(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District in 2020 | Kids Out and About Albany

(Somewhat fewer than) 101 Ideas for Holiday Family Fun in the Capital District in 2020

by Katie Beltramo

KidsOutAndAbout is America's online guide to everything for kids, teens, and families! Typically we list (MORE than) 101 ideas for holiday family fun, but. . . it's 2020, which means a bit less is happening than usual. The activities we've listed here are confirmed for this year, but many require reserving ahead of time, and events can be canceled due to COVID, so click through to make arrangements.

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Santa Sightings

Nov 27-Nov 29, Dec 5-6, Dec 12-13 Meet Santa at Bob's Trees
Thursdays - Sundays  Wintertime Wonderland
Saturdays & Sundays, Nov 28 - Dec 20  Photos with Santa at Christmas Land 
Dec 1-23 Photos with Santa at Wilton Mall


Christmas Community Events

Dec 5 Sinterklaas Festival Day in Rhinebeck
Dec 5-24 Winter Walk: The Hudson Safe Edition
Dec 6 Holiday on the Avenue in Scotia
begins Dec 6 Troy Victorian Stroll
Dec 12 - 13 Annual Victorian Holiday Celebration, Altamont NY



Nov 27 -12/22 Rudolph's Movie Experience and Pyrotechnics Show at Ellms Family Farm
Dec 1 & online later A Christmas Carol from Theatre Institute at Sage
Dec 4-20 depending on location Princess Holiday Caroling Visits


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
  Festival of Trees at Schenectady Historical Society


Holiday Lights

Nov 27 - Jan 3 Price Chopper/Market 32 Holiday Lights in Washington Park


An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Nov 28-29, Dec 5-5, Dec 12-13, Dec 19-20 Christmas Land at the Vineyard
Dec 4 - Dec 19 Holiday Lantern Tours at the Farmers' Museum
Dec 5 - 6, Dec 12 - 13 Christmas in Museum Village
Dec 6 Winter Wonderland: A Children's Walking Tour of Clermont


Shopping & Craft Fairs 

through Dec 19 Shaker Heritage Craft Fair
Nov 14 - 28 Saratoga Annual Holiday Craft Fair is virtual
Nov 28 - Dec 24 Artisan's Market at Brookside Museum
Dec 11 -13 Rotterdam Christmas Market at Viaport



Nov 21 Rock for Tots Drive-Thru Drop Off at Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District


New Year's Eve

  New Year's Eve Celebration at Windham Mountain

Below are events that have been posted to our calendar. 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, Albany editor of KidsOutAndAbout.com, at katie@kidsoutandabout.com. Please make sure to include a link to the event when you email. Thank you!