Christmas on Main Street

29th Annual Christmas on Main Street

Presented by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Saturday, November 21  
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Union Station, Utica  

Christmas on Main Street is the official start to the Christmas Season, families can enjoy free entertainment, food and fun. Kids can, have cookies and hot cocoa all day, enjoy a petting Zoo, wagon rides, clowns, games, and of course meet Santa!  This year Mrs. Santa is on a break, so their good friend Elsa will be helping Santa greet the children from 12:15 – 4:30.

Christmas on Main Street is held at the beautiful Union Station in Historic Bagg’s Square on Main Street in Utica, NY.  Christmas on Main Street captures the traditions and atmosphere of an “Old Fashioned Christmas” in the heart of the city where children’s dreams of sugarplums, and visits with Santa come to life. Bring back some memories and share the good times with your children and neighbors as well as incorporating some more modern and ethnic holiday traditions.

As always Christmas on Main Street is open to the public and is attended annually by thousands who come from near and far.  Christmas on Main Street features, longtime favorites:  Joe Angerosa, the Scrooge Players and the Ziyara Shriner Clowns.

Early Morning Event

Christmas on Main Street presents - Breakfast with Santa!
Proceeds from the Breakfast with Santa benefit the Children’s Museum.

This year the Utica Children’s Museum is partnering with Christmas on Main Street to offer a special Breakfast with Santa at the Trackside Restaurant in Union Station.  This event Includes: a Breakfast Buffet featuring Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon, Juice and Coffee.  Each Child’s photo will be taken with Santa and his special guest Elsa then posted on the Christmas Santa Facebook which you can download later.

Everyone attending the Breakfast with Santa will receive a bracelet that entitles the wearer to all-day Free Admission to the Children’s Museum and all-day Free rides on Scotty’s Train outside Union Station.

Tickets are $16.00 Adults - $12.00 Children under 12 years old.  Reservations for seating can be made for one of the four time periods - 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am & 11:00am.  No tickets will be sold at the door and are only available by advance reservation.

For reservations call 315-269-2931, log on to the Christmas Santa page on Facebook to send a private message or Email –

New Attractions

This year we are teaming up with the Oneida County Farmer’s Market to expand this family friendly event to include a Christmas Craft Fair. Adults can shop at a variety of craft vendors and begin their holiday shopping.

A host of costumed characters will be strolling through Union Station to interact with the children and stopping for photos.

As always Reduced Cost Tickets for the RCIL Wonderland of Lights will be available during the day.  This is the only place to find these specially priced tickets.
  • Operation Sunshine Toy Drive - bring a new un-gift-wrapped toy to donate!
  • Herkimer Humane Society Pets for adoption and Pet food drive
  • Utica Zoo Petting Zoo
  • Utica Lion’s Club can and bottle Drive

Christmas on Main Street Entertainment inside Union Station

10:00am - 5:00pm
Free Entertainment

10:00 – 10:30             Mark Bolos
11:00 – 11:45             Kids for Utica Puppet Show and Singers
Noon – 12: 15             Ritmo Caribeno
12:15 pm                   Santa Arrives
12:30 – 1:00               Scrooge Players
1:00 – 2:30                Joe Angerosa (Elvis Christmas)
2:30 – 3:00                Butler-Sheehan Irish Dancers
3:00 – 3:30                Jim Okey Magic Show
3:30 – 4:00                Edelweiss Schuhplatter German Dancers
4:00 – 5:00                Marabella Colon, Genesis Almanzar and Kirianna Vargas
5:00 – Dusk               New Horizon Barbershop Chorus (outside)

Outside of Union Station

  • FREE Wagon Rides – 11am to 4:00pm - Courtesy of Clinton Tractor
  • Oneida County Farmers Market and Craft Fair
  • Scotty’s Train Rides $1.00  11:00 – 4:00pm
  • Food Vendors
  • The New Horizon Barber Shop Chorus will perform outside the museum at 5pm

Entertainment at Utica Children’s Museum

10 am until 5 pm

In Conjunction with Christmas on Main Street being held at Union Station there will be live entertainment on the Utica Children’s Museum Stage from 10 am until 5 pm. Featuring Ritmo Caribeno,Butler-Sheehan Academy of Irish Dancers, Marabella Colon, Jim Okey’s Magic Show, Edelweiss Schuhplattler German Dancers, Genesis Almanzar and Kirianna Vargas

Fireworks Extravaganza

At 5:00pm Santa, Elsa and all their friends say goodbye to everyone at Union Station and make their way to the stage in front of Bagg Commemorative Park where they will warm up the crowd with the New Horizon Barber Shop Chorus singing traditional Christmas songs everyone has come to love.

Then with the help of the children Santa have a count-down then he will pull the magic switch that lights up the park with over 10,000 lights.

Immediately following is a high intensity fireworks display, made possible by a generous donation from Visions Hotel, to cap of a day of family fun!

Christmas on Main Street is brought to you by:
Adirondack Scenic Railroad with support from our partners

The City of Utica, Oneida County, The Utica Children’s Museum, Oneida County Public Market, Visions Hotels – Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and TownePlace Suites Marriott, Price Chopper, Clinton Tractor and all our volunteers.