Capital Region

Celebrate 2018: Your guide to the holidays

Making the season bright in the Capital Region
An elaborate Christmas lights display covers the property of Quick Response on Route 9 in Clifton Park, December 8, 2015.
An elaborate Christmas lights display covers the property of Quick Response on Route 9 in Clifton Park, December 8, 2015.

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Make the most of the holiday season with our roundup of all things festive in the Capital Region.

Find nearby events that will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit, and read about traditions like Clifton Park’s famous home light show. Do some present prep work with our guide to gift buying, and discover the best places to get hot cocoa in the Capital Region.

Here’s everything you need to make the most out of the holidays this year.


Families, holiday traditions change over the years
We still have our annual Christmas Eve caroling to the animals in the barn

There’s more to the holidays than ‘The Nutcracker’
Our go-to list of choruses, orchestras and ballets to enjoy this holiday season

Dickens, Scrooge remain popular holiday subjects
“A Christmas Carol” celebrates its 175th anniversary this year

Puzzles take you home for the holidays
“Putting together the puzzle is like putting together the lives of the people you knew there”

Clifton Park’s famous home light show
Carlton Road will be a brighter street than usual throughout the holiday season

Capital Region Scrapbook: Holiday edition
Favorite photos from our friends and files


North Pole still Santa’s headquarters
That’s North Pole, N.Y., a colorful place rich in imagination located in Adirondacks

GE volunteers answer letters to Santa
Being Santa’s secretaries is a big responsibility; just ask the men and women at Santa’s ZIP code

GE brings holidays to light in Schenectady
It’s not Christmas until the city’s historic General Electric sign blinks red, white and green

Quick Response light show still going strong after 18 years
Round Lake company entering 18th year hosting popular and free holiday-themed light show

Santaland returns to original spot near fountain in Rotterdam mall
Attraction is back after three-year hiatus

Model-railroading hobby still endures, especially at Christmastime
Mohawk Valley Railroad has been in business for 40 years


Celebrating Christmas with Slovakian traditions in Saratoga
Oplatek is a centuries old custom

Give the gift of spice this holiday season
Where to find all foods hot and spicy in the Capital Region

Saratoga Garlic in high demand for the holidays
For 24 years, farmer has been growing organic garlic on his 10 acres

Get your fiery fix at Whalen’s Root Cellar
From now until Christmas, the Galway store is open Wednesday through Sunday

Gluten free holidays
Offering treats for those with special dietary needs shows love the way few other gifts can

Christmas Eve food traditions
Fresh, warm cinnamon rolls from the oven on Christmas morning

8 hot cocoas in the Capital Region
Hot chocolate isn’t just for the kids anymore


Make that sports fan’s Christmas morning
One reliable gift for giving and receiving is the gift of sports

Hand-crafted gift ideas for that special someone
Take a walk around Ballston Spa and find the perfect present

Putting comfort over style – it’s what’s in fashion this holiday season
Tips from a Capital Region stylist

How to reduce your holiday waste
EPA says it all adds up to an extra 1 million tons of trash a week during the festive holiday period

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