Annual Winter Victorian Sreetwalk Celebrates its 25th Year with Special Silver Anniversary Events

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Experience a winter getaway in Saratoga County, NY. Enjoy holiday festivities at the Victorian Streetwalk, ride the Polar Express, welcome 2012 at First Night Saratoga and dine in style during Restaurant Week.

Downtown Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs, New York is host to major events in the upcoming months including the Victorian Streetwalk, the Festival of Trees, Saratoga Restaurant Week and First Night Saratoga. Visitors can also take advantage of the many lodging packages that have been created for the winter and holiday season.

Visitors can marvel at the uniquely decorated, themed trees at the Festival of Trees, November 30th through December 4th, 2011. Saturday is Family Day where kids of all ages can enjoy Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Workshop and Sundaes with Santa. All trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items are for sale and benefit the local chapter of Catholic Charities. For more information, visit http://www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com or call 518-587-5000.

Saratoga will step back in time and be ‘dressed’ in silver for the 25th Annual Victorian Streetwalk, Thursday, December 1st, 2011 in downtown Saratoga Springs. The event features numerous entertainment sites, including a 40-piece marching band, carolers, music, entertainment for children, plus Santa, Mrs. Claus and live reindeer. Visitors can come the night before to the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday for hot chocolate and cookies. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.saratogadowntown.com. Visitors can purchase a Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk Events Package by calling 1-800-653-0231 or going online to http://www.saratoga.org.

The spirit of the season can also be experienced with theater performances including Christmas Oratorio and Passion Play, a magical train ride along The Polar Express, one-of-a-kind finds at the 36th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, a beautiful walk through festively decorated neighborhoods during the 22nd Annual Candlelight House Tour and so much more. For a complete calendar of events, visit http://www.saratoga.org.

The 7th Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week is a culinary event like no other, in a place that is known for top-notch, award-winning cuisine and specialty treats. Restaurant Week takes place December 2-8, 2011, featuring dozens of the finest restaurants and eateries in the area offering a pre-set, three-course meal for just $18.19 plus tax and tip. The price is to commemorate the year in which the city of Saratoga Springs was officially established. Select restaurants will also offer lunch specials for $9.09. Special Restaurant Week Stay Packages allow visitors to spend multiple nights in Saratoga, eat great meals and find the finest shopping around. For more information, visit http://www.discoversaratoga.org or call 518-584-1531.

Saratoga has New York’s largest New Year’s celebration north of Times Square. Visitors can ring in 2012 at First Night Saratoga, a fun, alcohol free, family-friendly event that showcases the arts and music in all its forms. The event’s theme is Art Unleashed and will feature dozens of entertainment venues, a 5K run, children’s activities and fireworks at midnight. For schedule of events, visit http://www.saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/ or call 518-584-4132. Visitors can also purchase a Saratoga First Night Events Package by calling 1-800-653-0231 or http://www.saratoga.org.

There are also many winter romance, spa and getaway packages available to make your stay memorable! To learn more about Saratoga County including lodging, packages, restaurants and things to do or for a free travel guide, visit http://www.saratoga.org or call 1-800-526-8970.

About Saratoga, New York
Saratoga’s attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries. Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums – including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more.

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