'Tis the season

After the turkey is digested, the nap is taken, and the football games are over, it's official: the holiday season has begun, and it starts with light, sound and parades.

Light up the night

On Friday, Nov. 24, Albany's Washington Park will host the annual Capital Holiday Lights in the Park display.

More than 100 displays and scenes will bring Christmas to light, and you can view it all from the comfort of your car. Light themes include a Victorian village and Frosty's Winter Wonderland.

There will also be carriage rides for those who want to brave the elements, and in the lake House, there will be crafts and refreshments.

Of course, it's not the Christmas season unless kids get to tell Santa their Christmas wishes, and The Big Guy will be at the Lake House during the display. His ride, Rudolph, will also be there, so that kids can check out the reindeer's nose. There will also be crafts and refreshments for people to enjoy.

Capital Holiday Lights is sponsored by the City of Albany, Mayor Gerald Jennings, and the Albany Police Athletic League. Proceeds benefit PAL, the city's juvenile crime prevention program.

Admission to Capital Holiday Lights in the Park is $12 per car; or $20 per limousine or 15-passenger van.

The lights will be shining through Jan. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For information, visit the Web site, www.albanycapitalholidaylights.com.

Take a stroll

The 24th annual Troy Victorian Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Troy.

As in past years, there will be more than 100 free attractions at the stroll. Musicians, dancers and storytellers will keep the crowds entertained, and there will be rides, refreshments and crafts for all to enjoy.

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