BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting occurred on Friday, December 3. The parade proceeded along Milton Avenue and ended at Wiswall Park on Front Street, with Santa lighting the village Christmas tree.
The parade continued a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. Once again this year, the parade spotlighted the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and U.S. Marine Corps. Volunteers from these organizations were on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.
New this year – the parade entries were judged in the following categories: Best Emergency Vehicle Entry, Best Ballston Spa Community Members Entry, Best Walking Entry and The Brightest Light Award. Throughout, the operating rule of thumb was: The brighter and more festive, the better!
The parade headlines a holiday-themed “First Friday”, Ballston Spa’s signature monthly event, which celebrates its 17th year in 2021. Ballston Spa truly pulls out the stops for December’s First Friday by filling the village with a merry atmosphere. Many businesses stayed open late with special holiday activities and specials, while the Ballston Spa High School singers and musicians and Union Fire Company band members performed carols on the street corners.
Enjoy this gallery by Jill Perkins, who captured all the bright lights and excitement in the Village that night.