It’s all about the holidays in Glens Falls these days! Keep reading to find upcoming holiday events, Black Friday/Small Business Saturday details, the opening of local Christmas tree farms, and a couple fun newsworthy mentions.
Holiday Events, Festive Tractors & Black Friday/Small Business Saturday
North Country Festival of Trees
The North Country Festival of Trees takes place at The Queensbury Hotel this Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the impeccably decorated trees for free this year! There will be no special events because of COVID, but you’ll be able to shop unique, handmade wares from local artisans while you’re there admiring all the trees.
Holiday Festival of Lights
Happening on Saturday, head to Lake George for this new walk-thru event inspired by the Capital Holiday Lights in Albany. It starts this weekend and runs for four weekends.
Since announcing the cancellation of the Greenwich Lighted Tractor Parade, event organizers have specified that there will be decorated stationary tractors set up around town. This effort to keep some festive fun on the docket is now being called the “Reverse Tractor Parade,” which invites those who would normally come to enjoy the parade to instead check out festive tractors that will be on display in shop windows, on front lawns, and more.
The Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is working with the Greenwich Journal and Salem Press to collect and take professional photos of these tractors and add locations to the map. If you’re participating, share your lighted tractors with the Greenwich Lighted Tractor Parade’s Facebook page (and use the hashtag!). And if you’re driving around to see them, make sure to check out the awesome lawn tractor pulling a cardboard boat at 30 Academy Street in Greenwich.
Black Friday & Small Business Saturday: See What’s Different, What’s the Same
Downtown Glens Falls does Black Friday and Small Business Saturday right, and they still are for 2020. Several stores have announced sales, others haven’t specified exact deals but have been named as Small Business Saturday participants, there are a couple of Black Friday-specific events, and we’ve covered what Aviation Mall and the Lake George Outlets are up to as well.
Still looking for Thanksgiving takeout or pies to pick up? Check the pre-order or reserve-by dates, but you may be able to find some last minute Thanksgiving specials.
Local Christmas Tree Farm Hours & Some Noteworthy News Around Glens Falls
Christmas Tree Farms Open This Weekend
Maybe you don’t normally get your Christmas tree so soon, but who couldn’t use some extra cheer this year? Here are a few suggestions:
- Binley Florist in Queensbury has cut Douglas fir and balsam fir trees that are available right now, and they have extended their hours – they’ll be open 8:30am to 6pm daily throughout the holiday season.
- Candy Cane Farm in Gansevoort opens their Christmas tree farm this Friday and will be open from 9am to 4pm daily.
- River Bend Christmas Tree Farm in Lake Luzerne will open on the same day and at the same time as Candy Cane Farm, and then will be open weekends until Christmas from 9am to 4pm.
- Ellms Family Farm in Ballston Spa starts selling Christmas trees on Friday as well, and will be open 10:30am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to check out their Rudolph Experience as well!
Cambridge Gets a New Nature Preserve
At a time when more and more people take to the outdoors for solitude and exercise, the announcement of a new nature preserve is especially exciting. The Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) recently announced the opening of their Featherweald Nature Preserve.
The preserve is 44 acres, has two miles of wooded trails, and offers scenic views of the Hoosic River. RLT along with over 40 volunteers contributed a total of more than 500 hours to get the preserve public-ready. You can find the preserve at 187 County Route 59 in Cambridge.
Glens Falls Housing Authority Receives Grant
A new voucher program has been announced in Glens Falls to help young people at-risk for homelessness because they’re aging out of the foster care system. Glens Falls Housing Authority is one of 43 public housing authorities across nearly 25 states that will receive funding.