Come to Altamont for the Victorian Holiday

— Photo from Daniel Barker

Santa Claus is coming to town: The climax to the Altamont Victorian Holiday Celebration is Santa’s arrival by train.

To the Editor:

Every year, the picturesque village of Altamont turns out for the Victorian Holiday Celebration.This popular family event attracts visitors from across the Capital Region and is capped off with Santa’s arrival on the train at the beautifully restored Victorian train station on Main Street.

Activities kick off on Sunday, Dec. 15, at noon at the Masonic Hall at 138 Maple Avenue in Altamont. There are free activities indoors and outdoors throughout the village: Festival of Trees; Wreath Auction; History/Mystery Scavenger Hunt; Living Nativity; as well as food, crafts for kids, bonfires, games, Christmas carols, Sax-o-Claus, and even bagpipes.

A trolley will take visitors on a loop around the village, stopping at multiple Winter Market locations where visitors can find artisan crafts, local brews, and festive food. Many village businesses will open for regular hours with some hosting special events.

At 5 p.m. Santa arrives on the train with gifts and photo opportunities for kids.

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Daniel Barker


Editor’s note: Daniel Barker is Altamont’s archivist.

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