Friday, December 2
Annual Mitten Tree Program
Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Now through Saturday, December 31, members of the local community are invited to contribute warm winter wear to the Mitten Tree. All donations will benefit the following organizations: CAPTAIN Community Human Services, Franklin Community Center, and Shelters of Saratoga. Visitor Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed December 24 – 27). For more information, visit www.discoversaratoga.org/saratoga-springs-visitor-center.
The Stretch Your Budget Christmas Sale ?
Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd, Ballston Spa
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Shop for your Christmas Gifts for a donation and enjoy a cup of coffee, punch, and cookies. NO dealers or used to give to other agencies. Sale is for families who need gifts for their own. Also, Saturday, December 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call Ann 518-885-4034 for questions.
H.O.P.E. Holiday Pottery, Pet Supply, and Rummage Sale Fundraiser ?
HOPE Pet Adoption Center, Wilton Mall, 3065 Rte 50, Saratoga Springs | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Come visit our adoptable cats and do your holiday shopping. We have beautiful handmade pottery for sale as well as loads of pet supplies and other fun items to help us save more animals. Sale will go through December 24.
Artisan Market ?
Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum,
21 Fairground Ave Ballston Spa
The market is open to the public through Saturday, December 24 and will be staffed by museum employees. Shop a wide selection of hand-crafted products created by local artisans, including soaps and lotions, ornaments, jewelry, spices, and syrups, cutting boards, home décor, and much more! Thursdays 12–5 p.m., Fridays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adirondack Christkindlmarkt ?
Glens Falls City Park,
Maple St., Glens Falls | 3 – 8 p.m.
Come celebrate the holidays at The Adirondack Christmas Market 2022! Browse from more than 32 vendors in heated tents, and enjoy live entertainment and beverages. The event will also be held on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting ?
Village of Ballston Spa,
Begins North Side of Milton Ave., Ballston Spa | 6:30 p.m.
The village will become a winter wonderland. Following the parade, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive on the back of an Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Company truck to light the tree in Wiswall Park. The parade will spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and the 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 3
Breakfast with Santa ?
Saratoga Springs City Center,
522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
The first scheduled breakfast is at 8:30-9:30 a.m., then 10-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Sundaes with Santa follows from 1-2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Children 2 and under are free. Adults must accompany children. Tickets include either the breakfast or sundae, a tour of the Festival of Trees, a photo with Santa and access to a variety of children’s activities for $1 per ticket. Activities include cookie decorating, face painting, manicures, ornament making, picture frame creating and letters to Santa. There will also be a Holiday Shop with gifts for purchase. Breakfast with Santa and Sundaes with Santa admission tickets are sold in advance only and can be purchased online at www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com/ or by calling 518-587-5000.
Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce Factory - Open House
23 Northern Pines Rd., 1st floor, Building 2, Gansevoort | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce will host an open house and pop-up shop at their manufacturing facility. Celebrating 21 years in business, owner Katie Camarro and friends will be on hand with product displays and gift ideas for everyone on your list. Additional open houses Dec. 10 and 17. www.sundaesbest.com, 518-584-4036.
Children’s Holiday Workshop ?
The Galway Public Library,
2112 East St. Galway | Time slots: 10:30 - 11:30; 11:30 to 12:30 or 12:30 to 1:30. Participants will make holiday ornaments and crafts, play trivia and visit the photo booth. Children must register at 518-882-6385.
More Saratoga County Stories Book Signing and Talk
Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford | 2 – 4 p.m.
A second More Saratoga County Stories book release event. Local authors will be present to sign copies and talk with guests about their interests in Saratoga County history. The restored historic tavern and a variety of exhibits will be open for tours.
Joy and Freedom for the Season – Concert ?
Saratoga United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs | 3 p.m.
Mozart: Duo in Bb Major for violin and viola, K. 424. Jessica Meyer: “Source of Joy” for solo viola and loop pedal. Bill Ryan: Simple Lines (2006) for solo cello. Andrea Cassarrubios: “La Libertad se levanto’ llorando” for violin, cello and pre-recorded voice. Dohnanyi: Serenade Op. 10 for violin, viola and cello. Jill Levy violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Ashley Bathgate, cello. For tickets, visit www.saratogachamberplayers.org
Sunday, December 4
Old Saratoga American Legion Breakfast ?
Post 278, 6 Clancy Street, Schuylerville, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Serving Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Sausage, Milk, Orange Juice, Coffee and Tea. Adults $10, Children 6 and under $5. Takeout or eat in. Any questions please call 518-695-3011 Tuesday through Sunday after noon.
Holiday Craft Fair Fundraiser ?
Greenwich High School Gym,
10 Gray Ave., Greenwich
Christmas Pop-Up Shop ?
Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd., Greenfield
ClayWorks Holiday Sale ?
Saratoga Clay Arts Center,
167 Hayes Rd, Schuylerville
Annual Community Christmas Concert ?
Old Saratoga Reformed Church,
48 Pearl St, Schuylerville | 3 p.m.
Featuring several choirs, musical groups, and congregational carol singing. A free will offering to benefit the Caring and Sharing Program will be taken. Refreshments following the concert. The sanctuary is handicapped friendly, by means of a lift. Please come and welcome in the Christmas Season.
Monday, December 5
Galway Preservation Society Program
Galway Town Hall,
5910 Sacandaga Rd., Galway 5 – 7 p.m. | The Historic Survey Committee will present a program on the style, structure, oral history known of the builders and documentation relating to the owners over time of The Johnston/Ashley House, Bliss Road, Galway. The house, considered a local gem, retains much of its original character and architectural features.
Tuesday, December 6
Hybrid: Downsizing & Organizing
Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park | 1 p.m. Simplify your life! This session will cover the stress-free way of downsizing or preparing to move, in addition to expert organizing tips. Registration required. 518-371-8622. www.cphlibrary.org
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Monthly Meeting
Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs | 6:30 p.m.
Court McLaughlin #422 Members gather at 5:45pm for recitation of the Rosary, followed by social time until 6:30 p.m. when the meeting will begin. Members are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the meeting as our contribution to Toys for Toga to brightening the Christmas for many children in our community. If you have any questions feel free to contact our Regent, Lucille Koch at 518-644-4438.
Wednesday, December 7
Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting
Town Hall, 35 Spring St., Schuylerville | Noon It will be a sandwich meeting. Money for C’mas luncheon will be due. Guests and new members are always welcome. Contact Pat Temple, 518-338-2329 for more information.
Roast Beef Dinner
Saratoga Wilton Elks,
1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs 4:30 – 6 p.m. | Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order. 518-584-2585. Menu: roast beef, roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, gravy. Dinner for 2 / $30. (Cash only).
Moonlight Hike ?
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park, 80 Scout Rd., Wilton
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs | 7 p.m. Poetry reading by Philip Memmer, an open mic poetry reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. and the readings will start at 7 p.m.. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students. The featured reading will also be livestreamed. You can find a link for the livestream at caffelena.org.
Thursday, December 8
Cards and Cookies ?
Galway Public Library,
2112 East St. Galway | 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Teen Advisory Board - Participants may bring their favorite holiday cookies to share while they drink cocoa, listen to holiday music, and help make cards to be distributed to area senior citizens. This event is open to ages 8 and up (under 8 with an adult partner). Registration required, 518-882-6385.
Brown Bag Lunch: The Tuskegee Airmen and Lt. Col. Clarence Dart
Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs
Noon | Warren Dart presents a brief history of the Tuskegee Airman and family member Lt. Col. Clarence Dart, who, during World War II, served as a Tuskegee Airman. The Tuskegee Airmen were a special group of airmen who trained at the airfield near the famed Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and became the first African American aviators in the U.S. Military. This program is offered as a partnership between the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Reservations required. sspl.libcal.com/event/8597440
450 East High St., Malta
2 – 7 p.m. | Join us for a fun night of food, spirits, specials, and gifts galore! Wine and Hors D’oeuvres, specials throughout the store, drawing for a free holiday gift, special guests with homemade pottery and art, mobile showroom with handmade jewelry (jeweler on site), custom designed gift basket, butter boards, peppermint lattes and coffee, loads of unique and locally made gifts.
Murder in the Canfield Casino: Interactive Dinner Theatre
Canfield Casino, Congress Park, Broadway, Saratoga Springs
6 – 10 p.m. | Saratoga Springs History Museum’s winter benefit, featuring a live, interactive murder mystery! Original play written by Kirk and Maria Starczewski, based on the new limited-edition Murder in the Canfield Casino Historical Detective Board Game available in the Museum Shop. Which famous historical figure used which weapon and where? Help sleuth it out while you help support the museum. Dinner with reserved seating provided by The Adelphi Hotel, with wines by The Thirsty Owl. Features a cash bar. Silent auction. Cocktail attire. Tickets $135 per person by advance sale only at www.saratogahistory.org. All proceeds benefit the Museum.