Experience the holidays in Downtown

Experience the holidays in Downtown


From the second annual Downtown Decorating Contest to classic tales brought to the stage and screen, there are lots of ways to enjoy the holiday season in downtown Albany, NY this year. For themed events (listed by date), see below, and you can view the full Downtown event calendar here and you can view the Downtown Gift Guide here.

Small Business Saturday + Scavenger Hunt
November 30 | All day
Throughout Downtown

It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Theatre
Through December 22 | Times vary
Capital Repertory Theatre | 111 N Pearl Street

Triskele in a Christmas Show
December 1 | 2:00 PM
Irish American Heritage Museum (370 Broadway)

Downtown Decorating Contest 
December 6-31
Throughout Downtown 

Holiday Span Lighting
December 6 | 5:00 PM
State Street at N Pearl Street

Fort Orange Holiday Market
December 6 + 13 | 5:00-9:00 PM
December 7 + 14 | 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Arcade Building (488 Broadway) & Fort Orange General Store (412 Broadway)

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
December 6 | 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Avenue)

Irish Christmas Market + Cafe
December 7 | 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Irish American Heritage Museum (370 Broadway)

Downtown Albany Hot Chocolate Stroll
December 7 | Noon-2:00 PM
Throughout Downtown | Starts at Arcade Building (488 Broadway)
Purchase tasting tickets in advance for pre-event discount

Handel's Messiah performed by the Choir of St. Peter's Church
December 8 | 3:00 PM
St. Peter's Episcopal Church (107 State Street)

Albany Symphony Orchestra presents The Magic of Christmas
December 14 | 3:00 PM
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Avenue)

Jazzy Holiday Affair
December 15 | 4:00-7:30 PM
African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region (135 S Pearl Street)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 16 | 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Avenue)

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
December 18 | 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Avenue)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 
December 19 | 7:30 PM
Times Union Center (51 S Pearl Street)

It's a Wonderful Life
December 20 | 7:00 PM
Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Avenue)