Master Guide to December Holiday Fun in the Capital District
As soon as the cold weather arrives, our thoughts naturally turn to the holiday season! We prepare for it for weeks if not months. Here is your master guide to the holidays in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy-Saratoga area! Our normal big list may be reduced due to COVID for 2020, but see below for some new options!
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Looking for a new family tradition? Experience Wintertime Wonderland located in Latham, NY next to Vent Fitness. Travel through a frosty Ice Maze and meet the magical Ice Princess, journey through a life-sized Gingerbread house and meet the Gingerbread Man, mail out your letters to Santa and get professional pictures taken with him, chat with Mrs. Claus and tons of jolly elves, and so much more! This illuminated interactive walkthrough event is sure to leave you in awe. Visit www.wintertimewonderland.com or the Facebook and Instagram pages for more information!
101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun
Our annual 101 Holiday Events list is somewhat shorter this year than our traditional 101 ideas for local holiday fun, but there are still local and virtual ways to make the holidays special in our area for 2020.
Drive-Thru Holiday Lights, Events, and ActivitiesUpcoming events you can experience from the safety of your car!
The COVID pandemic has generated many restrictions on holiday activities, but in the midst of difficulties often spring wonderful ideas and human ingenuity. To accommodate social distancing requirements, organizations around the country have planned drive-thru experiences... most are light displays, but other experiences have emerged as well. Click here for our list of local drive-through activities!
Christmas Tree Farms
Do you cut your own Christmas tree? Here's our big list of farms where you can cut your own Christmas tree in Albany.
Subscriptions Boxes: Gifts That Keep on Giving
Send thoughtful choices to the ones you love near and far, and plan some excellent expected surprises for your own family in the months to come. KidsOutAndAbout has put together of some of our favorite choices with a range for all different ages and interests.
Where can your kids see Santa Claus locally? At plenty of places! We also show you Breakfasts with Santa (and sometimes, Breakfast with the Grinch!). (Get your tickets early, because those Breakfasts with Santa tend to sell out early.)
FREE holiday events in the Capital District
You think you can't get anything free anymore? Nonsense! Here are a bunch of free holiday events (listed day by day) coming up in our area.
Hanukkah begins in the evening of December 10, 2020 and ends December 18, 2020.
Kwanzaa is celebrated December 26-January 1 each year.
Lightbulb Day is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, on or about December 21.