2018 Ballston Spa Holiday Parade

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 7. Parade step off time is 6:30 pm, proceeding on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park on Front Street with Santa lighting the Christmas tree, this year decorated with hand-painted “Village of Friends” gingerbread characters.  The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with fire trucks, floats, animals, kids and Santa parading down the main street of the village. 

The parade headlines a holiday-themed “First Friday”.  Ballston Spa’s unique shops, museums, and popular restaurants will be open, filling the village with a merry atmosphere.  Ballston Spa High School singers and musicians and Union Fire Company band members perform carols on the street corners.  After lighting the tree, Santa Claus heads to Ballston Spa National Bank where he visits with kids of all ages.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, to the Village of Ballston Spa, Ballston Spa Police Department, DPW and fire companies and to all our volunteers for helping to make this event possible.

Local traffic will be affected the evening of the parade.

Those planning to travel in the vicinity of the village of Ballston Spa on December 7 should be aware that Route 50 (Milton Avenue) will be closed to traffic from East/West High Street on the south to just above South Street on the north from approximately 6:15 pm to 8 pm. West High Street (Route 67) will also be closed to westbound traffic within the village limits during the parade. Alternate routes of travel are advised. Side roads in the village may also be restricted. Please be kind to our roadblock volunteers!

Additionally, please be aware that no parking will be allowed on both sides of Milton Avenue (Route 50) from Hamilton Street to Front Street from 4 pm to approximately 7:45 pm that evening (until end of parade procession). Let’s have a safe and happy celebration!

Please  contact Ellen at the BSBPA office, info@ballston.org or 518 885-2772 with any questions.

***Parade sign up is now closed.  If you haven’t registered or contacted us, please DO NOT just show up to participate.***




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