Get Ready for Christmas in the Country: From Tractor Parades to Holiday Traditions
The sound of sleigh bells ringing means the holiday season is underway in Glens Falls and the North Country. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year, as communities around the region prepare for holiday celebrations, Christmas light displays, and traditions both new and old. In nearby Washington County, you can experience all of this and more throughout the holiday season.
The Most Magical Events of the Holiday Season? Tractor Parades!
In celebration of the region's rich agricultural history, one of the newest holiday traditions in Washington County is the lighted tractor parade. Featuring dozens of tractors decorated in thousands of twinkling lights, these events unite communities for a night of lights and holiday cheer.
Come one, come all! On November 17, 2018, the Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce will present their 6th Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade.
Join them as tractors, floats, and wagons - all covered in holiday lights and decorations - follow the parade route through downtown Greenwich. This dazzling parade attracts over 5,000 spectators each year, and it continues to grow thanks to support from local businesses.
Embrace the spirit of the holidays at Granville’s 2nd Annual Lighted Tractor Parade on December 14, 2018. This year's parade will start at 6:30pm on Church Street and travel to Main Street, Quaker Street, and then Veteran's Memorial Park.
Celebrate the Holiday Season With Tree Lightings, Parades & Santa Claus
Multiple communities in Washington County are renowned for their hometown holiday celebrations. These festive events are perfect for families who want to get out and experience the magic of the season. Mark your calendar for holiday fun!
Santa Claus is coming to Salem! On November 24, 2018, the annual Christmas Parade will make its way down Main Street and bring holiday cheer to the Salem community. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the end of the parade and meet with all the children at the Train Station afterwards.
There’s no place like home for the holidays, but consider visiting Hudson Falls on December 7, 2018 for their wonderful Hometown Holiday Celebration. There will be a tree lighting and caroling in the park at 5:30pm, and then the action will begin as Santa gets rescued by the local fire department. Stick around for the village parade and holiday activities at St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s School Hall.
The Village of Granville has become a holiday season destination with plenty of festivities for everyone. On December 7, 2018, the Village/Chamber will host a small parade, tree lighting ceremony, and holiday light show at Veteran’s Park.
Also on December 7, the Slate Valley Museum will present their Festival of Trees, and the Pember Museum will open bidding at their Festival of Wreaths and Centerpieces. You won’t want to miss any of these holiday events.
Enjoy an old-fashioned, small-town celebration of the holiday season at Christmas in Cambridge on December 7-9, 2018. This three-day community event offers tons of family-friendly events, shopping specials, and more.
Buy Handcrafted Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List
The arrival of the holiday season means it's once again time to think about gift shopping. Whether you’re buying for a family member, a friend, or even a coworker, you want your gifts to be special and memorable.
Looking to kick-start your holiday shopping and find some of the most unique, handcrafted gifts in the region? Some upcoming holiday festivals, markets, and events will offer shoppers an opportunity to buy gifts for everyone on their list.
Artists throughout Washington County will take part in the 28th Annual Christmas in the Country on November 30 - December 2, 2018. Join them for this three-day open studio tour and enjoy refreshments, music, raffles, and browsing tons of homemade wares.
From November 30 - December 1, 2018, West Fort Ann United Methodist Church will host a Christmas Festival featuring a bake sale, basket raffle, cookie walk, and local craft vendors. Stop by between 9:00am - 4:00pm and pick up some awesome holiday gifts.
Take a trip to Lavenlair Farm in Whitehall for a tour of their 200-year-old stone farmhouse and a chance to shop their whole line of products. The farm's 4th Annual Holiday Open House will run from November 30 - December 2, 2018.
Did you know the Old Fort House Museum will open their gift shop for two weekends in December? On December 7-9 and December 14-16, 2018, the museum’s store will be open for all your holiday shopping needs from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Find local history books, different styles of pottery, and more.
Whitehall’s annual holiday extravaganza, the Holiday Craft Fair and Mini Mall, will take place at the Whitehall Athletic Club on December 8, 2018. The goal of this holiday event is to provide people with a stress-free shopping experience where they find everything in one convenient place, including art, gourmet food, candles, custom clothes, holiday decor, and more from local artists and crafters.
Find the Perfect Christmas Tree at a Local Farm
One of the most treasured traditions of the holiday season is heading to a local farm with the family and picking out a Christmas tree. Best of all, you don’t have to go too far from Glens Falls to find a variety of options. Visit one of the Christmas tree farms in nearby Washington County this year!
Gardenworks Farm in Salem knows how to celebrate Christmas! This country destination has something going on every season, and during the holidays, visitors can purchase a homegrown Christmas tree, wreaths and bows, handmade gifts, and more. Don't miss photos with Santa on December 1-2, 2018, and other fun holiday activities on the farm.
Start a new tradition by planning a trip to Bailey Family Christmas Trees in Cambridge. They are a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm with some of the finest trees in the region. You can pre-tag your tree, or take a walk around their farm and pick one you'd like to bring home that day.
Rathbun's Maple Sugar House Restaurant in Whitehall is known for their mouthwatering maple breakfast, but in the winter, they offer a selection of fresh-cut Fraser fir, Douglas fir, and spruce trees. Choose and cut down your Christmas tree this season.
Bring the family to Mckie Hollow Farm in Cambridge and check out their amazing selection of Christmas trees. You can order a tree online from their website or enjoy seeing the variety of trees in person.
In Greenwich, Kuzmich's Christmas Tree Farm has everything you need to prepare for Christmas, from beautiful trees to wreaths and other holiday decor.
Are you ready to have a fun-filled holiday season? Plan your next trip to Washington County and get in the holiday spirit!