Kingston ushers in the holiday season with the return of the annual Snowflake Festival on Friday December 3rd. This is a free community event. This year promises to dazzle guests of all ages with an array of holiday-themed performances, exhibitions, entertainment, and open stores offering treats and warm beverages to all visitors. The Snowflake Festival will run from 6pm thru 8pm with a wide array of holiday themed attractions throughout Uptown’s Historic Stockade District.
The Snowflake Festival is produced by the Kingston Uptown Business Association (KUBA) and presenting sponsors are Mainetti & Mainetti P.C. and Ulster Savings Bank. Visitors are encouraged to explore Uptown’s charming, historic streets as they are decorated and filled with live entertainers including carolers, dancers, horse-drawn carriage rides, a fire torch juggler, ice sculpture carvings and much more. The festival will have a main stage with live performances as well as awarding bikes to the children who have won the 2021 Bike Raffle. One of the evening’s featured highlight will be the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on an antique fire truck and their lighting of Kingston’s holiday tree at the intersection of Wall and North Front Streets. Santa will then settle-in on the Senate House grounds to meet with children of all ages.
2021 SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL FEATURED ENTERTAINMENT
Some of the Fun New Stuff for 2021
Character Selfie Station – Two holiday character selfie stations standing 8 ft x 4 ft will be stationed on Wall Street and Fair Street so participants can capture special memories of the Snowflake Festival.
Campfire S’mores at Peace Park – Dietz Stadium Diner is sponsoring campfire s’mores for festival goers who want to get a little sticky roasting marshmallows.
Fireman’s Hall & Museum Open House – Families can tour the museum and see the fire trucks on display while munching on specialty cookies and hot chocolate. Raffle baskets will be available.
Not to be missed attractions
The Ice Man will be carving a GIANT Snowflake right in front of our eyes at the festival. In addition, there will be an ice selfie area and interactive snowflake toss game.
The Heat Miser will be on North Front Street juggling fire torches and eating flames… a crowd favorite!
Main Stage Performers – The Main Stage on Wall Street will include performances by local artists the Harmonic Hearts, Uptown Swing, CCE POOK, Dojo with Salsa Dancing and Tango Dancing, Club Harmony, the vocal stylings of Tara Sanders and Rose Belfort, and the CCE Energy Dance Company. The evening of song and dance will close with a holiday celebration finale assembled by our stage’s host, CCE’s Bryant Drew Andrews.
Bond Street Theatre’s Shinbone Alley Stilt Band – from NYC has energized festivals around the world since 1982. With dynamic stilting and an eclectic repertoire of holiday tunes, the Stilt Band has delighted audiences in Japan, China, Turkey, Brazil, Israel and across Europe and the USA. Most of their 5-player gigs have 3 or 4 on stilts with instrumentation generally being drums, trumpet, trombone, and 2 saxophones. For the Snowflake Festival they will be costumed in their Cosmic Jazz fashion featuring seasonal tunes such as Santa is Coming to Town, Here comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree and so much more. The Stilt Band will be strolling the Uptown streets throughout the festival.
Key of Q Chorus – is a small, friendly group of LGBTQ and allied singers who travel from all corners of the Hudson Valley to blend their voices and perform beautiful a cappella music together. Formed at the beginning of 2016, they focus on mostly modern secular music in four-part harmony. They will be strolling the Uptown streets performing holiday tunes during the festival.
NYCA Victorian Carolers – led by Carnegie-Mellon University Vocal Music graduate, Douglas Farrell, have been the featured performers at premiere openings for Disney Company, Ford Foundation for Social Justice, New York City’s Central Park, ABC, NBC, Mohonk Mountain House, Brotherhood Winery, Woodstock Holiday Open House, and private parties. They will be strolling the Uptown streets during the festival dressed in period costumes singing traditional favorites.
Paris the Hip Hop Juggler – Paris, given the nickname “The Hip Hop Juggler” by Al Roker himself, has been dazzling audiences with his brand of juggling for over a decade. His combination of style, interactive stunts, witty comedy, and world class juggling talent is sure thing to make the Snowflake Festival a hit. In addition to bringing his talents to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Sesame Street, and The White House, Paris has also gained critical acclaim for his juggling instruction, teaching at hundreds at conventions, corporations, and training world famous illusionist David Blaine for his “Electrified” stunt that was performed live in New York City. You can even catch him juggling in the 2018 global hit music video “No Me Acuerdo” with Latin music sensations Thalía and Natti Natasha. Paris is constantly traveling the nation performing his act for corporate, colleges, state fairs, and special events.
Hudson Valley’s Strawberry Hill Fiddlers are teens from the Hudson Valley. They are string students from local schools, who come together to learn, arrange, rehearse, and perform traditional tunes. The program is sponsored by Stringendo, a community music school for strings. The fiddlers who are classically trained, meet weekly during the school year. They learn tunes of many genres, and in addition, do some singing and clogging. Stringendo traditional music program is dedicated to community service and committed to passing tunes on to the next generation. The fiddlers perform often for concert series, community events, school groups and seniors in the Hudson Valley. The “Strawberries” have made several music tours, sharing their music in Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Louisiana, Missouri, Minnesota, and New England states. Their Music Director is Chelsea Needham.
Coach House Players – They will be dressed in period costumes entertaining families in the lobby of Ulster Savings Bank while the children are entertained by Mrs. Claus and her puppets.
Senate House Barn – Chestnuts will be roasting on an open fire and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting children in the barn. The highly anticipated traditional horse and carriage ride through the streets of uptown will be waiting for you to board at the corner of Wall and John Streets.
The KUBA 2021 Snowflake Festival Committee sends big thanks to our sponsors!
Snowflake Festival Bike Raffle is officially closed – Thanks to all the businesses that participated.
Bikes will be given away starting at 7:00pm on Wall Street during the 2021 Snowflake Festival on Friday December 3rd. Raffle winners will be notified in advance. YMCA and Bike Friendly Kingston will be donating helmets and locks for all the bikes.