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From traditional and cutting-edge theater to 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

Bow Tie Logo Horiz Small
  Opens December 18

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

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

Open Mic with Derrick  
December 17, 6:30pm
Session Brothers
December 18, 6:30pm 
Frank Jaklitsch Christmas Show
December 19, 6:30pm

The Refrigerators
December 18, 9pm
Joe Driscoll Band
December 19, 9pm

Josh Casano
December 18, 5-9pm
December 19, 10pm-2am

Funk Evolution 
December 18, 9:30pm
2096 & Annual Christmas Party
December 19, 9pm

Jeff Nania Trio
December 23, 7-10pm

Moon Run
December 18, 9pm
December 19, 9pm

The Stockade Inn
Completely Different 
December 17, 7-10pm
Kevin Green & Douglas Chilton
December 18, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
For this week's cookie exchange, we have a recipe from our Assistant Director Colleen Merays. Colleen first learned to make these bars while in Girl Scouts, and the recipe has become a family favorite ever since. 

7 Layer Magic Bars

December 17-23,  2015
Thanks for a Spectacular City Hall-iday!

Thousands of holiday revelers came out on December 12 to participate in  Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-iday. The jam-packed afternoon of free family fun featured photos with Santa (and fun with Rudolph), horse & carriage rides, hands-on kids' crafts, live performances, and much more. The 13th annual event was presented by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. in partnership with the City of Schenectady.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers, sponsors, partners, and visitors for making it a fantastic day in Downtown Schenectady!

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas
December 22-27
Mainstage at Proctors

This holiday season. discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, and top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow.

The December 27, 1:30pm, performance will be signed for our patrons with hearing impairment. More...
CBS 6 Melodies of Christmas
December 17-20
Mainstage at Proctors

The Capital Region's premiere holiday extravaganza featuring the Empire State Youth Orchestra and Youth Chorale with special guests Grand Central Station, Marquise Productions, and the Northeast Ballet.
There are a limited amount of $15 seats for Thursday & Friday performances. More...

Benefits the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center. Sponsored by Price Chopper/Market32 and Freihofer's.

This Week at Proctors

On The Stage  

Electric City Improv - December 18, 8pm 
Education Center - A cunning collision of improv creativity!

The Eighth Step - December 19, 7:30pm
GE Theatre - The Eighth Step Presents: Magpie and Kim & Reggie Harris: SING SOLSTICE!

The Hip Hop Nutcracker - December 21, 7:30pm  
Mainstage - With Guest MC Kurtis Blow. A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky's classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.

On The Screen

The Martian - Through December 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  way to signal
to Earth that he is alive.

Chariots of FireDecember 21, 2, 4:30 & 7pm  
GE Theatre - In this Oscar winner for Best Picture, two men - one a determined Jew, the other a devout Christian - compete in the 1924 Olympics in order to prove something to the world
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...

Bel Cibo - An American Bistro     
96 Jay Street
Bel Cibo is now open for for your dining pleasure. Lunch is served Mon-Sat, 11am-3pm; Sun brunch is 10am-3pm. Dinner service will begin after the first of the year. Also coming soon is an attached specialty food boutique. Be sure to stop in and welcome them back!

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.

Crossroads Gifts & Wellness   
December 19, 12-6pm
December 20, 11am-3pm
131 Jay Street
Holiday Open House: Local jewelry artists and live acoustic music both days. plus food samplings and the battle of the Oak & Holly Kings both days around 3pm. Bring a drum and help to welcome winter!

Edison Tech Center   
December 19, 2pm
136 N. Broadway
The International Year of Light: An informal presentation on the  "International Year of Light" a global initiative highlighting to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures, and for the development of society.

Dec. 19, 4:30-6:30pm & Dec. 20, 8:30-10:30am
225 Lafayette Street
10th Annual  Holiday Bake Sale: Many baked goods suitable for the Christmas Holiday will be available including cookies, nut breads, cakes, pies, and more.

Villa Italia Bakery   
December 21, 6:30-8:30pm
226 Broadway
Enjoy a visit with Santa, along with complimentary chocolate chip cookies & milk.

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

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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