Holiday Festivals in the Hudson Valley

By Anthony Gadaleta

As the holiday season fast approaches, you’ll find plenty to do to begin the holiday cheer and memorable experiences of this joyous time of year as the first snowflakes begin to drop and temperatures steadily drop. These are our top recommendations of the best holiday festivals to see and visit around the Hudson Valley!

Annual Troy Victorian Stroll

(Troy on Sunday, December 8th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The quaint city of Troy celebrates the holiday season with its wondrous cheer of Victorian homes and the magical transformation into holiday decor and joy. You can find over 100 vendors and attractions for everyone to enjoy upon their visit. Begin the holidays in the fairytale time of the Victorian Era!

If you’re looking for shopping in Troy, try these:

T&J Handcrafted Soap (271 River St, Troy, NY 12180)

Have a keen interest in aromatherapy or simply want to add a new fragrance to your collection? This adorable boutique offers locally made fragrances from soaps to satchels and more for the discerning customer or someone who’d like to try a new scent! Choose from a wide variety of scents at this one-of-a-kind store right in the heart of downtown Troy. For business hours be sure to visit

Ekologic (1 Fulton St, Troy, NY 12180)

Looking for eco-conscious products? This is definitely your place! All of their products are made from recyclable materials including recycled cashmere, a coveted rare find! You’ll find plenty and more at this quaint boutique. For business hours be sure to visit

If you’re looking for dining in Troy, try these:

Illium Cafe & Bistro (9 Broadway, Troy, NY 12180)

This quaint corner cafe offers a wide selection of coffee and espresso drinks, sandwiches, and breakfast options in a contemporary rustic space. For business hours and more information be sure to visit

Unagi Sushi (118 4th St, Troy, NY 12180)

Located in modern quarters, this place offers up classic Japanese cuisine with sushi and specialty dishes for any palate. For business hours and more information be sure to visit

Basilica Farm & Flea Market

(Hudson from November 29 Dec 1st)

A vast array of handcrafted items carefully made by local artisans, c