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Things to Do for the Holidays in Washington County

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Things to Do for the Holidays in Washington County, NY

2011 Washington County Holiday Events: Breakfast with Santa, a Victorian Christmas, Caroling and Alpacas

If you’re in search of some fun things to do this holiday season in Washington County, look no further. From a weekend long Christmas fest to a homes tour to an all out gospel jam to a breakfast with the man in red himself, there’s much fun to be had this season. Not to mention the plethora of unique and artisan local gifts that can be found in the area. Here’s a look at some Things to Do in Washington County for the Holidays.

Gospel Jam at Little Theater on the Farm

On Wednesday, November 30, 2011 get ready for an all out Gospel Jam at Little Theater on the Farm, hosted by none other than The Blueberries. Get there early to be sure to reserve a seat (seating is backstage in the heated Green Room). A 50/50 raffle and refreshments will also be part of the evening. Cost is free. If you miss this one, you’ll have a second chance to catch a gospel jam, this time their Christmas Gospel Jam. Also hosted by The Blueberries, this one happens on December 21, 2011. Both shows start at 7pm. Visit for more info.

alpacas (300x203)Holiday Open House at the Farm

Ever wanted to get the scoop on alpacas? Known for their lustrous and silky natural fiber, alpaca wool is incredibly warm, unbelievably soft and luxurious. Alpacas of Easton will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, 2011, with demonstrations on how to spin and dye fiber, all while celebrating the holidays. Events run from 10am to 5pm on both days and it’s free. Call 518-692-8684 for more info.

First Fridays in Granville at the Slate Valley Museum

Christmas comes to the Slate Valley Museum in Granville which will be decorated in holiday splendor for two days worth of events on Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, 2011. Unique gifts by local artists and craftspeople will be for sale (at a 25% discount) at the Museum’s gift shop, providing a great way to get some of your holiday shopping done. For more information call 518-642-1417.

Breakfast with Santa

What can beat a breakfast with the man in red? On Saturday, December 3, 2011 you’ll have the chance to have a pancake breakfast with Santa, amidst lots of fun arts & crafts activities for the kids. The breakfast runs from 7:30am-11:30am at the Greenwich Elks Lodge. For more info, email

Carolers1 (300x218)Christmas in Cambridge

This weekend long festival kicks off with a parade on Friday, December 2, 2011 at 6pm (the festival runs through December 4th). The Christmas in Cambridge parade starts at Gilmore Avenue and travels down Main Street to the Cambridge United Presbyterian Church. Following the parade will be a community treelighting on the Cambridge U.P, Church lawn, with a very special guest—none other than Santa himself. A traditional reading of The Night before Christmas, as well as some good ol’ fashioned caroling will also be part of the festivities. The fun doesn’t stop here, however, stores will be open late offering Christmas cash—for every $5 spent, you’ll get a chance to reach into a grab bag for goodies, top prizes including $50 gift certificates to area stores, which must be spent by December 4th. There’s lots of other great stuff in the works too, including a Victorian Open House, a show performed by Hubbard Hall, a Christmas goodies sale, and more. Visit for more info.

6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair in Salem

Despite suffering severe damage during hurricane Irene, The Old Washington County Courthouse in Salem is gearing up for their annual craft fair on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 10am to 3pm. There will be an abundance of handcrafted items for sale in the CCC Great Hall. There will also be plenty of activities for children. For more information, call 518-854-7053.

Festival of Lessons & Carols in Greenwich

Get your caroling on at this traditional festival in Greenwich. Local musicians will be leading the community caroling, and you’ll also be privy to a retelling of the Christmas story. The Festival of Lessons & Carols takes place on Sunday, December 4, 2011 beginning at 6pm in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There’s also a Christmas tree lighting, followed by cookies & hot chocolate. Cost is free.

An Old Fashioned Christmas in Argyle

If traditions turn you on, then you’re definitely going to want to head out to Argyle on Saturday, December 10, 2011 for their old-fashioned Christmas. There’s a story hour at the library, a business show and art show at the school, Christmas caroling and piano and organ duet at the Presbyterian Church, a tree lighting at the Ransom Stiles House, a village tour by horse and wagon, a historical display, and good ol’ Santa himself at the Firehouse. The festivities start at 10am. Call 518-796-6258 for more info.

Homes for the Holidays House Tour in Salem

Visit 8 area homes, decorated in some excellent holiday splendor during this tour on Saturday, December 10, 2011. The Homes for the Holidays House Tour runs from 1pm to 5pm, beginning at the courthouse. For more info (and if you’d like your home to be included), contact the courthouse at 518-854-7053.

Salem NY Holiday ParadeSalem’s Annual Holiday Parade 2011

Also taking place on December 10th, beginning at 10am is Salem’s Annual Holiday Parade. Many a fun float is promised, along with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves.

Hubbard Hall’s Annual Community Holiday Breakfast: Brazil

If you find you’re craving some of that warm weather fun this season, you may want to take a trip to Cambridge for Hubbard Hall’s Annual Community Holiday Breakfast; this year’s theme is Brazil. The breakfast takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Hubbard Hall Mainstage, with two seatings, at 9am and 11am. Events include stories by host Kelvin Keraga, Brazilian jazz by The Barnstomers, performances by the Hubbard Hall Puppet Club, seasonal music, dancing, home-cooked foods (from Brazilian holiday recipes) and more. For more info, visit

Dave Bower and Monica Sirignano are Publishers of 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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