Holiday activities Albany, NY

The holiday season has officially commenced!

Thankfully, there’s no shortage of fun and festive things to do in the Capital Region to help get you in the holiday spirit. We’ve done the research for you and are laying out the best events you won’t want to miss this December. Keep reading and mark your calendars – there will be fun for all up through the New Year!

23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday Lights

The lights are on! Make sure to pay a visit to the 23rd Annual Price Chopper/Market 32 Capital Holiday lights in the park to admire more than 125 light displays and scenes in Albany’s Washington Park. Drive throughs run from November 29, 2019 – January 3, 2020.
Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

Who doesn’t love ice skating in the winter, especially when there’s no cost for admission! The ice rink at the Empire State Plaza opens on Friday, December 6th.  Take the whole family for a day full of fun.  If you own skates, you are welcome to bring them.  If not, figure skates and hockey skates are available to rent and on Saturday’s skate rentals are FREE of charge!
Empire State Plaza Tree Lighting

One of the Capital Region’s favorite holiday events, Empire State Plaza Tree Lighting on Sunday, December 8th. A fun experience for those of all ages.  This full-day event includes fireworks, caroling, ice skating, and more. Not to mention – admission is FREE!
Albany Last Run 5k

The 23rd Annual St. Peters Cardiac and Vascular Center Albany Last Run 5K will be on Saturday, December 7th. Don’t pass up the chance to run through the beautiful holiday lights in in Washington Park!
Santa Speedo Sprint

Time to break out the holiday gear! The Santa Speedo Sprint is an 800-meter run on Lark Street to raise money for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at Albany Medical Center. The race will be held on December 14th, step-off is at 2:00 pm.

NOTE: You do not have to wear a speedo - runners wear everything from speedos and bikinis to holiday-themed costumes to three-piece suits.
Chili Chowder Stroll

Do you love Chili and Chowder? Held in conjunction with the Santa Speedo Sprint, enjoy $1 samples of chili and chowder and vote for your favorite all along Lark Street in Albany! Stop by anytime between noon-4pm on December 14th.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour

The multi-platinum, critically-acclaimed progressive rock group is back in Albany! They’re returning with the show that started it all, “Christmas Eve and Other Stories.” The show will take place on Thursday, December 19th, 2019 at the Times Union Center.


Albany is the perfect place to embrace the holiday season. Keep an eye out for more activities to experience this winter!

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