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Holidays in Downtown Syracuse

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season in Downtown Syracuse

Holidays Downtown

Downtown Syracuse is our community's center for holiday tradition and we know that nothing compares with the atmosphere of bustling city sidewalks, lighted decorations on buildings and streets,  gorgeous window displays that bring the magic of the season to life, and of course, the food!
What's your favorite holiday thing to do in Downtown Syracuse?

Family Time

Downtown is home to old memories, and it's the place where new holiday traditions are established. Nothing compares with the wonder that gives Downtown its authenticity. This season, we worked with 325 Productions to produce a television commercial capturing some of the most popular things to do in Downtown Syracuse. Click here to watch

Window Wonderland Contest

Window Wondwerland Contest Decal Pic for WebVoting for our Window Wonderland Contest is now closed.  
25 Downtown businesses have dressed their storefront windows in winter's best!
Click here to read more about the winning displays.  

Wish Upon a Downtown Star

Star 2018“Wish Upon a Downtown Star,” and share your wishes, dreams and visions for Syracuse. A 10-foot lighted star is the newest “selfie spot” in Downtown Syracuse, illuminating Perseverance Park at the corner of S. Salina and W. Fayette Streets. Downtown residents, employees and visitors are encouraged to pose in front of the star, think about their wishes for our community, then share the image and their wishes across social media using the hashtag, #IWish. Thanks to Pathfinder Bank for supporting the Downtown Star during the 2018 holiday season. Click the image (or here!) to play a video, highlighting Pathfinder Bank and its contributions to our community.


Downtown Syracuse, Home to Holiday Traditions

Solon Quinn VideoDowntown Syracuse evokes a sense of wonder and timelessness around the holidays. It's home to a variety of retailers to help you cross items off your shopping lists. We worked with Solon Quinn Studios to help capture the essence of Downtown Syracuse in December. We hope you'll experience the sights and sounds of the season with family and friends. Click here to watch! 

#WhereIsDash: Dash and Dot, our seasonal staff members return to Downtown Syracuse for the Holiday Season on Friday, November 23!


Are you friends with the Downtown Committee on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and liking our Instagram photos? If you are, you can follow the adventures of Dash and Dot, our Downtown Committee elves as they make their way around Downtown Syracuse, exploring Downtown's great retail shops, restaurants, fitness facilities, museums and much more! Dash's journey begins Friday, November 23 and continues through Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.

The elves will be in a new location every day! If you think recognize the place where they are, email your guess(es) to mail@downtownsyracuse.com by 11:59 pm each day. All correct answers will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a free gift certificate ($50 value!) to a Downtown business. One winner will be selected at random every week. Remember, the more times you guess a correct location, the more times you will be entered into the week's drawing. We will recap Dash's adventures each week in our Holiday Newsletter (please click here to see a sample).