If you need some ideas for your weekend plans, we’ve rounded up some of the best bets for you from around the region.
Here’s a look at what’s going on:
High school football semifinals
It’s a bit remote, but for weekend football fans there’s an opportunity to travel downstate to Middletown High School for the state football semifinals featuring all five Division II champions.
It’s a doubleheader on Friday, starting at 3pm with Cambridge/Salem taking on Moriah in Class D, followed at 6pm by Niskayuna with Somers in Class A.
The other three games will be on Saturday, starting at noon with Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren facing O’Neal in Class C, followed at 3 p.m. Where the Christian Brothers Academy faces the Newburgh Free Academy in Class AA.
Tickets must be purchased online at gofan.co.
The capital region’s holiday season is about to get a whole lot brighter as the festive lit nights begin this Friday. The car-to-car light show features about two miles of holiday shows, hosted by the Washington County Fairgrounds.
It is set to operate on select days through December 30th. Tickets are $25 per car. For more information, visit washingtoncountyfairgrounds.com.
At Round Lake, Santa’s Playland is back with Quick Response (on Route 9), which features a holiday lights show. It’s free and open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-11 p.m. through January 6, 2023.
Amsterdam Tree Lighting Festival
Caroling, food and the annual Christmas tree lighting are set to kick off the holiday season in Amsterdam on Friday.
Starting at 4 p.m. at the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge, there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, carols by the Mohawk Valley Chorus, and a hot chocolate/baked sale operation run by the Amsterdam High School Marching Rams. Gloves and hand warmers will be provided by Sticker Mule. The festivities are scheduled to continue until 6 p.m
Tiffany plays Vapor
Pop star Tiffany, who rose to fame in the ’80s, is set to perform at the Vapor Night Club at Saratoga Casino on Friday.
She is best known for songs like “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “It Could Have Been”, which made her the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts at the time.
Friday’s show comes with the release of the pop star’s latest album, “Shadows,” her 11th studio album.
DJ NPG will spin ’80s hits before and after the show, which starts at 8 p.m. General admission is $20.
Train view switches to miSci
The model train display returns to the Museum of Innovation and Science on Friday.
The 19 by 27-foot screen features four tracks that weave through scenes of amusement parks, old town Blastville, and freight yards, depicting how trains changed transportation and affected the country’s growth.
Passengers, freight and more travel the main loop as old equipment loads logs on the short line. The offer includes lighting, working crossing gates and many new additions. It will run through January 15, 2023. For more information, visit misci.org.
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