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NYS Holiday Tree Lighting presented by BlueShield of NENY

lit holiday tree in front of albany city hall
fireworks over empire state plaza
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The New York State Holiday Tree Lighting presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a FREE event with fun for the whole family including fireworks, caroling, ice skating, and more! Activities will continue throughout the day outdoors on the Plaza and indoors at Cornerstone at the Plaza.

Event Highlights & Schedule (subject to change)

  • Open Skating (weather permitting)
    • 12:00 - 3:30pm
    • 6:00 - 8:00pm
  • Meet Santa, Arts & Crafts with the Tulip Queen & Court, Capital Area Flute Club Strolling Performances, and Concessions
    • 1:00 - 4:00pm
  • Hartley's Encore Performance
    • 1:15 - 3:15pm
  • Tuba Christmas Performance
    • 4:00pm
  • Concessions and Bar
    • 4:00 - 8:00pm
  • Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club Performance
    • 4:30pm
  • Caroling with the Rusty Pipes
    • 5:00pm
  • Official Ceremony
    • 5:15pm
  • Tree Lighting & Fireworks
    • 5:30pm
  • Glo Hoops by JEM
    • 6:00pm

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