The holidays are right around the corner, so make the most of this festive time of year in Albany and the Capital Region. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best events happening this weekend, as well as highlighted a few newsy updates to know about.
Are You Ready for All These Holiday Events?
Here’s what’s going on this weekend and throughout the holiday season:
- Empire ”Skate” Plaza: Open Tuesdays – Sundays
- 2021 Schenectady Festival of Trees: Happening today through December 23
- 2021 Troy Victorian Stroll: Happening today through December 31
- Wintertime Wonderland: Happening today through December 23
- 25th Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park: Happening today through January 2
- It’s a Jazzy Christmas: December 17
- Rudolph’s Runway Holiday Show at Colonie Center: December 18 – 19
- River Street Holiday Market: December 18
- Christmas Land in Altamont: December 18 – 19
- Washington Park Winter Carnival: December 18
- Sleigh Ride | An ESYO Holiday Spectacular: December 19
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Enjoy the Final Weekend of Wintertime Wonderland
The final days of the Capital Region’s largest indoor Christmas event, Wintertime Wonderland, have arrived. Bring the whole family and experience an illuminated, interactive event where you can meet Santa and all his friends. Tickets are still available for December 17 – 23.
There’s a New Department Store Coming to Crossgates Mall in 2022
Each year, we can always look forward to seeing new stores open in Crossgates Mall. The popular shopping mall features over 150 shops, and according to the Times Union, international retailer Primark is planning to open a new store in the space previously occupied by Lord & Taylor. Primark offers the latest fashion, beauty, and homewares at the best value around, and they’re expected to open their Crossgates Mall location later in 2022.
Need a Last-Minute Gift Idea? Purchase a Downtown Albany Gift Card!
If you’re scrambling for last-minute gift ideas, then consider purchasing a Downtown Albany Gift Card. This e-gift card can be delivered via text or email, is redeemable at over 40 locations, and it’s a great way to support downtown Albany businesses. Funds do not expire.
In addition, from now through December 27, 2021, or while supplies last, purchased gift cards will receive bonus Downtown Dollars in value of up to $50. For example, a $25-$49 gift card purchase will receive $25 in bonus Downtown Dollars, and a gift card purchase of $50 or more will receive $50 in bonus Downtown Dollars. Bonus Downtown Dollars will expire on January 31, 2022.
Proctors Theatre Will Receive $10 Million in COVID-19 Relief Aid
As Proctors Theatre in Schenectady continues to reopen for live performances, the venue will be receiving some help in the form of $10 million in COVID-19 relief aid. News 10 ABC reports that the funding was secured through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, which was created to support independent live venues, movie theaters, and cultural institutions.