Upper Union Street Holiday ReUNION presented by Trustco Bank

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 12pm-6pm

Fun for the whole family including:
Visits with Santa from 2:30-4:30pm
Carriage Rides from 12:30-4:30pm (suggested $2/pp donation)
Tree Lighting at 5pm!
Artisan Vendors – Games & Crafts Live Music – Costumed Characters
Kids Scavenger Hunt & More

Elf on the Shelf Contest

Come see our businesses’ best Elf on the Shelf displays! 

Elf on the Shelf Contest Vote

Visit the businesses below and see what their mischievous elves are up to – then vote for your favorite display for a chance to win $500 to your favorite Upper Union Street Business – courtesy of the Daily Gazette.

Find Elf displays at: 

b.inspired Home
The City Squire
Gershon’s Deli
GlaMarisBeauty Bar
Healthy Blends
Home Style Pizza
I Love NY Pizza

Michael’s Shoe Service
Motor Oil Coffee
Northeastern Fine Jewelry
Scotti’s Restaurant
Sondra’s Fine Jewelry & Green Leaf Wellness Co

Sophia Sabella Photography
Sunny’s Nutrition
Trendy Tots
Union Cafe
UPshining House Plants
Upstate CBD
Whisky Business Bakery


Contest Rules:
Complete a ballot at one of the participating businesses. Only one (1) entry is allowed per person. No purchase necessary. Multiple entries from the same person will result in disqualification. Valid email required to win prizes. Winner will be drawn on December 18


Kids Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a scavenger hunt map at one of the businesses below and then see if you can find the answers to each clue! Every time you find an answer, make sure you get your map stamped by the business owner!

Bring your completed scavenger hunt map to Santa outside of Trustco Bank between 2:30-4:30pm and collect your prize!

Find scavenger hunt maps at: Dance Me, Healthy Blends, Gershon’s Deli, Off the Hook, Sondra’s Fine Jewelry & Green Leaf Wellness Co., Trendy Tots, UPshining House Plants


Visit with Santa

Santa will be outside Trustco Bank from 2:30-4:30pm to visit with kids and families!


Carriage Rides

Take a scenic holiday ride down Union Street in a horse drawn carriage from 12:30-4:30pm. Carriage rides depart and return to the public parking lot between Union Street and Eastern Parkway (behind Bruegger’s Bagels and Trustco Bank). Carriage rides have a suggested donation of $2 per person.


Tree Lighting

Finish the day with our Upper Union Street Tree Lighting at the corner of Union Street and Woodland Avenue. Come sing carols, enjoy a holiday performance by DanceMe and join Santa as we countdown to lighting our holiday tree! Tree lighting ceremony starts at 5pm.


Milk, Cookies and Hot Cocoa

Enjoy complimentary sweet treats at the following locations:

  • Gerhon’s Deli: Cookies and Milk, Hot Cocoa
  • GlaMaris Beauty Bar: Cookies and Milk
  • Healthy Blends: Hot Cocoa
  • Sondra’s Fine Jewelry and Green Leaf Wellness Co: Cookies and Candy Canes
  • Upstate CBD: Cookies and Milk
  • Union Cafe: Cookies

Cookies generously donated by:

Makers and Artisans

Visit our vendor tents to see local artists, makers and sellers!

Adirondack Packs, Black Kettle Soap Co, The Boujie Bakery, CARA, Cedar’s Studio by Sara Yokubait, Davis Made Home, Dizy Artisans, Dyes by Harvest, Electric City Barn, Farley’s World, Healing Lily Metaphysical Boutique, Helderberg Meadworks, Jade & Geodes, New York Sweeties, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Powerful Impak, Stella, Schenectady Kiwanis/Kids Arts Festival

Kids Crafts and Games

Joining the Schenectady Police Department for kid games
Visit the patio at Union Cafe for a kids dance party!
Spend time with Kids Arts Festival to make Snowflake Ornaments
Electric City Barn will guide holiday card making from 3-4:30pm!



Come see what our businesses are doing to celebrate the holidays

Dance Me: Craft fair in studio from 12-4pm

Gershon’s Deli: Live music

GlaMaris Beauty Bar: Food, drinks, music, and permanent bracelet pop-up

Healthy Blends: Balloon artist

Trendy Tots: Unveiling of HolidayToyland! Drop off or write letters to Santa, Pop-up Vendor Dee’s Cocoa Bombs

UPshining House Plant: 1) Buy One Get One Free for 6 inch Plant 2) Buy Live Plants to get 50% Off Deal for Ceramic Pots 3) Pick 3 four inch plants for $16.50

Union Cafe: Live music

Upstate CBD: 20% off sale 

Whisky Business Bakery: Specials on holiday confections

The Crafters and Artisans for Rescued Animals organization is also coordinating a new and used shoe drive fundraiser. Shoes can be dropped off at the Adirondack Tire tent location.

This event is sponsored by: