City of Syracuse Annual Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Celebration, Friday November 24th Clinton Square

Annual Celebration, Headlined by the Blacklites, Culminates in the Lighting of the Clinton Square Tree

Miner: We Are Pleased to Kick-Off the Holiday Season for Central New York Right Here in Downtown Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The city of Syracuse will once again hold its annual “Home for the Holidays” celebration this Friday, November 24 in Clinton Square. The program will kick off at 6:30 pm and the tree lighting will take place at 7 pm.

Mayor Miner with Mr. & Ms. Santa Claus in Mayor’s Office

“This has been among my favorite events to be part of during my time in office. It is a great event for families and people of all ages to be part of and we are pleased to kick-off the holiday season for Central New York right here in downtown Syracuse,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “I encourage everyone to come join us for a great program once again in Clinton Square.”

Home for the Holidays will be emceed by Heather Daley of 92.1 – the WOLF. This year’s Clinton Square performance will be headlined by the Blacklites.  The program will culminate in the arrival of special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus. Once they are on stage, they will join Mayor Miner, Chief of Police Frank Fowler, and Chief of Fire Paul Linnertz, as well as the student winners of the Mayor’s “Share Your Story” challenge to light the tree. The performance begins at 6:30 pm.

Following the lighting of the tree, the public is invited to join Mayor Miner at City Hall for an open house where they can have a photo taken with Mayor Miner and the Chiefs of Fire and Police as well as with Santa and Mrs. Claus between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm Light refreshments will be served. The Stan Colella All Star Band will perform in the lobby. On display will be the winning entries of the Mayor’s “Share Your Story” challenge.

Skating will take place all day at the Clinton Square ice rink, weather permitting, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The rink will open again shortly following the ceremony.

Street Closures

Closing at 5:00 p.m.

  • Clinton Street, from West Genesee to Washington Streets
  • Erie Blvd. West, from Clinton to Franklin Streets
  • The 200 block of West Water Street, from Clinton to Franklin Streets

Closing at 6:00 p.m.

  • Clinton Street, from Herald Place to Genesee Street
  • Salina Street, from Willow to Washington Streets
  • Genesee Street, from Franklin to Salina Streets
  • James Street, from Salina to Warren Streets
  • The 100 block of East Water Street and East Genesee Street, from Salina to Warren Streets
  • Erie Boulevard East, from Salina to Warren Streets

All streets should reopened by 7:30 p.m.