Many festivals in region will show off decorated trees
Here is a list of festivals of trees in and around the Capital Region this holiday season:
• The Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA of Northeastern New York will host their 6th annual Festival of Trees from Nov. 23 through Dec. 6 at 32 Washington Ave. (Society) and 44 Washington Ave. (YWCA).
The display of trees in both buildings will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Some trees donated by businesses and groups will be raffled off and a variety of musical entertainment will be performed.
Admission $5 for adults and $2 for children 5 through 12 with children 5 and under free.
• The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Women’s Club Festival of Trees will be held in the Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Road, from Friday, Nov. 30 through Sunday, Dec. 2. Hours are noon until 5 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and noon until 4 p.m. Dec. 2.
Entertainment will include the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Select Chorus at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 and the Holiday Family Choraliers at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1. The Adirondack Baroque Consort will perform at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. A Bloodmobile will be held Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 with daylong children’s activities.
Admission is free but donations are accepted to the club’s scholarship fund, which furnishes scholarships to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake students.
• The 18th annual Saratoga Festival of Trees will be held from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Broadway. The event is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.
A preview reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28. This will be the first viewing of more than 100 decorated Christmas trees. Appetizers and wine are provided by Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn with live music. Tickets are $60.
Open viewing of trees from 2 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29 coincides with the Victorian Street Walk in downtown Saratoga. Tickets are $8 for adult, $5 for senior citizens, $3 for children over 10 with children 10 and under free.
There is general viewing with same admission rates Nov. 30.
Family Day is on Saturday, Dec. 1 with breakfast with Santa at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. followed by Sundaes with Santa at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults (who must accompany children). Call 587-5000 for reservations. Santa’s Workshop is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1; admission is free, tickets to craft activity booths are $1. General viewing Dec. 1 is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Raffle winners will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 2, with general viewing 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 seniors, $3 children over 10.
• Century Club’s 21st annual Festival of Trees with the theme of “Let It Snow” runs from Dec. 1-8 at the Century Club at 130 Guy Park Ave. in Amsterdam.
“Sugar Plum Fairy Ball” is from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1. Admission is $5; reservations requested, call 258-6686. A Festival Brunch will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Tickets are $15 per person. General admission viewing Dec. 2 is from 1 to 4 p.m.
Group lunches are Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Holiday Cheer lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 5 is catered by Pasqualli’s City Light; tickets $15 per person. Group lunches are Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 with a wine tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets $10 per person.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, a children’s morning will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $4. Holiday entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with live music. A total of 250 tickets available at $7 each.
General admission is $5 for adults with seniors over 65 $4 and students $3. For more information see www.centuryclubofamsterdam.org or call 842-2031.
• The Family and Children’s Services of the Capital Region will hold its expanded third annual Capital Region Festival of Trees at its 650 Warren St. headquarters in Albany from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. The trees are sponsored and decorated by Capital Region businesses, organizations and individuals. Instead of three days the festival will last 10 days.
Family Day is Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. On Dec. 5 a Ladies Night Out will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. (call 462-6531 for reservations).
Trees will be open to public viewing weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
• The 21st annual North Country Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 23-25 at the Queensbury Hotel at 88 Ridge St. in Glens Falls. The trees will be open for viewing by the general public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to the Prospect Child and Family Center, a non-profit agency for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
• Berkshire Museum Festival of Trees will be held from Nov. 16 through Jan. 2 at the museum at 39 South St. (Route 7) in Pittsfield, Mass. The theme of this year’s festival is “Myths and Magic” with 100 decorated trees to view.
The festival viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $13 for adults and $6 for people under 18. Children 3 and under are free.
• The Benningtton Museum Festival of Trees, with a theme of Trees Around the World, an international celebration of the winter season, will be held from Nov. 24 through Dec. 30 at the museum at 74 Main St. in Bennington, Vt.
On Dec. 8 the festival will host an Around the World Gala. Tickets are $50 per person.
Public viewing of the trees will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week, except Wednesdays when the museum is closed. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and people under 18 free.