albany.jpgAlbany, N.Y. -- During the holiday season, there are magical shows to see, a wonderland of lights to tour, and a wealth of special events to savor. For very special shopping, there are the Holiday Gift Expo at the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Chocolate Expo at the New York State Museum and the Shaker Craft Fair at the Shaker Heritage Society. Great performances include Elton John with Billy Joel and the Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Times Union Center, My Fair Lady at Capital Repertory Theatre and the Albany Symphony's Magic of Christmas at the Palace Theater. Holiday shows at The Egg include Cherish the Ladies and The Nutcracker. Scrooge in Concert and d the Vienna Choir Boys are at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.  Disney's Beauty and the Beast takes the stage at Cohoes Music Hall, while Disney on Ice Presents Celebrations at the Times Union Center. There are fabulous festivals including the Festival of Trees at the Woman's Club, Winter WonderLARK with the 4th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint, and Albany Winterfest that transforms downtown Albany into a magical celebration of fun. In historic Washington Park, the 13th Annual Hannaford Capital Holiday Lights is underway and downtown Albany's entertainment corridor is lighted with musical instruments for the annual Symphony of Lights. For the most up-to-date information about these and other special events in New York's Capital City, as well as special getaway packages to celebrate the season, visit http://www.albany.org/ 13th Annual Hannaford Capital Holiday Lights Thru Jan. 2 Washington Park Enter New Scotland and Madison Avenues Albany, NY Benefit for the Albany Police Athletic League (PAL) Times: Sunday thru Thursday from 6 to 9 pm.; Friday and Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m. Admission: $15 per car | $25 per limousine or 15-passenger van | $75 per bus New lights show with more than 125 illuminated scenes with the theme, Celebrate Our Differences. After the drive through the lights, the Lake House has crafters, refreshments and lots of surprises. ***************************** "Uncharted" Art Exhibition and Talk  Thru 12/13/2009  University at Albany Art Museum 1400 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12222  {518) 442-4035 Set against the larger context of travel and discovery, this exhibition considers the potentialities and perils of navigating unfamiliar waters. Featuring work by Radcliffe Bailey, Olaf Breuning, Anna Conway, Mark Essen, Adam Frelin, Valerie Hegarty, David Herbert, Emre Huner, Matt Leines, and Cameron Martin. For details visit: http://www.albany.edu/museum/index.shtml. *************************** Dinner and Trolley through Capital Holiday Lights 12/1/2009 Thru 12/21/2009 Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12202 (518) 462-3825 Times: Vary based in dinner location. Admission: Varies based on dinner location Gather up family and friends and enjoy dinner in one of Albany's fabulous restaurants and a tour of Capital Holiday Lights aboard the Holly Trolley. Dinner locations include Dale Miller, Marche at 74 State Street, Franklin's Tower, Nicole's, Ristorante Paradiso, Yono's, Brown Derby, Orchard Tavern, LeSerre, Reservations (required) and more information at http://www.albanyaquaducks.com/. *************************** Shaker Christmas Craft Fair Thru 12/19/2009  Shaker Heritage Society 875 Watervliet-Shaker Road Albany, NY 12211  (518) 456-7890 Times: 10am-4pm Admission: Free Over 50 regional crafters are represented, offering thousands of items. ******************** My Fair Lady Thru 12/20/2009 Capital Repertory Theatre 111 North Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 462-4531 Times: Vary. Web site: http://www.capitalrep.org/ The enduring story the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, who is transformed into a high society debutante by the gruff British linguist, Henry Higgins. ******************** Symphony of Lights Thru 1/7/2010 Sponsored by the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District 522 Broadway Albany, NY 12207 (518) 465-2143 The downtown streets are aglow with more than 50 brightly lighted musical instruments along Pear Street's entertainment corridor -- from Madison to Clinton Avenue. ******************** Holiday Caroling in Cohoes 12/2/2009 Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12202 (518) 462-3825 Time: Departs at 6 PM from Harmony House Marketplace, 188 Remsen Street, Cohoes Admission: $35 Adults | $33 Seniors | $30 Children (ages 4-15) Carol in the season starting at Harmony House Marketplace with a wine and cheese reception, then caroling and special stops to see the interiors of some wonderful structures. After the tour, time for dessert. *************************** Moving North: The Great Migration to New York State 12/2/2009 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 3023 Cultural Education Center Albany, NY 12230  (518) 474-5877 Time: 7 PM Admission: FREE   Between 1910 and 1970, more than 1.3 million African Americans left the rural South and moved to New York's urban centers. Dr. Jennifer Lemak, senior historian of African American history, discusses how these migrants transformed New York politics, economics, and culture throughout the 20th century. *************************** Disney's Beauty and the Beast 12/3/2009-12/20/2009 Cohoes Music Hall 58 Remsen Street Cohoes, NY 12047   (518) 237-5858 Times: Thur/Fri/Sat. at 8 PM and Sat/Sun at 3 PM Admission: Varies. The classic tale of a strong-willed woman, Belle, who breaks the spell that turned a handsome prince into a monstrous beast. *************************** Jim Breuer 12/4/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 PM Admission: $37.50 *************************** Holiday Gift Fair 12/4/2009 & 12/5/2009 Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 Hours: 5-9 PM on Friday; 10 AM-5 PM on Saturday (518) 463-4478 Bring your shopping list to the Albany Institute's two-day Holiday Gift Expo. More than 30 vendor presentations throughout the museum will showcase beautiful and distinctive gifts by local craftspeople, jewelers and artists. **************************** Snow Queen 12/5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20/2009 Steamer 10 Theatre 500 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 (518) 438-5503 TIMES: 3 p.m. on 12/5, 6 12, 13, 19, 20 and 11 AM on 12/6, 13, 20 ADMISSION: $10 (Advance), $12 (At door) Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale where little Gerta braves the frigid north to rescue her friend Kai from the Snow Queen so that spring can come to the world. **************************** My Fair Lady and Lights in the Park Tour 12/5/2009 Organized by the Albany Aqua ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12201 (518_462-3825 Time: Starts with the 2:30 p.m. performance of My Fair Lady at Capital Repertory Theater. Boarding at Cap Rep for tour of the lights. Cookies and hot chocolate served on board Admission: $45 per person, all-inclusive. Reservations required. **************************** A Very Special Holiday Trolley 12/5/2009 Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12202 (518) 462-3825 Time: Departs at 1:45 PM from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at Quackenbush Square Admission: $30.00 Hop on board as the Trolleys take you to The Woman's Club Festival of Tree, the Albany Institute's Holiday Gift Expo and then a tour of Capital Holiday Lights *************************** Celebrate the Season -- Teas and Trees Thru 12/6/2009 Woman's Club of Albany 725 Madison Avenue Albany, NY 12208 (518) 465-3626 Times: Vary Admission: Varies Festivities include champagne gala on Dec. 3 from 6-9 PM at $75 per person; Victorian Afternoon Tea on Dec. 6 from 2-4 PM at $5 per person and the Festival of Trees Open House on Dec. 5 from 10 AM-2 PM at $5 per person.  Please Note: The building is not yet handicapped accessible. **************************** Trolley to A Taste of Cohoes 12/9/2009 Albany Aqua Ducks & Trolleys P.O. Box 446 Albany, NY 12202 (518) 462-3825 Time: Departs at 6 PM from Harmony House Marketplace, 88 Remsen Street, Cohoes Admission: $42 Adults | $40 Seniors Starts with a wine and cheese reception at Harmony House, and then stops at Smith's, the Black Cat Ale House and Joe's Tavern to sample the fare. *************************** Scrooge, In Concert 12/11/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 8 PM Admission: $42, $35, $$28, $25 Dickens' spirited tale of a miser's redemption at Christmas gets a musical remaking in the New York Stage Originals' orchestral production. *************************** The Magic of Christmas Presented by the Albany Symphony Orchestra 12/5/2009 & 12/6/2009 Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Dates/Times: 12/5/2009 at 7:30 PM, 12/6/2009 at 3 PM Admission: Varies Festive favorites and spectacular surprises with Conductor David Alan Miller. ******************** The Nutcracker 12/5/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 2:30 and 7:30 PM Admission: Varies. The Malta Ballet Company presents this magical holiday classic. Special guest performances by the New York City Ballet's Rachel Rutherford and American Ballet Theater's David Hallberg. *************************** The Subdudes 12/5/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 PM Admission: $28  Famous for their original, New Orleans-inspired blend of blues, folk, R&B, country, Cajun, funk, gospel, and rock n´ roll. ***************** Chocolate Expo and Holiday Gift Market 12/6/2009  New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 3023 Cultural Education Center Empire State Plaza Albany, NY 12230  (518) 474-5877 Times: 11 AM-4:30 PM Admission: FREE Enjoy the finest chocolates, desserts, specialty foods, and holiday gifts the region has to offer. *********************** The Sippy Cups 12/6/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 3 PM Admission: $12 Giant Balloons, confetti, aerialists and more in this family show. *************************** Over the Rhine, Vienna Teng & Alex Wong 12/6/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $28 A special holiday show with folk and pop, classical and jazz overtones. *************************** Elton John & Billy Joel: Face 2 Face 12/7/2009 Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207   (518) 487-2000 http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 7:30 PM Admission: Varies. Rescheduled from July. ***************** Holiday Northeast Art and Craft Show 12/7/2009 - 12/11/2009  Empire State Plaza North Concourse Albany, NY Presented by:  Northeast Show Promoters    (518) 786-1529 Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  A juried arts & crafts show featuring 75 professional craft exhibitors from throughout the northeast. ******************** Cherish the Ladies 12/8/2009  The Egg Empire State Plaza  PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $27.50 Holiday show presented by the Irish American Heritage Museum.  ******************** The Jerry Douglas Band with John Gates and Maura O'Connell 12/11/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 PM Admission: $34.50 An evening of folk-rock and holiday music.  ******************** 3rd Annual Winter WonderLARK   12/12/2009  Presented by Lark Street BID 245 Lark St Albany, NY 12210  (518) 434-3861 Times: Noon to 5 PM This event includes the 4th Annual Santa Speedo Sprint, crafts, Santa and Trolley rides through Washington Park. ********************* A Sinatra Christmas 12/12/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 3 PM Admission: $30, $25 (Seniors and Veterans) The Joey Thomas Big Band pays tribute to Sinatra and his music on his birthday.  ******************** Jim Gaffigan Live! 12/12/2009 Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 PM Admission: $42.75, $35.75 Jim Gaffigan is the true comedic triple threat, having achieved major milestones in stand-up, acting and writing. ******************** Mountain Snow and Mistletoe 12/12/2009 & 12/13/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 8 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. Admission: $24 A concert of holiday songs and stories with Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball.  ******************** Trans-Siberian Orchestra 12/13/2009 Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 Time: 2:30 and 7:30 PM Admission: Varies. ********************* Annual Holiday House Tour   12/13/2009  Presented by Historic Albany Foundation 89 Lexington Ave. Albany, NY 12206  (518) 465-0876 Times: Noon - 5 PM Tour an entirely new selection of a dozen uniquely decorated private homes in the Washington Park and Pine Hills neighborhoods, the elegant Fort Orange Club, the First Presbyterian Church of Albany and its magnificent Tiffany stained glass windows and the Festival of Trees, at the Woman´s Club of Albany. ************************ The Derek Trucks Band 12/13/1009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: Varies. Shannon McNally opens the concert for Derk Trucks' musical journey through jazz, rock, blues, Latin and R&B.  ******************** Disney on Ice Presents "Celebrations!" 12/16/2009-12/20/2009 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 Times: Vary. Admission: Varies Join Mickey and the gang for a jam-paced celebration of favorite holidays. ************************ Albany WinterFest 2009 12/19/2009  Presented by City of Albany Office of Special Events and Volunteer Services Office of Special Events City Hall Room 402 Albany, NY 12203  (518) 434-2032 info@albanyevents.org Times: Downtown Albany: Noon - 5:00pm 5:00 PM Albany´s "Last Run" 5k Run Admission: FREE Downtown Albany is transformed into a magical celebration of fun with indoor and outdoor excitement including interactive games, music, live animals and a variety of family-friendly performances. The Kid´s Jingle Jog, Last Run 5K and fabulous fireworks will round out the day. FREE (registration fees for Jingle Jog and 5K). ************************** Zucchini Brothers Holiday Show 12/19/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 2 PM. Admission: $10  ******************** Nacre Dane - Christmas Oratorio 12/19/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 7:30 PM Admission: $25, $20 (Students, Seniors) This historic work tells the tale of the Nativity through Modern Dance.  ******************** Vienna Choir Boys 12/20/2009 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall 30 Second Street Troy, NY 12180 (518) 273-8945 Time: 7 PM Admission: $40, $35, $32, $25 One of the oldest boys' choirs in the world with superb vocalists, violinists and pianists celebrate the season in the acoustically perfect Hall. ************************** The Nutcracker 12/20/2009 The Egg Empire State Plaza PO Box 2065 Albany, NY 12223  (518) 473-1064 Time: 3:30 and 7:30 PM Admission:  Varies Performed by the Albany Berkshire Ballet.  ******************** Holiday Happenings at the NYS Museum 12/26/2009 thru 12/30/2009 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center 3023 Cultural Education Center Albany, NY 12230  (518) 474-5877 Times: 1P.M. - 4P.M. Admission: FREE   Fun, exciting activities throughout the week. Explore the Museum's unique exhibits and learn more about the world around you.       ************************** WWE Raw 12/26/2009  Times Union Center 51 South Pearl Street Albany, NY 12207  (518) 487-2000 http://timesunioncenter-albany.com/ Time: 7:30 PM Admission: Varies ************************** First Night Funny - The Four Sides of 40 12/12/2009 Palace Performing Arts Center 19 Clinton Avenue Albany, NY 12207  (518) 465-3334 Time: 8 PM Admission: $25 (Advance), $35 (Day of show) Featuring Lenny Marcus, Patty Rosborough, Al Ducharme and Eric McMahon -- a special way to help ring in the New Year. On-Going Events Hudson River Panorama: 400 Years of Historic Art and Culture Thru 1/3/2010 Albany Institute of History and Art 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12210 (518) 463-4478 Times: Wed.-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, Noon-5 PM. Tuesday, Registered Groups only. Closed Monday and major holidays. Admission:  Adults $10| Seniors $8|. Students w/ID $8.| Children 6-12, $6 | Children under 6, free. This unprecedented, year-long exhibit commemorates Henry Hudson's 1609 exploration of the river that bears his name, and the remarkable narrative of the people, events and ideas that shaped the Capital Region. Features hundreds of artworks, artifacts and rare archival from the Institute's renowned collection. ************************************ 1609 Exhibit -- Hudson 400 Thru 3/31/2010 New York State Museum Cultural Education Center Madison Avenue Albany, NY (518) 474-5877 http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/ This new exhibition re-examines Henry Hudson's voyage, myths that surround it and the legacies of Hudson's unexpected discovery. In addition to artifacts from throughout the NYS Office of Cultural Education, the exhibit features paintings by the Capital Region's expert historical artist L. F. Tantillo. *********************** Art Meets History - Celebrating 400 Years  Thru12/31/2009    Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  Corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave.) Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405 http://accvb@albany.org Times: Monday - Friday, 9: AM - 4 PM Saturday - Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM The 300-member Colonie Art League presents approximately 100 original works of art featuring themes and scenes celebrating Albany´s Quadricentennial. **************************** Downtown Albany Bike Tour Thru 12/31/2009 Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center 25 Quackenbush Square  Albany, NY 12207   (518) 434-0405  accvb@albany.org http://www.albany.org/ Two tours encompass downtown from Quackenbush Square to the New York State Capitol and Washington Park to the Empire State Plaza. Brochures available at Visitors Center.

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