Category Archives: Saratoga Springs, New York

Albany at Christmas

Holiday Events

Christmas is almost here! There's a chill in the air and the smell of peppermint and holly. Whether you've lived your entire life in Upstate New York or you're new to the area, there are lots of things to do.

Local Events

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk 2017
When: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Various Locations in Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Italian Christmas Market
When: Friday, Dec 1, 2017 until Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: American Italian Heritage Museum, 1227 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12205
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Breakfast with Santa at St. Mary's School
When: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: St. Mary's School, 40 Thompson Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Cost: $5 per person

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival
Music, ice skating, and more!
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Visit the website for the time of each activity: https://winter.empirestateplaza.org/

Troy's Victorian Stroll
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Troy
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Meet CRLC and ESE students and staff at 1:00 PM at Monument Square!

For many more events, from candy houses to craft fairs, visit: https://www.albany.com/events/holiday/!

And don't forget the great outdoors! The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Catskills are only a short drive away for winter hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Or try ice skating or snowmobiling.

If you'd like to explore more of the state, check out this list of the 10 Most Charming Small Towns in Upstate New York!

 

Thanksgiving turkey

A Time to Give Thanks

We're thankful for...

Family
Friends
Health and happiness
Hot beverages on cold days
Our collegiate partners: CIA, FMCC, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY SCCC

Local Thanksgiving Events

Turkey Trot races throughout our area
Albany  
Saratoga
Troy

...and if you feel like a trip to the Big Apple:

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Our next monthly event

Troy Victorian Stroll, Saturday, December 3rd, at 1 PM. Meet us at Monument Square!

*This is a good time of year to think about giving to those in need: https://regionalfoodbank.net/

Fall Activities

Welcome to Fall in Upstate New York!

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is becoming cooler (despite the few warm and humid days we've had this fall), and it's time to make plans to see the fall foliage, go apple or pumpkin picking, and enjoy Halloween.

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Here's a list of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples, taste apple cider and cider donuts, and do other fun activities.

Do you want to see the best fall foliage in the area? Check out this list of places to go "leaf peeping".

Visit one of these pumpkin patches to buy a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or decorative gourds.

Here's a list of Halloween events in Albany. These include haunted hayrides, parties, ghost walking tours and even trick-or-treating tips.

Or browse this site for fall recipes and other fun things to do in the fall in Upstate New York!

Things to Know about Saratoga Springs

Saratoga is famous for its horse racing in July and August, its natural springs, and its historical significance (Battle of Saratoga during America’s Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, when the country established its independence from Great Britain). Saratoga is a smaller city than nearby Albany and it is very walkable.  It boasts an amazing library, parks, shopping, cinema, and restaurants in addition to Skidmore College.  Empire State English is within walking distance of the downtown area.