2021 December Guide | Capital District Moms

This guide was created to help make the month of December a little bit easier for you!


Hot Chocolate Bomb Roundup

Parades in December

Holiday Events

Holiday Lights

New Year’s Eve Roundup (Family Friendly Events)



9 Miles East‘s convenient, contactless weekly delivery of delicious, healthy prepared meals makes a great holiday gift for busy moms! Several meal formats are available to suit dietary preferences, and we accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and Paleo nutritional profiles. Unlike meal kits, our experienced chefs do all the cooking with high-quality local and organic ingredients. Gift cards for our Saratoga Springs cafe are also available.

Click here to learn more about meal delivery.
Click here to see their cafe menu.
64 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Follow 9 Miles East on Facebook and Instagram.
Phone #: 518-223-9872


FREE underwear (including bras) with a $125+ purchase (DON’T FORGET TO ADD A BRA OR UNDERWEAR OF YOUR CHOICE TO THE CART!) Just click HERE, add any pair of underwear (or a bra) to your cart, along with $125 in product(s), and the discount will automatically apply at checkout!


Looking for that perfect holiday gift for you – or someone you love? Check out our new favorite WASHABLE and slip-on sneakers (for adults and kids!!) from All Birds! If you don’t know about them, these sustainable shoes could be a game changer in your wardrobe! They are deemed “the world’s most comfortable shoe,” and come in all sizes, colors, and styles! Spend $125 and try a pair of their everyday chic underwear for FREE!” Holiday shopping complete; you’re welcome!




Calling all children to Schmitt Farms! Come support us for this special event that we will host annually in Brooke’s Barn!

Drop your “Letters to Santa”

Meet Santa Claus with photo ops

Make a Christmas craft

Meet our Donkey ”Deers”

Pet an animal that can pull Santa’s sled all by himself!

Antler toss for small kids

Candy cane giving tree – make/bring a ornament and get a candy cane!

Marshmallow toasting, donuts, tea & coffee

Christmas trees for sale


13 Rabie Road, Averill Park, NY 12018

Follow Brooke’s Barn on Facebook

Phone # (516) 864-3520

Email: [email protected]


The Catskill Christmas Express will take passengers on a 60 minute trip through the Catskill Forest to Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Santa will greet each train as it goes by; Santa will not be getting on the train. Elves will be onboard to entertain the families. Each passenger will receive an individually wrapped cookie from our local bakery. Hot Chocolate will NOT be served – feel free to bring your own. After passing the North Pole, everyone will receive a small gift!


55 Kingston Plaza Road, Kingston, NY 12401

Follow Catskill Mountain Railroad on Facebook

Click here to visit their website.

Phone # (845) 332-4854

Email: [email protected]


Running out of time? Running out of ideas? Pop into Cocolo Spa at 260 OSBORNE RD and pick up a Cocolo Spa Gift card!
Every $100 you spend you receive an extra $20! Gift the most relaxing facial or breath taking eyelash extensions for your loved ones!
260 Osborne Road, Albany, NY 12211
Follow Cocolo Spa on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-438-3041



Featuring 150 retail shops, Crossgates offers something for everyone – all under one roof. Enjoy 90 unique stores, restaurants and entertainment venues that you won’t find for miles in any direction like Apple, Amazon 4-star, LEGO, Build a Bear Workshop, Dave & Buster’s, Apex Entertainment, Get Air, Billy Beez, plus the nation’s top retailers, to experience all that Crossgates has to offer. Whether you are looking to shop and dine or play and stay, our on-site Hilton dual-branded hotel allows for the best Staycation. Planning your next visit couldn’t be any easier.


One Crossgates Mall Road, Albany NY 12203

Follow Crossgates on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Phone #: 518-869-9565

Email: [email protected]


Franny’s Farmhouse is a walk in style DIY craft studio specializing in wood signs, door hangers, 3D wood projects, ceramics, pillowcase & tote bag painting. We also have a succulent bar and fluff & stuff. Our studio offers something for everyone, and zero crafting skills are necessary. Franny’s staff will help you as much (or as little) as you need! Private parties can be booked by emailing us.


1 Springhurst Drive, East Greenbush, NY 12061

Follow Franny’s Farmhouse on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Email: [email protected]



The Honest Weight Food Co-op, founded in 1976, is a member-owned and -operated consumer cooperative. We’re committed to providing affordable, high-quality natural foods and products for healthy living. We are open to the public seven days a week to provide our community with the area’s largest and best selection of local and organic produce and groceries. We also have a wide selection of local, hand-made gifts for all ages!


100 Watervliet Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Follow Honest Weight Food Co-op on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website. 

Phone #: 518-482-COOP (2667)

Email: [email protected]


Old Brick is a local, family-owned and operated furniture + mattress store with prices guaranteed to be 10-30% less every day! With 8 locations, find furniture and accessories for every room in your home, plus take advantage of interior design services and financing to make your dream home a reality.


NEW YORK: Albany, Schenectady, Queensbury + Clifton Park

VERMONT: Bennington, Manchester + Rutland


Follow Old Brick Furniture and Mattress Company on Facebook & Instagram.

Click here to visit their website.


Hiking Challenge Scratch Offs by Peakquest.

Each one of our beautifully designed Hiking Challenge Scratch Offs will become a keepsake, a conversation piece, a motivational tool, and a visual display that you will keep as a memory of your hiking journeys forever.

Track your Treks!


Follow Peakquest on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Email: [email protected]


Sending waffles in the mail across the country, Send Me Waffles is a local eCommerce business specializing in Belgian Liege Waffles. Made with local ingredients, these yeast based waffles have a delicious almost doughnut-like texture with sugar baked in! They are the perfect treat for that hard to buy for person on your list this Holiday Season. Free Local Pickup Available.


Follow Send Me Waffles on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Phone #: (518) 945-0658

Email: waffles@sendmewaffles.com


Sweet Elevation is a small, all scratch, hand made bakery located in a very unique setting within the Corporate Woods Business Park.  You’ll find this quaint little bakery tucked away in the back of office building #12, but don’t let the location fool you…Jennifer pumps out cakes and baked goods like its a full blown factory!  Open to the public, stop by and see what’s in the cases, or custom order a cake or treats for your next event!


12 Corporate Woods Blvd, Albany, NY 12211

Follow Sweet Elevation Bakery and Cafe on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Phone #: (518) 818-0010

Email: [email protected]


At Tree Huggers Children’s Apparel we offer organic, sustainable clothing for infants, children and women. We have a play area for kiddos so the shopping experience is fun for everyone!

78 Front Street, Ballston Spa , NY 12020

Follow Tree Huggers Children’s Apparel on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website.

Phone #: (518) 490-2055

Email: [email protected]


The Capital District’s largest indoor Christmas event! Experience even more attractions and new characters this year for a fun-filled, unforgettable experience at Wintertime Wonderland.


195 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham NY 12110

Follow Wintertime Wonderland on Facebook and Instagram

Click here to visit their website. 



We see you, mom. You’re on duty 24/7.  You give your 100% to everyone and you don’t get much downtime. With the holiday season upon us, we need something quick and easy to help us keep up with life’s demands.  Enjoy a sense of calm as you seize the day with the superior products at Your CBD Store.

At Your CBD Store, you will find the finest USDA Certified CBD products on the market today. With independent 3rd party lab reports available, you never have to wonder about what you’re putting in your body or the quality of the products you are purchasing.

Stop into our Loudonville, Clifton Park, Guilderland, or Lake Placid locations for a free sample and experience the superior quality for yourself.   We have everything from our award-winning topical cream, tinctures, water soluble, edibles, vape products, bath & beauty products, and our pet line for your fur babies at home.

When you can’t take a time out, take the next best thing from Your CBD Store!


CLIFTON PARK, NY – Phone # 518-982-0015

22 Clifton Country Road, Suite 140, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Click here to visit their website.

Follow their Clifton Park Store on Facebook and Instagram.


GUILDERLAND, NY – Phone # 518-313-7019

20 Mall, 2080 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY 12084

Click here to visit their website.

Follow their Guilderland Store on Facebook and Instagram.


LAKE PLACID, NY – Phone # 518-837-5104

2420 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946

Click here to visit their website.

Follow their Lake Placid Store on Facebook and Instagram.


LOUDONVILLE, NY – Phone # 518-512-3033

475 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211

Click here to visit their website.

Follow their Loudonville Store on Facebook and Instagram.


Pictured above: Hot Chocolate Bombs from Flours by Foglia


What is a hot chocolate bomb?

A hot chocolate bomb is a ball of chocolate that you place in a mug.  You then pour warm water or warm milk on the ball of chocolate which magically turns into a cup of hot chocolate. Typically there are marshmallows inside the ball of chocolate which then magically appear in your cup of hot chocolate.

Below is a list of some businesses in the Capital District that are selling hot chocolate bombs.  Some of them are selling limited amounts of hot chocolate bombs and require you to pre-order so make sure to get your orders in ASAP!


Bake For You – Slingerlands, NY


Coccadotts Cake Shop – Albany, NY


Confectionery House – Troy, NY


Dominic’s Caramella Shop – Clifton Park, NY


Duncan’s Dairy Bar – Troy, NY


Flours by Foglia – Latham, NY


Kelly’s Kitchen – Saratoga Springs, NY


Maria’s Cafe and Catering – Schenectady, NY


Mom & Pop’s Cafe & Catering – Ballston Spa, NY


Park Avenue Confectionary – Mechanicville, NY


Putnam Market – Saratoga Springs, NY


Ribbon Cafe – Ballston Spa, NY


Sandye’s Cafe – Schenectady, NY


SKB Sweets – Albany, NY


Something Sweet


Sweet Bee’z – Halfmoon, NY


Tash Bakes – Cohoes, NY


The Farmer’s Feed Bunk – Schaghticoke, NY


Tieberry Sweets – Colonie, NY


Yazzy’s Yummiez – Clifton Park, NY



Ballston Spa Holiday Parade

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 6:30pm

Click here for more information.

The 9th Annual Holiday Parade – Town of Sand Lake

Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7pm

Follow Discover Sand Lake NY on Facebook for more information.

Coxsackie Fire Department Parade of Lights

Friday, December 3, 2021

Follow the Coxsackie Fire Department on Facebook for more information.

4th Annual Holiday Parade – Town of East Greenbush Emergency Services

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 5:30pm

Follow the East Greenbush Police Department on Facebook for more information.

Sharon Springs Parade of Lights

Friday, December 10th at 6pm

Follow the Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for more information.

Valatie Winterwalk and Parade 2021

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Follow the Valatie Santa Claus Club on Facebook for more information.


Wintertime Wonderland

The Capital Region’s largest indoor Christmas event! Located in Latham, NY next to Vent Fitness.

Click here for more information.


Victorian Streetwalk Weekend – Saratoga Springs, NY

Thursdays, December 2nd-Sunday, December 5, 2021

The weekend begins with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 2nd 6-7pm.

Click here to learn more.


Jingle Bell Bash and Marketplace on Candy Cane Lane

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Enjoy pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Face Painting, Balloon Artist,Photo Mirror , make some holiday crafts, Outdoor horse drawn sleigh rides and holiday shopping along with a bonfire! Don’t forget to meet, Frosty, Rudolph, Mr. Gingerbread, The Grinch and so much more!

Follow Halfmoon Celebration Events on Facebook for more information.


Candy Cane Lane hosted by the Town of Queensbury

Friday, December 3, 2021

Annual drive-thru holiday festival! Drive through Candy Cane Lane with stops at Santa Letter & Coloring contest pick-up, treats by Cool Beans, arts and crafts, balloon characters by Mr. Twisty, grab bag giveaway and more! 

Follow the Town of Queensbury on Facebook for more information.


25th Anniversary of Winter Walk – Hudson, NY

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Follow Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House on Facebook for more information.


Santa Claus Tour

Saturday, December 4, 2021

The Slingerlands Fire Department has the honor of escorting Santa Claus within the Slingerlands Fire District (18 stops).
Follow the Slingerlands Fire Department on Facebook for more information.
Holidays on the Hudson

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Join us during this outdoor event to make special ornaments for the Village tree and enjoy the annual tree lighting! We’ll also have a special visit from Santa and light refreshments. 

Follow the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson on Facebook for more information.


Holiday on the Avenue

Sunday, December 5, 2021

A family focused street festival featuring free children’s activities, vendors, music and food.

Follow Holiday on the Avenue on Facebook for more information.


New York State’s Holiday Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Celebrate the season at the beautiful Empire State Plaza with FREE activities including the official ceremony and tree lighting, fireworks, a rock-and-skate with Skeeter Creek, demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club, performances by Tuba Christmas, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus at Cornerstone at the Plaza!

Click here for more information.


Troy Victorian Stroll Season

Beginning Sunday, December 5, 2021

Enjoy downtown Troy throughout our 2021 ‘Stroll Season’

Click here for more information.


An Evening with Mrs. Claus hosted by Halfmoon Celebrations

Friday, December 17, 2021

Reservations Required

Follow Halfmoon Celebrations Events on Facebook for more information.



Holiday Lights Spectacular 2021 at Quick Response (Round Lake, NY)

November 25, 2021 -Jan 3, 2022

Drive-thru (Admission is Free)

Click here to follow Quick Response on Facebook.

25th Annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park in (Washington Park in Albany, NY)

November 26, 2021 until January 2, 2022.

Price: Passenger Vehicles (Capacity Max 9): $25

IMPORTANT INFORMATION (THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN PRIOR YEARS): Tickets must be purchased prior to arrival at Washington Park. Guests must arrive on their selected day and time. Guests that arrive late or on a different date may not be allowed entry.

Click here for more information.


Bright Nights at the Utica Zoo

November 26, 2021 – December 19, 2021 (Fridays-Sundays)

Price: Adults $8, Children $5

Bright Nights is the Utica Zoo’s Premiere Holiday event that runs on weekends from the end of November through Christmas featuring all sorts of holiday fun such as caroling, food trucks, hot drinks, Santa, and numerous light displays!

Click here for more information.


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Select dates November 19 through January 9

Price: Adults $39.95, Children $24.95

Tickets are required and must be reserved in advance.

Join us for a family holiday festival at the Bronx Zoo. During the evenings, the park comes to life with holiday cheer as immersive light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows sparkle across the zoo. The outdoor celebration is complete with festive entertainment, seasonal treats and classic holiday music. The walk-through experience is a beloved tradition, enchanting and fun for all ages.

Click here for more information.


Holiday Nights at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Syracuse, NY)

December 3-18, 2021 (Fridays and Saturdays)

Price: Advanced Sale Tickets $8, Day of Tickets $9

New for the holidays! Take a festive and fun after-hours stroll amid sparkling displays of holiday lights that transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. Enjoy holiday treats like hot chocolate and s’mores along with pop-up entertainment along the way!

Click here for more information.


Holiday Lighted Nights at the Washington County Fairgrounds

Select days between November 26 – December 23, 2021

Price $25

A Drive-Thru Holiday Light Experience! Over a mile of lighted holiday magic for the whole family! Order Snacks before you arrive and have them waiting for you at our snack pavilion! Snacks are packaged to share the whole family or to have some leftover for the ride home! 

Click here for more information.


Winterlights at Naumkeag (Stockbridge, MA)

November 6th through January 9th (Wednesday through Sunday each week)

Price:Adults $25 (Fridays & Saturdays), Adults $20 (Sundays, Wednesdays & Thursdays), Children $10 (Everyday)

Winterlights is back! Join us for a magical outdoor experience at Naumkeag as it sparkles with thousands of shimmering and artfully designed holiday lights. Bring the whole family for a fun and safe outdoor experience. 


Click here for more information.


A Frosty Fest – Ulster Park, NY

Select Days in November & December 2021

Price: Adults $18.95, Children $14.95

A Drive-Thru Experience to be Enjoyed in the Comfort of Your Own Vehicle. You can also Park, Walk In and View 11 Additional Attractions.

Click here for more information.


Jungle Bells: Holiday Lights Display at Animal Adventure Park

Select Days between November 11, 2021-January 2, 2022 – Walk Thru Experience

Price: $12 per guest

11/17/21, 12/8/21 & 12/22/21 – Jungle Bells – Drive Thru Experience

Price: $15 per vehicle

HO! HO! HO…LY COW! We have managed to get bigger and brighter for 2021, now boasting the area’s largest holiday lights display with over ONE MILLION lights shining bright!  Gather with family and friends to stroll the grounds of Animal Adventure, enjoying the magic of our holiday display and visiting with a number of our cold weather tolerant species!  Sneak into our heated giraffe barn to visit Oliver & Johari, visit Santa or the Snow Sister Princesses in our heated photo area of Base Camp Pavilion, and warm yourself up as you sip delicious hot cocoa from our concessions while engaging dozens of photo opportunities and the animals throughout the park!  We also offer three nights just for drive-thru guests, to enjoy the sights from the comfort of their vehicle!

Click here for more information.


Wonderland of Lights – Dutchess County Fairgrounds

November 25th through December 26, 2021

$25 per vehicle

Experience The Wonderland of Lights located at The Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. This no-contact drive through mile-long path of dazzling, festive lights and holiday displays will make lasting memories for the whole family.

Click here for more information.


Wild Lights – The Wild Center

Select Days

Adults $10, Youth $5

Wander into our enchanting, illuminated, winter wonderland to explore the sights and sounds of Wild Lights, presented by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. Thousands of lights transforms our campus into a twinkling, family-friendly experience that is sure to become a holiday tradition for North Country families.

Click here for more information.


The Wild Animal Park – Chittenango – NY

Opening Thanksgiving Night 2021! Every Thursday-Sunday til New Years

The light show is walk through only and handicapped accessible. Thursday through Sunday 5-9 until New Year’s Day.
Click here for more information.



First Night Bethlehem

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


All Aboard! Noon Year’s Eve at miSci

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Noon Years’ Eve Party at Via Aquarium

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Noon Year’s Week: Party ‘Til It’s 2022! at the Saratoga Children’s Museum

Monday, December 27th through Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Noon Years Eve at Wiggle Worms Playland

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Noon Year’s Eve at Get Air 

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Kid-Friendly New Year’s Eve Party at Allo Saratoga

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


ZOOM: Happy Noon Year – Clifton-Park Halfmoon Library

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


New Year’s Eve Noisemaker Craft at World Awareness Children’s Museum

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Family Friendly NYE at Dave & Buster’s

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


Noon Years Eve Celebration with Turtle Dance Music hosted by the Schenectady County Public Library

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 or Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Click here for more information


Colors of Winter Paint & Sip Event New Year’s Eve Party at Art in Mind Creative Wellness Studio

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.


New Year’s Fireworks Display – Windham Mountain

Friday, December 31, 2021

Click here for more information.

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