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Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Presents The 36th Annual Victorian Streetwalk Weekend Starring American Idol Finalist Madison VanDenburg Headlining The Tree Lighting Ceremony With Santa Claus
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (DBA) presents the 36th Annual Victorian Streetwalk Weekend, starring American Idol Finalist Madison VanDenburg, performing during the Tree Lighting Ceremony with Santa Claus.
The Saratoga DBA is merging old and new elements for the Victorian Streetwalk Weekend, starting with closing Broadway from Spring Street to Lake Avenue from 6:00-9:00 PM on Thursday, December 1st for a traditional Victorian Streetwalk evening with a live performance from VanDenburg. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet the community and light a 27-foot Holiday Tree. The main stage, cottage and tree will all be located near Putnam Market, located at 431 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
Businesses will offer open houses throughout the evening and live entertainment, including carolers, ballerinas, musicians, jugglers and more. In addition, there will be events and live music in downtown the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday, giving the community an entire weekend to enjoy downtown Saratoga at its holiday best.
Local star singer Madison VanDenburg, who came in third place on American Idol in 2019, is scheduled to perform several holiday classics, as well as a couple of original songs, including The Light Of Christmas. She will introduce Santa and Mrs. Claus as they make their way down Broadway. The community will hear from Mayor Ron Kim and Board President of the Saratoga DBA Deann Devitt. The event will be emceed by TV News Personality and Saratoga local Steve Kuzj.
Thursday evening will also include carolers from the Saratoga Soundtrack Choir, Tap dancers from The Dance Lab in Saratoga, ballet dancers from Saratoga City Ballet, face painters, hula hoopers, and historians dressed up in Victorian clothes. Additional performers include Jacksland’s Rick Bolton, Sparkles The Juggler, Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, Six Penny Bit, Saxoclaus, an Album Release with Lucas Garret, and a Victorian Courtyard Performance at Caffe Lena.
Some of the businesses hosting open houses and events include: Common Thread Saratoga offering social knitting. Saratoga Candy Co. will have their character Noel greeting patrons. Howard Hanna is hosting Selfie with an Elfie. Broadway Grind will have a Hot Chocolate Bar. The Scott Varley Team is offering an open house with Santa. Menges & Curtis will have Olde Fashion Ice Cream Sodas along with a magician and balloon twisting. Tailgate & Party is offering free glow necklaces. And the Pink Paddock will have guitar and vocals by Bert Pagano. Impressions is offering a 10 percent discount throughout their store and offering hot cider. Kettle Corn will be located at Spa City Motor Lodge.
The event continues Friday, December 2nd, and Saturday, December 3rd from 5-8 pm with live music, entertainment, and strolling performers throughout the downtown area. Performers include Sonny & Perley Duo, John Kribs, Stephen Crouth, Burnt Hills/ Ballston Lake High School Choir, Racing City Chorus ACappella Group, Road Soda Pop Acoustic Trio, Saratoga Rowing Association will have a rowing machine contests set up in front of iRun local, and Sparkles the Juggler will also be performing.
On Sunday, December 5th from noon-4 pm there will be live performances by Sparkles The Juggler, Jeanine Ouderkirk Duo, John Kribs and Stephen Crouth.
For a full itinerary of events head to the Saratoga DBA website: www.saratogaspringsdowntown.com.