Holiday Cheer November – December 2012

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Take a step back in time this winter and enjoy one of the many holiday strolls around the region. Performers, children’s activities, house tours, Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides…these are just a few of the many things you’ll enjoy.

What better way to spend a chilly afternoon?

Troy 30th Annual Victorian Stroll

December 2, 11am-5pm
One of the Northeast’s premier free holiday events, the Stroll attracts more than 20,000 people to the Victorian splendor of historic downtown Troy and offers over 100 attractions,  including the region’s top performers, live music, dancing, storytelling, theatre, costumed performers, magicians and more are set against a backdrop of unique shops, storefronts and restaurants, bringing the streets alive with Victorian holiday magic.

There will be rides, refreshments, a craft show and much more, set in the historic beauty of Victorian downtown Troy. Throughout the afternoon, Troy’s fine shops, boutiques and galleries will be open for holiday shopping. If you’re hungry, make sure to stop into many of Troy’s best eateries or for a quick bite, visit our food court located next to City Hall.

Scheduled from 11am until 5pm, the Stroll concludes when Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia and Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Linda Hillman will throw the switch on a dazzling new display, “A Celebration of Lights,” that will grace Monument Square directly across from City Hall.  The lighted display is intended to create a symbol of the holiday spirit shining brightly as it surrounds the Troy Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, which was dedicated in September 1981 and stands 90 feet tall.  Free. Downtown Troy. For more information on the Troy Victorian Stroll visit www.troyvictorianstroll.com

Saratoga 26th Annual Victorian Streetwalk
November 29, 6pm-10pm
Celebrate the season in old-fashioned holiday style at the Victorian Streetwalk as the Spa City transforms into a Victorian winter wonderland. There will be musicians, singers, magicians and other performances will delight young and old alike. Santa will welcome visits from children at his very special cottage, then kids can get up close and personal with his real-life team of reindeer right down the street! Carolers will stroll the sidewalks dressed in elegant period costumes, gaily colored hats and scarves, delighting listeners with music and song. Free hot beverages and treats will be served at numerous locations around downtown. Don’t miss the opening ceremony on the steps of City Hall at 6:30pm. The Saratoga Festival of Trees will also be on display, featuring dozens of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and swags, created and donated by local businesses. All sales of decorations benefit charity. www.saratoga.com/holiday/victorian-streetwalk.cfm

Williamstown Holiday Walk
December 1, 4pm-7pm
Activities kick-off at 4pm with our Reindog Parade; dress your dog in his or her holiday best and join the fun!  Santa will be available for children, naughty and nice alike!  Music will fill Spring Street, horse drawn carriage rides, an old fashioned Penny Social, Holiday Bake-off, the list goes on and on and on. Spring Street. www.williamstownchamber.com

16th Annual Hudson Opera House Winter Walk

December 1
Mingle with residents to celebrate the official beginning of the holiday season. At 5pm, the trumpet fanfare and the sights and sounds of the Santa Parade announce the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the elves and the official holiday season begins. Warren Street transforms into a festive thoroughfare with twinkling lights, brightly decorated shops, horse-drawn wagons offering rides, stilt walkers and marionettes, bagpipers and live reindeer. Look for Frosty the Snowman on the street, as well as Marley’s Ghost and Scrooge, the walking Grandfather Clock, the Tin Soldier, and a host of angels, snowflakes and elves of all sizes. Winter Walk provides music for every taste – and, of course, Sax-O-Clause (the artist previously known as Saxophone Santa) is in his usual spot in the 400 block. There is also diversity in dance: from belly dancers and the Can Can Girl to the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Center’s  ballet troupe, Hip Hop, and the Kuumba Latin Fever Dancers. There is eat-as-you-go food from street vendors, and sit-down meals at Hudson’s growing list of restaurants. A visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus, giving out free gifts in City Hall, is a must.  The popular Tots the Clown, making balloon animals, face painting, and the always entertaining Roger the Jester will all be there. Finally, fireworks, launched at 8:15 pm from Promenade Hill, will be visible from most places on Warren Street. www.hudsonoperahouse.org


The 23rd Annual Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas

November 30, December 1 & 2
The town of Stockbridge, made famous by Norman Rockwell’s painting of the village during the holidays, becomes a magical New England setting decorated with holiday wreaths and festive lights. Capping off the weekend is a recreation on Sunday of the scene depicted in Main Street at Christmas, complete with vintage automobiles parked in the spots occupied in the painting. The day’s activities include horse-drawn rides, a visit from Santa, Roger the Jester, lunch at the Christmas Food Booth and much more. Main Street. www.stockbridgechamber.org/christmas.html

Athens Annual Holiday Victorian Stroll
December 8, 1pm-4pm
A free, family-friendly event that includes historic house tours, Crossroads Brewery tours, costumed strollers, Victorian Santa Claus, ice sculpture demonstrations, Coxsackie-Athens Community Band’s Annual Holiday Concert, dance performances, music, games, events for children and seniors, photographers, horse-drawn trolley, art exhibit and shopping with a few vendors and much more. The event culminates at dusk at Riverside Park with caroling and the tree lighting. On 12/9, the Athens Cultural Center art exhibit will continue, as well as the vendors from 1pm-4pm. Athens Cultural Center, Athens. www.athensculturalcenter.org

Lake Placid  The Holiday Village Stroll
December 7-9
The weekend provides a festive start to the holiday season in a destination known for its majestic Adirondack mountain setting and quaint Main Street. From children’s activities and special Lake Placid events to nightlife, shopping, dining specials and entertainment options, the weekend’s festivities have been designed with families, singles and couples in mind. Location: Lake Placid Village. www.holidayvillagestroll.com

Holiday Events

Albany County
November 17
Colonie Central High School PTSA 29th Annual Fall Craft Fair – Enjoy a little holiday shopping among 75+ crafters of handmade items, concession stand, prize raffles and a bake sale for your sweet tooth. Free. 9am-4pm. Colonie Central High School Gym.

November 22
Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk – Benefits The Christopher Dailey Foundation. $22, $25 after 11/15. 8:30am. Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga.

November 23-25
Albany Institute Holiday Gift Fair – The work of local vendors will be on display throughout the three floors of the museum, showcasing beautiful and distinctive gifts by local jewelers, craftspeople and artists. 10am-5pm. $5, includes fair and galleries. Albany Institute of History & Art.

Through December 15
Shaker Christmas Craft Fair – Features over 50 local artisans offering high quality, items ranging from jewelry, hats and scarves to woodenware, ceramics and glass items for the home. New merchandise arrives daily.  Free. Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. 25 Meeting House Road, adjacent to the Albany Airport. For more info: 456.7890; www.shakerheritage.org

December 1
Gifts Galore at Orchid Auction – The North Eastern New York Orchid Society (NENYOS) will host their annual fundraising Orchid Auction at the William K. Sanford Library’s meeting room. The auction will have over 90 common and unusual orchids in a dazzling display, many of them in bloom or bud and available for beautiful gifts. 1pm-4pm. Colonie. Viewing and bid registration will begin at 1pm with the auction beginning at 1:30pm. For more info:  673.3212; www.nenyos.org

December 1
Hamagrael Handcrafted Craft Fair – This annual Delmar Craft Fair will feature over 80 vendors offering a wide variety of crafts. Lunch is available for purchase. A Bucket Auction featuring vendor items will take place during the fair. Winners need not be present to win. Free. 10am-4pm. Hamagrael Elementary School, Delmar. For more info: 478.9548.

December 2
Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival – 1pm-6pm. Free. Empire State Plaza, Albany.

December 2
A John Waters Christmas at The Egg – Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and raconteur John Waters rides into town on his sleigh full of smut, spreading yuletide cheer with his critically acclaimed one-man show, "A John Waters Christmas." 8pm. $50, $35. The Egg, Empire State Plaza, Albany.

December 8
Pet Photos With Santa – All proceeds benefit Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. 9am-noon. $5-$15. Community Resource FCU, Latham.

December 8-9
Albany Symphony presents Magic of Christmas – The Capital Region’s favorite festive tradition! Kick off the Christmas Season with the Capital Region’s favorite festival tradition, The Magic of Christmas, at the beautiful Palace Theatre. This concert is bustling with hundreds of talented young performers, glorious musical favorites, and spectacular surprises. Make this concert a gift to your family this holiday season, and enjoy the beauty and splendor of this joyous event. $25-$40. Palace Theatre, Albany.

December 11
Women’s Business Council Holiday Party & Adopted Non-profit Fundraiser – Join them to build relationships and spread holiday cheer. 11:30am. $25. Century House, Latham.

December 15-16
Carondelet Hospitality Center – Albany Pro Musica’s annual Christmas concert! Sleigh bells ring – are you listening? The performance includes classical and contemporary pieces, as well as holiday favorites. $35/$25. 7:30pm/3pm.

December 22
“Christmas With Elvis” – Drew Polsun, Sweet Fascination and Patch It Up Band. $30, inclues hors d’ oeuvres, a dessert buffet and drink specials all night. 6pm-11pm. Michael’s Banquet House, Latham.

New York State Museum
3025 Cultural Education Center, Albany; 474.0068; www.nysm.nysed.gov

December 26-December 30
Holiday Vacation Programs
Calling all Museum explorers for fun and learning at the New York State Museum! Hone your observation skills and see if you can find the objects that are hiding right in front of you in the Museum exhibitions. You’ll be seeing stars when you step into the inflatable planetarium. Use your hands and your brain to put your own creative mark on art projects.  1pm-4pm. Free.

Schedule of activities
December 26, 27: Star Lab: Winter Sky – 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Huxley Theater.

December 27: Tools Through Time: 1:30pm-4pm – New York Metropolis Hall Venture.

December 27: Log Cabin Craft – 1:30pm – 4pm. South Hall.

December 27: Civil War Period Paper Dolls – 1:30pm-4pm. South Hall.

December 27: Art Globe – 1pm-4pm. West Gallery.

December 28: Brains: The Inside Scoop – 1:30-4pm. Adirondack Hall.

December 28: A Visit in Time (1861 – 1865) – 1:30-4pm. South Hall.

December 28: Life-size NanoMedicine Demonstration – 1:30pm-4pm. Bird Hall.

December 29: Film about Seneca Ray Stoddard – 2pm. Huxley Theater.

December 30: Civil War Period Paper Dolls – 1:30pm-4pm. South Hall.

Columbia County

Olana State Historic Site
5720 Route 9G, Hudson; 828.1872, www.olana.org

December 1
Victorian Calling Cards: Rubber Stamping Holiday Cards – Create five unique holiday cards.  Learn the techniques of rubber stamping with Karen Ballantine. 10am-12pm. Adults $10.

December 2
Victorian Wreath Making – Mary Hughes will teach the art of creating Victorian wreaths with this hands-on workshop.  Bring a pair of pruning shears. Session 1: 10am-11:30am; Session 2 Noon-1:30pm. Adults $20; TOP Members $15.

December 15
A Victorian Holiday – Join the Victorian Lady, Sue McLane in full Victorian dress as she describes elements of a Victorian holiday while adorning a Christmas tree.  Snowdate: 12/16. 2pm-3pm. Adults $5; families of four $15/families of four.

Rensselaer County
November 15
Melville House Holiday Party & Auction – 7pm. Herman Melville House, Lansingburgh. For more info: 235.7647; lansingburghhistoricalsociety.org

November 16
Christmas Bazaar – A wide variety of Christmas crafts and objects will be available along with a Chinese Auction. 9am-2pm. Troy Senior Center, Troy. For more info: 270.5348.

November 17
Annual Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair – 9:30am-3pm. Dammann Hall, St. Jude the Apostle School. For more info: 326.0722.

November 22
Troy Turkey Trot – Troy’s premier road running race and one of the oldest in the Capital Region! 7:45am-1pm.

November 29, December 7 & 13
The Gallery at Capital Sawmill Open House – Stop by for a relaxing warm drink and see our new jewelry lines. December 21 celebrate the Winter Solstice from noon-5:30pm. Also inquire about pottery classes. The Gallery at Capital Sawmill Service, Nassau. For more info: 479.0729; www.capitalsawmill.com

December 15
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents: Cherish The Ladies: A Celtic Christmas. A most engaging and successful Celtic ensemble, Cherish The Ladies share timeless Irish traditions with audiences worldwide. In this program, the Ladies perform classic Christmas carols, in their signature arrangements highlighting unique Celtic instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, and spectacular step-dancing. The New York Times predicts a "passionate, tender, and rambunctious" performance – a wonderful evening of holiday fun! $29/$25. 7:30pm. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy. For more info: 273.0038; www.troymusichall.org

December 21
M&T Bank Christmas Bake Sale – Knickerbocker Mansion, Schaghticoke. For more info: 664.1700.

Saratoga County

November 15
Holiday Shopping Open House – Local businesses offering jewelry, home decor, specialty food, gift baskets, business services, holiday crafts and more. 11am03pm. Free. Keller Williams Realty, Saratoga Springs.

November 15
Thanksgiving Eating: Survival Tips – Come listen to Rebecca Mahoney, certified dietitian, who will offer tips on how to enjoy the food without the guilt and learn smart strategies for avoiding the all-too-common pitfalls of eating around holiday times. Noon-2pm. Free. Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs.

November 17
Mother Teresa Academy’s Super Saturday Vendor Show – Get a head-start on your holiday shopping in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! 10am-4pm. Free. Mother Teresa Academy, Clifton Park.

November 19
The Nutcracker Tea – Presented by SPAC’s Action Council, The Nutcracker Tea is a holiday tradition complete with Northeast Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker. 11am. SPAC.

November 21
Thanksgiving Eve Party! – Join us on the night before Thanksgiving for Live Music & Drink Specials! We’re doing the cooking that night so you don’t have to! Bring your Friends & Family to try our handcrafted wines made right here in Saratoga Springs. Free. 5pm-8pm. The Saratoga Winery & Tasting Room, Saratoga Springs.

November 22
Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot – Don’t miss the Annual Turkey Trot 5k run / walk on Thanksgiving morning in Saratoga Springs to benefit The Christopher Dailey Foundation. 8:30am. $22/$25 after 11/25. Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga.

November 24
Small Business Saturday & the 37th Annual Saratoga Holiday Craft Fair – $4. All proceeds go to help the Saratoga Center for the Family battle against child abuse and neglect in the community. 10am-3pm. Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs.

November 28
Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony – 7pm. Free. In front of Putnam Wine, Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

November 29
Simple Steps To Work off Holiday Food Overload – The average American consumes an extra 600 calories per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, which can translate into several pounds and inches.  Free. Noon-1pm. Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs.

November 30-December 2
22nd Annual Christmas in the Country – Fifteen local artists invite you to the open artists studio tour. A get-away for a very special weekend in the country. Follow the Christmas tree signs to find handcrafted specialties at local countryside artists studios. 10am-5pm. Cost varies. Fort Ann.

December 1
Burnt Hills Rowing Association Holiday Auction – Make your favorite holiday cookies or sweet treat that can easily be eaten on a napkin. Youth rowers and the community are all welcome and encouraged to attend. Attire is Holiday party casual. $5 per person or a plate of goodies to be shared. 6pm-9pm.

Clifton Park Elks Lodge.December 2
Holiday Family Concert – Flying Fingers Sign Language Troupe, made up of kids ages 6-16. Free. 2pm-3pm. Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs.

December 7
Candlelight House Tour – Premiere holiday event! Explore the interiors of some of Saratoga’s most beautiful homes in historic neighborhoods. $40/$50 tour ticket; $75/$85 tour and reception. 5pm-7pm. For more info: 587.5030; www.saratogapreservation.org

December 7
Ballston Spa Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting – 6:30pm. Free. Downtown Ballston Spa.

December 7
Reindeer Food Bar at Abigail’s Tea & Tiaras – Santa gets lots of cookies on Christmas Eve, but what about his reindeer? Let’s give them something yummy to eat too! The Reindeer Food Bar will be set up all month long inside the store. $1. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Ballston Spa.

December 31
First Night Saratoga 2013 – First Night is a New Year’s celebration of the arts and community. Each year, thousands of revelers come to Saratoga Springs to experience a wide-ranging variety of arts and music. Broadway and the surrounding streets of Saratoga Springs will be filled with music, art, comedy and family-friendly entertainment. There’s no better way to ring in the New Year! 5:30pm-12:30am. $15 for a First Night Button. Saratoga Springs.

Schenectady County
Proctor’s Theatre
432 State Street, Schenectady; 346.6204; www.proctors.org

December 3-4
Mainstage – A Christmas Carol – School Days.

December 3
Mainstage – A Christmas Carol. 7pm.

December 7-9
Mainstage – Northeast Ballet’s Annual Nutcracker. 12/7 10am.

December 9
Lunch with Santa. 12:30pm.

December 14-23
GE Theatre – Classic Theatre Guild Inc. – A Christmas Story.

December 20-23
Mainstage – Melodies of Christmas. 

December 29-30
GE Theatre – The Nutcracker – from the Royal Ballet, London projected onto our GIANT screen!

December 31
GE Theatre – Funk-n-Country New Year’s Eve Bash. 9:30pm.

Schoharie County

November 23-24
Annual Black Friday Weekend Holiday Craft Show Just in time for the holidays! Don’t miss our annual Black Friday Weekend Craft Show to be held in the Café dining room. 10am-5pm. Howe Caverns, Inc., Howes Cave. For more info: For more info: 296.8990; www.howecaverns.com

November 24
Decorating with Native Greenery – The instructor will guide participants through this make and take adventure to create wreaths and swags. Registration fee includes greenery, ribbon and decorations; bring any additional decorative elements you’d like to place in your creations. Members $25; non-members $35. 9am-noon. Landis Arboretum, Esperance. For more info: 875.6935; www.landisarboretum.org

November 30
Christmastime in Schoharie – Main Street. Schoharie. For more info: 295.7683; www.schohariepromo.org

December 1- January 2
New York Power Authority Festival of Trees – The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov/vc/blengil.htm

December 10
New York Power Authority: Photos with Santa – The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov/vc/blengil.htm

Warren County & Beyond

November 16-December 24
2012 LARAC Holiday Shop – A festive showcase offering holiday shoppers beautiful, original, and unique gift items from over 50 local and regional artists and artisans. Free. 10am-3pm. Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls.

November 17
Lake George Polar Plunge for Special Olympics – Did you know it costs $400 to fund a Special Olympics athlete? Come out November 20th and take the Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. 9am. Free for spectators. Shepard Park, Lake George.

November 17
Holiday Gifts & Craft Fair – Featuring the work of local artists, crafters and food vendors. Fair Trade Imported Gifts also available. Entertainment provided by local musicians. Children’s activities. 10am-4pm. Free. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Glens Falls.

November 17-18
7th Annual Newcomb Holiday Craft Fair – A community celebration of holiday crafts! Start your Christmas shopping off right with unique gifts and homemade designs. 9am-4pm & 10am-3pm. Free. Adirondack Interpretive Center, Newcomb.

November 18
Adirondack Floral Art – Holiday Wreaths with Roberta Games – Get ready for the holidays! In this class we will learn techniques to create holiday wreaths (twig and evergreen), swags, bows, & roping. Emphasis will be to create an ‘Adirondack Look’ with local materials. Students will take home two pieces as well as learn how to make their own decorative pieces for seasons to come. 1pm-4pm. $40 + $20 for materials. Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne.

November 21
North Country Festival of Trees Senior Luncheon – This is a chance for seniors and individuals with mobility limitations to have a “sneak preview” of the Festival without the crowds, while dining among the “Wonders of the Trees”. 11:30am. Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls.

November 23-25
21st Annual North Country Festival of Trees & Breakfast with Santa – Kids will have the opportunity to do arts & crafts, games and activities in the Children’s Winter Wonderland and be able to have breakfast with Santa on Friday and Saturday mornings. Adults $7, seniors $5; under 12 $3. Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls.

November 24
North Country Festival of Trees Sugar Plum Ball – A holiday event for the children to enjoy! Dress them in their finest and dance the night away. Entertainment is by Radio Disney. 7pm-9pm. Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls. 

November 30-December 1
Hometown Holidays Downtown Open House – The Hometown Holidays Downtown Open House Stroll with music and refreshments. Trolley rides from 10am-5pm and Santa arrives at 2pm. Free. 5pm-7pm. Downtown Glens Falls.

November 23-24
Santa Train – Travel south on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Thendara Station to Otter Lake while visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy holiday stories, music, games, and more! Departure times are 2pm and 4pm from the Thendara Station. 2pm. Adults $10, kids $10. Lake Placid.

November 23
21st Annual North Country Festival of Trees – Kick-off the holiday season and start getting in the holiday spirit at the Queensbury Hotel for The Festival of Trees, Adults $7; seniors $5, under 12 $3.

November 23-December 1
2012 Hometown Holiday in Glens Falls – If you thought the kick-off to the holiday season in Glens Falls ended with the tree lighting, think again! Free. Downtown Glens Falls.

November 23-December 2
An Adirondack Christmas – For two weekends the towns of Inlet and Old Forge will be turned into a Christmas wonderland. Area clubs, civic groups and businesses have planned an unforgettable family experience. Free.

November 24
37th Annual Saratoga Holiday Craft Fair – All proceeds go to help the Saratoga Center for the Family battle against child abuse and neglect in the community. Each year, this not-for-profit organization provides more than 3,000 children and families in Saratoga County with the support and counseling they need to cope with the wounds of domestic violence. 10am-4:30pm. $4. Saratoga City Center.

November 24
It’s A Jazzy Christmas – The Peanut Gallery Trio will be playing in a jazz concert at View in Old Forge. The event will be a Celebration of Vince Guaraldi’s Holiday Jazz Music, an unforgettable, family-friendly afternoon of Guaraldi’s signature style of jazz made famous in the “Peanuts” holiday specials. $15/$10 members and students; under 6 free. 2pm. 3273 State Route 28, Old Forge.

November 24
Family Program at The Hyde Collection – Seasonal Assemblage Art Workshop for youth ages 6 – 12. Adults welcome, but not required. See The Door Project exhibition and create assemblage art pieces using paint, paper, and found objects in the Art Studio. 2pm-4pm. Free. The Hyde Collection Glens Falls.

November 30-December 1
Gifting the Adirondacks Holiday Fair at the Adirondack Folk School – There will be instructors selling their Adirondack wares and some will be also be demonstrating their crafts. On Saturday there will be a Toboggan making class in progress. Free. 9am. Adirondack Folk School, Lake Luzerne.

November 30-December 2
22nd Annual Christmas in the Country – 15 local artists invite you to tour their studios. A get-away for a very special weekend in the country. Follow the Christmas tree signs to find handcrafted specialties at local countryside artists studios. Cost varies. Fort Ann. 10am-5pm.

December 1
Glens Falls Tree Lighting Ceremony – Starting at 5pm watch as the tree is lit for the first time and enjoy carols, hot chocolate, and fun! Free. Glens Falls.

December 1
Eagle Bay Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – At 6pm., join your neighbors and friends to begin the Christmas season and watch the lighting of the Eagle Bay Christmas Tree. Free. Eagle Bay.

December 2
“Let It Snow” 5k Run – At 9am, run the most holiday-spirited 5K race in beautifully decorated Old Forge and Thendara as part of Christmas on Main Street. Participants can show their spirit as well with holiday costumes. A great family fun, in what will hopefully be the beginning of a winter wonderland 9am. $20 before 11/25; $25 after. Point Park, Old Forge.

December 7-9
36th Annual Snodeo – Kickoff the snowmobile season. All four manufacturers will have the 2013 models on display. Free. Old Forge, Inlet.

December 8
Craft Fair – 9am-4pm. Free. South Queensbury Firehouse.

December 9
Upstate Model Railroad Show – 10am. Glens Falls Civic Center (Heritage Hall).

House Tours

November 30-December 2
Annual Open House and Green Show – Snow and Ice is the theme this year. Visitors will enjoy the festive atmosphere, refreshments and entertainment throughout the weekend.  Decorations will be available for purchase.  Nonperishable donations will be collected for the Regional food Bank. Free. Mynderse-Frederick House, Route 146 at School Road in Guilderland Center.  11/30 4pm-8pm; 12/1 1pm-6pm; 12/2 1pm-5pm. For more info: 456.2076.

November 17
St. Mary’s Healthcare Auxiliary 6th Annual Christmas in November Holiday Home Tour –  10am-4pm. Following the tour at the Carondelet Pavilion enjoy: complimentary coffee and desserts, Santa’s Sweet Shop, Elves’ Workshop, Basket Raffles and vendors. Those touring all four homes will be eligible for a special drawing at the Carondelet Pavilion Auditorium at 380 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam. Advance tickets $15, day of $20, under 12 $8. For more info: 841.7136.

November 29-December 2
56th Annual Holiday Greens Show at the Rensselaer County Historical Society: Christmas Melodies. The Annual Holiday Greens Show, is a Troy holiday tradition that transforms 12 rooms of the 1827 Federal-style Hart-Cluett House into a unique showcase.  Members of the Van Rensselaer Garden Club incorporate fresh trees, greens and flowers to create beautiful history-inspired displays.  This year’s inspiration draws from beloved holiday songs. The Greens Show is one of the signature events during the Victorian Stroll which takes place on December 2. Adults $7; seniors $5, kids over 4 $3; under 4 free. Highlights: Silent Auction for over 40 wreaths made by the Garden Club members. Bidding closes at 4pm Dec. 2.  Free Community Night on November 29. Families are free! Children can make winter crafts. 5pm-8pm.

Candlelight Tours on November 30

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