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.
2017 - 2018 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park
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.
To 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.
- Price 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.
*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 AlbanyPAL.org 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 AlbanyPAL.org 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 peron or $10 per family.
Friday, November 24th, 6pm to 9pm - Grand Opening
The light sare 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 donationsa re $5 per person or $10 per family.
Bike Night at the Lights
Sunday, December 3rd - Hosting folks on bicycles on this special night. Donation is $5 per bike and $10 per family. From 4:30pm until 5:30pm only.
Family Nights on Sundays
On Sundays, the first 100 children receive a special prize, courtesy of Albany PAL.
Reindeer Visits - November 29th and December 3rd, 13th, and 20th
Come and visit Santa's reindeer in front of the Lake House!
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.
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 are available most nights through Adirondack Transportation. For more information or reservations, contact 518.433.0100.
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 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 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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