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Albany NY Capital Holiday Lights In The Park

See animated lights displays in Washington Park during the Capital Holiday Lights display in Albany NY.

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ALBANY NY -- Visit the Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights in the Park this season, from November 27, 2015 through January 2, 2016. The 18th annual lights spectacular is an awe-inspiring show with over 125 light displays and scenes in Albany. This year's theme is "Christmas in Albany" and is commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the PAL Youth Programs!

Drive through the park to marvel at never-before-seen displays along with some old time favorites.

Meet Santa And His Reindeer - After you drive through this amazing display, enjoy all sorts of crafts, costumed characters, refreshments and even Santa (through Dec. 23) at the Lakehouse! Little ones will be able to whisper their Christmas wishes in Santa's ear while enjoying all sorts of fun and activities.

What does it cost?

To drive through the display, it costs:
  • $15 per car
  • $25 for a limo or 10-18-passenger van
  • $50 for vehicles with 19-28 passengers
  • $75 for 29 or more people, including school buses
  • $100 for commercial coaches

All vehicles enter the display at the Madison and New Scotland Ave entrance to Washington Park. Call PAL at 518-435-0392 if you have questions about other vehicles not listed above.

And When Can We Go?

  • Capital Holiday Lights display runs 6 - 9 PM Sundays through Thursdays and 6 - 10 PM Fridays and Saturdays through January 2, 2016.
  • The show will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 24, 25 and 26.
  • Santa's live reindeer will visit the Lake House on November 27, December 2, 9, 16, and 23.
  • The Reverberators will be performing their song "Christmas in Albany" on November 22 and December 6.
  • The Lake House is closed December 24, 25, 31, and January 1-2, but the drive through show will run at its normally scheduled time.

For more information call Albany PAL at (518) 435-0392.

Take A Ride

Don't want to drive through? Take a ride! Visitors can take a carriage ride through the lights display Thursday through Sunday with Dreaming Tree Farm. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Call (518) 573-3198.

...Or A Stroll

Feel like taking a walk? On three nights this year you can walk through Washington Park. Check back for our Special Charity Walk Nights:

But How Do We Get There?!

FROM THE WEST: Go East on Route 20 into Albany. Bear right at fork in the road (intersection of Allen Street). Continue East on Madison Avenue to New Scotland Ave entrance. Turn left into Washington Park.

FROM THE EAST: Go West on I-90 to I-787 South. Continue South on I-787 to Madison Avenue exit. Proceed West on Madison Avenue to New Scotland Avenue. Entrance to Washington Park is on the right.

FROM THE NORTH: Go South to I-90. Exit I-90 at Arbor Hill. Continue straight on Henry Johnson Blvd., following it to New Scotland Avenue entrance.

FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-787 North to Exit 23 or (North to Southern Blvd.). Take Southern Blvd. to Delaware Avenue. Take a right on Delaware Avenue and proceed to Madison Avenue. Take a left on Madison to New Scotland Avenue entrance to Washington Park.

All proceeds from Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights will benefit the Albany Police Athletic League, PAL, a juvenile crime- prevention program in the City of Albany.

Can I Volunteer?

Volunteers are needed nightly! Sunday through Thursday from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM and Friday & Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.

Volunteers also work inside the Lakehouse to transform it into Santa’s Workshop with Santa, crafters and more. During the show, “Albany PAL relies heavily on volunteers to help with such activities as photos with Santa and costumed characters,” said PAL Executive Director Sgt. Lenny Ricchiuti.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call Albany PAL 518-435-0392.

The Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights are brought to you by Albany PAL, the City of Albany, Price Chopper, and many other sponsors - plus a little holiday magic.

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