We know that nothing compares with the atmosphere of Downtown Syracuse's bustling city sidewalks, gorgeous window displays and lighted decorations on buildings and streets. We can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you this season! We've got you covered when it comes to events!
We're also excited to share the great incentivesspecials and deals that our Downtown restaurants, boutiques, shops and cultural institutions are offering. If you have something you'd like to include, please let us know! Every Monday through (at least) December 21, we will preview the special promotions to watch for. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think may be interested. Remember to give where it counts this holiday season.
  Holiday Happenings (& Family Fun!) This Week:
Celebrate Giving Tuesday
Tuesday, December 1
11:00 am - 1:00 pm at Lemp Park 

Join the Downtown YMCA Togetherhood Committee in celebrating Giving Tuesday on December 1 in Lemp Park (map) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by for FREE coffee and learn how you can give back to our community this holiday season. Bring in donations of socks, gloves and non-perishable food items,  or sign up to volunteer with local organizations. Those who bring donations or sign up to volunteer will be entered into a free drawing to win one of two $100 gift cards from Aster Pantry & Parlor, or a $40 gift card from Empire Brewing Company. There are other great prizes as well! 

PS: Liehs & Steigerwald and Soup R Salads will be offering lunch specials as well. Make sure you pop over to Lemp Park to pick up a coupon! 

For more information, please visit the YMCA's website
Festival of the Trees 
Returns to Everson Museum
Friday, December 4 - Friday, December 13 

Walk through a Winter Wonderland at the Everson Museum's 30th Annual presentation of the Festival of Trees. Starting this Friday, December 4 through Friday, December 13, the sights and sounds of the holiday season will come to life through the galleries and gathering spaces of the museum with decorated trees, wreaths and unique displays. Take in the beautiful sights, purchase items to decorate your home or office, and find inspiration for your own creations. Each tree, wreath and display is generously donated. All items are sold to benefit the museum. The museum, located at 401 Harrison Street (map), is open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. It is open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, and closed Monday and Tuesday. 

$5 per person
Children 10 and under are free

For more information, please visit the Everson Museum's website.
Gingerbread Gallery is Open
at the Erie Canal Museum 
Now Through January 3, 2016 

The upstairs gallery of the Erie Canal Museum has been transformed into an 1800s street scene featuring festive gingerbread creations made by professional and amateur bakers across the region. The 30th Annual First Niagara Gingerbread Gallery presentation runs until January 3. Admission is $2 for children, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults. Members of the museum have a free family pass. The Erie Canal Museum is located at 318 Erie Boulevard East (map). 

For more information, please visit the Erie Canal Museum's website , or call 315-471-0593.
Santa's Sky:  Special Holiday 
Planetarium Show 
11:15 am at the MOST ( map)
Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6 

Learn about the stars while you're in the holiday spirit! The MOST is showing its special holiday planetarium show, Santa's Sky on Saturdays and Sundays for the next three weeks. The planetarium show is scheduled be shown at 11:15 am this Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, as well as December 12, 13, 19, 20 and Thursday, December 24.  The planetarium shows are free for MOST members. Non-members may purchase tickets to the show for $2 with an admission ticket to the museum. 

For more information, please visit the MOST's website, or call  315-425-9068.
Snowy Splendor at the Onondaga Historical Association 
Now Through March, 2016 

Check out the Snowy Splendor exhibit at the Onondaga Historical Association, located at 321 Montgomery Street (map). The exhibit presents local artists' renditions of winter scenes across Onondaga County. The OHA is open Wednesday through Saturday.  

PS: On Thursday, December 10, the OHA's Gift Gallery is offering a special deal for members and the community. OHA members will receive 20% off their entire purchase. The general public may enjoy 10% off. 

For more information and museum hours, please visit the OHA's website or call 315-428-1964.
Holiday Happenings 
Around Armory Square
Saturday, December 5 

Jingle Bell Brunch at Empire Brewing Company
120 Walton Street (map)
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy Empire Brewing Company's Jingle Bell Brunch, featuring a mix of original and familiar blues, ballads and rock by the Bradshaw Blues Trio. Chad "Easy" Bradshaw, Reverend Ken and Jim Gass make up the trio. 

Keyboardist Dick Ford Performance at The Blue Tusk
165 Walton Street (map)
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Take a break from your holiday shopping to pop in and grab a bite at the Blue Tusk as Keyboardist Dick Ford, Director of Signature Music, keeps the lunch crowd humming.

Afternoon Tea at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel
416 South Clinton Street ( map)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Enjoy afternoon tea at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel as the  Great Lakes Guitar Quartet entertains. Guests will also be treated to individual performances by Benjamin Ellis, Christopher Polak, James Horan and John Ferrara, the members of the quartet.  

The Tom Dooley Choraliers & the Cathedral Church Choir 
Throughout Armory Square
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Armory Square will come to life with a host of voices! The Tom Dooley Choraliers are a strong a cappella choir; meanwhile, 26 men and women make up the Cathedral Church Choir. 

Christmas in Killarney at Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant
301 West Fayette Street ( map)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kitty Hoynes invites you to stop in to celebrate the season with live music! 

Live Music in the Residence Inn Lobby Bar
300 West Fayette Street (map)
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
Todd Hobin, leader of the Todd Hobin Band and a gifted songwriter and composer, will perform solo, playing the piano and guitar.  

Please find a complete schedule of all holiday happenings through the Armory Square Association's website.
Specials of the Season to #CelebrateDowntownSYR
"Sweet" Incentives to Visit
Sweet on Chocolate  
Enter by Tuesday, December 1 

Sweet on Chocolate is taking your holiday orders! Perfect for your next event,  Sweet on Chocolate offers 20 different varieties of  truffles, cremes, nut clusters, barks, turtles, dark chocolate and much more!  Or, wrap up your loved ones' favorite chocolate treat(s) in a Sweet on Chocolate's signature gold box with your choice of ribbon. And don't forget to gift yourself! For every $10 purchase, Sweet on Chocolate will include a free truffle. Sweet on Chocolate is located at 208 Walton Street (map). 

For more information, or to place an order, please visit Sweet on Chocolate's website or call 315-478-0811
Gift Card Deal at Modern Malt 
$5 bonus for every $20 in gift cards purchased  

This holiday season, Modern Malt is serving up a $5 bonus card for every $20 in gift cards purchased.
Sampling Food Tour Holiday Sale 
10% off tickets and gift certificates  

This holiday season, give your family and friends something truly unique. Receive 10% off your purchase of Sampling Syracuse Food Tours tickets and gift certificates from December 1 through December 31. Just enter the promo code HOLIDAY2015 when you book online, or mention it over the phone when you call (800-979-3370) to reserve your space(s). S ampling Syracuse Food Tours provides you with a delicious and unique way to discover Downtown Syracuse. The three hour walking tour includes stops at award-winning restaurants where participants can sample local fare as well as learn about cultural and historic landmarks.

Please visit Sampling Syracuse Food Tours' website for more information about the tours. 
30% off Shoes & Boots at Showoffs & Projex214
Through Saturday, December 5 

Showoffs Boutique and Projex214, located at 214 West Jefferson Street (map), want you to put your best foot forward. Enjoy 30% off all shoes and boots through this Saturday, December 5.  

PS: Starting Tuesday, December 1, Projex214 is taking 20% off any purchase. 
$25 Gift Certificate for Every $100 Purchase at K oolakian's Menswear
Now Through Thursday, December 24

Right up until Christmas Eve, if you spend $100 or more at Koolakian's Menswear, located at  132 East Genesee Street (map), you will receive a gift certificate for $25. The promotion runs through Thursday, December 24. 

Holiday Special:  Two Large 
One- Topping Pizzas 
Cugini Pizza, 230 West Genesee Street ( map)
Cugini Pizza is serving up holiday specials throughout the month. This week, order two 16" large cheese pizzas with one topping for $19.95. Please note, a premium topping may fetch an additional charge.  

Holiday Gift Card Special 
Peppino's Neapolitan, 409 South Clinton Street ( map)

Peppino's Neapolitan is serving a Holiday Gift Card Special this season. When you purchase $25 in gift cards, you will receive a free pizza! The pizza credit will be loaded onto a gift card for a future order.

Enter to win $25 at 
Armory Artworks 
Enter by Tuesday, December 1 

All visitors to Armory Artworks Gallery, located on the second floor of 136 Walton Street (map), are encouraged to enter a free drawing to win a $25 gift card toward a purchase. Armory Artworks will announce the winner Wednesday, December 2. The artist-owned and operated gallery features fine arts and crafts handmade by artisans across Central New York. 
12 Days of Fitness 
Sample the YMCA's facilities, programs & events up to 12 times for free! 

Get a jump start on your resolution! From December 1 through December 31, the YMCA is offering a great deal: Enjoy its facilities, programs, classes and events up to 12 times for free before joining. The offer includes adult swim lessons and water exercise classes, fitness, yoga and Pilates classes, a free running program and wellness coaching programs (including sports performance and nutrition), use of the fitness centers, access to all YMCA branches throughout Central New York and more.  The YMCA is located at 340 Montgomery Street (map). 

PS: If you join by December 31, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a FitBit! 

For more information, call 315-474-6851. 
10 Fitness Classes for $10
Popular Metro Fitness Holiday Special Returns 

Yes, it's really as good of a deal as it sounds. This holiday season, Metro Fitness is offering you the opportunity to  attend ten classes for $10. That's $1 for each class! Purchase for a family member, friend or yourself. You will receive a punch card upon purchase. Ask for details at the front desk. Metro Fitness is located at 205 South Salina Street (map).
Save the Dates, Mark Your Calendars 
One Night Only:
Mannheim Steamroller Rolls Into the Landmark
Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 pm 

Their holiday CDs are synonymous with Christmas, and you'll find them high on Billboard's Seasonal Music Charts every year. On Tuedsay, December 8, Mannheim Steamroller will bring their Christmas favorites - with a modern spin on hits - and dazzling multimedia effects to the Landmark Theatre ( map). 

Tickets range from $39-$75

For more information, please visit the Landmark Theatre's website
Special Downtown Shopping Days 
Thursday, December 10 & 
Thursday, December 17 

Retail stores throughout Downtown Syracuse are teaming up to extend their hours to help you cross items off your holiday shopping list on two Thursday evenings this December. 

Next Thursday, December 10 is geared toward women. Women are invited to find gifts for those on their lists, or if they would prefer, treat themselves as well! Participating stores will be open until 7 pm. Look for small snacks and beverages in select stores to enhance the shopping experience!  

Then, Thursday, December 17, it's the men's turn. Our Downtown merchants want to help them find that special gift for that special someone before the proverbial eleventh hour. 

PS: While the dates were selected with men and women in mind, everyone is welcome to shop one or both nights! 

So far, the following stores are participating:   Showoffs Boutique, Projex214, Jet Black, Bounce, Frankie & Faye, Mr. Shop, Lemp Jewelers (open until 5:30 pm), Tenacious Sound, Koolakian's Menswear (only December 10), Vintage Love, Indie Kids, Accents of Armory Square, Bersani Gallery (open until 6 pm), Eureka Crafts, Kenn Kushner Designs, Midnight Sun, The Changing Room and a la Maison, Industry Salon, Designer Warehouse, Ish Guitars, Armory Artworks and Olive on Brooklea (open until 6 pm).

We will update this list as we learn about more participating stores.
Tickets on Sale Now:
Dasher's Magical Gift 
Saturday, December 12 
11:00 am at Crouse Hinds Theater

Meet Dasher, Peppermint the Reindeer, Sir Ralph Elf and many other colorful characters on Saturday, December 12. CNY Arts presents the second annual production of Dasher's Magical Gift, a holiday family friendly narrated (and sign-interpreted) ballet. The original show is locally produced, written, choreographed and costumed. The stars, including Alena Zhang as Dasher, pictured to the right, are students from Dance Centre North. 
The Crouse Hinds Theater is located within the Oncenter at 421 Montgomery Street (map). 

Tickets: $10 - $19
(Discounts of $1 per ticket are available with the purchase of 4 tickets or more)

To purchase tickets (or learn more about the show), please call 315-435-2154 or visit CNY Arts' website. 
#WhereisDash: Meet Dash, Our Holiday Elf!
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, our Downtown Committee Star Elf as he makes his way around Downtown Syracuse, exploring all of the great retail shops, restaurants, fitness facilities, museums and much more! Bonus: If you recognize the location where he is, email  mail@downtownsyracuse.com  for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate redeemable at one of Downtown Syracuse's great retail shops, restaurants or fitness facilities. 

This week, we had 144 entries into our contest! 
Please join us in congratulating Blair who won a $50 gift certificate to Projex214! 
Dash's Week Around Downtown!
Stop 1: The Landmark Theatre Box Office, at 362 South Salina Street ( map)

Dash kicked off his first week of exploration last Monday, with a visit to the Landmark Theatre Box Office. He wanted to be first in line for Friday evening's free showing of Elf. 
Stop 2: Cafe Kubal, at 401 South Salina Street ( map
On Tuesday, Dash took a swing from the iconic lights at Cafe Kubal on Salina Street.  

Stop 3: Aspen Athletic Club of Downtown Syracuse, at 125 East Jefferson Street ( map)
Wednesday saw Dash pumping iron in the gym. We caught up with him as he was lifting weights at Aspen Athletic Club in Onondaga Tower. He told us he wanted to burn off some extra calories because he was really looking forward to his Thanksgiving feast.   

Stop 4: Funk 'n Waffles at 307 South Clinton Street ( map)
On Thursday, Dash was feeling very thankful at Funk 'n Waffles. He devoured the Jive Turkey, a stuffing-based waffle topped with traditional Thanksgiving fixings (turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce!). He had started craving the concoction after watching a recent episode of "Guilty Pleasures" that featured the one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving treat. 
Stop 5: Gannon's Isle, at 401 South Salina Street ( map)
Friday brought out Dash's sweet tooth. He ventured to Gannon's Isle where he took a spin in the soft-serve ice cream machine before picking a flavor of homemade ice cream to enjoy. He said he just had to take advantage of the balmy November temperature!  

Stop 6: Vintage Love, at 201 East Jefferson Street ( map)
Dash made Santa Claus very happy on Saturday. He made moves on Small Business Saturday, showing up his fellow elves to fill the sleigh through his mission to #ShopSmall. He had so much fun at Vintage Love, exploring the designs of Maeflower's Vintage and Driftwood & Glitter.

Stop 7: Industry, at 258 West Jefferson Street ( map)
In fact, Dash had so much fun (and success!) in his mission to #ShopSmall, he felt the need to take a spa day on Sunday. He enjoyed a facial and massage at Industry Salon

Dash will continue to dash around Downtown Syracuse this week. He will be in a new location every day! You can follow his whereabouts by keeping tabs on the Downtown Committee's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Email your guesses 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!), This week, participants can enter to win a free month of membership at Metro Fitness.   Remember, the more times you guess a correct location, the more times you will be entered into the week's drawing. We will recap his adventures for you this week in our Holiday Newsletter next Monday, December 7.