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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Saratoga Springs Holiday Events!

GO ahead,
Ask me if I am excited about the holidays in Saratoga Springs!
Whilst looking for the best place to go and get new Christmas tree ornaments...
{a holiday tradition}
I found there is a thing here called Victorian Streetwalk!
And I am so excited to witness this!!!
Some of what I learned about this:
"Downtown Saratoga closes to traffic and all of Broadway is blanketed in Victorian holiday magic each year the Thursday after Thanksgiving for the annual Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk.
Celebrate the season in old fashioned holiday style at the Victorian Streetwalk! The Spa City will be transformed into a Victorian winter wonderland on December 5, 2013 from 6-10 pm."
How fun does that sound!!
*Taken from Google. 
*Taken from Google.

That same day throughout the weekend, the festival of trees is happening!
*Taken from Google.
"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Saratoga Festival of Trees! Don't miss this awe-inspiring holiday festival in Saratoga, running from Thursday, December 5, 2013 through Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
The Saratoga Springs Festival of Trees is a fun-filled event and craft fair that is great for kids and adults alike, putting the spirit of Christmas in everyone's heart. Walk amid hundreds of beautifully twinkling trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items on display for visitors to purchase or simply admire. Santa himself will also be stopping by from time to time for pictures.
For $8 admission"
I love pretty lights and trees :)
And if we go the same day during the Victorian Streetwalk, we can get our tickets for only $3!

You can take the polar express to the north pole!
*Taken from Google.
"The Polar Express comes to the Saratoga North Creek Railway. Take your child to experience the magic of the season on a mystical round-trip journey to an extravagantly built North Pole.
Read along with the story as the train  makes its magical round trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat, and a special gift for each child. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas, just like in the story."
The admission for this is a bit more {$40-$25 per class} but it does sound fun!!
So what if we don't have kids yet... haha 

And for an even pricier option, but cool none-the-less..
The Candlelight House Tour!
"The annual Candlelight House Tour is a premier holiday event; explore the interiors of some of Saratoga's most beautiful homes in historic neighborhoods.
This year's tour will take you through homes in the Eastside neighborhood of Marion Place - Court Street with an after party at the historic Union Gables Bed & Breakfast.
Tour only ticket: $40 member  / $50 non-members. Tour and Reception Ticket:  $75 member / $85 non-members."

If we feel we didn't get enough Christmas Cheer, we can always head to the next town over and see it in Glens Falls!
With the Glens Falls Tree lighting:

"As part of Hometown Holidays, Saturday, December 6th downtown Glens Falls businesses will have refreshments and festive fun and the streets will be filled with families enjoying street entertainers -- like carolers, reindeer, and carriage rides."
After all, who knows if Saratoga will have carriage rides.. Those are my favorite!
Not to mention real reindeer!

Who doesn't love to go and see the Holiday lights?
Apparently there is a holiday light trail!
I found this website which seems outdated so I hope they are still around!
The Holiday Light Trail
Lee Drive, Saratoga Springs 
Concord Ave, Saratoga Springs 
Rolling Hills Drive, Wilton  
Bradford Drive, Saratoga Springs   
Rowland Street, Milton   
Melanie Ave, Wilton 
Marching Rams, Brookside Ave, Amsterdam  
Lyon Street, Amsterdam   
North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 
Ash Street, Saratoga Springs 
Barkersville Rd, Galway 

Op! It is still around. Just found this blurb for this year's lighting
"This year we are focused on introducing LED pixels to the display. The second project involves a little taste of Saratoga brought into the display. Using an idea from Gary in Texas, we are looking to incorporate carousel horses into the display. If time permits this new addition will surely bring a sense of childhood back to Christmas.We have had many phone calls (from strangers we've never met before), notes, cards and letters thanking us for the wonderful Christmas lights."

Once the Victorian Streetwalk happens, Santa's cottage also opens!
"Santa has a lovely cottage in Saratoga Springs NY that he visits quite frequently in the weeks leading up to Christmas... and your child can drop in to meet Santa face to face! Santa's Cottage is located on Broadway in front of Putnam Market (across from Caroline Street) in downtown Saratoga Springs NY."

And towards New Years this happens:
First Night Saratoga!
"December 31, 2013: Celebrate the last night of the year at the First Night Saratoga celebration. The events will run from 5 pm to 1am. It's the biggest New Years celebration around!"

Had to call the vistor center to find places that sell ornaments.
Sadly, unlike Owego NY, our go to place, there isn't a holiday shop just for that.
But there are a few places we may be able to find an ornament of sorts.
Well, got sidetracked and had to share this fun news!
Can't wait for December!!

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