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      Thousands brave low temps for holiday tree lighting in Clinton Square

      Thousands braved temperatures in the 20's to watch the annual tree lighting in Clinton Square.

      Thousands braved temperatures in the 20's this evening to watch the annual "Home for the Holidays" celebration and lighting of the tree in Clinton Square.

      The event featured performances from vocalists Joey Nigro and John Nilsen as well as the Brownskin Band. With holiday favorites pumping from the stage, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived on zamboni to cheers from a thoroughly-chilled crowd.

      The famous pair joined Mayor Stephanie Miner, Chief of Police Frank Fowler, Chief of Fire Paul Linnertz, Chief of Staff Bill Ryan and the winners of Mayor Miner's letter writing contest to lead the countdown to the lighting of a 60-foot Norway Spruce.

      Afterward, a reception was held at City Hall for the public to have a chance to indulge in a bit more holiday cheer care of the Stan Colella All-Star Band and the Syracuse Brigadiers Drum and Bugle Corps. Attendees also had an opportunity to take photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus as well as city officials.