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Winter Fun in Saratoga!

Looking for Winter Activities?
We've Got Something For Everyone

Saratoga has everything you need to plan the perfect winter getaway with that special someone or your entire family.

Take in an intimate theater experience, or step back in time at one of our many museums, or get outside just marvel at the natural beauty while hiking or skiing on trails. Saratoga County also offers our world-famous mineral springs and spas, great shopping and unique and amazing local restaurants too. Whether it's a winter weekend getaway or a mid-week trip, Saratoga County is a winter destination sure to delight you.

Highlights of upcoming Saratoga Happenings are below. Click to view a complete list of events.

Ballston Spa
First Fridays

First Friday of Each Month
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Ballston Spa

Enjoy special holiday happenings in many downtown Ballston Spa shops, restaurants and galleries, including live music, art displays and demonstrations, warming refreshments, and featured Christmas shopping promotions. This magical night recurs the first Friday of every month.

Saratoga Festival of Trees

December 2-6, 2020 (to be confirmed)
Times vary by day
Saratoga Springs City Center

A Saratoga favorite! Come to a indoor winter wonderland of lights and festive decor.  Come and walk through over 250 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces. A fun event for all ages with Family Day, Breakfast and Sundaes with Santa and Santa's Workshop, to benefit Catholic Charities of Saratoga.

Street Walk

December 5, 2020
5 pm - 10 pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Victorian Holiday Magic abounds in old fashioned style as Saratoga Springs transforms into the 1800s. Dress for the era and join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gingerbread house and at the awesome tree-lighting ceremony. Fun for the whole family! Broadway is closed off for this holiday tradition.

Winter Market

Dec 5-6, 2020 (to be confirmed)
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Mansion Inn

This event feature live music, fine artisans & crafters showcasing their best holiday gifts and of course, food & drink--all promising to get you into the holiday spirit. The magic of The Mansion is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face! This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public!

Christmas with the McKrells

December 13, 2020
7:00 pm
Spa Little Theater, 19 Roosevelt Dr.

Join us for a Saratoga tradition as Kevin McKrell and his merry musicians return to the Spa Little Theatre! The band blends their trademark Celtic style with our holiday musical favorites. Bring the whole family to laugh and enjoy their stories, and join in on the holiday merriment!

Santa Con

December 18, 2020 (to be confirmed)
2:00 – 8:00 PM
Harvey’s Restaurant, 14 Phila

Please join us for the biggest pub crawl in the Capital District. We will be dressed up in our festive Santa Gear for a day of charity, Old Saint Nicks,, and beer. The registration fee will be 5 or more non-perishable food items which will go directly to the Franklin Community Center.

Indoor Farmers Markets

Continues through April
Saturdays 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wilton Mall

New location! Our winter farmers market is now located inside the Wilton Mall. Saratoga prides itself on locally-grown, fresh products in their stores and on the tables in area restaurants. You'll find high-quality, local food and agricultural products, and organic gifts.

Ballston Spa
First Fridays

First Friday of Each Month
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Village of Ballston Spa

Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. This magical night recurs the first Friday of every month.

Ballston Spa
Chocolate Fest

February 7, 2020
6 - 9 pm
Village of Ballston Spa

Visit the village of Ballston Spa on the First Friday of every month and enjoy live music, art displays, refreshments and featured shop promotions...and on February 1st: the Chocolate Fest! Vote for your favorites or just sample chocolate treats for $1 each.

Fire and Ice

February 7 - 8, 2020
5:00-10:00 pm Friday
2:00-10:00 pm Saturday
The Mill on Round Lake

Join us at The Mill on Round Lake for our 4th annual Fire & Ice Bar! Free admission. The Ice Bar will open at 5 o’clock on Fridays and 2 o’clock on Saturdays! Ice Shuffle board, Ice Corn hole, Fire pits and hot chocolate cocktails to keep you warm! Mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss out!

National College
Comedy Festival

February 7 - 8, 2020
7:00 pm and 10:00 pm
JKB Theater, Skidmore College

It's the 31st annual National College ComFestl! Our student shows are at 7 pm and feature Skidmore's very own sketch groups; professional stand-up and improv begins at 10. Student shows are $7, Professional shows are $10 and a Weekend Pass is $20.

Saratoga Fat Bike

February 8, 2020
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saratoga Spa State Park

Join us for the 6th Annual Saratoga Fat Bike Rally. Ride your fat bikes with other enthusiasts, enjoy scheduled activities and vendors. Celebrate the day with a fat bike pub tour. Don't miss one of the best grass-roots fat bike events around! No fee to ride or attend.

Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder

Feb 8, 9, 4, 15, 16, 23
2:00 PM and/or 7:30 PM
Spa Little Theater

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot, murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday, he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. But things don't go as expected!

The Flurry

February 14 - 16, 2020
Fri 7 PM Sat. 9 AM, Sun 9 AM
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Join the thousands of visitors dancing and singing the weekend away! 3 days and nights of International, American, Hip-Hop dance and more, from over 400 Live music and workshops for all ages. Experience one of the largest folk dance and music festivals.

Clifton Park Winterfest 2020

February 15, 2020
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Clifton Park

Join the Town of Clifton Park for a day of winter fun and excitement for the whole family! Enjoy local competitions, entertainment, and winter activities at locations all over Clifton soup competition, Idol contest, fun for the whole family!

Harness Racing

Feb. 16 - Sept. 2, 2020
Check website for schedule
Saratoga Casino and Raceway 

Our 79th season of live harness racing is underway! Spectators can view live races outside at the rail, in the lower clubhouse, in the Grandstand or while dining at Fortunes Restaurant or Lucky Joe’s. Or, watch and wager on live racing from tracks around the U.S.

Beer Week

February 21-22, 2020
Friday 6-9:00 PM, Saturday 12-8:00 PM
Saratoga Springs City Center

Get ready for Saratoga Beer Week! Head to Downtown Saratoga and enjoy special dinners and tap takeovers leading up to two signature events: Cider Night - hard cider sampling made easy, and the Beer Summit finale - a craft beer lover's dream.

Longfellow's Wedding Show

February 23, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longfellow's, Union Avenue 

Brides- and Grooms-to-be can meet with over 40 wedding specialists to plan their most special day down to the last detail. In this beautiful rustic setting, you'll learn about options for venues, attire, food, flowers and photos. Sample hors d’oeuvres; win door prizes.

Fat Tuesday
Featuring Jocamo

February 25, 2020
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Putnam Place

Celebrate Mardi Gras 2020 with a special party at Putnam Place. For over 25 years, Jocamo has brought their blend of original and cover rock, funk, R&B, and soul music to the region, providing "enlightenment to the clueless." Free to over-21 guests.

Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show

February 29 - March 1, 2020
Sat. 10 AM - 6 PM Sun. 10 AM -4 PM

Saratoga Springs City Center

Approximately 120 local exhibitors show their products and share their expertise. Check out everything for your home, from garage doors to home furnishings, energy, home entertainment and food. Check out the art show on the second floor! Admission is free.

and Mimosas

Monthly, First Saturday & Sunday
11:00 am

Criterion Bowtie Cinema

Watch your favorite classic films, or experience movies you've never seen, the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Best of all, bring a refreshing mimosa to your seat! Previous showings include Star Wars, Hitchcock's Rear Window, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte.

Vests and Vino Fund Raiser

March 5, 2020
:00 - 9:00 PM
Saratoga Winery and Taproom

Down, sweater, tuxedo, or bullet-proof? Grab your friends and wear your coolest vest while supporting volunteer organization Rebuilding Together Saratoga at our winery! Your $40 ticket includes wine, beer, and food sampling, a raffle, and live music by Chocolate Thunder.

SPAC Winter Ball: The Future is Now!

March 7, 2020
7:00 - 11:00 PM
Hall of Springs

You don't have to wait any longer because Future is NOW! For SPAC Junior Committee's 10th Annual Winter Ball, we're launching you into new worlds! Get into the spirit with themed 'formal' attire and get ready for an unforgettable journey. Don't wait for the future; Get your tickets now!

Home Made Theater's Spring Benefit

March 14, 2020
7:00 pm
Spa Little Theater

Join us at our annual fundraiser and celebrate 35 years of HMT with our “Pi Day Benefit,” an evening filled with cabaret performances from HMT favorites, and delicious desserts! Tickets are $35 and donations are encouraged. It takes a lot to make the magic of theater happen!

Pink Talking Fish Concert

March 14 and 15, 2020
9:00 PM Sat. and 2:30 AM Sun.
Putnam Place, 63 Putnam St. 

Merge, toss, scramble the iconic music of The Talking Heads, Pink Floyd and Phish, and what do you get? A concert from Pink Talking Fish! These three bands have all made phenomenal music over many decades, and this fusion tribute show will honor the best of each. Mind blown!

St. Pat's at Unified Beerworks

March 17, 2020
12 - 9:00 pm
Unified Beerworks, 7 Stonebreak Rd

Relatively new to the local craft brewery scene, Unified Beerworks, located right off Rt. 9 in Malta, is doing it up for St. Patrick's Day. From the rip-roarin music by the North and South Dakotas to the "smokin' good" Cajun Barbecue by Old Thyme BBQ, this party will knock your green socks off!

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo

Rescheduled to May 23 and 24, 2020
Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM Sun. 10 AM - 4 PM
Saratoga City Center

Hang out with 10,000 sports, health, fitness and travel enthusiasts for the 15th annual Summer Expo. This event features 200 exhibitors covering running, hiking, bicycling, paddling, triathlon, health, fitness, green living and travel. Also great sales, clubs, and prizes. Best of all, it's free!

Night of Hope Gala - Rescheduled

Rescheduled to November 20, 2020
7 - 11:00 PM
Longfellow's, 500 Union Avenue

The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund announces their Annual “Night of Hope Under the Stars” Gala. Dr. Benita Zahn hosts a night of music and dancing,  a scavenger Hunt, a silent auction, Bourbon tasting, sweet and savory and surprises galore!

Fine Woodworking Showcase

March 28 - 29, 2020
10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Saratoga Springs City Center

Northeastern Woodworkers Association presents a fine woodworking exposition featuring hundreds of pieces of furniture, toys, carvings, turnings, sports equipment, and miniatures by the region's finest woodworkers. Observe these artists in action!

The Gibson Brothers
at Caffe Lena

March 29, 2020
3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Caffe Lena

Country-soul-seventies rock anyone? Bluegrass-plus band and multiple music award-winners Leigh and Eric Gibson bring their trailblazing music to the legendary Caffe Lena. The matinee performance begins at 3 pm, with the evening show at 7:00.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Check out these ski mountains near Saratoga!

Gore Mountain

West Mountain

Whiteface Mountain

Willard Mountain

Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

Where to snowshoe or xc ski near Saratoga.

Coles Woods Ski Trails

Garnet Hill Lodge

Lapland Lake

Saratoga Spa State Park

Wilton Preserve XC Ski Trails

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