In this newsletter, you'll find:

Skate: Ice Skating Information
Shop: Holiday Discounts, Shopping Events and Promotions
Taste: Food Specials and Holiday Treats
Discover: Holiday & Community Events
Community Updates
Adventures of Dash & Dot

This newsletter is up-to-date as of 2:30 pm on Monday, November 30. For real-time updates, follow the Downtown Committee on social media (click on the icons below), and check out our website,
Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony Recap
In case you missed it, the beloved tradition of the Tree Lighting in Clinton Square will live on through the season, virtually. The recording features performances from national acts AJR and Shaed, local dance troupes and musical artists, and of course, an appearance by Santa! Watch the fun at - just scroll down and hit play.
Cost: Free
Skates in the City
Ice Skating in Clinton Square Now Open!
Take in all the beauty of Clinton Square as you skate to the sounds of holiday music. Lace up your own skates, or rent them at the ice rink. Ice rink capacity is limited to nine skaters at a time. Sessions are available for 1.5 hour increments, and pre-registration is required.
Hours: 11 am - 8:30 pm daily
Cost: $5/adult; $3/junior 12 and under; $3/seniors 55+; $5 skate rental
Anything But Beer
Today, Monday, November 30
Enjoy online discounts and deals, such as 50% off Gold Memberships and 15% off E-Gift Cards.
Gift Card Giveaway!
All December
JF Real Estate is giving away a $20 gift card to a local retailer every week in December.

The Hops Spot
Holiday gift card sale! Purchase a $25 gift card and receive $5 free!
Sweet on Chocolate
Check off your holiday gift list from the office or home, with new additions to Sweet on Chocolate's website, including items such as hot chocolate kits, truffle samplers and more!
Jessica Elizabeth Skincare
$180 for a 60-Minute Massage and Customized Facial (Reg. $205).
$450 for a package of 3 Signature Hydrafacials with Led Light Therapy (Reg. $525).
$210 for (3) 60-minute massages (Reg. $240).
Love Lola
Buy One, Get One 50% Off continues through the holiday season.
OHA Gift Gallery Sales
Receive 15% off store wide and online (with code ICESKATE15) through the end of December.
*To receive items by Dec. 24, all online orders must be received by Dec. 12.
Mixed Methods
Find a unique gift for everyone on your list with a selection of handcrafted art. Gift wrapping available!
A Cador Optical & Showroom
New Business Alert!
Located at 344 South Warren Street in the Icon Tower building, this new eyewear shop is offering Blue Blocker Eyewear starting at $19.95, and Rx Fashion Eyewear starting at $99.
Buy Black Virtual Holiday Market
Today! Monday, November 30
Black-Owned Syracuse and Central New York are hosting a virtual holiday market to help local black-owned businesses grow. Tune in at
Pop-Up Shoppes at SKY Armory
Through December 23
Enjoy a festive shopping atmosphere at SKY Armory (map) with local artisans, makers and retailers, plus delicious food and cocktails available for purchase downstairs at the new Tasting Room at Epicuse! Free admission, but donations are encouraged.
Crafted Underground
Saturday, December 5 - Sunday, December 6, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm at the McCarthy Mercantile (map)
Crafted Underground delivers a fun shopping experience, featuring a curated collection of 21 different crafters each weekend, plus live music! Free admission.
(Virtual) Buy Local Bash Extended Through December 1
The Buy Local Bash is a one-of-a-kind shopping event designed to highlight the locally-owned, independent businesses in our community. There's still time to check out special curated offers from vendors, including a handful of businesses located right here in Downtown Syracuse. When you visit the Buy Local Bash website and hover over the logos for participating vendors, the special promotions will pop up.

Cost: Free to shop!
20% off with the Syracuse Crunch
TODAY ONLY for Cyber Monday!
The Syracue Crunch are offering 20% off everything with the exception of the jersey raffle, with the discount code CYBER at their website. Plus, every order includes a $10 Tully's gift card.
Cost: Free to Shop
Cristo's Cafe is selling Baklava trays for your holiday gatherings! Choose from walnut ($22), pistachio ($28) or chocolate ($20). To place your order, call 315-991-8803 at least three days in advance. Deal Alert: Receive $2 off each tray when you order two or more!
Dining Inside Out has partnered with a mano kitchen & bar and The Sweet Praxis for a unique dining experience and virtual "social" event on Dec. 12. Learn new wine tasting tricks, table styling and cocktail-making, while enjoying a delicious pre-made meal from home! Please purchase tickets by Dec. 8.
OHA's Notorious Glorious (Virtual)
Tuesday, December 1, Noon

The Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) is celebrating the resilience of Central New York's workforce and workplaces with a virtual variety show reminiscent of the popular late-night talk shows from the television's golden age. The show will feature musical entertainment, special guests from days gone by, and classic commercials for products made in Central New York.

Cost: $100/Regular ticket link; $150/Ticket link & "Virtual Nightcap"
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Planning for Businesses
December 3 or 8, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
CenterState CEO has developed a series of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) services and educational trainings, designed for members. Join Dr. Juhanna Rogers to better understand how these services can help your company develop and deploy DEI strategies, address challenges, build plans with your leadership team and foster a more inclusive environment.

Cost: Free
Pre-registration required
Everson Museum Festival of Trees & Light
Through December 5
Discover dazzling seasonal creations located throughout the Museum, a virtual online auction full of unique gifts, and a virtual Festival Finale from the comfort of your own home this Friday!

Cost: Free to browse; $10 to bid; $100 for premium Finale tickets
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
Streaming December 10-20
Experience the magic of this beloved holiday classic in an imaginative retelling from the Redhouse Arts Center. The radio play was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the 1940s.

Cost: $20 presale; $25 after Dec. 9
Symphoria: A Classical Christmas Live Stream
Saturday, December 12, 7:30 pm
Experience the magic of the holidays with some of the best known classical music from Symphoria. Symphoria will brings the concert to you with a special livestream performance.

Cost: $20/individual live stream; $35/family live stream
Window Wonderland Contest:
Voting is LIVE through Saturday, January 2
34 Downtown Syracuse businesses have transformed their windows into engaging winter and holiday scenes for the Downtown Committee's 5th annual Window Wonderland Contest. As you're visiting Downtown this holiday season, engage in a socially-distant stroll to check them all out! Click here to vote online for your favorite displays. The winning windows will be announced on Monday, January 4.
35th Annual Gingerbread Gallery
Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily through January 10
Each year, the Erie Canal Museum transforms into a festive 1800s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows. View the creations in-person at the museum, or watch a professional video of the creations for a small fee.

Cost: $10/adult; $7/senior; $4 for children 3-17; 2 and under free
Pre-registration required
Polar Express Pajama Party Kit:
Limited Number Still Available!
A limited number of kits are still available, so your family can experience the magic of the Polar Express from the comfort of your home! The At-Home Polar Express Pajama Party is a rendition of the annual tradition at The MOST. With classic activities including hot cocoa chemistry, salt crystal snowflakes and jingle bell bracelets, the box is filled with STEAM fun to bring holiday magic into your homes. Each kit also contains an online code for a special Redhouse performance of The Polar Express (available December 10-20).

Cost: $20
New Pop-Up Dome Throughout the Holidays
Have you seen Syracuse's newest "Dome" in Perseverance Park? The 15-foot by 15-foot dome will be set up for 30 days, hosting various vendors, activities and sales. Follow along with what's happening in the "Dome" on Facebook. The "other dome" is open between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm each day.

How to Support Downtown Businesses
Click here for a collection of takeout options, curbside pick up opportunities, online ordering, specials, outdoor dining locations, church services and other ways to support and engage with Downtown businesses.
Our seasonal staff members, Dash and Dot our Downtown Elves on the Shelf, are excited to resume their tradition of visiting new places and catching up with their favorite places throughout Downtown Syracuse! Follow along as they highlight all of the activities (virtual and in person) that Downtown Syracuse has to offer during the holidays. Their mission is to spread holiday cheer and spotlight meaningful gift options found in retail shops, restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions. Each day, they'll visit a new place to help provide you with suggestions on ways you can safely enjoy Downtown Syracuse this holiday season. Follow their adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
After a two-week quarantine following their arrival from the North Pole, the elves got the green light to visit Downtown Syracuse businesses with undetected COVID-19 tests at The Oncenter.
On #FamilyFunFriday, Dash and Dot met a new friend, Bowzer. The turtle is one of the stars of the Nature's Ninjas exhibit, which you can check out at the Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST).
#FamilyFunFriday continued with a trip to Cathy's Cookie Kitchen, where Dot took a nap on a bed of marshmallows.
Keeping with tradition, Dash wanted to be sure to check out the City of Syracuse's Holiday Tree, up close in Clinton Square (He took a stroll over to the tree while Dot napped!). The elves were both excited to tune in for the virtual Tree Lighting.
Small Business Saturday brought the elves to Mixed Methods, where they helped model a mask policy to ensure a safe shopping experience for all. They were amazed at all of the gift options, marveling at mirrors, socks, glass, cards and more!
The #ShopLocal theme continued with a visit to Gypsy Freedom on Sunday. Dot had so much fun trying out different looks. The sustainable clothing sure is comfy. She's going to take advantage of the private personal shopping experience, and make an appointment to return!