Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Not the weather – though I am not complaining about the lack of snow – but the Santa sightings!

Check out these activities available from Thursday Dec 3rd to Sunday Dec 6th!

2015 Troy Victorian Stroll
When: Sun, Dec 6, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Downtown Troy
Celebrate the holiday season in the traditional spirit of magic and wonder! Enjoy the caroling and wassailing along with some more contemporary music, food and fun for the entire family!

The Round Lake Holiday Artisan Market
When: Thu, Dec 3, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Round Lake Village Hall, 49 Burlington Ave, Round Lake

Annual Holiday Vendor Fair
When: Fri, Dec 4, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, 1270 Belmont Ave.,
Schenectady
Come join us at our Annual Vendor Fair at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital where we’ll have local vendors selling their products. Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital’s Patient Needs.

3rd Annual Gifted Artisan Fair at Albany Barn
When: Fri, Dec 4, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Albany Barn, 56 2nd St, Albany
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
On Friday, December 4th, Albany Barn will present an exhibition of
“giftable” original artwork, locally produced food, beverages,
music, and more as part of our 3rd Annual Gifted Artisan Fair!

Albany Center Gallery’s Members Show
When: Fri, Dec 4, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Albany Center Gallery, 39 Columbia Street, Albany, NY 12207
The Annual Members’ Show focuses on the importance of local and
regional artists that live and create work within 100 miles of
Albany. This year we are highlighting over 130 artists!

St. Nicholas Fair
When: Sat, Dec 5, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 146 1st St, Troy
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
St. John’s Troy, corner First & Liberty, free and open to public.
Children’s program 10-11 with St. Nicholas, luncheon 11:30-12:30.
Budget-friendly holiday gifts, bakery, gift card auction, $200
grocery raffle and more.

Hamagrael Handcrafted Craft Fair
When: Sat, Dec 5, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Hamagrael Elementary School, 1 Mcguffey Ln, Delmar
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
All handcrafted vendors at the 32nd Annual Hamagrael Craft Fair in
Delmar

Annual Holiday Bazaar – St. Peter Armenian Church Women’s Guild
When: Sat, Dec 5, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sun, Dec 6, 12:00 PM to
4:00 PM
Where: 100 Troy Schenectady Road, Watervliet
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The Women’s Guild of St. Peter Armenian Church will host its Annual
Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 5th [11 a.m. to 5 p.m.] & Sunday,
December 6th [12 p.m. to 4 p.m.] at the Gdanian Hall located at 100
Troy Schenectady Road, Watervliet.

NYSM Chocolate Expo & Holiday Gift Market
When: Sun, Dec 6, 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Where: New York State Museum, Albany
Cost: $5.00 / Children 12 & under Free
Begin the holiday season at the New York State Museum! Enjoy the
finest chocolates, desserts, specialty foods, and holiday gifts the
region has to offer. You’ll find something special for everyone on
your shopping list!

kids

Letters To Santa
When: Today until Thu, Dec 17, 8:00 AM
Where: Clifton Park Town Hall, One Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Clifton Park Town Hall will once again forward letters from local
children to the North Pole! For a personalized reply, include a
self-addressed stamped envelope and mail or drop off by Thursday,
December 17.

9th Annual Schenectady Festival of Trees
When: Today until Sun, Dec 13, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: YWCA & Schenectady County Historical Society
Cost: Adults $5, Children $2, Under 5 Free
Visit beautifully decorated trees in the YWCA and the Schenectady
County Historical Society. Community organizations, schools, groups,
clubs, businesses and families are welcome to decorate a tree.

19th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights
When: Today until Sat, Jan 2, 2016, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Washington Park, Albany
Cost: $15-$100 depending on size of group
When Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights opens on Nov. 27 in
Washington Park, you’ll be “Home for the Holidays”.

Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
When: Fri, Dec 4, 6:30 PM
Where: Downtown Ballston Spa
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual
Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting will take place Friday
evening, December 4th, 2015.

Candy Houses
When: Sat, Dec 5, 10:00 AM
Where: Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton
Park
Families with children ages 4-9 and their siblings are invited to
celebrate the season of sweet things at the Library. Join local
performer and educator Diane Payette for a reading of The Polar
Express.

Citizen Science: Night Owls and Hot Dogs
When: Sat, Dec 5, 4:00 PM
Where: Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm
Road, Delmar
Join center staff and bird experts from the Audubon Society of the
Capital Region as we survey owls at Five Rivers. Field parties will
visit likely owl roosts, then gather at a roaring campfire to
compare findings.

Breakfast with Santa
When: Sat, Dec 5, 8:30 AM to 1:15 PM
Where: 342 Altamont Voorheesville Rd. Altamont
Cost: 10.95 adult, 6.95 child
Indian Ladder Farms Breakfast with Santa (reservations required)
8:30-2:30 Come to the farm, visit the animals and visit with Santa!
Hayrides and crafts.

Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis
When: Sat, Dec 5, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: Raymour and Flanigan, Clifton Park
Join us for fun as we raise money for the Arthritis Foundation.
Walk, run or cheer us on!

Pictures With Santa On A Fire Truck
When: Sat, Dec 5, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where: FASNY Museum of Firefighting, 117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Come have your picture taken with Santa on a Firetruck!

Pet Photos with Santa for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
When: Sat, Dec 5, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Community Resource Federal Credit Union
Cost: $10-$20
Stop by our 20 Wade Road, Latham office to have your pet
photographed with Santa. All proceeds benefit Mohawk Hudson Humane
Society. Partial photography services donated by Shawn Morgan
Photography.

miniMake Challenges: Pendulum Paintings
When: Sat, Dec 5, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: SUNY Poly CMOST
Cost: Activity included with Museum admission; There is a $5.00 fee
for material per child
SUNY Poly CMOST miniMake programs are designed specifically for
children to direct their own learning as they create! Pre-
registration is required with a maximum of 20 participants.

Great Train Extravaganza 2015
When: Sun, Dec 6, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Empire State Convention Center, Albany
Cost: $7 for Adults | Children 12 and under are FREE
The ideal place to do your holiday shopping, there will be more than
200 tables of model trains, train sets, parts & accessories, scenery
items, books, videos, DVDs, prints, railroad memorabilia and related
items for sale.

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival
When: Sun, Dec 6, 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
This family-fun annual event has something for everyone with a full
day of indoor and outdoor activities, including a chance to meet
Santa, visits from alpacas, ice sculpture demonstrations by SCCC, a
holiday arts fair and more.

live music and entertainment

A Christmas Story, the Musical!
When: Today until Sun, Dec 27, 7:30 PM
Where: Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
Cost: variable pricing
Based on the motion picture A CHRISTMAS STORY, written by Jean
Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.

EMPAC – Mary Halvorson + Colin Marston
When: Thu, Dec 3, 8:00 PM
Where: EMPAC – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, 110
8th St
In a performance that juxtaposes jazz with extreme metal, guitarist
Mary Halvorson and bassist Colin Marston will play solo sets hailing
from opposite sides of the musical spectrum.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
When: Thu, Dec 3, 3:00 PM
Where: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 2nd St, Troy
Cost: $28 – $34
Playing such classics as In The Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo, A
String of Pearls, Moonlight Serenade and Tuxedo Junction, the Glenn
Miller Orchestra is the most sought after big band in the world
today.

Annual Chamber Holiday Reception
When: Thu, Dec 3, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, 660 Albany-Shaker Rd,
Latham
Cost: $15
With the holidays right around the corner, the most anticipated
business celebration is here! Enjoy a Chamber tradition with a night
out at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk 2015
When: Thu, Dec 3, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Various Locations in Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk is a holiday event that can’t
be missed. As you walk the sidewalks of downtown Saratoga you will
see carolers and entertainers in period costumes.

Firestarter “Deck the Halls” Holiday Show
When: Thu, Dec 3, 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: Pauly’s Hotel, 337 Central Ave, Albany
Cost: $5/$8
Thursday December 3rd, 2015 @ Pauly’s Hotel in Albany, NY!
Firestarter Routine At Bay Sex $5 Online / $8 at the Door Doors
7:00PM / Show 7:30PM 18+ Unless Accompanied by Guardian.

It’s A Wonderful Life by Consortium Actors
When: Fri, Dec 4, 7:00 PM
Where: Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium
Cost: Adults $12, Seniors and Students $8
It’s not only a joyful Christmas tale – it’s the endearing love
story of George and Mary Bailey, a vivid portrait of the Greatest
Generation, a descent into the darkest hour of a man trapped by
circumstance.

Tempest Woodwind Quintet Christmas Concert
When: Fri, Dec 4, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Church of St. Adalbert, 550 Lansing Street, Schenectady
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Christmas concert with guests St. Luke’s Choir.

The Glass Menagerie Presented by NorthEast Theatre Ensemble
When: Fri, Dec 4, 8:00 PM
Where: Steamer No. 10 Theater, 500 Western Avenue, Albany
Cost: $20 at the door, Advance purchase discounts
NorthEast Theatre Ensemble presents Tennessee Williams’ classic
play, the Glass Menagerie. Performances at Steamer No. 10 Theater on
Western Avenue.

Northeast Ballet’s The Nutcracker
When: Sat, Dec 5, 2015 until Sun, Dec 6, 7:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Where: Proctors Theatre, 432 State St., Schenectady
Cost: $20 – $65
Making its annual return to the Mainstage is everyone’s favorite
holiday ballet. Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous
music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite.
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