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Downtown Glens Falls will be buzzing with joy from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 4th as the community officially ushers in the holiday season with “Hometown Holidays,” from 5 to 8 p.m. Kids of all ages will discover holiday treats and festivities as they connect with friends and neighbors enjoying the warmth of this community event, which is organized jointly by The Glens Falls Collaborative, the Glens Falls Business Improvement District, and the City of Glens Falls. 

5:45 p.m. Tree Lighting

Gather at 5 p.m. in City Park along the Bay Street side of the library to enjoy holiday music provided by Mike DuBray from Regional Radio Group, who acts as Master of Ceremonies for the 5:45 p.m. tree lighting. The Glens Falls Community Theatre carolers will also perform.

We noticed these last few years folks gather early so we have Mike as the warm-up act before Santa and Mayor Diamond light the tree,” says Ms. Gray Whann. Once the tree is lit, Santa will greet the crowd before heading off to Glens Falls National Bank where he will eagerly hear the Christmas wishes of local children. 

At the tree lighting, the Glens Falls Collaborative will provide maps showing the locations of the following holiday attractions. Maps are also available at the Glens Falls Gift Back in the Community Room of Crandall Public Library and in downtown shops.

Entertainment for All Ages

  • Strolling carolers from the Glens Falls Community Theatre
  • Glens Falls Gift Back, an Alternative Gift Fair helping 11 local not-for-profits is in the Community Room of Crandall Public Library. Enjoy music as well.
  • The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who and other costumed characters will greet children and adults. Sponsored by Glens Falls National Bank
  • Adirondack Ballet Theater dancers perform excerpts from The Nutcracker at TD Bank at 237 Glen Street. Also at TD Bank, enjoy hot cocoa and eggnog by Stewart’s Shops and take in a display of decorations from holidays past, provided by Glenwood Manor. This is the location of the Hometown Holidays Headquarters, with maps and information about the Glens Falls Collaborative.
  • Bolton Dance Academy dancers perform under the new lights between Davidson Brothers and JMZ’s building in the Exchange Street alley
  • Everyone’s Favorite Snowman hosted by Samantha’s Café in their new location at 193 Glen Street 
  • Dancers perform at LARAC at 7 Lapham Place

Trolley Route

The Trolley will provide transportation to multiple venues featuring entertainment and activities for both children and adults. Saxophone Santa will be performing Christmas melodies onboard the trolley, which is decorated for the holidays. Take in the sights as you ride the trolley around the decorated City. Sponsored by Greater Glens Falls Transit.

  • Holiday organ music at First Presbyterian Church with free admission
  • World Awareness Children’s Museum open with free admission
  • Chapman Historical Museum open with free admission

Additional Children’s Activities

  • Meet Mrs. Claus, have cookies and check out Santa’s Reindeer at NBT Bank, 86 Glen Street
  • Sit on Santa’s lap and tell him your wishes, enjoy holiday music and register for prizes at Hometown Holidays sponsor Glens Falls National Bank, 250 Glen Street
  • Face Painting by Happy Face FX and meet The Grinch at Hometown Holidays sponsor Charles Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street
  • Holiday Themed Karate Demonstrations by Glens Falls Karate Academy, 28 Ridge Street
  • Holiday Model Trains at Upstate Model Railroaders, 190 Glen Street (This is their last open house, so don’t miss out!)

Activities for Adults

  • 1942 Radio Show with Gary Ferris playing the tunes and commercials from Christmas 1942 at Spot Coffee, 221 Glen Street. Also at Spot Coffee: Artist Rod Bentley
  • Open House at Sip and Canvas, 21 Bay Street
  • The Chronicle Open House with photo ops with Puppet Mark, 15 Ridge Street
  • NorthCountryARTS at Rare eARTh Gallery’s “Come Together Event”: Hear about people’s passion, see art and have mulled wine and cider, 164 Glen Street

Experience the sights, lights and tastes of the season

  • Downtown will be decorated for the holidays
  • Many Downtown shops will be open and full of unique holiday gift ideas
  • Adirondack Thunder will be playing a home game at the Civic Center at 7 p.m.
  • Downtown’s amazing collection of restaurants will be open for business

This event is possible because of the generosity of those who call Glens Falls home,” says Hometown Holidays chairperson Patti Gray Whann. “This year we have included new events for our Baby Boomers who have moved downtown, and we are partnering with the North Country Festival of Trees and Glens Falls Gift Back. We have been overjoyed by the support and participation of people, businesses and organizations from across this community who have donated their time, sponsored activities and are all as excited as children at the thought of their downtown coming alive with holiday spirit.”

She adds, “We are also thrilled that the City has again added some more new decorations sponsored by the BID this year. As the community and this event grows, so will the tree and the lights and wreaths adorning the Gazebo and City streets.”