"We'll see everything from Victorian style trees to racing themed trees," she said. "We have one tree here that BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) is creating. The tree itself is sponsored by NYRA (the New York Racing Association) and they're creating a horse right out of the tree."
Johnson said the festival has become a Broadway mainstay over the past 11 years. "It's been a wonderful kickoff to the holiday season in Saratoga," she said, "And I hear we're going to get a little snow this weekend, so that'll make it that much nicer."
Baker said he's seen the festival become more and more popular in the past decade.
"In the past 11 years, the festival has done nothing but grow and grow, not only in its popularity, but in its financial impact."
Family Day this year is Saturday, Dec. 2. It starts off with Breakfast With Santa at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11a.m. The continental breakfast costs $8 and is by reservation only. The cost of breakfast includes admission to the festival and to Santa's workshop. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For those who prefer the afternoon to the morning, you can join Santa for ice cream sundaes at 3p.m. Children and adults alike can make their own sundaes and have a visit with the jolly old elf.
Santa's Workshop is a free event held on Dec. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children will get to meet Mother Goose and Mrs. Claus.
Admission to festival itself is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children older than 10. Children 10 years old and younger are admitted free.
"All of our staff is volunteer, all of the proceeds go to good causes," said Commins, "So come and pick up a decoration or two."
The Saratoga Springs City Center is located at 522 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
For an event schedule, visit www.saratogafestivaloftrees.com. ""