Conjure the sparkling spirits of the season with the fine folk of Uptown Kingston as they celebrate the Snowflake Festival, lighting up the historic, always-pretty Stockade with carolers, dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides, a fire torch juggler, ice sculpture carvings, and much more. The free festival will take place Friday, December 2, from 6-8 pm.
Santa is coming, of course, arriving with Mrs. Claus on an antique fire engine to light the community tree at the corner of Wall and North Front streets; once that important job is done, the North Pole couple will be socializing on the Senate House grounds with youngsters of all ages. The elves of the Kingston Uptown Business Association have organized new bikes for dozens of the kids who entered their 2022 raffle, and the presentations will be happening at the Main Stage, along with live performances. Shops will be open and decked in their holiday finest, offering browsers tasty treats and warm beverages.
Presenting sponsors are Kingston legacy businesses with deep community roots: Mainetti & Mainetti, PC, offering award-winning legal counsel since 1972, and Ulster Savings Bank, chartered in 1851.
“We feature diverse entertainment and are supported by a wide range of individuals and local groups; it magically showcases Uptown.” – Julie Jordan, marketing director of Herzog’s Home Center and KUBA board member
“Funded by numerous local sponsors, the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) annually produces this event as part of their overall mission,” says Julie Jordan, marketing director of Herzog’s Home Center and a KUBA board member. “Putting this festival together is extremely rewarding. We feature diverse entertainment and are supported by a wide range of individuals and local groups; it magically showcases Uptown. This event highlights our neighborhood, builds community, and forms new relationships. We are especially grateful for the increased numbers of volunteers who have stepped up and pledged their time and resources to help with its success.”
Holiday shopping and revelry in this magical Hudson Valley doesn’t get any better than this; come check out Uptown, wander and savor, and let this creative crew fill you with the Yuletide spirit. Free parking will be available in the city’s municipal lots, the courthouse lot, Dietz Stadium, and Kingston Plaza.
snowflake festival, uptown kingston
friday, december 2, 6-8pm