What better way to get in the holiday spirit than by joining in on a Capital Region tradition? While thousands took part in the 30th annual Troy Victorian Stroll, as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, one important part of the day was missing.
TROY, N.Y. -- "I'm having the most fun making kids feel like a million dollars by giving them a balloon," said volunteer Jim Mcglynn.
Costumes, circus acts, and food carts, turned downtown into an enchanted 19th century village.
Caitlin Sheldon said, "We walked around looking at vendors and shops and got food."
And with something for everyone it's no surprise the day attracts more than 20,000 people from across the northeast to the city of Troy.
"This is the second year dressing up, but I've been coming for twenty years," said Ernie Piazza.
Wendy Housand said, "We like to go shopping, get our Christmas ornaments, see all the sights, and Father Christmas."
But the 30th annual stroll does have a void. Patrick Sisti, better known as Father Christmas, passed away in October.
"It's strange and a lot of people have been asking for him, he would go around and take pictures and ask everyone if they've been a good boy and girl," said Mcglynn.
But the show must go on, and the people we spoke to tell us nothing could keep them away from the tradition.
"It just gets you in the spirit, so we come every year, if it's cold if it's warm, we come anyway," said Kathy McGrath.