The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)

Victorian Streetscap­es a season-long celebratio­n

- By Saratogian staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. » In an effort to preserve the holiday tradition of the Victorian Streetwalk, a reimagined downtown holiday celebratio­n has been planned for 2020.

Instead of the classic Victorian Streetwalk one-night festival, a 33-year local tradition, organizers are presenting a season-long celebratio­n called Victorian Streetscap­es.

This event is being organized by the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Associatio­n in collaborat­ion with Discover Saratoga.

“The DBA is excited to collaborat­e with our partners to add the festive element for all to enjoy during this holiday season,” president Deann Devitt said in a press release. “It has been a challengin­g year for our local businesses, but the outpouring of support from the community has been remarkable.

“This extra holiday cheer is a thank you for that support and serves as a reminder that Downtown Saratoga Springs, is, in fact, a destinatio­n worth visiting!”

Discover Saratoga president Darryl Leggieri added, “With all of the uncertaint­y around us, our goal was to turn downtown Saratoga Springs into a festive respite to shop and dine safely. We hope that this will give one more reason for folks to come downtown throughout the season to take in the holiday atmosphere and of course, shop local!”

During their time enjoying the holiday season at Victorian Streetscap­es, eventgoers are encouraged to shop local and support the area’s independen­tly-owned small business community.

The official kickoff to the season will take place virtually via Facebook Live at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, when Mayor Meg Kelly lights the tree, signifying the start of the 2020 Victorian Streetscap­es season in downtown Saratoga Springs.

The new event’s decor includes a profession­ally lit 19-foot White Spruce that sits in front of Putnam Market on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. The tree, donated by The Charlton School, comes from what originally started as the Christmas Tree Project on the school’s Burnt Hills campus 30 years ago.

“I feel very grateful that our program could support the community that has supported us for somany years,” The Charlton School’s executive director Alex Capo, said in the release.

In addition to the big tree, 60 six-foot trees, donated by Ellms Family Farm and decorated with white lights, will stand in front of storefront­s brightly lighting the streets for the holiday season.

Though Santa won’t be in his cottage this year, his traditiona­l downtown home will once again sit on Broadway. Local children are invited to bring their letters to Santa and deposit them in Santa’s mailbox on the front of the cottage.

As an alternativ­e to inperson visits with Santa, the DBA and Stewart’s Shops are bringing Santa to the children of Saratoga Springs in a new event series called “Santa Is Coming To Town.” On six occasions prior to Christmas, kids are invited to catch a glimpse of Santa as he travels through Spa City neighborho­ods atop a tower ladder fire truck, provided by King Enterprise­s. Event details, including dates and locations, will be announced soon on the DBA’s website.

More informatio­n about Victorian Streetscap­es is available online atwww.saratogasp­ringsdownt­own.com.

 ?? Image provided ?? A month-long celebratio­n called Victorian Streetscap­es will replace the traditiona­l Victorian Streetwalk for 2020.
Image provided A month-long celebratio­n called Victorian Streetscap­es will replace the traditiona­l Victorian Streetwalk for 2020.
 ?? LAUREN HALLIGAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE ?? Santa Claus arrives by horse and carriage at the 2018Victor­ian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs.
LAUREN HALLIGAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE Santa Claus arrives by horse and carriage at the 2018Victor­ian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs.
 ?? FILE PHOTO ?? A choir performs on the steps of Saratoga Springs City Hall during a previous Victorian Streetwalk.
FILE PHOTO A choir performs on the steps of Saratoga Springs City Hall during a previous Victorian Streetwalk.
 ?? LAUREN HALLIGAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE ?? Crowds of eventgoers wait for Santa Claus to arrive at the 2018Victor­ian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs.
LAUREN HALLIGAN - MEDIANEWS GROUP FILE Crowds of eventgoers wait for Santa Claus to arrive at the 2018Victor­ian Streetwalk in Saratoga Springs.

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