In this newsletter, you'll find:

Skate: Ice Skating Information
New Year, New Start
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 3:30 pm on Monday, December 28. For real-time updates, follow the Downtown Committee on social media, and check out DowntownSyracuse.com.
SKATE
Skates in the City
Reservations Available to Ice Skate in Clinton Square
Take in all the beauty of Clinton Square as you skate to the sounds of holiday music and the season. Lace up your own skates, or rent them at the ice rink. Ice rink capacity is limited to nine skaters for 1.5 hour sessions. Pre-registration is required. Starting 1/1, there will be seven daily sessions available. Sessions will run for 75 minutes.
Hours: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm daily
Cost: $5/adult; $3/junior 12 and under; $3/seniors 55+; $5 skate rental fee
NEW YEAR, NEW START
Start the New Year on a positive note
Winter/Seasonal Overnight Parking in Downtown Syracuse Starts This Week
The City of Syracuse announced new seasonal odd/even parking regulations in parts of Downtown Syracuse, which take effect this Friday, January 1. Here's how it works: On the blocks outlined below, overnight on-street parking will alternate and be limited to one side between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am to provide safer, more efficient access for snow plows to clear streets. The parking regulations apply to the following streets:

  • 100-200 blocks of E. Jefferson St.
  • 100-200 blocks of Madison St.
  • 100-200 blocks of Erie Blvd. E.
  • 100-200 blocks of E. Water St.
  • 100-200 blocks of W. Jefferson St.
  • 100 & 300 blocks of Montgomery St.
  • 100-400 blocks of S. Warren St.
Attend Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching's free online learning lab, "21 Micro Goals for the New Year."
Thursday, Dec. 31, 7:30 am-8:30 am
Working from home while your home is also a school? The Redhouse Learning Lab aims to help meet the needs of working parents as schools move to hybrid and online learning models. The Learning Lab is now accepting applications for its spring semester!
SHOP
Holiday savings still available!
Antique Underground
Ring in 2021 with up to 50% off in-store purchases between January 1-3 (Friday - Sunday).
The Everson Museum
Just a few days left to sign-up for, renew or gift a memberhip to the Everson Museum of Art. Memberships are 20% off through December 31st.
Xavier Optical
Don't let your FSA/HSA funds expire before the end of the year! Buy-one, get-one-half-off glasses, plus receive a free pair of non-prescription sunglasses when you spend $325 or more. Call 315-396-0325 to schedule an appointment.
Scholars & Champs
Take 20% off a single item (regular-priced items only).
Love Lola
Hold the phone! Buy One, Get One 50% Off continues through the holiday season.
Projex 214
Enjoy 20% to 50% off almost everything in the store!
Gift Card Giveaway!
All December
JF Real Estate is giving away a $20 gift card to a local retailer every week this month. Every Tuesday, JF Real Estate shares the business of the week on its Intagram page. So far, social media followers have won gift cards to Panini's, PMA Foods, Xavier Optical and Anything But Beer.
Rainbow
Sale on clearance items!
Jessica Elizabeth Skincare
Receive a 60-Minute Massage and Customized Facial for $180 (regular price is $205), and 15% off all gift card purchases throughout December.
40% off at Showoffs Boutique & Scottie D's
Enjoy 40% off holiday decor, holiday fashion and accessories at Showoffs Boutique and Scottie D's. The retail store, located at 216 W. Genesee Street, is offering deals all January long. Check @Showoffs_Boutique Instagram story to get the lowdown on daily and weekly specials.
TASTE
New Year's Eve specials and tasty treats!
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The Fish Friar has fresh lobster available for your New Year's Eve dinner, plus make-your-own cioppino, 4x Cheddar Mac 'n Cheese, Shrimp Cocktail, raw seafood by the pound, sides and more. Click here to order online by the end of the day (12/28).
Let Liehs & Steigerwald help you find the perfect cut of meat for your New Year's dinner! Click here to see the order options.
Order the Dining Week menu from Lemon Grass to enjoy the perfect New Year's Eve dinner at home! Enjoy 3-courses for $35! See the menu here.
Toast to a new year with a bottle of LaLuca Prosecco and a decadent cheese and charcuterie board from Epicuse for $55 (serves 4). Order online here, or browse the full selection of appetizers and entrees.
Talking Cursive Brewing Company is starting 2021 with a New Year's Day "Good Luck" Special. Enjoy slow-roasted pork and sauerkraut with black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes for $12. Pre-order online or call 315-907-6060.
The Ice Cream Stand is taking orders for ice cream, ice cream cakes, sandwiches and more for in-store pickup on December 30. Click here to order. Please note, ice cream cake orders must be placed by noon the day before pick up.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que invites you to ring in 2021 with New Year's Eve packages featuring smoked prime rib and jumbo shrimp cocktail packages. Hot and cold pick up options are available. The packages are designed to feed four people. Click here, or call Dinosaur's Catering department (315-579-0400) for more details.
Glazed & Confused's festive creation of the week is a "Rumchatta" donut. The donut shop will serve up the special open from 7 am to 1 pm this Thursday.
Eden is offering New Year's Eve dinner packages. Pre-order by 2:00 pm on Wednesday, 12/30 to pick up on New Year's Eve between 5 pm and 9 pm. To order, email Rich@edencny.com. Click here to see Eden's New Year's Eve menu.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at home with Cugini's Covid Relief takeout specials.
Let Three Lives cater your safe New Year's gathering! Click here to see the new catering menu.
Follow along with the live fundraising campaign on Twitch and Facebook!
Celebrate the New Year at home with Casa Mia's takeout specials:
Large cheese pizza + 2-liter of soda for $7.99 (pick up only).
Sheet pizza and 40 wings for $46.99
Large pizza and wings for $27.99
Order a Baklava tray from Cristo's Cafe for your next holiday gathering! Choose from walnut ($22), pistachio ($28) or chocolate ($20). Call 315-991-8803 at least three days in advance. Receive $2 off each tray when you order 2 or more. View daily specials on the restaurant's new Facebook page.
Apizza Regionale continues to offer its "Stay at Home Special for Two" for $50, featuring one Antipasti bowl, any large pizza (click here to view menu), budino, and a bottle of wine (Paulie's choice).
Order Kitty Hoynes' famous Reuben Fritters for your next gathering! Call the restaurant (315-473-9664) to order your frozen fritters by the dozen.
Kitty Hoynes is also offering 27-ounce crowlers, 4-pack cans, bottles of wine and cocktails to go!
DISCOVER
Holiday fun for the whole family!
Last Call for Downtown Holiday BINGO
Celebrate the holidays in Downtown Syracuse, and win fun prizes! To earn an entry into a drawing to win one of many prizes from Downtown businesses (valued at $10 - $50), upload five photos of your BINGO activities in action to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag the Downtown Committee. Earn an extra entry by sending a note to mail@DowntownSyracuse.com including the names of the businesses you visited and supported. Please put "BINGO" in the subject line. Click here to print the BINGO board.

Cost: Free to play
CNY Jazz New Year's Eve Virtual Celebration
Thursday, December 31, 7:00 pm
Ring in the New Year at home with the region's top jazz and cabaret talent! CNY Jazz is bringing family-friendly virtual fun straight to your inbox. Listen as Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, Scott Dennis, Vanessa Vacanti, Joe Carello, Jimmy Johns, Tom Brigandi and pianist Dan Pugh contribute their unique takes on holiday favorites. Plus, enjoy a retrospective video from the CNY Jazz Orchestra recorded at the Persian Terrace of the old Hotel Syracuse, and selections by the CNY Jazz Vespers Quartet.

Cost: $19.95 (ticket holders will receive a private link one hour before showtime, and will remain available through January 1)
Last Week! Window Wonderland Contest
Voting Continues through Saturday, January 2
38 Downtown Syracuse businesses have transformed their windows into engaging winter and holiday scenes for the Downtown Committee's 5th annual Window Wonderland Contest!

This is the last week to check out all of the decorated storefront windows and vote for your favorites. Click here to vote online. The winning windows will be announced in this newsletter next Monday!

During your tour, make sure to stop into these businesses for a free special treat:
Epicuse (map): Free hot cocoa
Gypsy Freedom (map): Free gift with purchase
35th Annual Gingerbread Gallery
Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Daily Through January 10
There's still time to see how 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, 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
The Marrone Law Firm put its own spin on the beloved poem, "The Night Before Christmas," to wish you a Merry Cusemas. Take a listen to this clever rendition featuring 32 Downtown businesses! Click here to watch!
COMMUNITY UPDATES
Downtown Businesses Holiday Hours
Click here for a collection of takeout options to plan your New Year's Eve and Day meals, as well as to access a list of retail opportunities, church services and other ways to support and engage with Downtown businesses.
Congratulations to 10 Downtown Businesses!
The results of the 2020 CNY Readers' Choice Awards are in! After 90,000+ votes were tallied, winners were selected in more than 120 categories. The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony (recorded at the most-missed entertainment venue, the Landmark Theatre) on Sunday, December 27.
Congratulations to 10 Downtown Syracuse businesses who won in the following categories: 

FOOD/DINING:
BBQ: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Coffee Shops: Cafe Kubal
Use of Social Media Account: Glazed & Confused

MOST MISSED DURING COVID:
Bar: Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub
Entertainment Venue: Landmark Theatre
Food Festival: Taste of Syracuse

OUTINGS:
Museum: The Museum of Science and Technology (The MOST)

PROFESSIONALS:
Insurance Agency: Haylor, Freyer & Coon
Law Office: Bond, Schoneck and King

SHOPPING/SERVICES:
Hotel: Marriott Syracuse Downtown

THE ADVENTURES OF DASH & DOT
Dash and Dot enjoyed their time in Downtown Syracue this season, spreading holiday cheer, highlighting meaningful gift options and raising awareness about holiday activities. Here's a recap of their adventures showcased (12/22 - 12/24) on the Downtown Committee's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Dash and Dot always love sampling their favorite flavors in Downtown Syracuse, and trying out the new restaurants that have opened since they were last in town. They celebrated Takeout Tuesday by showcasing some of their favorite meals from this visit, including veggie tacos and chips and guacamole from The Mission Restaurant.
Maple Syrup, Honey, Sugary beverages... it's an elf's paradise at the Bee Unique Gift Shop! Dash and Dot had so much fun exploring this Armory Square retail store on Wednesday.
Thursday brought the elves to Vagabond Clothing (Women) on S. Franklin Street, where they showed off 70% everything specials! They also immersed themselves into the window display, which they made sure to vote for in the 5th Annual Window Wonderland Contest before flying back to the North Pole.