The holiday season officially kicks off in Syracuse this Friday with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Clinton Square.
The “Home for the Holidays” celebration starts at 6:30 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will join Mayor Stephanie Miner, Police Chief Frank Fowler, Fire Chief Paul Linnertz as well as the student winners of the Mayor’s “Share Your Story” challenge to light the tree.
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 7-8 p.m.
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.
For the ceremonies, the following streets will be closed in Downtown on Nov. 24:
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.