Capacity crowds filled downtown Saratoga Springs last night to celebrate the 25th annual Victorian Streetwalk and enjoy the music that spilled out from the sidewalk performers as well as those inside the stores along Broadway.
The all-ages celebration featured everything Christmas from a strolling, saxophone-playing Santa Claus to a team of real-life reindeer. And, of course, there were lots of Christmas lights and trees all around town. There was even a large menorah on the street, and Temple Sinai welcomed people in to learn more about the Jewish traditions of Hanukkah.
People from all over the Capital District came for the silver anniversary of the Victorian Streetwalk, dining and shopping throughout the evening hours. Restaurants and cafes were abuzz with the holiday spirit and plenty of patrons.
Everywhere you looked there were people socializing with friends and checking out the array of music that ran the gamut from the acoustic blues of Phil Drum and Rob Atkins as Low & Lonesome playing at the north end of Broadway to the jazzy guitar pyrotechnics of the Tequila Mockingbirds at the south end of the city’s main thoroughfare.
The Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk annually ushers in the holiday season and is a fitting prelude for the upcoming First Night celebration of music and the arts organized by Saratoga Arts Center.
Story and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk