Through December 21
2005 Shaker Christmas Craft Fair—Over 70 vendors. Historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House on the grounds of the Ann Lee Home, Albany. Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. For more info: 456.7890.
Through December 31
9th Annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park—All new show, featuring never-before-seen displays and thousands and thousands of lights. Check out the Lakehouse afterward, with crafts, costumed characters, refreshments and Santa (through 12/23). Carriage rides available most evenings. For more info: 435.0392.
December 1, 8, 15
A mini mart of events sacred and seasonal at the Cathedral of All Saints—Included will be lunches, bookstore, prayers for healing, tours, organ recital, poetry readings, carol singing, thrift shop, baked goods and gift items.10am-2pm. 62 S. Swan Street, Albany. For more info: 465.1342.
December 2 & 3
The Four Corners in Delmar Winter Stroll 2005—Enjoy shopping and strolling the neighborhood shops decked out for the holidays. Have your picture taken with Santa, take a carriage ride, and quality for a $500 shopping spree. 12/2 6pm-8pm; 12/3 10am-6pm. Kenwood Avenue and Delaware Avenue, Delmar. For more info: 598.3434.
Breakfast with Santa—Buffet, photos with Santa, games, prizes, youth fingerprinting and more. 9am-11am. Free. Boys & Girls Club of Albany. For more info: 462.5528.
Holiday Soap Making—Learn how soap was made in the 1800s and make samples to take home for yourself or for a gift. 10am-11am. Class is limited to eight participants. $6; $5 for SHS members. Shaker Heritage Society, Albany. for more info: 456.7890; www.family.knick.net/shakerwv.
December 3 & 4
Holiday House at Ten Broeck Mansion—Ten Broeck Mansion, a brick home built in 1798 in Federal style with later Greek Revival enhancements, sits on three green acres of hillside overlooking the Hudson River just north of Clinton Avenue in Albany. Don’t miss the elegant decorations or the special programs including visits from Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa) from noon-2pm both days. Also offered all weekend are crafts, cookies, and a holiday shop, plus story time readings for children and adults! On Saturday, the Albany Public Library’s new Bookmobile will visit. On Sunday at 1:30pm, the choir of All Saints Cathedral will sing in the crystal-chandeliered parlors. 10am-4pm both days. Adults $3; children under 12 $1. 9 Ten Broeck Place. For more info: 436.9826.
Historic Albany Foundation’s 2nd Annual Holiday House Tour—The sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season fill Albany‚s historic neighborhoods. Visitors are welcome to tour a dozen uniquely decorated private homes in the Center Square, Washington Park and Pine Hills historic neighborhoods and attend special events at the Albany Institute of History & Art, The Fort Orange Club and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Over 20 restaurants, gourmet food emporiums, specialty shops and boutiques on Lark Street and the adjoining streets will be offering specials such as wine tasting, discounted meals and purchases and drawings for gifts upon presentation of the tour. 12pm-5pm. $20 for HAF and AIHA members; $25 general public. For more info: 465.0876; www.historic-albany.org
The Men and Boys Choir of the Cathedral of All Saints—presents the King’s College program of Christmas Lessons and Carols (4pm), preceded at 3:30pm by an organ concert by Agnes Armstrong . 62 S. Swan Street, Albany. For more info: 465.1342.
A Night of Holiday Fun, Food & Dancing for ages 50+—Enjoy an open bar, deluxe buffet, dancing and music (The Joey Thomas Big Band). 5pm Open bar; 6pm-9pm buffet dinner and dancing. Polish Community Center, Albany. $48. Reservation deadline 12/9. For more info: 465.3325.
Empire State Plaza
South Concourse, Albany
December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
Santa’s 2005 Sidewalk Sale—Bus Turn and South Concourse. 10am-2pm.
I Love NY 2005 Holiday Tree Lighting Festival—Activities for the whole family. Free. North Concourse, Convention Center Meeting Room 6 and Outdoor Plaza, North End. 2pm-6pm.
December 7 & 8
Not-for-Profit Community Holiday Sale—Free. 10am-2pm. South Concourse. For more info: 473.2982.
December 14 & 15
Senior Holiday Sale—10am-2pm. South Concourse.
The Zucchini Brothers—The Capital Region’s favorite family band performs its third annual holiday concert. 2pm.
19 Clinton Avenue, Albany
Clay Aiken—American Idol sweetheart Clay Aiken will make a stop on his Christmas Tour. 8pm.
The Cheetah Girls in A Cheetah—Licious Christmas. Special guests Aly & AJ. 7pm.
The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker—2pm; 7:30pm.
ASO Sunday Symphonies—Cowboy Dave’s Holiday Reindeer Roundup. 3pm.
University At Albany Performing Arts Center Uptown Campus
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany
Twenty Drummers Drummin’—This concert features the University Percussion Ensemble and a guest ensemble for an exciting evening of percussion with a wide variety of music from ragtime to avant-garde.
$6/$3 students. 8pm. Main Theatre.
7th Annual Holiday Concert—Several University ensembles—the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra—are joined by student groups–Serendipity, Earth Tones and Angelic Voices of Praise —for a concert celebration of the season. $8/$4 students. 7:30pm. Main Theatre.
The Egg Center For The Performing Arts
Empire State Plaza, Albany
December 2 & 3
Malta Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker—Special guest Rachel Rutherford, from the NYC Ballet Company, as the Sugar Plum Fairy and David Hallberg from the American Ballet Theatre as her Cavalier. Special appearance by Santa and his Reindeer. $26.50, $20, $15.50. 12/12 10:30am, 12:15pm; 12/3 2:30pm; 7:30pm.
The Zucchini Brothers—The Capital Region’s favorite family band performs its third annual holiday concert. Adults $8; child $6. 2pm.
Youth Ballet Company presents excerpts from The Nutcracker and Paquita—Adults $20; seniors and students $15. 1:30pm; 7:30pm.
“Christmas Time in Ireland”—Tony Kenny, the star of Dublin’s celebrated Jury’s Irish Cabaret, will be joined by comedian George Casey, acclaimed accordionist Brendan O’Sullivan, musical director Michael English, and the full cast of the Dublin City Dancers and Singers! Benefits The Irish American Heritage Museum. $20 donation, early bird price of $18 if purchased by Dec. 9. The Egg, Albany. 8pm. For more info: 432.6598.
Albany Berkshire Ballet presents The Nutcracker—Adults $30; children $25; seniors $28. 4pm, 7:30pm.
Winter Walk on Warren Street—Window performances, Victorian carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, fireworks, the Santa parade and lots of surprises. Volunteers needed. Free. 5pm-8pm. For more info: 822.1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org.
Gallery of Wreaths & Holiday Crafts—Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm. Columbia County Museum, Kinderhook Village. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
Holiday Sing—2pm. Austerlitz Historical Society, Austerlitz Church, Austerlitz; 2pm. For more info: 392.0062l; www.oldausterlitz.org.
Candlelight Night in the Village of Kinderhook—Businesses open with refreshments, music, wagon rides, Santa, carolers and the Greens Show at the Vanderpoel House. 6pm-8:30pm. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
Holiday House Tour—Featuring several historic homes in the Village of Kinderhook. Tickets required. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
Greens Show—Visit the James Vanderpoel House, decorated for the holidays. 12/9 5pm-8:30pm; Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm. Kinderhook Village. For more info: 758.9265; www.cchsny.org.
Holiday Party and Bonfire —Dress warm and spend the afternoon outside celebrating the holidays. 1pm-5pm. Olana State Historic Site, Hudson. For more info: 828.0135; www.olana.org.
Santa is Coming to Valatie—Valatie Santa Claus Club sponsors a party and parade for Santa Claus at the Village Square, Church St, Valatie Village. 3pm. For more info: 758.9806.
Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street, Hudson
Kwanzaa Celebration—Candle lighting ceremony, crafts, vendors, performances, and a community dinner. John K. Edwards Elementary School. For more info: 828.3612.
December 3 & 4
A Child’s Christmas—Children and their parents will meet an historic Livingston character, get a private tour of the decorated house and receive a holiday gift. Refreshments provided afterward. Pre-registration is required. 12/3 for ages 3-6; 12/4 for ages 7-12. 10am-11am. $12 per child and $2 per family member accompanying a child. Regular public tours will be conducted as usual from 11am-4pm on those days.
December 10 &11
Christmas at Clermont Open House—Live music will be featured as guests are invited to see the house dressed for an Italian Christmas. The house will be transformed by citrus and cedar boughs while the two Christmas trees will look their best in the elegant rooms of this two-centuries old mansion. Cider and treats will be served to all guests. 11am-4pm.
Friends of Clermont Holiday Party—An annual catered reception in the Livingston mansion for members of the Friends of Clermont and their guests. $10. 5pm-8pm.
Yuletide Candlelight Reception—The warm glow of candles greet guests at the decorated Livingston home during this special evening reception. Admission includes refreshments. Adults $5; seniors & students $4; children 5-12 $1; under 5 free. 4pm-7pm. Livingston Manor is located at One Clermont Avenue, Germantown. For more info: 537.4240; www.friendsofclermont.org.
Jolly Holly Days Festival of Fun—Entertainment, photos & more. Santa arrives at 4:30pm. 2pm-4pm. Sidney Memorial Library. For more info: 607.561.2642; www.sidneychamber.org.
Friends of Music Presents: A Christmas Concert—3pm. Frank W. Cyr Center, Stamford. For more info: www.friendsmusic.org.
The Deposit Historical Society Presents: Annual Christmas Open House—Entertainment and refreshments. For more info: 607.467.4422.
Plattekill Mountain and Santa—Come ski the day away and bring the kids. Santa will be on hand for photo opportunities all day. For more info: 800.NEED.2.SKI; www.plattekill.com.
Through December 5
Century Club Festival of Trees 2005—A true holiday tradition, featuring beautifully decorated trees; wine tasking, enchanted evening, children’s morning and much more! $5, children $3. Admission for special events varies. For more info: 843.3611. Century Club, 130 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam.
December 2, 3, and 4
The 7th Annual Kristy Pollak Christmas Event—Drive through and see the lights and visit Santa in his workshop (he arrives 12/2 6:30pm. Donation boxes on site through January 1st. Weather permitting. All proceeds will go 12-year old Chris Faboskay who was severely burned. 12/2 5:30-9:30pm; 12/3 5:30-8:30pm. For more info: 843.1841.
Light Up the Sky With The Marching Rams—Drive-thru holiday light display featuring 29 new displays! Benefits the Amsterdam High School marching Rams. $5 per car. 6:30pm-9:30pm. 154 Brookside Avenue, Amsterdam. For more info: 843.3052.
Saint Nicholas Day Celebration—Children will receive a homemade wooden ornament. Militia drills, storyteller, music, roaring fires, and traditional decorations of pine boughs. Free, donations appreciated. Noon-4pm. Historic Fort Klock, Rt. 5, St. Johnsville. For more info: 568.7779.
The Chamber’s First Annual “Guy Park Stroll”—Join the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and Sponsor West & Company for a step back in time and carol along Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam. Dress warm and bring a flashlight! St. Mary’s Hospital, Carondelet Pavilion, Guy Park Avenue. 7pm. Free. For more info: 842.2800 for planning purposes, as refreshments will be provided by St. Mary’s Hospital.
Breakfast with Santa at the Walter Elwood Museum— Buffet breakfast, visit/photo with Santa, Boutique Noel, Children’s Christmas Craft, and view A Complicated Weave exhibit and decorated Victorian Room. 9am. Adults, $10; children $5. Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam. For more info: 843.5151.
Handel’s Messiah—Choral presentation w/soloists, followed by reception. Free will offering. 3 pm. St. Ann’s Church 37 Division Street, Amsterdam. For more info: 842.2363.
Through December 23
Holiday Member Show & Sale—Presented by the Cooperstown Art Association. For more info: 607.547.9777.
December 3 &4, 10 &11, 17 &18
Wassailing Weekends—The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will offer demonstrations on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blend with the Mill’s famous sweet cider to make a hot beverage that is sure to please. View the Mill Store’s holiday displays and find that perfect gift. For more info: 607.547.9692.
Holiday Pancake Breakfast—A visit from Santa (8am-9:30am), craft decorating for kids, a silent auction, a used winter sports equipment sale, bake sale, music, dreidel demonstration and more. For more info: 607.547.8333.
Holiday Celebration at Baseball Hall of Fame—This festive reception includes many special seasonal events. In lieu of admission to the Museum for the Holiday Celebration, the Hall of Fame will accept canned food donations at the door for area food banks. Visitors are asked to bring a minimum or two items per person. We will also accept donations of new toys to benefit local families. Festivities will include a visit from Santa Claus, a performance by the Pathfinder Village Handbell Choir and refreshments, provided courtesy of Schneider’s Bakery and the Cooperstown Cookie Company. 9am-5pm. For more info: 607.547.0329.
Holiday Gift Basket Workshop—Create a memorable holiday gift basket from the Mill’s wide array of Fly Creek Cider Mill products including fudge, preserves, sauces and salsas. Bring your own basket and box or select one from the Mill’s vast inventory. Mill team member basketing experts will be assisting in creating a gift that is sure to please by adding just the right ingredients for everyone on your list. Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard, Fly Creek. For more info: 607.547.9692.
Farmers Market Holiday Markets—Featuring locally produced baked goods, meats and cheeses, prepared foods, holiday wreaths and greens, crafts, and gifts. Located in Pioneer Alley, just off Main Street, behind KeyBank. For more info: 607.547.6195.
December 3 & 4
Holiday Open House at David Sayre Store—Sip warm cider from the hearth as you tour the museum and browse for unique, beautifully created holiday gifts including pottery, candles, woolens, books, jams and more. 11am-5pm. 7 North Main Street, Milford. For more info: 607.286.7038.
December 3 & 4; 10 & 11; 17 & 18
Spirit of Christmas Trolley—Board the “Spirit of Christmas Trolley” for a tour of Cooperstown’s outstanding decorations! Trolley leaves Chamber of Commerce every 1/2 hour from 1pm-6pm. For more info: 607.547.9983; www.cooperstownchamber.org.
December 3 & 4; 10 & 11
Santa Express Trains—On the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad. Adults $10; seniors $9; children 4-12 $7, under 4 free. 2pm. For more info: 607.432.2429; www.lrhs.com.
Cooperstown Concert Series Performance—The Boys of the Lough “A Celtic Christmas”. 7:30pm. Adults $15; seniors $12; students $5. Sterling Auditorium, Cooperstown Middle/High School. For more info: 607.547.1812; www.cooperstownconcertseries.org.
Plaide Palette Christmas Open House—Join the Plaide Palette for their annual Christmas Open House. New merchandise specials, taste tests, free samples, plenty of goodies, new display area and redeem your “Holly Dollars”. 12/9 9am-8pm; 12/10 9am-5pm; 12/11 9am-5pm. Main Street, Cherry Valley. For more info: 607.264.3769.
Thistle Hill Weavers’ Holiday Open House—Tour the mill, meet the weavers, see what they’ve been weaving for the movies! Find great holiday gifts – luxurious hand-finished scarves, shawls, pillows, blankets, coverlets, throws, table runners and more. Baxter Road, Cherry Valley. For more info: 518.284.2729.
Big Little Party at the Otesaga—This holiday season, join your friends and area business associates in The Otesaga’s Main Dining Room and share the best holiday party in Otsego County. Singles, couples, small groups, companies and organizations are all welcome! 7pm-8pm open bar & hors d’oeuvres in The Hotel Lobby; 7:30pm-9pm sumptuous, multi-station holiday buffet in the Main Dining Room; 9pm-midnight A jolly DJ for your holiday dancing pleasure. Santa will be stopping by too. $45, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations required. For more info: 607.547.9931.
Bed & Breakfast Tour—Visit beautifully decorated B&B’s, price includes dinner voucher and Holly Dollars. For more info: 607.547.9983; www.cooperstownchamber.org.
Sint Niklaas Visits Brewery Ommegang—Annual holiday celebration with Sint Niklaas and Black Pete. Inside the brewery Brouwerzaal (Brewer’s Hall) kids can help decorate the tree, participate in a coloring contest, receive small gift bags, sit on St. Nik’s lap, listen to stories and sing-a-long. There will be traditional Belgian Speculaas cookies, clementines and gingerbread and complimentary beverages for kids and coffee and beer sampling for the adults. Weather permitting there will be sleigh or wagon rides around the brewery grounds. Free. For more info: 888.544.1809; www.ommegang.com.
Jilli’s Gourmet Road Show Christmas Bake Sale—Goodies, arts and crafts, gift baskets. 1pm-4pm. 173 Main Street, 2nd floor, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.9988.
Shoppers’ Warm-up—Warm up at The Cooper Inn with complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, tea and cookies. 1pm-3pm.
Country Christmas Tour and Open House—Tour the lovely countryside and visit the unique shops on the outskirts of the village. For more info: 607.547.9983.
Champagne Tasting at Silver Horse—As part of the Cooperstown “Country Christmas Tour”, Silver Horse will be hosting a Champagne tasting, featuring Swedish Hill and Goose Watch Wineries. Noon-4pm. 2128 Co. Rte. 33 Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.2107.
Holiday Open House to Benefit Marine Corps—Cooperstown Bed & Breakfast will host an open house to benefit Marine Corps Toys for Tots out of Ilion NY. Stop by to enjoy eggnog and cookies ant to donate an unwrapped toy for the marine holiday toy collection distribution to deserving children. 2pm-5pm. 88 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.2532.
Holiday Open House on Railroad Avenue—Open house at the Sage Center and All & All Emporium. Enjoy holiday cheer with Ommegang Brewery beer tasting and holiday specials. Cooperstown. For more info: 607.547.7485; 607.437.1989.
Portabello’s Christmas Reception—Enjoy an eggnog and cookies reception along with carolers at Portabello’s. 3pm. For more info: 607.547.5145.
Christmas Party at Wilber Bank—Celebrate the season at Wilber National Bank. Refreshments will be served. 62 Main Street, Cooperstown. 9am-4pm. For more info: 607.547.9941.
The Living Nativity—Community Bible Chapel of Toddsville hosts “The Living Nativity”. 577 Greenough Road, Cooperstown.
The Farmer’s Museum
State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
December 9 & 10
Holiday Lantern Tours—Come and enjoy the festive candlelit setting, learn about trades of Christmas Past by visiting historic buildings in our village. Walk with lanterns, costumed interpreters and stop at selected historic buildings. Music and dancing at the Tavern; food and beverage available for purchase and a wagon ride. $7. Tour times: 5pm; 5:30pm; 6pm; 6:30pm; 7pm, 7:30pm. Reservations required.
Holiday Hoopla for Kids—Fenimore Art Museum presents an afternoon of festive activities including gingerbread house making, live music, crafts and more. Hurricane Katrina Relief-please bring a toy to donate to children victims of Hurricane Katrina and receive free admission. Reservations required. 1pm-3pm. $7; $5 NYSHA members. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. The Louis C. Jones Center, The Farmers’ Museum.
Candlelight Evening—The Farmers’ Museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles and lamplight. Visitors will enjoy the enchanting experience of riding through the museum on wagons pulled by draft horses with full sets of harness bells. Complimentary wassail, caroling, hearty warm food, music and more. 3pm-7pm. Adults $11; children 7-12 $5; under six and NYSHA members free.
Fenimore Art Museum
Lake Road, Route 80, Cooperstown, NY
December 1 & 2
Holiday Tea—Enjoy selections of freshly steeped tea, accompanied by tea sandwiches, breads, fruit tartlets, pastries, and scones with homemade Devonshire cream. Reservations required. 4pm. $22; $20 NYSHA members
49th Annual Greens Show at The Hart-Cluett House “Celebrating the Season”—Each room will celebrate a different country, with holiday traditions, decorations and food. 12pm-5pm. Adults $5; seniors/children $4; under 5 free. Family Night 12/1, 6pm-8pm, free admission begins at 4pm.
Sand Lake Center for the Arts
Circle Theatre Players, Rts. 66 & 43, Averill Park
Excerpts of The Nutcracker Suite presented by the School of Creative Arts, Circle Theatre Players and the Saratoga City Junior Ballet. 2:30pm and 7pm. Adults $12; age 12 and under $5.
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Second and State Street, Troy
Albany Symphony Orchestra—Spirituals at the Holidays. 8pm.
Music at Noon: Ray Alexander Trio—A Jazzy Holiday Season. 12pm. Free.
Vienna Choir Boys Holiday Show. 8pm. $33/$29/$20.
Mountain Snow & Mistletoe. 8pm.
New York State Theatre Institute
37 First Street, Troy
December 2 -17
King Island Christmas, A Musical Celebration. Based on the true story of a tiny village on an island in the Bering Sea.
Children’s Museum of Science & Technology
Rensselaer Tech Park, North Greenbush
235.2120, ext 206
Breakfast with Santa. Reservations required. 9am or 10:30am.
Drop & Shop. Reservations required. 10am-2pm.
“Noon” Year’s Eve— Join us for kid-friendly activities as we count down to noon! 11am-12pm.
Downtown Troy’s Victorian Stroll & the surrounding neighborhoods
By Lynn M. Kopka and Joyce Chupka
Don’t miss the Troy Victorian Stroll on December 4 from 11am-5pm. Enjoy the Victorian splendor of historic downtown Troy offering over 100 attractions throughout the day, including live music, dancing, storytelling, theatre, costumed performers, a lighting of the City of Troy Holiday Tree and more, set against a backdrop of unique shops, storefronts and restaurants.
This year, the Washington Park Association and the Historic Sage Neighborhood are putting an emphasis on the ‘stroll’ in Troy’s Victorian Stroll. Located just a short stroll south of the heart of downtown, the two neighborhoods put on their finery for strollers along Second Street and around Washington Park. A leisurely stroll south on Second Street through the Historic Sage Neighborhood leads visitors to the Park which is surrounded by the vibrant neighborhoods of Little Italy, South Central, Osgood, Pottery and First Street.
Washington Park again opens several of its homes for the Victorian Stroll. The Gloria Parsons Trio will play several sets of mellow jazz in one of the newly refurbished apartments at Park Place Apartments at 212 Third Street. Visitors will have an opportunity to taste a delectable offering prepared by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Executive Chef Jackie Baldwin. To keep your toes warm and your spirits up, Chef Baldwin will also prepare a punch bowl of zesty sangria. The Park Place Apartments are located in the former St. Mary’s School and reflect the new reality that is Troy—high end, tastefully done apartments filled with professionals exploring urban life.
Over at 171 Second Street, Tom and Ellen Sinopoli of the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, open their spacious first floor entry hall. Recently restored and redecorated, the hallway is an inviting glimpse into the past. The owner occupied home is made up of spacious rooms and gardens. Tom and Ellen chose Troy as their home for its proximity to cultural venues and for the affordable real estate that easily serves as grand entertaining space; a must for this couple.
Washington Park’s stroll would not be complete without an open house in one of the Washington Place properties. Designated as one of the “Seven to Save” significant historic structures by the Preservation League of New York State, the 1840s Greek Revival row of 10 buildings behind a unified facade is an architectural marvel and a story of urban decline and revival.
Two of the 10 buildings will be open for the Stroll. Number 7 Washington Place will literally show its bones—the long vacant shell is in the midst of being reborn as an owner occupied home. Strollers will have an opportunity to see a work in progress and speak to brave owners Charlie Lanier and Charlie Amidon.
Carolers will gather around the grand piano in the front parlor of 3 Washington Place. Opera singer Elizabeth Wunderlich and pianist Nina Pattison will lead a chorus of voices in singing songs of the season. This home has been occupied as a single-family home by Sandy and Vince Vardine for less than a year after being vacant for more than 25 years. Almost complete, it is a testimony to the rebirth of Troy as a great place to live and work. Once housing more than six substandard units and gutted by fire, 3 Washington Place has returned to its original splendor.
For those strollers who burn too much energy in downtown Troy partaking of the art and cultural offerings, Washington Park will provide a free shuttle bus, courtesy of Northland Transportation. The shuttle will run in a continuous loop from the Courthouse at Congress and Second, west on Congress, south on First, east on Adams and north on Second. The shuttle will stop at St. John’s Church on First Street for a glimpse of the restored Tiffany windows. Long an anchor in the community, the Church is becoming more of an active presence in the neighborhood under the guidance (divine or otherwise) of Father Hap Carrier. Pray for a sunny day on December 4th, as the windows show best with a ray of sun.
The neighborhoods surrounding Washington Park are also participating in the Stroll on a less formal basis. Take a side trip to the neighborhoods and get a taste of real life in Troy. Flavour Café at 228 Fourth Street, next door to the Vanilla Bean Bakery, will have specials throughout the day. Allblues at 199 Fourth Street will be selling unique gifts for all ages. The former PJ’s Bar at the corner of Second & Adams will also be open to encourage other courageous souls to undertake adaptive reuse of vacant structures. Once a neighborhood nuisance, the building is undergoing transformation to office space. It’s yet another opportunity to see a work in progress before the ribbon cutting later this winter.
The Victorian Stroll is centered in downtown Troy, the business, arts and government hub. But take a stroll south along Second Street, stop at St. John’s at First and Liberty, spend some time around the Park (the sangria will warm you as will the caroling), head on over to Little Italy and then consider moving to Troy.
Lynn M. Kopka is the president of the Washington Park Association; Joyce Chupka is a member of the Historic Sage Neighborhood. Both are tireless promoters of urban living in general and Troy in particular. For more information about the Troy Victorian Stroll call 274.7020 or visit www.troyvictorianstroll.com
Holiday Shoppe—Featuring craft items from local artisans. 10am-4pm. Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa. For more info: 885.4000
Through December 4
Festival of Trees—Benefits Catholic Charities. Saratoga Springs City Center. For more info: 587.5000.
December 2 & 3
Christmas Fair—Featuring collectibles, antiques, books, crafts, bake sale, silent auction, Lasagna dinner and more. Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church. 1pm-8pm; 9am-2pm.
First Friday in Ballston Spa—Live music, artist displays, demonstrations and more. 6pm-9pm. For more info: 885.2772.
Santa Parade & Village Tree Lighting—Milton Avenue, Village of Ballston Spa. 7pm; lighting 8pm. For more info: 885.2772.
Breakfast with Santa—In conjunction with Festival of Trees. 8am; 9:30am; 11am. Call for reservations. Saratoga Springs City Center. For more info: 587.5000.
Holiday Open House—Special program, fiddle music, free refreshments and unique gift ideas. 1pm-4pm. Saratoga National Historic Park. For more info: 664.9821.
Family Program —Listen to Abigail Reed tell stories and join Anna & Monte Sugarman as they sing holiday songs. A joint celebration of Christmas and Chanukkah. 2pm. Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room. For more info: 584.1198.
Gingerbread House Workshop—Bring an empty tissue box. 12:30pm-2pm; 2:30pm-4pm. Saratoga Springs Public Library. For more info: 584.1198.
Albany Symphony Orchestra—Spirtuals at the Holidays. Canfield Casino, Congress Park Saratoga Springs. 7:30pm. For tickets: 465.4755; www.albanysymphony.com.
December 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever—Adapted by Barbara Robinson’s best-selling book, it’s about the nastiest, dirtiest kids you could ever meet and they’ve decided to be in this year’s pageant. But the town thinks they belong in the care of the local police. When the curtain finally goes up, a miracle begins. 7:30pm. Adults $16, children under 12 $10. Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Spa State Park. Call for times. For more info: 587.4427.
December 10, 17, 18
David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries—Centers around one man’s experience as a struggling young actor in NYC when he takes a job as an elf in Santaland at Macy’s. 12/10 & 17 8:15pm; 12/18 7:15pm. $15. Spa Little Theatre, Saratoga Spa State Park. For more info: 587.4427.
Historical Society Holiday Gala—Supports the Saratoga Springs History Museum. 6pm-9pm. Canfield Casino. For more info: 584.6920.
Holiday Puppet Show—A Christmas Carol with the Puppet People. 11am; 1pm; 3pm. Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room. For more info: 584.1198.
First Night Saratoga—Alcohol free celebration of the arts and the community for the New Year. Over 35 sites throughout Saratoga Springs. Children’s venue at 4:30pm. Fireworks at midnight. Downtown Saratoga. 4:30pm-midnight. For more info: 584.8262.
Through December 17
Holiday Folk Arts Demonstrations in the Gallery of New York Folk Art—Come experience folk art inspired by the holiday season, as demonstrated by traditional artists from throughout New York State. 11am-3pm (Saturdays). Free. New York Folk Lore Society.
December 1-January 1
Childhood Remembered: A Selection of Toys from the Schenectady County Historical Society—Celebrate the joy of the holidays with the toys and dolls that have brought smiles to so many faces. Learn some interesting facts about your favorite holiday toys. 1pm-5pm weekdays; 9am-4pm Saturdays. $4 per adult. Schenectady County Historical Society. For more info: 374.0263.
Stories of the Season—Join the Open Door Bookstore this holiday for seasonal stories the entire family can enjoy. Saturdays. 10am. Free. The Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady. For more info: 346.2719.
December 4 & 11
Holiday Crafts at the Open Door Bookstore—Children’s faces will light up at the Open Door Bookstore as they busy their little fingers, like expert toymakers, on a variety of holiday crafts. Hang them on your tree, tie them to a present, or just put them on display for the entire season. 1pm-4pm. Free. The Open Door Bookstore, Schenectady. For more info: 346.2719.
Holiday Schenectady Peace Festival—Kick off the snow and warm up your muffs this holiday season at the Moon & River Café Peace Festival. Live music begins at 1pm and continues all afternoon. At 6pm, the Café will feature poet Michele D. 1pm-11pm. Free. Moon & River Café, Schenectady.
Tuscan Christmas Dinner and Wine Tasting—Treat your taste buds to a traditional holiday meal from the Tuscan region of Italy. Six-course meal complemented by five wines specifically chosen from the Tuscan vineyards. Reservations required. 7pm. $50. Parisi’s Restaurant, Schenectady. For more info: 374.0100.
Free Holiday Concert—The Music Company Orchestra with David Fisk Conductor. 7:30pm. Kingsway Village, Schenectady. For more info: 399.0706.
Free Holiday Concert—The Music Company Orchestra with David Fisk Conductor. 7:30pm. Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake High School Auditorium, Burnt Hills. For more info: 399.0706.
A Bluegrass Christmas—Enjoy an evening of holiday jingles with Schenectady’s own bluegrass band, the String Dusters. Sit back or dance, the String Dusters are sure to light up the night. Dessert table with holiday confections. 8pm. Free. Moon & River Café, Schenectady.
Holiday Open House—Celebrates the multi-cultural richness of Downtown Schenectady during the holiday season. Free rock climbing, Kwanzaa crafts, Greek dancing, artist demonstrations, Santa Claus, a tree lighting with the City’s mayor, and more. 4pm-7pm. Various locations throughout Downtown Schenectady. Free. For more info: 377.9430; www.downtownschenectady.com.
Light Up the Holidays—How many old light bulbs do you throw away each year? In homage to Thomas Edison’s impact on Schenectady, learn how to make lovely holiday ornaments from this simple household item. Take another look at those old used light bulbs while creating angels, fruit, nursery rhyme characters and even good ol’ St. Nick. Perfect for the whole family. 12pm. Schenectady County Historical Society. 32 Washington Avenue. Free. Bring spare lights. For more info: 374.0263.
Christmas is in the Air at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum—While the reindeer rest up for their big night, Santa is out and about in Schenectady. At 1pm, keep an eye out for St. Nick as he arrives by plane to the museum. There will also be a re-enactment of the Candy Bomber Mission, a special mission that parachuted candy to the people of Berlin during WWII. 1pm-4pm. $6 adults; $2 children (4-16); $1 under 4. Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Schenctady. For more info: 377-2191; www.esam.org.
Free Holiday Concert—The Music Company Orchestra with David Fisk Conductor.3pm. Niskayuna Reformed Church, Niskayuna. For more info: 399.0706.
Viennese Masters—Join the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra this holiday season in their performance of Viennese masterpieces by Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms. Featured soloists Michael Emery and Erica Pickhardt. 7:30pm. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. For tickets contact the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at 372.2500 or email email@example.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Thursday Musical Club Winter Concert—An all-women’s choral group formed in Schenectady in 1913, will perform many holiday favorites including “Alleluia” by J.S. Bach and “Sleigh Ride” by Mitchell Parish and Leroy Anderson. 8pm. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. Adults $10; students and seniors $8. Tickets can be purchased at Memorial Chapel the day of the event. For info: 877.8794.
Holiday Jazz at the Van Dyck—The floor lights up this season at one of Schenectady’s renowned jazz houses located in the historic Stockade. Get comfortable, grab a drink, and relax to the melodies of the Michael Packer Blues Band. 7pm; 9:30pm. $10. The Van Dyck, Schenectady. For more info: 381.1111.
The Octavo Singers Present: Handel’s Messiah—The Octavo Singers, in its 72nd season will once again captivate audiences with Handel’s greatest masterpiece. 3pm. Adults $18; seniors $15; students $5. Union College Memorial Chapel, Schenectady. To purchase tickets in advance, contact the Octavo Singers at 344.SING. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
Here We Come a Wassailing: Carols at the Union Inn— Wassailing is one of England’s most enduring holiday traditions, bringing together old friends and familiar faces. Come enjoy live music, food and of course Wassail. Raise a glass, share a toast, sing a song, and celebrate to your health in the New Year. “Waes hael!” 7pm-10pm. Free. Union Inn, Schenectady.
432 State Street, Schenectady
December 3 and 4
The Northeast Ballet’s Nutcracker—Is that really a horse on Proctor’s newly expanded stage? You’ll find out when you attend the first production in our new season on our grandiose stage. The Northeast Ballet Company dazzles audiences in this spectacular family favorite. 2pm; 7pm.
December 3 & 4
Northeast Ballet’s: The Nutcracker—The Northeast Ballet Company, directed by Darlene Myers, dazzles audiences in this spectacular family favorite. New York City Ballet principal dancers, Jennifer Ringer and Phillip Neal, perform in the Capital Region’s foremost Holiday production. Saturday 2:00pm and 7:00pm; Sunday 2:00pm. $19.75-$27.75.
December 15, 16, 17, 18
WRGB’s Melodies of Christmas 2005—Featuring The Empire State Youth Orchestra, The Empire State Youth Chorale, The Northeast Ballet Company, The nationally acclaimed Ernie Williams Band and Sweet Cider. 7pm (12/18 3pm). $25. Benefits the Child Cancer Center at Albany Medical Center.
Nebraska Theater Caravan’s: A Christmas Carol—For over 15 years, the fabulous stage effects, the beautiful set, and the great musical score have made this a Proctor’s tradition for all families. You may know how the story ends, but it still “warms a man’s heart.” $19.75-$27.75.
Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady
Festival of Holidays: Celebration of Eids—Celebrate Eid, the feasts which mark the winter celebrations of al-Fitr and ul-Adha with a choir of children along with art and photos from Islamic culture. This event is offered in collaboration with the Islamic Center of the Capital Region. 12:30pm-3pm. Free with Museum admission.
Festival of Holidays: Celebration of Christmas—Celebrate Christmas with the music of Dominick Adamo; a presentation on the activities of Christmas; storytelling, including the legend of La Befana, and famous Italian cookies. This event is offered in collaboration with the Schenectady Sons of Italy. 12:30pm-3pm. Free with Museum admission.
Festival of Holidays: Celebration of Hanukkah—Celebrate Hanukkah with the music of pianist Oded Ben-Ami and singer Adrienne Bowman and a demonstration on making and playing with dreidels. This event is offered in collaboration with the Jewish Community Center of Schenectady. 12:30pm-3pm. Free with Museum admission.
Festival of Holidays: Celebration of Dong Zhi—Celebrate Dong Zhi, the Chinese celebration of winter solstice, with music, dance, and slides of Chinese holiday festivities. This event is offered in collaboration with the Chinese Community Center. 12:30pm-3pm. Free with Museum admission.
December 1-January 2
Festival of Trees at NYPA—Enjoy the country and the rows of lights. Free. New York Power Authority Visitor’s Center, Route 30, North Blenheim. 10am-5pm. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov.
Small Originals: Special Holiday Art Show—A special holiday show of multi-mediums and wonderful gifts. Free. Tuesdays-Saturdays. TriCounty Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill. For more info: 254.0611; www.schohariechamber.com.
16th Annual Christmas Shoppers Night—20 percent storewide sale and great refreshments. Free. The Apple Barrel, Junction Routes 30 & 30A, Schoharie. For more info: 295.7179.
Small Business & Community Holiday Party—Come together for an evening of dinner and dancing. Small businesses, couples, friends and family welcome. $30 includes dinner and dancing. Reservations required. 6:30pm. Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Schoharie. For more info: 295.6088; www.hospitalityI88.com.
Depot Lane Singers Christmas Concert—The 55-voice choir presents its 26th annual holiday program. Schoharie Central School. $6. 7:30pm. Prospect Street, Village of Schoharie. For more info: 295.7505.
December 3 & 4
Holiday Farmers Market—Convenient, one-stop shopping featuring local farms and artisans displaying their homegrown and homemade holiday gift ideas. On 12/3 from 1pm-4pm, learn how to create your own gift basket with help from a professional with basket and materials provided while supplies last. On 12/4 sign up for a special school of Country Wisdom course – Holiday Entertaining Inspiration from Award-Winning, Gourmet Chef A.J. Jayapal of the Edison Club in Rexford. 1pm-3pm. $15. Registration required. Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schoharie. 11am-4pm. For more info: 255.5528; www.schoolofcountrywisdom.com.
Festival of Trees at The Old Stone Fort—Exhibition of Christmas trees decorated by local artisans and community groups. Holiday programs. Museum store open daily. Admission; under 5 free. Old Stone Fort Museum, Schoharie. For more info: 295.7192; www.schohariehistory.net/OSF.htm.
Caroling in the Cave—Visit the underground world of Howe Caverns and stroll through the cave, filled with the sounds of the season. After, enjoy dinner in the Howe Caverns Restaurant. Caroling from 3pm-5:30pm. Dinner from 4:30pm-6pm. Prices are all inclusive: $18 tour and buffet, $15 dinner only, $10 tour only. Dinner by advance reservation. 3pm-6pm. Seating is limited. Howe Caverns, Cobleskill. For more info: 296.8900; www.howecaverns.com.
December 8 & 9
The Christmas Carol—Charles Dickens’ classic comes to the Middleburgh High School stage with special effects traditional Christmas music and period costumes. Admission is a donation for Schoharie County ARC. 300 tickets available each night. 7pm. Tickets available at Schoharie County ARC or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the number of tickets desired and donation to: The Christmas Carol, 4783 State Route 30, Box 307, Schoharie 12157.
Best House Victorian Tea—The Annual Victorian Christmas Tea and Christmas Tree Exhibit. Elegant reflection of a vanished age. Donations encouraged. 1pm-4pm. Best House, Clauverwie Road, Middleburgh. For more info: 827.7200.
Howe Hosts Santa—The special guest from the North Pole will be listening to the wishes of boys and girls in the Visitors Center, elaborately decorated for the holidays. Free pictures, too! 1pm-4pm. Howe Caverns, Cobleskill. For more info: 296.8900; www.howecaverns.com.
Santa Visits NYPA!—The New York Power Authority Visitor’s Center hosts Santa and has a camera ready! Free pictures. Noon-3pm. New York Power Authority Visitor’s Center, North Blenheim. For more info: 800.724.0309; www.nypa.gov.
Holiday Benefit Party—Meet friends old and new at the Schoharie Free Library’s annual benefit party. DAR Lasell Hall, 268 Main Street, Schoharie. Refreshments. $25. 5pm-9pm. For more info: 295.7127.
Kid’s Shopping Day—A fun time for the little ones to shop till they drop. Special visitor arrives at 1:15pm. Cocoa and treats. The Apple Barrel, Junction Routes 30 & 30A, Schoharie. 1pm-3pm. For more info: 295.7179.
December 10 & 11
Christmas Sale & Closing for the Season at Wellington’s— Shop and gardens offer herbs, spices, antiques and more. 10am-4pm. Rickard Hill Road, Schoharie. For more info: 295.7366; www.wellingtonsherbsandspices.com.
Chamber Holiday Luncheon & Shopping Bash—Treat yourself. Treat your staff. Enjoy a wonderful buffet luncheon while browsing through several specialty shop displays – all in one place and just in time for last-minute gifts. Sponsored by the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce. Members $12.95; non-members $14.95. Reservations required. Noon-Till the shopping is done! Best Western Inn of Cobleskill. For more info: 295.7033.
For more information on any of these events call 668.5755.
Lake George Community Band Concert—Concert including seasonal music. Aviation Mall, Queensbury.
Hometown Holidays—Christmas tree lighting ceremony, sledding, Santa, carriage rides, music, storytelling and more. 5pm-7pm. Downtown Glens Falls.
Breakfast with Santa—Breakfast, Santa, games & gift shop. 8am-10:30am. Caldwell Presbyterian Church, Lake George.
17th Annual Christmas in Warrensburg—Holiday festival, tree lighting, carriage rides & craft fair. 9am-6p. Townwide.
Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra—Holiday Lights. 4pm. Performing Arts Center at Glens Falls High School.
Ladies Noel Night—Unique holiday gift items, holiday punch, chocolate & entertainment. 5pm-8pm. The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls.
Nutcracker by the Adirondack Ballet Theatre—Fri. 7pm; Sat. 2:30pm; 7pm; Sun. 2:30pm. Charles R. Wood Theatre, Glens Falls.
Children’s Holiday Reading—Holiday stories & songs for kids, Santa, goodie bags. 6:30pm. North Creek Depot Museum.
December 17, 28, 29
Holiday Train—A winter fantasy with stories & refreshments. Upper Hudson River Railroad, North Creek.
Skate with Santa—Donate a new, unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots” and receive admission to public skate for $1. 11:45am-2pm. Lake George Forum, Lake George.
Holiday Open House—Traditions of Hanukkah. Observe the Jewish traditions of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, celebrated for eight nights in midwinter when the days are shortest and darkest. Learn the stories told each night about the war between Greek rulers and the Jews of the Land of Israel, which took place more that 2,000 years ago. Play a game with the dreidel, learning the symbolism of this four-sided top. Enjoy tradition Hanukkah foods such as jelly doughnuts fried in oil to represent the miraculous jar of sacramental oil that burned for eight days when Temple Mount in Jerusalem had been reclaimed. 1pm-4pm. Free. Slate Valley Museum, 17 Water Street, Granville. For more info: 642.1417; www.slatevalleymuseum.org
Bennington’s Tree Lighting & Holiday Stroll—Downtown Bennington. For more info: 802.442.5758; www.bennington.com.
Community Open House—Santa Arrives from the North Pole! Free open house for the community. 2pm-4pm. Park-McCullough Estate, North Bennington. For more info: 802.442.5441.
December 4, 11, 18
Victorian Tea with Lizzie McCullough—1pm & 3pm. Reservations recommended. Traditional Tours 10am-12pm. $10 members; $15 guests. Park-McCullough Estate, North Bennington. For more info: 802.442.5441.
Bennington Children’s Chorus—2pm. Members free; guests regular rates. Traditional tours 10am-12pm. Park-McCullough Estate, North Bennington. For more info: 802.442.5441.
Victorian Christmas Tours—1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Traditional Tours 10am-12pm.
Bennington’s Children’s Chorus—7:30pm. Old First Church, Old Bennington, Vermont.
75 Main Street, Bennington, VT
Through December 16
Festival of Trees—Bennington Museum. For more info: 802.447.1571;
Molded Holiday Chocolates—Join The Chocolate Barn for a delicious demonstration and chocolate making workshop. Take home some tasty holiday goodies! Adults $8; children under 12$2. 2pm-4pm.
Festival of Trees Family Day Events—This delightful event for the entire family will feature games, crafts, special holiday guests, refreshments and more. $2; under 2 free. 1pm-4pm. Paresky Center
Gala Holiday Party Events—This grand finale to the Festival of Trees will feature the closing moments of our silent auction, music, a holiday portrait opportunity, and several kinds of live entertainment, all in the museum’s beautifully decorated galleries. $30; $50 per couple. Reservations suggested. 7pm-10pm.
Gilded Apples and Pears C