First Fridays

First Friday events are held on the First Friday of every month from 6-9pm.  Enjoy special happenings in many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries including live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions.

First Friday December 2016 – Holiday Weekend Celebration

Friday, December 2, 2016 6-9pm in Downtown Ballston Spa

Capture the holiday spirit, as the village of Ballston Spa rings in the season with the Ballston Holiday Parade during First Friday! Enjoy holiday floats, marching groups, musicians and carolers, animals, fire trucks and more. Parade step off is at 6:30 pm sharp and will proceed down Milton Avenue. The parade will once again spotlight the Toys for Tots campaign, in partnership with the Ballston Spa Community Emergency Corps, Saratoga County Sheriff Department and U.S. Marine Corps.  Volunteers from these organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new, unwrapped toys from spectators along the parade route as well as at the tree lighting.

Santa officially lights the village Christmas Tree at Wiswall Park at approximately 8 pm. Before and after the parade, there will be carolers and musicians on the street corners.  Village shops restaurants, galleries and museums will be open with music, demonstrations and displays as part of a holiday-themed First Friday, from 6-9 pm. Many local churches and organizations will be hosting special Christmas programs, dinners and craft fairs through the weekend. Check out all the happenings below!

First Fridays is proudly brought to you by the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association.

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First Friday Locations

Front / Low / Charlton St.

Generations Auto Repair

85 Bath Street

(518) 490-2590

Celebrating our Grand Opening with a ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm!  Come and warm up at our outdoor fire pit, enjoy refreshments and meet the Generations Auto Repair family.

Front Street Home

6 Front Street

What better way to celebrate the holidays that with our artist friends at Front Street Home? Join us on Friday, December 2, 4-6 pm, for a gathering with our incredibly talented represented artists, Cate Mandigo and Tinsmith Walter Fleming.  Enjoy a glass of cheer, meet these inspiring artists, view their works and get inspired for the holidays.

Sage Wine & Spirits

55 Front St

(518) 490-2095

Free wine tasting from 5-8 pm

Daisy Dry Goods

28 Front Street

The elves have been very busy here at Daisy Dry Goods. Our shelves are over flowing for all your holiday needs. We are having a Holiday Basket of Discounts. You get to pick your discount — 10%, 15%, 20%, 25% off. We also will have delicious treats and a drawing to win $50 in store merchandise. No purchase necessary. Hope to see you. Don’t want to disappoint the elves!!

Brookside Museum

6 Charlton Street

(518) 885-4000

Join us for the 17th annual Artisans Market, held at Brookside Museum from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23. The Artisans Market features handmade items ranging from soap to textiles to jewelry to wooden utensils and cutting boards. Special hours on First Friday until 8 pm.  The Market is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Canvas Hair Salon

90 Front Street

(518) 288-3620

Come join us for our Holiday event! We will have a complimentary face painter and caricaturist for your entertainment! Stop in before or after the parade for cookies and beverages! We ask you to bring in a toy for “Toy’s for Tot’s”, so we can make their Holiday Season a little brighter! This is a first come first serve event, so please come filled with joy and peace!

Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe

19 Low St (Side Entrance)

(518) 772-3178

Join us for a holiday shopping event with live music by bluegrass band Thirsty Bear. The shoppe will be having a holiday open house featuring curated vintage pieces by La Relance, local handmade jewelry by Distinctly Dazzled, and other local vendors in the store. Live music starts at 6:15pm and there will be complimentary festive snacks & refreshments.

Creative Endeavors Art Center & Gift Shop

49 Front Street

(518) 363-0015

Exhibiting our 2017 Calendar art and will have warm and sweet refreshment. Children and adults can stop by from 4-9pm to paint ceramic ornaments! (FREE) The gift shop features a great selection of affordable, handmade gifts cards, framed prints, small furniture and original art work as well as the Executive Closet consignment clothing boutique! We will be open until 9!

Milton Ave. / Rt. 50

Two if by Sea Gallery

91 Milton Ave.

(518) 496-4650

Come join us for the Holiday Parade and First Friday.

Victoria’s Corner

223 Milton Ave

(518) 338-5550

For First Friday, Victoria’s Corner is offering 20% off storewide, excluding Chalk Paint®/products.  

Corina Contemporary Jewelry

89 Milton Ave

(518) 885-0930

Come in from the cold and join us for Hot Chai & Cookies, Shiny Rings & Earrings, and Bangly Bracelets & Yummy Stone Necklaces!

The Artists’ Space at The National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Ave

(518) 885-7589

The Artists’ Space at The National Bottle Museum will hold an artists’ reception for its Winter Invitational Show from 6-8 pm on Friday, December 2. The public is invited to attend.

Whitehouse Restaurant

93-95 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-6797

Enjoy our famous Whitehouse Pizza !! Only available on First Fridays, 5 – 9 pm. Eat in or Take out. Lunch menu also available.

A Bead Just So

114 Milton Avenue

(518) 309-4070

Stop in our fabulous new location before or after the parade to warm up and do a some Christmas shopping! Enjoy 15% off all pre-made handcrafted jewelry, as well as hot cocoa and yummy treats!

National Bottle Museum

76 Milton Avenue

(518) 885-7589

Offering free refreshments for First Friday

Washington & Malta Ave.

Miss Molly’s Bake Shop

22 Washington Street

(518) 386-9822

Friday night Miss Molly’s Bake Shop and Firefly Landing & Co. will be preparing for Santa’s visit. The garland and tinsel will be flying, the lights will be twinkling, the ovens and cookies will be hot, and the smiles will be bright.
We want to welcome all to stop by and drop a letter to Santa in our special mail box and receive a coupon for a free cookie. Use the coupon on Friday night or save for another time. Or just stop in to say hi! Also be entered in to win fun raffle prizes.

Glassworks Studio

10 Washington Street

(518) 817-5524

Warm up with us and experience the magic of flameworking! Enjoy refreshments and hot glass demonstrations throughout the evening. Bring home specially priced ornaments and holiday glass sculptures only available on First Friday. You’ll also find a curated selection of beautiful glass jewelry and sculpture in the Studio for that perfect gift! If you can’t find what you’re looking for, ask about custom orders or gift certificates for classes.

Strolling Village Artisans

20 Washington Street

(518) 885-5855

Join us for our 12th Annual Winter Festival! Give unique, one of a kind, gifts this holiday season that can only be found here! Art in all price ranges, from stocking stuffers to memory making gifts, will be available for everyone on your list. Meet artist Jennifer Claire Hockford as she reads from her new series of children’s books. Enjoy refreshments to warm you up before and after the parade

Thompson St.

St. Mary’s School

40 Thompson Street

(518) 885-7300

Join us for an Open House on 12/2/16 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm to learn about the wonderful opportunities for children in Nursery and Pre-K, as well as, Kindergarten through Grade 5.

St. Mary’s School will be offering free hot cocoa before and during the parade. Stop by the “Small School with a Big Heart!”


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