Nov 17 Make Plans for a Wonderful Start to Your Holiday Season With These Annual Country Events
Sleigh bells are ringing – are you listening? The holidays are coming up in Saratoga, and one of the best places to experience the magic of the season is in the nearby Washington County countryside. Communities throughout the region host a number of wonderful annual events and celebrations that will get you into the holiday spirit!
Recognized as the area’s unofficial kickoff to the holiday season, the Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade in historic downtown Greenwich is a magical event beloved by people of all ages. The Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will host the 2019 parade on November 23.
Stand on the side of the road and watch as over 70 tractors decorated with thousands of twinkling and colorful lights travel through Greenwich in celebration of the season. Approximately 5,000 spectators come to see the parade every year and enjoy food, treats, and festivities.
Holiday Shopping Spots: If you’re hunting for unique holiday gifts, then Greenwich is the place to be during your next shopping spree. Explore distinctive gifts and collectibles at Country Peddler Shoppes, arts and crafts at Ruby’s Marketplace, and amazing, low-cost items at Faerydale Consignment & Gifts.
This holiday season, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again begin its journey across North America, entertain thousands of people at various stops, and collect food and monetary donations. What makes this train special is that donations from each stop stay in the local community.
Here in New York State, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will visit Mechanicville and Saratoga Springs on November 26, 2019, and then make its way to Fort Edward in Washington County on November 27. Bring a donation and enjoy the colorful lights and live music from Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band.
A few days after the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train visits Fort Edward, there will be a Holiday Market & Tree Lighting at the Canal Street Marketplace on November 30, 2019. Shop for gifts at over 12 craft vendors and feast on tasty refreshments.
The Holiday Market will run from 1:00pm-5:00pm, and the annual Tree Lighting will take place at 6:00pm. Santa Claus will meet with kids at the Fort Edward Fire House following the Tree Lighting.
Holiday Shopping Spots: Know someone who loves history? The Old Fort House Museum’s gift shop is open by appointment during office hours, and it features a large selection of local history books. Or, go for a short drive to Cooper’s Cave Games & Paintball and browse their board games, comics, and collectibles.
On Small Business Saturday, November 30, 2019, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present their annual Christmas Parade on Main Street. Attend the popular parade with your family and then stop by the Train Depot so the kids can meet Santa Claus in person. Before you leave, join everyone at the Courthouse Community Center for the traditional tree lighting ceremony.
Holiday Shopping Spots: Since the parade date coincides with Small Business Saturday, make sure you step inside a few of the town’s local shops and look for holiday gifts. Pick up handcrafted goods at Pure-N-Simple Soap and The Quilting Beavers, and find something for yourself at the Shoppe Off Broadway Thrift Store.
During the holiday season, Santa Claus takes time out of his busy schedule to visit families in the Village of Hudson Falls. Unfortunately, he always ends up trapped on a rooftop.
Head to Hudson Falls on December 6, 2019, and watch as decorated fire trucks arrive to rescue Santa so he can meet with kids throughout the evening. The Santa Rescue is a highlight of the Hudson Falls Hometown Holiday Celebration, which also includes Christmas carols, a parade and tree lighting at Juckett Park, and holiday-themed activities.
Holiday Shopping Spots: There are a variety of stores worth checking out in Hudson Falls. Find instruments and gear for music lovers at Adirondack Guitar, pet toys at Sutherland’s PetWorks, and an awesome selection of specialty gifts from local artisans at Crafted.
Christmas in the Country is a special open house weekend in Washington County when farms and artists’ studios welcome the public to browse their handcrafted products. This year’s self-guided tour will run from December 6-8, 2019, and feature 15 participants in the Fort Ann – Hudson Falls area.
You can visit the locations in any order during the open house hours. Some places will have music and refreshments, and all of them will have great holiday gifts for sale, ranging from jams and dip mixes to ornaments, home decor, folk art, mittens, and jewelry.
Now in its 22nd year, Christmas in Cambridge has continued to evolve and offer tons of holiday events and activities for families. From December 6-8, 2019, the fun-filled celebration will include Santa Claus’ arrival, two tree lightings, a craft and vendor fair, lighted holiday parade, and more. Look at the schedule and mark your calendar for the events that appeal to you.
Holiday Shopping Spots: Love art? Shop for beads, supplies, and other gifts at Over The Moon Beads in Cambridge, or explore the beautiful pieces available at Deluge Design Stained Glass & Gifts. If you’d like to build a small basket of gifts, visit the Cambridge Food Co-Op and pick up a selection of local & regional natural food products.
Drive over to the Whitehall Athletic Club on December 7, 2019, and shop to your heart’s content at the Holiday Craft Fair and Mini Mall. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gifts from local artists and crafters and enjoy stress free gift shopping. Typically, the mini mall features vendors selling crafts, maple products, jewelry, clothing, photography, and other goods.
Holiday Shopping Spots: Still in a shopping mood? Whitehall is home to a wide range of shops with potential holiday gift items. Retro Hoarders Gaming sells classic games and consoles that the video gamer in your life may love. Or, for the avid outdoorsman on your gift list, browse the selection of equipment at Mattison’s Sport Shop. You can even discover quality products at incredible prices at Upstate Discount Warehouse.
Light Up Your Holiday Season With Granville’s Parades & Festivities
The Town of Granville knows how to celebrate the holiday season, and each year, you can look forward to multiple parades and family-friendly fun in the community.
Photo Credit: Patrick Fennell, provided by Village of Granville
The annual Holiday Parade in Granville will take place on December 6, 2019, and the theme is “Granville’s Grinchmas.” See the Grinch and other supporting characters, and then make your way to Veteran’s Park for the tree lighting. The fantastic light show in the park will be coordinated to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s performance of “Sarajevo.”
A week later on December 13, the 2019 Lighted Tractor Parade will spread holiday cheer throughout Granville. Dozens of decorated tractors, trucks, and vehicles will light up the night as the parade travels from Church Street to Main Street, Quaker Street, and then back to the start.
Holiday Shopping Spots: It’s not all about the events in Granville this time of year. You can also do a little shopping while you’re there! Purchase the finest yarns and patterns at the Village Yarn Shop, browse modest women’s attire at Papillon Fashion Boutique, and look for hidden treasures and collectibles at the Second Chance Barn.