The Troy of today turns back into the Victorian Age for its annual Victorian Stroll next Sunday. Submitted photo
TROY — The city of Troy may be going through a “Renaissance” but, this coming Sunday, Dec. 8, holiday revelers can travel back in time to the Victorian era with the 37th annual Troy Victorian Stroll.
This tradition in the Collar City transforms the picturesque downtown – with its shops, brownstones, and iconic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall — into a fun and family-friendly spectacle, perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.
The event, organized by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, includes closing off several streets so people are able to leisurely run into friends and family, and even stroll in Victorian attire.
Some highlights include: Horse Drawn Winter Sleigh, carriage rides around River Street and First Street, making a loop; Meet & Greet with Santa Newf in Barker Park, 12 to 2 p.m.; Henri & Friends mini ponies in Sage Park from 12 to 2:30 p.m.; Visit with Santa at the Troy Innovation Garage, 1 to 4 p.m.; Historic City Trolley Tours powered by CDTA, throughout the day; the 63rd annual Holiday Greens Show, at the historic Hart Cluett Museum from 12pm-5pm; Singing in the Season free shows at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, featuring the Troy Children’s Chorus, The Sage Singers, and Heard from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and River Street Market, opening at 10 a.m. to offer a brunch and live entertainment to “kick-off” Stroll Day.
“We look forward to presenting another memorable edition of the Troy Victorian Stroll,” said Kate Manley, President of the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “With dozens of entertainment acts lining the streets and downtown storefronts, the Stroll truly has something to offer for everyone. We invite everyone and their families to join us on Sunday, Dec. 8 to shop, dine and explore the very best of what Troy has to offer during the Victorian Stroll.”
Stroll activities are slated from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. throughout downtown, with many shops and organizations participating in the Window Decorating Contest and offering hot cocoa and other refreshments.
The following streets will be closed during the Stroll: River Street from Fulton to State; Broadway from Third to River; Second Street from River to State; First Street from River to State.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.