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Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival

  • lit holiday tree in front of albany city hall
  • fireworks over empire state plaza
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Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

The annual New York State Holiday Tree Lighting presented by SEFCU at Empire State Plaza is scheduled for December 3 from 1:00PM - 8:00PM!

This family-fun annual event has something for everyone with a full day of indoor and outdoor activities, including:

  • A chance to meet Santa Claus!
  • Holiday arts and crafts show
  • Skating demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club
  • Train rides on the Concourse
  • Horse and carriage rides on the Plaza
  • Caricatures by Rich Conley
  • Musical performances by Moriah Formica of the Voice, Tuba Christmas and the Rusty Pipes
  • And FIREWORKS!

The tree-lighting ceremony begins at 5:15 and concludes with a fireworks show. The event also coincides with the Taste NY Holiday Market at the New York State Museum and the Great Train Extravaganza in the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.


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