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    Holiday Traditions

Downtown Syracuse is the centerpiece for holiday traditions in our community. We know nothing compares with the festive atmosphere, delicious treats, lighted decorations on buildings and streets and gorgeous window displays that bring the magic of the season to life. All of these experiences will be highlighted in our weekly newsletter, sent out every Monday during the holiday season. Click here to read the latest edition! 

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 will be sent out every Monday through the month of December. CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST RECENT EDITION SENT OUT ON NOVEMBER 30

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.

Window Wonderland Contest

Window Wonderland Contest

Vote for Your Favorite Downtown Holiday Window Display!

34 businesses participating in 5th Annual Window Wonderland Contest

34 businesses have transformed their ground-floor windows into engaging winter and holiday scenes to celebrate the season and vie for prizes in our 5th Annual Window Wonderland Contest. The promotion was designed to boost holiday spirit, entertain visitors and attract new customers to experience Downtown’s variety of retail, restaurant and cultural offerings. The contest, a perfect opportunity to spend some "socially-distanced" outdoor time with family and friends, continues through Saturday, January 2.

2020 Window Wonderland Map

How to Vote: An “Official Window Wonderland Contest Entry” sign signifies a storefront’s participation. The community will be able to vote for their favorite displays until January 2, 2021. CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DISPLAYS. 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 online (and additional display photos will be added as we receive them). Winning displays will be announced on Monday, January 4.   

Prizes: The business featuring the display with the most votes will receive a grand prize of $500; second place will be awarded $250, and third place will fetch $100. A list of all participants is provided below.

Downtown Elves, Dash and Dot, Return

Downtown Elves, Dash and Dot, Return

Our seasonal staff members, Dash and Dot, The Downtown Elves, will return to Downtown Syracuse (after quarantining from their arrival from the North Pole) on Friday, November 27 to visit the newest businesses in Downtown Syracuse, and catch up with the friends they've made at some of their favorite places! 

The elves’ mission is to highlight the variety of experiences in Downtown Syracuse. They’ll be in town through December 24, spreading holiday cheer and promoting outdoor activities, meaningful experiences and gift options found in Downtown’s retail shops, restaurants, hotels and cultural institutions. Each day, they’ll visit a new place - or participate in a new activity (including virtually) - and we'll share their adventures across our social media platforms to provide suggestions on ways you can safely enjoy Downtown Syracuse this holiday season. Follow their adventures and keep up with the elves across our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.