A man in a stovepipe hat may tip his hat in greetings to you. You may get to see a juggler up close or swing with a Santa playing a saxophone, join with carolers, find that one-of-a-kind gift, or find a new favorite place to eat. There’s one thing sure to happen, you’ll leave in a festive mood.
That’s the effect that attending the holiday strolls in Capital Region communities will have. Mark your calendar to stroll at one or many. These are great events to take along family or friends.
Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk
December 3 • 5 pm-10 pm
Broadway will be closed to traffic for the Streetwalk, now in its 29th year. In a stroll, you will encounter musicians, family entertainment, carolers strolling, costumed strollers and stop by the shops and restaurants along the way to check out entertainment, enjoy tasty treats and do that holiday shopping. Santa will be on hand, too. The Festival of Trees at the City Center will coincide with the Streetwalk, featuring over 250 beautiful and twinkling trees, wreaths centerpieces and other decorations that provide great decorating ideas on display or holiday items for purchase.
Christmastime in Schoharie
December 4 • 4:30-8pm
and December 5 • 5-7pm
Presented by the Schoharie Promotional Association – On Friday on Main Street, merchants will be open extended hours, followed by the lighting of the Kiwanis Christmas tree on Lasell Hall’s front lawn, along with music and refreshments. A special feature this year: The DAR invites the public into the newly restored hall, following the devastation of Hurricane Irene. The annual Christmas lighting of Fox Creek Park will be held Saturday, with food and entertainment. The Depot Lane Singers will cap off the evening with a concert at 7pm at Schoharie Central School.
Hudson Winter Walk
December 5 • 5-8 pm
The carillon bells of the First Presbyterian Church will chime at 5pm to signal the start of the Winter Walk Santa Parade, with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, from the Hudson Opera House to City Hall (520 Warren Street), where free books are distributed to children all evening. Hudson’s mile-long Warren Street is transformed into a festive boulevard with twinkling lights, decorated shops. See Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, live reindeer, horse-drawn wagons, carolers, and enjoy performances on the street and inside shops, including music, stilt-walkers, face-painting, Roger the Jester and Tots the Clown. Fireworks are set for 8pm at Promenade Hill at the foot of Warren Street. Many restaurants and businesses will stay open later. The event will be held rain or shine.
Troy Annual Victorian Stroll
December 6 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The historic streets of downtown Troy become a magical stage of song, dance, and family enjoyment in the spirit of the holidays for the 33rd Annual Victorian Stroll. It’s day to take in more than 100 live performances of music, dance, magic and storytelling, plus arts and crafts and food vendors, and visits to boutiques and restaurants decorated for the holidays. Back this year will be the popular photography contest for amateur photographers to share their best Stroll pictures. Returning this year is the window decorating contest for downtown shops, on the theme of “Sweets and Treats.”
Stockbridge (MA) Main Street at Christmas
December 6 • 12-2pm
Step back in time as Main Street is transformed to bring to life Norman Rockwell’s famous painting, “Main Street at Christmas.” Antique cars will line the street; festival activities will include a Santa’s workshop for children and the opportunity to have your photo taken with “Norman Rockwell,” meet a jester, enjoy music, food and more. A Main Street luminaria walk with caroling is among activities on December 5, with house tours, seasonal storytime and concert also on the schedule.
Lake Placid: Holiday Village Stroll
December 11 • 6:30pm;
December 12 and 13 • 8:30am
Lake Placid invites you to help unwrap the season by participating in the Village Stroll. The event will feature festive family fun, arts and entertainment, beginning Friday evening with a skating party at the Olympic arena and music throughout the village. On Saturday, start with a Jingle Bell Run, and also story time, music, children’s crafts, food, and, of course, holiday shopping and dining. Join in the historic yule log hunt, a Lake Placid tradition that can be traced back more than century. On Sunday, cap off the weekend with candy house making, a matinee showing of Polar Express, and skating show. Have breakfast with Santa and holiday characters Saturday and Sunday.