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7 Reasons to Book a Saratoga Springs Vacation for the Holidays

Saratoga is more than just SPAC and the track - it's the ideal winter vacation getaway for the holiday season. From fine dining restaurants open on the holidays, to prime shopping opportunities, and much more, see why you'll want to book your holiday vacation right in Saratoga Springs.

1) Santa Has His Own Cottage on Broadway

Santa waving

If you're vacationing with little ones they'll be thrilled to know that Santa is a regular in Saratoga! Santa's Cottage is located right on Broadway and he has visiting hours throughout the month of December. There's nothing like seeing that spark in your child's eye when they come face-to-face with Father Christmas himself.

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2) Sensational Shopping Opportunities

the inside of a Saratoga boutique

Planning on doing some Christmas shopping? You'll find a plethora of unique shops and boutiques right on Broadway and beyond with gifts for everyone on your list you won't be able to find anywhere else. Try Impressions of Saratoga for Saratoga- or horse-themed gifts, Spoken Boutique for designer clothes, and Lifestyles of Saratoga for fabulous accessories to start.

And, men are always tough to buy for, but we've got you covered! Check out The National by Saratoga National Golf Club for men's apparel, sportswear, and more.

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See great Saratoga area gift ideas »

3) Cocktails at Cozy Bars

what looks like a chocolate martini on a bar

Looking for an inviting bar or restaurant to enjoy a cocktail in honor of the holidays? Saratoga has a number of cozy bars to warm up in, such as The Olde Bryan Inn, which even has a fireplace and natural stone walls. There's nothing like a comforting atmosphere, a roaring fire, and your favorite drink to get you in the holiday spirit. Consider grabbing a drink after a long day of shopping.

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4) All the Happening Holiday Events

a group of ballet dancers

In late November and early December you can check out the Saratoga Holiday Craft Marketplace, the Saratoga Festival of Trees, the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the Victorian Streetwalk, which includes over 35 sites with free entertainment, caroling, and much more.

Stick around for New Years and you're in for a real treat - First Night Saratoga is New York's largest New Year's Eve event outside of New York City! Roughly 15,000 people attend this event of the year for music, dance, comedy, magic, and so much more.

See a list of holiday events in and around Saratoga »

5) Top Notch Dining - Even on the Holidays

a festively decorated table setting

Not only does Saratoga have some of the finest restaurants in the area, but many of them are open on the holidays! Restaurants like Prime at Saratoga National, 30 Lake, and more offer hours during Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and/or New Years Day.

If you happen to be staying somewhere where you'd like to bring the holiday dinner to you, you might choose to take advantage of DZ Restaurants' Dinner Parties To-Go, offered on Christmas Eve from Boca Bistro, Chianti Il Ristorante, and Forno Bistro.

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6) Upscale Lodging

a Victorian-style bed and breakfastUnion Gables - the luxury of a hotel with the comforts of a bed and breakfast

When booking a vacation in Saratoga for the holidays you'll of course need somewhere to stay and the Spa City does not disappoint. Choose from hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and more. Whatever you're looking for in lodging - an indoor pool, close proximity to all the action on Broadway, options for extended stays - you can find it here.

In fact, you can even bring your pet with you so your furry friend doesn't have to stay home for the holidays!

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7) The Ultimate Chance for Relaxation

woman soaking in a tub with a candle

The holidays are always filled with hustle, bustle, and a sense of urgency to get everything done. But if you choose to vacation in Saratoga for the holidays you'll be in the ideal location for rest and relaxation - it is the Spa City, after all! Take a break from the holiday festivities and shopping to unwind at a spa or salon.

You might consider booking a massage or a mineral bath at one of many reputable spas, such as the Roosevelt Baths & Spa at the Gideon Putnam. The mineral-rich spring water is collected and implemented into more than 60 naturally derived treatments. More than just a wonderful soak, you'll undergo a complete healing session with one of their mineral baths.

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