An Albany tradition kicks of Saturday November 18 with 2 special events during it's first weekend.

According to CBS 6, Holiday Lights will kick off November 18 and 19 with the Taste of Holiday Event stretching over the weekend. Saturday will be a special wine, craft beer and distilleries sampling event and Sunday will be the Soup and Chili event with local eateries competing for the best soup/chili. Both events will feature live music.

Tickets for both events must be purchased in advance; Saturday tickets are available here and Sunday tickets are available here.

CBS 6 says Holiday Lights normal operation will run November 23 to January 2, featuring more than 125 light displays through Washington Park.