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All Lit Up in Albany: The Capital Holiday Lights Show

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Capital Holiday Lights in Albany

Albany Gets into the Holiday Spirit with the 2011 Capital Holiday Lights

Albany Christmas Tree. Courtesy NY.GovIf you’re the kind of person who loves taking the long way home on Christmas Eve just to see the neighbor’s houses all decked out in lights, the Capital Holiday Lights could be the perfect way to spend a winter night. Located in Washington Park in Albany, NY, the light show features over 125 different displays and scenes. This year the park celebrates its 15th anniversary of running the show. Some of the displays are classics, brought back many times over the years, but there are also new additions to the collection, including sections named America’s Heroes, Toyland, Santa on Vacation, Victorian Holiday, and Peace on Earth.

Capital Holiday Lights guests can drive through the park to see the show in their own car or even charter a trolley or horse-drawn carriage. Tickets for cars are priced at $15, and higher priced tickets are available for vans, limos, and buses. On January 2, guests will also have the option of walking around the lake through this winter wonderland to benefit local food pantries.

After you finish your tour, stop by the Lakehouse for crafts, refreshments, costumed holiday characters, and even Santa! Santa will only be at the Lakehouse until December 23rd, though, so be sure to get to Capital Holiday Lights early enough for your kids to give him their wish-lists. Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer will also be there to greet you on certain nights this year: look for him on December 11th, 18th, and 23rd.

Capital Holiday Lights is open 6pm-9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 6pm-10pm Friday and Saturday until January 2, 2012. For questions about ticket pricing, carriage reservations, or trolley charters, contact Albany PAL at 518-435-0392.

Madeline Harrington is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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