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Celebrate the Holidays at the 2020 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 Albany's Washington Park that you can drive through to enjoy, with proceeds going to a local charity. It's the perfect event to get into the holiday spirit with the family.

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November 27th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021

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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.

2020 Cost

To drive through the display, it costs:

  • $25 per passenger vehicle (max capacity of 9)
  • $30 for passenger vehicles and recreational vehicles (capacity of 10 - 18)
  • $50 for commercial vehicles and vans (capacity of 19 - 28)
  • $100 for school buses
  • $125 for commercial coaches

All vehicles should enter the display at the 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.

2020 Hours

The 2020 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights will be held from November 27th, 2020 - January 3rd, 2021. The show will be open from Sunday - Thursday, 6pm to 9pm, and Friday - Saturday, 6pm to 10pm.

2020 Special Events

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Albany PAL is reimagining some of the special events that are typically held at Washington Park as part of the Capital Holiday Lights. The "Taste of the Holidays" events will be postponed until 2021. However, you can look forward to the following special events this year:

Friday, November 20th, 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, November 21st, 6pm to 9pm - Drive-Through Sneak Peek

Albany PAL will present a new Drive-Through Sneak Peek event at the Lights on November 20th and November 21st. Be among the first to see what is new and exciting at the show this holiday season while staying safe and socially distant in your vehicle.


  • $25 for passenger vehicles (max. capacity 9)
  • $30 for passenger & recreational vehicles (10-18 passengers)
  • $50 for commercial vehicles and vans (19-28 passengers)
  • $100 for school buses
  • $125 for commercial coaches
  • All personal passenger vehicles (max capacity 9) with a paid admission on these two nights will receive a Bounce Back Pass for a return visit during this year's show

Sunday, November 22nd, 4:30pm to 5:30pm - Bike & Lights

Ride your bicycle and see the Capital Holiday Lights from a new perspective this year. The suggested donation for this evening is $5 per adult or $10 per family, and proceeds will be used to purchase helmets and to recondition bikes for underserved/underprivileged youth in the Capital Region.

Sunday, November 22nd, 5:45pm to 7:30pm - "Triple F" Food Walk

New for 2020, the "Triple F" Food Walk is a fundraising event for the Food Pantries of the Capital District. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate, and then enjoy a lovely stroll around the lake. Social distancing and all current safety requirements are applicable.

Monday, November 23rd, 5pm to 7pm - Pet Walk Night

Take your pet for a walk around the lake during this walk-only event to benefit the Charities of Choice for 2020. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $10 per family, and social distancing and masks are required.

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

Other Events

Kids Nights on Sundays

On Sundays in December, the first 125 children receive a special gift, courtesy of Albany PAL and CDTA.

Albany Broadcasting Nights at the Lights

Your favorite Albany Broadcasting stations will be taking turns keeping Santa company. Participating stations are B95.5, JAMZ 96.3, FLY 92.3, 100.9 The Cat, and Magic 590 AM.

Special Occasions

Trolley Rides

Trolley rides are available most nights through Royale Transportation. For more information or reservations, contact 518.286.4444.

Charities of Choice 2020

All proceeds from the 24th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park benefit the youth programs of the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL).

PAL provides our youth with numerous programs, including but not limited to: community service projects, youth mentoring program, computer clubs, summer day camps, summer track camp, movie with a PAL, karate and martial arts clubs, show stoppers step teams, after school homework club, lacrosse, cooking with a PAL, science on patrol, basketball, baseball, bowling, volleyball, mindplay competitions, chess, golf, publishing club, double dutch, cartooning and drawing, PAL marching band, police explorers, youth leadership council, PAL/art Mitchell College scholarships, educational field trips, PAL/Pioneer Toy Program (distributes more than 4,000 free toys annually to needy children), and many more.


From the West

Go wast on Route 20 into Albany. Bear right at the fork in the road (intersection of Allen Street). Continue wast on Madison Avenue to the 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 the Madison Avenue exit. Proceed west on Madison Avenue to the New Scotland Avenue.

From the North

Drive south on I-90, and exit I-90 at Arbor Hill. Continue straight on Henry Johnson Boulevard, following it to the 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 entrance.


Volunteers are needed nightly! If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Sherry at the PAL office at 518.435.0392.

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

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