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Winter Fun in Saratoga!

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, step back in time at one of the area's many museums, or get outside just marvel at the natural beauty while hiking or skiing on trails. Saratoga County also offers world-famous mineral springs and spas, great shopping and amazing, unique 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.

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Winter Indoor Farmers Market

November 2022 - End of April 2023
Saturdays 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wilton Mall Food Court

On Saturdays, the Saratoga Farmers Market features 50+ vendors selling a full range of locally produced items including fresh produce, ready-to-eat foods, artisanal products, and holiday gift items. The market is located in the mall’s food court.

Victorian Streetwalk Weekend

December 1-4, 2022
See website for times
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Victorian holiday magic returns for our 36th year, as Saratoga Springs transforms again into the 1800s! Witness the tree-lighting ceremony Thursday, and join Santa and Mrs. Claus at the gingerbread house Friday through Sunday. Fun for the whole family!

Saratoga Festival of Trees

December 1-4, 2022
Times vary by day
Saratoga Springs City Center

A Saratoga favorite! Come to an indoor winter wonderland of lights and festive decor. 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.

Brookside Artisan Market

December 1-4, 2022
See website for hours
Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa

Discover a variety of locally handcrafted items, perfect for gifts or for yourself! From ornaments to jewelry to gourmet food, this is a wonderful opportunity to support local artisans as well as the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum.

Ballston Spa Parade & Tree Lighting

December 2, 2022
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Village of Ballston Spa

This year's parade begins at Milton Ave at South Street, and proceeds on to West High Street, and then through village neighborhoods. Following the parade, Santa will arrive at Wiswall Park with the Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Department to light our tree around 8 pm.

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

December 3, 2022
8:00 am
Skidmore College

The 2022 Jingle Bell Run will be taking place at Skidmore College this year. Together we'll jingle our way to a cure for the #1 cause of disability--arthritis. Bring your friends for a head-clearing celebration of living life to the fullest. Waggers Welcome!

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair

December 3, 2022
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge

Head to 1 Elks Lane for a holiday fair! Admission is free and there will be over 30 craft and vendors tables displaying their wares for your shopping convenience. We will also offer raffles and food. Proceeds will be used toward our many charitable activities.

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Sun Squabi

December 8, 2022
8:30 pm - Midnight

Putnam Place

lespecial carve their own sonic path in modern music, creating their signature blend of “heavy future groove.” The power trio’s varied and divergent influences, including J Dilla, Radiohead, King Crimson and Tool, reflect a post-modern cultural climate.

It's a Jazzy

December 16, 2022
7:30 pm
Universal Preservation Hall

Dive into this musical holiday spirit-booster! When it’s the most wonderful time of the year, “It’s a Jazzy Christmas” has the most wonderful holiday music! This septet performs concert hall shows that feature the music of Vince Guaraldi from the Peanuts holiday specials.

Remembering the Fifties Holiday Show

December 17, 2022
7:30 pm
Universal Preservation Hall

This holiday salute to The Platters is performed by a talented 4-person tribute group. They'll take you you down memory lane with tunes such as “Only You”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Harbor Lights”, with some Motown, Sam Cooke and Ben E. King.

The McKrells Christmas Show

December 20, 21, 23, 2022
7:00 pm
The Parting Glass, 42 Lake Ave

Join in on a Saratoga annual holiday tradition with the McKrells and their toe-tapping Irish and Christmas music at the Parting Glass Pub. Listen in on such classics as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and many more, presented with their own theatrical spin.

Saratoga New Year

Dec 31, 2022, 1 PM – Jan 1, 2023, 5 PM
Multiple venues
Saratoga Springs Downtown

Formerly: First Night-Saratoga. New Name. New Leadership. New Spirit. Expanded to two days: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Big Music, includimg The Samples and Cowboy Junkies, many more "name" acts and amazing local bands, new venues, food & drinks.


Saratoga New Year Fest Day 2

Jan 1, 2023
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saratoga Springs Downtown

Formerly just First Night-Saratoga, now New Year Fest First Day! New Name. New Leadership. New Spirit. Expanded to two days: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Start 2023 with exciting Sunday Funday activities & contests for the whole family. 5K Road Run on New Year's Day.

Ballston Spa First Fridays

January 6, 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Throughout the Village of Ballston Spa

Join the celebrants at Ballston Spa's first First Friday of 2023! Park your car and walk our unique small business community on the first Friday of every month. Bring your family to enjoy live music, treats, and all the special happenings in our downtown shops, restaurants, and museums.

Alpin Haus RV Show and Sale

January 6 - 8, 2023
Friday 4-9 pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

This year's Alpin Haus RV Show and Sale will be bigger than ever, with hundreds of rvs on display and for sale. Rekindle your fantasy of living on the road, or extended family vacations with literally all the comforts of home, then make the dream a reality! Free admission.

Saratoga Clay Arts Exhibition

January 7 - February 4, 2023
Opening Reception Jan. 7, 5-7:00 pm, Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
Schacht Gallery, Saratoga Clay Arts

Celebrating 11 years with our clay community, the Members Exhibition will feature ceramic sculptures, utilitarian and decorative works made by current SCAC Members in the past year. Light refreshments will be served.

Saratoga Winter Farmers' Market

Saturdays, January 7 - April 28, 2023
9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Wilton Mall Food Court

Saratoga Farmers' Market's indoor winter season returns to the Wilton Mall! The market will feature vendors selling a range of locally produced items including fresh produce, ready-to-eat foods, and artisanal products. Enter near the former Bon-Ton store.

The Wheel: Live Dead and Beyond

January 14, 2023
Doors open at 8:00 pm
Putnam Place

Enjoy the ride at Putnam Place with the The Capital Region’s authentic Grateful Dead Tribute Band, "The Wheel". Dance, groove, and rock out to this virtuosic band's performances of a wide range of Dead songs. We'd love to see you!

8th Annual Dr. King Celebration

January 13 - 16, 2023
Times vary; see website for schedule
Various Downtown Saratoga venues

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King with Saratoga's "Songs Are the Soul of a Movement" weekend. Friday night brings "More Music Less Violence" with songs, poetry, art and more. Venues include the Saratoga Springs Library and Caffe Lena.

2023 Wilton
Boat Show

Saturdays, January 14 - 22, 2023
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wilton Mall Common Areas

Join E-Z Marine and Storage and Yankee Boating Center for the Wilton Boat Show. The show brings a mall-full of reminders that boating season is on the way! See the newest watercraft, among them pontoons, deck boats, and fishing boats.

Saratoga Reptile

January 22, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saratoga City Center

The Saratoga Reptile Show is here to cultivate a family friendly, educational, and fun filled reptile show and sale where you and your family can have a blast wandering and learning about the magnificent world of reptiles!


Ballston Spa First Fridays

February 3, 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Throughout the Village of Ballston Spa

Join the celebrants at Ballston Spa's February First Friday! Park your car and walk our unique small business community on the first Friday of every month! Enjoy live music and all the special happenings in our downtown shops, restaurants, and museums.

2023 Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival

February 3, 2023
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Throughout the Village of Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is happy to bring back our Chocolate Fest. Visit participating businesses for a $1 chocolate creation by local bakeries, restaurants and chefs. Vote for your favorite in each category: Sweet, Savory, and Beverage.

Saratoga Winterfest Gymnastics

February 3-5, 2023
Events begin at 8:00 am
Saratoga Springs City Center

Saratoga Winterfest 2023 is the city’s fifth annual USA Gymnastic sanctioned event, and state qualifier for gymnasts competing in girls levels 2 through 10 as well as all levels of Xcel. The meet is an exciting event for over 700 gymnasts competing.

Saratoga Clay Arts Annual Chili Bowl

February 4, 2023
Starting time TBD
Saratoga Springs City Center

Please join us on February 4th for our 10th Annual Chili Bowl. Area clay artists are busy making bowls for the event. Choose a hand-crafted bowl, fill it up with delicious chili, then keep the bowl when you're finished! You'll also be able to vote for "Best Chili."

24th Annual Saratoga Chowderfest

February 11, 2023
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Family-friendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors serving 4 oz. samples of chowder for $2 to event goers.

An Evening With Steve Forbert

February 11, 2023
Doors open at 7:30
Caffe Lena

Caffe Lena welcomes Steve Forbert! Forbert will mesmerize the crowd with nothing but a distinctive voice, an acoustic guitar and his trusty harmonica. You'll recognize his hits from the late 70s and 80s, but he'll enthrall you with his new releases too!

Flurry Festival 2023: Winter Roots

February 17 - 19, 2023
Starting time TBD
Saratoga City Center and Hilton Hotel

The Flurry Festival is one of the largest folk dance and music festivals in North America, and, in a traditional year, takes place over President’s Weekend in February and draws roughly 4,500 attendees and 400 performers. Don't miss this iconic Saratoga tradition!

The Musicians of Ma'alwyck Schnee Ball

February 18, 2023
6:00 pm
Canfield Casino

This evening will include a full night of dancing Viennese waltzes, polkas, galops, and more to a live orchestra. The gala will feature a multi-course dinner, cash bar, silent auction, and a superb show with solo music and dance performances.

Saratoga Beer

February 25, 2023
1:00 - 4:00 pm or 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

This event features fun, food, and fantastic beer! With multiple beer-centered events, locals and visitors alike will enjoy top regional and national brews while seeing what Saratoga has to offer, including restaurants, shops, and hotels.


Friday Night Music

Every Friday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Artisanal Brew Works
617 Maple Ave, Ste D Saratoga Springs

Enjoy a live music performance by a rotating group of local and travelling musicians. While you're listening, enjoy our food specials and 20 craft beers along with NYS wine, cider, spirits, and cocktails, along with beer slushies! Admission is free.


Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show

March 4-5, 2023
Sat. 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. 10 am - 4 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show features products and demonstrations in categories such as home improvement, landscaping, décor and fine finishes, heating and plumbing, pools, financial and professional services, and many more.

St. Patrick's Day Farmers Market

March 11, 2023
Sat. 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wilton Mall (Food Court), 3065 NY-50 Saratoga Springs

Feeling lucky?! We'll be celebrating St. Patrick's Day a little early. ☘️ Stop by the information table and play our St. Patrick's Day Lottery to win "gold" or Saratoga Farmers' Market tokens*!

Celebrate St. Patty's Day!

March 17, 2023
Times vary
Saratoga Springs Restaurants and Pubs

Saratoga has long been a popular destination for the celebration St. Patty's Day. There are lots of eat-in and take-out dining specials and pub gatherings, with plenty of toe-tapping Irish music to help you work off all those pints of Guinness!

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

March 18, 2023
7:00 pm
Spa Little Theater

Experience the wide range of ideas, sounds, and cultures that have inspired composers from the Americas in the 20th century. Take a trip in sound from the pulsating dance hall to the quietest prayer in this exploration of music from the Western Hemisphere.

March Maple Weekend

March 18 -19  &  25-26, 2023
Tours & Samples are Free
See map on website

Come right to the farms (click on the interactive map to find locations) to see the process, smell the delicious smell of maple sap cooking down to syrup, and taste the maple products made right there on the farm.


2023 Adirondack Sports Expo

March 18 - Mar 19, 2023
Sat. 10 am - 5 pm; Sun. 10 am - 4 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The Adirondack Sports Expo is happening March 18-19 at the Saratoga City Center. A high-energy gathering of sports enthusiasts, where helpful exhibitors representing running, biking, hiking, paddling, triathlon, skiing, health, fitness, recreation, and travel will all be present.

2023 Saratoga County Restaurant Week

March 22 - Mar 30, 2023
Eat-In & Take-Out, Cost Varies
Saratoga County

Participating restaurants are offering unique menus for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. While you're taking a look, Enter the sweepstakes to win a prize package worth $1,000 of free gift cards!

Winter Wine Weekend

March 24-26, 2023
Cost: $899 per person + Room Selection
Saratoga Arms, 497 Broadway

Seminars and tastings led by award-winning vintners, chefs, and sommeliers, farm-to-table dinners, and more, set in the historic, luxurious Saratoga Arms hotel.


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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