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Did you know that Downtown Schenectady features nearly 50 retail shops that offer a wide range of unique gifts & clothing, practical items for your home, personal necessities and more? Come browse our many options!             
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

48th Annual Gazette Holiday Parade
 With a record number of spectators, perfect weather, and hundreds of participants, this year's parade on Nov. 21 in downtown was a huge success! If you missed the parade or just want to re-live the magic, check out this video from SACC-TV.

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  Opens November 25
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

Completely Different  
November 25, 6:30pm
Big Creek
November 28, 6:30pm 

Centre Street Pub
Funk Evolution
November 25, 9pm
Joe Driscoll Band
November 27, 9pm
November 28, 9pm

Josh Casino
November 25, 5-8pm
DJ Anthony
November 25, 10pm-2am
Mia Sciroccos Trio
November 27, 5-8pm
DJ Yosh
November 27 & 28, 10pm--2am

Grand Central Station
November 25, 9:30pm 
The Accents
November 27, 9:30pm
November 28, 9:30pm

November 27, 9pm

The Stockade Inn
Luke Pascarella
November 25,  6-9pm
Completely Different
November 27, 7-10pm

Check Out All of
Downtown Schenectady's

The Downtown Dish
With Thanksgiving on Thursday, and the anticipated leftovers, this week we have a recipe to help you use up the remains of your holiday feast. 

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

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Nov. 26 - Dec. 2,  2015
Small Business Saturday
This Saturday, November 28

The DSIC is partnering with the Capital Region Chamber and Upper Union Street BID again this year to promote Small Business Saturday and officially kick off the holiday shopping season for Schenectady's local businesses.

Many local businesses will have in-store specials and promotions on Small Business Saturday to boost excitement for the day. Participating Downtown Schenectady businesses are: Ambition Cafe, Cafe NOLA, Downtown DesignsExperience & Creative Design, The Grog Shoppe, Katie O'Byrne's, Lennon's Irish Shop, Majestic Hair Salon, miSci, Moisture Salon, New York Folklore Society, The Open Door Bookstore, Orion Boutique, Puzzles Bakery & Cafe, ReStore Schenectady and Warren Tire. Be sure to shop small on Nov. 28...and all season long!

See more details and a list of specials
View an interactive map of downtown's local businesses
This Week at Proctors
On The Stage

Electric City Improv - Nov. 27, 8pm 
Education Center - A cunning collision of improv creativity! Featuring our in-house longford team, ALF PACINO!

Pretty Much the Best Comedy Show - Nov. 28, 8pm 
Education Center - Featuring: Andrew Ginsburg, a stand-up comedian/actor/writer, champion bodybuilder, and fitness expert who has performed in comedy clubs and colleges across the country. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical - Nov. 29, 1  & 4pm
Mainstage - The original television classic comes to life! The 
beloved TV classic soars off the screen and onto the  stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special.

Kids' Holiday Sweets & Treats - Nov. 29, 2:30pm
GE Theatre - A perfect post or pre-show event for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. A lively and fun interactive atmosphere with snacks, crafts, and goodies. Decorate your own cookie, make an ornament, visit the children's play zone, sip a cup of hot chocolate, enjoy holiday music and good cheer. Rumor has it that Santa will stop by for a visit!

Fidelis Care Organ Concert Series - Dec. 1, Noon
Mainstage - Featuring Greg Klingler on Proctors' mighty Wurlitzer Organ. 

It's a Wonderful Life - Dec. 1, 7:30pm
GE Theatre - Live From WVL Radio Theatre: This fresh new adaptation of the film is set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theatre, which is struggling to stay on the air one snowy winter's night. The professional voice actors are unable to get to the studio, but the show must go on.

On The Screen

ICFS Presents: Dangerous Men - Nov. 28, 7pm
GE Theatre - Mina's life is shattered when two bikers attack and kill her fiancĂ©, Daniel. Driven by grief, she sets out on a venomous spree to eradicate all human trash from Los Angeles.

Our Brand is Crisis - Nov. 30, 2:30, 5 & 7:30pm  
GE Theatre - Based on real events, a seasoned American political consultant (Sandra Bullock) is sent to South America to help re-elect an unpopular President, while the opposition candidate hires her long-time political rival (Billy Bob Thornton). 

14th Annual Giving Map

Need 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...

November 28, 12-2pm
129 Jay Street
Book signing for Stable Views with author Ellen McHale - An inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables.

Yoga Bliss
November 28, 6pm
140 Erie Blvd. 
Universal Sounds: Gong immersion & sound meditation is an experience in which the sacred healing sounds bathe the participants with the sustained waves of harmonic sound.

The Open Door Bookstore    
November 28, 1-2:30pm 
128 Jay Street
Marty Podskoch signing  102 Adirondack Club

Festival of Trees
November  27 - 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!

Chez Nous
707 Union Street
Opening Dec. 15 - Now Taking Reservations!
Chez Nous, Schenectady's new French restaurant, has scheduled its opening for 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.
Busy Weekend of Entertainment: December 4-6
Schenectady Civic Players Presents:
It's a Wonderful Life - Live Radio Play

December 4-6 & 9-13
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.

Schenectady Light Opera Company Presents:
Beauty and the Beast

December 4-6 & 10-13
Be our guest! The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale. 

December 4-6 & 11-13, Proctors
A re-imagining of the Dickens classic adapted by E.M. Bablin and Jonathan Riven.

Northeast Ballet's Annual The Nutcracker   
December 5-6, Proctors
Enter a world of Christmas dreams to the joyous music of Tchaikovsky in this annual year-end favorite. Join the Sugar Plum Fairy, the heroic Nutcracker Prince and the evil Rat King in this whimsical celebration of the season.
Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-iday
Save the Date!
December 12, Noon-4pm

You are invited to gather family and friends and head to Schenectady's spectacular City Hall in the heart of downtown for a fun-filled afternoon of music, crafts, demonstrations, performances and more at Downtown Schenectady's City Hall-iday. This 13th annual event by the DSIC is the largest free hands-on family holiday event in Schenectady County. More...
NOW OPEN! - DoubleTree by Hilton Schenectady
100 Nott Terrace

Downtown Schenectady's spectacular new DoubleTree by Hilton opened for business on November 17. The upscale $14 million hotel offers 120 guest rooms, 3,000 square feet of banquet space, a new restaurant, an indoor pool, an exercise room, an outdoor patio with fire pit and much more...not to mention their signature gift of a warm chocolate chip cookie with every check-in! More...
miSci (museum of innovation & science)
Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12-5pm  

November 27, 9am
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!

November 28, 10am-12pm
Come meet Santa and the Conductor from THE POLAR EXPRESS, who will be at miSci to kick off the Trains & Toys Holiday Show!

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

Friends of the Library
Participate in a Museum and Cultural Pass Program for the entire family, providing Schenectady County Public Library families with the opportunity to get reduced or free entrance fees into many of our outstanding historic and cultural venues. All that's required to use it is a valid library card and a spirit of adventure! Requirements & participating museums

The Whitney Book Corner
600 Union Street
Through November: Holiday books half price
All proceeds support Schenectady County Public Library 

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!


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Our mission is to promote Downtown Schenectady as a premier location for commerce, recreation and living by enhancing, facilitating and supporting economic and cultural growth.