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Holiday Ramble in the Stockade: A Festive Day of Celebration and Shopping

A joyful day of holiday merriment and shopping in Schenectady's most charming and historic neighborhood! Get ready to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit in Schenectady's historic Stockade neighborhood. Join us for a day of joyful festivities, combining merriment and shopping in one of Schenectady's most cherished and historic districts. Visitors are invited to explore the quaint streets of the Stockade District, where a plethora of unique activities and offers await at various local establishments. Highlights of the event include: Arthur’s Market (35 N Ferry St) Wreath Pop-up: Witness the beauty of exquisite handmade wreaths crafted from natural materials by Mud Road Farm. Indulge in delicious seasonal treats to keep you energized during your holiday adventure. Sweet Sprig + Brouwer House Creative (14 N Church St) Artist’s Open Studios and Sale: Join the talented artists of Brouwer House Creative for a day filled with creativity. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a hot cocoa bar to keep you warm. Featured artists include Deborah Angilletta, Mary Ann Van Alstyne, Sizz Handmade, and Thistle and Clover. Explore Sweet Sprig, a unique store offering artisan soaps, gifts, candles, and skincare – all made on site. Plus, receive a free gift with every purchase! Mohawk Valley Art Shoppe + Last Nerve Tattoo (101 State St) Immerse yourself in a day of art, poetry, and music at this collaborative event hosted by Mohawk Valley Art Shoppe and Last Nerve Tattoo. Thirty percent of art sales will support the "Things Of My Very Own" charity. The event features free morning poetry readings and afternoon live music, nurturing both creativity and community. Join us in celebrating the grand opening of Last Nerve Tattoo, complete with special promotions to further support the charity. Your presence will make a meaningful difference in our city. Bex Salon (234 Union St) Enjoy a complimentary gift with any purchase throughout the day, along with festive seasonal refreshments. Schenectady County Historical Society (32 Washington Ave) Festival of Trees (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.): Immerse yourself in the holiday splendor with an array of beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Admission is $6. Hardwired Fitness (23 N College St) Join us for a FREE Community Class at 9:00 a.m. All fitness levels are welcome! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors – the more, the merrier! Please register online. Don't miss out on this special day of holiday cheer and local shopping. Come be a part of the Stockade's festive spirit!  

Festival of Trees

December 2 - 23, 10am-4:30pm at Schenectady County Historical Society The Festival of Trees lights up Schenectady! Featuring 60+ artistically decorated fir trees, the Festival glows with the spirit of Christmas and the Solstice. Local artists, businesses, and non-profits have come together to turn the galleries of SCHS into a land of wintertide enchantment, and we warmly invite you to come stroll! When you stop in, be sure to vote for your top choices in 8 categories, including Cutest, Most Glamorous, and Most Creative trees! The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser for the Schenectady County Historical Society. Admission is $6 for adults 12+. You can purchase tickets here in advance or buy them at the front desk when you arrive.  


Jan Mabee’s Twilight Tour

Each twilight at Mabee Farm brings a different array of lights and colors, as the warmth of the sunset transforms into deep blue, moon-lit skies. Join us as we explore Mabee Farm as it’s meant to be explored; awash in changing colors, the wind gusting outside, and the flickering lights of the Mabee house keeping us cozy and warm. A costumed Jan Mabee from the early 1700s will lead us through the house, which is decorated for the season. He’ll delve into the histories and mysteries of the Mabee Farm, and give us a taste of what life was like for settlers living on the edge of the wilderness.