17th Annual Santa’s Playland Open House
Santa will be joining Quick Response on December 8 and 9 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. for their Annual Santa’s Playland Open House. The event continues to be free to the public with visits from Santa and friends, horse and wagon rides along with rides on the Quick Express trains and free refreshments. Due to the growing popularity, the event offers offsite parking at the Sysco foods parking lot and Corpus Christi parking lots. There will be signs for offsite parking. You can also visit their website or Facebook for additional details.
Saratoga Springs History Museum Holiday Gala
The Holiday Gala features great music, great food and great shopping. Joining the event this year is the Accents, one of Saratoga Springs most celebrated bands that will play hot tunes as you dance the night away. Longfellow’s Restaurant provides sumptuous dinner stations and the Silent Auction makes holiday gift giving a breeze. The Gala will be held at the Canfield Casino, located at 1 E Congress St., Saratoga Springs from 6:30 - 11 p.m. All proceeds will support the museum’s ongoing educational projects, materials and events. Tickets are $65 in advance, $55 for museum members, $55 for those 40 and under, and $70 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling 518-584-6920 or saratogahistory.org.
“A Christmas Carol”
Join us and Tiny Tim this holiday season for timeless family entertainment. Charles Dickens’ story comes to life in this classic tale of the penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge and the loving family of his hapless employee, Bob Cratchet. One cold Christmas Eve, three ghosts take Scrooge on the journey of his lifetime to show him the error of his ways by visiting his past, present and future. Grumpy, old Scrooge comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill. Performances will be held at Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater, located at 19 Roosevelt Dr., Saratoga Springs on December 8 and 15 – 7:30 p.m., December 9, 10, 17 – 1:00 p.m. and December 16 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. For more information, visit
Holiday Folk Show
at Caffe Lena
It’s that magical time of year again! The time when festive folks across the region come to Caffe Lena to enjoy a sweet, sentimental and silly celebration of the season complete with swanky décor, audience participation, and loads of lovely songs. Our cast members are John Kirk, Trish Miller, David Kiphuth, Addie and Olin and Sara Milonovich. Sing-alongs, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, concertina, horns and percussion played by talented folks who click like only old friends can. Selections are performed with harmony, peace and goodwill towards all. Caffe Lena is located at 47 Phila St., in Saratoga Springs. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 and $10.
Breakfast with Santa
Come have breakfast with Santa on December 9 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the American Legion, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa. Make some crafts and sit on Santa’s Lap to tell him what your wish is for Christmas. All Village children are invited to join us at this event.
Wilton Fire Department’s Breakfast with Santa
Please join the firefighters of
the Wilton Fire Department for breakfast on December 9. Located at 270 Ballard Rd., in Wilton from 8 – 11 a.m. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, beverages and more. Bring a camera for pictures with Santa. A $7 donation is appreciated for adults. Children 12 and under free.
Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Workshop
Join The Children’s Museum at Saratoga on December 9 at 10 – 11:30 a.m., along with Sue DuBois from Garden Goddess. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to listen to ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ music, color Charlie Brown coloring sheets, and hear a special reading of the book ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’. Then everyone will select their own 3 inch trees, make an ornament and wrap the tree like Linus to take home! Children must be at least 3 years old to participate. Pre-registration is required. Please call the museum at 518-584-5540 if you would like to register you and your child.
The Call of Christmas
Experience the Christmas Story like never before. Performances are on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, located at 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls. Advance sale tickets $10 or at the door $12. Seating is limited so make your reservation early, 518-793-1152.
Local Magicians Meeting
The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly #24, will meet on December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co. of Latham on Old Loudon Road in Latham. We welcome all persons, age 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic whether it be: performance, history, collecting or purely entertainment to join us for a fun evening. For more information, visit our website, www.sam24.org.
Joint Holiday Mixer
The Malta Business & Professional Association announces it has joined forces this holiday season with the Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce for a Joint Holiday Mixer. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Vista Restaurant located at the Van Patten Golf Club located at 524 Main Street in Clifton Park. Festivities include Mixing and Mingling with over 200 attendees, appetizers, giveaways, door prizes and the opportunity to win 1 of 13 fabulous raffle prizes. Everyone is invited to join us for good cheer and a toast to the holidays and the coming new year while looking back on 2017 accomplishments and forward to the holidays and 2018 goals. This event also celebrates the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary. Cost for members is $25, general admission $40. Registration prepayment is required at www.southernsaratoga.org.
Saratoga Mineral Baths: Not Just for Saturday Nights, presented by Charlie Kuenzel.
Free and open to the public, no registration required. The program takes place on December 14 from 12 – 1 p.m. in the H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-587-3241 or visit, www.SaratogaSpringsVisitorCenter.com or www.DiscoverSaratoga.org.
Havurah Vatik December Event
Join us for a Hannukah Celebration at Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave., Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, December 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join local musicians of the Adirondack Klezmer Band for their third fabulous appearance to celebrate the Hannukah festival. We will welcome Al Wadler on clarinet; Bob Orban on trumpet; James Fuchs on saxophone; George Painter, piano; Neal Herr on bass guitar; Ray Rabl, percussion; Barbara Rosoff and Judith Korot, violin, along with vocalist Anna Rose Johnson. This energetic ensemble will treat us to traditional Hannukah songs as well as the Klezmer melodies and dances of Eastern Europe: the “voice of the Jewish heart.” And once again, they’ll have us dancing in the aisles. A festive catered lunch featuring Latkes follows the program. We need your RSVP by December 13 by calling 518-584-8730, ext. 4.
Saratoga 5K Run
Begin the First Night celebration right by joining the run before the huge New Year’s event.
Start and finish on the beautiful Skidmore campus. The first 3/4 mile is a gradual uphill on the perimeter road. The course exits the campus at Clinton Avenue and continues to Greenfield Avenue, continuing up North Broadway and back to campus. This is a moderately challenging course, including both hills and downgrades. Limited to 1,500 Runners: Due to the overwhelming success of this run, and having to close-out registration several years in a row, there will be no day of race registration. Awards: To the top three overall male and female finishers, and top three male and female finishers in each 5-year age division. No duplicate awards. Shirts: All registered runners will receive a limited edition First Night Saratoga moisture-wicking shirt. All race finishers will receive a commemorative First Night Saratoga medal. Registration is $30. Entry fees are nonrefundable and non-transferable. Run your race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society with Team in Training. The run begins at 5:30 p.m. To register, visit www.zippyreg.com/online_reg/reg2017.php?e=980.