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101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District

by Katie Beltramo

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Santa Sightings

ongoing Photos with Santa at Colonie Center
ongoing  Photos with Santa at Crossgates Mall
ongoing Photos with Santa at Wilton Mall
Nov 17 Breakfast with Santa at Wilton Mall
Nov 23 - 25 Home for the Holidays at Albany Institute of History & Art
Nov 24-25, Dec 1-2, Dec 8-19 Meet Santa at Bob's Trees
Nov 25 Santa and S'mores at Faddegon's
Nov 25 - Dec 23 Santa's Magical Express
Dec 1 Pictures with Santa on his Fire Truck
Dec 8 Christmas in the Air at Empire State Aerosciences Museum 
Dec 9 Lunch with Santa at Proctor's Theatre 
Dec  Santa will be at Ellms' Tree Farm  -- need 2018 update
Dec 12 Pizza with Santa at Bob's Trees
Dec 15 - 16 Breakfast with Santa at the Hilton Garden Inn in Saratoga
Dec 8 Breakfast with Santa in Ballston Spa
Dec 10 Brunch with Santa at The Century House
Dec 14 Storytime Paint with Santa at Arts & Glass

 

Christmas Community Events

Nov 17 Daily Gazette Holiday Parade
Nov 23 City of Amsterdam Tree Lighting
Nov 24 Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Arrival at Upper Union St., Schenectady
Nov 24 Sinterklaas Send-Off Celebration in Kingston
Nov 29 Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs
Nov 30 Johnson Holiday Parade and Colonial Stroll
Dec 7 Ballston Spa Holiday Parade
Dec 1 Winter Walk in Hudson, NY
Dec 1 Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck
Dec 2 Empire State Plaza lighting 
Dec 2 Holiday on the Avenue in Scotia
Dec 2 Troy Victorian Stroll
Dec 8 Schenectady City Hall-iday
Dec 8 Chatham Winterfest
Dec 9 Annual Victorian Holiday Celebration, Altamont NY

 

Holiday Theatre

Nov 23 to Dec 23 Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly at Proctors 
Nov 29 to Dec 1 The Snow Queen at Theatre Institute at Sage
Dec 5 to 9 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical at Proctors
Dec 7 to 9, 14 to 16 A Christmas Story at HMT
Dec 12 to 14 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at The Addy at Proctors
Dec 14 to 16 A Christmas Carol at the Farmers' Museum
Dec 12 'A Sensational Seasonal Show' Featuring Former Rockette Abigail Gatlinn at Cohoes Music Hall
Dec 19 It's a Wonderful Life Live from WVL Radio Theatre at Proctors

 

Nutcrackers

Nov 29 Nutcracker's Kingdom of the Sweets Family Night at the National Museum of Dance
Dec 1 - 2 Northeast Ballet's Nutcracker at Proctors
Dec 5 Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at the Palace
Dec 8 The Nutcracker Act II in Saratoga
Dec 8 - 9 Albany Berkshire Ballet's The Nutcracker at The Egg
Dec 21 - 22

The Nutcracker – Saratoga City Ballet at The Egg

 

Holiday Concerts

Nov 24 The Klezmatics at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Nov 28 Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at the TU
Dec 1 Dashin' and Dancin' 2 with The Refrigerators
Dec 2 Albany Symphony's Magic of Christmas at The Palace
Dec 2 The Victorian Stroll Concert at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Dec 2 Handel's Messiah with the Octavo Singers at Union
Dec 2 Capital Area Flute Club Holiday Concert at Empire State Plaza
Dec 4 Handel's Messiah at The Cathedral of All Saints
Dec 5 107.7 GNA Presents Jingle Jam 2018 Featuring Rodney Atkins at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Dec 8

Cirque Musica Holiday presents Wonderland at The Palace

Dec 9

The Many Moods of Christmas at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Dec 14

Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour with Atz, Atz Lee and Nikos Kilcher at the Palace

Dec 14 Eileen Ivers Joyful Christmas at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Dec 13 -16 CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas at Proctors
Dec 15 Concerts for Tots CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Dec 16 Averill Park Community Orchestra Holiday Concert

 

Living Nativities

Dec 8 Live Nativity at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Dec 9 Live Nativity Rotterdam United Methodist Church

 

Christmas Tree Experience

  Cut Your Own Tree at Ellms Family Farm
  Cut Your Own Tree at Ioka Valley Farm
  Cut Your Own Tree at Bob's Trees
  Cut Your Own Tree at Bailey's Trees
  Cut Your Own Tree at Abel's Trees
Dec 1 - 8 Century Club Festival of Trees
Dec 1 - 16 Festival of Trees at Schenectady Historical Society

 

Holiday Lights

Nov 24 - Jan 2  Price Chopper/Market 32 Holiday Lights in Washington Park
Dec 8 - 9 Santa's Play Land Open House

 

Crafty & Cookin' Christmas

Nov 24 Tinsel Tree Paint Event at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio
Nov 24 Wreath Making Program at Moreau Lake State Park
Dec 1 Build a Bauble at Schenectady County Historical Association
Dec 1 - 2 Paint with Santa at the Pottery Place
Dec 1 Holiday Crafting Exchange  at Grafton Lake State Park
Dec 13 Winter Decorations Workshop at Mine Kill State Park
Dec 15 Gingerbread Cracker Houses at Rensselaer Public Library

 

Festive Flicks

  Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
  The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Dec 10  Muppet Christmas Carol at the Palace
Dec 21 It's a Wonderful Life at the Palace

 

Ice Skating (mostly indoor facilities and shows)

  Empire State Plaza
  Bethlehem YMCA
  Clifton Park Ice Arena
  Knickerbacker Ice Arena in Troy
  Messa Rink at Union College
  Schenectady County Recreational Facilities
Dec 13 - 16 Disney on Ice (not technically holiday, but family fun!)
Dec 15 Holiday Happiness Ice Skating Show

 

Chanukah

Nov 11 Home Depot Menorah Workshop
Nov 24 The Klezmatics
Dec 1 & 4 Hannukah Bear Story and Craft Hour 
 Dec 2 Mad Science Chanukah!
Dec 4 Hanukkah Bingo & Dinner

 

Kwanzaa

Dec 15 Kwanzaa Umojo Community Celebration in Hudson
Dec 31 - Jan 1 Kwanzaa Celebrations

 

Journey to an Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 24 - Dec 23 Christmas Land at the Vineyard
Nov 23 - Dec 24 Dickens Christmas at Skaneateles
Nov 18 Holiday Art & Craft Fair at Arkell Museum
Dec 8 Christmas in Museum Village
Dec 8 Holiday American Girl Tea with Samantha Parkington
Dec 8 Candelit Evening at the Farmers' Museum
Dec 8 Children's Holiday Story Hour at Ten Broeck Mansion
Dec 27 A Very Mabee Christmas

 

Shopping & Craft Fairs

through Dec 19 Shaker Heritage Craft Fair
Nov 9-10 Christmas Open House at The Garden Bug in Amsterdam
Nov 17 Faddegon's Holiday Market Event
Nov 16 - 18 Country Folk Art Craft Show
Nov 24 Saratoga Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Nov 20 - Dec 2 Italian Christmas Market
Nov 30 - Dec 1 Home for the Holidays Show at Colonie Center
Dec 1 Holiday Bazaar at Thacher Nature Center
Dec 2 Taste NY Holiday Market at the NY State Museum
Dec 14 - 16 Rudolph's Runway aHot Colonie Center

 

New Year's Eve

Dec 29 New Year' Mid-Day Celebration at the New York State Museum
Dec 31 First Night Saratoga
Dec 31 First Night Bethlehem
Dec 31 Family New Year's Eve at Okemo Mountain Resort

 

Miscellaneous

Nov 17 Toys for Tots Collection at Stillwater Public Library
Nov 17 Stuff the Trucks with Local 7 in Latham
Nov 25 Convoy for Tots
Nov 27 Holiday Open House at Albany Institute of History & Art
Dec 2 - 3 Toys for Tots Train
Dec 8 Albany Last 5 K Run
Dec 9 Snow Sisters Holiday Meet & Greet
Dec 15 & 18 Story Hour: A World of Cookies for Santa  at Ten Thousand Villages

 

Anticipated Events some events that usually occur each year had not yet been updated at the time of publication, so we're leaving them below for the moment.

  Brunch with Santa and Friends in Latham -- need 2018 update
  Swim with Santa at the Southern Saratoga YMCA -- need 2018 update
  Breakfast with Santa at New Covenant Nursery School  -- need 2018 update
  Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster's  -- need 2018 update
  Albany City Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony  -- need 2018 update
  Cobleskill Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting  -- need 2018 update
  Snow-a-Palooza in Malta  -- need 2018 update
  Live Nativity Performance with Redemption Dance Institute  -- need 2018 update
  Living Nativity at East Glenville Community Church  -- need 2018 update
  Horse Sleigh Rides at Adams Farm  -- need 2018 update
  Annual Kwanzaa Celebration - African American Cultural Center -- need 2018 update

 

If we're missing an activity that should be on our list, please email Katie Beltramo, Albany editor of KidsOutAndAbout.com, at katie@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!

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