“This year’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ tree lighting ceremony delivers all the traditions the community cherishes, along with new entertainment to enhance the annual celebration,” said Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh. “With the support of local businesses and other community partners, we are excited to once again bring everyone together to enjoy this spirited, affordable and family-friendly kick-off to the holidays.”
A pre-show will include Gary Carpentier, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” from 6 to 6:20 p.m., closing with a performance by TrumpTight315 at 7:15 p.m.
Traffic and Parking
There is no charge for street parking on Nov. 25, but the following streets will be closed from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.:
· 200 block of West Water Street, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street
· Clinton Street, from West Genesee Street to Washington Street
· Erie Blvd. West, from Clinton Street to Franklin Street
· Clinton Street, from Herald Place to Genesee Street
· Salina Street, from Willow Street to Washington Street
· Genesee Street, from Franklin Street to Salina Street
· James Street, from Salina Street to Warren Street
· 100 block of Water Street and East Genesee Street, from Salina Street to Warren Street
· Erie Blvd. East, from Salina Street to Warren Street
List of Events and Activities
Clinton Square Ice Skating
The Clinton Square Ice Rink will be open for skating on Nov. 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. It will be closed during the tree lighting ceremony and reopen immediately after with extended hours until 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. The general admission fee is $5.00. The admission fee for children (12 and under) and seniors (55 and older) is $3.00. In addition to admission, skate rentals cost $5.00. Credit card and cash payments are accepted. Pre-registration is not required. Patrons can call 315-423-0129 for more information or visit www.syr.gov/clintonsquareicerink
Sunnycrest Ice Skating
The Sunnycrest Ice Rink, located on the City’s east side next to Henninger High School is also open for ice skating, Noon to 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 to 10 p.m. The general admission fee is $5.00. The admission fee for children (12 and under) and seniors (55 and older) is $3.00. Skate rentals cost $5.00. Credit card and cash payments are accepted. Pre-registration is not required. Patrons can call 315-473-4696 for more information or visit www.syr.gov/sunnycresticerink
Tree Lighting, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Clinton Square
· The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
· TrumpTight315, a local R&B Funk band from Syracuse, will provide musical entertainment throughout the program.
· Mayor Ben Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will be joined on stage by the three winners of the “Active Winter Activities” Art Competition at 7 p.m. to light the tree. The ceremony is expected to conclude by 7:15 p.m.
· There is accessible seating located near the corner of West Water and South Salina Street
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