2022 December Guide | Capital District Moms

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

Topics:
Parades in December (Scroll to the end of the guide for the list)
Christmas Tree Roundup (Scroll to the end of the guide for the list)

9 MILES EAST

Make your week easier with delicious, healthy prepared meals from 9 Miles East. We drop them off at your home each week and you can choose from great soups, salads, entrees, grain bowls and local grocery items. Gluten-free, vegan and paleo options available. Visit https://subscriptions.9mileseast.com/ to order.

64 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Follow 9 Miles East on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-223-9872

AAA HUDSON VALLEY AND AAA NORTHWAY

 
AAA Hudson Valley and AAA Northway are affiliates of the American Automobile Association, helping drivers for over 120 years. Membership gives you access to 24/7 Emergency Roadside Assistance, Full-Service Travel Planning, Home and Auto Insurance, and countless discounts nationwide. Save on attraction tickets for the most popular amusement parks, as well as admission to the movies, and shows on Broadway and the Vegas Strip. Plus – our Traffic Safety program offers child safety seat inspections, installations and loaners, as well as the 5-Hour Prelicensing Class for new drivers.

Visit our website to connect with us on socials.

ALTAMONT VINEYARD AND WINERY

Please join us for our 1st Annual “Christmas at the Vineyard” and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at their workshop as they will be spreading cheer on December 3, 4, 11, 17,18.  Visits are $14 and children of any age are welcome! Parents can accompany at no additional charge. Feel free to take your own photos with Santa with our festive backdrop along with our 1949 Red Ford Pick Up Truck. Santa will also be having a Sing-A-Long throughout the day including your favorite holiday tunes!. Write your letter to Santa sharing whether you’ve been naughty or nice and drop them in our mailbox that will be heading to the North Pole and before you leave enjoy your own hot cocoa from our festive hot cocoa bar with many delightful toppings.

3001 Furbeck Road, Altamont, NY 12009
Follow Altamont Vineyard and Winery on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone # 518-355-8100
Email: [email protected]

A TOUCH ABOVE, INC.

We’re a dedicated team of individuals who are committed to helping the people in our community. We’re a professional, pet-friendly cleaning service you can trust & rely on. We’ll be there when you need us. Visit www.atouchaboveny.com for your free estimate today.

160 Myrtle Ave #77, Albany, NY 12202
Follow A Touch Above, Inc. on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-334-2234

Join us for a Holiday themed Kids Cookie Decorating Class, Saturday 12/17 at our Schenectady location. Classes available at 10am, 11am and 2pm. $9 for your choice of giant sugar-cookie Christmas tree or gingerbread person, homemade frostings, and sprinkles to decorate. Parents receive 10% off their orders during event. Pre-registration required by 12/13. Visit https://www.toasttab.com/bountiful-bread-schenectady/v3/ to register today.

ALBANY
1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Phone #: 518-438-3540

SCHENECTADY
108 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone #: 518-387-9997

Follow Bountiful Bread on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.

BROOKE’S BARN AT SCHMITT FARMS

Santa Claus is coming to Brooke’s Barn!

Saturday, December 10th from 1pm-4pm
Saturday, December 17th from 1pm-4pm
 
ADMISSION INCLUDES:
Meet and greet with Santa Claus
Kids craft done on site
North Pole Mailbox Station
Interact with farm animals
Meet some horses
Enjoy a hot cocoa
 
$10 per child
Adults and children under 2 are free
 
 Tree and wreath sales offered separately.
 
Contact Brooke or Bill Schmitt for any questions at 516-864-3520 or 516-991-6305

13 Rabie Road, Averill Park, NY 12018
Follow Brooke’s Barn on Facebook
Click here to visit their website.
Phone # (516) 864-3520
Email: [email protected]

CAPITAL DISTRICT YMCA

The Capital District YMCA is opening a new preschool program for ages 3-5 on the brand-new Albany BOCES campus on Watervliet Shaker Road. Just minutes away from the airport and the Northway, full-time and part-time options are available from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Visit:  https://cdymca.org/ymca-childcare/albany-childcare/pre-school-boces/

LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CAPITAL DISTRICT:
Bethlehem, Glenville, Greene County, Guilderland, Schenectady, Southern Saratoga, Troy, Greenbush & Camp Chingachgook
Follow the Capital District YMCA on Facebook and Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-869-3500

CATSKILL MOUNTAIN RAILROAD POLAR EXPRESS

Set to the sounds of the motion picture, passengers will relive the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical trip to the North Pole. Once on board, the Conductor will work their way through the coach and punch your golden ticket as you’re served hot chocolate and a delicious cookie by our dancing chefs! Passengers will read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Once at The North Pole, Santa and his Elves board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and on board entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell in addition to the wonderful memories made on this unforgettable adventure.

Check our website for Polar Express Train schedules and to purchase tickets. All trains depart from Westbrook Station at Kingston Plaza and then return.

Westbrook Lane Station in Kingston Plaza, 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]

CHRISTMAS LAND

Christmas Land was created to offer a holiday attraction that evokes the aura of an old fashioned Christmas. This attraction is geared toward all age groups connecting families & communities in bringing back the spirit of Christmas.

3068 Furbeck Road, Altamont, NY 12209
Follow Christmas Land on Facebook & Instagram.
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-371-1225
Email: [email protected]

COMPLEXIONS

Pamper with a Purpose this Holiday Season
Enjoy a bit of paradise in our tranquil, eco-friendly environment. Stop in the spa or visit our website for holiday packages and gift card offerings! Specialty holiday gifts and pre-made baskets available for everyone on your list!

ALBANY
221 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205
Phone #: 518-489-5231
SARATOGA
268 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Phone #: 518-306-5502
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Click here to visit their website.
Email: [email protected]

CORAL & BLUE PAPER CO.

We make beautiful stationery for thoughtful kids! Our cards were designed by a mom to make thank you notes simple and joyful. We hope these cards inspire your kids to express gratitude and creativity over the holidays! Elementary-lined, spacious, classic. www.CoralandBlue.com

Follow Coral & Blue Paper Co. on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 347-803-0442
Email: [email protected]

CROSSGATES

Ho ho ho!!!! Santa is coming to Crossgates Mall on Friday, November 25th at 11am! Open Friday through Sunday, check www.shopcrossgates.com weekly for updated days & times of operation throughout the season! Receive a special gift from Apex Entertainment Albany and 110 Grill with any purchase.⁣

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]

EAGLE ISLAND CAMP

Located on its own 31-Acre Island on Upper Saranac Lake in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Eagle Island is a youth camp, a National Historic Landmark, and one of the best-preserved examples of Adirondack Great Camp architecture.

31 Acre Island on Upper Saranac
Follow Eagle Island Camp on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-323-9422
Email: [email protected]

ERIC’S BARBERSHOP

Look your best for Santa with a fresh haircut from Eric’s Barbershop!
Eric’s Barbershop was voted the most loved barbershop for a kid’s haircut by the followers of Capital District Moms!
Click here to book an appointment.

43 Sacandaga Road, Scotia, NY 12302
Follow Eric’s Barbershop on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to book an appointment.
Phone #: 518-346-3626

(G)ROW FOR KIDS

Exciting things happening at (g)row in downtown Glens Falls.
Holiday gifts, winter clothes, and online shopping now available!
Be sure to visit them online (growforkids.com) or in person at 18 Exchange Street Glens Falls, NY.

18 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
Follow (g)row for kids on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-832-4769
Email: [email protected]

HEALING HANDS CHIROPRACTIC CENTER

(formerly known as Kinkaid Family Chiropractic) 

Your new baby will be here soon and you’re doing everything right, from check ups to nutrition, but do you know about prenatal Chiropractic Care?! Receiving regular chiropractic treatment is one of the most important and helpful areas of prenatal care. We specialize in prenatal, pediatric and whole family care. We have helped many families navigate their way through the aches and pains of pregnancy and post-partum including back and neck pain, headaches, pelvic pain, sciatica & more. See all of the ways Healing Hands Chiropractic Center can help you and your family.

1873 Western Ave Suite 103, Albany, NY 12203
Follow Healing Hands Chiropractic Center on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: (518) 869-8000

New patient paperwork is located on the home page of our website. Once we have had a chance to review it, we will call you to schedule your first appointment. 

HUDSON MOHAWK FIGURE SKATING CLUB

Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club, a member club of U.S. Figure Skating. Our purpose is to promote figure skating, free skating, ice dancing, and moves in the field on all levels.
Please join us for our next Learn To Skate session that begins Sunday, January 8, 2023 at the Albany County Hockey Facility.
Give the gift of ice skating because you’re never too old (or young) to Learn to Skate! All ages and beginner skating levels welcome. Visit HMFSC.org for more information.
Join the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club on December 18, 2022 for their Holiday Happiness ice show at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Click here for details. They will also be performing on Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 4:30pm at the New York State’s Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at Empire State Plaza.

Follow Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: (518) 783-1275
Email address: [email protected]

ICE CASTLES

Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring winter experience that brings fairytales to life. The attraction in Lake George, New York includes breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, tunnels, caverns, slides, and fountains all created using icicles that are hand-placed by professional ice artists. Returning in January 2023 for its second season, Ice Castles will also feature an ice bar serving a variety of alcoholic beverages and an enchanting winter light walk to enhance the magical experience. Tickets on sale now.


Charles R. Wood Park, 19 W Brook Rd, Lake George, NY 12845
Follow Ice Castles on Facebook, TikTok and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Email: [email protected]

MIRROR LAKE INN RESORT & SPA

At the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, safety is the ultimate luxury. The resort has been AAA Four Diamond rated the past 38 consecutive years and prides itself on a superior level of guest service. The feeling of being at home with family, coupled with unparalleled views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding Adirondack High Peaks, makes this an authentic Adirondack experience.

77 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946
Follow Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
Click here to visit their website.

MOON CYCLE SEED COMPANY

Moon Cycle Seed Company was inspired by a need for women to understand the role that hormones play in the body. Founded by Sarah Avery, Doctor of Physical Therapy and professional yoga therapist, Mood Cycle Seed Company is based in nature, backed by science right here in Saratoga Springs! Seed cycling is a commonly used method to enhance your daily wellness routine and to restore the natural rhythm of these hormones. Moon Cycle Seed Company is here to guide you on the path to using incredible superfoods to enhance your well-being and enrich your life!


Follow Moon Cycle Seed Company on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Email:  [email protected]

NINJA LABS

The Ninja Lab is the region’s premier obstacle course gym and kids fun zone. Swing, climb, leap and soar your way into fitness while learning great leadership skills and building self-confidence that will last a lifetime. Men, women and children alike will have a ball at The Ninja Lab, where Ninja training is for everyone, and fitness is always fun! Our classes, open gyms, birthday parties, camps, and Nerf nights are second to none! Programs for ages 2 and up!

ALBANY NINJA LAB
Crossgates Commons
161 Washington Ave Ext-104B, Albany, NY 12205
Follow Albany Ninja Lab on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-608-4725
Email: [email protected]

SARATOGA NINJA LAB
9 Stonebreak Rd-Suite 3, Malta, NY 12020
Follow Saratoga Ninja Lab on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-289-5942

PARTY POP UP

Party Pop Up is a new buisness, serving the Capital Region! We want to make your birthdays and celebrations AMAZING, EPIC & BOUGIE! With our Teepee Sleepover rentals. Please check us out.

Follow Party Pop Up on Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-590-9380
Email: [email protected]

PLAY HOLLOW

Play Hollow is a children’s retail and community-play space which values eco-friendly and fair trade practices, celebrates diversity, and offers products and programming that center around loving and taking care of ourselves, each other, and our Earth.  We have a collection of bilingual/bicultural books, natural toys and apparel, as well as children’s classes and parent workshops both virtual and in-person to support every stage of the family journey.

40 Front Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Follow Play Hollow on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: 518-309-3517
Email:  [email protected]  

SANDYE’S CAFE AND CAKES

Sandye’s Cafe & Cakes is a family run small business located on the Northside of Schenectady offering breakfast, lunch, catering, custom cakes, holiday pies, cookies platters and much more! Call 518-280-2599 to place your order. We also host cake decorating classes and kids parties.

Cake Decorating Classes during December:
Tuesday, December 13th: “Cup” Cake
Monday, December 19th: Reindeer Cake
Tuesday, December 20th: Santa Cake

1316 Nott Street Schenectady, NY 12308
Follow Sandye’s Cafe & Cakes on Facebook and Instagram.
Phone #: (518) 280-2599
Email: [email protected]

SEND ME WAFFLES

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

SUNDAES BEST HOT FUDGE SAUCE

For 21 years Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce has been hand-crafting the most delicious hot fudge sauces in the world!  Based on a 60+ year old family recipe, this Wilton NY woman owned business uses only the finest ingredients and a dash of love to create a nationally acclaimed dessert topping.

Sundaes Best is the sweetest Holiday Gift!
* Perfect TEACHER GIFT
* Well loved Family/Neighbor Gifts for all to enjoy!
* Hostess Gifts
* Stocking Stuffers

Our chocolate sauce is GLUTEN FREE & KOHER. Join us today in Spreading the love of Hot Fudge Sauce!

Located in Saratoga Springs, NY
Follow Sundaes Best Hot Fudge on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Phone #: (518) 584-4036

TED’S FISH FRY

Lunch with Santa from 11am-2pm on Sunday, December 18, 2022
Ted’s Fish Fry, 1186 Western Ave, Albany NY 12203
Kids eat free when they bring in a toy for Santa. Toys will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. Our full menu will be available for adults and we will also have drink specials.

1186 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203
Follow Ted’s Fish Fry on Facebook & Instagram.
Click here to RSVP to Lunch with Santa on December 18th.
Click here to visit their website.

THE BALLOONARY

The Balloonary is a brick and mortar specializing in balloons and party supplies. Balloons are air filled and range from one foot minis to any customized size. The store is stocked with small batch party decor and gifts for all types of events.

449 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12210
Follow The Balloonary on Facebook and Instagram
Click here to visit their website.
Email:  [email protected]

PARADES IN DECEMBER

Ballston Spa Holiday Parade
Friday, December 2, 2022.
The Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting is on December 2, 2022.  The parade starts promptly at 6:30pm and starts from the intersection of South Street and Milton Ave and proceeds down Milton Ave up to West High Street. Following the parade, Santa will arrive at Wiswall Park with the Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Department to light our tree around 8pm.
Click here for more information.

 

Town of Sand Lake’s 10th Annual Holiday Parade & Toy Drive
Friday, December 2, 2022
The Holiday Season is just around the corner and the Town of Sand Lake would like to invite you to help us celebrate! We will be holding our Holiday Parade on Friday, December 2nd. The parade route will go from Miller Hill Elementary, proceed down Route 43 to Old Route 66 and down Gettle Road, where it will end at Butler Park! There will be free refreshments, the tree lighting, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Clause! The fun starts at 7pm.
Follow Discover Sand Lake NY on Facebook for more information.

 

2022 Parade of Lights (Coxsackie Fire Department)
Friday, December 2, 2022
Line up 6pm on Appleblossom Lane, Step off 6:30pm, Down Mansion St Ending at Village Hall 119 Mansion St with Cookies and Hot Chocolate
Follow the Coxsackie Fire Department on Facebook for more information.

 

Holiday Parade (Hometown Holidays- Glens Falls, NY)
Friday, December 2, 2022
Click here for more information.

 

5th Annual Holiday Parade – Town of East Greenbush Emergency Services
Saturday, December 3, 2022
Parade ends at Becker’s Farm for a meet and greet with SANTA!
Follow the East Greenbush Police Department on Facebook for more information.

 

Holiday on the Avenue
Sunday, December 4, 2022
Join us for free children’s activities: starting with a holiday parade, balloon twisters, caricaturists, pony rides and Santa & Mrs. Claus. There will be plenty of shopping with local vendors. Lots of food and drinks available, live music and more, followed by our tree lighting.
Click here for more information.

 

Valatie Winterwalk and Winter Parade
Saturday, December 10, 2022
Click here for more information.

 

WinterFest (Altamont Community Tradition)
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Join Santa and bagpipers for our annual Pet Parade. We step off from Orsini Park and return so kids can visit with Santa. There will be Fire Pits and bake sales courtesy of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Hang your handmade ornament on the Community Tree under the gazebo and enjoy treats from Adirondack Kettle Korn.
Click here for more information.

CHRISTMAS TREE ROUNDUP

Boght Community Fire District Cohoes – NY

Rotterdam Fire District 2 – Schenectady, NY

Altamont Orchards – Altamont, NY

Aniolek’s Christmas Trees – Schenectady, NY

Bailey Family Christmas Trees – Cambridge, NY

Bob’s Trees – Galway, NY

Boulder Brook Farm – Malta, NY

Brooke’s Barn at Schmitt Farms – Averill Park, NY

Buhrmaster Farm – Glenville, NY

Calhoun’s Farm Stand – Troy, NY

Candy Cane Farm – Gansevoort, NY

Cold Spring Tree Farm – Hudson, NY

Ellms Family Christmas Tree Farm – Ballston Spa, NY

Faddegon’s Nursery – Latham, NY

Fogg Hollow Farm – Charlton, NY

Gade Farm – Altamont, NY

Garden Time – Queensbury, NY

George’s Market and Nursery – Latham, NY

Goderie’s Tree Farm – Johnstown, NY

Gold Krest Farm – Rensselaer, NY

Goode Trees – Ballston Spa, NY

Hansens Farm and Nursery – Colonie, NY

Hewitt’s – Multiple Stores

Kulak’s Nursery & Landscaping – Rexford, NY

Kuzmich’s Christmas Tree Farm – Greenwich, NY

Majestic Tree Farm – Selkirk, NY

McDonough’s Farm – East Greenbush, NY

Morin’s Tree Farm – Buskirk, NY

On The Farm – Latham, 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

The Chatham Berry Farm – Chatham, NY

The Dirt Guy Supply and Nursery – Scotia, NY

Troy’s Landscape Supply Co.– Cohoes, NY

Weathered Willow Tree Farm – Altamont, NY

 

 

 

 

 

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