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New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting

lit holiday tree in front of albany city hall
lit holiday tree in city
lit holiday tree near building
fireworks over empire state plaza
When: Sunday, Dec 5, 2021 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Celebrate the season at the beautiful Empire State Plaza with FREE activities including the official ceremony and tree lighting, fireworks, a rock-and-skate with Skeeter Creek, demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club, performances by Tuba Christmas, and photo opportunities with Santa Claus at Cornerstone at the Plaza!

2021 Schedule

  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Inside the Snow Globe with Cornerstone at the Plaza featuring a warming area, holiday concessions, specialty beverages, sweets & treats, and more!
  • 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Meet Santa Claus
  • 4:00pm: Performances Tuba Christmas
  • 4:30pm: Demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club
  • 5:15pm: Official Ceremony, Tree Lighting, and Fireworks
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm: Rock-and-Skate with Skeeter Creek

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