Mayor Walsh will flip the traditional candy cane switch to light the Christmas tree at Clinton Square

The City of Syracuse, with producing partners, Cumulus Media, today announced a dedicated web site,, for viewers to tune into for this year’s “Home for the Holidays” virtual Christmas tree lighting special. The stream will debut on the new site, in addition to the City of Syracuse YouTube channel, on Friday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.

The annual celebration traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving in Clinton Square has been moved to an online experience due to COVID-19 public gathering limits. An hour-long program full of national and local entertainment and appearances by community members will precede the ceremonial lighting when Mayor Walsh flips the candy cane switch for the Clinton Square Christmas tree.

Featured acts include:

  • AJR;
  • Shaed;
  • TrumpTight 315;
  • Victory Temple Youth Choir;
  • Latin/Soul Trombone Player Melissa Gardiner;
  • Syracuse City Ballet;
  • Symphoria Youth Orchestra and more.

The special will include Cumulus Media on-air personalities with city co-host Maria Maldonado-Lewis. Appearances include Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens with guests Ted and Amy in the Morning from WNTQ; Rick Roberts, Afternoon Drive on 93Q; Marty and Shannon from the Morning Mess; Dixon in the afternoon drive on WAQX; and Dave Frisina, are also planned. The full show will also be made available through the 93Q, 95X, TheScore 1260 and websites from Nov. 27 to Dec. 25, and on Ted & Amy’s 2020 Virtual Christmas Spectacular on Saturday, Dec. 19.

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