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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.

Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot

November 28, 2019
Race starts at 8:30
Broadway, Saratoga Springs

The annual Turkey Trot 5k race returns to Saratoga Springs Thanksgiving morning. Thousands of runners will be racing to benefit the Christopher Dailey Foundation. The race starts just a few blocks south of the Saratoga Hilton. Advance registration is required.

Black Friday

November 29, 2019
Begins at 6 am
Downtown Saratoga Springs

Come support local businesses and artisans, and save money while getting a jump on your holiday shopping! Downtown boutiques and shops open early for this annual event; the earlier you shop, the more you'll save! What better way to shake off the post-Thanksgiving Feast doldrums.

Holiday Craft Marketplace

November 30, 2019
10 am - 4:30 pm
Saratoga Springs City Center

The 44th annual Holiday Craft Marketplace returns! Kick off the shopping season by browsing through original handmade crafts from over 100 artisans. Enter raffles and a silent auction. $5 admission fee benefits the Saratoga Center for the Family. Kids under 12 free!

It's a
Wonderful Life

December 2019
Check website for dates and times
Spa Little Theatre

Homemade Theater is proud to present this unforgettable holiday classic. It's the saga of George Bailey, whose dreams have been quashed and who falls into despair. He learns a priceless lesson with the help of his Guardian Angel, Clarence. You know the story, but you've never seen it like this!

Street Walk

Dec 5, 2019
4 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. Broadway is closed off for this holiday tradition.

of Trees

December 4-8, 2019
Times  vary by day
Saratoga Springs City Center

A Saratoga favorite for over 20 years!  An 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.

Ballston Spa Holiday Weekend

December 6, 2019
6:30 pm
Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa

Come to Ballston Spa for a winter weekend filled with holiday fun, including a parade and tree lighting Friday night, Breakfast with Santa on Saturday and more. Enjoy a hometown-style holiday tradition with floats, carolers and musicians and First Friday goodies. Please donate a new toy.


December 7 & 8, 2019
5:30 - 9:30 pm
2077 Route 9, Round Lake

Come to the incredible holiday lights display on the property of--and brought to you by-- Quick Response Restoration. The celebration features large light displays, horse and wagon rides, reindeer, Christmas train rides, Santa, costumed characters, refreshments and much more.

Christmas With the King

December 14, 2019
11:00 am
Saratoga Springs City Center

Don't have a Blue Christmas! Please join us for some unique holiday fun! Award-winning Elvis Tribute Artists perform the best from his shows, along with many other talented acts competing to be the 2019 champion! Backed by the Suspicious Minds Tribute Band.

Santa Con

December 14, 2019
11:30 pm
6 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs

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 Santa and beer. The registration fee will be 5 or more non-perishable food items which will go directly to the Franklin Community Center.

The McKrell's Christmas

December 15, 2019
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 singing!

Saratoga Savoy Diamond Dance

December 20, 2019
7:30 - 11:00 pm
National Museum of Dance

At the Diamond Dance you can enjoy hours of live music performed by some of the best local and nationally known musicians, dance demonstrations, DJ’d music between sets, art exhibits, dance lessons, all within the elegance of the National Museum of Dance, and a free beginner dance lesson at 7:30pm.

Winter 2020 Events Coming Soon

Check back soon for all of the wonderful things to do in Winter 2020!

Saratoga Chowderfest

February 2, 2019
11am - 4pm
Various Saratoga Locations

It's back! Chowderfest features more than 80 restaurants, caterers and other vendors serving delicious bowls of chowder for $1. Pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite in 7 categories. Awards ceremony at 6:30 at the Saratoga visitors center.

Prime's Polar Ice Bar

February 8 & 9, 2019
Fri. 6:00 pm, Sat. 11:00 am
Prime at Saratoga National

Try something new! Wear your mittens and belly up to one of 3 sides of a genuine ice bar for a weekend long ice party! Indoors and outdoors with live music, concession food, cash bar, free Selfie Ice Stands, Ice games, Beer and Spirits, more. Reserve ahead!

Chocolate Fest

February 1, 2019
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.

Saratoga Chowderfest

February 2, 2019
11am - 4pm
Various Saratoga Locations

It's back! Chowderfest features more than 80 restaurants, caterers and other vendors serving delicious bowls of chowder for $1. Pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite in 7 categories. Awards ceremony at 6:30 at the Saratoga visitors center.

Prime's Polar Ice Bar

February 8 & 9, 2019
Fri. 6:00 pm, Sat. 11:00 am
Prime at Saratoga National

Try something new! Wear your mittens and belly up to one of 3 sides of a genuine ice bar for a weekend long ice party! Indoors and outdoors with live music, concession food, cash bar, free Selfie Ice Stands, Ice games, Beer and Spirits, more. Reserve ahead!

Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic

February 8 - 10, 2019
4:00 pm
Saratoga Spa State Park

The Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic Pond Hockey Tournament is back! Labatt's Blue brings 3 afternoons of both competitive and recreational pond hockey divisions. Trophies are awarded and fees waived for the winning teams!

Clifton Park Winterfest

February 9, 2019
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!

Saratoga Fat Bike Rally

February 9, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saratoga Spa State Park

Join us for the Fifth 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.

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

February 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2019
2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Spa Little Theater

Homemade theater presents a play full of mysterious twists and thrilling turns abound when a group of strangers stranded in a guest house during a snowstorm discover that a murderer is in their midst. Whodunnit?

The Flurry

February 15 - 17, 2019
Fri 7 pm - 1 am, Sat. 9 am - 1 am,
Sun 9 am - 5:30 pm
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! Live music and workshops for all ages.

Zach Deputy w/ The Big Takeover

February 21, 2019
9:00 pm - 12:30 am
Putnam Place, 63a Putnam Street

Combining his family roots Island vibe with his low country southern soul, a pinch of tranced out hippy hop, and a vast amount of talent, Zach’s sound emerges in focus. 18 and over show; $15 & $20.

Beer Week

February 19-23, 2019
Saratoga Springs

Get ready for Saratoga Beer Week! Head to Downtown Saratoga and enjoy special dinners and tap takeovers leading up to three signature events: Whiskey Night, Cider Night, and the Beer Summit finale.

Longfellows Wedding Show

February 24, 2019
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Longfellows, 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. You'll learn about options for venues, attire, food, flowers and photos.

Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show

March 1 - 3, 2019
Fri 5-9, Sat 9 am-7 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.

Farmers Markets

Continues through April
Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm
Lincoln Baths Building

Saratoga prides itself on locally-grown, fresh products in their stores and on the tables in area restaurants. Our farmers markets offer high-quality, local food and agricultural products, from fruits and vegetable to flowers and baked goods, and enjoy live music while you browse!

Harness Racing Returns

Now through Sept. 2, 2019
Check website for schedule
Saratoga Casino and Raceway 

Our 78th 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 country, year-round!

Movies and Mimosas

March 2 and 3, 2019
11:00 am

Criterion Bowtie Cinema

Watch the classic Bette Davis movie, Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte, as you sip mimosas in comfort. An aging, reclusive southern belle, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative. Return the first Sat. and Sun. of each month to enjoy showings of classic movies.

SPAC Winter Ball:
Into the Pines

March 9, 2019
7:00 - 11:00 pm
Hall of Springs

You're invited to an evening of enchantment as the Hall of Springs is transformed into a wooded wonderland. SPAC's Winter Ball has music, an open bar, catered food, and prizes. For this whimsical affair, we recommend formal or cocktail attire, inspried by nature, a mythical nymph, or fairy sprite.

Bowl for
Kids' Sake

March 10, 2019
10 am-noon, or Noon-2 pm or  2-4 pm
Spare Time, Clifton Park 

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region for its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake on Sunday, March 10! Get together with a team of four or five people, register online, and contribute $25 per person to bowl! All of the money raised will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

Adirondack Sports Summer Expo

March 16 - 17, 2019
Sat. 10 am - 5 pm Sun 10 am - 4 pm
Saratoga City Center

Hang out with 8,000 sports, health, fitness and travel enthusiasts for the 14th annual Summer Expo. This event features 150 exhibitors covering running, hiking, bicycling, paddling, triathlon, health, fitness, green living and travel. Also great sales, clubs, demos, events, activities, races, seminars and prizes.

St. Pat's Weekend at Power's Pub

March 16 & 17, 2019
Sat. Noon - 10 pm, Sun. 1 pm - 9 pm
Power's Inn & Pub, Clifton Park

Nestled just off Rt. 9 at Farm-to-Market Rd in Clifton Park you'll find Power's Inn & Pub. Everyone's invited to the weekend St. Patrick's celebration. On Saturday, Pat Gioia celebrates his birthday by playing on and off all day. Also featuring Matt Evans, The Stout Boys, and Irish Dancers.

SPAC Summer Events Tickets

Now through August 31
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saratoga Perforing Arts Center

The SPAC Summer of 2019 event lineup has been announced and posted! Get tickets now and celebrate the returns of Dave Mathews, Phish, the Dead as well as the NYC Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra, and the annual Freihofer's Jazz Festival. Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more will round out the summer.

Home Made Theater's Spring Benefit

March 23, 2019
7:00 pm
Spa Little Theater

Put on your saddle shoes, platforms or wing tips for “Dancing Through the Decades- a retro rendezvous,” at Homemade Theater’s spring benefit. There are 4 retro rooms featuring the 20s, the 30s and 40s, the 50s and the 60s thru 80s. Dressing as your favorite decade is highly recommended.

Louden Wainwright III at Caffe Lena

March 30, 2019
8:00 pm
Caffe Lena

Grammy winning Loudon Wainwright III is a folk-rock legend, ever since the mid-70s when he blasted out of Caffè Lena's orbit to the national scene. In 2010 he won the GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk Album. Reserve your seats early for this fun, kid-friendly show.

Brookside Museum Masquerade

March 30, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa

Mark your calendar for The Brookside's Masquerade Ball, a benefit for the Saratoga County Historical Society. Come join other supporters for an evening of music, dancing, drink, games and more. Wear nineteenth-century style clothing, creative masquerade costumes, or other formal wear.

Fine Woodworking Showcase

March 30 - 31, 2019
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, competing for awards; take a piece or two home!

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