In this newsletter, you'll find:

Downtown Business Directory
Community Updates
Downtown Events
Deals and Promotions

For real-time updates, follow the Downtown Committee on social media (click on the icons below), and check out our website, DowntownSyracuse.com.
DOWNTOWN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
Click here for a collection of takeout options, retail opportunities and other ways to support and engage with Downtown businesses.
WINDOW WONDERLAND CONTEST WINNERS!
The votes have been tallied, and the results of the 5th Annual Window Wonderland Contest are in! In total, 2,786 people voted for their favorite displays as a record 39 businesses decorated their windows in winter scenes and holiday wonderlands.
Congratulations to Soup R Salads for defending its first place title for the third consecutive year! The Soup R Salads display featured a depiction of the holiday season in Clinton Square, complete with the lighted tree and ice skating and a rendition of the time-honored tradition of visiting the Gingerbread Village at the Erie Canal Museum.
Famous Artists' "Hamilton Tree" earned second place - Congratulations! Each ornament depicts a song from the award winning musical. In its other window, playbills of Broadway shows dazzle onlookers.
For the first time in the history of the Window Wonderland Contest, two displays tied for third place according to votes. Congratulations to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's headquarters for its Santa Claus Dinosaur feature.
And congratulations to Element on Water for its dazzling window display featuring white lights and beautiful trees, also earning third place.
COMMUNITY UPDATES
Downtown Syracuse Sign Reveal
After reviewing two designs ideas, the community has spoken: This (left image) will be the new Downtown Syracuse gateway sign, greeting neighbors entering downtown from the West Genesee Street off-ramp from I-690.

Thank you to all who voted! We look forward to joining community partners to install the sign later this spring.

Special thanks to Digital Hyve for providing the design concepts, Elevator Interiors for fabricating the winning design, and Syracuse's Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today (TNT) for supporting the initiative with a grant to landscape the area in May, 2021.
New Odd/Even Parking in Effect
New seasonal odd/even parking regulations are now in effect for parts of Downtown Syracuse. 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.

Academic Support Labs Start This Week
Attention Parents! The Redhouse Arts Center and the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) are both offering daytime academic programs to support students and parents as schools implement hybrid models to address COVID-19. Both options begin this week and spots are still available!
Click the links below to learn more and to register.

EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Emotional Intelligence Training Series
Starts Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7:30 am

Learn how to be more effective in life and work by practicing key strategies for success in this online training series with Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching. All workshops are 1-hour and start at 7:30 am. The following topics will be covered:
January 6: Self-Awareness
January 13: Self-Management
January 20: Social Awareness
January 27: Relationship Management

Cost: Free; Registration required; Must register for first session to attend the rest!
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm at City Hall Commons Atrium (map)

A great way to start off the new year is by helping the American Red Cross and City of Syracuse save lives! The need for blood donations continues to increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help those in need and receive a free antibody test, make an appointment to donate blood.

Cost: Free
2021 Virtual Speed Networking
Thursday, Jan. 7, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Meet new connections from the comfort of your home office! CenterState CEO has re-invented its traditional Speed Networking format to translate to the Zoom world. Please note, space is limited so organizers ask that one employee per company register.

Cost: Members: $5 / Non-members: $10; Registration required
Executive Leadership Development Series: Virtual Information Session
Thursday, Jan. 14, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

CenterState CEO's Executive Leadership Development Series helps executives and rising managers reach the next level by enhancing critical thinking, communication and empowerment skills. This seven-month comprehensive leadership series, designed for members, features a curriculum that combines academic expertise from local colleges and universities with real world insight from some of the region's top business leaders.

Cost: Free to attend information session;
Last Week to View 35th Annual Gingerbread Gallery's Village
Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily through Jan. 10
This is the last week to see a festive 1800s canal town street scene with gingerbread creations on display in storefront windows in the Gingerbread Gallery. 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
Skates in the City
Open 10:00 am - 8:30 pm daily

Take in all the beauty of Clinton Square as you skate to the sounds of the season. Lace up your own skates, or rent them at the ice rink. Ice rink capacity is limited to nine skaters per session. Pre-registration is required. Sessions will run for 75 minutes.

Cost: $5/adult; $3/junior 12 and under; $3/seniors 55+; $5 skate rental fee
UPCOMING TICKETED EVENTS
2021 Virtual Economic Forecast
Thursday, Jan. 28, 9:00 am

Join CenterState CEO for a virtual presentation on national, state and regional economy trends, plus the 2021 regional economic outlook, compiled with input from CenterState CEO members..
DEAL ALERT!
Take 20% off storewide at Scholars & Champs, or shop online with code "NewYear" at checkout! Plus, in store only, select clothing racks are up to 50% off!
Showoffs Boutique and Scottie D's are offering up to 50% off clothing and holiday items. Shop during regular store hours Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, or call 315-439-8908 to make a private appointment.
Member Appreciation Week at Metro Fitness is next week, January 11-16! Stop in for the lowest prices of the year on personal training, membership and more.
#InThisTogether
The Upstate Medical Arena at the Oncenter War Memorial reopened last week (for the first time since March!) to begin COVID19 vaccinations for our local first responders.
Thank you for "lighting up" our city through these stunning drone pictures, @AidenMedia!.
The Clinton Square tree went dark over the weekend to honor neighbors in Onondaga County who have lost their lives to COVID-19 in 2020. The tree was dark for almost eight hours, one minute to honor every person.
Check out this stunning view of the Downtown Syracuse skyline from Onondaga Lake through birds. Thank you for sharing this photo with us, @willimmatt_fordmann89!
If you have a Downtown photo you'd like to share with us, please email it to mail@downtownsyracuse.com, tag us on Facebook (@DowntownSyracuse),
or Instagram (@downtownsyracuse).