Tree Lighting

New York State's Holiday Tree Lighting

Presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York on Sunday, December 4, 2022 from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m.
New York State Holiday Tree Lighting Presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
Presented By
Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York


December 4, 2022
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, demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club, carvings by The Ice Farm, performances by Tuba Christmas, photo opportunities with Santa Claus at Cornerstone at the Plaza, and more!

Time Activity Location
12:00 - 3:30 p.m. Open Skating Ice Rink
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Inside the Snow Globe with Cornerstone at the Plaza featuring a warming area, holiday concessions, specialty beverages, sweets & treats, and more! Cornerstone at the Plaza
12:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ice Sculpting by Ice Farm Syracuse Ice Rink
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Carriage Rides Plaza Level North End
1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet With Santa Claus Cornerstone at the Plaza
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Rock-and-Skate with Side B Ice Rink
4:00 p.m. Tuba Christmas Performance Plaza North End
4:30 p.m. Demonstrations by the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club Ice Rink
5:00 - 5:15 p.m. Caroling with The Rusty Pipes Plaza North End
5:15 p.m. Official Ceremony, Tree Lighting, and Fireworks Plaza North End
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Open Skating Ice Rink
FREE Parking Available in the Visitor's Lot
Cornerstone at the Plaza

Holiday Cookies & Pastries
Chicken Tenders and Waffle Fries
Fried Shrimp Basket
Pretzel Bites
Loaded Grilled Cheese
Beef Chili
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Cinnamon Pretzel Bites
Specialty Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea, Assorted Soft Drinks

Mosall's Grove

Hamburgers and Hotdogs
Fresh cut Fries
Mac and Cheese Bites
Ribbon Chips
Fresh Cider Donuts and Hot Cider

Concourse Dining

McDonald's | 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Logan's Deli | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (in the Northeast Gallery)
Green Sugar Leaf Farm | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Empire State Plaza Ice Rink
Tree Lighting Open Skating Hours
12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.