Syracuse city workers assemble the Christmas tree in Clinton Square Monday morning, November 14, 2022. Photo by Mike Greenlar | Central Current

Story by Yolanda Stewart | Photo by Michael Greenlar

The countdown to Christmas begins with Syracuse’s annual “Home for the Holidays” tree lighting on the day after Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. in Clinton Square.

The tree lighting ceremony will continue the city’s tradition of ushering in the holiday season.

“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,” said Mayor Ben Walsh.

Local city workers have begun the process of assembling the 42-foot tree centered in downtown Syracuse.

“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 Walsh. 

The event will be moderated by 95X Morning Mess with Marty and Shannon hosts. The pre-show will include former contestant from NBC’s The Voice, Gary Carpentier, and it will close with a performance by Trumptight315.

In addition to entertainment, the event’s lineup will offer an opportunity for three Syracuse youths to join Mayor Walsh and Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens on stage to light the tree.

Youth contestants between the ages of 4-12 are encouraged to participate by submitting a freehand drawing inspired by this year’s theme “winter activities.” The winning contestants will be selected by the City Parks Department Winter Art Contest.

For submission consideration, guardians are instructed to take a picture of their child’s drawing and email it to All participants must include their name, age, school, guardian name, phone number, and email.

Deadline for submission is Friday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m.


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