Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Step back in time by attending the 28th Annual Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs. With 50 entertainment sites to visit, including carolers, children entertainers, bands and animals, the Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs is sure to delight you. Plus, you'll even get to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and their reindeer at the event. New this year, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will now be the opening ceremony of the Streetwalk!
Organized by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (www.saratogadowntown.com), the event is free and open to the public.
The Victorian Streetwalk runs from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. and is held in downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information, you can call the DBA at 518-587-8635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saratoga Springs celebrates 25th annual Victorian Streetwalk with video
(Re-published from Saratogian.com,
By SUZANNA LOURIE, email@example.com)
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city sparkled Thursday as Broadway lit up with twinkling lights and Christmas decorations for the thousands that flocked to downtown for the 25th annual Victorian Streetwalk’s silver anniversary.
"We’ve been singing here for 25 years," said the Rev. Dale Jensen, of the Saratoga Abundant Life Church. "We sing a mix of modern and traditional songs to help bring the spirit of Christmas to the area and to try to touch the hearts of the people listening."
Jensen and members of his congregation have been singing at the event since 1986, the year when both the streetwalk and Jensen’s church began.
"I remember the first year there were probably 500 people and it was 20 below, but we did it anyway because it was a great thing," Jensen said. "We believe in giving back to the community and this is one way we give back — through music."
Although not an organized choir, it seemed the church’s whole congregation was either caroling or playing in the band set up for the official "opening ceremonies" outside the Saratoga Springs City Center, which glowed with lights from the Festival of Trees lights inside.
Before the music started, Mayor Scott Johnson read a proclamation on the steps of City Hall congratulating the members of the Downtown Business Association and Victorian Streetwalk participants, past and present, who have helped made the event part of Saratoga’s holiday tradition.
"It’s really a part of the downtown holiday magic and it seems to grow bigger and bigger each year," Johnson said later while enjoying the festivities. "It’s become a valued tradition and most importantly, it’s a family event and it’s good for the entire community because it’s a feel good event and that’s what we’re is all about. It’s part of the quality of life in Saratoga Springs."
The most popular family attraction? A visit to Santa’s shack set up in front of Putnam Market.
"We haven’t found Santa yet, but we will," said Mary Quell, who was helping her 4-year-old son locate the man in red. "We come every year and it’s been good. He wants to see Santa and his reindeer."
Families lined up for free hot cocoa, cider and cotton candy while friends Lorie Parks and Sue Duff took in the crowd and enjoyed bowls of Wheatfields pasta, sold outside the restaurant.
Although both from Saratoga, neither woman had been to the Victorian Streetwalk before, but the evening more than lived up to its reputation.
"My daughter recommended it and it’s exceeded our expectations," Parks said of the celebration. "It’s so alive with the open atmosphere and the marching band was awesome."
"It’s a really good pre-lude to the holidays — I wasn’t really feeling it before now, but the lights, the energy, everything just puts you in the spirit," Duff added.
Broadway bustled with entertainment on both ends, but near Lake Avenue, the St. Paul’s Victorian Street Choir donned their traditional Victorian garb and prepared to sing at the event they practice for all year.
"This is it, it’s what we practice for all year," choir coordinator Marianne Wiegand said. "The weather is perfect, there are a ton of people and being the 25th anniversary, it’s just great, it’s been really special."