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December 1st – December 7th 2017 Featured

December 1

Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Downtown Ballston Spa, 6:30 p.m.

The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association’s annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting beginning on Milton Ave. and ends in Wiswall Park with Santa lighting the Christmas tree.  The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. 

Winter Dance Concert

Dance Theater, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs 

Works by faculty choreographers and by guest artist Chanon Judson from Urban Bush Women. Performances are 8 p.m. December 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m. December 2. $12 adults, $9 senior citizens, and $5 for students. For more information call 518-580-5392. 

Saturday, December 2

Breakfast with Santa

St. Mary’s School Gymnasium, 40 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, 8 – 11 a.m.

A delicious pancake breakfast courtesy of the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Companies.   Children and their families will enjoy activities, live performances and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish.  We will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots, so please bring a toy to donate if you would like. 

2017 Saratoga Fair Trade Market Expo

Saratoga Springs City Center,
522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fight against worldwide poverty while getting all your holiday shopping done in one location. A beautiful array of handcrafted gifts fairly traded from around the world. Live music by local music teacher/musician Jon Tario and a free scavenger hunt all day with prizes for kids.  Come shop with purpose and joy. Free Admission. Hosted by New Life Fellowship Church and The Bosnian Handcraft Project. For more information call 518-580-1810.

Used Book Sale 

Ballston Spa Public Library,
21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Don’t miss out on a great assortment of books, movies, music and more. Are you a Friends of the Ballston Spa Public Library member? Don’t forget to stop down for your free item. For more information, call 518-885-5022 or visit 

Elvis Blue Christmas Concert and Dinner

Saratoga Music Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m.

The Saratoga Children’s Theatre announces their Blue Christmas Fundraiser.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a light dinner (included), and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle. Help support Saratoga Children’s Theatre during this night of music and fun. Come see this two-act reproduction of Elvis on tour, featuring multi-award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, Mathew Boyce, and his 28-piece Suspicious Mind Orchestra. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, please visit or call 518-430-7423.

December 3

Annual Great Train Extravaganza ™

Empire State Convention Center (underneath Egg), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Operating layouts most scales including Legos for the kids. 300+ tables of model trains, train sets, parts accessories, scenery items, books, videos, DVDs, prints, railroad memorabilia. Educational displays. Seminars including free make-n-take., 518-668-9892, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Traditional English Choral Service

Bethesda Church, Washington St. Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. 

A traditional English choral service of Advent Lessons and Carols.  The choir is directed by Dr. Kathleen Slezak and accompanied by Organist, Farrell Goehring with a reception following immediately. A free will offering will be taken. For more information call 518-584-5980.

Monday, December 4

Grown Up Gaming: “Board” in the Library

Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 6 – 9 p.m.

Come be “board” in the library on the first Monday of the month (except holidays) with Saratoga’s newest group of adult board game enthusiasts. We’ll play games from some of the most respected publishers in the industry, occasionally unbox new games, and share some favorite games from our collections with the group. For more information contact Trevor Oakley at 518-584-7860 ext. 268

Tuesday, December 5

Korean War
Veterans Association Christmas Party 

Log Jam Restaurant, 1484 U.S. 9, Lake George, Noon

We will be ordering off the menu.  Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Please call the Slavin’s at 518-793-2358 with your reservations by December 3.  The December raffle will be awarded, and enter-tainment will be provided.  All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all eligible to attend.  For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037. 

Wednesday, December 6

Friends in Adoption Get Acquainted Workshop 

Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m.

Families interested in adopting infants in need of forever families.  The workshop continues on Thursday all day, December 7, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Onsite consults at the end of the workshop on December 7. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

U.S. Submarine Veterans Christmas Party

American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.

A “pot luck” dinner for members and guests.  Please remember our base campaign for Toys for Tots. All submarine veterans who served at any time are eligible to join.  For more information con-tact Jim Irwin, Base Commander, at 518-383-2481 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Poetry Readings

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign ups 7 p.m. 

Poetry readings by Marilyn Zembo Day and Leslie Neustadt. An open reading will follow. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5, free for students. For more information, call 518-583-0022, or visit 

Thursday, December 7

A Green Gathering

Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar, 14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m.

Green Drinks: A “green gathering” for those who work, volunteer, or have a passion for promoting the environment, conservation, and sustainability. Cash bar available (non-alcoholic drinks and food may also be purchased). Visit for more in-formation.

4th Annual

Bryant & Stratton College, 2452 Route 9, Suite 201, Malta, 4 p.m. 

This event is free and includes a craft room, cookie decorating room, game room, refreshments and a visit from Santa on his Red Fire Engine courtesy of Round Lake Fire Department. Silent auction with various items donated by local businesses and not-for-profits to help raise funds to support the Toys for Toga, the Ballston Area Community Center, and the Mother Teresa Academy Cancer Awareness Fund.  For more information on volunteering and/or donating please contact Melyssa Wall at 518-437-1802 ext. 280


Upcoming Meetings:

Monday, December 4

Saratoga Retired Teachers will meet at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, at Noon. Prospective members, please call 518-587-5356 for membership information and luncheon reservations.

Wilton Democratic Meeting will be held at 2 Amanda Court in Saratoga Springs, 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 917-282-5297. 

The American Legion Auxiliary, Post 234, Ballston Spa will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa.

Tuesday, December 5

Upstate Conservative Coalition of Saratoga will meet at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa from 7 – 9 p.m. We are a group of like-minded individuals determined to promote traditional conservative values in our community and beyond. Join us at our monthly meeting to discuss how we can help promote our conservative policies in local, state and national politics. Check us out at: We meet the first Tuesday of every month. 

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