Capital Holiday Lights in the Park has been a mainstay at Albany's Washington Park for 25 years. But this year will be the last one in that park. Because the event has grown so much over time, people who live around the Park are fed up with traffic tie ups and the influx of people causing all kinds of problems. So because of that, we'll have one more year of the Lights being in Washington Park, but for next year and years after, it will have to find a new home. PAL, the Police Athletic League, puts the show on every year and they are currently in the process of trying to find a new location for next year. For this year however, there will be a few changes according to the Times Union. Check them out below
- All admissions must be secured ahead of time via online booking. Drive-up purchases will not be allowed and any patron attempting to enter the event without a pre-purchased ticket will be referred back to theonline booking platform. (For anyone unable to make a purchase online, in-person tickets may be available for purchase ahead of time in the PAL office Monday through Friday during normal business hours).
- Pedestrian-only evenings will be offered on Sunday and Monday of the opening week, Nov. 21-22, and Saturday, Dec. 11. Sunday, Nov. 21 will be “Food for Friends Walk Night,” with proceeds going towards PAL’s programming as well as the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY. Admission is $5 per person or $10 for a family.
- Monday, Nov. 22 will be "Pet Walk Night" in which pets will be admitted for free. Admission is $5 per person, or $10 for a family. Saturday, Dec. 11’s walk night will correspond with the City of Albany's 25th Annual Last Run 5K.
- Supporters and PAL’s youth programs are invited to walk through the displays each night from 4:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. before the show is opened to vehicle traffic.
I like the idea of walking through, especially with my pup. I just hope people clean up after their dogs for that event. And just walking through, pup or not, sounds great. It beats being lined up in traffic. Something to think about if we get a fairly warm night. The Lights open on November 26th and run through January 2nd.