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Upcoming Holiday Events in the Capital Region and the Adirondacks

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Upcoming Music, Theatre and Festivals in the Area

Fun Events to Help Ring in the Holidays

It’s very easy to get roped up in all the holiday hubbub, especially all the last minute shopping for Christmas presents as well as holiday decorating and deciding who’s going where for the holidays. Take some time to put the decorating aside for a moment and check out some of these upcoming events, especially live music and a variety of festivals that aren’t necessarily holiday related going on in the days leading up to Christmas.

Blue Sunday. Photo Courtesy of Gig MastersBlue Sunday – A Tribute to the Doors at the Wood Theater

Who doesn’t love The Doors? Blue Sunday is one of the hottest Doors tribute bands, which has performed throughout the East Coast with many shows in NYC. Led by Mike D, the host of the popular show “Lunkerville” who embodies the spirit of Jim Morrison, Blue Sunday also features Ken Lewis on drums, Philip Scot on keyboards, Stephen Dahlquist on bass and Peter Chiacchiaro on guitar. Break on through and celebrate the Lizard on Saturday, December 15th at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets are $25. Visit for more info.

Arch Stanton Quartet at Bistro/Bar 74

If you dig jazz, then you may want to check out The Arch Stanton Quartet at the Bistro/Bar 74 in Albany, who’ve become one of the more popular jazz groups in the Capital Region. The Bistro has live jazz every Saturday night, featuring highly respected performers of the jazz world. Show starts at 8:30pm. Visit, for more details.

Benefit Concert with Professor Louie

Our friends Professor Louie and the Crowmatix have had a busy year of touring. As the year comes to a close, they’ll be performing a special benefit concert for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley on Saturday, December 15th at the BSP Lounge in Kingston. This is a great opportunity to help others in need by bringing non-perishable food to the show and to hear some great music as well. The show starts at 8pm with opening act Mr. Roper. Call 845-481-5158 for more details.

Saratoga Springs Youth Orchestra Winter Classical Concert

Get in the Christmas spirit with some holiday music. Celebrating 14 years, the SSYO will perform a unique repertoire of classical music selections from Corelli, Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell and Piazzolla under the direction of Maestro Gioacchino Longobardi. The concert takes place on Sunday, December 16th at 3pm at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. Tix are $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students $5 children. For more info visit, or call 518-573-2403.

Stories of the Season at Hubbard Hall

This is one of Hubbard Hall‘s beloved holiday traditions. The Grinch growls! A latke screams! Puppies find the boys they need and pageants take place all over the map. This family themed holiday event features readings of favorite stories and poems presented by The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge on Thursday, December 20th. Hot soup, bread, cheeses & chutneys, sweets, and mulled cider, will be available a la carte, before the show and during intermission. Doors open at 6:30pm with the show starting at 7pm. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 Hubbard Hall Members, and $5 for students. For more info, visit or call 518-677-2495.

Christmas with The McKrells at the Parting Glass

Known for his work with the Celtic Folk Band Donnybrook Fair, Kevin McKrell leads the Celtic bluegrass band The McKrells, which has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. The McKrells will be doing a series of shows at the Parting Glass in Saratoga running from December 20th to the 23rd. You’ll hear new renditions of holiday songs, both originals and lesser-played classics, along with old favorites from The McKrells’ Christmas show like riotous versions of “A Visit From Saint Nick” and “The 12 Days Of Christmas.” Tickets are $10 and all shows have various times. Call 518-583-1916 for more information.

Melodies of ChristmasThe Melodies of Christmas

An Upstate New York tradition, The Melodies of Christmas has been around for over 30 years and has raised more than $6 million dollars to help treat children undergoing treatment at the Melodies Center at Albany Medical Center. This year’s event, which runs from Thursday, December 20th through Sunday the 23rd, at Proctor’s in Schenectady will feature the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale. Tickets range in price. Visit for more details.

A Christmas Carol at the Pendragon Theatre

It’s everyone’s favorite Christmas Story: Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and all those pesky ghosts who just wont give ol’ Scrooge a break! Charles Dickens‘ legendary tale comes to life in a family friendly production, courtesy of the Pendragon Theatre (a great place if you’ve never been) in Saranac Lake. You’ll laugh and cry, from the first “Bah, Humbug!” to its final “God Bless Us, Every One!” The show will run from December 20th through December 29th at various times. Visit or call 518-891-1854 for more info.

The Lumberjack Log Jam at Gore Mountain

Here’s an alternative to Christmas. The annual Lumberjack Log Jam is a freestyle jam for skiers and snowboarders that will take place on Saturday, December 22.
There are several categories including: male and female, skiers and snowboarders,15 and younger, 16 and older. Competitors will be judged on their style, trick difficulty, and overall performance. Admission is $10 and bring a helmet! For more info, visit

The Albany Sports Card & Memorabilia Show

Here’s a great chance for some last minute Christmas gifts, or just to check out some very rare collectibles. This annual show will feature over 35 vendor booths featuring a large selection of vintage & modern sports cards, authentic autographs, non-sports cards and other collectibles. The show will take place at the Best Western in Albany on Sunday, December 23rd from 9am-3pm…and it’s free! Call 518-857-5778 for more info.

First Night in Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake rings in the new year with their First Night celebration, an evening of fun & music for all ages, ending with fireworks at midnight. It’s a great way to kick off the new year with your entire family, as the whole town will feature live music, magic, and more. For a full list of events and venues, visit

By The Free George Staff.

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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