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Holiday Celebration of the Arts, featuring an appearance by Tom Durkin as Santa Claus, Dec. 17 at the National Museum of Racing

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host a Holiday Celebration of the Arts, featuring an appearance by legendary racing personality Tom Durkin as Santa Claus, on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the Museum is free throughout the day.


Numerous invited artists, photographers, crafters and various other vendors will be on hand, featuring original works of art, photography, prints, jewelry, clothing and apparel available in a variety of price ranges.


Durkin, the famed racecaller and track announcer of the New York Racing Association from 1990 through 2014 and the voice of the Breeders’ Cup for more than 20 years, will arrive dressed as Santa Claus at 1 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with guests and photo opportunities.


Sharon Crute, Rich Gabriel, Nick Martinez, Greg Montgomery and Karin Volkommer will be among the renowned equine artists on hand. Professional photographers participating in the event include Connie Bush, John Childs, Greg Cuda, Cathy Duffy and Lawrence White. Other notable vendors include Adirondack Flannel, Burden Lake Candles, Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary, Jewelry by Jeanna, Razimus Jewelry, Saratoga Trunk and author Brien Bouyea, who will be signing copies of his book “Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey.”


Additionally, there will be representatives on hand from Saratoga Living magazine and Equestricon, an equine-themed convention scheduled for Aug. 13-15, 2017 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.


The Holiday Celebration of the Arts will also feature movie screenings in the Hall of Fame Gallery throughout the day. There will be food and beverages available for purchase.


Additional vendors and more information on the event will be announced via the Museum’s Facebook page at