albany-capital-holiday-lights.jpgAlbany, N.Y. - It's a Silver and Gold Celebration, the theme for the 17th Annual Price Chopper Holiday Lights in Albany's Washington Park. It's the silver anniversary -- the 25th year -- for the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) that produces the lights' show. And, the lights surely provide a silver lining for Albany's youth. Proceeds from the lights are used for programs for the children of the Albany PAL. "The benefits of the lights are far reaching," said Albany PAL's Executive Director Sgt. (ret.) Lenny Ricchiuti. Since the first show opened in 1997, Albany PAL has grown from being able to serve about 400 young people a year to currently serving more than 3,000. The gold comes from "The tremendous outpouring of community support," said Albany PAL's Executive Director Sgt. Ricchiuti. "Most often, a lights' show only lasts about five years in an area. The Capital Region is golden in the way it has embraced this show," Sgt. Ricchiuti noted. "And, there is a gold mine of talent in all the young people we have served and continue to serve"," Sgt. Ricchiuti said. The 17th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights opens nightly at 6 p.m. from Nov. 29 through Jan. 3 -- a celebration that obviously brightens children's lives all year long. This year's new, drive-through spectacular features more than 125 displays and scenes that shimmer and shine like silver and gold.  At the end of the drive through, the Washington Park Lake House features visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), refreshments, crafts, costumed characters and lots of surprises. The Lake House is closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 3. Admission to the Lights is $15 per car, $25 per commercial vehicles and vans (12-19 passengers), and $75 per bus (capacity of 29 or more). Advance-sale, discount tickets will be available through Price Chopper's Tickets to Go program at all registers. The discount tickets are $10 and are valid on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings only -- Price Chopper AdvantEdge Nights at the Lights. Also, horse-drawn carriage rides are available Dreaming Tree Farm in Chatham. Reservations should be made by calling 518- 573-3198. The 17th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights also features special walk only nights:
  • Tuesday, No. 26, from 5:30-8 p.m., walk through the Lights around the Lake to benefit Albany PAL's Annual Toy Drive, Bring a new, unwrapped toy donation (suggested value $10-$15) and enjoy the lights, or a monetary donation of $5 per person or $10 per family to benefit the Damien Center.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 5:30-8 P.M., Join us for "Pets Walk Your People" around the lake for a monetary donation of $5 per person or $10 per family to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
  • Saturday Jan. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m., "PAL Packs the Pantry." A monetary donation of $$5 per person or $10 per family benefits local food panties for this special walk through around the Lake on this final night of the 17th Annual Capital holiday Lights.
In order to produce Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights, Albany PAL relies heavily on volunteers. "The time, talent and commitment of our volunteers  is unbelievable. We can't ever thank them enough," said Sgt. Ricchiuti. Anyone interested in volunteering themselves or as a group should contact Albany PAL at 518-435-0392. For more information, call Albany PAL at 518-435-0392 or visit