The annual City of Syracuse tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 26, illuminating a 75-foot Norway spruce in Clinton Square.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck for the lighting ceremony, which will be preceded with classic holiday music by the Tucker Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choir, Northside resident Joey Nigro-Nilsen with accompaniment by John Nilsen, the Syracuse Chapter of Gospel Music Workshop of America and Frazer School's fourth, fifth and sixth grade "Golden Voices."
Mayor Stephanie Miner has asked that people bring non-perishable food items to the event and drop them in Food Bank of Central New York bins that will be stationed at the corners of Clinton Square.
The tree lighting is one of the many "Home for the Holidays" events planned for Friday:
City Hall Open HouseChat and have your picture taken with Mayor Stephanie Miner, Syracuse Chief of Police Frank Fowler, Syracuse Fire Chief Mark McLees and Santa from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 233 E. Washington St. Refreshments will be served, and the Stan Colella All-Star band will provide entertainment.
Open SkatingThe Clinton Square Ice Rink will be open for free skating from noon until 9 p.m. Rent a pair of skates for $3.
Holiday Tunes at the LandmarkThe Chittenango High School Choir and Spirit of Syracuse Chorus will perform from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the grand lobby of the Landmark Theatre, located at 362 S. Salina St.
Bad Sweater PartyThe Landmark Theatre will host this holiday favorite from 7 to 9 p.m. Bad sweater contest and live music by Peg Newell and Jason Vaughn of The Reissues. All ages are invited.
Yule Log LightingHanover Square will light the traditional Yule Log following the tree lighting, with holiday music by the Chittenango High School Choir.
Art MartThe annual Art Mart in the City Hall Commons Atrium, 201 E. Washington St., will have extended hours Friday, remaining open until 9 p.m. The Art Mart features original crafts and fine art.