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Visit Downtown Schenectady

From traditional and cutting-edge theater to hands-on science and history museums and revered institutions of higher learning, there is plenty to feed your mind and curiosity in Downtown Schenectady.
Browse Downtown Schenectady's shops, restaurants, services, lodging, cultural attractions, transportation and parking. 

Helpful Links for Visitors:
Downtown Visitor Guide & Map
Schenectady Dining Guide
City of Schenectady
Schenectady County
Capital Region Chamber
Downtown Schenectady Imp. Corp.
CDTA Capital Moves

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  Opens December 11

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Inside Proctors  
Schenectady Greenmarket
A festive marketplace with more than 70 vendors who produce everything they sell.

Music & Entertainment
Music n Entertainment

Backstage Pub & Grill
Open Mic Comedy NIght
Thursdays, 8:30pm

Bombers Burrito Bar
Thursday Indie Rock Night, 9pm
Saturday: DJ Yosh, 9pm

Alyssa Yeager  
December 11, 6:30pm
December 12, 6:30pm 
December 13, 12-3pm

Clancy & Vanier
December 10, 7pm
Thick as Thieves
December 11, 9pm
The Deadbeats
December 12, 9pm

Josh Casino
December 11, 6-9pm

Patrick Sharrow
December 11, 6-9pm
Local 11
December 12, 10pm-2am

The Pretty Wreckless
December 11, 9pm
UFC 194 Fight
December 12, 10pm

Grass Roots Rebel
December 11, 9pm
Ugly Sweater Party
December 12, 10pm

The Stockade Inn
Live Jazz Music 
Thursday & Friday, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish

For this week's cookie exchange,
we have a favorite recipe from our office manager Gail White that her daughter Larro enjoys making. The bar keeps well and adds nice color 
to any cookie tray. 

Easy Lemon Bars

College Corner
Click on  the links below to see what is happening at our local colleges.

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December 10-16,  2015
Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-iday
This Saturday!
December 12, Noon-4pm
Schenectady City Hall

Gather your family and friends and head to Schenectady's spectacular City Hall in the heart of downtown for a fun-filled afternoon of FREE entertainment during Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-ida y. The DSIC's 13th annual event features horse & carriage rides, photos with Santa, music, kids' crafts, demonstrations, performances, and other fun-filled activities.  More...

For additional merrymaking & revelry during the City Hall-iday, visit the Whitney Book Corner for a Charlie Brown Open House (with Snoopy!) & the  Schenectady County Public Library for a Charlie Brown Christmas Movie Marathon, crafts, holiday cheer, and free book coupons.

Holiday Sip & Shop
December 12, Noon-6pm
Jay & State Street Area
When you come downtown for the City Hall-iday, be sure to take a stroll and enjoy light snacks, holiday beverages, and special offers while shopping for unique gifts on and around the Jay Street Marketplace and when visiting participating restaurants. The Holiday Sip & Shop is presented by the Jay Street Business Association. More...

Matilda The Musical
Through December 13
Mainstage at Proctors

Winner of 50 international awards, including the Tony Award®, and one of the biggest hits on Broadway, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary  girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. More...

A Fantastic Weekend of Live Local Theater
Schenectady Civic Players
December 9-13
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

Beauty and the Beast
Schenectady Light Opera Company
December 10-13
Be our guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic & beloved take on the classic fairy tale. 

This Week at Proctors
On The Stage

Electric City Improv - Dec. 11, 8pm 
Education Center - A cunning collision of improv creativity! Featuring our in-house longford team, ALF PACINO!

A Radio Christmas Carol - Dec. 11-13   
Fenimore Gallery - Presented by Classic Theater Guild. At a small public radio station in upstate New York, whose announcers are retelling the classic Charles Dickens story on Christmas Eve, art imitates life as the radio station owner Eb Scrooge undergoes a metamorphosis and finds out the meaning of Christmas Day.

The Bible in Music - December 11-13
GE Theatre - The story of the Bible in music. Featuring Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, and the Crucifixion of Christ. Then ending with music of the world today.

The Eighth Step - December 12, 7:30pm  
Education Center - Joe Crookston with Peter Glanville: Sensational singer-songwriter-guitarist Crookston creates pure magic with guitarist Peter Glanville on 6-string & tenor guitars & vocals.

On The Screen

The Martian - December 14-18  
GE Theatre - On a mission to Mars, an Astronaut is mistakenly presumed dead and left behind. Alone on the hostile planet, he must use his ingenuity, wit, and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.
14th Annual Giving Map

Want help identifying local charities in need during this season of giving? This web-based map identifies over 600 locations within the Capital District where you can make charitable donations and/or volunteer your personal time to help others. Use the map to locate a charitable organization and then click its marker to display information about the site, including address, types of donations accepted, and hours of operation. 

The 14th Annual Giving Map is a FREE service provided by  Fountains Spatiala leading provider of geographic information system (GIS) services in New York State and the Northeast, based in Downtown Schenectady.  More...

703 Union Street
Tonight!  December 9, 6pm
Persian Bite restaurant is having a grand re-opening celebration tonight.  In addition to the regular menu, they will be offering both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options of Persian fare. The event will feature live instrumental acoustic music by Schenectady's Korisoron.
No tickets are required (and there's no entrance fee) but seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Festival of Trees
Final Weekend! Through  December 13
32 & 44 Washington Avenue
The Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA Northeastern NY  invites you to join them and visit the  beautiful display of light trees decorated by local organizations, businesses, and families.The trees are displayed at both the Schenectady County Historical Society and the YWCA. One ticket is good for both locations and tickets can be purchased at either place. Come join us in this festive community event!

The Open Door Bookstore    
December 12, 1-2:30pm 
128 Jay Street
David Pietrusza signs  1932:The Rise of Hitler & FDR

Chez Nous
707 Union Street
Opens Tuesday - Now Taking Reservations!
Chez Nous, Schenectady's new French restaurant, is opening on  December 15, 2015. Reservations are available from 5pm to 9pm, Tuesday through Saturday, for dinner service. Comfortable seating in our bar and lounge is also available for walk-ins, cocktails, and lite fare.

Taj Mahal Restaurant      
December 18, 6:30pm
142 Clinton Street
Dine with the Cultural Czar: An evening with Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors. Reservations at $25.00 per person for dinner, including beverages. Call Waheed 518-795-5894 or  email for reservations.

Growing or Starting a Business?
Begins January 23, 2016
Learn what you need to know to start and run a successful
small business at an intensive eight session training course
offered by the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region
in partnership with the Huether School of Business of The
College of Saint Rose.
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

December 29-31
Register now for fun science workshops for the kids on break. Classes for grades: K-2 & 3-5. Call 518-382-7890 x237 for information and to make reservations.

Through January 18, 2016
The Model Trains are back at miSci this holiday season! Explore the intricate 19- x 27-foot display of running O Gauge (Lionel) model trains. Stay and play! The Play Space is full of science toys you don't have at home Special thanks to Upstate Train Associates. Don't miss this holiday favorite!
Schenectady County Public Library Notes
Library ExpansionCentral Library
99 Clinton Street
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm 
Sunday: 1 - 5pm
Library Calendar of Events

Both the Library and the Whitney Book Corner will be participating in the  DSIC'S  City Hall-iday event on Saturday, December 12. Be sure to drop by for family fun with Charlie Brown & friends. 

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Through December: Coffee table books, half price.
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library 
Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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