The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY)
Victorian Streetscapes a season-long celebration
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.