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25 things to see and do through the end of 2018

25 things to see and do through the end of 2018

From this weekend's Downtown Schenectady Holiday Bazaar through to First Night Saratoga, 25 picks for the next 25 days
25 things to see and do through the end of 2018
Clockwise from left: Sawyer Fredericks, Chili Chowdown, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" and State Champs.

Friday, Dec. 7
Starting at 5 p.m. the Downtown Schenectady Holiday Bazaar returns on Jay Street. Filled with specialty vendors, artisans and a live ice carving of The Grinch, the Bazaar runs until 8 p.m. on Friday and then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, including a full list of vendors, visit downtownschenectady.org. 

Saturday, Dec. 8
Starting at noon, downtown Schenectady will be calling all chili lovers for the Chili Chowdown and Craft Beer Trail. Pick up a map and a ballot from one of 21 participating restaurants. Then try a sample of the chili at each restaurant for $1 and vote on favorites. At select restaurants, there will also be craft beer to sample for $1. 

Sunday, Dec. 9
It’s the last chance to see “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” at Proctors. Watch as the classic character whose “heart is two sizes too small,”  tries to steal Christmas and ends up learning the true meaning of the holiday. There are showings at 1 and 5 p.m.

Monday. Dec. 10
The Festival of Trees at the Schenectady County Historical Society offers up a chance to get into the holiday spirit and learn some local history along the way. Christmas trees, both traditional and kooky, line the galleries of the Society and the YWCA (32 Washington Ave.) of NorthEastern NY (44 Washington Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 11
If you haven’t caught a showing of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” playing at Capital Repertory Theatre tonight is a good night for it. Starting at 7:30 p.m., catch up with the characters from “Pride and Prejudice” as their story continues.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Starting at 6 p.m. a former Rockette, Lilly K from Dance Moms and Santa, join together at The Venue (65 Congress Street, Cohoes) for a Sensational Seasonal Show organized by The Future of Talent Co.

Thursday, Dec. 13
The 39th CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas kicks off at 7 p.m. at Proctors. The benefit concert features the Empire State Orchestra and Youth Chorale, along with guests from Grand Central Station, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, The Northeast Ballet and Orlando’s School of Dance. 

Friday, Dec. 14
The story that made the phrase “You’ll shoot your eye out,” famous will be brought to the stage by Home Made Theater Inc. Starting at 7:30 p.m. the company will perform Philip Grecian’s adaptation of “A Christmas Story” at the Spa Little Theater (19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs).

Saturday, Dec. 15
The Schenectady Civic Playhouse is a great way to spend a day or evening during the holidays and this year is no different. Head over to 12 South Church Street in the Stockade at 8 tonight and watch “Looking at Christmas” with Jason Biszick and Brigitta Giulianelli.

Sunday, Dec. 16
What says the holiday season more than the McKrells at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga State Park. Hosted by Home Made Theater, the show begins at 7 tonight.

Monday, Dec. 17
The Friends of Schenectady Public Library have wonderful Monday programming at noon most weeks, and on this day you can listen to Union College professor Josef Schmee talk about operas, in particular Puccini’s “Tosca,” based on the play by V. Sardou.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
A trip to the New York State Museum in Albany is a good idea any time of the year. “Enterprising Waters,” the story of the Erie Canal, is still on display along with a number of other interesting exhibits.

Wednesday, Dec. 19
You can’t go wrong with “It’s a Wonderful Life” during the holidays, but if you’ve already seen Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in the hollywood version a dozen times, give yourself a break and head over to Proctors tonight at 7:30 and see “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre.”

Thursday, Dec. 20
“Evenings at the Institute” at the Albany Institute of History and Art can become a great Thursday night routine. It’s free admission to the galleries between 5 and 8 p.m., and the museum shop is open for the some late Christmas shopping.

Friday, Dec. 21
The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society will be at the Immaculate Conception Church on Route 50 in Glenville tonight at 7:30. Special guests will include Auriel Camerata.

Saturday, Dec. 22
For a different kind of experience, get yourself over to Little Italy in Schenectady and take in an 8 p.m. performance of “Spontaneous Broadway” by Mopco Improv Theatre.

Sunday, Dec. 23
You’ve seen Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” and you’ve probably also seen “Wicked,” at Proctors. Today at 2 p.m. find a seat at Proctors and watch “The Wizard of Oz” live on stage.

Monday. Dec. 24
It’s Christmas Eve. Enjoy time with family and/or friends, and wait for that visitor from the North Pole!

Tuesday, Dec. 25
Why not take a drive through Albany’s Washington Park for the annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m.? It’s $20 per car.

Wednesday, Dec. 26
“Mary Poppins Returns” flies into theaters the week  before Christmas, and many families will attend during the holiday break. Even original star Dick Van Dyke appears in the film.

Thursday, Dec. 27
Spend an evening at the Dudley Observatory, 5-8 p.m., at miSci in Schenectady. Visitors will enjoy spotting the winter constellations of Orion and Perseus and Dudley astronomers will point the telescope at planets, star clusters and nebula that are visible.

Friday, Dec. 28
“More than Words: The Photography of Newsman Bob Paley,” will be screened at 7 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors. The documentary was directed by  Mary Paley, daughter of the long-time photojournalist for the Albany Knickerbocker News.

Saturday, Dec. 29
Pop punk band State Champs, who emerged from Albany to achieve national acclaim, perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park.

Sunday, Dec. 30
Remember the hit songs “Jesse’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” from the early 1980s? Australia native Rick Springfield goes “Full Band Electric” at the Event Center at Rivers Casino at 8 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31
More than 15,000 revelers will celebrate First Night Saratoga’s 23rd anniversary with a 5k road race at 5:30 and entertainment throughout the night. Rising star Sydney Worthley and “The Voice” winner Sawyer Fredericks will perform at the City Center. There will be magic, puppets, comedy and much more.

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