It doesn't seem like Thanksgiving should be here yet -- but it is. And with it comes the start of all the holiday whatnot. After the jump, we've pulled together a bunch of the annual local celebrations, lightings, streetwalks, concerts, and other merriment.
This is not a comprehensive list. If there's something holiday-related that you're looking forward to, please share.
November 23: Ice skating rink on the ESP opens
The rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am-8 pm. It's free to skate. Skate rentals are $3 for kids under 12 / $4 for adults. Each Friday this season will include free skate rentals, thanks to sponsorship by Hannaford. OGS says the lockers and skate rental are now on the plaza level next to the rink.
November 23: Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park
The annual drive-along holiday lights display in Albany's Washington Park starts Friday, November 23 and runs through January 4. It's open 6-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, and 6-10 pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is $15/car. There will also be three nights for walkers: November 20 (toy donation night), November 21 (dog walking night - $10 per dog), and January 5 ($5 person / $10 family) -- all 5:30 pm-8 pm.
November 27-December 22: This Wonderful Life at Capital Rep
Based on the film. "All the pleasure of Frank Capra's classic movie - in only 70 minutes!" $20 and up
November 29: Victorian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs
Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs will be closed from 5-10 pm for food, entertainment and all sorts of holiday stuff. And the downtown Saratoga tree lighting is the night before, November 28.
December 1: Hudson Winter Walk
Warren Street is closed off for festiveness, from 5-8 pm.
December 2: ESP Holiday Tree Lighting
The tree lighting for the Empire State Plaza, which also includes music, performances, and fireworks. And during the day is the annual train show (10 am-4 pm - $7 / kids free) and chocolate expo.
December 2: It's a Jazzy Christmas at the Massry Center
The celebration of Vince Guaraldi holiday jazz -- you know, as used in the Peanuts cartoons -- returns to St. Rose. This show sold out last year. 2 pm and 5 pm - $20 / $10 students / free for kids 5 and under
December 8: Santa Speedo Sprint on Lark Street
The annual partially-clothed dash for charity. There's still time to sign up and get pledges. 2 pm
December 8, 9: Northeast Ballet's production of The Nutcracker at Proctors
With two principal dancers from the New York City Ballet. There's a lunch with Santa ahead of the Sunday afternoon performance. $20 and up
December 15, 16: Mountain Snow and Mistletoe at The Egg
Annual holiday folk show. $24
December 21: It's a Wonderful Life at the Palace
Capra's Christmas classic. If you've only seen on continuous loop on cable, it's worth seeing it on a big screen in an old theater. 7 pm - $5 / $3 kids
The Troy Music Hall and Capital Rep advertise on AOA. And AOA is a media sponsor of the Santa Speedo Sprint.
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