The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 6. The 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. 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. Once again this year, the parade will spotlight 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 will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting. The Holiday Parade is a true community event so parade participants are welcome.
The parade headlines a holiday-themed “First Friday”, Ballston Spa’s signature monthly event, which celebrates its 15th year in 2019. Home to unique shops, artist galleries, museums, and a host of popular restaurants, Ballston Spa pulls out the stops for December’s First Friday by 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 on Front Street where he visits with kids of all ages.
Breakfast With Santa
The BSBPA presents the annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 7 in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, 40 Thompson Street, Ballston Spa. The event will take place from 8 to 11 am and will include pancake breakfast, provided by the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Companies, treats for children and a chance to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person and reservations are not necessary. Family activities at the breakfast include a craft table, a reading corner with a free book for each child and face painting. Enjoy live musical performances and be sure to bring your cameras to capture a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of our festive holiday backdrop. All proceeds will go to support community events and village beautification. A percentage of the proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish. Toys for Tots volunteers will also be there accepting donations. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to make a child’s Christmas merrier.
Community Holiday Weekend Events
The BSBPA encourages all Ballston Spa businesses, churches, schools and community groups who have holiday-themed events or activities happening between Friday, December 6 and Sunday, December 8 to contact us with description, date and time of your event to be included in a holiday schedule of events which will be posted on the BSBPA website and Facebook page . You may send your information to [email protected] or mail to BSBPA PO Box 386, Ballston Spa, NY or call 518 885-2772. Please submit your event to the Association no later than November 22.
Every holiday season for over 30 years, the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association has presented the Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting in the village. Taking place the first Friday evening in December, the parade, tree lighting and downtown activities draw hundreds of spectators from all over the area. Last year’s parade included… Read more »
The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association’s annual Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting takes place, Friday, December 6. The 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. The parade has become a hometown-style holiday tradition, with… Read more »
Ballston Spa Holiday Display Program 2019 Once again, the Village of Ballston Spa and artist Mark Blech present a Holiday Community Art Project. Thank you all for taking part in the 2019 Holiday display for Ballston Spa. Last year was a great success—everything from the banners to the posters to the tree ornaments looked incredible—and… Read more »