101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District in 2022 | Kids Out and About Albany

101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District in 2022

by Katie Beltramo



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Santa Sightings

Weekends beginning November 26 Santa Cookies & Cocoa!
Most days beginning Nov 19, 2022 Wintertime Wonderland
Beginning Saturday, November 19, 2022 Santa is at Colonie Center
Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18, 2022 Santa's Magical Express
Saturdays in December Pictures with Santa at Rocking Horse Ranch
  Santa is at Crossgates although their website is outdated


Christmas Community Events

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 Daily Gazette Holiday Parade in Schenectady
Saturday, Nov 19, 2022 Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in Greenwich
Thursday, Dec 1 - Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk Weekend and Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Elves Day Out Canajoharie
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 City of Albany Tree Lighting Ceremony and Open House
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 Winter Hangarland in Latham
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 Winter Walk in Hudson
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 Christmas Celebration and Open House in Esperance
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 Tree Lighting at the Empire State Plaza
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 Holiday on Jay Street with Santa
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 Holiday on the Avenue in Scotia
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 Troy Victorian Stroll
Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 Winterfest in Altamont NY


Holiday Theater (or just fun-for-the-family theater) Performances

November 30 to December 11, 2022 Benjamin Franklinstein the Musical!
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays at Proctors
Friday, November 18, 2022 Black Violin - Give Thanks Holiday Tour at Proctors
Friday, December 2, 2022 It's a Wonderful Life Live Radio Play at Proctors
Sunday, December 4, 2022 Finding Christmas: A Holiday Extravaganza To Benefit Building On Love at Cohoes Music Hall
Monday, December 5, 2022 CoComelon Live! JJ’s Journey at the Palace
December 6 to December 11, 2022 Hairspray at Proctors
December 9 to December 18, 2022 Twas the Land of the Night Before at Proctors
Sun Dec 11, 2022 Christmas Oratorio at UPH
December 15 to December 18, 2022 CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas at Proctors
December 15 to December 23, 2022 Disney's Frozen Jr. at Cohoes Music Hall
Dec 16, 17, 18, 2022 A Christmas Carol - The Farmers' Museum
Monday, Dec 19, 2022 Santa's Sing-a-Long at Cohoes Music Hall
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Baby Shark Live! the Christmas Show at Proctors
Weekends in December, depending on location Princess Holiday Caroling Visits



Thursday, November 17, 2022 Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet! at the Palace Theatre
Sat. Nov. 26, Sat. Dec 3, and Fri. Dec 16, 2022 New Paltz Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Rocking Horse Ranch
Sat, Dec 10 & Sun Dec 11, 2022 Albany Berkshire Ballet's Nutcracker at The Egg
Sat December 17, 2022 Nacre Dance Group -- Nutcracker at The Egg
Saturday Dec 17 and Sunday, December 17, 2022 Saratoga Springs Youth Ballet's Nutcracker at U Albany
Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, December 4, 2022 Northeast Ballet's Nutcracker at Proctors


Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 2, 2022 Poinsettia Pops with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra at UPH
Sunday, Dec 4, 2022 The Magic of Christmas at The Palace Theatre
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 Lindsey Stirling Snow Waltz Tour at The Palace
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Holiday Classics  at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Sunday, December 11, 2022 Holiday Classics Matinee at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Friday, December 16, 2022 The Gibson Brothers North Country Christmas
Friday, December 16, 2022 It's a JAZZY Christmas at UPH in Saratoga
Saturday, December 17, 2022 It's a JAZZY Christmas at Proctors
Saturday, Dec 17, 2022 The McKrell's Christmas Show at The Egg
Sunday, Dec 18, 2022 The Many Moods of Christmas at  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall


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
Sat Dec 3-Fri Dec 23, 2022 Festival of Trees at Schenectady Historical Society


Holiday Lights

Begins Nov 23, 2022 Santa's Play Land Open House
November 25 to December 23, 2022 A Frosty Fest
Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 Holiday Lights Drive-Thru Parade at BH-BL High School
First lit the evening of November 19, 2022 Schenectady Illuminocity


Crafty Christmas 

Friday, November 18, 2022 White Christmas Paint & Sip Event! with Art in Mind
Sunday, November 20, 2022 Christmas Cardinal Paint & Sip Event! at Art in Mind
Friday, November 25, 2022 Starry Christmas Light-up Bottle Paint & Sip Event! at Art in Mind
Saturday, November 26, 2022 Trim the Tree Paint & Sip Event! at Art in Mind
Saturdays, beginning November 26, 2022 Santa’s Helpers Workshops for Kids! *NEW! at Art in Mind
Sunday, November 27 Demo and Q & A on Working with Greens at Faddegons (intended for adults)
Friday, December 2, 2022 Joy Slate Paint & Sip Event! at Art in Mind
Friday, December 2, 2022 Holiday Wreath Making- C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Kids Craft: Tea Light Snowman Ornament at Schenectady County Historical Society
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Wreath-making with Willow Tree Wisdom
Sunday, December 4, 2022 Holiday Pysanky Art with Zuzana Lundeen - C.R.E.A.T.E. in Saratoga
Friday, December 9, 2022 Starry Christmas Paint & Sip Event! at Art in Mind . . . many more Paint & Sips through the month; check here for more
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Yule Log Class with Willow Tree Wisdom
Saturday, December 10, 2022 A Partridge in a Pear Tree: Bird Seed Ornament Workshop - Clermont
Saturday, December 17, 2022 Crafty Kids Holiday Party at Clermont
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Snow Fox Family Paint Class! at Art in Mind
Thursday, December 29, 2022 Night Watchman Family Paint Class! at Art in Mind


Festive Flicks

Thursday, December 1, 2022 Love, Actually at Proctors
Thursday, December 8, 2022 Christmas in July at Proctors
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Elf is at Proctors
Monday, December 12, 2022 The Muppet Christmas Carol at the Palace Theatre
Thursday, December 15, 2022 Rise of the Guardians at Proctors
Monday, December 19, 2022 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation at the Palace Theatre
Thursday, December 22, 2022 Remember the Night at Proctors
Friday, December 23, 2022 A Christmas Story
Wednesday, December 28, 2022 The Princess and the Frog - Family Fun Day at the Palace Theatre
Thursday, December 29, 2022 Krampus at Proctors


Ice Skating (mostly indoor facilities and shows) 

Limited public skate on weekends Bethlehem YMCA
Public Skate every Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm-3:50 pm Capital Arena in Clifton Park
Public Skate on Sundays from 2-3:30 pm Messa Rink at Union College
Check monthly schedule Schenectady County Recreational Facilities
details not yet online for 2022 Empire State Plaza
Opening December 10th Schenectady River Rink - new outdoor rink at Mohawk Harbor



 Sunday, December 4, 2022 Home Depot Menorah Workshop
Sunday, December 18, 2022 Chanukah on Jay
 Monday, December 19, 2022 Friends, Fondant, & Cookie Decorating



 Saturday, December 17, 2022 Kwanzaa - Operation Unite NY in Hudson
  Kwanzaa Celebrations by the Capital Region Kwanzaa Coaltion - not yet confirmed


An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 25, 26, 2022 Thanksgiving at The Farm - Farmers' Museum
Sunday, December 4, 2022 Holiday Traditions for Children at Clermont
Wednesday, December 14 or 21, 2022 Holiday Stockade Stroll with Schenectady County Historical Society
Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2022 Holiday Lantern Tours at the Farmers' Museum
Saturday, December 10, 2022 Candlelight Evening at the Farmers' Museum
December 10- 11, 2022 Christmas in Museum Village
Begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday Dickens Christmas at Skaneateles


Shopping & Craft Fairs 

Sat Nov - Sun Nov 13, 2022 Holiday House and Shop at Old Austerlitz
Friday November 18 - 20, 2022 Country Folk Art Craft Show at HVCC
Sat Nov 26 - Sun Nov 27, 2022 Indoor Craft Fair at Samascott's Garden Market
through Dec 18, 2022 Shaker Holiday Market
Nov 26, 2022 Saratoga Annual Holiday Craft Fair
Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2022 Artisan's Market at Brookside Museum
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Holiday Market at Irish American Heritage Museum
Saturday, December 3, 2022 Holiday Bazaar at Thacher Nature Center



New Year's Eve


  First Night Saratoga
  First Night Bethlehem
Saturday, December 31, 2022 Ring in the New Year at Rocking Horse Ranch
Saturday, December 31, 2022 Torchlight and Fireworks Show at Stowe
  New Year's Eve Celebration at Windham Mountain



Sunday, December 4, 2022 Holiday Jan-Boree at the Albany Institute 
  Great Train Extravaganza at Empire State Plaza
  Model Train Show at miSci
  Albany Last 5 K Run
  Winter Solstice Celebration at Olana
  Saratoga County Convey for Tots
  Rock for Tots in Waterford



If you are affiliated with a business hosting a holiday event that should be on our calendar, we'd love to see it there...it's free to post! Click here for instructions about how to add your organization to our list and easily post your events to our calendar!

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