It's looking a lot like Christmas: Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony

CLINTON SQUARE, SYRACUSE -- The Syracuse Symbol of the holiday season is now fully lit up in Clinton Square.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were joined by Syracuse Mayor, Stephanie Miner and other city leaders to flip the switch. This year the tree was donated by Holly Piazza who lives in Eastwood.

Friends and families from all over anxiously waited for the moment when the tree would finally light up Clinton Square, something many look forward to every year.

"I just feel like it will put everyone in a mood of getting ready for Christmas," said Breiale Martin of Syracuse.

Holiday spirit filled the air as it officially marks one month till the holiday. Some Central New Yorkers gathered together drinking hot chocolate, listening to traditional carols and spending time with their loved ones.

"We come every year, it is just a tradition for our family. We bring the kids down, t's just exciting to see the lighting, the kids ice skating and all the festivities, it's really fun," said the Zachery Family of Syracuse.

There were even some first time goers, who finally made it downtown to watch the ceremony.

"He's five years old so we thought it was a good time to celebrate the season and come down and experience downtown Syracuse at Christmas time," said the Ward Family.

"Well I've always wanted to go and I've always had to work whenever they had the tree lighting ceremony and I'm like this year I got it off, I'm going," said Melody Lindow of Elbridge.

As the night winded down, all the holiday spirit has some kids thinking about their Christmas wishlists.

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