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Family Christmas activities in Albany on December 14

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Looking for some fun family activities (they’re educational, too, but the kids will never know) next weekend? Check out these December 14 events in the Albany area.

Christmas is in the Air” will be at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be flying in to visit with kids and have photos taken. Kids will have fun making aerospace related crafts and stick rockets. A museum tour is included in the very reasonable price of $5 per person or $20 per family. Kids can ride the Simulated Reality Vehicle and listen to the Candy Bomber Story. Pizza, hot dogs, hot chocolate and other snacks will be available. Stop by between 11:30 and 2:30 to join in the fun.

See A Christmas Carol featuring the Puppet People at the Troy Library branch at 100 Second Street at 1 p.m. It is a free performance and suitable for toddlers and older kids. This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, lavish costumes, vivid sets, and a professional soundtrack including many holiday favorites. This show is sure to please. There is no need to register.

Clifton Park Center is having its annual Open House at the shopping plaza from 4-6 p.m. The event is free and there is something for all ages. Families can enjoy a fun evening of horse drawn carriage rides, sing along with the WTRY strolling holiday carolers, and have pictures taken with Santa and his LIVE reindeer.

Families can experience the magic of a Candlelight Evening at the Farm at the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. Join one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions. The landscape of the museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles.

• Ride through the museum’s grounds in wagons pulled by draft horses adorned with harness bells.

• Enjoy complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over open fires, served throughout the afternoon and evening.

• Take part in caroling in our candle-lit Historic Buildings.

• Visit with Saint Nicholas.

• Hear holiday music from centuries ago and also some recent favorites, performed by several groups.

• Children can take part in holiday arts and crafts activities.

• Everyone can ride the Empire State Carousel.

• Finally, warm up with something hot from the delicious food and drink offerings at the Crossroads Café next to Bump Tavern.

A visit to the Museum this holiday season is not complete without a stop at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store, where a large selection of handcrafted items from the museum are available as well as other seasonal favorites.

The event is suitable for all ages. Prices are $12 for adults, $10.50 for visitors age 65 & over, $6 for children age 7-12, and free for children 6 and under, and members of the New York State Historical Association.

Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots. Please check back for updated parking and shuttle information.

$12 adults, $10.50 visitors age 65 & over, $6 children age 7-12, free for children 6 & under and members of the New York State Historical Association. Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NBT Bank and Haggerty Ace Hardware.

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