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2023 Holiday Markets in the Capital Region

Are you looking for gifts to get your loved ones this holiday season? It's so special when you are able to get local and handmade gifts. And it makes the gift giving that much more personal when you are supporting local makers!


Here is my guide to some of the holiday markets to check out in the Capital Region. This list includes markets in Albany, Troy, and Saratoga. Some of these are going on for multiple days in December, so you'll have plenty of time to go to them all if you want! See below for details on each of the markets: where they are located, when they are being held, and where you can go to find more information.


Comment below if there are any you are excited to visit that I missed!



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Where: Downtown Troy

When: Sunday, December 3rd, 11am - 5pm

History of the Stroll: Decades of Magic, Tradition, and Family Fun

For 40 years, the Troy Victorian Stroll has been a community holiday tradition that transforms the streets of historic downtown Troy into a bygone Victorian era, complete with visitors in Victorian dress strolling the City. This beloved Troy tradition evolved from another Troy tradition - the Annual Greens Show at the Hart Cluett Museum (formerly the Rensselaer County Historical Society.) The Victorian Stroll is an outgrowth of this popular, "evergreen" event. Produced by the Van Rensselaer Garden Club, the Greens Show originated in 1956 when the Hart Cluett Mansion, an 1827 Federal-style house, was donated to the museum to be its new home. Annually, the mansion is decorated top to bottom in fresh greens, trees and flowers. After many years of success, the Victorian Stroll was created in 1982 to expand the Greens Show and celebrate the City of Troy. Paying homage to the city's beautiful architecture, rich history and birthplace of innovation, the "Victorian" theme of this event was born. Since 1982, the Victorian Stroll has brought residents and tourists alike together to enjoy our beautiful City of Troy - its past, present and future. The Stroll’s activities and entertainment are strategically spread throughout the streets, amidst unique shops, storefronts, restaurants, bars and parks. The events’ footprint is South to Congress Street, East to 6th Ave, West to River Street, and North to Hutton Street. There is something of interest for people of all ages at this one-day. Held each year 10 days after Thanksgiving, we hope you will join us to shop, dine and Stroll Troy!

 

Where: The Atrium - Troy, New York

When: Makers Market - Saturdays, 9am - 2pm

Holiday Market - Sundays, December 3, 10, & 17, 11am - 4pm

If you haven't already been to the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, you absolutely need to go. It has won best farmers market locally and nationally from multiple publications. In the winter it is in the Troy Atrium, which is located in downtown Troy with entrances on Fulton Street, 3rd Street, Broadway and 4th Street. In addition to the 100+ producer vendors, they have expanded to include a whole section of makers. This is the perfect place to get handmade and local gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. And you can do a little grocery shop while you're at it, or grab a bite to eat.


For the month of December, they are also hosting a holiday market on select Sundays! Be sure to check it out for even more makers to shop from.


Source: www.troymarket.org

 

Where: Historic Meeting House - 25 Meeting House Road, Albany

When: Tuesdays - Sundays, Now - December 17, 10 AM - 4 PM

Their traditional Holiday Fair promotes the holiday spirit with regional artisans featuring handmade pottery, jewelry, fiber, artisan foods and much more!

All inside the historic 1848 Meeting House. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Choose unique gifts for your loved ones while helping support local businesses this holiday season.


 

Where: Downtown Albany - The Kenmore Ballroom (76 N Pearl Street)

When: Saturday, December 2, 11 AM - 3 PM

With ticket purchase, you'll receive a passport allowing you to try gourmet beverages from participating locations and vote for your favorite hot chocolate! For an additional cost, various locations may offer grown-up hot chocolate cocktails as well. Each ticket purchase also includes an exclusive Downtown Albany x Upstate of Mind hot chocolate mug designed by CompasLife!

Participating Businesses:

  • Banh Mi 47

  • Broadway Plaza Liquor

  • Discover Albany

  • Hilton Albany

  • Loch & Quay

  • Stacks Espresso Bar

  • The Enchanted Florist & Gifts of Albany

  • The Excelsior Pub

  • The Olde English Pub

  • The Skinny Pancake

  • The Vandy Thrift Shoppe

  • The Yard Hatchet House & Bar/Boozy Moo

  • Wellington's Bar & Lounge

While you stroll, take in some spectacular holiday shopping with local artisans, makers, artists, and small businesses at the Holiday Market at The Kenmore Ballroom. The Market is FREE to enter!

Source: www.downtownalbany.org/hotchocolatestroll

 

Where: 433 River Street, Troy - Hedley Building

When: Fridays Decemeber 1 - 22, 5:30 - 8 PM

Eat, drink, and shop local this Holiday Season at River Street Market.

  • Local Vendors

  • Happy Hour 4-6pm

  • BINGO 6-8pm

Victorian Stroll, Sunday, December 3rd:

  • Gingerbread House Decorating $20 per person

  • Joe Adee & The Lug Nuts Holiday-themed food & drink specials

  • Cast your vote in our Charity Christmas Tree Fundraiser 

Free to attend!


 

Where: Downtown Saratoga

When: Thursday, November 30, 6 - 9 PM

The 37th Annual Victorian Streetwalk is the Downtown Business Association's way of welcoming the Holiday Season with a Christmas Tree Lighting followed by live music and other festivities throughout downtown. A Saratoga Springs tradition enjoyed by all!


Keeping in tradition, Broadway will be closed to all traffic at 5pm. The Victorian Streetwalk will officially start with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6pm, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the cottage. There will be live music downtown and performers strolling Broadway and so many other surprises.


*Did you know Saratoga Springs was named the #1 Most Festive Christmas Town in the USA? This event would not be possible without the many sponsors and friends of Victorian Streetwalk.


 

Where: The Balloonary - 499 Madison Ave, Albany

When: Sunday, Decemeber 3, 12 - 6 PM

The gift giving season is coming and we are here for it! Come see us for our first annual holiday party & market. Goods, gifts, vintage, DJ, and Delaware Supply pouring drafts!


 

Where: Hiberian Hall - 375 Ontario St, Albany

When: Saturday, December 9, 11 AM - 3 PM

Buy your friends and family (and pets!) hand made gifts while helping the kitties of Whiskers Animal Benevolent League!


 

Where: Takk House - 55 3rd St, Troy

When: Saturday, December 16, 11 AM - 6PM

The Vintage Roundup and Takk House are hosting a unique, vintage-only Holiday Market with vendors from all over!

➞ 20+ Vintage vendors


➞ Snacks provided by Meadow Lark Troy


➞ Cocktails available from Takk House


Come eat, drink & be merry while shopping sustainable A N D fun finds ✨


$15 Early Bird (11-12PM) ✫ $5.00 Advance ✫ $10.00 Day of show.


 

Do you know of any other markets in the area that you want to share? Comment them below!

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