Although the holiday season can be busy and stressful, it’s important to take time to relax and experience some of the local festivities. This weekend in the Albany area, you can enjoy A Taste of Lark, the annual Santa Speedo Sprint, gift shopping, and much more!
Celebrate the Holidays on Lark Street
Feeling extra festive and a little bit brave? Sign up for the 13th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint on Lark Street! Each year, this 800-meter run helps raise money for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center. Runners are welcome to wear everything from speedos and bikinis to holiday-themed costumes and three-piece suits.
Warm up this Saturday with a trip to A Taste of Lark: Chili & Chowder Edition, hosted by the Lark Street Business Improvement District. Stroll down Albany’s classic Lark Street neighborhood and sample delicious chili and chowder from participating restaurants. The event is open to the public, and each sample costs just $1.
It’s Time to Finish Up Your Holiday Shopping
Explore a wide range of unique artworks, gifts, and more at the newly redesigned Holiday Shop at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Admission is free, and the shop will be open from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Proceeds will fund the Arts Center’s free programs to the public.
If you’re hunting for handmade goods for the holidays, then you need to visit the Albany Barn’s Gifted Holiday Market. Sunday is the final day of the market this year, and it will be open from 11:00am-2:00pm. Shop for visual art, soaps, apparel, and more while sipping warm beverages and listening to holiday music.
Experience Fantastic Holiday Shows & Concerts
Presented by Confetti Stage at The Linda, Scrooge in Rouge is a hilarious holiday show about three cast members who must pull off a musical production of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol on short notice. The performance will take place on Friday from 7:00pm-10:00pm.
Looking for a show that your kids are sure to love this holiday season? Bring them to see Disney On Ice at the Times Union Center in Albany! All your favorite Disney characters will be there, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and many Disney princesses. Performances will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Now in its 39th year, the CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas has become a holiday tradition in the Capital Region. Featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with a variety of special guests, this wonderful concert will spread holiday cheer to audiences on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.