Skip to main content

Enjoy Annual Holiday Events in Albany, NY and the Capital Region

See What's Happening During the 2022 Holiday Season

Sponsored by:
Enjoy Holiday Season Fun at Christmas Land LLC

Christmas Land LLC in Altamont is bringing back the spirit of Christmas! Take the kids to this wonderful attraction and enjoy old-fashioned holiday activities like pictures with Santa and horse-drawn sleigh rides, and find some great gift ideas too. Learn More »

It's the most wonderful time of the year in Albany, NY and the Capital Region! The holiday season is always full of festive celebrations and fun things to do with the whole family. Mark your calendar today for these annual events happening during the 2022 holiday season.

Schenectady Holiday Parade

Date: November 19, 2022

firetruck in a holiday parade
Photo credit: Brian Moak/Brian Jude Photography

Held the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, the annual Schenectady Holiday Parade is recognized as one of the largest nighttime parades in the Northeast. This year is the 53rd edition of the parade, and it will kick off at 5:00pm. The theme is "Dream Big," which celebrates dreams of all types.

Black Friday in the Capital Region

Date: November 25, 2022

Are you looking to do some early holiday shopping on Black Friday? Plan ahead and make sure you get the best deals! We've rounded up mall and store hours and information about special sales that you should know about for this popular shopping event.

Capital Holiday Lights (Virtual Experience) 

Dates: November 25, 2022 - January 2, 2023

The Albany Police Athletic League, Inc., which organizes the annual Capital Holiday Lights, has announced that the event will not take place in 2022. Instead, the organization will present a virtual show that can be found online at beginning 6:00pm on  November 25, 2022 until January 2, 2023. The Capital Holiday Lights is expected to return to an in-person format in 2023 at a new venue, the Altamont Fairgrounds.

Wintertime Wonderland

Dates: Happening on Select Dates Starting November 19, 2022

Wintertime Wonderland may be one of the Albany area's newest annual holiday events, but it's become a highly anticipated one already. Now based out of Via Port Rotterdam in Schenectady, Wintertime Wonderland will feature an illuminated interactive walkthrough where you can meet Santa and all his friends. This is the largest indoor holiday event around, and you and your family will have an amazing time exploring all the different holiday-themed attractions.

City of Albany Tree Lighting

Date: December 2, 2022

Each December, a special tree lighting ceremony is held across the street from Albany City Hall at Academy Park. The event features the tree lighting, music, refreshments, holiday crafts, and more!

New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting

Date: December 4, 2022

Celebrate the season in downtown Albany at New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting, which is held at the Empire State Plaza. You can usually expect to enjoy visits with Santa Claus, carriage rides, holiday concessions and beverages, ice skating, live music, fireworks, and other festivities at this annual event. Don't miss out!

Troy Victorian Stroll

Date: December 4, 2022

people dressed in victorian attire
Photo Credit: Val Lazzari

The 40th Annual Troy Victorian Stroll will take place on December 4, 2022, in downtown Troy. Visitors are encouraged to shop and dine local in this beautiful Victorian City as the community celebrates the holiday season.

Schenectady Festival of Trees

Dates: December 3 - 23, 2022

See a fantastic display of ornaments, lights, and more at the Festival of Trees in Schenectady. Let the decorations fill you with holiday spirit! The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for, and a partnership between, the Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA NorthEastern NY.

Christmas Land LLC

Dates: Happening on Select Dates From November 26 - December 18, 2022

Once again, Christmas Land LLC in Altamont will be bringing back the spirit of Christmas to the Capital Region. Take the kids to this annual holiday attraction and enjoy photos with Santa Claus, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more holiday activities. Christmas Land LLC will be open on Saturdays and Sundays (10:00am-6:00pm) from November 26 - December 18, 2022.

Santa's Magical Express

Dates: Happening on Select Dates from November 25 - December 23, 2022

Scrooge and Mrs. Claus on a bus

All aboard Santa's Magical Express in Rensselaer! Operated by Yankee Trails World Travel, Santa's Magical Express is a one-of-a-kind holiday show, bus ride, and theatrical experience that's perfect for families. Visit the Santa's Magical Express website for more details and to get your tickets early.

View More Upcoming Holiday Events

Looking for even more holiday events? Find everything the Albany area has to offer and then mark your calendar!

Shop locally for your holiday gifts this year >>

<< Back to the Albany Holiday Guide