Thursday night, December 2, 2010, marks the twenty-fourth Annual Victorian Streetwalk in downtown Saratoga Springs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Broadway will close once again from 5:00 to 10:00 from the Route 50 arterial to just north of Washington Street.
The Victorian Streetwalk is the Downtown Business Association's way of saying "thank you" to all our customers for supporting our beautiful downtown throughout the year. Everyone is invited to join the fun with caroling and Victorian costumes and enjoy an old fashioned "Christmas as it used to be" street party and celebration of the holiday season.
Most businesses will be open until 10 p.m. and will hold open houses and serve delicious, free refreshments to their guests, friends and customers.
CDTA, a festival Gold Sponsor, is running free shuttle buses every 20 minutes from the Saratoga Springs Railroad Station on the west side and the Oklahoma track (just off Exit 14 of I-87) and the Weible Avenue Skating Rink parking lots on the east side of Saratoga Springs to downtown and back from 4:30 until 10:30.
With 47 entertainment sites, there is something for everyone.
New this year are Maryleigh & the Fauves & Betsy and the ByeGons playing music, Alan Edstrom performing magic, Norma Colasessano on the accordion, a Holiday Jazz Ensemble plus free finger foods, cocoa & cider at MINE, and Puddles the Clown.
Returning for a second year are Tequila Mockingbirds; Lyl Harper, “The Ice Man,” Karlinda Caldicot on harp and the First Baptist Church presents the 2nd Annual Greener Days Holiday Bazaar, featuring a White Elephant Sale, Holiday Café with hot beverages & baked treats, Beggar’s Banquet and a Children’s Area with games and Make & Take projects for a small fee.
Returning favorites include The Abundant Life Church, The Whippersnappers; Tim Wechgelaer Victorian Fiddle; Rich Ortiz; Skidmore A Cappella singing groups; Father Christmas; Santa Sax; John & Orion Kribs and more. See the full schedule for details at www.saratogadowntown.com.
You will also find Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Santa cottage, live reindeer, saxophone solos, Irish whistles, Christmas carols, hammered dulcimer, harp, gospel and more. There are free trolley rides beginning on Putnam Street that will swing up to North Broadway and back for visitors to see the mansions. The History Museum in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park will be open during the Festival.
The "Festival of Trees" sponsored by Catholic Charities is at the City Center, 522 Broadway. The Festival features trees, wreaths & swags, all sponsored and decorated by local businesses. All proceeds go to Catholic Charities.
The Toyota “Toys for Tots” truck will be in front of the Post Office accepting toys for children that would otherwise not have presents.
Santa & Mrs. Claus visit with children in the beautiful, hand made and detailed Santa Cottage that is set up in front of Putnam Market (just across from Caroline Street) for the Christmas Holidays. They hand out candy canes while making each visit a very special time for every child. Children can also visit Santa's live reindeer located next to the Santa cottage. Other animals include the Northland Newfoundland Dog Club at the Visitor Center.
Special Victorian Streetwalk postal cancellations are available at the Broadway Post Office from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Limited edition commemorative posters may be purchased for $5 each. Bring your stamped Christmas card envelopes, get them canceled with the special Victorian Streetwalk cancellation (free) and you have a month to mail them.
The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association brings this event to you. Generous support for the Victorian Streetwalk was received from the Gold Sponsors Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Springs Special Assessment District; Gold Transportation Sponsor CDTA, our Silver Sponsors Saratoga Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Saratoga Hair Transplant Center & The Ayco Company, L.P. Media Sponsors Mannix Marketing, Saratoga Living Magazine, Spa.Net, Star 101.3, CBS 6 & The Saratogian. Supporting sponsors are The City Center, Courtyard by Marriott and the Saratoga Federal Credit Union along with other downtown businesses.
This event is free and open to the public. Attendees at the Victorian Streetwalk are encouraged to look for maps with entertainment locations and times in downtown member businesses.