First Fridays


First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month.  Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and museums– including featured shop promotions, art displays and demonstrations, family activities, live music, refreshments, with many venues open later into the evening.

December’s First Friday is December 7.

Enjoy strolling the village before and after the Holiday Parade and enjoy the festive spirit in our shops, restaurants, museums and churches!

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Check out First Friday Venues below.


Remember to purchase your First Friday Fanatic pin for $1 at most First Friday venues and use it every First Friday for special discounts at participating First Friday businesses.

Thank you for supporting our downtown businesses every month!

First Fridays is proudly brought to you by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association.

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First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Boho Chic Boutique

90 Front Street

(518) 885-1546

Boho Chic will have extended hours until 8 pm with complimentary refreshments for our shoppers and parade attendees!

Sweet Melissa’s country décor and gift shop will be serving freshly popped popcorn ALL DAY on December’s First Friday. Our hours will be extended from 11AM-9:30PM. Come shop for holiday wreaths, candles, and gifts. With EVERY purchase made your name will be entered into my holiday gift basket giveaway! *Drawing will be Sunday, December 16th.

Creative Endeavors

49 Front St (upper level)

(518) 363-0015

December: Creative Endeavors will be open from 10am-7pm. Refreshments will be served & the gift shop will be open featuring a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, and original art work for holiday gifts! The Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique will be open as well! Enjoy some treats and get your holiday creativity on!!!

Meticulous Beauty

49 Front Street, Lower Level

(518) 309-4223

FREE- Hot Chocolate, Cookies, Donuts and Giveaways
Come Visit Santa Paws aka “Cyrus the Virus” the French Bulldog

Join us at Daisy Dry Goods, 1pm – 9pm, on First Friday, before the parade. We will have discounts of 10% – 20%, carrot cake, and the music will be on.

Brookside Museum/SCHS

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

Share the joy this holiday season and visit our Artisan’s Market filled with unique, hand-crafted items by local artists and artisans.

Join the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum for the 18th annual Artisan Market! Open daily November 24th through December 23rd. Shop from unique, hand-made gifts, including soaps, lotions, ornaments, jewelry, aprons, syrups, cutting boards and much more! Each purchase supports local artisans and SCHS at Brookside Museum.

There will be a surprise (and free!) hands-on activity that will delight shoppers of all ages.

Open Friday 10-7

Iron Roost

36 Front St

(518) 309-3535

Iron Roost will be open for breakfast for dinner on First Friday (12/7). Join us from 5-8 pm for dinner or a hot beverage to warm up. Please use the Nowait or Yelp app to get on our waitlist.

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-7589

Sounds of Christmas Past – A display of three antique music boxes, all of which still work. Refreshments before, during, and after the parade. Preview of Excerpts II – a new art show in the second-floor JRM Artists’ Space, featuring the work of Fred Neudoerffer, the Director of The Artists’ Space. This show officially opens December 8, with the Opening Reception on Sunday, 12/9, 2-4 PM

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Ave

(518) 309-4070

A Bead Just So will be open until 8:00 pm. Join us while you wait for the parade and get a jump on your holiday shopping – we have gifts for everyone on your list! We will have complementary hot chocolate and cookies for you to enjoy!

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

Come In and Warm Up!!
We have Hot Cider and Cookies!!!
Turquoise and Blue Topaz are December’s Birthstones and will be on sale all day Friday and Saturday!

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church

101 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6556

Come join us and make simple holiday crafts. All activities are kid friendly and free! Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Come in the sanctuary and rest with your warm beverage and listen to our organ play seasonal songs. Or just join us to use our facilities and get out of the cold. Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony follows right at 7 pm outside of our church.

Whitehouse Restaurant

95 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6797

Enjoy our famous Whitehouse Pizza, only available on First Fridays, 5–9 p.m., Eat In or Take Out! Lunch menu also available. 

Coffee Planet

100 Milton Ave

(518) 884-9913

Please join us, December 7th Coffee Planet will be serving $1.00 hot chocolates during the parade. Also will be doing 10%off specialty drinks. Stop in and enjoy!!
Happy holidays!

Amazing Finds

53 Milton Avenue

(518) 944-8619

Holiday Christmas Pins / Brooch Sale
Jewelry – Vintage – costume
Jewelry- Fine- Gold & Silver
Bring in your old jewelry – Gold & Silver- for cash~

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa

202 Milton Avenue

518 885-8361

The Choir at First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa will present the Christmas cantata “All Year Long” as part of the First Friday events of Ballston Spa, December 7, 2018.
The choir, under the direction of Mrs. Rita Drew, will continue their annual tradition of inviting the town to be a part of the celebration of the Christmas events to be held immediately following the Ballston Spa Christmas Parade, ~ 7:30 pm.
“All Year Long” is a dramatic musical that reminds us that the celebration extends beyond Christmas. Larnelle Harris, one of the creators of the musical says “Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are bound together … because of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Perfect Lamb of God.” Let us “thankfully, joyously, and obediently celebrate His love and grace all year long.”
All are welcome to join us for this free event and the celebration that lasts all year long. A reception of delicious Christmas cookies will follow.

Washington & Malta Ave.

Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5524

We are heating things up in honor of Ballston Spa’s Santa Parade! Come visit us before and after the Parade. Glassworks will be open from 4-9 pm and will be hosting a special Glass Art Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring glass treasures by Emily Taft Glass and Glint by Heather Longacker.

We will have flameworking demonstrations throughout the event so you can come see for yourself the magic of hot glass! To celebrate the holidays we will have truly special glass ornaments and sculpture for your celebrations, one-of-a kind stocking stuffers for all ages, and specially priced First Friday creations made by our Studio Artists. You can also give the gift of creativity with a Glassworks Studio Membership or Glassworks Studio Gift Certificate.

Warm up and enjoy hot cocoa, refreshments and treats by Alexander’s Bakery while you explore and shop!

Canvas Hair Salon, LLC

22 Washington Street

(518) 288-3620

Come warm up on your way to the Holiday Parade, and enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies, and other goodies! We’ll have complimentary Face Painting and a Caricaturist for your entertainment! Also, bring in a toy, for “Toy’s for Tot’s” and receive a $5.00 off coupon for any hair service!


First Fridays in Ballston Spa Photos

The first Friday of every month participating stores are staying open late. From 6pm-9pm there will be Live Music-Art Exhibits-Story Telling-Poetry Readings-Demonstrations and more.