There are so many great events and activities this time of year! This guide is filled with great information including fun places to visit during the holiday season, places to pick out a Christmas tree, places to see Santa, ice skating rinks, places to go skiing, entertainment gift ideas and a long list of family friendly events in the Capital District! I hope this guide helps to make your holiday season a little bit less stressful!
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Call 518-438-3540 & reserve your child’s spot for our holiday kid’s cookie decorating event on Sunday, December 8, 2019!
Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Cirque du Soleil OVO is coming to the Times Union Center from January 29, 2020 to February 2, 2020. Since 2016, the arena tour has traveled to 22 different countries, including Germany, Brazil, United States, Canada, Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and Chile. The cast of OVO is comprised of 52 performing artists from 14 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. OVO is now a Cirque du Soleil classic. It features over 10 different high level acrobatic acts such as foot juggling and Icarian Games, hand-balancing, contortion, aerial straps, slackwire, Russian cradle and a signature final act mixing trampoline, tumbling and rock-climbing. Click here for more information and to get your tickets.
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Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum, features twenty historic buildings dating to 1783 and the oldest working farm in the Berkshires. Join us for Hancock Holidays December 6–8 and have brunch with Santa, take wagon rides, enter a gingerbread village contest, rock out to a Yule Jam, stroll through the candlelit village, sing carols, and try foods from around the world at a special holiday dinner. Click here for more information, tickets and hours of operation.


Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic St.

Pittsfield MA, 01201

Santa is coming to Reel Seafood Company! Join us for our Annual Brunch with Santa on Sunday, December 15 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Listen to holiday favorites, while you dine with us and meet Santa Claus!  Children receive a complimentary photo souvenir to take home with them. Call today to make a reservation 518-458-2068 or book online at:


Reel Seafood Co.

195 Wolf Road

Albany, NY 12205

Santa’s Magical Express – Jack Frost has Stolen Santa’s hat! Join Mrs. Claus, the elves and the Big Man himself on a quest to save Christmas. This 90 minute show and local bus ride is an interactive holiday experience unlike anything you’ve seen before! Great for kids ages 4 and up.

Santa’s Magical Express

569 3rd Avenue Extension

Rensselaer, NY 12144

We are the Christmas Fantasyland and year ’round home of Santa Claus, his live Reindeer Team, Elves, the live Nativity Pageant and the frozen North Pole.  We are open weekends and some evenings in December, our full schedule can be found on our website. Click here for more information.

Santa’s Workshop, North Pole, NY

324 Whiteface Memorial Hwy

Wilmington, NY 12997

We hand roll our own shells for our cannoli, lots of pastries and cookies in addition to our cafe menu with house cooked meats, homemade soups, and always the freshest ingredients – we are your one stop shop for breakfast, lunch, or catering for any event!

Join us for our Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 1pm-5pm. Santa will be there! Click here for more details.


The Crisp Cannoli

1607 Columbia Turnpike

Castleton, NY 12033




The above picture was taken at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in 2018.

Below is a list of some fun places to visit during the holiday season. Some are in the Capital District and some are hours away.



Adirondack Scenic Railroad (The Polar Express)

Utica, NY


Boothbay Harbor



Bright Nights at Forest Park

Springfield, MA


Bumper Cars and More at Bryant Park

New York, NY


Capital Holiday Lights

Albany, NY


Catskill Mountain Railroad

Kingston, NY


Christmas at the Newport Mansions

Newport, RI


Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village

Sturbridge, MA


Christmas Land

Altamont, NY


Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

New York, NY


Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad

Santa Claus Express & North Pole Express


Hancock Shaker Village

Pittsfield, MA


Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

Agawam, MA


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Bronx, NY


Ice Skating in Central Park

New York, NY


Kennebunkport’s 38th Annual Christmas Prelude



Night Lights at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Boylston, MA


Northern Lights at Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT


NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Staten Island, NY


Santa’s Magical Express

Rensselaer, NY


Santa’s Village

Jefferson, NH


Santa’s Workshop

North Pole, NY


The Rink at Rockefeller Center

New York, NY


Tinseliner Trains with Santa Claus

Adams, MA


Winterlights at Naumkeag

Stockbridge, MA


Boght Community Fire District

8 Preston Dr, Cohoes, NY 12047

Christmas Tree Sales starts November 30th.
500 – 6 to 9 ft Balsam Fir Christmas Trees are $45
24″ Plain Wreaths – $15
24″ Decorated Wreaths – $20
Pine Boughs – $5/Bundle


Rotterdam Fire District 2

1400 Curry Road, Schenectady, NY 12306

Christmas Tree Sales started on Black Friday. $42 per tree.


Altamont Orchards

Altamont, NY


Bailey Family Christmas Trees

Cambridge, NY


Bob’s Trees

Galway, NY


Boulder Brook Farm

Malta, NY


Candy Cane Farm

Gansevoort, NY


Ellms Family Christmas Tree Farm

Ballston Spa, NY


Faddegon’s Nursery

Latham, NY


Fogg Hollow Farm

Charlton, NY


Gade Farm

Altamont, NY


Goode Trees

Ballston Spa, NY


Hansens Farm and Nursery

Colonie, NY



Multiple Stores


Kulak’s Nursery & Landscaping

Rexford, NY


Kuzmich’s Christmas Tree Farm

Greenwich, NY


Majestic Tree Farm

Selkirk, NY


Marshall’s Trees

Stillwater, NY


McDonough’s Farm

East Greenbush, NY


Morin’s Tree Farm

Buskirk, NY


Reilly’s Farm

Nassau, NY


River Bend Christmas Tree Farm

Lake Luzerne, NY


Stiles Family Farm

Fort Ann, NY


Sunnyside Gardens

Saratoga Springs, NY


Troy’s Landscape Supply Co.

Cohoes, NY


Weathered Willow Tree Farm

Altamont, NY


The above image was taken at Colonie Center in November of 2019.

Santa at Aviation Mall

November 29, 2019 through December 24, 2019

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Santa at Colonie Center

November 9, 2019 through December 24, 2019

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Santa Cares – December 1, 2019 from 9:00-10:30am – Sensory Friendly Environment (Click here for more information)

Pet Photos – December 4th, 11th and 18th from from 6pm-9pm (Click here for more information)


Santa at Crossgates Mall

November 9, 2019 through December 24, 2019

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Santa at the Wilton Mall

Now through December 24, 2019

Click here for more information.

Pet Nights – December 4th and December 11, 2019 from 5-7pm. (Cats and dogs only. Please be sure to have your pet on a leash or in a pet carrier.)

Breakfast with Santa- November 23rd 2019 from 8-10 am.
Santa at Viaport Rotterdam
Indicated on their Facebook page on 11/18/19 that they were still verifying Santa’s Schedule
Click here for more information.


The above image was taken at Empire State Plaza in 2018.

Albany County Hockey Facility

“The Albany County Hockey Facility offers a diversified program of recreational and competitive activities geared toward all segments of the population. The facility is open 10 1/2 months yearly and averages over 110 hours of activity per week. In addition to programs, a food concession, meeting room and skate rental/sharpening services are available to our customers. Call us for information about:Camps and training schools: Youth and adult hockey; Figure skating; High school and college hockey; Public skating; and Programs for the physically challenged.”

830 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211


Bethlehem YMCA

“The Bethlehem YMCA Ice Rink offers public skating, instructional Learn to Skate program, open hockey, leagues, school groups and birthday party skating sessions.”

900 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054


Buckingham Pond

Outside Skating at a neighborhood pond

Located at the corner of Berkshire Blvd and Colonial Ave in Albany, NY


Capital Arena

“Capital Arena offers Public Ice Sessions all Fall and Winter! Don’t forget, our Learn to Skate program runs all year (12 months) in 7 or 8 week sessions.”

16 Clifton Common Blvd, Clifton Park, NY 12065


Cool Insuring Arena

1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, NY 12801


Empire State Plaza

Outside Skating

Located in Downtown Albany, NY


Glens Falls Recreation Center

Fire Road, Glens Falls, NY


Hockey Hut Training Center

“First started by Rick and Claudia Caruso the Hockey Hut is a Training Center where individuals can train on our zoned sized training rink or in our 3000 sq ft. Performance Sports Training Programs operated by Healthplex Fitness and Performance. The “HUT” provides a full range of athlete/hockey skills programming. We are proud to be entering our 20th year of business. Programs include, semi-private and Private, group skill development for all ages, Learn to Skate, Learn To Play and high level team training for all ages of players.”

1535 Crescent Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065


Hudson Valley Community College

Troy, NY


Indian Meadows Park

Outside Skating

Located at Indian Meadows Park on Droms Rd. in Glenville, NY


June Farms

See Facebook post for more information.

West Sand Lake, NY


Messa Rink at Union College

807 Union St, Schenectady, NY 12308


Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks

“Remember to bring your Rec Card when you come to the Ice Rinks. No Rec Card? Sign up for one when you arrive. City of Saratoga Springs residents need to bring proof of residency (City of Saratoga Springs property tax bill, water bill, lease agreement). The City of Saratoga Springs is home to two ice rinks. The Weibel Avenue Ice Rink is an Olympic size rink that is open July through March. The Vernon Arena is an NHL size rink that is open September through March. For your ice skating enjoyment, we offer a variety of public sessions. Our pro shop has skate rental and skate sharpening services, as well as merchandise for sale.”

30 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga SpringsNY 12866


Schenectady County Recreation Facility “The ice rink offers a wide range of recreational skating, ice hockey and figure skating programs for all ages. Our ice rink is the home of Schenectady Youth Hockey Association, Achilles Figure Skating Club, Mohonasen/Schalmont Varsity Hockey, Niskayuna/Schenectady Varsity Hockey and numerous Adult Ice Hockey Leagues.”

5 Tower Road, Scotia, NY 12302


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Below is a list of places to go skiing within a few hours of the Capital District. A few places offer snow tubing as well.


Bousquet Mountain

Pittsfield, MA



Hillsdale NY


Gore Mountain

North Creek, NY


Hunter Mountain

Hunter, NY


Jiminy Peak

Hancock, MA


Killington Ski Resort

Killington, VT


Maple Ridge Center

Lowville, NY


Maple Ski Ridge

Schenectady, NY


Mount Snow

West Dover, VT


Royal Mountain

Caroga Lake, NY



Blandford, MA


Tubby Tubes Co.

Closed until Spring of 2020

Lake Luzerne, NY


West Mountain

Queensbury, NY


Willard Mountain

Greenwich, NY


Windham Mountain

Windham, NY


Cirque du Soleil OVO (pictured above) will be at the Times Union Center from January 29th – February 2, 2020

Give the gift of entertainment this holiday season! Below is a list of some family friendly shows in 2020.


Family Friendly Shows at the Egg in 2020 (Click here for more information)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

The Boy Who Grew Flowers

The Pout Pout Fish

Sleeping Beauty

Mutts Gone Nuts



Family Friendly Shows at the Palace Theatre in 2020 (Click here for more information)

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – 2020 Tour

Footprints On The Moon: Schooltime Show

Family Fun Day – Frozen

Romeo & Juliet

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!

MasterChef Junior Live!

Disney Dance Upon A Dream

Family Fun Day – Lilo & Stitch

Scooby Doo! And The Lost City of Gold

Junie B. Jones: Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School: Schooltime Show

Grease Sing-A-Long

Baby Shark Live!



Family Friendly Shows at the Times Union Center in 2020 (Click here for more information)

Siena Men’s Basketball Games

Monster Jam

Capital District Mayors Cup

Cirque du Soleil OVO

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks

Harlem Globetrotters

NCAA Men’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds NCAA Men’s Hockey Albany Regional

2020 NCAA Mens Hockey East Regional



Family Friendly Shows at Proctors in 2020 (Click here for more information)

National Geographic Live – Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

Dinosaur World Live

National Geographic Live – Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice

Wild Kratts Live 2.0



Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live in Kingston, NY (Click here for more information)


This list was updated on 12/18/2019.



CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas


Thursday, December 19, 2019 through Sunday, December 22, 2019

Click here for more information.




The Cohoes Music Hall

Multiple Shows between Tuesday, December 17, 2019 and Sunday, December 22, 2019

Click here for more information.



Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2019

Times Union Center

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Click here for more information.



‘Tis the Season for a Ukulele Sing-along

Guilderland Library

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11am

Click here for more information.

“Join us for this fun wintry favorites ukulele sing-along, ring bells and enjoy a hot chocolate (with marshmallows of course). No registration required, just drop in.”



An Evening with Mrs. Claus (Registration Required)

Halfmoon Celebrations Events

Friday, December 20, 2019

Click here for more information.



Santa at the Homewood Lodge

Homewood Suites & Tru by Hilton at Crossgates

Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Family Holiday Party: Trolls Holiday

Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls

Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Christmas Party with Santa in Altamont

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland

Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Rock-a-fella at the Y Public Skate

Capital District YMCA – Bethlehem Branch

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Click here for more information.



SACC Breakfast with Santa

The Stillwater Area Community Center

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Click here for more information.



Breakfast with Santa

The Gateway Diner

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Click here for more information.



Santa is coming to the Cuckoo’s Nest

Cuckoo’s Nest

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Click here for more information.



Siena Men’s Basketball

Times Union Center

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Click here for more information.



Breakfast with Santa

Ancient Order of Hibernians (National Little League, Albany, NY)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

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Dinner with Santa

Mohawk Golf Club

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Click here for more information.



Breakfast with Santa

Galway CSD

Sunday, December 22, 2019

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Holiday Kids Day!

Saratoga Automobile Museum

Monday, December 23, 2019

Click here for more information.



Free Family Swim

Goldfish Swim School
Thursday, December 26th 12pm-2pm
Friday, December 27th 12pm-2pm, 6pm-8:00pm
Saturday, December 28th 12pm-2pm
Sunday, December 29th 12pm-2pm
Monday, December 30th 12pm-2pm

Click here for more information.

“RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST DUE TO LIMITED SPACE- please call after 10am the day of the Free Swim you would like to attend. 518-788-9700”



Events at the NYS Museum 

Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Exhibit Explorers

Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Who’s Been Here?

Friday, December 27, 2019 – Fire Engines of the New York State Museum

Friday, December 27, 2019 – Who’s Been Here?

Saturday, December 28, 2019 – Guardians of the Museum (Film)

Sunday, December 29, 2019 – New Year’s Mid-Day Celebration

Click here for more information.



Family Fun Day – Moana

The Palace Theatre

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Click here for more information.



Here are some fun events at local libraries over the break:

  • Vacation Cinema: Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Bethlehem Library, Thursday, December 26th
  • Movie: Toy Story 4, Guilderland Library, Thursday, December 26th
  • Wii Just Dance Party, Central Library in Schenectady, Friday, December 27th
  • Wild Animal Show, Mechanicville District Public Library, Friday, December 27th
  • Monday Night Movie: Abominable, East Greenbush Public Library, Monday, December 30th
  • The Puppet People Present: “A Christmas Carol”, Saratoga Springs Public Library, Monday, December 30th
  • Magical Frozen Party, Guilderland Library, Tuesday, December 31st
  • Family Movie: Angry Birds 2, Phyllis Bornt Branch & Literacy Center (Schenectady), Tuesday, December 31st
  • Rockin’ Noon Year at Your Library, East Greenbush Public Library, Tuesday, December 31st
  • Happy Noon Year!, Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library, Tuesday, December 31st


Noon Year’s Eve

Colonie Center

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Click here for more information.



First Night


Tuesday, December 31, 2019.

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First Night Bethlehem

Bethlehem, NY

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Click here for more information.

“Bethlehem’s First Night 2020 Celebration, a family friendly, fun event, will be held on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Four Corners with Saxophone Sam, a custom ice sculpture by the Ice Man, and a fireworks display at 6:30 p.m., followed by entertainment and activities within walking distance of the Four Corners.”



First Day Hike/Snow Shoe Walk (Registration Required)

Thacher Park

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Click here for more information.

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This guide is sponsored by Bountiful Bread, Cirque du Soleil OVO, Coral & Blue Paper Co., Hancock Shaker Village, Reel Seafood Co., Santa’s Magical Express, Santa’s Workshop & The Crisp Cannoli.

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