Home for the Holidays Celebration-Friday Nov. 27, 2015

Annual Event Culminates in Lighting of Clinton Square Tree

The City of Syracuse announced the lineup for its annual “Home for the Holidays” celebration. The event, which culminates with the Clinton Square tree lighting ceremony, is organized by the Office of Mayor Stephanie A. Miner and the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Programs. This year’s celebration will take place on Friday, November 27.

“I am once again pleased to open the doors to visitors from across our community to attend this family-friendly event,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “We are looking forward to having yet another successful event in Clinton Square.” wreath bright red_1

Clinton Square and City Hall

This year’s Clinton Square performance will be headlined by Corcoran Live!  The show will emceed by Kathy Rowe and Patrick from Y94. 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 p.m. and the tree will be lit at approximately 7:00 p.m.

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

Mayor Miner with Santa and Mrs. Claus

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 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 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.

Across Downtown

The Erie Canal Museum will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the holiday classic Gingerbread Gallery.    The Gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day with cookies and cocoa after the tree lighting.   The Gallery will remain open through the holidays, closing on January 3.

Canal Museum

Canal Museum

Come take in the sweet sounds of the Chittenango High School Select Choir before and after the Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. Stop at the Landmark Theatre before the Tree Lighting Ceremony for a free choral performance. Presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, the choir will sing from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the choir will perform in Hanover Square, starting at 7:00 pm.

That night, from 5 to 8 p.m., teenaged and young adult students of the Signature Music Program will perform live in “Musical Windows on the Square” at the Mr. Shop.  Across the way, in the Residence Inn Lobby Bar, from 5 to 7 p.m., will be “The Guise,” with Dale Randall and Adrian Gerard  with their special blend of guitars and vocals.   For all the holiday happenings in Armory Square throughout the season, visit http://www.armorysq.org/holidays/.Holiday Happenings Armory Square Banner 2015

Another holiday tradition continues with a free family holiday screening of “Elf” at the Landmark Theatre.   The movie will be projected on the big screen at 7:30 pm.  Admission is free, but you must have a ticket. Tickets can be picked up at the Landmark Theatre Box Office or online at the B104.7 website .  This event is sponsored by B104.7 and The Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

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The 61st annual Art Mart, sponsored by Syracuse Allied Arts, Inc. will be open from special hours, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on the night of the tree lighting. Located in the Atrium at City Hall Commons, 201 East Washington Street, it features original art handcrafted by over 50 local artisans.  The shops at the Mart are open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through December 24.



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.