Tree Lighting

New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting Presented by BSNENY

Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
New York State Holiday Tree Lighting Presented by BlueShield of Northeastern NY
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December 8, 2019
12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Empire State Plaza and Cornerstone at the Plaza


Celebrate the season at the beautiful Empire State Plaza with FREE activities including the official ceremony and tree lighting, fireworks, open skating and performances, horse and carriage rides, Santa Claus, Tuba Christmas, crafts, and more! Free parking is available in the Visitor's Lot provided by the New York State Office of General Services.

Time Activity Location
12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Open Skating* Ice Rink
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Horse & Carriage Rides Plaza
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meet Santa

Arts & Crafts with the Tulip Queen and Court

Capital Area Flute Club Strolling Performances


Cornerstone at the Plaza
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Hartley's Encore Performance Ice Rink
4:00 p.m. Tuba Christmas Performance Plaza
4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Concessions and Bar Cornerstone at the Plaza
4:30 p.m. Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club Performance

Ice Rink

5:00 p.m. Caroling with the Rusty Pipes Plaza Main Stage
5:15 p.m. Official Ceremony Plaza Main Stage
5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting & Fireworks Plaza
6:00 p.m. Glo Hoops by JEM Plaza
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open Skating* Ice Rink

*Weather permitting