City of Syracuse “Home for the Holidays” Clinton Square Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting


Watch the virtual Christmas tree lighting program produced by Cumulus Media, “Next best thing to being there” According to Mayor Walsh

Syracuse, N.Y. – The first City of Syracuse “Home for the Holidays” virtual Christmas tree lighting program premiered Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The program is now available for viewing.

This is an adapted version of the long-standing, in-person holiday tree lighting event, changed to a virtual event due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. However, that didn’t dampen the holiday spirit as Syracuse continued the traditional  “Home for the Holidays” produced by Cumulus Media. The hour long show includes performances by national and local acts, along with clips showcasing Syracuse’s true diversity, tree lighting history and special messages.

Viewers can tune in online to see the full hour-long special at SyracuseTreeLighting.com and on the City of Syracuse YouTube channel. The full show is also available through 93Q, 95X, TheScore 1260 and TheRebelRocks.com websites from Nov. 27 to Dec. 25, and on Ted & Amy’s 2020 Virtual Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 19.

“Syracuse will be proud of this show. It features first rate production value and includes nationally known musical acts, along with local talent,” said Mayor Walsh. “It also highlights our community’s rich diversity including holiday greetings delivered by local residents in more than 15 languages. This program really is the next best thing to being there.”

The special included Cumulus Media on-air personalities with city co-host Maria Maldonado-Lewis. Appearances by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, along with guests Ted and Amy in the Morning from WNTQ; Rick Roberts, Afternoon Drive on 93Q; Marty and Shannon from the Morning Mess; Dixon in the afternoon drive on WAQX; and Dave Frisina, TheRebelRocks.com.

Featured acts:

  • AJR;
  • Shaed;
  • TrumpTight 315;
  • Victory Temple Youth Choir;
  • Latin/Soul Trombone Player Melissa Gardiner;
  • Syracuse City Ballet;
  • Symphoria Youth Orchestra and more.

At the end of the program, Mayor Walsh flipped the switch, lighting up the Christmas tree once more kicking off another holiday season in Clinton Square.