Friday, December 3
Glens Falls City Park, Maple St., Glens Falls | 4 – 8 p.m.
Christkindlmarkt is a family-focused, European-style Christmas festival, with a uniquely Adirondack flair and style combining cultural traditions, entertainment, local flavors, and crafts with family fun activities for all ages. Vendors, holiday friends, live music, activities, food, and drink. The event takes place under heated tents in the heart of downtown Glens Falls. Addition days and times: Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 5, from 11 to 4 p.m. A Christkindlmarkt is a European-style Christmas festival, combining cultural traditions, entertainment, and local flavor.
Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting
Downtown Ballston Spa | 6:30 p.m.
The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place Friday, December 3. The parade will proceed on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the village Christmas tree. The parade is a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids, and Santa parading down the main street of the village. Once again, this year, the parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.
Saturday, December 4
The Old Saratoga Reformed Church, Pearl and Burgoyne Streets, Schuylerville | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
New and gently used Christmas items will be available, including decorations and collectables. There will also be a basket raffle. For more information, call the church office at 518-695-3479, 9 am-noon, Monday - Friday.
Elks Annual Hoop Shoot Competition
Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free and open to boys and girls ages 8-13. Boys and girls will be divided into separate divisions and by age groups. Eligibility will be determined as of age on April 1, 2022. Pre-registration not required. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in all age groups. Winners advance to the District Championship, and can advance to Regional, State, and National Championship competitions. All national champions will be enshrined in the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. For more information, contact Director Steve Dorsey at 518-369-1985.
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission is free and there will be 35 crafters and vendors displaying their wares for your shopping convenience. We will also offer raffles and food for your complete shopping pleasure. This can be a family day or an excuse to get out with a friend and shop! Please come and enjoy holiday shopping and support the local Elks Fundraiser.
Sunday, December 5
American Legion Post #278, 6 Clancy St., Schuylerville | 9 a.m. – 11 .m.
Eat in or takeout available. Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage, milk, juice, coffee & tea. Adults $9, children 6 and under $4.
“Great Train Extravaganza” Giant Model Train Show
Empire State Convention Center, 279 Madison Ave., Albany | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, December 6
Preschool Nature Hour
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3 – 6) where we use children’s’ love of nature to teach simple concepts. We will go on a short walk followed by a fun nature-based craft. Snowshoes rentals will be available 15 minutes prior to the event for $3/pair. Visit www.wiltonpreserve.org or call 518-450-0321 to register. Registration is required for all programs at least one business day in advance. Our programs are weather dependent and may be cancelled for bad weather.
Saratoga Area Retired Teachers Meeting
Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs | 12 p.m.
For membership and luncheon information call 518-587-5356.
Tuesday, December 7
Brooks House of BBQ Fundraiser
Saratoga Automobile Museum, 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs | 4 – 7 p.m.
The Museum will be selling freshly made Brooks’ Barbecue dinners “to go” All dinners include your choice of chicken or ribs, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, bottled water and a cookie. Prices: Chicken dinners are $15 and rib dinners are $18. Brooks BBQ, chicken or Spiedie sauce are available to preorder, $5 each. Please consider purchasing additional chicken or rib dinners for the Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga to support their important missions. These fresh dinners will be delivered to Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga the evening of the event. Order online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org/events.
Wednesday, December 8
Roast Pork Dinner
1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 4:30 – 6 p.m.
For curbside pick-up only. Menu: roast pork, mashed potatoes, vegetable, stuffing, applesauce, gravy, roll, tossed salad. Dinner for 2 / $25. (Cash only). To place an order call 518-584-2585 Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – noon.
Thursday, December 9
Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa | Noon – 5 p.m.
The market will feature only handcrafted products created by local artisans. Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to delicious syrups and edibles. A unique shopping experience and a variety of items that makes holiday shopping simple, plus each item sold supports both the Saratoga County History Center and local artisans. Thursdays through Sundays until December 24. Hours as follows: Thursdays, Noon – 5 p.m., Fridays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sundays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Face coverings are required.
Holiday Lighted Lights
Washington County Fair, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich
Daily through December 23. | The start of a new holiday tradition! This drive-thru experience will be fun for the whole family as you enjoy over a mile and a half of holiday magic. Take in the giant light displays that will feature holiday favorites, as well as community-created displays by Washington County Fair Junior Beef, Greenwich FFA, Washington County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Boy Scouts, and the Middle Falls Fire Department, all while listening along to holiday music provided by the Breeze 103.9. Order your tickets ahead of time to pre-order snacks to be picked up upon arrival. Tickets are $25 per car and can be purchased online ahead of time or at the gate. Don’t forget to visit the Fair Store for this year’s commemorative ornament as well as new winter items!