Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:38
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree, dozens of downtown sites offering free entertainment, and the seasonal arrival of Santa, Clara, Rumple Dumple and the holiday elves will highlight the 30th Annual Victorian Streetwalk, which is set to take place in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Saratoga Central Catholic School Choir will serenade the crowd with Christmas Carols beginning at 5:45 p.m. as the children wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus who will arrive on horse and carriage (Saratoga Horse & Carriage) escorted in by the Christian Brothers Academy Marching Band, and Santa’s elves. Mayor Joanne Yepsen will light the tree at 6 p.m. Santa, Clara, elves and Rumple Dumple will visit with children throughout the evening in the beautiful Santa Cottage renovated by the students at the F. Donald Myers Education Center Construction Trades Program. Enjoy over 35 sites with free entertainment, including the Flying Fingers Fiddlers, Spa City Duo, Shenendehowa MS Select Choir, Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, a cappella and brass groups from Skidmore College, Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, Sax-O-Claus, The National Museum of Dance School of the Arts ballet dancers and Mother Ginger, the Saratoga County 4-H clubs gingerbread house display at various locations, The Ice Man, live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special DBA local Coupon Books, face painting, Newfoundland Dog Club. The Saratoga City Ballet and Octavo Singers will also be delighting audiences of all ages as they combine talents at the Universal Preservation Hall. Stop by the Post Office with your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the specially designed 30th Anniversary Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them. Transportation Broadway will be closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection. CDTA will operate free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Ave. on the city’s west side, NYRA’s Oklahoma track just off Exit 14 of I-87, Gate 21 on the corner of East Ave and Union Ave, and the Weibel Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown from 4:30 until 10 p.m. We love your dogs as much as you, but please leave them home; a Saratoga Springs City Ordinance for all large events. The 30th Annual Victorian Streetwalk is brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs.