After weeks of waiting, it’s finally time to celebrate the holiday weekend with the family. Are you looking for ways to get festive? Discover holiday events throughout the region, check out Downtown Albany’s decorating contest, and remember to relax and have fun.
Holiday Events Are Winding Down! Here’s What’s Going On
Make plans to enjoy some of these holiday events and festivities in the Capital Region this weekend:
- Empire “Skate” Plaza: Happening on select dates through winter
- 2021 Schenectady Festival of Trees: Happening through December 23
- 2021 Troy Victorian Stroll: Happening through December 31
- 2021 Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights in the Park: Happening through January 2
- Holiday Lights Spectacular 2021: Happening through January 3
- Northeast Ballet’s The Nutcracker: December 22 – 23
- Christmas Eve Service at Christ’s Church Albany: December 24
- Vinyl Brunch at Indian Ladder Farms: December 26
- A Mabee Christmas Carol: December 28
Plan Ahead for New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is the Friday after Christmas, and local venues are already preparing for the fun-filled holiday. Check out some of the New Year’s Eve parties and live entertainment that will be taking place this year, and plan ahead!
A Holiday Decorating Contest, A New Bar in Troy, and More
Which Downtown Business Has the Most Festive Storefront?
From December 4, 2021 – January 3, 2022, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting a Downtown Decorating Contest. Multiple participating Downtown businesses have decorated their storefronts for the holiday season, and your vote will help determine who will take home the Downtown Decorating trophy, neighborhood-wide bragging rights, and a free social media advertising package.
Votes will be collected online or by paper ballot, and voters will automatically be entered to win a $50 Downtown Albany Gift Card, which can be redeemed at nearly 50 locations. Take a look at the participating businesses and vote today.
Enjoy a Free Uber Ride Home During the Holidays
After the success of their Downtown Thanks You safe ride program during Thanksgiving weekend, DeCrescente Distributing Company and the Downtown Albany BID are teaming up to present the Holidays in Downtown Albany safe ride program from now through January 2, 2022.
To help ensure everyone has a safe ride home during the holidays, Holidays in Downtown Albany will provide patrons of Downtown bars and restaurants a free Uber voucher that can be redeemed for a ride up to $50 while supplies last. These vouchers will be available in the form of QR codes on posters and flyers at restaurants and bars in the Downtown Business Improvement District. An Uber account is required.
Pint Sized Opens Their New Location in Troy
Local bar and bottle shop Pint Sized has officially opened a third location in Troy, reports the Times Union. Pint Sized is known for offering a great selection of craft beer at their Saratoga Springs and Albany locations. This new bar in Troy is twice as large and adjoins an art space and performance venue called No Fun. You can find this new Pint Sized at 275-277 River Street, where they have 12 craft beers on draft and over 100 types available in cans and bottles.
- Times Union: Pint Sized/No Fun opening Friday in Troy