Saratoga Springs, NY Offers Holiday Festivities, The Arts, Getaway Packages & More This Winter Season

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Saratoga Springs, NY winter activites will make lasting vacation memories.

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

The Saratoga Springs City Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland this December 4-8, 2013 for the annual Festival of Trees. Visitors will enjoy a spectacular holiday visual experience with over 250 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths and centerpieces. Saturday is Family Day where kids of all ages can enjoy Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Workshop and Sundaes with Santa. All decor and other holiday items are for sale and benefit the local Catholic Charities. For more information, visit or call 518-587-5000.

Step back to the Victorian times with one of Saratoga’s most popular events at the 27th annual Victorian Streetwalk, Thursday, December 5, 2013 in downtown Saratoga Springs. Kick-off the holiday shopping season and take part in the festivities with numerous entertainment sites, including live music, carolers, children entertainers and animals, 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 or call 518-587-8635. Visitors can purchase a Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk Events Package by calling 1-800-653-0231 or going online to

Saratoga has a fun holiday tradition and for the entire family with a winter excursion on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway. Put on your pajamas, grab your book and climb aboard for a round-trip adventure to the North Pole on The Polar Express. Starting November 15 through December 29, 2013 kids of all ages can take a magical train ride and follow along as the story is read and enjoy hot cocoa, a visit from Santa, caroling, a treat and a special gift for each child. Plus, the railway is also offering special ski and travel package deals on the Snow Train. For more information, go online to or by calling 877-726-7245 for tickets.

The spirit of the season can also be experienced with theater performances including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Santaland Diaries, a beautiful walk through festively decorated neighborhoods during the 24th Annual Candlelight House Tour and so much more. For a complete calendar of events, go online to

The 9th Annual Saratoga County Restaurant Week will give visitors the chance to experience award-winning cuisine and specialty treats at dozens of the finest area restaurants and eateries. It is a week-long event, December 6 through December 12, 2013, offering dinner specials for $10, $20 or $30 and lunch deals for $5 or $10. 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 or call 518-584-1531.

Visitors can ring in the new year at the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations north of Times Square. First Night Saratoga is one of Saratoga’s premiere annual events and is a fun, alcohol free, family-friendly event that showcases the arts and music in all its forms. First Night goers will enjoy dozens of entertainment venues, a 5K run, children’s activities and fireworks at midnight. This year’s event is a GE Kids In Free Event, which offers children 12 and under free admission with each (adult) button purchase. For schedule of events, visit or call 518-584-4132. Visitors can also purchase a Saratoga First Night Events Package by calling 1-800-653-0231 or going online to

There are also many winter romance, spa and getaway packages available to meet the needs of visitors online at To learn more about Saratoga County including lodging, restaurants and things to do or for a free travel guide, go online to 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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