December 17 – December 23, 2021

Friday, December 17 

21 Annual Artisan Market
Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Featuring only handcrafted products created by local artisans.  Everything from natural soaps and lotions to unique ornaments and jewelry to delicious syrups and edibles – simply the best that our community has to offer. Open every Thursday (Noon – 5 p.m.), Friday (11 a.m. – 6), Saturday, and Sunday (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) until December 24. Face coverings are required during your visit.  Hand sanitizer will be available.

Monthly Fundraiser Dinner 
Principessa Elena Society, 11 – 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs | 5 – 7 p.m.

To benefit the building fund. Menu: Pasta with sauce, meatballs with sauce, sausage with sauce, salad, Italian bread, and butter. Curbside pickup only. Cost is $10. Open to the public. 

Holiday Lights Spectacular 2021
Quick Response Restoration, 2077 Route 9, Round Lake | 5 – 11 p.m.

This favorite local holiday tradition runs through January 3. Drive through our magical Holiday Lights Spectacular. Santa will be visiting regularly. Capital Region Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots donations will be accepted throughout the event. The Marine Corps Reserve will be on site December 17 & 18. If you wish to donate, please bring new unwrapped toys. ADMISSION IS FREE. www.facebook.com/quickresponserestoration

Holiday Lighted Nights
Washington County Fair, 392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich
This drive-thru experience will be fun for the whole family as you enjoy over a mile and a half of holiday magic. Take in the giant light displays that will feature holiday favorites and  community-created displays, all while listening along to holiday music provided by the Breeze 103.9. Order your tickets ahead of time to pre-order snacks to be picked up upon arrival. Tickets are $25 per car and can be purchased at www.washingtoncountyfairgrounds.com or at the gate. Visit the Fair Store for this year’s commemorative ornament and new winter items. 

Saturday, December 18

29th Annual Holiday Cookie Sale 
The Galway United Methodist Church, corner of Rte.147 and CR45, Village of Galway | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cookies must be pre-ordered and paid for in advance. Cookies will be boxed in 1-pound assortments and pick up will be available for drive through only in the church parking lot at the Contact Sharyn Kalinkewicz at 518-928-0179 for information, placement of orders and/or payment. 

Last Minute Market 
Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 12 – 5 p.m.

Find the perfect gift for those you love from dozens of local artists and crafters. This market will feature additional vendors. 

Saratoga SantaCON 2021
Registration: The Soundbar, 6 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs | 12 p.m.

The Capital District’s largest pub crawl. Festively Dress Pub Crawlers make their way through Downtown Saratoga Springs spreading cheer and Christmas spirit. Although Saratoga SantaCON is a fun time, our goal is to raise food and funds for the Franklin Community Center. The 10th Anniversary twist: A city wide Santa scavenger hunt that includes all the participating locations with photo tasks, trivia and hidden QR Codes. All the tasks will have point values and the Santa with the most points will be taking home $1000 in cash. (you must have made both donations to qualify). For full details, visit: www.eventbrite.com/e/saratoga-santacon-2021-registration-213371980337

Moonlight Hike 
Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Rd., Wilton | 7 – 8 p.m.

Registration is required at least one business day in advance. Space is limited.  Our outdoor programs are weather-dependent and may be cancelled during bad weather. For more information or to register for a program, please visit www.wiltonpreserve.org.  You will receive an email confirmation once your registration has been confirmed. If the program is already full, you will also be notified that your registration could not be completed. This make take up to 24 hours to receive. Free admission.

Sunday, December 19

A Winter Musical Interlude
Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 5th Ave. & Henning Rd. | 3 p.m.

Saratoga Chamber Players return for an exciting 35th season with works of Haydn, Martinū and Beethoven. For tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-musical-interlude-tickets-167626901575. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to start of concert to have time for covid screening. Concertgoers are encouraged to purchase and print tickets before the day of the performance to facilitate screening. For everyone’s health, all attendees must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test and agree to wear a mask throughout the performance. All seating will be socially distanced. For questions, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday, December 20

Saratoga Parkinson’s Support Group
Ballston Area Community Center, 20 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa | 1 p.m.

Live meeting. Helene Scarnici and Sue Lipscome, Saratoga YMCA will speak on “Pedaling for Parkinson’s.” We will have an “Ugly Sweater Contest” that everyone will vote for the top 3. Prizes will be awarded. Questions or information contact: Kevin McCullough This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 518-222-4247 or Marie Thorne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 518-810-8483.

Nature Club
Galway Public Library, 2112 East St., Galway | 4:30 – 5:30 

Wintertime Signs on the Story Walk Trail (ages 5-14). For more information and events visit www.galwaypubliclibrary.org 

Tuesday, December 21

Light in the Darkness Service
First Presbyterian Church, 22 West High St., Ballston Spa | 7 p.m. 

All are welcome. Light in the Darkness Service is a service of comfort and hope on the longest night of the year. Christmas can be a painful time. The constant, inescapable refrain about the happiness of the season reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. Broken or lost relationships, employment and financial insecurity, poor health, depression–all of these can be more difficult as the nights lengthen, and the cold intrudes. Recognizing that Christ came to comfort those who struggle with sadness and pain, First Presbyterian Church will host a community service of scripture, prayer, music, and candle lighting to invite God’s Word to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or no religious affiliation) is welcome.

Wednesday, December 22

Chicken Marsala Dinner 
1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 4:30 – 6 p.m. 

For curbside pickup only. Menu: Chicken Marsala, penne pasta, vegetable, salad, roll. Dinner for 2 / $25. (Cash only). To place an order call 518-584-2585 Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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