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The City of Oswego Celebrates “An Oswego Christmas”

The City of Oswego will host the 31st annual tree lighting event at Civic Plaza on December 1st from 1:00pm to 6:30pm. The theme of this year’s annual tree-lighting is once again “An Oswego Christmas.” A full day of family activities are scheduled including a live ice sculpture demonstration, a children’s train ride,  horse drawn carriage rides, multiple stage performances, a children’s parade, pictures with Santa, the lighting of the tree and fireworks over the river.

Activities start at 1pm with the opening of the train ride, two children’s games and the first stage performance performed by Kay Burke. The children’s parade, led by Santa with the Oswego City Fire Department and Oswego City Police Department, will start at 2 p.m. in front of the Elks Club on West Fifth Street. The parade route will continue down West Fifth Street to Oneida and end at Civic Plaza where Santa will be led into City Hall for pictures until 5:15pm. The live ice sculpture demonstration also begins at 2:00pm along with the horse drawn carriage rides. The day continues with performances from the Oswego Players, the Charles E. Riley Chorus, “Elvis Presley” and Creation Studios.

At 5:15pm, Mayor William Barlow will welcome the crowd followed by the announcement of the poetry and coloring contest winners, a reading of the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by children’s author Kevin Caraccioli and the lighting of the tree at 6:00pm. The evening will be capped off with a fireworks display by Pyrotecnico.

Throughout the day, food vendors will be available, Boy Scout Troop 888 will be selling snacks, the Wolf Den from Cub Scout Pack 885 will be holding a can food drive  in support of the Human Concerns Center and music will be provided by Just Push Play Productions. The H. Lee White Maritime Museum will also be open from 1pm-5pm.

For more information, contact Jennifer Losurdo at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3451, email at or check out the full schedule on Facebook by searching “An Oswego Christmas”.  

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