Upcoming Holidays in Saratoga Springs 2020 – what is still going on

The Holiday season is a fun time in Saratoga Springs. From the lights to the festivals there seems to be something to do the whole season long. 2020 has been an extremely trying time for everyone and the folks working on the holiday festivals and activities are trying to figure out a way to still celebrate as a community, but be safe at the same time. Not an easy thing to do. below is a list of the Saratoga Springs Holiday celebrations, festivals, and activities. Some are still taking place, but in a different way, some are TBD and we are waiting for more information and even one is already cancelled.

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Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace – still on, but going virtual

The 45th Annual Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace will still be held, November 14 – 28, 2020. But this year it will look a little different. 145 artisans will display their handmade gifts in this early shopping event. Many you will recognize from a previous Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace, and some crafters are new this year. The proceeds from the Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace help the Saratoga Center for the Family, a non-profit group who focuses on helping local families. Start shopping anytime between November 14 – 28 by going to the Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace website. And there will be special deals on Saturday, November 28, as it is Small Business Saturday, a day to support local, small businesses instead of big stores.

TBD Holiday Festival: Festival of Trees – December 3 – 6

December 2020 would have been the 25th Festival of Trees held in the beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs City Center. The Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser benefiting Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. 250 decorated and lighted trees, wreaths and centerpieces are set on display to walk around in astonishment. Some of these Festival Trees are for sale. There are activities for kids on family day with breakfast or sundaes with Santa. And a preview night with wine and appetizers from local restaurants. To date, the Saratoga City Center still has the Festival of Trees on their calendar.

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TBD Holiday Festival: Victorian Streetwalk

The Victorian Streetwalk is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Part of Broadway is closed so we can walk around downtown Saratoga to visit shops and Santa’s Cottage, and enjoy food and live entertainment. It is fun to welcome Santa and Mrs. Clause who arrive in a horse drawn carriage, just in time to light the tree in front of Putman Market. The Victorian Streetwalk features live entertainment with singers dressed in old Victorian garb, ballerinas dancing in store windows, and performances from local bands and school choirs.

TBD Holiday Celebration: Santa’s Cottage

In December, right in front of Putman Ave, in downtown Saratoga Springs is little cottage full of magic. Live reindeer appear the night of the Victorian Streetwalk. Children of all ages are invited to the cottage to visit with Santa Clause himself. Santa stops by his cottage in Saratoga Springs on most weekends through out December.

Cancelled Holiday Festival: First Night (Saratoga Version of New Year’s Eve)
Said to be the biggest New Year’s Eve party in country outside of NYC, First Night is a celebration of community and welcoming the new year. It is a family friendly event with plenty of food and live music. Fireworks display at sunset then a night of live entertainment, activities for kids, and drinking for adults. Each year a poster is created for the event, which is featured on a button that gives the wearer all access to everything happening at the Saratoga First Night Celebration. Unfortunately, Saratoga Springs First Night 2021 celebration has been cancelled. “A lot of what First Night entails, we can’t even do right now,” said Louise Kerr, the executive director of Saratoga Arts, according to The Daily Gazette.

I will update this page as soon as I know more. In the meantime…

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