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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

November 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018

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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 24th through January 2nd; The Lakehouse is open for activities during the same hours.
  • Santa will be at The Lakehouse through December 23rd.
  • The Lakehouse is closed December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st -3rd , 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 17th, 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 2017. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family.

Saturday, November 18th, 3pm to 7pm - A Taste of the Holidays

Albany PAL is presenting its annual Craft Beer & Wine Festival at the Lights. Stroll around the lake and enjoy music and the lights with your family and friends as you savor the "Taste of the Holidays!" Tickets are $25 in advance at or $45 at the door.

Sunday, November 19th, 4pm to 7pm - 4th Annual Chili, Chowder and SoupFest

This event features soup samplings from many area restaurants, taverns, delis. Enjoy live music, crafters, visits with Santa, and a leisurely stroll around the Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for kids 10 and under in advance at or $12 for adults and $5 for kids 10 and under at the door.

Monday, November 20th, 5pm to 7pm - Pet Walk Night

Take your pet for a walk around the lake as part of a walk-only Charity Walk Night to benefit the local Charities of Choice for 2017. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family.

Friday, November 24th, 6pm to 9pm - Grand Opening

The lights are on and you are welcome to the 21st annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park!

Wednesday, January 3rd, 5pm to 7pm - Final Walk Night for Charity

Come out for the Final Walk Night for Charity around the beautiful carriage paths of the Washington Park Lake while supporting the local Charities of Choice for 2017. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $10 per family.

Other Events

Bike Night at the Lights

Sunday, November 26 - Hosting folks on bicycles on this special night. Donation is $5 per bike and $10 per family. From 4:45pm until 5:30pm only.

Family Nights on Sundays

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

Albany Broadcasting Nights at the Lights

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 2017

Alzheimer's Association of NENY

The Alzheimer's Association is a global organization, working to advance car, support, and research around the world. From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives, the money raised makes a difference in the lives of those families and individuals living with Alzheimer's.

The Albany Fund for Education

Since its inception in 1998, the Albany Fund for Education (AFE) has brought forward new ideas, approaches, and funding to support the children of the Albany City School District. AFE enhances opportunities for students to learn, grow, and succeed through building community partnerships, fundraising, and investing in innovative and effective programs that build equity and strengthen the educational infrastructure of Albany public schools.

Soldier On

Soldier On is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies to provide veterans with shelter and support in an environment that offers dignity, integrity, and most importantly, hope.

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 entrance.


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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