Photo Credit Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association
Thursday night, December 3, 2015 is the 29th Annual Victorian Streetwalk brought to you by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Downtown Business Association kicks off the evening with the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in front of Putnam Market, 435 Broadway, at 6:00 p.m. Girl Scouts will serenade the crowd with Christmas Carols while the children wait for Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Honorable Mayor Joanne Yepsen will light the trees at 6:00 p.m. and Santa, Clara, many elves and Rumple Dumple arrive at the Santa Cottage shortly after that to visit with children in the beautiful, handmade and detailed Santa Cottage that is set up in front of Putnam Market, just across from Caroline Street.
There are over 35 sites with free entertainment, including fiddlers, hammered dulcimer, a cappella singing, choral singing, saxophone, crystal glasses, a brass group, balloons, ballet dancers, live reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Festival of Trees at the City Center, special Downtown Business Association Coupon Books, everyone’s favorite Snowman, Norwegian Princess and Ice Queen, face painting, Newfoundland dogs, and the list goes on and on.
Have a group photo taken at Impressions with A Victorian Print Giveaway. Nacre Dance Company and Octavo Singers will delight audiences of all ages as they combine talents at the Universal Preservation Hall at 7:30pm and 8:15pm.
Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations are available at the Broadway Post Office from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the special Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them.
Most businesses will be open until 10 p.m. and will hold open houses and serve delicious, free refreshments to their guests, friends and customers. Please leave your furry, four legged family members at home. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees at the Victorian Streetwalk are encouraged to look for maps with entertainment locations and times in downtown member businesses.
Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to the Spring Street intersection. CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Empire State College parking lot at 111 West Avenue on Saratoga Springs’ west side, Silver Sponsor NYRA’s Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown, bringing carloads of people to and from the Victorian Streetwalk from 4:30 until 10:30.
For more information go online to saratogadowntown.com.