Capital Holiday LightsGather up the little ones, family and friends to enjoy “An Olde-Fashioned Holiday” at the 12th Annual Capital Holiday Lights in Albany’s Washington Park. The 2008 drive-through spectacular has new themed areas and special features for every age. The Lights open nightly at 6 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Jan. 3. Sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, Mayor Gerald D. Jennings, the People of the City of Albany and Albany PAL, this year’s show has more than 125 displays and scenes. Children will be counting the animals through this two-mile illuminated journey that starts with Santa’s Safari. This safari excursion takes visitors through a world filled with giraffes, elephants and monkeys, with Santa riding in a Jeep filled with wild creatures. When the youngsters have counted all the animals, they can enter at the Lake House to win a special prize. New this year are free kiddie rides by the Lake House. While driving along the historic carriage paths in the park with more than 125 displays and scenes, visitors encounter Santa’s Toy Land, filled with all kinds of toys for good girls and boys. And, Santa’s Toy Store is a spectacular sight to see. Ready to visit faraway places? Without ever leaving your car? At Capital Holiday Lights’ new Home for the Holidays has Santa visiting special spots around the world including London Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty. Plus, there’s a special Victorian Village with an enormous ice castle, a snowflake arch, skaters, skiers, sledders and more. “Capital Holiday Lights has become a family tradition in the area” said PAL’s Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti. “The success of our lights’ show is the result of a very supportive community and thousands of volunteer hours that bring the lights to the park,” he said. Hours for the 2008 show are Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission prices are $15 per car; $25 per limousine or 15-passenger van; and $75 per bus, with all proceeds benefiting the youth programming of Albany PAL. At the end of the drive, the Lake House is open most evenings (closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 through Jan. 3) with a craft show for holiday shopping, great refreshments, photos with Santa (through Dec. 23), and visits from special friends including Frosty and Rudolph. Discounted admission tickets may be purchased exclusively at any Hannaford Supermarket for $10.00. These tickets are good for admission to the show on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights... Carriage rides through the Lights are available Thursday through Sunday. On Saturday evenings, carriage rides are available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. by advance reservation only. To volunteer or for more information about Capital Holiday Lights, call Albany PAL at 518-435-0392. For more information and the most up-to-date schedule of events at Capital Holiday Lights, visit or call Albany PAL. ### MEDIA CONTACT: Kathy Condon Condon Communications P.O. Box 4208 Albany, NY 12204 PH: 518-436-1103 FAX: 518-436-7346