioneers! Meet beloved, #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author Andrea Beaty with her new book SOFIA VALDEZ, FUTURE PREZ! The newest picture book from the creator of Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in! For more information please visit the Oblong Books website.
Sun, Dec 01: Holiday on the Avenue at Scotia Business Improvement District Holiday on the Avenue: A Village of Scotia Holiday Tradition Santa & Mrs. Claus, Chili Tasting, Puppet People, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Gingerbread Contest, Choral Performances, and more!
Sun, Dec 01: FILM: WHITE CHRISTMAS at Proctors Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen)to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into Gen. Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys’ commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what’s the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that’s sure to put Waverly and his business in the black. Though the song White Christmas was 1stintroduced in ‘42’s Holiday Inn, a new version of the song was created for this movies’ Irving Berlin score. Not rated. 120 minutes.
Sun, Dec 01: David Benoit’s A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Egg (Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Performing Arts) Modern jazz piano man David Benoit plays the classic “Peanuts” music of Vince Guaraldi along with original tunes and holiday music along with the sublime vocal stylings of special guest Sara Gazarek.
Sun, Dec 01: Handel’s Messiah at Union College Memorial Chapel Soloists: Jean Leonard, Ann Marie Adamick, Casey Gray, Joshua Schultz. With the Octavo Chamber Orchestra. An audience favorite, this will be the Octavos’ 84th presentation of this cherished work. Performed in its entirety in the acoustically-perfect Union Chapel, soloists include Jean Leonard, Ann Marie Adamick, Casey Gray and Joshua Shultz. Join us, and be ready to stand and sing the Hallelujah Chorus with us!
Mon, Dec 02: After Dinner Book Club – “The Locals,” by Jonathan Dee at Castleton Public Library Join us the first Monday of each month for a book discussion! Books available at the front desk.
Wed, Dec 04: 107. 7 GNA’s Jingle Jam 2019 starring Chase Rice! at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall It’s a GNA Holiday tradition! And this year we will once again celebrate the season with an evening of acoustic music from Chase Rice, Travis Denning and the Vinny Michaels Band! A portion of proceeds will benefit GNA’s Shop With A Cop charity to buy gifts for less fortunate kids this Christmas.
Wed, Dec 04: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Palace Theatre Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for 35 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics along with a selection of compositions from Chip’s groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America.
Wed, Dec 04: SISTER’S CHRISTMAS CATECHISM at Proctors It’s “CSI: Bethlehem” in this holiday mystery extravaganza, from the author of Late Nite Catechism, as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages – whatever happened to the Magi’s gold? (“We know that Mary used the frankincense and myrrh as a sort of potpourri – they were in a barn after all.”) Retelling the story of the nativity, as only Sister can, this hilarious holiday production is bound to become a yearly classic. Employing her own scientific tools, assisted by a local choir as well as a gaggle of audience members, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you’ve ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister’s Christmas Catechism is sure to become the newest addition to your holiday traditions.
Thu, Dec 05: The Nutcracker: Kingdom of the Sweets at National Museum of Dance The second annual Nutcracker’s Kingdom of the Sweets Family Fun Night at the National Museum of Dance is Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be festive events all evening which include crafts, raffle, candy bar, creative movement, AND pop-up performances by the School of the Arts! NOTE: The Museum is an official trolley stop for the Victorian Streetwalk!
Thu, Dec 05: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker 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.
Thu, Dec 05: Victorian Streetwalk at Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association The celebration of the holiday season kicks off with the 33rd Annual Victorian Streetwalk, Sartoga’s longest-running Downtown Festival, presented by the the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. Come visit the majestic City of Saratoga Springs, adorned in holiday splendor, as the local shops, boutiques and restaurants open their doors to welcome visitors and locals alike. Share the holiday spirit, amidst the Victorian charm of Downtown Saratoga Springs, where you can enjoy more than 30 live performances,the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting,,and the Arrival of Santa in his horse drawn sleigh. Whether you’re starting a family tradition or rekindling the warm memories of your own childhood, put it on your calendar to join us for the 33rd Annual Victorian Streetwalk.
Fri, Dec 06: 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, Dec 06: The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at Palace Theatre The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the live stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical and premiere stage production. When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggle to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts.
Fri, Dec 06: First Friday in Ballston Spa at Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month. Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and museums– including featured shop promotions, art displays and demonstrations, family activities, live music, refreshments, with many venues open later into the evening. Use pull down locations below for more details of activities at different venues. Remember to purchase your First Friday Fanatic pin for $1 at most First Friday venues and use it every First Friday for special discounts at participating First Friday businesses.
Fri, Dec 06: 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 6. The 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. Once again this year, the parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.
Sat, Dec 07: 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 07: 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 07: Paint With Santa at The Pottery Place- Albany, NY Sorry –SOLD OUT!!Children of all ages are invited to come and paint with Santa. Santa will read the children a story and visit each child individually. The children will paint 3 Christmas ornaments, have their picture taken with Santa and decorate Christmas cookies! Paint with Santa sells out every year. Call today to reserve a spot for your child.
Sat, Dec 07: Albany Last Run 5K at Washington Park The 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 07: Winter Walk Special Event at Hudson Opera House On Saturday, December 7 from 5 – 8pm, Winter Walk lights up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, street performers, and a magical firework display from the Hudson River. In its 23rd year, the 2019 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 attracted upwards of 20,000 visitors to the City to kick off the holiday season. Although Hudson Hall coordinated 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, Well Now Urgent Care, The Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and so many of the local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity.
Sat, Dec 07: St. Nicholas Day at Crailo State Historic Site Meet Sinterklaas, the Dutch St. Nicholas, who will see if you’ve been good or bad this year! Crailo’s Marketplace Museum Shop will be offering unique holiday gifts. There will be crafts for the kids, refreshments and cooking demonstrations by the fire. Museum will be open for self-guided tours. Free!
Sat, Dec 07: Kids Club at Colonie Center at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Join us for KIDS CLUB This is a monthly event that is the 1st Saturday of every month on the upper level in front of Nordstrom Rack.
Sat, Dec 07: Christmas In The Village @ Museum Village at Museum Village Join us for another “Christmas In The Village”! Please consider making a minimum $5.00 donation for a family of 4 (all proceeds go towards Museum Village Education Program) and please bring a non-perishable food donation for Country Kids Food Pantry! Come see Santa by the fire place, take a stroll down Candy Cane Lane, and enjoy music entertainment in The Playhouse (shows at 12:30, 2:00, 3:30). Our buildings will also be open to explore! There will be food for purchase in our Snack Bar & the Gift Shop will be open to get a head start on those stocking stuffers!
Sat, Dec 07: Dashin’ and Dancin’ with The Refrigerators at Cohoes Music Hall All proceeds to benefit the Waterford Museum and Cultural Center. Dashin’ & Dancin’ 2 will be the perfect Holiday Party to kick off this magical time of year. A huge dance floor, light food fare, cash bar, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and the Cohoes Music Hall, it doesn’t get any better. Featuring music from the Refrigerators: an in-fuse funk, rock, and R&B band with a pumping rhythm section, powerhouse horn section and kinetic stage presence. They will also be performing the holiday classics we all know and love, making this event the perfect Holiday Party to experience at Cohoes Music Hall! Almost 200 revelers enjoyed last year’s show; so get your tickets early, as they are limited.
Sat, Dec 07: Build-a-Bauble Day at Schenectady County Historical Society at Schenectady County Historical Society Stop by the Festival of Trees, and create a Christmas ornament to take home with you! We’ll provide the materials 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. $5/ornament.
Sat, Dec 07: Breakfast with Santa at New Covenant Nursery School Come and join us for this unique and affordable audience with the big guy! Bring your phone or camera to get the best pics of your kids for FREE. Perfect for babies, the littlest kids, and special needs children. Skip the lines and start this holiday tradition in a low key and relaxed environment. Adults $10, 12 and under $5. Tickets available through church office 518-482-8063.
Sat, Dec 07: Kids Club at Colonie Center Shopping Mall Come to Colonie the 1st Saturday of every month for our Kids Club. Each month will feature a new hobby or craft for your child to participate in.
Sat, Dec 07: Breakfast with Santa at New Covenant Nursery School Come and join us for this unique and affordable audience with the big guy! Bring your phone or camera to get the best pics of your kids for FREE.
Sat, Dec 07: Harvesting History Family Workshop: A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Bird Seed Ornament Workshop at Clermont State Historic Site Join us and learn how to make beautiful birdseed ornaments for the holidays! Decorate your backyard or make a gift for a friend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat, Dec 07: Sinterklaas! Susan Cooper: “The Shortest Day” – A Reading to Herald the Winter Solstice at Oblong Books & Music Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. All the things we also celebrate on Sinterklaas!
Sat, Dec 07: Film: Elf at Proctors After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to New York in search of his true identity. Will Ferrell stars along with an all-star cast featuring James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Peter Dinklage, Amy Sedaris and a great many more. As with other ICFS events, expect prizes, and surprises. Enjoy All-The-Popcorn-You-Can-Eat along with toppings from all 4 essential food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and, of course, Maple Syrup from Riverside Maple Farms in Glenville, New York! Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language. 97 minutes.
Sun, Dec 08: Taste NY Holiday Market at New York State Museum Celebrate the holiday season at the New York State Museum’s 6th Annual Taste NY Holiday Market! Stroll through the halls of the Museum while shopping and sampling made-in-New York food and beverages from dozens of vendors, including hand-crafted beer, wine and spirits, cheese, chocolate, apple and maple products, and other edible goodies. Cooking demonstrations will be held throughout the day, and living historians in period attire will share recipes from the past. (Chocolate dipping fountain compliments of Price Chopper and We Do Fondue.)
Sun, Dec 08: Troy Victorian Stroll at Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the 37th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll, the Northeast’s largest free holiday festival with more than 100 live performances throughout the day! Troy is always open to wrap up your holiday shopping at the more than 50 clothing, jewelry and gift boutiques throughout downtown. Eat, drink and be merry at dozens of cafes, restaurants and food vendors in Monument Square and downtown Troy. Whether you are a local resident or an out-of-town visitor, we hope that you feel welcomed, enjoy the events and share the holiday spirit. We also hope that you not only enjoy the Troy Victorian Stroll each year, but that you will also experience beautiful Troy and Rensselaer County again, no matter what season, to build your own lasting memories.
Sun, Dec 08: Victorian Stroll Art & Craft Show at Troy Atrium- Troy, NY Celebrate the holidays with family and friends at the 37th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll, the Northeast’s largest free holiday festival with more than 100 live performances throughout the day!
Sun, Dec 08: Victorian Stroll At The Arts Center at The Arts Center of the Capital Region – venue Experience creative holiday magic! The Arts Center is pleased to be participating in the 37th annual Victorian Stroll where all of Downtown Troy comes alive with activity, and The Arts Center is no exception. Enjoy holiday themed card making in our studios, performances in our Black Box Theater, and our newly revamped Holiday Showcase. When you are done creating and exploring, visit our current exhibits and stop by Arts Bar for some refreshments before heading back out into Troy.
Sun, Dec 08: Troy Victorian Stroll at Riverfront Park/Monument Square in Troy The 37th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is the ultimate kickoff to the Holiday Season. Come enjoy the holiday cheer in a historic Victorian city at the 2019 Troy Victorian Stroll. See you then!
Mon, Dec 09: Experience Emma at Emma Willard School We welcome you to a robust morning program with intentional focus on truly experiencing life at Emma. This visit will include a tour, interview and opportunity to see our authentic living and learning community in action. You will be back at class or work just after noon. Registration will run from 7:30-7:55 am and the tours will begin promptly at 8 am.
Mon, Dec 09: A Christmas Carol at Proctors This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol from Nebraska Theatre Caravan is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, The Boar’s Head Carol and many more. Featuring a cast of 23 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, audiences cherish this sumptuous holiday classic. In this adaptation for the stage, one actor plays Ebenezer Scrooge. Each of the 24 member ensembles supports both the story and the music with exceptional ensemble singing and dancing, while each taking on a significant character as the story unfolds. The current directors and designers of this production do not attempt to stray from Charles Jones’ original concept. As stewards of the production, they strive to convey to each company of players the integrity and the magic that are intrinsic to the piece.
Tue, Dec 10: Tech Valley High School Information Session at Tech Valley High School Want to learn more about the unique education your student can receive at TVHS? Attend one of our on-site evening information sessions to learn more about what our school has to offer!
Tue, Dec 10: Handel’s Messiah 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 on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 p.m. The work, sung in its entirety, features guest soloists: Sarah Yanovitch, soprano, sarahyanovitchsoprano.com Emily Marvosh, alto, emilymarvosh.com Ruairi Bowen, tenor, ruairibowen.com Edward Vogel, baritone, edwardvogelmusic.com All Tickets are General Admission. VIP-Prime tickets reserve you the best spot in the Cathedral and may not be available on the night of the performance.
Tue, Dec 10: Polar Express Pajama Party with Santa Claus – Session 1 at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga All Aboard! Northshire Bookstore’s children’s department invites little ones to wear their jammies and join us for a cozy evening with a reading of The Polar Express and visit from Santa Claus! Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to our Polar Express passengers. Reservations are required for this event. A reservation is needed for each child who will be in attendance. No reservation is necessary for adult companions or infants. This is a free event – but we encourage attendees to consider purchasing a donation level ticket to support our Book Angels program which gives books to hundreds of local children in need each holiday season. All proceeds from those tickets will go to Book Angels. Due to popular demand, we are hosting two separate sessions.
Tue, Dec 10: Polar Express Pajama Party with Santa Claus – Session 2 at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga All Aboard! Northshire Bookstore’s children’s department invites little ones to wear their jammies and join us for a cozy evening with a reading of The Polar Express and visit from Santa Claus! Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to our Polar Express passengers. Reservations are required for this event. A reservation is needed for each child who will be in attendance. No reservation is necessary for adult companions or infants. This is a free event – but we encourage attendees to consider purchasing a donation level ticket to support our Book Angels program which gives books to hundreds of local children in need each holiday season. All proceeds from those tickets will go to Book Angels. Due to popular demand, we are hosting two separate sessions.
Wed, Dec 11: HOLIDAYS AT THE HALL at Cohoes Music Hall Doors open at 5:30 pm and show will begin at 6 pm. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Please reserve your spot in advance through the form above. Proceeds benefit the Cohoes Outreach Office of the Albany Community Action Partnership. Donations of toiletries for the Cohoes Food Pantry accepted on day of show.
Thu, Dec 12: 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.
Thu, Dec 12: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall For nearly 25 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world while their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has become an eagerly anticipated annual family event. Drawing on a rich catalog of holiday classics and Christmas originals from the band’s two full-length holiday albums, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its world-renowned live show and fun and quirky take on the holidays to you. Fun arrangements of classics in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy style include Jingle Bells, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, and Winter Wonderland. The “Andrew’s Sisters” meets the blues in their version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and the just-as-classic Heat Miser song transports listeners back to yet another beloved holiday television special. The band rips through Chuck Berry’s Run, Run Rudolph, Lou Rawls’ Merry Christmas Baby, and slows things down nice and easy for Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas.
Fri, Dec 13: Christmas from Dublin at Cohoes Music Hall An Award winning musician and songwriter Bob Halligan, Jr., leads an all-star cast of over thirty musicians, singers and dancers in celebrating Ireland’s rich influence on the beautiful music of the Christmas season.
Fri, Dec 13: 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 of Gibsons 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. With accolades including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year; Song of the Year; Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year–in some cases multiple times–the Gibson Brothers truly need no introduction in the bluegrass world. Yet even though they’re “bluegrass superstars” (New York Times), there are still plenty of people outside the worlds of bluegrass and acoustic music who are not yet familiar with their music. For them, In The Ground is the perfect record–just as it is for long-time Gibson Brothers fans, too.
Fri, Dec 13: The McKrells Christmas Show at The Egg at The Egg (Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Performing Arts) The McKrells bring their signature Celtic-infused bluegrass for an evening of holiday cheer – featuring traditional and original songs, classic Christmas stories and good humor.
Fri, Dec 13: Paint a Present at The Pottery Place- Albany, NY Children love to surprise their loved ones with gifts they’ve made themselves and especially love these gifts to be a SECRET! Our Paint A Present Workshop is for children 6 years old and up. This is a drop-off event. We’re also including a special holiday activity. Be surprised this year with a special gift from your child.
Sat, Dec 14: Holiday American Girl Tea with Samantha Parkington at Schenectady County Historical Society at Schenectady County Historical Society Join us for an elegant holiday tea party! Our Festival of Trees will be in full swing, making a glittering holiday backdrop for the occasion. We’ll have baked goods and stories to share, and make a wintry craft to take home. Our host will be Samantha. $8/person for children AND adults
Sat, Dec 14: 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 14: Candlelight Evening at the Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum Visit The Farmers’ Museum for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions. The landscape of the museum is adorned with greenery and aglow with hundreds of candle luminaries. Real jingle bells add to the magic of the evening as horses dressed in harness bells pull wagons carrying visitors through the museum’s snowy grounds. Gather around a bonfire on the tavern green and partake of complimentary wassail made with local cider–warming in kettles over open fires and served throughout the event. Delicious food and hot drinks are also available. Candlelight Evening is unforgettable for children. Saint Nicholas reads Twas The Night Before Christmas in the More House and all visitors enjoy free rides on the Empire State Carousel, courtesy of Matthew Sohns and family. Music and live performances bring Candlelight Evening to life. Hear the sounds of the holidays throughout the museum’s grounds. Performers fill the historic Cornwallville Church with music of the season. Local high school bands play holiday favorites at Bump Tavern. Mingle with characters from the museum’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Best of all, visitors can join in the singing with over 150 carolers in the midst of our candle-lit historic buildings.
Sat, Dec 14: The Prince & Princess in Me Series at Schenectady County Public Library My Daughters and Me presents a program that focuses on helping to build self-esteem, self-love, and self-respect in young boys and girls.
Sat, Dec 14: Family Day at miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Join miSci for an exciting day of fun for the whole family – special events at the museum, featuring engaging hands-on activities, special STEAM themes, and more!
Sun, Dec 15: The Many Moods of Christmas at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall A favorite holiday tradition for families across the Capital Region, this concert is designed to inspire, celebrate, help us reflect, and unite us in the spirit of the season. Framed by the mesmerizing O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen and all-time favorite The Many Moods of Christmas Suite by Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett, this year’s holiday program will feature the world premiere of Christmas at Sea, by APM’s Honorary Composer-in-Residence, Steve Murray. Join us and sing along to traditional carols with the APM Concert Chorus and Orchestra Pro Musica!
Sun, Dec 15: 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 15: Concerts for Tots – Children’s Holiday Concert – Joy to the World at The College of Saint Rose Hearst Center A jolly and festive musical afternoon to celebrate the season! Ring in the holidays with Concerts for Tots!
Sun, Dec 15: SenseAble Science – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Each month, miSci hosts SenseAble Science, a special time for children on the autism spectrum and their families!
Sun, Dec 15: Oliver! the musical at Theatre Institute at Sage The classic Charles Dickens’ story comes to life as Oliver, a hungry orphan, escapes the workhouse and finds himself amongst youthful thieves and pickpockets, led by the villainous Fagin.
Sun, Dec 15: 2019 Victorian Holiday Celebration and Wintermarket in Altamont at Altamont Community Traditions Community activities, vendors, and music all day.
Sun, Dec 15: 10th Annual Skiing & Riding Santa Day at Windham Mountain at Windham Mountain Windham Mountain Resort welcomes all skiing and riding Santas (Elves and Reindeer are welcome, too)! Kick off the winter holiday season and help us raise money for The Windham Community Food Pantry. Dress as Santa (Elves and Reindeer are welcome, too) from head-to-toe, make a donation to the Windham Community Food Pantry, and get a free lift ticket for the day (RFID Media is required and may be purchased for $5). Santas will also receive one additional midweek non-holiday lift ticket for the 19/20 season. Space is limited and all skiing and riding Santas are required to pre-register in advance.
Mon, Dec 16: Family Storytime @Woodlawn Branch, Schenectady County Public Library at Schenectady County Public Library Drop-in for stories, songs, rhymes and fun with Ms. Anne! For children ages 5 and under, accompanied by adult
Mon, Dec 16: Cake Bash at the Library! at Saratoga Springs Public Library Join us a the library for this family friendly cupcake decorating event! We’ll be making snowmen and penguin cupcakes to get us in the holiday spirit! Contact the library to save your spot (Registrations open at 6:00pm Monday, November 18, 2019)
Mon, Dec 16: Family Story Time at Schenectady County Public Library-Niskayuna Branch Early literacy class for children birth to age 5, with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs, activities and social interaction for the whole family. No registration necessary.
Mon, Dec 16: Family Story Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center Join our class of stories and music for families with children of all ages. Pajamas are welcome!
Tue, Dec 17: Baby Lap Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Glenville Branch This early literacy class will introduce baby to stories, songs, fingerplays and social interaction. For children age from birth to 24 months, with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary.
Tue, Dec 17: Baby Lap Time at Schenectady County Public Library – Central Library This early literacy class will introduce baby to rhymes, bounces, songs, books, fingerplays and social interaction. For children age from 0 to 23 months, with an adult caregiver. No registration necessary.
Tue, Dec 17: The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays at Palace Theatre Celebrate the holidays with the entire family at The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays, a mind-blowing showcase featuring jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Wed, Dec 18: Toddler Time at Schenectady County Public Library-Niskayuna Branch Early literacy class for children 24-35 months, with an adult caregiver. Stories, songs, activities and social interaction. No registration necessary.
Wed, Dec 18: Preschool Story Time at Schenectady County Public Library-Niskayuna Branch Class of books, songs and games for independent 3-5 year olds. No registration necessary.
Wed, Dec 18: 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!
Wed, Dec 18: A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at Palace Theatre Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in the all-new touring production A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE ON STAGE! Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas play and ultimately learn the true meaning of the season.
Thu, Dec 19: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2019 at Times Union Center Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group will be bringing its highly-anticipated Winter Tour 2019 back to Albany! Returning with all-new staging and effects is the unforgettable show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.”
Fri, Dec 20: Winter Solstice Hike at Albany Pine Bush at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Join us for a 0.9 mile hike as the sun sets on the shortest day of the year. We will explore how nocturnal animals utilize the nighttime for survival and will conclude with a campfire.
Fri, Dec 20: 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 20: Shaker Holiday Market at Shaker Heritage Society Our traditional Holiday Fair promotes the holiday spirit with regional artisans featuring handmade pottery and jewelry, foods and treats, and much more! Choose unique gifts for your loved ones while helping support local business this holiday season.
Fri, Dec 20: NEW PALTZ BALLET PRESENTS: THE NUTCRACKER at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Gather together in our Silverado Saloon to enjoy a timeless classic! The Nutcracker is a fairy tale ballet broken into two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration and boasts talent ranging from 3 year olds to adults.
Sat, Dec 21: Children’s Star Sighting Show at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Interactive program exploring the stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky. Geared to children ages 3-7 and their families.
Sat, Dec 21: Albany Star Sighting at Discover Albany: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center & Henry Hudson Planetarium Interactive program identifies stars, planets, comets and constellations in the night sky and the tools and techniques for becoming an amateur astronomer. Geared for skywatchers ages 8 and above.
Sat, Dec 21: Christmas at Clermont Open House at Friends of Clermont A great day for families! Explore the mansion at your leisure enjoying the holiday decorations with docents available to answer questions in each room. Cider and cookies will be available in the visitor’s center.
Sat, Dec 21: Kwanzaa 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. Hudson Hall programs are supported, in part, by an award from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Sat, Dec 21: 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.
Sat, Dec 21: The Prince & Princess in Me Series at The Prince & Princess in Me Series My Daughters and Me presents a program that focuses on helping to build self-esteem, self-love, and self-respect in young boys and girls.
Sat, Dec 21: A Nashville Christmas at The Egg at The Egg (Nelson Rockefeller Center for the Performing Arts) Celebrate your Christmas country style with A Nashville Christmas. This incredible concert features a sleigh full of your favorite Holiday tunes along with some country music classics sprinkled in. The show also includes special guest appearances by a couple of performers from the past (two guys named Elvis and Roy O.)? and that guy in the red suit may even show up. The incredibly talented cast of A Nashville Christmas have shared the stage with dozens of country music’s biggest stars. You don’t have to go to Nashville this Christmas – A Nashville Christmas is coming to you – Don’t Miss It!
Sun, Dec 22: Annual Festival of Trees at Schenectady County Historical Society Celebrate the season as we fill our galleries with lighted fir trees! Decorated from classic to kooky Christmas styles, the trees glow with the enchantment of the holidays. Join us throughout December for a shimmering, festive season.
Sun, Dec 22: Santa’s Magical Express at Yankee Trails World Travel oin Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves in a 90 minute quest to save Christmas this Holiday Season! Sponsored by Price Chopper, Garelick Farms and Capital Holiday Lights in the Park!
Sun, Dec 22: Chanukah Sky High at Boscov’s Clifton Park Center Light a one-of-a-kind sky-high menorah! Latkes, rainbow donuts, cloud candy & more! Music, raffles, awesome crafts! First-ever gelt drop!
Sun, Dec 22: A Christmas Carol at the Farmers’ Museum at The Farmers’ Museum The Farmers’ Museum’s beloved holiday tradition returns for its seventh year! This December, The Farmers’ Museum presents 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. This original production of the classic story embodies the spirit of the season and is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends during the holidays. Child-friendly “Family Seating” will be available in the first few rows to ensure all our audnece members get the best possible view! Accessable seating areas are also avaialble at the front of the auditorium for our audience members with specific mobility needs. 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 22: SUPERHERO CHANUKAH EXTRAVAGANZA at Bethlehem Chabad Light the largest Menorah in the Capital Region! Meet Real Life Superheroes! Ultimate Hero Sandwich Buffet! Turn into a Superhero of Your Own! …And So Much More!!!! Grand Menorah Lighting at The Four Corners 3:00 p.m. Followed by A Superhero Chanukah Extravaganza at Bethlehem Chabad.
Thu, Dec 26: 11th Annual Cookie Burner Stroll with Albany Pine Bush at Albany Pine Bush Preserve & Discovery Center Looking for a way to work off those cookies and other holiday treats? Our cookie burner stroll is a fun way to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. We will hike approximately two and one-half miles over rolling terrain, taking breaks along the way for rest and water (if needed). We will meet at the Discovery Center and caravan to another trailhead. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. If there is snow, we will snowshoe 0.9 miles in the Karner Barrens section of the preserve! Snowshoes will be provided to program participants.
Thu, Dec 26: Mugs and Hugs FREE Playgroup at New Covenant Nursery School One of the longest running (if not the longest) FREE playgroups in the Capital District area. Every week we will hang out between 10am and noon to play. Dads welcome too. It’s completely drop-in, so stop by anytime between 10am and Noon. Park in the lot at the back and come in the door with the awning. This group is lead by Pastor Katy. The focus is to build community for the parents and for the children.
Thu, Dec 26: Moana – Family Fun Day 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 Presented by CDPHP Sponsored by Stewart’s
Thu, Dec 26: Holiday Family Fun at Thacher Nature Center at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center & Thacher State Park Bring the family for nature themed fun indoors and outside at the Nature Center. We’ll have crafts to make and take home, interactive games and challenges, puppets, puzzles, and more. Take a hike or snowshoe walk on our trails, or venture out on the frozen lake, then warm up with some hot chocolate. Drop in anytime during our regular hours, 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
Fri, Dec 27: Troy Night Out at Troy, New York Downtown Business Improvement District A monthly arts and cultural event that takes place the last Friday of EVERY month in downtown Troy
Fri, Dec 27: Foal Patrol Kids! at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Join the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for a family-friendly open house celebrating the 3rd season of Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live cameras following the daily activities of in-foal mares. “Foal Patrol Kids!” will include a variety of fun and educational activities, as well as healthy snacks, giveaways, and special guests.
Sun, Dec 29: Sunny Sundays – miSci (museum of innovation and science) at miSci (museum of innovation and science) Sunny Sundays are your opportunity to take a safe glimpse at the sun!
Tue, Dec 31: First Night Saratoga 2019 at Saratoga Arts First Night Saratoga is one of the oldest and largest celebrations of its kind in the country. Now in its 23 year, First Night Saratoga, is a Saratoga Springs tradition. Every year, Saratoga Arts teams up with 30 partner venues, over 40 sponsors, 300+ artists, and 150 volunteers to present the largest New Year’s Eve celebration between New York City and Montreal. First Night Saratoga has something for everybody – music in all genres, magic, mind arts, and more!
Tue, Dec 31: Kids Count Down to the New Year with Chuck E Cheese! at Chuck E Cheese’s Latham Count down to the new year with Chuck E Cheese and catch the tickets as they drop ! Enjoy our $10.00 special – per player one hour of all you can play games , a drink and 2 slices of pizza.
Tue, Dec 31: Ring in 2020 at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort Let us provide the all-inclusive fun! Live entertainment, 3 delicious daily all-you-can-eat meals, music and much more! New Year’s Eve Party December 31st
Tue, Dec 31: Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights In The Park at Washington Park Lakehouse The 23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park drive through runs from November 29, 2019, until January 3, 2020. The 2019 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.
Tue, Dec 31: First Night Bethlehem at Town of Bethlehem Parks & Recreation Department Bethlehem’s First Night 2020 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Four Corners with Saxophone Sam, a custom ice sculpture by the Ice Man, and a fireworks display at 6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment and activities within walking distance of the Four Corners. Participating venues are accessed with a First Night button, to be available for sale in the fall. Proceeds from button sales go to programs that benefit those in need in our community. This year, we are again partnering with the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, Bethlehem Senior Projects, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Community Fund, and other sponsors, as well as a network of volunteers.