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    Holiday Traditions

Dash and Dot, the Downtown Elves, are the Downtown Committee's seasonal staff members. Through their Downtown Holiday Activity Guide, they'll show you all of the unique gift options, holiday experiences and traditions that Downtown Syracuse is known for. The elves will take over the the Downtown Committee’s social media accounts (FacebookTwitter and Instagram) to share their adventures, special promotions and holiday adventures, starting Friday, November 26.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE WINDOW WONDERLAND DISPLAY

 
Window Wonderland Walk & Contest
 

Window Wonderland Walk & Contest

Vote for Your Favorite Downtown Holiday Window Display!

43 businesses participating in 6th Annual Window Wonderland Contest

The popular Window Wonderland Walk and Contest returns for its 6th Annual season this Friday, November 26. A record number of businesses (43!) have transformed their ground-floor windows into engaging winter and holiday scenes to celebrate the season and vie for prizes. The promotion was designed to boost holiday spirit, entertain visitors, and attract new customers to experience Downtown Syracuse’s variety of retail, restaurant and cultural offerings. Stroll through Downtown Syracuse and check out the businesses identified on our  Window Wonderland Map and then go inside, behind the windows, to see what magic awaits. 

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

Window Wonderland Map

How to Vote: An “Official Window Wonderland Contest Entry” sign signifies a storefront’s participation. The link to vote is accessible by clicking here, and will be open through January 2, 2022. This is accessible via smartphones as well. Tip: Use your smartphone to scan the QR code at any participating business to vote! Photos of the displays are also posted at the link to vote (and additional display photos will be added as we receive them).    

Winning displays will be announced in the Downtown Committee’s newsletter on Tuesday, January 4. The top three displays to earn the most votes will receive prizes: $500 for First Place, $250 for Second Place and $100 for Third Place.

A list of all participants is provided in the map above.

 
Dash & Dot's Holiday Gift Guide
 

Dash & Dot's Holiday Gift Guide

Dash and Dot's Holiday Gift Guide features six categories packed with suggestions to help you find thoughtful, meaningful gifts for loved ones this holiday season. 

Downtown Businesses: If you would like to submit an item to be featured in Dash and Dot’s Holiday Gift Guide, please send the elves a message via email at mail@DowntownSyracuse.com

 
Experiences the Whole Family Will Enjoy
 

Experiences the Whole Family Will Enjoy

From the Tree Lighting festivities - and all the merriment that accompanies this - to the Menorah Lighting, viewing Gingerbread masterpieces, walking through stunning tree displays, pajama parties and so much more, Downtown Syracuse is known for delivering family-freindly holiday experiences. Check out Dash and Dot's recommendations for Experiences the Whole Family Will Enjoy.

 
Holiday Pop-Up Shops
 

Holiday Pop-Up Shops

With Art Mart, Wildflowers Armory's Crafted Underground, and The Everson Museum of Art's Holiday Marketplace, there are plenty of opportuntiies to check out local, handmade craft and artisan items. Plus, don't forget about SKY Armory's Night Market on Small Business Saturday. Check out Dash and Dot's recommendations for Holiday Pop-Up Shops

 
Sounds of the Season
 

Sounds of the Season

Downtown Syracuse is the centerpiece for holiday traditions in our community, and music holds a starring role. View Dash and Dot's recommendations for taking in the Sounds of the Season.

 
Clinton Square Events & Ice Skating
 

Clinton Square Events & Ice Skating

Enjoy ice skating in Clinton Square, and take in all of the beauty! Lace-up your own skates, or rent them at the ice rink. Check out Dash and Dot's recommendations to enjoy events in Clinton Square this season. 

 
Holiday Newsletters
 

Holiday Newsletters

Our Marketing & Communications team promotes all of the special events, traditions, and specials that Downtown businesses are offering. We package everything together in a special Holiday version of our News & Events newsletter, which is sent weekly during the holiday season. Click here to read our most recent edition, sent out on Tuesday, November 23.

Downtown businesses: If you’re planning to hold sales, offer discounts, or host a special (in person or virtual) event, please let us know! Feel free to send your promotions to us all at once, or as your plans progress. Submissions to be included in each week's Monday Holiday Newsletter must be received by Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. If you'd like like to submit an activity or item to be included in Dash and Dot's Holiday Activity Guide, please send the elves an email at mail@DowntownSyracuse.com