Albany - Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Each year Price Chopper/Market 32 puts on an amazing display of holiday lights in Washington Park that you can drive through to enjoy, with proceeds going to a local charity.

a holiday light display that says Celebrate Our Differences

Stay tuned for dates and details on the 2017 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. For an idea of what to expect, check out last year's details:

2016 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

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Visit the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park this season for a spectacular, awe-inspiring show with over 125 light displays and scenes in Albany. After you drive through this amazing display, enjoy all sorts of crafts, costumed characters, refreshments, and even Santa himself at the Lakehouse through December 23rd. Little ones will be able to whisper their Christmas wishes in Santa's ear while enjoying all sorts of fun and activities.


Capital Holiday LightsTo drive through the display, it costs:

  • $20 per car (max capacity of 9)
  • $25 for passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles (capacity of 10 - 18)
  • $50 for commercial vehicles and vans (capacity of 19 to 28)
  • $100 for school buses
  • $125 for commercial coaches

All vehicles enter the display at the Madison and New Scotland Avenue entrance to Washington Park. Call the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) at 518.435.0392 if you have questions about other vehicles not listed above.


  • Capital Holiday LightsPrice Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights display runs Sundays through Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm from November 25th through January 2nd; The Lakehouse is open during the same hours.
  • Santa will be at The Lakehouse through December 23rd.
  • The Lakehouse is closed December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st -2nd , but the drive through-show will run at its normally scheduled time.

Special Events

*Note: These special events are the only time you are permitted to walk through Washington Park.

Friday, November 18th, 5pm to 8pm - Light Up the Holidays

Join Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Santa, and other special guests as they throw the switch for Light Up the Holidays. Take a walk around the lake as part of the walk-only Charity Walk Night to benefit the local Charities of Choice for 2016. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family.

Saturday, November 19th, 4pm to 8pm - A Taste of the Holidays

Albany PAL is presenting its first annual Craft Beer & Wine Festival at the Lights. Stroll around the lake and enjoy the lights with your family and friends as you savor the "Taste of the Holidays"!

Sunday, November 20th, 4pm to 7pm - 3rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights Chili, Chowder and SoupFest

This event features soup samplings from many area restaurants and delis. Enjoy live music, crafters, visits with Santa, and a leisurely stroll around the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights, all to support the 2016 Charities of Choice.

Other Events

Family Nights on Sundays

On Sundays, the first 100 children receive a special prize, courtesy of Albany PAL.

Reindeer Visits - December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 23rd

Come and visit Santa's reindeer in front of the Lake House!

Albany Broadcasting

Your favorite Albany Broadcasting stations will be taking turns keeping Santa company - stop by and see them for prizes and giveaways. Participating stations are B95.5, JAMZ 96.3, FLY 92.3, 100.9 The Cat, and Magic 590 AM.

Special Occasions

Celebrating a special occasion? Book a visit through Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights and take advantage of a horse-drawn carriage, trolley, limousine, or your preferred mode of transportation. Celebrate your event in lights on the digital display board by contacting Sherry at 518.435.0392.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Horse drawn carriage rides are offered Thursday through Sunday evenings by Saratoga Horse and Carriage. For more information or reservations contact 518.573.3198.

Trolley Rides

Trolley rides are available most nights through Adirondack Transportation. For more information or reservations, contact 518.433.0100.

Charities of Choice 2016

Albany Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald house provides a place of comfort, love, healing, and hope - for free - for critically ill children and their families.

Alzheimer's Association of NENY

The Alzheimer's Association works to advance care, support, and research across the world for those living with Alzheimer's.

The Albany Fund for Education

AFE brings forward new ideas, approaches, and funding to support the Albany City School District.

Note: Light Up the Holidays and the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights, Chili, Chowder and SoupFest contribute to the Charities of Choice; all other proceeds from Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights benefit the juvenile crime prevention programs of PAL.


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 Avenue 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

Take I-87 South to I-90 East. Take Exit 6 towards Arbor Hill. Continue straight on Henry Johnson Boulevard, following it to New Scotland Avenue entrance.

From the South

Take I-787 North to Exit 23 or (North to Southern Boulevard.). Take Southern Boulevard to Delaware Avenue. Take a right on Delaware Avenue and proceed to Madison Avenue. Take a left on Madison Avenue to the New Scotland Avenue entrace.


Volunteers are needed nightly! In addition to the lights, volunteers also work inside the Lakehouse to transform it into Santa’s Workshop with Santa, crafters, and more. If you're interested in volunteering please contact Sherry at PAL at 518.435.0392.

For more information about Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, call Albany PAL at 518.435.0392.

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